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Further to the Written Answer by the Leader of the House of Commons, Mr Geoff Hoon, on 8 December (Official Report, Commons, 1471W) stating that Ministers have an obligation to Parliament to answer Written Questions within a working week of being tabled, whether this rule will be applied to Written Questions tabled in the House of Lords. [HL3054]
The Attorney-General (Lord Goldsmith): The Crown Prosecution Service has now advised Northamptonshire Police that there is insufficient evidence to bring a prosecution over the death of Gareth Myatt, 15, who was an inmate at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, near Rugby.
What guidance or directions have been issued by the Secretary of State under Section 8(3) of the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 on which other regional bodies to consult when developing shared priorities. [HL3059]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): The Secretary of State has issued statutory guidance to England's regional development agencies (RDAs) in relation to the preparation of the regional economic strategies which set out a shared vision for the development of each region's economy. The statutory guidance highlights the importance of partnership working; and while it will be for each RDA to consider how best to foster and maintain regional and national partnership and co-operation in public, private, voluntary and community sectors, developing an approach which best suits the needs and characteristics of the region, consultation should
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include working with the regional assembly and other regional and sub-regional partners and stakeholders. This guidance has not been issued under Section 8(3) of the RDA Act since that section states that the Secretary of State may give a regional development agency for which there is no regional chamber such guidance and directions as he thinks fit for the purpose of securing that it carries out appropriate consultation in relation to the exercise of its functions and all English regions do have regional chambers or assemblies.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Baroness Andrews): The regional development agencies (RDA) have advised that since 1998 they have provided 20 units of housing under the power vested in RDA under Section 5(3) of the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998.
When they will provide the Lord Marsh with the information promised on the future of the Royal Air Force base at Upper Rissington, following the hour-long meeting with the then Minister on 6 April. [HL2752]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Bach): The information requested was sent by Defra officials to the Lord Marsh by e-mail on 3 June 2005. Any further questions in respect of the future of the Royal Air Force Base at Upper Rissington are matters for Ministers in the Ministry of Defence.
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What percentage of secondary schools do not provide educational facilities to students above the age of 16 years and therefore do not offer A-level courses; and what target they have to reduce this percentage. [HL2944]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Adonis): 58 per cent of maintained mainstream schools have 16-19 provision. DfES has a package of new measures to increase choice and diversity in 16-19 provision which includes: new fast-track arrangements for deciding sixth form proposals; a "presumption" in guidance that the Schools Organisation Committee will approve sixth form proposals from high performing specialist schools that opt for a vocation specialism; a new 16-19 capital fund from 200607 onwards administered by the Learning and Skills Council; competitions to decide a need for substantial new 16-19 provision that cannot be met under the "presumption" arrangements or by an academy. The department has no target to reduce the percentage of secondary schools that do not provide educational facilities to students above the age of 16 years.
|Severe Disablement Allowance||3|
|Disability Living Allowance||841|
|Vaccine Damage Payments||1|
|Non-Contributory Christmas Bonus||3|
|Income Support/Minimum Income Guarantee/ Pension Credit||3,264|
|Jobseeker's AllowanceIncome Based||160|
Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Triesman on 19 October (WA 133) and 10 November (WA 1112), what is their estimate of the number of vessels hijacked in Somali waters since the beginning of 2005; and whether they remain of the view that the long-term solution to piracy in these waters is a return to peace and good governance in Somalia. [HL2979]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Triesman): According to information received by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office there have been 11 confirmed hijacks and 14 reported attacks on ships in Somali waters this year, as of 13 December.
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