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Northern Ireland: Tower Hill, Armagh City

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): The RUC requested the closure of Tower Hill in Armagh City. This was based on a security assessment by the RUC and was approved by the deputy ACC on 16 February 1996.
 
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Northern Ireland: West Belfast Festival

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): The Department for Social Development provided £125,197 to the West Belfast Festival from urban regeneration funds to part deliver the August féile.

Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Triesman): The United Kingdom's budgetary contributions to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe were £13.7 million in 2002–03, £17.8 million in 2003–04 and £17.8 million in 2004–05.

Pension Protection Fund

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The board of the pension protection fund published its final proposals for the 2006–07 levy along with its levy estimate on December 16. This follows a 12-week initial consultation period from July through to October and allows for a further consultation period of five weeks.

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The board of the Pension Protection Fund is required by legislation to consult widely on the pension protection levies. There has already been a 12-week consultation on initial proposals for the pension protection levies, which ran from July to October and in which opinion was sought from a wide variety of interested parties, including employers' organisations, pension fund trustees, lawyers, actuaries and other interested professionals. In October it published an interim report addressing several key concerns that had arisen during response to the consultation.

Since then it has been considering the additional responses it received during the consultation. In a recent statement, the board announced that it will report on a revised set of proposals on 16 December and close the following consultation on these findings on 23 January. This gives a further five weeks for consultation on the pension protection levies proposals. Concerns raised by industry have been represented in the board's interim report and November statement and further details will be available in the 16 December publication.

Poultry and Captive Bird Import Restrictions

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Bach): The Government supported the proposal by the Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection to ease the restrictions placed on the importation of poultry on the basis of evidence from the Commission that this would not increase the risk of avian influenza to member states. We agreed that a total ban would be disproportionate to the prevailing level of risk.

Powers of Entry

Lord Selsdon asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Baroness Andrews): I refer the noble Lord to the Answer given on 23 November 2005, Official Report, cols. WA 218–19.

In addition, officials of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and of public bodies answerable to the Deputy Prime Minister can search and enter homes or business premises of United Kingdom citizens provided under the following statutory authorities: Fire Precautions Act 1971

Her Majesty's Inspectors of Fire Services; Assistant Inspectors of Fire Services; and any other person duly appointed by the Secretary of State for the purpose of enforcing the Fire Precautions Act 1971 and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 have power of non-forcible entry in respect of premises owned but not occupied by the Crown. Housing Act 1996

The Housing Corporation has a power of entry to a property owned by a registered social landlord under Sections 37 and 38 of the Housing Act 1996.

The corporation's power exists only to enable a survey or examination to be undertaken where it appears that the registered social landlord may be failing to maintain or repair the property in accordance with housing management guidance issued by the corporation under Section 36 of that Act. The use of the power is subject to giving proper notice to the landlord and the tenant. Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Under Section 196A of the Act the Secretary of State has powers to authorise any person to enter any land, at any reasonable hour, to determine whether a planning enforcement notice should be issued, if there are reasonable grounds for entering the land for that purpose. Twenty-four hours notice must be given to the occupier if the building entered is a dwelling house.

If the First Secretary of State makes a compulsory purchase order under Section 228 of the Act (land for the public service etc), a person authorised by him may at any reasonable time enter the land for the purposes of surveying it or estimating its value in connection with any proposal to acquire that land. Section 228 also allows for any such person to enter land in connection with any claim for compensation in respect of any such acquisition under Section 324(6) of the Act.

Under Section 324 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 a "duly authorised person" (authority must be in writing and from the Secretary of State) may enter any land for the purpose of surveying it in connection with (e.g.) a planning appeal. In the case of occupied land they have to give the occupier 24 hours notice of their intention to enter. There are equivalent provisions in Section 88 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 and in Section 36 of the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990
 
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Section 324 makes provision for any person authorised in writing by the Secretary of State, at any reasonable time, to enter any land for the purpose of surveying it in connection with the preparation, revision, adoption or approval of a local development document under Part 2 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. It also makes provision for rights of entry where applications are made under Part 3 of the TCPA 1990. Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990

Two UDC planning orders confer on the corporations those functions of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 which are specified in Part 1 of Schedule 29 to the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 as are set out in the table in the schedule to this order (Article 4). These include (88) Rights of entry & (88A) Warrants to enter land.

Under Section 88 of the Act, any person authorised in writing by the Secretary of State may at any reasonable time enter any land for the purposes of surveying any building on it in connection with a proposal to include the building on the list (compiled by the Secretary of State under Section 1 of this Act).

It also makes provision for someone appointed in writing by the Secretary of State to enter any land in connection with a proposal under various sections of the Act, ascertaining whether any orders or notices have been complied with, ascertaining whether an offence has been committed and ascertaining whether any building is being maintained in a proper state of repair. In Greater London, English Heritage is empowered to enter for the same reasons. Compulsory Purchase Act 1965

Under Section 11(1), where a compulsory purchase order has come into operation the First Secretary of State, once he has served a notice to treat, can enter and take possession of land having served a notice of entry which gives at least 14 days' notice. Section 11(2) and Schedule 3 allows for an alternative, but rarely used, procedure. Compulsory Purchase (Vesting Declarations) Act 1981

Where a general vesting declaration has been made under the Act, the land vests in the acquiring authority on the vesting date, who are then entitled to enter and take possession under Section 8 of the Act. Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993

Under Section 163 any person duly authorised by English Partnerships can at any reasonable time enter any land for the purpose of surveying it, or estimating its value, in connection with any proposal to acquire that land or any other land, or any claim for compensation of any such acquisition. Evidence of authority of entry would have to be provided if so required and 28 days' notice on intended entry.
 
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Housing Act 1985

Section 54 grants powers of entry to a person authorised by the Secretary of State for the purposes of survey and examination where necessary in order to determine whether the Secretary of State should exercise any powers under Part II of the Housing Act 1985 in respect of the premises (Provision of housing accommodation).

Section 197 gives power of entry to a person appointed by the Secretary of State for the purposes of survey and examination:

Section 260 gives powers of entry to a person authorised by the Secretary of State for the purposes of survey and examination where necessary in order to determine whether the Secretary of State should exercise any powers under Part VIII of the Housing Act 1985 in respect of the premises (housing action areas).

Section 319 gives powers of entry to a person authorised by the Secretary of State for the purposes of survey and examination where necessary in order to determine whether the Secretary of State should exercise any powers under Part IX of the Housing Act 1985 in respect of the premises (slum clearance).

Section 600 gives powers of entry to a person authorised by the Secretary of State for the purposes of survey and examination where necessary in order to determine whether the Secretary of State should exercise any powers under Part XVII of the Housing Act 1985 in respect of the premises (compulsory purchase). Local Government and Housing Act 1989

Section 97 gives powers of entry of premises to a person authorised by the Secretary of State for the purposes of survey or examination where necessary in order to determine whether the Secretary of State should exercise any powers under Part VII of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (renewal areas).


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