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The Minister for Housing and Planning (Yvette Cooper): Changes to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 for England came into force today introducing a new permitted development right to help mitigate the current increased risk of Avian Influenza ('bird flu').
Following the recent outbreak of avian influenza on a farm in Suffolk, Defra have taken measures to prevent the spread of the virus, including the culling of all birds on the infected premises, putting in place a 3 km protection zone and a 10 km surveillance zone around the infected area and a restriction zone covering approximately 2090 km2 of North East Suffolk and South East Norfolk. In all of those zones, bird keepers are required to house their birds or, if that is not practical, otherwise isolate them from contact with wild birds.
In order to help deal with the current increased risk of avian influenza nationwide, the Government have decided to assist poultry farmers and owners of other captive birds by granting planning permission in the whole of England for temporary and reversible works to shelter poultry and other captive birds from contact with wild birds. Landowners will be allowed to erect a building with a ground area of up to 465 square metres, or extend an existing building by up to 50 per cent. Any such development will be permitted to remain standing for as long as it is necessary to protect poultry and other captive birds from avian influenza, but not beyond 12 months. After such time the structures will either need to be removed and the land restored to its original condition or to any condition as agreed between the local planning authority and the developer or planning permission for a permanent structure will need to be sought.
The amendment will also cover Conservation Areas, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks. Legislation protecting Listed Buildings and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) will continue to apply.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs (Vera Baird): On 12 February the Legal Services Commission (LSC) published the following papers which take forward the Government's legal aid reform programme set out in Legal Aid Reform: the Way Ahead:
Police Station: Boundaries, Fixed Fees and New Working Arrangements Consultation Paper;
Market StabilityResponse to Consultation;
A Consultation plan for Duty Solicitor Call Centre and CDS Direct; and
Best Value Tendering for Very High Cost Cases (VHCC)Consultation Paper.
Legal Aid reform: the Way Ahead was published on 28 November 2006. It followed the extensive consultation we undertook on the proposals set out in the final report by Lord Carter of Coles, published on
13 July 2006. We very carefully considered and are continuing to consider the suggestions and concerns expressed by practitioners during the consultation. We have already made changes to the timing, sequencing and detail of some of Lord Carter's proposals.
We value the input of practitioners and interested parties on the ongoing reform of legal aid. We are grateful to all those who contributed to the recent consultation on market stability, and encourage all those with an interest to contribute both to the current consultations, and to the consultation on the Duty Solicitor Call Centre and CD2S Direct which will begin in March 2007.
Copies of the papers published on 12 February are available on the Legal Services Commission's website at
and copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Tessa Jowell): Subject to Parliamentary approval of any Supplementary Estimate, the Department for Culture Media and Sport's Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) will be increased by £58,769,000 from £1,808,003,000 to £1,866,772,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resource and capital are set out in the following table:
|Departmental Expenditure Limits and Administration Budgets|
|1 The total of administration budget and near-cash in resource DEL figures may well be greater than total resource DEL, due to the definitions overlapping. 2 Capital DEL includes items treated as resource in Estimates and accounts but which are treated as Capital DEL in budgets. 3 Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.|
The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from:
Take up of £39,800,000 Programme End Year flexibility
Transfer of £3,080,000 to Ministry of Defence for DCMS' contribution to the funding of the meteorological services.
A reduction of £200,000 from the Departmental Unallocated Provision, that was incorrectly scored in the Winter Supplementary Estimate.
The administration cost limit has remained at £53,270,000
The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from
Take up of Capital End-Year Flexibility of £10,000,000
Transfer of £12,249,000 from the DCLG for Olympic costs.
The Secretary of State for Defence (Des Browne): Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the Ministry of Defence departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be increased by £539,530,000 from £33,611,177,000 to £34,150,707,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on Resources and Capital are as set out in the following table:
|(*)Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.|
The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from:
the draw down of part of the Department's Unallocated Provision (DUP) of 250,000,000 Indirect Resource DEL to meet Top Level Budget Holders' latest forecasts of depreciation and cost of capital;
a transfer in of £3,080,000 from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as their contribution to the National Meteorological Programme and Severe Weather Warning Service;
to increase Request for Resources 2 by £298,200,000 Resource DEL and £89,000,000 Capital DEL to reflect the costs of peace-keeping in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans and the Global Prevention Pool;
a transfer of £42,000,000 from RfRl to RfR2 to cover depreciation and cost of capital costs;
In addition there is a transfer within RfRl from Resource DEL Indirect (non-cash) to Resource DEL Direct (near cash) of £150,000,000.
The changes to Resource DEL and Capital DEL will lead to an increased net cash requirement of £550,331,000.
The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. John Prescott): Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Deputy Prime Ministers Office departmental expenditure limit (DEL) for 2006-07 will be increased by £587,000 from £1,960,000 to £2,547,000 as set out in the following table:
|(*)Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL, since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.|
The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from the Machinery of Government Changes comprising of £100,000 from Communities and Local Government and £487,000 from the Cabinet Office.
The administration budget for the Deputy Prime Ministers Office will be £2,547,000. This resource will be used for the costs of its administration.
The Secretary of State for Education and Skills (Alan Johnson): Subject to Parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Department for Education and Skills Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL), (including the Office for Her Majestys Chief Inspector of Schools (OFSTED) which has a separate Estimate) will be increased by £139,575,000 from £59,602,990,000 to £59,742,565,000 the administration cost budget will be increased by £5,500,000 from £272,561,000 to £278,061,000.
Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
|Change||New DEL||Of which: Voted||Non-voted||Change||New DEL||Of which: Voted||Non-voted|
|(*)Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL, in the table above, since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.|
|(**)The total of Administration budget and Near-cash in resource DEL figures may well be greater than total resource DEL, due to the definitions overlapping.|
|(***)Capital DEL includes items treated as resource in Estimates and accounts but which are treated as Capital DEL in budgets.|
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