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Religious Organisations

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The Government have no plans to seek to obtain this specific information. The Government do not collect information on particular religious interpretations espoused in faith institutions.

Single Regeneration Budget

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): I regret that the information requested is not housed centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate costs. However, figures supplied by the North West Development Agency, the organisation charged with administering the single regeneration budget at a regional level, indicate that in the last three years there were 12 financially live schemes totalling £149,839,310 still in operation.

Sport: Flags and Anthems

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: I refer the noble Lord to the Answer given on 29 October 2007 (Official Report, col. WA166).

The Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000, which legislate for flag-flying in Northern Ireland, apply only in relation to government buildings, not to sporting venues. Since the restoration of devolved government to Northern Ireland in May 2007, responsibility for matters relating to sport falls to the devolved Administration in Northern Ireland. No advice on this matter was requested from, or given by, the Northern Ireland Office.

St Andrews Agreement

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The St Andrews agreement set out a number of changes, both to the operation of the institutions of the Belfast agreement and in the wider fields of equality and human rights. It also set out a timeline for the completion of devolution.

Terrorism: Detention Period

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The reasons for our proposals regarding pre-charge detention were set out in the document published on 6 December 2007 entitled Pre-charge Detention of Terrorist Suspects. This can be found at www.security.homeoffice.gov.uk/news-publications/publication-search/general/pre-charge-detention.



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UN: Conventional Weapons Convention

Lord Elton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): There is no retrospective liability. Potential future liability is unquantifiable. Discussions among the government departments involved are ongoing in order to work out arrangements for managing this potential future liability. In the mean time, we follow the principles enshrined in Protocol V.

Vehicles: Electric Power

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The planning policy statement (PPS) on climate change published at the end of 2007 makes cutting carbon emissions a key government priority for the planning system in England. The PPS sets out how planning can help secure enduring progress against the UK's emissions targets, by direct influence on energy use and emissions, and in bringing together and encouraging action by others. As part of this contribution, planning authorities are expected to prepare and manage the delivery of spatial strategies that help secure the fullest possible use of sustainable transport.

The PPS underlines that local planners should expect new development to create and secure opportunities for sustainable transport in line with existing planning policies for transport (set out in PPG13). These highlight that a key factor in encouraging the wider take-up of clean road transport fuels and technologies is the development of the associated recharging or refuelling infrastructure. There is therefore no reason why, where appropriate, planning authorities should not already expect commercial and public buildings to have facilities to recharge electrical powered vehicles.

Waste Management: North Yorkshire

Baroness Harris of Richmond asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): Decisions on whether consent should be granted for the storage of certain types of hazardous substances above specified levels are matters for local authorities following consultation with the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency. The Health and Safety Executive provides advice on the risk that would be presented to people in the surrounding area; the Environment Agency on the risk to the environment.

In respect of a proposal for the storage of hazardous substances by the Potter Group at Green Lane, Melmerby, the Health and Safety Executive was consulted in February 2007. It advised that, subject to

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compliance with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and with specific conditions relating to the storage of hazardous substances on site, the risks to the surrounding population from the proposed operation(s) were so small that there was no significant reason on safety grounds for refusing hazardous substances consent.

The local authority resolved at a meeting on 28 August to grant the Potter Group consent for the storage of specified hazardous substances subject to conditions as to storage specified by the Health and Safety Executive, and to voluntary revocation by the Potter Group of an existing hazardous substances consent relating to the storage of ammonium nitrate fertiliser.

Representations have been made by a local residents group to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and to the Health and Safety Executive. However, as I have explained, this is a matter for the relevant local authority.


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