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Angus Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Customs 2002 Committee, (ii) Committee for the application of the rules on the manufacture and placing on the market of certain substances used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and (iii) Committee on the movement of air or sea passengers' baggage (principles) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. 
Angus Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Customs Co-operation SubcommitteeEEC-Hong Kong, (ii) EECMexico Special Committee on Customs Co-operation and (iii) Advisory Committee on the Communities' Own Resources met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. 
Angus Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Customs Code Committeecustoms valuation, (ii) Customs Code Committeecustoms warehouses and free zones and (iii) Customs Code Committeecustoms procedures with economic impact met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 24 May 2005]: On 7 April 2004 my right hon. Friends the Deputy Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health announced an agreement in principle to transfer surplus non-operational NHS sites to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. On 1 April 2005 my right hon. Friends the Deputy Prime Minster and Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the transfer of the first NHS sites. 67 vacant sites transferred to English Partnerships on 6 April 2005, including the Coldeast hospital site in Fareham.
The sites will be used to respond to housing needs, especially those presented by the first time buyer market and to promote the regeneration of priority areas in line with the sustainable communities plan. Specific proposals for individual sites will now be taken forward by English Partnerships in consultation with local partners including the local planning authority.
Yvette Cooper: Government policy set out in PPG3: Housing requires that all local planning authorities undertake an assessment of urban capacity in order to establish how much housing can be accommodated within urban areas. PPG3 also requires that regional planning bodies draw on such assessments in preparing draft revisions to regional spatial strategies and in proposing regional targets for the re-use of previously developed land. The level of development to be provided in Hertfordshire, its location and the balance between greenfield and brownfield development will be determined through the ongoing review of the regional spatial strategy for the east of England.
The Government have also introduced a greenfield direction which requires local planning authorities, that have not reviewed their development plans, to notify the Secretary of State, my right hon. Friend the Deputy
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Prime Minister, of any planning application comprising five hectares or more of greenfield land or 150 dwellings or more on greenfield land which the local planning authority intends to permit.
Yvette Cooper: The Government place great importance on safeguarding the purposes and functions of the green belt. Government policy set out in PPG2: Green Belts requires that once the extent of green belt boundaries have been established they should only be altered by development plans in exceptional circumstances. The Government's representations on the east of England plan advise that the panel set up to conduct the examination in public will need to rigorously test whether those exceptional circumstances exist.
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