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When the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service or any Northern Ireland permanent secretary last discussed joint procurements with senior civil servants in Scotland with a view to creating efficiencies in (a) health; (b) education; and (c) local authorities; and whether similar discussions with senior civil servants in the Republic of Ireland have taken place during the past 12 months. [HL4775]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Bach): The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is in the process of developing an adaptation policy framework which will seek to integrate adaptation to climate change impacts into the wider policy-making process so that it can be given consideration alongside other policy objectives and priorities.
A consultation document was issued in November 2005, and the consultation period ended on 31 January. More than 120 responses have been received and the results of this exercise will be published later this year.
The department also funds the UK Climate Impacts Programme, which works with a wide range of stakeholders to support them in scoping the impacts of climate change on their operations and assisting them in the development of adaptation strategies.
Lord Bach: Flood risk management is a devolved responsibility. Defra has policy responsibility in England, funds most of the Environment Agency's flood-related work and grant-aids individual projects undertaken by local authorities and internal drainage boards. The programme to manage risk is driven by
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these operating authorities; Defra does not build defences, nor directs the authorities on which specific projects to undertake.
Climate change is expected to impact on flood risk through increased storminess and sea level rise and Defra advises the operating authorities on allowances to be made in the design of defences. The department's developing strategy for flood and coastal erosion risk management, Making Space for Water, aims to produce revised policy guidance on appraisal by 2007 for those implementing measures to manage flood risk. This updated guidance will take account of the latest research and developments of good practice to ensure that adaptability to climate change through robust and resilient solutions and full consideration of all economic, environmental and social impacts continues to be an integral part of all flood and coastal erosion risk management decisions.
The Government have no specific plans to strengthen protection for farmland. However, operating authorities are encouraged to consider the case for improvement on merit within a strategic catchment-wide approach to reducing flood risk. Such works may be grant-aided by Defra if they meet our criteria. Clearly issues such as value for money, maximising the benefit from public investment and long-term sustainability are key considerations when deciding how to invest taxpayers' money and building ever-higher defences in all places is unlikely to be either sustainable or cost-effective. The Government intend to continue to give priority to schemes which have maximum effect in reducing the risk of flooding to people.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Bach): Funding for the restoration and maintenance of stone walls is available through the agri-environment schemes, which support landscape conservation and the historical environment, including important features such as traditional field boundaries.
The entry level stewardship strand of the Environmental Stewardship Scheme provides an option to protect and maintain stone walls, and this is open to all land managers provided they meet the scheme's requirements.
The higher stewardship element of the Environmental Stewardship Scheme offers stone wall restoration capital grants to agreement holders, when taken up alongside appropriate land management options. This part of the scheme is competitive and entry into it is discretionary, based on the delivery of significant environmental benefits.
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Bach): In the Government's view, the proposal as it currently stands complies with the three elements of the principles of subsidiarity, as laid down in Article 5 of the treaty. In particular, because of the multinational nature of the industry and the trans-boundary nature of the pollutant concerned, EU-level action is appropriate.
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 1 March (WA 62), whether the £500,000 to be made available by April 2007 from the children and young people fund for the provision of child contact centres is supplementary to moneys already provided; what is the provision for 200607; and what the provision has been since April 2003. [HL4633]
The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): I can confirm that the £500,000 from the children and young people fund package is additional money which will be used to expand the provision of children's contact centre services.
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In addition to the £500,000 from the children and young people fund package, £248,962 is being allocated to the child contact centres in Northern Ireland from the Health and Social Services Trusts and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for financial year 2006-07. This includes funding from the Department of Social Development, Neighbourhood Renewal Programme for one Centre, which is paid through the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.
The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): Public authorities in Northern Ireland, including government agencies, may charge fees to provide information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.
(a) How many cases of genital warts there have been in England in each year since 1995; and (b) how much the treatment of genital warts has cost the National Health Service each year since 1997, in each case broken down by strategic health authority. [HL4665]
The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): The data are set out in the following table but are available only since 2000 when strategic health authorities came into existence. Data on the costs of treating genital warts are not collected centrally.
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|Strategic Health Authority||Sex||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004|
|Avon, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire||Male||2,661||2,659||2,625||2,655||2,797|
|Avon, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire||Female||2,138||2,167||2,169||2,155||2,177|
|Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire||Male||1,783||1,909||1,745||1,785||1,808|
|Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire||Female||1,430||1,465||1,489||1,537||1,494|
|Birmingham & the Black Country||Male||1,633||1,948||1,986||1,933||1,948|
|Birmingham & the Black Country||Female||1,238||1,665||1,552||1,503||1,456|
|Cheshire & Merseyside||Male||2,769||2,649||2,914||2,993||3,512|
|Cheshire & Merseyside||Female||2,229||2,129||2,151||2,381||2,600|
|County Durham & Tees Valley||Male||1,125||1,115||1,119||1,170||1,154|
|County Durham & Tees Valley||Female||913||944||960||981||1,017|
|Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire||Male||1,795||1,710||1,549||1,593||1,629|
|Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire||Female||1,357||1,353||1,195||1,286||1,329|
|Cumbria & Lancashire||Male||1,993||2,060||2,112||2,268||2,368|
|Cumbria & Lancashire||Female||1,551||1,474||1,530||1,783||1,748|
|Dorset & Somerset||Male||1,614||1,693||1,727||1,780||1,611|
|Dorset & Somerset||Female||1,159||1,215||1,297||1,180||1,081|
|Hampshire & Isle of Wight||Male||1,951||2,046||2,105||1,926||1,839|
|Hampshire & Isle of Wight||Female||1,616||1,622||1,576||1,526||1,527|
|Kent & Medway||Male||1,570||1,572||1,643||1,599||1,679|
|Kent & Medway||Female||1,291||1,230||1,249||1,203||1,441|
|Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland||Male||1,832||1,628||1,577||1,536||1,599|
|Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland||Female||1,392||1,252||1,165||1,209||1,236|
|Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridgeshire||Male||2,277||2,274||2,287||2,353||2,255|
|Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridgeshire||Female||1,866||1,955||1,817||1,968||1,917|
|North and East Yorkshire & Northern Lincoln||Male||1,155||1,258||1,450||1,661||1,638|
|North and East Yorkshire & Northern Lincoln||Female||922||1,164||1,265||1,406||1,390|
|North Central London||Male||2,026||2,244||2,500||2,337||2,370|
|North Central London||Female||1,489||1,619||1,717||1,500||1,663|
|Northumberland, Tyne & Wear||Male||2,381||2,252||2,089||2,173||2,318|
|Northumberland, Tyne & Wear||Female||1,887||1,727||1,719||1,654||1,836|
|Shropshire & Staffordshire||Male||1,526||1,571||1,439||1,425||1,726|
|Shropshire & Staffordshire||Female||1,193||1,255||1,181||1,233||1,268|
|Surrey & Sussex||Male||3,434||3,395||3,763||3,285||3,096|
|Surrey & Sussex||Female||2,592||2,571||2,817||2,628||2,750|
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