VOTING FOR A NEW BRITAIN: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE VOTES ARE CAST?
Thursday 06 May 1999
Basic rate of income tax can be varied by up to 3p.
Labour committed not to increase tax in first Parliament
Assembly has no tax raising powers
Total responsibility and can set its own priorities
Tuition fees for students living in could be abolished
Set the national curriculum; funding and appointments for education bodies
Nursery places for all 3-year-olds. Improve vocational training and education for over-16s
Total control, except drugs regulation and abortion law
More public money for new hospitals if opposition to private financing grows
Funding and making appointments to NHS bodies
Cut waiting lists, starting with cateract operations. Access for all to NHS dentists
Total control except for aviation, shipping safety, some traffic regulations
Subsidies for rural transport, cuts in fuel duties,abolition of Skye Bridge tolls
Town and country planning policy, maintain trunk roads.
pounds 3m increase to pounds 2.25m rural bus subsidy. Free public transport for OAPs
Law & Order
Criminal and civil law, criminal justice, courts, prosecution system, police, fire services
Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency to be set up
The English and Welsh legal systems have been fully integrated for hundreds of years
No real differences
Monetary policy competition law, consumer protection decided by London
Spur entrepreneurs, build skills base. Review of Uniform Business Rate
Monetary,fiscal policy, competition law and consumer protection decided by London
Attracting funds to match pounds 1.3bn EU money to regenerate economy, create jobs
Total control, but Brussels increasingly influences decision making
Beef on the bone ban could be lifted earlier. Main parties all called for an immediate end
Control animal welfare, pests and fisheries
Possible end to ban on beef on the bone. pounds 21m in additional help for farmers
Powers devolved. 's tourist industry reliant on beautiful countryside
First national parks to be established at Loch Lomond and the Cairngorms
Funding and appointments for Environment Agency
Agri-environmental scheme unique to Wales to attract 600 new farms each year
Total control over spending
Sellers to pay for surveys to stop buyers paying 3 or 4 times before buying
Allocate resources to local authorities and housing associations
Attract private finance to tackle pounds 1bn council house repair bill
Total control in area that has been controversial since the Highland clearances
Greater public access and community ownership. Ending the feudal system
Oversee coastal protection, flood prevention and land drainage
A new scheme to achieve sustainable development of Welsh National Parks
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