Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste
Lord Peyton of Yeovil asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether adequate arrangements exist for the disposal of intermediate nuclear waste following the dismantling of Hinkley Point nuclear power station.[HL200]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): All intermediate level radioactive waste (ILW) is currently stored in line with government policy. This is under review, and the present arrangements for managing ILW arising from the decommissioning of Hinkley Point A will be revised should the resulting policy require it.
Tourism: Regional Development Agency Staff
Lord Fearn asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many regional development agencies employ personnel specifically dealing with tourism in their areas.[HL205]
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: All regional development agencies (RDAs) employ staff who have tourism as a specific part of their job description.
As from April 2003 RDAs will play a stronger part in the strategic leadership of tourism in their regions, including working with the industry to develop a coherent marketing agenda. Regional tourist boards are the natural delivery partners for the RDAs.
DEFRA: Public Consultation
Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many of the 83 public consultations the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs instigated since 1 June 2001 have been responded to and acted upon[HL219]
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): Information on DEFRA public consultation exercises, including responses to consultations where respondents have not requested anonymity, can be obtained from the DEFRA website at www.defra.gov.uk.
All DEFRA public consultation exercises are responded to and acted upon in the sense that every
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response is thoroughly analysed and taken into account in the development of policies and proposals. A large proportion of exercises result in proposals being changed in some way, or contribute to the development of policies or UK negotiating lines. Examples of changes made as a result of consultation include amendments to the tone and content of codes of practice, changes to draft legislation, and the withdrawal of some regulatory proposals. Our responses to some of the consultation exercises carried out this year are still under consideration.