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Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Adonis (HL 3661), whether a grant of £750,000 is being made to Liverpool City Council to pay for a specialist team of social workers to deal with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children over the next three years; whether they agree with the estimate of the Liverpool charity Personal Social Services that more than 200 children have already arrived alone in the city; and whether any of the children have been identified as former child soldiers or as having been intentionally trafficked. [HL3992]
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Discussions have been taking place with Liverpool City Council and some other local authorities aimed at providing the Immigration Service with assistance from social workers skilled in assessing age. Funding forms part of these discussions. There are currently around 200 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Liverpool. It is not possible to say if any are former child soldiers or have been intentionally trafficked. I would expect any evidence of this to be brought forward as part of an individual's claim for asylum.
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 10 January (WA 33) and the subsequent statement by the Civil Aviation Authority that there had been an incident on the Boeing 757 aircraft registered G-BIKI on 9 November 1998, what steps they are taking to improve the reporting regime for incidents involving contaminated cabin air in aircraft. [HL3947]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The mechanism for reporting contaminated air events is well established through the CAA mandatory occurrence reporting scheme, which is organised to receive reports of incidents affecting airworthiness.
In the case of the incident involving flight G-BIKI on 9 November 1998, this was unfortunately not reported to the CAA at the time by the airline involved due to an administrative oversight. On 18 January 2006 the incident was drawn to the department's attention by a member of the flight crew. The CAA has subsequently contacted the airline concerned. Under the mandatory occurrence reporting scheme, flight crew themselves have the right to contact the CAA directly about an incident if they choose to, and to have their confidentiality respected.
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Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government are following the market activity around the ownership of British Airports Authority (BAA). Our view of the strategic importance of airports, including those owned by BAA, to the UK economy is set out in the 2003 air transport White Paper.
Why the Civil Aviation Authority conducted a small business impact test, and not a regulatory impact assessment as required by better regulation, prior to the increase in charges in January 2006. [HL3908]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA's) policy is to undertake RIAs wherever appropriate. In this case, the CAA did not undertake a formal RIA because there was no change in regulatory policy.
Lord Davies of Oldham: Flight crew can declare emergencies at two levels: Pan and Mayday. A Pan call concerns the safety of an aircraft, or of a person on
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board, where immediate assistance is not required. A Mayday call is the more serious. A Mayday call does not necessarily indicate that the aircraft is in imminent danger but that the crew requires urgent attention from the air traffic controller.
Emergency Diversions Into London GatwickOver Last Five Years
The following aircraft types were involved (aircraft type is not recorded for passenger medical emergencies): A320, B757, B767, B777, BAe 146, Canadair CL600RJ, DHC8, Embraer 145, MD11, Helicopter - Military.
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Big Lottery Fund is the operating name of the National Lottery Charities Board and the New Opportunities Fund, both executive non-departmental public bodies, working jointly together pursuant to the administrative merger in June 2004.
Information up to 31 March 2005 is set out in the Accounts of the New Opportunities Fund, and of the Community Fund, copies of which were presented to Parliament on 31 October 2005 and 15 December 2005 respectively.
|Grants where payments have been made since 1 June 2004||Awards approved since 1 June 2004|
|Fund||£828.6 million||£623.3 million|
|Community Fund||£374.9 million||£351.9 million|
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