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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): Although there is no clear evidence of the extent of the problem, we are aware that young carers are prone to bullying. We recognise that some of those who care for people with mental health problems are particularly susceptible to bullying at school. We are taking steps to raise awareness of these issues, for example, through citizenship education and initial teacher training. Schools need to take all bullying very seriously. Head teachers are required to draw up and implement measures to prevent all forms of bullying in school. Schools should recognise bullying as it occurs and take firm steps to tackle it. They need to be aware that any risk of bullying, particularly if it is not dealt with firmly, could result in young carers dropping out of school.
What reason they have for believing that housing benefit sanctions will diminish anti-social behaviour rather than increase it; and[HL3090]
Further to paragraph 6 of Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-Social Behaviour, why they believe that housing benefit sanctions will contribute to restoring a sense of social responsibility; and[HL3091]
Why they believe that housing benefit sanctions are compatible with their own social responsibility.[HL3092]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): The Government strongly believe that all residents are entitled to the quiet enjoyment of their housing, a right undermined by anti-social behaviour.
As the consultation paper makes clear, we are not proposing housing benefit sanctions as the only way of addressing bad behaviour. Sanctions would be one of a number of measures that might be used to address the type of anti-social behaviour that can blight neighbourhoods. We are seeking the views of those involved in dealing with anti-social behaviour on whether a power to impose sanctions would be a useful and effective additional tool.
Housing benefit continues to be paid when a convicted person is in prison for 13 weeks or less. Many prisoners spend relatively short periods in detention for comparatively minor offences and it would be inappropriate to remove housing benefit from these persons. However, if the offence also involved anti-social behaviour, a benefit sanction might also be appropriate.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The rateable values for the two requested wards in Northern Ireland, were not available from the database to which the Inland Revenue has access, which covers England and Wales.
The residential populations and the rateable values of non-residential properties in the Shaftesbury ward of Belfast and the Diamond Ward of Londonderry have been obtained from the Department of Finance and Personnel for Northern Ireland and are now given below:
|Residential Population||Rateable value (£ millions)|
|Ward||2001||1 April 2003|
Lord Evans of Temple Guiting: The United Kingdom Government ratified the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in March 2001. As a signatory to the Charter, the Government have signalled their clear commitment to maintain and promote the use of indigenous minority languages across the United Kingdom, including Gaelic. The Gaelic language has, therefore, official status within the United Kingdom, although the Scottish Executive has devolved responsibility for the development of the language within Scotland.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (Lord Whitty): In the past five years, the following sites of special scientific interest have received the government or European grants listed below.
|Solway Firth||European Marine Sites LIFE Project Estuary Partnership Funding Local Nature Reserve Grant|
|Morecambe Bay (inc a number of SSSI)||European Marine Sites LIFE Project Estuary Partnership Funding Wildlife Enhancement Scheme|
|Duddon Estuary||Estuary Partnership Funding Wildlife Enhancement Scheme Local Nature Reserve Grant|
|Ribble Estuary||Estuary Partnership Funding Wildlife Enhancement Scheme|
|Mersey Estuary||Estuary Partnership Funding Wildlife Enhancement Scheme|
|Dee Estuary||Estuary Partnership Funding|
|Sefton Coast||EU LIFE funding|
|Solway Firth (Maryport Harbour)||European Marine Sites LIFE Project|
|Drigg Coast||Publicity Grant Wildlife Enhancement Scheme|
|Annaside||Wildlife Enhancement Scheme|
|Silloth Dunes & Mawbray Banks||Wildlife Enhancement Scheme|
|South Walney & Piel Channel Flats||Wildlife Enhancement Scheme Reserves Enhancement Scheme|
|Upper Solway Flats and Marshes||Wildlife Enhancement Scheme|
|Lune Estuary||Wildlife Enhancement Scheme|
|Dee Cliffs||Wildlife Enhancement Scheme|
|Hesketh Golf Links||Wildlife Enhancement Scheme|
|Eskmeals Dunes||Reserves Enhancement Scheme|
|Foulney Island||Reserves Enhancement Scheme|
|Rockcliffe Marsh||Reserves Enhancement Scheme|
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