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Whether the views expressed by the Lord Morris of Aberavon, the Viscount Tenby and the Lord Crickhowell to the Secretary of State for Defence about the battalion titles of the Welsh Regiments, the maintenance of their heritage and the location of
Lord Bach: A record of the exchange of views with my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Defence referred to by the noble Lord that took place on 6 December 2004 was conveyed to the Chief of the General Staff's office the following day. I understand that he himself read it on 8 December.
In formulating advice to the Secretary of State on the future structure of the infantry, the Executive Committee of the Army Board (ECAB)chaired by the Chief of the General Staffinitiated an exhaustive consultation process within the infantry and took very careful account of the views of each division of infantry, as expressed by its colonel commandant, on how the restructuring should be implemented. ECAB had in mind at all times the importance of maintaining so far as possible historic linkages and traditions.
Lord Bach: The original contract with Swan Hunter for design and build of two LSD(A)s was valued at £148 million. This has since been increased to £232 million, with a further £3 million added to cover enhancements that have included aspects to ensure the vessels comply with the latest statutory safety requirements.
Contractual stage payments agreed by the Ministry of Defence and the contractor are commercially sensitive and I am withholding this information under Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's policy for sustainable communities as set out in the communities plan, and more recently in our five year strategy Homes for All, is to concentrate additional housing growth in identified growth areas. We are working with other government departments, including the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills, to ensure that growth of communities is accompanied by the necessary infrastructure. Provision has been made across government to ensure that communities undergoing rapid population growth receive adequate funding. This includes £20 million per annum from 200405 to 200506 for primary care trusts in the growth areas and a new safety valve mechanism for education funding.
Lord Rooker: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has been advised that the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001 prevent local authorities using the full electoral register for the purpose of conducting a local referendum. However, while local authorities have the right to decide who is polled, we recognise the importance of local authorities being able to conduct such referendums on a full franchise, and we are considering how to achieve this while maintaining security of information on the full electoral register.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): The figure the noble Lord is referring to relates to European works councils. It does not mean that there is no other form of employee representation in the companies concerned. Moreover, new legislation implementing the EU directive on Information and Consultation will come into force on 6 April. This will give employees important new rights to be informed and consulted about significant developments in their workplace.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): The Rural Payments Agency's (RPA) gross expenditure, which mainly relates to the common agricultural policy (CAP) scheme payments, is as shown in the table below:
|200102 £ billion||200203 £ billion||200304 £ billion||200405 £ billion||200506 £ billion||200607 £ billion|
RPA is an executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and was formed on 16 October 2001 as the paying agency responsible for administering CAP schemes in England and certain other schemes throughout the UK.
Figures for future years reflect the position shown in the 2004 Pre-Budget Report (CM 6408) published on 2 December 2004, particularly the annually managed expenditure reflected in table 16 of the report.
Lord Whitty: Defra has overall policy responsibility for flood and coastal erosion risk in England. The department funds most of the Environment Agency's activities in this area and provides grant aid on a project by project basis to the other flood and coastal defence operating authorities (local authorities and internal drainage boards) to support their investment in improvement works.
The Environment Agency is the principal authority responsible for managing sea defences in England, although some local authorities are also active in managing the risk from sea flooding and coastal erosion.
Most investment in projects to reduce risk of coastal erosion or flooding from the sea is to improve the protection offered by existing defences, most of which will have been in place for many years, with periodic improvement through major works in addition to regular maintenance.
|Barrow Borough Council||Bent Haw, Walney Island Emergency Works|
|Barrow Borough Council||Marsh Street, Askam-In-Furness|
|Caradon District Council||CawsandCoastguard Cottages|
|Carrick District Council||VeryanThe Nare Hotel|
|Christchurch Borough Council||Mudeford QuayReconstruction|
|Copeland Borough Council||Parton Coastal Defences|
|East Devon District Council||Seaton Hole To SeatonRock Revetment|
|East Devon Distract Council||Seaton West (Check House) Sea Wall|
|East Ridind of Yorkshire||Easington Beach Management|
|Environment Agency, South West||Appledore Tidal Defence Scheme|
|Environment Agency, South West||Bideford Tidal Defences|
|Environment Agency, South West||Braunton Tidal Defence Scheme|
|Environment Agency, South West||Hamworthy Sea Defences|
|Environment Agency, South West||Lympstone Tidal Defence Scheme|
|Environment Agency, South West||Muddlebridge Tidal Defence Scheme|
|Environment Agency, South West||Poole Sea DefencesPhase 2 Town Quay West|
|Environment Agency. South West||Preston Sea WallWeymouth|
|Environment Agency, South West||Weymouth Harbour Tidal Defences|
|Environment Agency, South West||Brean|
|Environment Agency, South West||Minehead|
|Environment Agency, South West||West Bay Sea Defences|
|Environment Agency, South West||Sladesbridge Flood Defence Scheme|
|Isle of Wight Council||Castle Cove, Ventnor|
|Isle of Wight Council||Castle Haven, Niton Coast Protection Scheme|
|Kerrier District Council||CadgwithThe Todden|
|North Cornwall District Council||Trevone (West) Coast Protection|
|North Devon District Council||Barnstaple Heanton Court Emergency Works|
|Poole Borough Council||Canford Cliffs Coast Protection|
|Poole Borough Council||Evening Hill Coast Protection PooleDorset|
|Poole Borough Council||Sandbanks Coast Protection|
|Poole Borough Council||SandbanksPhase 2|
|Purbeck District Council||Kimmeridge Bay Sea Wall|
|Redcar and Cleveland Council||Cowbar Coastal Defences.|
|Teignbridge District Council||TeignmouthEmergency Works Point Car Park|
|Wansbeck District Council||Alcan Power Station, Lynemouth|
|Weymouth and Portland Borough Council||Newtons Cove Coast Protection|
|West Dorset District Council||Seatown Coast Protection|
|West Somerset District Council||Helwell BayDoniford|
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