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The Minister decided that, rather than follow the Scottish approach, the measures contained in the TMA were appropriate for introduction in Northern Ireland. The measures in the TMA may be tailored to suit the needs identified by a particular highway authority, whether in an urban or rural environment. The same measures could be adapted for use in Northern Ireland and the draft Order has been prepared accordingly.
Consultation with Political Parties
The Department undertook consultation on three occasions in relation to the street works proposals. Between June and September 2005, a public consultation took place on the Departments street works policy proposals and, following careful consideration of all responses received, the then Minister, Shaun Woodward, decided that he would proceed to have the draft Order prepared.
The need to introduce legislation for an additional power to delegate some departmental street works functions to private sector road operators was subsequently identified. As a result, between February and April 2006, a consultation was carried out with interested parties on the supplementary proposal.
Following the preparation of the proposal for a draft Order, the Department carried out public consultation on the draft regulation between June and September 2006. The Minister, David Cairns, having considered all responses to the consultation, concluded that no amendments were required and, with the agreement of the Secretary of State, the draft Order was laid at Westminster on 4 December 2006.
In terms of your specific query about consultation with political parties, the public consultations on the policy proposals and on the draft legislation were carried out in accordance with guidance issued by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. This included Northern Ireland parties and Northern Ireland MPs, MEPs, MLSs and members of the House of Lords. Indeed, during public consultation on the proposal for
the draft Order, a very positive response was received from Councillor Margaret Ritchie your partys regional development spokesperson.
For all consultations that were carried out, the Department considered the responses received and issued a consultation report to respondents. The reports were also published on the Roads Service website, as were the comments submitted in response to the consultations. This material can be viewed at http://roadsni.gov.uk/consultation/consultation.htm
Targeting Social Need
The draft Order is simply a framework of enabling legislation, which would allow the detailed arrangements to be developed in subordinate legislation. Consequently, the draft Order in itself has no implications on the new targeting social needs policy, although such implications will be considered as part of the procedure for preparing the regulations in due course.
Better Regulation Unit of the Department of Enterprise
You also asked whether the proposals had been reviewed by the Better Regulation Unit of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, the Better Regulation Unit, like the Better Regulation Commission in Great Britain, considers only full regulatory impact assessments. In the case of the street works proposals, only a partial regulatory impact assessment has been carried out, based on the information that was available when we published the consultation document on the policy proposals for amending street works legislation in June 2005.
We do not yet have sufficient information on the detailed proposals to carry out full regulatory impact assessments However, we will do so when details become available, as the street works regime in England and Wales in developed. Full regulatory impact assessments will also be carried out in relation to each set of regulations that will be made under the powers being introduced in the draft Order.
Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will postpone the Draft Street Works (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order until the Northern Ireland Assembly is in a position to consider the issue fully; and if he will make a statement. 
David Cairns: As you are aware, the draft Order was laid at Westminster on 4 December 2006. No objections have been raised by respondents, other than by the utility companies, to any of the consultations the Department has carried out.
A balance must be struck between the need to minimise congestion and delay on our roads, and introducing additional controls on utilities. Ministers are satisfied that the draft Order strikes the balance correctly and is necessary to address the disruption on the roads in Northern Ireland. For these reasons, it is intended that the draft Order should proceed as planned through the parliamentary stages. I remain hopeful that the draft Order will be made by the Privy Council in February 2007.
The Sports Council for Northern Ireland (SCNI) is responsible for the development of sport in Northern Ireland including the distribution of public funding to individual sports. The SCNI is managing the competition for the provision of the
High Performance Facilities for Olympic Sports in Northern Ireland. Tennis is one of the sports included in this competition which will be announced early in 2007.
Maria Eagle: Reflecting on the current Comprehensive Spending Review process and the public expenditure priorities which lie ahead, the overall assessment is that no financial support can be offered to attract an operator for the ferry service between Ballycastle and Campbeltown.
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of progress towards meeting the waste management strategy in each of the 26 district and borough councils. 
David Cairns: The strategy recognises the need for effective co-ordination to ensure the delivery of its aims and targets, and the Department is progressing the establishment of a Strategic Waste Board and a Programme Delivery Support Unit to help councils with the procurement of major waste infrastructure and to oversee and monitor delivery.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of the Cabinet Offices (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in that period. 
Hilary Armstrong: Figures covering the numbers of computers and laptops stolen in my Department in the last nine years and their total value, cannot be provided in full without incurring disproportionate cost. However I can provide figures for the period 2000 to 2005. The information is shown in the table.
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2006, Official Report, column 888W, on e-government, which government services are e-enabled and available to the public electronically. 
Mr. McFadden: A list of the 503 government services which have been e-enabled and are available to the public electronically has been placed in the Library for the reference of Members. This information is currently subject to audit.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2006, Official Report, column 890W, on ministerial residences, which contractors were commissioned to refurbish the flat above 10 Downing street since31 March 2006. 
Hilary Armstrong: Cabinet Office central London buildings, of which the Downing street complex forms an integral part, are covered by the Cabinet Offices Total Facilities Management Contract with Ecovert FM.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many foreign nationals have attended the National School of Government, broken down by country; what the cost to public funds was; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. McFadden: The National School of Government does not record the nationality of participants attending its programmes. The National School operates on a cost recovery basis and events are priced to recover their costs accordingly.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total amount was of additional costs listed in Regulatory Impact Assessments of Government legislation in the 2005-06 parliamentary session. 
Information on the costs of regulations introduced is available in Final Regulatory Impact Assessments (RIAs) which are published by departments on their internet sites. A list of most recent RIAs published between July 2005 and June 2006 can be found in Command Papers CM6987 and CM6988 published on 14 December.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on retirement age, what her Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service. 
Mr. McFadden: The Cabinet Office application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service complies in full with the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations that came into force on 1 October 2006. We have introduced a process that gives all employees at least six but no more than 12 months notice of retirement on their 65(th )birthday. Employees are also advised about their right to request to remain beyond the age of 65 and the formal process for considering such requests. Requests to remain are considered against clearly defined criteria that meet business needs as well as ensuring fair and equal treatment for all employees.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what contribution Rod Aldridge made to (a) the Office of Third Sector's Action Plan and (b) the Future Role of the Third Sector in Social and Economic Regeneration Interim Report published on6 December. 
Edward Miliband: In developing Partnership in Public Services: An action plan for third sector involvement the Office of the Third Sector spoke to a wide number of stakeholders over a 15-month period. Rod Aldridge made no direct contribution to the work.
The first phase of the review of the future role of the third sector in economic and social regeneration involved the largest ever consultation with the third sector. The Interim Report details the messages that were heard during this consultation and the areas that will be further explored in the next phase of the review. Over 250 written responses were submitted to the review, one of the written responses was from the youth volunteering charity v, chaired by Rod Aldridge.
Edward Miliband: On the 16 November the Government published their Social Enterprise Action Plan which set out the current state of the finance market for social enterprises, committed to ways of improving access to finance and announced that the Government would make up to £10 million available for investment in Social Enterprise.
Current sources of financial support for social enterprise start-ups include the Futurebuilders Fund, the Adventure Capital Fund, Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs), the Big Lottery Fund and funds allocated by UnLtd.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of5 December 2006, Official Report, column 237W, on Building Schools for the Future, (1) how many proposals submitted under the Building Schools for the Future programme have been returned to local authorities for further clarification; which local authorities were involved; and what clarification was requested in each case; 
(2) what proportion of proposals submitted under Building Schools for the Future returned to local authorities for further clarification (a) included and (b) did not include an academy in their proposals. 
Jim Knight: The following list shows the 39 local authorities in waves one to three of Building Schools for the Future, 35 of which either have an academy open or in the pipeline. All proposals submitted by these local authorities have at some point, and most at several points, been returned for further clarifications, regardless of whether the local authority included or did not include an academy within its proposals.
Lewisham (also W3)(1)
Newcastle Upon Tyne(1)
Southwark (also W3)(1)
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