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The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): Three changes are to be made to the locations of units announced as part of the Territorial Army restructuring on 17 November 1998 (Official Report, col. 749-771) by the then Secretary of State for Defence. These involve changing the final location of HQ 101 Bn REME (V) from Harry Weale Hall, Queensferry to Hightown Barracks, Wrexham; changing the location for 59 Sig Sqn (V) from Deysbrook to Aintree and sell Deysbrook Barracks complete; and changing the location of A (The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)) Company, 52nd Lowland Regiment from TAC Dalmeny Street to TAC East Claremont Street.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): There are no specific by-laws and no general legal requirement for premises to display their numbers in any particular way. However, under the Town Improvement Clauses Act 1847 local authorities are able, by means of a local Act, to take special powers which enable them to require premises to maintain their number and display it conspicuously.
I understand from the British Standards Institute that there is no British standard for house and commercial numbering. Nevertheless, Appendix C of the Department of Transport Circular Roads 3/93 sets out recommended best practice regarding the style and location of premises' numbers.
Lord Whitty: The Home Office Court Proceedings Database does not identify such offences separately from other summary offences. However, the Association of Chief Police Officers' Wildlife and Environmental Crime Adviser surveyed a number of police forces following the first season's operation of the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999. The responses suggest that a very small number of potential infringements were reported to the police, that all were dealt with by advice and no court proceedings were undertaken.
Lord Whitty: The Government are already reviewing these regulations on the basis of the first season's experience and convened earlier this year the Lead Shot Legislation (England) Review Group which will specifically review Schedule 1 to the regulations, the list of sites, as well as considering other issues relating to the effectiveness of the legislation. Representatives from shooting, farming, land-owning and conservation organisations and gun and ammunition industry interests are included in the group. The review group is expected to report early next year.
It is inherent in the principle of devolution that there will not necessarily be consistency of regulation throughout the United Kingdom and that measures will not necessarily be implemented on a consistent
All the devolved administrations are responsible for various matters concerning environmental protection, though in many cases the framework provided by Community law or by other international organisations will provide a consistency of effect and of timing between the regulations.
As regards the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/2170), the decision on whether to implement similar legislation in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is a matter for the devolved authorities. The devolved administrations are currently considering the issue of lead shot over wetlands.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): Invalid care allowance can already be used in this way provided the conditions of entitlement are met.
The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has accepted without qualification that it is the duty of the Metropolitan Police to implement in full the terms of the sessional order to ensure that passage through the streets leading to this House is kept clear and open for the duration of this Parliament.
I receive regular reports from Black Rod, and the Commissioner has assured me, through Black Rod, that his officers will do everything necessary to ensure that the business of both Houses of Parliament is not hindered by disturbances in the streets.
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