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HM Revenue and Customs' Regional Trade Statistics show that imports of coal, coke and briquettes into the Yorkshire and the Humber region over the same period were as follows:

YearThousand tonnes

2001

70

2002

188

2003

90

2004

1,042

2005

4,065

2006

4,706

EU: Structural and Cohesion Funds

Baroness Cohen of Pimlico asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: The European regulations set out the arrangements for the administration of the structural funds in each member state. The Cohesion Fund does not operate in the UK.

The designated managing authorities in England are as follows:

Communities and Local Government, for the European Regional Development Fund

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), for the European Social Fund.

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for the 2000-06 European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund.

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the responsibility for managing the Structural Funds rests with the Devolved Administrations.

The Marine and Fisheries Agency of Defra are responsible for the 2000-06 Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance throughout the United Kingdom.

BERR has responsibility for co-ordinating the monitoring and reporting of the implementation of the structural funds programmes across the UK, and takes the policy lead for the United Kingdom on the structural and cohesion funds.



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Foreign Office: Personnel

Lord Blaker asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) resource accounts for 2006-07 give the total number of full-time equivalent staff employed by the FCO in the UK and overseas as 17,107. This total includes locally-recruited staff employed by our posts overseas.

Government: Accountability to Parliament

Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): Given the volume of correspondence received, it is not possible for the Prime Minister to reply to all correspondence from Members of both Houses. As has been the practice under successive Administrations, the responsible Minister may be asked to reply on his behalf.

Great Yarmouth

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: The total estimated capital cost of the project for the construction of the outer harbour at Great Yarmouth as envisaged in the project appraisal carried out by EEDA in 2004, which includes the part-publicly funded maritime access works, is £54 million, as set out in my reply of 12 December. This does not take account of any further private development of the port by the private developer.



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The requirement for revenue commitments from a ferry operator at the outset of the project was imposed as a means of helping ensure viability of the project. This requirement was withdrawn by the RDA following responses to the procurement exercise for the outer harbour project. The requirement was waived on the basis that it was not judged commercially realistic in today's market to expect that a ferry company would commit to revenue guarantees at such an early stage, before construction of the outer harbour had begun. At the same time, the RDA judged that the proposal submitted in response to the procurement exercise by the developer who was eventually selected presented a sound and viable development without revenue commitments at the outset from a ferry operator.

The successful developer's proposal was based on enabling larger vessels for existing trades to call at Great Yarmouth and attracting a range of new trades, with port facilities and the commercial focus evolving over time in response to market trends. In addition to attracting ferry services, the proposal identified the following potential sources of revenue; expanding support for the oil and gas sector; expanding the scope and scale for importing aggregates; extending the support for existing trades such as forest products, fertilisers and agri-bulk; providing port and support facilities for the wind farm; catering for oil and gas de/recommissioning demand ; attracting containerised short sea and feeder trades; attracting car imports; attracting new technology projects. Release of information on the amounts of revenue expected would prejudice the commercial interests of the port developer.

Homelessness

Lord Roberts of Llandudno asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): A national estimate of the number of rough sleepers in England is published every September. The estimate is based on the results of local authority street counts in those areas where a known, or suspected, rough sleeping problem has been identified. The table below sets out the national rough sleeping estimate over each of the past five years.

The department does not hold statistics for the devolved administrations.

DateNational rough sleeping estimate

2007

498

2006

502

2005

459

2004

508

2003

504



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Housing: Thames Gateway

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): Expenditure by English Partnerships for the London Thames Gateway is, on present forecast, expected to be £65.328 million in the years 2008-09 to 2010-11.

Kenya: Elections

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): We do not exclude any option that will return Kenya to the path of peace, stability and prosperity. With our international partners, we fully support the African Union's efforts, led by Kofi Annan, to agree a way forward between the parties. We also call for all allegations of election irregularities to be followed up through the appropriate democratic and legal channels. We call on all Kenya's political leaders to engage constructively to find a way forward.

Licensing: Alcohol Consumption

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: This is one of the measures contained within the proposed Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 which is currently out for consultation.



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Malawi

Lord Williamson of Horton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for International Development (Baroness Vadera): The World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for support for its current three-year protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) which includes development programmes and life-saving support for victims of any floods during the forthcoming rainy season (January to March). We have told the Government of Malawi that we stand ready to respond to any immediate humanitarian need and will provide these funds through WFP's PRRO if required.

Northern Ireland: Speech by Peter Hain

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The speech, which was delivered on 12 June 2007, was given to mark the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland on 8 May 2007. It was explained in the text that, following the Belfast agreement, Northern Ireland had been an inspiration to other parts of the world and that it was timely to set out some of the factors guiding British Government policy in Northern Ireland and some of the lessons that had been learnt.

Pollution: Kitchen Cleaning Products

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: We have no plans currently to do so.

The safety of household products containing chemicals is governed by the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002, which is

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administered by the Health and Safety Executive. These regulations require that manufacturers identify the dangers to human health and the environment of products containing chemicals, classify them under an EC-wide classification system and package them safely. If the product contains hazardous chemicals it must be labelled with the appropriate warning symbols indicating the hazards and with phrases explaining the dangers and how to use the product safely. Control of pollution caused by such chemicals is controlled by the detergents directive, the marketing and use directive and a range of other measures including the water framework directive.

Regulators: Criminal Prosecutions

Lord Lyell of Markyate asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The Housing Corporation has limited powers under the Housing Act 1996 to prosecute. No criminal prosecutions have been brought by the corporation over the past three years. Criminal prosecutions are generally a matter for the police.


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