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Lord Williams of Mostyn: I have been advised by the Acting Chief Constable that although there were proposals for the closure of Carryduff earlier this year, these plans were repealed following the conclusion of a public consultation exercise. As such, there are now no current plans to close Carryduff station or to decrease the number of officers serving Castlereagh District Command Unit, which covers the Carryduff area. The Government remain committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure that the police service operates effectively, however, the future of policing in Carryduff is an operational matter and as such is the responsibility of the Chief Constable in consultation with the Policing Board.
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Tordoff): The primary duty of the police officers on duty in Old Palace Yard and at Carriage Gates in New Palace Yard is to ensure that entrances to the Palace are kept secure. In addition, officers on duty at Carriage Gates are instructed to assist Members of the House of Commons to cross Bridge Street when Divisions are held in that House. This is because the lights at the junction of Bridge Street and Parliament Street are traffic controlled, and pedestrians may have to wait for well over a minute to cross the road safely. The risk of accidents is correspondingly heightened. In contrast, the Abingdon Street crossing in Old Palace Yard is pedestrian controlled, and waiting times are no more than 15 to 30 seconds. When the existing dog-leg is replaced in the autumn, the crossing will be significantly safer and less time-consuming. I will also undertake to discuss with the police what further assistance can be given to Members.
The Chairman of Committees: The Old Palace Yard project (part of the World Squares for All project) is due to be completed by 14 October 2002. Phase 3, which will take place over the Summer Recess, involves the resurfacing of the carriageway. As part of the work, the pedestrian crossing opposite 7 Old Palace Yard will be simplified, a straight crossing replacing the present dog-leg. Work on the crossing will be carried out and paid for by Westminster City Council, following representations made by the Parliamentary Estates Directorate.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Amos): Subject to our normal processes of resource allocation and review, we plan to make available over £47 million for Montserrat during the period 200203 to 200506. This includes provision for airport development and improving port facilities. Budgetary aid levels are agreed jointly with the Montserrat Government on an annual basis, taking account of essential needs and the level of total available resources.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): The Criminal Records Bureau annual report and accounts for 200102 has been published today, and I am pleased to say that copies of the report have been placed in the Library.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The UK Passport Service annual report and accounts 200102 has been published today and I am pleased to say that copies of the report have been placed in the Library of the House.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The Prison Service continues to make progress in this area. During the past year there have been a number of achievements as regards biodiversity, energy efficiency, procurement, transport and waste management. These are described in the service's second annual environmental report which is published today, a copy of which has been placed in the Library.
In introducing a formal greening operations policy in March 2002, the Director-General of the Prison Service made clear his own personal commitment to improving the environmental performance of the service. A challenging programme of work in line with that commitment, and detailed in the report, has been set for the current year.
Departments are however encouraged to follow the Cabinet Office's Code of Practice on Written Consultations, which is intended to make consultations more effective by opening up decision-making to as wide a range of people and organisations as possible.
Lord Filkin: In 1998, the Home Office, the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and the Cabinet Office Women's Unit issued Policy Appraisal for Equal Treatment (PAFET) guidelines to all government departments. PAFET covers the responsibility officials have for assessing how their work is likely to affect different groups and to take action to ensure that this is taken into account from the beginning of the policy process and its evaluation.
In addition, as a result of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, listed public bodies are now required to consult on the potential impact of new policies, and to monitor existing policies, to ensure that there is no differential and adverse impact on people from minority ethnic communities.
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