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Police: National Intelligence System

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): Good progress is being made and the Home Office group investment board will consider the business case by the end of March. Business cases are not, however, published until contracts have been finalised and signed as earlier disclosure could prejudice the successful outcome of any proposed procurements.
 
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Questions for Written Answer: Home Office

Lord Jopling asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): I and other Ministers give serious attention and make every effort to answer Questions substantively and in accordance with the performance guidelines set. To emphasise this, my department has now actively reviewed the way that Members' Questions for Written Answer are handled with a view to improving our performance. I fully support these new working arrangements which should ensure that Questions are replied to within the given timescales wherever possible.

Railways: Sailsbury-Exeter

Lord Patten asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: No. The upgrade to the Salisbury-Exeter track constitutes a significant infrastructure investment which would need to be subject to business case and value for money assessments.

It is expected that bidders will be asked to submit a priced option for the operation of an enhanced service (hourly Waterloo-Exeter and hourly Axminster-Exeter) as part of the invitation to tender. Bidders would need to assume that the capital costs would be funded by a third party.

Roads: Funding

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Table 1, which follows, shows the funding allocated to local authorities in the local transport capital settlements between 1998–99 and 2005–06 (inclusive) per mile of road.

The funding per mile of road varies between local authority areas for a number of reasons including because demands on funding (such as those related to
 
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public transport, congestion, road safety and capital road and bridge maintenance) vary between different types of area and road. Some figures are affected significantly by one-off major projects. The quality of local transport plans and their delivery also affects some capital funding allocations.
Table 1: Local Transport Capital Funding (1998–99 to 2005–06)
Per Mile of Road by Local Authority


Local Authority NameFunds (£000s) per mile
Bedfordshire and Luton Borough Councils52
Cambridgeshire County Council40
Essex County Council36
Hertfordshire County Council55
Norfolk County Council29
Peterborough City Council60
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council128
Suffolk County Council32
Thurrock Borough Council72
Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils38
Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils49
Lincolnshire County Council22
Northamptonshire County Council28
Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils70
Rutland Council26
Darlington Borough Council60
Durham County Council48
Hartlepool Borough Council71
Middlesbrough Borough Council64
Northumberland County Council30
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council75
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council96
Tyne and Wear Metropolitan County120
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council77
Blackpool Borough Council61
Cheshire County Council43
Cumbria County Council21
Greater Manchester Metropolitan County138
Halton Borough Council109
Lancashire County Council39
Merseyside Metropolitan County109
Warrington Borough Council61
Bracknell Forest Borough Council44
Brighton & Hove Council101
Buckinghamshire County Council45
East Sussex County Council35
Hampshire County Council32
Isle of Wight Council71
Kent County Council42
Medway Council133
Milton Keynes Council30
Oxfordshire County Council46
Portsmouth City Council100
Reading Borough Council178
Slough Borough Council48
Southampton City Council73
Surrey County Council45
West Berkshire Council25
West Sussex County Council35
Windsor and Maidenhead (Royal Borough)43
Wokingham District Council38
Bath and North East Somerset Council55
Bournemouth and Poole Borough Councils56
Bristol City Council85
Cornwall County Council25
Devon County Council20
Dorset County Council22
Gloucestershire County Council31
North Somerset Council40
Plymouth City Council83
Somerset County Council28
South Gloucestershire Council78
Swindon Borough Council65
Torbay Council56
Wiltshire County Council35
Herefordshire County Council26
Shropshire County Council32
Staffordshire County Council33
Stoke-on-Trent City Council87
Telford and Wrekin Council47
Warwickshire County Council32
West Midlands Metropolitan County127
Worcestershire County Council33
East Riding of Yorkshire Council28
Kingston Upon Hull City Council111
North East Lincolnshire Council94
North Lincolnshire Council33
North Yorkshire County Council26
South Yorkshire Metropolitan County88
West Yorkshire Metropolitan County73
York City Council78




Notes:


Figures are the total local transport capital allocations (in £000s) made for 1998–99 to 2005–06 inclusive divided by road miles. 1997–98 is not included as some councils' boundaries were changed, and councils were abolished or created between 1997–98 and 1998–99.


London authorities and the Isles of Scilly council are not included as they are not in the local transport plan system. The Greater London Authority makes transport capital allocations to London boroughs.


Figures for metropolitan areas are county wide and relate to the sum of allocations made to district councils and passenger transport authorities.


Figures for a few other councils are combined as they produce joint transport plans.






 
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Stansted Airport

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The British Airports Authority (BAA) has brought forward proposals for the expansion of Stansted in line with the Government's support for a second runway at Stansted, as set out in the air transport White Paper. The Government are working with BAA to assess the impacts on road and rail networks associated with a second runway at Stansted airport. However, the plans for development of the airport itself, and the consultation on airport layout proposals for a second runway, is a matter for BAA as airport operator.

Sudan

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Triesman): On 22 January 2006 the 35 participants in an open civil society forum on working with the African Union in Khartoum, organised by the Sudanese Organisation Against Torture, were detained for more than three hours at the conference venue by the Sudanese authorities. All were released unharmed. Our Ambassador in Khartoum raised this with the Government of Sudan and attended the scene during the detention. Other embassy staff were on hand to speak to the participants and provide consular assistance which, thankfully, was not needed. The editor of the Citizen newspaper was also subjected to threats after his newspaper vocally opposed Sudan taking chairmanship of the African Union.

Such harassment of civil society is unacceptable: the Government of Sudan must strictly uphold the freedoms of expression and association that are guaranteed under the constitution of Sudan. We are pressing the EU presidency to lead a formal high-level protest to the Government of Sudan in the coming days, and will continue to raise this matter with the Government of Sudan.

The UK strongly supports the development of civil society in Sudan. We are supporting a capacity building programme for civil society organisations and the media in Sudan including providing more than £200,000 over three years to support the work of the Sudanese Organisation Against Torture. We are also contributing to the multi-donor trust fund which is developing a civil society programme to support a civil society voice and advocacy.


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