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For disabled workers at Barnsley, this will include the opportunity to transfer to Remploy's factory in Sheffield.

Remploy's proposals may change in the light of formal consultation with their trade unions and other key stakeholders. The Government will consider the company's final proposals once they have been submitted later in the year. No decisions on the future of the company will take place until then.

Restorative Justice

Lord Dear asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): The Government’s strategy is to encourage, but not require, the use of adult restorative justice whilst building the evidence base to establish the impact of its use, particularly in relation to reoffending. It has invested £5 million in the crime reduction programme restorative justice pilots and their independent evaluation. This research is expected to be completed and published this year and this will inform future strategy. It is for local criminal justice boards and other criminal justice agencies to consider how best to use their funding to meet their targets and local needs and a number of areas have established schemes to deliver adult restorative justice.

Youth offending teams (YOTs) use restorative justice as part of their work to prevent offending and increase victim satisfaction. The Youth Justice Board (YJB) has set a key performance indicator that “victims participate in restorative processes in 25 per cent of relevant disposals referred to the YOT, and 85 per cent of victims participating are satisfied”. YOTs implement this work from their own resources which, during 2005-6, included YJB grant covering approximately 20 per cent of YOT resources.

Under the Treasury “invest to save”—round six—programme, £1.5 million was allocated to pilots of family group conferences to enhance the overall effectiveness of youth inclusion support panels. The FGC pilot ceased on 31 March 2007 when the three-year funding came to an end.

From April 2007 to 2010, Treasury ISB funding has been allocated to a restorative teen panels project in Preston, Lancashire and a “Restorative Justice in Residential Children's Homes” project in Leicestershire.

The YJB publication Developing Restorative Justice: An action plan sets out how restorative justice will be broadened and extended in the youth justice system.

Television: Digital Switchover

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Truscott): Whitehaven and the surrounding area of Copeland in Cumbria will lead on the UK's switchover to digital TV in October 2007. Switchover will then roll out TV region by TV region between autumn 2008 and the end of 2012. Within a TV region, each main transmitter and the relay stations that carry its signal will generally switchover at the same time. Most TV regions contain more than one main transmitter and switchover for each of these might take place at different times. Further detail on the timings for each main transmitter will be announced as we get closer to the regional switchover date.

TV regionTiming of switchover for the TV regionTiming of switchover for main transmitters and associated relays within the TV region

Whitehaven and Copeland


17 October 2007 (Whitehaven, Cumbria)



Oct-Dec 2008 (Selkirk)

Apr-Jun 2009 (Caldbeck)

West County


Apr-Jun 2009 (Beacon Hill, Stockland Hill)

Jul-Sep 2009 (Huntshaw Cross, Redruth, Caradon Hill)



Oct-Dec 2009 (Winter Hill)



Jul-Sep 2009 (Preseli, Carmel)

Oct-Dec 2009 (Llandonna, Moel-Y-Parc)

Jan-Mar 2010 (Blaenplwyf, Long Mountain, Wenvoe)

STV North West


To be determined

STV Central


To be determined

Yorkshire, Central, Anglia


To be determined

Meridian, London, Tyne Tees, Ulster


To be determined

There are no plans to switch off analogue radio services.

Waste Management: London

Baroness Turner of Camden asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): London boroughs' progress on the waste aspects of local planning documents is kept under regular review. Planning for waste management facilities is a top priority and officials have regular engagement with boroughs to ensure progress is maintained. A majority of boroughs’ revised local development schemes—which set out the boroughs' proposed timetables for plan-making—have been signed off by the Government Office for London, and the remainder of LDS revisions will be signed off shortly. This ensures that the borough waste planning document programme is as up to date as possible.

Welsh Language

Lord Browne of Belmont asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Evans of Temple Guiting: Departments and public bodies varied in the level of Welsh language service which they were providing or planning to provide prior to the 1993 Act. Since they would have been accommodated within existing budgets, it is not possible to make an assessment of any additional costs flowing specifically from the requirements of the Act.

Lord Browne of Belmont asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Evans of Temple Guiting: The figures requested are not held centrally.

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