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Written Answers

Wednesday, 8 February 2006.

Alcohol: Repeat Offenders

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Research has not examined the link specifically between high-volume repeat offending and alcohol consumption. The National Offender Management Service has developed a comprehensive alcohol strategy for prisoners. Detoxification is available on reception in all local and remand prisons. Some prisons run alcohol awareness courses and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) run groups in around 50 per cent. of prisons. Additionally, general offending behaviour programmes address the underlying causal factors, which occur in alcohol-related crime.

Allotments: South Yorkshire

Lord Mason of Barnsley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Baroness Andrews): The Government do not collect information on the availability of allotment land on an annual basis. However, information on the number of statutory allotments was last collected as part of The English Allotment Survey 1997. This recorded a total of 374 hectares of statutory allotments in south Yorkshire. In the past five years approval has been given for the disposal of sites totalling 10 hectares in south Yorkshire.

Autism: Northern Ireland

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): The education and library boards (ELBs) have a statutory responsibility to identify and assess special educational needs. Responsibility for providing multidisciplinary assessment and diagnostic teams for children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) rests with the health and social services trusts (HSSTs). Educational psychologists and other educational professionals from the ELBs, however, contribute to the work of the HSSTs' diagnostic teams. No additional funding has been made available to each ELB specifically for this purpose in the past six months but funding of approximately £550k per annum has been provided since 2003–04 to establish a five board structure for a comprehensive ASD support programme.

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: In Northern Ireland, training for classroom assistants assigned to pupils with special educational needs is the responsibility of the education and library boards. All five education and library boards currently provide specific autism awareness training for schools and classroom assistants.

British Citizenship: Hong Kong and India

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: As the noble Lord is aware, we sent a Note Verbale to the Indian authorities on 20 April 2005 seeking clarification of Indian citizenship laws. They have now responded and a copy of the reply has been placed in the Library of the House. The reply will necessitate certain changes to our policy. My honourable friend the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality has written to the noble Lord explaining how we will publicise these changes and the steps we will take to implement them. A copy of the reply given in the Lok Sabha has also been placed in the Library of the House.
 
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Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Baroness Hilton of Eggardon asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has published a business plan for the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) for consultation, containing its proposals for putting the finances of CEH on to a sustainable basis. I have asked the chief executive of NERC to write to the noble Baroness about these proposals.

Civil Service: Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): At present, the water service in the Department for Regional Development has two projects (i.e. accounts payable, and customer billing and contact) for which it proposes to move small numbers of posts from the west of Northern Ireland to Belfast. The precise numbers involved have not yet been determined but should not exceed 12 posts.*

*For the purpose of this reply, the west of Northern Ireland has been defined as the district council areas of Armagh, Coleraine, Cookstown, Derry, Dungannon, Fermanagh, Limavady, Magherafelt, Omagh and Strabane.

Company Law: Operating and Financial Review

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

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): I refer the noble Lord to the Answer given by my honourable friend the Minister of State for Industry and the Regions in the other place on 1 February 2006 (Official Report, col. 550W).
 
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Energy: Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum

Lord Jenkin of Roding asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): To date there has been no UK ministerial representation at the two ministerial-level meetings of the CSLF. These have been covered by officials from the DTI. The date of the next ministerial-level meeting of the CSLF has not been decided.

Lord Jenkin of Roding asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: Official UK representatives on the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum are as follows:


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