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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Bach): The independent evaluation of the regional food strategy, which was published on 18 October 2005, is now available on Defra's website at www.statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/evaluation/regional/default.asp.
Lord Davies of Oldham: The management of the construction of a new runway at Stansted will be a matter for BAA. This will be an issue for BAA to consider in taking its plans through the land use planning system.
What discussions they have had with (a) British Airways, and (b) Virgin Atlantic regarding the construction of the proposed second runway at Stansted airport; and whether they will place a copy of the minutes of any such discussions in the Library of the House; and [HL2994]
What discussions Ministers or officials from within the Department for Transport have had with (a) Ministers or officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; (b) officials from the Environment Agency; or (c) officials from the Countryside Agency regarding the possible environmental impact or otherwise of a second runway at Stansted airport; and [HL3161]
Lord Davies of Oldham: Ministers and officials have met with a wide range of aviation stakeholders, including airlines, airports and local and environmental interest groups. The matters discussed at many of them are confidential for commercial or other reasons, therefore it would not be appropriate to summarise the details of these meetings or to place the minutes in the House Library.
How many kilowatts of power they estimate will be used each year by the new terminal and service buildings under the proposals for a second runway at Stansted airport, as detailed by BAA on 9 December. [HL3072]
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 14 December (WA 168), whether they will provide a brief description of those (a) listed buildings; (b) scheduled ancient monuments; and (c) other sites containing structures of local or national historic interest that might be affected by the proposed building of a second runway at Stansted airport; and [HL3089]
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 14 December (WA 168), whether the number of historic or listed buildings possibly affected by the construction of a second runway at Stansted Airport announced by BAA on 9 December differs from the proposals published in their White Paper The future of air transport; and, if so, how. [HL3090]
Lord Davies of Oldham: BAA's Stansted Generation 2 consultation document, published on the 9 December, states that the possible construction of its preferred second runway airport layout option (option A) would entail the loss of 25 listed properties (grade II).
This is slightly fewer than was stated in the White Paper; the assessment for the indicative runway layout option shown in the White Paper was that it would entail a loss of 29 listed buildings and two scheduled ancient monuments.
BAA's consultation document also contains a map of environmental features in the Stansted airport vicinity, which includes the sites of listed buildings, scheduled ancient monuments and conservation areas. BAA's consultation closes on 24 March, and further details can be obtained at its website at www.stanstedairport.com/future.
What discussions they have had with BAA over the possible construction of a third runway at (a) Stansted Airport, and (b) Heathrow Airport; and whether they will place the notes of any such discussions in the Library of the House. [HL3091]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Air Transport White Paper 2003 supported development of a second runway at Stansted, and a third at Heathrow if environmental limits can be met. Since its publication, there has been regular dialogue with BAA on these issues. Information on the Project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow is available on the department's website.
How many (a) Ministers, and (b) officials from the Department for Transport have visited the proposed site of the second runway at Stansted Airport; who undertook the visits; and when the visits took place. [HL3094]
Lord Davies of Oldham: My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Karen Buck), visited Stansted airport to examine the proposed site of the second runway, accompanied by Department for Transport officials on 5 December 2005. Two officials visited the airport separately on 29 August 2004.
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Department for Transport has an Aviation Directorate of approximately 90 officials, which manages work on all air transport White Paper policies including the expansion of Stansted airport.
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What powers they have to prevent or prosecute breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Convention Against Torture, customary international law, or United Kingdom criminal law, in respect of acts of torture or inhuman or degrading treatment done on board foreign aircraft flying over or landing in United Kingdom territory. [HL2984]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): Torture is an offence under English law, regardless of where it is committed. Police powers to prevent the commission of offences would also apply to the offence of torture. Decisions about prosecuting torture offences are made by prosecution authorities.
Lord Davies of Oldham: Rod Eddington has met with senior representatives of the organisations listed at Table 1. He has had roundtable meetings involving the organisations listed at Table 2, and has conducted regional visits to each of the English regions and to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, during which he met with those listed at Table 3. Rod Eddington has also met with transport operators and providers as listed at Table 4, and meets regularly with a group of leading academics in the fields of transport and economics, as listed at Table 5.
Table 5: Academics
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