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Mr. Woolas: My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister meets the Prime Minister regularly to discuss a wide range of issues. Ministers from his Department also attend meetings with the Prime Minister at which a variety of issues are raised.
The terms picocell, microcell and macrocell are industry terms to distinguish different types of radio base stations. However, there is no industry standard or agreement on the specific types of base station to which each term applies and therefore these terms are not helpful for determining whether planning permission is required or not.
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In general terms a picocell is typically smaller than a microcell, although the distinction is not always clear. Picocell base stations are usually used to extend coverage to indoor areas where outdoor signals do not reach well, or to add network capacity in areas with very dense phone usage, such as train stations. The planning system cannot extend to changes inside a building unless there are internal features which have been listed. Other picocells antenna and small microcell antenna might be considered de minimis", i.e. it does not have a material effect on the external appearance of the building or structure on which it is installed and therefore will not require planning permission.
Otherwise all electronic communications development will require planning permission unless it is development permitted by Part 24 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995", as amended. Whether planning permission is required to upgrade an existing mobile phone mast to a 3G mobile phone mast will need to be determined on a case by case basis.
It should be noted that simply because small developments may not need planning permission it does not mean that there is no public consultation. The code of best practice that was produced jointly by central and local government and the mobile phone industry is clear that every potential site is rated using the Traffic Light Model. This model determines the level of public consultation that will be required if the site is selected for the installation.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much each London local authority spent on public relations and advertising (a) in each year since 1997 and (b) in each month since May 2003. 
Mr. Woolas: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister already makes a significant amount of funding available to the voluntary and community sectors, including through local area agreements, community empowerment networks, groundwork federation, special grants programme and new deal for communities.
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been allocated for the agri-environment programme in 200607; and how much has been spent on the programme to date. 
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a copy of all the legal advice received by the Department of the Environment since 26 March 2003 regarding the official name of the City of Derry. 
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the cleaner neighbourhoods consultation to commence; what format he expects it to take; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela E. Smith: An initial cleaner neighbourhoods consultation document seeking views on a range of local environmental quality issues in Northern Ireland is expected to be issued by the Department of Environment by the end of May 2006.
Angela E. Smith: A comprehensive report on Implications for Climate Change for Northern Ireland: Informing Strategy Development", published in 2002 by the Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER), examined the likely impacts of climate change across a wide range of sectors, including coastal impacts. Findings included loss of intertidal areas of open coasts, loss of marshes with associated habitat and erosion of dune coasts.
The DOE has recently commissioned SNIFFER to provide an updated report. The study will incorporate a risk assessment and will recommend adaptation strategies for the key impacts identified. Coastal impacts will be included. The work is due to be completed by the end of 2006. It will also help inform Northern Ireland's input into wider UK policy.
Coastal erosion is a natural phenomenon and no overall assessment of its incidence has been made but the relevant statutory agencies do monitor and, where necessary, respond to incidences of such erosion which might affect services for which they are responsible.
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