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The Government will publish an overarching national policy statement covering key elements of energy policy relevant to infrastructure provision, such as climate change, security of supply and the energy market, and including information relevant to likely future demand and measures to secure energy efficiency.

Energy national policy statements will also be expected to encompass different forms of energy generation such as fossil fuels, renewable energy, electricity networks and gas infrastructure

Transport

The Government’s aim is to establish a suite of national policy statements that will comprise:

a statement for aviation incorporating the 2003 air transport White Paper in a way which meets our proposed policy and statutory requirements for national policy statements; we are already committed

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to producing a further progress report between 2009 and 2011, which would provide a good opportunity to designate the ATWP in conjunction with that report;a statement for ports, possibly incorporating international freight, based on the work already undertaken as part of the ports policy review; anda statement for the strategic national highway and rail networks focusing primarily on the highway network, given that comprehensive plans for the rail network were published earlier this year in the HLOS and supporting rail White Paper.

These statements will over time be aligned with the overarching transport strategy now under development, reflecting the cross-modal approach recommended by Rod Eddington, in order to ensure a consistent analytical and policy framework. The recent discussion document Towards a Sustainable Transport System sets out how the department proposes to develop this strategy, working with transport users and other stakeholders over the period to 2012.

Water infrastructure

The Government will set out updated policies for water supply and water quality in a new water strategy, Future Water, which is due to be published early in 2008. This will inform development of a new national policy statement on infrastructure development for water supply and waste water treatment for the period from 2010 to 2035. The national policy statement will also be informed by parallel to planning and price review processes such as the water resource management plans which water companies will produce and the quinquennial reviews of water company sewerage charges.

Waste disposal

A national policy statement on waste will set out the Government’s objectives for the development of waste infrastructure for the period to 2020 and will be based substantially on the waste strategy for England which was published in May 2007 after extensive consultation and engagement. We expect to prepare a waste national policy statement which will draw out and, if necessary, strengthen material in the waste strategy to enable the IPC to make decisions on projects coming forward.

Offshore renewables

The IPC and the Marine Management Organisation proposed under the Marine Bill White Paper will have responsibilities for consents to offshore renewables projects of specific generating capacities. Both will operate in accordance with consistent government policy in this area whether set out in the relevant NPS or in the marine policy statement.



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Transport: Local Transport Capital Settlement

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Transport (Rosie Winterton) has made the following Ministerial Statement.

Today, I am announcing the distribution of a package of funding of more than £4 billion to improve local transport outside London over the remaining three years of the local transport plan period. An indicative announcement of half of this funding package was made last year. This announcement confirms that funding is available now that the comprehensive spending review has been completed.

It builds on the £8.5 billion provided to the 122 local transport authorities, including the six passenger transport authorities, over the past seven years for small local transport improvements and capital highways maintenance. These improvements tackle pinch points, improve integration and provide genuine alternatives to the car.

The £4.036 billion package consists of £1.768 billion for integrated transport improvements and £2.268 billion for highways capital maintenance.

This capital funding is in addition to the £2.3 billion made available in regional funding allocations for local authority major schemes and Highways Agency schemes of regional significance over the next three years.

Local transport plans have now been implemented for more than six years. Local transport authorities can be proud of the way they are creating safer, cleaner environments. They have made great progress in reducing local road casualties, improving the condition of many local road networks, providing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians and integrating transport planning alongside that of health, education and housing.

Alongside this year's settlement we have also confirmed financial planning guidelines (announced last year) for a specific road safety grant set up as part of the move to integrate safety cameras into the wider road safety delivery process from 1 April 2007. The funding totals £330 million over three years—that is, £110 million per year. Of that, £286 million is being distributed to local authorities outside London. The remaining £44 million is for London and national agencies. This funding represents a long-term commitment to fund further improvements in road safety and provides local authorities and their partners with the flexibility to implement a locally agreed mix of road safety measures that will deliver the greatest reductions in road casualties in their area.

Details of the 2008-09 to 2010-11 allocations have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses, and are also available at www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/ltp/capital/ltpsettle07/.


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