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Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The bids for the PPP contracts have been the subject of a full value for money evaluation by London Transport and its advisers. On the basis of that evaluation, the modernisation plans are expected to generate a cash saving of £2 billion over the first 15 years of the contracts, compared with the cost of doing the work entirely in the public sector, as represented by the traditionally funded public sector comparator.
What is the estimated number of (a) Greek Cypriots living in the Karpaz Peninsula of Northern Cyprus; (b) Turkish Cypriots living in (i) Larnaca and (ii) Pafos in Southern Cyprus; (c) Turkish Cypriots living in Kokkina in Northern Cyprus and (d) Maronites living in Northern Cyprus.[HL298]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has today announced the allocations of the Science Budget for the period
Details of the allocations are set out in a document I am publishing today, Science Budget: 200304 to 200506. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House and are also available on the website of the Office of Science and Technology at www.ost.gov.uk/.
The allocations which I am announcing today focus on the new resources which are being made available to the research councils and other funded bodies for the pursuit of science, engineering and technology research. As a result of these allocations, the research councils will receive significant new funding to increase the volume of top-quality research. I have also allocated funding to enable the councils to take forward specific new projects in the following key areas of research: stem cells£40 million over two years; sustainable energy economy£28 million over two years, and rural economy and land use£20 million over two years.
In addition to this, I have provided the councils with contributions to enable them to fund programmes in other key areas such as brain science, animal infectious diseases and gravity waves and planetary exploration.
The councils will also continue the cross-council programmes in genomics, e-science and basic technology begun following the previous spending review. The genomics programme is being expanded to include research into the important area of proteomics. The basic technology programme will also be expanded in response to the very high level of demand generated in the first year. ralph
The research councils will receive funds to allow them to implement some of the recommendations of SET for Success, the review of science, engineering and technology skills carried out by Sir Gareth Roberts. These are: an increase in the minimum research council PhD stipend to £12,000 by 200506; and the provision of better training in transferable skills for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers supported by research councils.
The Science Budget settlement included funding for the top-priority large facilities projects identified on the large facilities road map, including the Diamond synchrotron. Funding for these projects will be released as each one reaches the necessary state of preparation.
I am allocating limited capital funding to those councils which operate institutes, centres and surveys of their own to enable them to address the most serious capital investments backlogs as soon as possible.
A key feature of the allocations booklet which I have referred to above is the inclusion of a suite of objectives for the management of the Science Budget. These objectives support my department's public service agreement target for science, exploitation and innovation; namely; to improve the relative international performance of the UK's science and engineering base, the exploitation of science and the overall innovation performance of the UK.
I am grateful to the Director General of Research Councils for his advice on these allocations and to the members of the RCUK Strategy Group for their part in the successful outcome of the allocations process.
The Government's commitment to science is unwavering. We believe that excellent science delivers the advances we will need as a nation if we are to improve productivity, improve the quality of life and so deliver greater prosperity for all.
The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone): Funding for Morley College, which includes Morley Gallery, is the operational responsibility of the Learning and Skills Council. John Harwood, the council's chief executive, will write to the noble Lord providing the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport welcomes the opportunity galleries such as this provide for students and others to display their works. However, decisions on funding for the gallery are for the board of governors of Morley College in the light of their educational priorities.
Why they will not reconsider the principles of their proposed reforms announced in April to tackle delays in discharging older people from hospital in the light of the representations from the Local Government Association and others.[HL47]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The bodies representing local government and directors of social services have been key stakeholders in the development of the policy on social services reimbursing the National Health Service for delays that are their responsibility. Both they and their members had an opportunity to comment on the proposals that were issued for consultation in July. Subsequently, they have both been involved in regular stakeholder meetings and, in the case of the Local Government Association, put their views direct to Ministers.
The announcement of an additional £100 million per full year for three years for social services to tackle delayed discharges demonstrates that the Government do listen to their views and the views of others. However, we believe that a system of reimbursement is the right way to tackle the problem and will give health and social care communities the right incentives to do so.
Further to the Smoking Kills White Paper in 1998, when they plan to implement the approved code of practice, or any other measure that would effectively ban smoking in workplaces.[HL199]
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Passive smoking is dangerous, particularly to those suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions. We encourage all employers to introduce smoke-free work places. We recognise that this is not always going to be possible and encourage in these circumstances other measures to be taken to reduce people's exposure to smoke.
This year the Department of Health is funding local tobacco control alliances across England to carry out projects in close co-operation with local employers to tackle passive smoking and to increase the number of smoke-free environments. These projects vary in nature from the production of smoke free guides to pubs and restaurants to the provision of advice and support to managers wishing to introduce policies. We hope that many will be suitable for national application.
The Secretary of State for Health will make and lay before Parliament shortly regulations to transpose into United Kingdom law the European Union Directive on the Manufacture, Presentation and Sale of Tobacco Products. These regulations will require
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