Previous Section Back to Table of Contents Lords Hansard Home Page

Moreover, county councils retain their role as waste and minerals planning authorities and as a statutory body in preparing initial proposals for sub-regional aspects of the regional spatial strategy. County councils may also, where agreed with the regional planning body, undertake elements of the regional planning body function, including the monitoring of the regional spatial strategy.

No other functions that were delivered or provided by local authorities in 1997 are now delivered or provided by agencies or bodies at a regional level.

Government: Diary Secretaries

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: There is one diary secretary who provides support for both the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Minister of State for Scotland.

Government: Secretary of State for Scotland

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: Throughout the period 1 November to 30 November, the Secretary of State had various meetings in London and Scotland, including with ministerial colleagues and officials from the MoD and Scotland Office. On Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November, he was overseas visiting service personnel serving in Iraq. On Monday 5 November, he met HBOS in Scotland. On Tuesday 6 November, he attended the State Opening of Parliament. On Wednesday 7 November, he hosted the French Defence Minister for bilateral discussions in London. On Thursday 8 November, he attended the British Torch of Remembrance ceremony at Westminster Abbey and met National Grid. On Friday 9 November, he visited Diageo with the honourable Member for Ochil and South Perthshire. On Saturday 10 November, he attended

18 Dec 2007 : Column WA120

the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2007 event and, on Sunday I1 November, he attended the Remembrance Ceremony at the Cenotaph. On Monday 12 November, he met EU ambassadors in London, hosted by the Portuguese ambassador, before attending the defence debate in the House of Commons. On Tuesday 13 November, he met separately with the National Farmers’ Union Scotland and Scottish Financial Enterprise. On Wednesday 14 November, he attended a Sailor, Soldier, Airmen and Families Association reception. On Thursday 15 November, he hosted the Romanian Defence Minister for bilateral discussions in London. On Friday 16 November, he hosted a reception in Edinburgh for Polish National Day. On Sunday 18 and Monday 19 November, he was in Brussels attending a meeting of EU Defence Ministers. On Tuesday 20 November, he met the Crown Prince of Bahrain. On Tuesday 22 November, he had a meeting with the Columbian Defence Minister and a meeting with the Turkish Chief of Defence Staff. On Friday 23 November, he addressed the State of the City Economy Conference in Glasgow. On Wednesday 28 November, he answered Oral Questions for the Scotland Office in the House of Commons. On Thursday 29 November, he hosted a reception to mark the homecoming of 12 Brigade from Iraq.

The Minister of State for Scotland’s official engagements throughout the period 1 November to 30 November included various meetings in London and Scotland, including with ministerial colleagues and officials from the Scotland Office. On Thursday 1 November, the Minister of State was in his constituency in Scotland. On Friday 2 November, the Minister of State visited Working Links in Glasgow. That evening, the Minister of State attended the IBM Innovation Awards, Greenock. On Monday 5 November, the Minister of State attended the Prime Minister’s eve of Session reception. On Tuesday 6 November, the Minister of State attended the State Opening of Parliament. On Wednesday 7 November, the Minister of State attended the Shell UK reception in the afternoon and that evening he attended the Highland and Islands Enterprise annual dinner reception. On Friday 9 November, the Minister of State was in his constituency in Scotland. On Sunday 11 November, the Minister of State attended the Remembrance Service in Edinburgh. On Monday 12 November, the Minister of State attended the Scottish and Southern Energy board of directors’ dinner. On Tuesday 13 November, the Minister of State gave evidence to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee on the Gould report. On Thursday 15 November, the Minister of State met members of Highland Council to discuss the Crown Estate working group. On Friday 16 November, the Minister of State was in Glasgow where he met LINC Scotland, followed by meetings in his constituency that afternoon. On Tuesday 20 November, the Minister of State participated in the Westminster Hall Adjournment debate on economic development in Falkirk. On Wednesday 21 November, the Minister of State participated in the SI debate on the Criminal Proceedings Etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Powers of District and JP Courts) Order 2007. On Thursday 22 November, the Minister of State had a telephone conversation with the Scotland manager of Digital UK. On Friday 23 November, the Minister of State

18 Dec 2007 : Column WA121

was in Edinburgh where he had a meeting with RSPB Scotland; that afternoon, he visited the Scottish Energy Centre at Napier University. On Wednesday 28 November, the Minister of State answered Scottish Questions in the House of Commons. On Thursday 29 November, the Minister of State was in Scotland, where he participated in a number of visits with Ian Pearson MP, Minister of State for Science and Innovation, including visits to the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh; Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh; Encap Drug Delivery, Livingston; and Glasgow University MRC virology unit. On Friday 30 November, the Minister of State was in his constituency in Scotland.

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: Yes.

Gypsies and Travellers

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the Member for Sheffield Heeley, wrote to all local housing authorities in June 2007 asking for information on the progress made to implement Section 225 of the Housing Act 2004 and Circular ODPM 01/2006 “Planning for Gypsy and Traveller Sites” in respect of addressing the accommodation shortage of Gypsy and Traveller caravan sites.

In response to this letter, a number of planning authorities have indicated that they have started this work as listed below.

There are no adopted development plan documents containing specific land allocations for Gypsy and Traveller sites yet.



18 Dec 2007 : Column WA122

List of local authorities bringing forward specific land allocation development plan allocation documents for Gypsy and Traveller sites

Bedford

Havant

Salisbury

Bexley

Horsham

Shrewsbury and Atcham

Blaby

Hull

Slough UA

Bracknell Forest UA

Kerrier

Solihull

Brighton and Hove UA

King's Lynn and West Norfolk

South Bucks

Bristol, City of UA

Lancaster

South Cambridgeshire

Cambridge

Leicester City UA

South Derbyshire

Canterbury

Lichfield

South Gloucestershire UA

Carlisle

Maidstone

South Hams

Charnwood

Melton

South Lakeland

Cherwell

Mid Bedfordshire

Spelthorne

Chesterfield

Mid Sussex

St Albans

Chiltern

Mole Valley

St. Edmundsbury

Colchester

New Forest

Stevenage

Corby

Newark and Sherwood

Stockport

Dacorum

North Devon

Stratford-on-Avon

Dartford

North Hertfordshire

Sunderland

Derby City UA

North Kesteven

Surrey Heath

East Cambridgeshire

North Lincolnshire

Taunton Deane

East Devon

North Warwickshire

Teignbridge

East Hertfordshire

North West Leicestershire

Telford

East Lindsey

Northampton

Tendring

Eastbourne

Oadby-Wigston

Three Rivers

Eden

Oldham

Torridge

Epsom and Ewell

Oswestry

Trafford

Exeter

Penwith

Wealden

Fenland

Peterborough UA

West Devon

Forest Heath

Preston

West Lancashire

Gedling

Reading UA

West Wiltshire

Gravesham

Rugby

Wigan

Great Yarmouth

Rushcliffe

Wirral

Guildford

Rutland UA

Woking

Harborough

Salford

Wyre

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Lord Adonis): The European Court of Human Rights judgment of 13 November 2007 on application no. 57325/00 found evidence of adverse discrimination by the Czech Republic because children of Roma origin were disproportionately assigned to special schools and thereby denied access to mainstream schools. This judgment has no direct relevance to England since parents have free choice of schools, and the issue is rather how to encourage greater take-up of schooling by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, whether in mainstream or special schools.


Next Section Back to Table of Contents Lords Hansard Home Page