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Regional Food Strategy

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

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.

Stansted Airport

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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.

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The BAA is currently consulting on proposals for a second runway. At this stage it has not provided information on future energy requirements.

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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.

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

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 Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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Torture

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Transport Policy: Mr Rod Eddington

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

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 1: Meetings to date

AA Motoring Trust

Air Transport Users Council

Airport Operators Association

Association of Rail Freight Operators

Association of Train Operating Companies

Kate Barker

Bombardier

British Chambers of Commerce

Commission for Integrated Transport

Confederation of British Industry

Core Cities Transport Connectivity Group

Detica

Federation of Small Businesses

Freight Transport Association

Highways Agency

Institute of Directors

Liberal Democrat Transport
 
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Team Local Government Association

London First

Network Rail Northern Way

Passenger Transport Executive Group

RAC Foundation

Rail Freight Group

Rail Passengers Council

Railway Forum

Regional Development Agency transport leads

Road Haulage Association

Trades Union Congress

Transport 2000

Transport for London

Ultraspeed

Table 2: Organisations involved in roundtable meetings

Anschutz Entertainment Group

Associated British Ports

Association of Commuter Transport

Aviation Environment Federation

BAA Plc

British International Freight Association

British Land

BT Group

Campaign to Protect Rural England

Canary Wharf Group

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Confederation of British Industry

Core Cities Group

Cushman Wakefield, Healey and Baker

Deloitte

Department of Trade and Industry

Department for Work and Pensions

Disability Rights Commission

Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

Ellis Transport Services

FlyBe

Freight Transport Association

Friends of the Earth

GlaxoSmithKline

Heriot-Watt University

Highways Agency

Job Centre Plus

Living Streets

MDS TransModal

MTR Corporation

NM Rothschild and Sons

Orange

Rail Freight Group

Road Haulage Association

RoadBlock
 
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Sea and Water

Siemens Transportation

Sustrans

Transport 2000

Transport for London

UK Chamber of Shipping

UK Major Ports Group

United Parcel Service Ltd

Visit Britain

World Travel and Tourism Council

Table 3: Regional meetings

Table 4: Transport operators and providers

Arriva Plc

Associated British Ports

BAA Plc

Birmingham International Airport

Bristol International Airport

Bristol Port Company

DFDS Tor Line

Durham Tees Valley Airport

First Group

Go-Ahead

Great North Eastern Railway

Hull Trains

Humberside International Airport

Hutchison Whampoa
 
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Leeds-Bradford International Airport

Manchester International Airport

Midland Expressway Ltd

National Express Group

Northern Rail

Nottingham East Midlands Airport

P&O

PD Ports

Peel Holdings

Robin Hood Airport

Serco Integrated Transport

Stagecoach Group

Transpennine Express

Trent Barton Buses

Virgin Group
 
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Table 5: Academics



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