Mr. Hain: The Government are deeply concerned about the extent of climate change and the future security of energy supply. Offshore wind and other forms of renewables will be vital to meeting the UK's energy needs.
10. Mrs. Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with National Assembly for Wales colleagues on capital investment in the NHS in Wales over the next three years. 
Mr. Hain: Over the past year, employment levels in Wales have been historically high-over 1.3 million peple in Wales are in employment. Alyn and Deeside also enjoys high employment, with an employment rate that is higher than the Wales average.
Nick Ainger: The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) assumed responsibility for the decommissioning and clean up of the UK's civil nuclear legacy on 1 April 2005. The NDA has set out its plans for the decommissioning and clean up of its sites including Wylfa in its draft Strategy. The draft indicates that Wylfa will cease generation by 2010.
Anglesey Aluminium Metal Ltd, which is a significant employer to the area, currently takes most of its energy from Wylfa, is reviewing its future energy supply beyond 2010, in conjunction with the Welsh Assembly Government.
15. Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the proportion of the Welsh electorate which supports the establishment of a national police force for Wales. 
Mr. Hain: I have not made such an estimate. Police authorities in Wales have led on consultation with the public and stakeholders in developing their proposals for restructuring. I expect that this consultation will continue throughout January.
Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Aberavon of 15 December 2005, Official Report, columns 22756W, on anti-poverty strategies, under what section of the Government of Wales Act 1998 the National Assembly is empowered to formulate an international development strategy. 
Mr. Hain [holding answer 16 January 2006]: The draft Welsh international sustainable development framework covers a broad range of activity some of which will fall within the Assembly's duty to promote sustainable development under s 121 of the Government of Wales Act 1998.
The National Assembly for Wales will have additional powers from April 2006 under the International Development Act 2002. These powers are subject to the approval of the Secretary of State for International Development.
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Bob Spink: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what proportion of the premises occupied by the Church Commissioners is fitted with audible fire alarms. 
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make a definitive statement about the deployment of troops into Helmand Province in Afghanistan; and what their role will be. 
As he said then, and as I previously informed the House on 7 July 2005, Official Report, column 479, the United Kingdom has preliminary plans to support the expansion of the NATO-led ISAF mission in Afghanistan by establishing a British-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in the province of Helmand.
Work continues within NATO on the configuration of the international force package for ISAF expansion in southern Afghanistan. We will take decisions in light of this work, and will inform the House at the earliest opportunity.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Crown immunity applies in the case of the AWE planning application for a new laser facility at Aldermaston; and if he will make a statement. 
The normal planning process cannot be used for the proposed Atomic Weapons Establishment Orion Laser Development at Aldermaston because the Ministry of Defence (MOD), as a Crown Department,
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is not subject to the statutory planning process and is therefore not legally able to submit formal planning applications.
I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 7 December 2005, Official Report, column 1348W. It explained that the MOD follows a consultation process with the local planning authority under DoE Circular 18/84 which largely mirrors the statutory planning system. It is this Department's policy to support any development proposals with the same level of background information that would be required under the statutory planning system.
The MOD works closely with local authorities to address any concerns raised in connection with any development proposals. The Local Planning Authority can also stipulate conditions when responding. While the perception may be that my Department claims Crown Immunity" from planning regulation, it does in fact follow the practice of the normal planning process and also strives to follow its principles.
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