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Lord Davies of Oldham: We do not have this information for local authority maintained roads by individual authority. All local highway authorities have been encouraged to produce asset management plans for their roads. These will consist of inventories of stock, its existing condition, and target condition based upon desired service levels. This will inform
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calculations of the backlogs on local roads. Asset management plans will also provide a tool to obtain and organise information to support the requirement for local authorities to introduce Whole Government Accounts for 200607.
Whether they will provide a breakdown of expenditure to date on the rural enterprise scheme, including processing and marketing grants; and what the principal heads of expenditure will be under the scheme in each of the coming two financial years. [HL3945]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Bach): The current England rural development programme will end on 31 December 2006. The project-based schemes, including the rural enterprise scheme (RES) and the processing and marketing grant scheme (PMG)will close to new applications on 30 June 2006. A consultation on the priorities of the new rural development programme will commence very shortly.
|Scheme||Spend to end March 2005||Budget for 2005-06||Ceiling for 2006-07||Total|
|RES||£65.5 million||£36 million||£34 million||£135.5 million|
|PMG||£23.7 million||£8 million||£8 million||£39.7 million|
The Government are seeking to achieve a range of complex outcomes for the measures in the rural enterprise schemefor instance, the number of new or maintained jobs, number of quality agricultural products marketed, number of tourist day visits and area of land made irrigable.
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Lord Davies of Oldham: In the consultation that preceded the Future of Air Transport White Paper, a number of responses supported expansion of Stansted Airport. Statistics on this were provided in the report by Aviasolutions entitled A Report to the Government's Consultation: South East (December 2003). This report is on the Department for Transport's website.
Following the White Paper, the Government have received many representations about development of Stansted Airportboth for and against. It would involve disproportionate costs to provide details on how many of these were in support of expansion.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Triesman): We welcome the African Union's (AU) decision at the 12 January Peace and Security Council expressing support in principle to handing over its monitoring mission in Darfur (AMIS) to the UN. The UN Security Council has instructed the UN Secretary-General to report back to the council on the options for such a UN operation. We are discussing with the UN and the AU the possible size, mandate and composition.
The review led to the formulation and adoption of a key supplier management system, designed to promote better business relationships with the leading suppliers to the department. This system was implemented on 1 April 2005.
Whether it is their intention that urban congestion targets will form part of every local transport plan; and, if so, when they plan to extend the programme beyond the 10 largest urban areas. [HL3991]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The 10 largest urban authorities, which account for a significant proportion of all congestion on urban roads, will publish congestion targets based on new data sources provided by the Government during the summer 2006. Other local authorities which identify congestion as a key local issue may also set appropriate targets and indicators in their local transport plans, but are not required to do so.
What assumptions the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will make in relation to fee income received per full-time undergraduate for the years 200607 to 200809; how these assumptions will relate to HEFCE's future funding formula for teaching; and whether they are compatible with the Government's undertakings during the debates on the Higher Education Bill in 2004 that the income received by universities from top-up fees would be additional to existing base-line funding; and [HL3784]
Whether the Higher Education Funding Council for England's proposals in relation to allocation of teaching funds between universities are compatible with commitments made by the Government during the debates on the Higher Education Bill in 2004 to
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Adonis): The council has been consulting the higher-education sector on the future formula to be used for the distribution of grant for teaching. I am sure the council will consider carefully any arguments on these issues and I expect the end result to be compatible with the earlier commitments the Government have made. We have already brought forward proposals to provide additional support amounting to £40 million over the next two years for part-time students from non-traditional backgrounds.
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