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Further to the Written Answer by the Prime Minister on 25 March 2002 (HC Deb, col. 6189W) reaffirming the Government's commitment to Rehabilitation International's Charter for the Third Millennium, presented to him on 5 July 2000, what developments there have been since then in regard to the charter's call for a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People; and what role the Government have played in giving it effect. [HL850]
Lord Bassam of Brighton: I refer the noble Baroness to the answer my right honourable friend the Prime Minister gave to my right honourable friend the Member for Manchester Gorton (Sir Gerald Kaufman) in another place on Thursday 14 December 2006, Official Report, cols. 1287-1288W.
Whether they will seek sanctions against the officials of the European Commission who were responsible for the failure to prosecute the French authorities within the six-year time limit for the illegal tax advantage given to French companies under the economic interest grouping tax scheme between 1998 and 2005. [HL1118]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Truscott): No. The European Commission has the competence to launch investigations of allegations of illegal state aid. This will usually be triggered by complaints from affected businesses. Her Majestys Government will intervene, in support of such complaints, where appropriate.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The fees charged for granting or renewing a firearms certificate are calculated on the basis of the average costs of administration and are currently set at £50 and £40.
The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): This Government are strongly supportive of organic food and will remain so, not least for its biodiversity benefits. We place significant value on the contribution made by organic production toward our sustainability objectives. We have provided considerable support to the organic sector in financial aid to organic farmers and through the organic action plan.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The Government Office for the East of England is one of nine offices in the Government Office network.
Staff in post figures detail the numbers of permanent, fixed term and casual staff who were working in the office at that time. Total headcount figures include additional employees of the Government Office for the East of England who were out of the office for any reason such as career breaks, maternity leave and secondments.
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): Information about English local authorities' actions under homelessness legislation is collected by the Department for Communities and Local Government in respect of households (rather than people) at local authority level and on a quarterly basis. The department does not hold statistics for the devolved Administrations.
Households that are accepted by English local authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need are owed a main homelessness duty by the local authority. Figures for 1995, 2000 and 2005 are provided for England in the table below.
The duty owed to a household accepted as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need is to secure suitable accommodation. If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority may secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available.
|Applicant households found to be unintentionally homeless and in priority need (i.e. accepted as owed a main homelessness duty)- England|
|Note- (P) Provisional data|
Other applicant households are found by the local authority to be homeless (some of which may be unintentionally so) but not in priority need, in which case a main homelessness duty is not owed. These are not included in the table.
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): Bottled water purchased by the House of Lords is sold for profit in the House's refreshment outlets and provided free of charge in committee and meeting rooms. Water sold in the refreshment outlets is available in 33c1 and 75cl bottles. Water provided in committee and meeting rooms is available in 75cl bottles.
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Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 4 December (WA 103), what has been the cause of the delay in developing guidance on the avoidance of light pollution, following the announcement made by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in 2004; and by what date during 2007 the draft annex to Planning Policy Statement 23 will be published. [HL697]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The development of guidance on light pollution has had to be accommodated
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What is (a) the population and (b) the electorate of each of the non-metropolitan unitary authorities in England, and of each London borough; and what was the latest comprehensive performance assessment ranking of each authority. [HL1094]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): Population statistics for local authorities in England, including the non-metropolitan unitary authorities, are available from the Office for National Statistics website at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Expodata /Spreadsheets/D9394.xls.
Information on the latest comprehensive performance assessment ranking of each authority is available from the Audit Commission website at http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/cpa/index.asp? page=index.asp&area=hpcpa.
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