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Lord Dixon-Smith asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: The Government have imposed no requirement which makes it necessary to replace pulverised fuel ash (pfa) with new aggregate for purposes such as stabilising old mine workings. The effect of the Waste Framework Directive is to require a permit, such as a waste management licence issued by the Environment Agency, for the disposal or recovery

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of waste. This requirement applies to the disposal or recovery of pfa discarded as waste. The requirement does not preclude the use of waste pfa for purposes such as stabilising old mine workings. But it is necessary for anyone proposing to use waste pfa for this purpose to apply to the Environment Agency for the necessary licence. It is the applicant's responsibility to do so as part of his project planning.

The use of waste ash for purposes such as this was the subject of a judgment by the European Court of Justice in Case C-600 on 27 February 2002 (Abfall). Among other matters, the Court was asked for a ruling on whether the use of waste ash to secure hollow spaces (mine-sealing) is a waste disposal or recovery operation. The Court's judgment was that, "The deposit must be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine whether the operation is a disposal or recovery operation within the meaning of that Directive [the Waste Framework Directive]. Such a deposit constitutes a recovery operation if its principal objective is that the waste serve a useful purpose in replacing other materials which would have had to be used for that purpose".

Hazardous Waste Criteria and Regulations

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will issue the hazardous waste criteria and regulations.[HL5450]

Lord Whitty: We aim to issue for consultation new regulations on the control of hazardous waste in England at the end of this year, together with new regulations listing the European Waste Catalogue. There will be a three month consultation period. We intend to lay both sets of regulations before Parliament in the spring. The regulations are expected to come into force in the summer of 2004.

The draft Landfill (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2004, that implement the European Council Decision on waste acceptance criteria in England and Wales, are currently out for consultation. That consultation ends on 17 December 2003 and a response to the consultation will be placed on the Defra website in the new year. We remain on target to meet the EU requirement to transpose this legislation by July 2004.

Northern Ireland Civil Service: Holidays

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 30 October (WA 64), why St Patrick's Day and 12 July are not listed for Northern Ireland.[HL5306]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: I regret that my earlier Written Answer did not list more specifically holidays

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enjoyed by civil servants in Northern Ireland. St Patrick's Day and 12 July are indeed bank holidays.

While the Cabinet Office is responsible for the policy on leave and attendance in the Civil Service, bank and public holidays in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the Department of Trade and Industry. Dates for Scotland are a matter for the Scottish Executive.

Civil servants in Northern Ireland are allowed public and privilege holidays up to a maximum of 12 days a year. The distribution of these days over the year is:

New Year's DayBank Holiday if proclaimed
17 March (St Patrick's Day)Bank Holiday
Easter MondayBank Holiday
Easter Tuesdayin lieu of Good Friday
May Day Bank HolidayBank Holiday if proclaimed
Late May Bank HolidayBank Holiday
12 July (Orangemen's Day)Bank and Public Holiday if proclaimed
13 JulyPrivilege Day
Late Summer Bank HolidayBank Holiday
Christmas DayCommon Law Holiday
Boxing DayBank Holiday
An additional day at ChristmasPrivilege Day

Civil Service: Staffing

Lord Ouseley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many additional civil servant posts have been created in the years (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04 (first six months).[HL5205]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The figures on a full-time equivalence basis are set out in the table below and are also available at

1 April 2001482,690
1 April 2002490,4207,730
1 April 2003512,40021,980

The figures for the first six months of 2003–04 are currently being collected and are therefore not yet available.

Lord Ouseley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What percentage of new Civil Service posts created since the year 2001–02 are designated as front-line service delivery jobs.[HL5207]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Data on staffing levels in the Civil Service are collected from departments and agencies twice yearly in April and October. The information is available from Individual departments are

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responsible for the number and composition of staff they employ to deliver their objectives.

B6403: Colsterworth Junction Improvement

Lord Monson asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 5 November (WA 120–21), whether there are plans to improve the junction where the B6403 crosses the A1 north of the Colsterworth roundabout.[HL5543]

Lord Davies of Oldham: The B6403 junction is to be improved as part of the Colsterworth junction improvement scheme.

Northern Ireland: Listed Buildings

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which listed buildings have been damaged or destroyed in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and in which cases successful prosecutions have followed.[HL4846]

The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos): Information on damage to, or destruction of, listed buildings is not collated and it could not, therefore, be obtained except at disproportionate cost.

However, the Department of the Environment is aware of the following listed buildings having been destroyed in Northern Ireland during the last five years:

    1999 Chapelfield Parochial House, Laurel Hill, Coleraine

    2000 Mount St Columb, Rostrevor Road, Warrenpoint

    2001 Rock Castle, Portstewart

    34 Upper English Street, Armagh

    Partial demolition of a building within the

    curtilage of Jennymount Mill, North Derby

    Street, Belfast

    2002 Tillie and Henderson Building, Carlisle

    Square, Londonderry

    2003 9–11 The Diamond, Portstewart 41-43 Court Street, Newtownards (rear

    return only)

Successful prosecutions have taken place in respect of the Chapelfield, Upper English Street, and Mount Street Columb, cases.

In respect of The Diamond, Portstewart, the Department of the Environment's Planning Service has started legal proceedings against the demolition offence.

In respect of Court Street, Newtownards, the Planning Service is presently liaising with the Department of the Environment's Environment and Heritage Service's Listed Buildings Section with a view to instigating legal action against the owner.

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In respect of Tillie and Henderson, the Planning Service has sought legal advice from senior counsel with a view to instigating enforcement action.

Northern Ireland: Advice to Ministers

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13 October (WA 89), why the advice offered to two senior officials of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure by the chairman of the Ulster-Scots Agency concerning the budget for 2003 was not provided to the Minister before she took the appropriate decision.[HL4974]

Baroness Amos: I am not aware of any advice offered by the chairman of the Ulster-Scots Agency. It is not, however, the practice of government to comment on advice given to Ministers by officials.

North/South Implementation Bodies

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer from the Lord President on 16 October (WA 127), concerning North/South Implementation Bodies, whether they will give these figures as a percentage of each body's total budget for each year, separating the Language Body into the Irish Agency and the Ulster Scots Agency.[HL4977]

Baroness Amos: The table below provides the internal staff costs of the North/South Implementation Bodies as a percentage of each body's total expenditure in each year.

Costs relating to the year 2000 relate to the period December 1999–December 2000.

Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission558646
Waterways Ireland403931
The Trade and Business Development Body253126
Special EU Programmes Body513164
Food Safety Promotion Board8811
Ulster Scots Agency391811
Irish Language Agency581110

The year 2000 covers the period 2 December 1999– 31 December 2000.

Exchange rates IR £ = £.8058, effective at 1 January 2002

E = £.6854 effective at March 2003.

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