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The following table details the number of defendants who had an arrest or bench warrant issued against them in 2007.

Number of defendants who had an arrest or bench warrant issued in 2007

Crown Court

85

Magistrates' Courts (including Youth Court)

3250

Total

3335

Crime: Prevention

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Ex-offenders have an important role to play in the work to rehabilitate offenders. The role of mentoring is seen by the Prime Minister as a key intervention for changing behaviour. The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has received Russell Commission funding from the Office of the Third Sector to run four mentoring projects for young adult offenders aged 18 to 25 years. The mentors will be in the same age group, and, where possible, will include ex young adult offenders.

NOMS has an ex-offender on its Offender Management Programme Board and offenders are used in a range of activities in prison and the community such as advisers, counsellors and mentors.

Cyprus

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): We continue to urge all parties to start negotiations, based on the 8 July agreement, as soon as possible. Time is not on the side of a settlement. For this reason, it is crucial that no preconditions are placed on a return to negotiations and that every party to the Cyprus problem is focused on the objective of making decisive progress.

Eggs

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): The Government are still committed to the 2012 deadline for an EU-wide ban on the use of conventional cages for laying hens. We welcome the European Commission's recommendation, in the recently published report on the welfare of laying hens in various production systems, to maintain that deadline. The report says there is no need to prepare any proposals to amend the existing directive on the welfare of laying hens, so any speculation on what would happen if there were changes to European Union law is entirely hypothetical.

Embryology

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The Government are committed to all avenues of research which have the potential to lead to treatments and cures for serious diseases and medical conditions. Cell nuclear replacement for the creation of embryos (therapeutic cloning) is one avenue of embryo research which it is hoped will lead to stem cell therapies, and to a better understanding of disease.

New research, involving the reprogramming of human somatic cells into pluripotent stem cells also offers hope of cell-based therapies and disease models. This technology, however, is in its infancy and significantly more data would be needed before any conclusions could be drawn about its effectiveness.



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Energy: Bills

Lord Teverson asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office & Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Lord Jones of Birmingham): In the energy White Paper, the Government proposed that gas and electricity suppliers should provide information about historical consumption on bills. They consulted on a draft statutory instrument setting out this requirement in August 2007, as part of their wider consultation on metering and billing. It will set out its next steps shortly. The Government have not proposed that customers should receive monthly bills.

Energy: Fuel Poverty

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office & Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Lord Jones of Birmingham): The most recent figures for the UK show that there were approximately 2.5 million households living in fuel poverty in 2005.

A detailed breakdown of the fuel poverty figures for England is available in the “Fuel Poverty 2005—Detailed Tables” at www.berr.gov.uk/files/file42705.pdf. This shows that of the 1.5 million fuel poor households in England, approximately 434,000 (29 per cent) live in rural areas. From the data source used to calculate fuel poverty numbers, the English House Condition Survey (EHCS), it is not possible to identify households that have no access to pipeline gas; however it is possible to identify those that are not on the gas network, either out of choice or because it is not available to them. Around 270,000 of the rural fuel poor households were not on the gas network in 2005.

The table below shows estimates for the number of households in fuel poverty since 1996.

Level of fuel poverty—total in millions of households
Year1996199820012002200320042005

UK

6.5

4.75

2.5

2.25

2

2

2.5

England

5.1

3.4

1.7

1.4

1.2

1.2

1.5



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Energy: Renewables

Lord Vinson asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office & Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Lord Jones of Birmingham): Work is under way to determine the costs of expanding the grid network to accommodate new renewables generation brought forward by the renewables obligation, as well as to look at the potential costs of new renewables generation to meet the EU 2020 target.

We will include the costs associated with the renewables obligation in the Impact Assessment of the Banding of the Renewables Obligation which will be published alongside the draft Renewables Obligation Order 2009.

Energy: Smart Meters

Lord Teverson asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office & Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Lord Jones of Birmingham): In the energy White Paper, the Government set out their expectation that all homes would have smart meters within 10 years. In August 2007, as part of its consultation on metering and billing, it sought detailed views about the range of issues surrounding smart metering. It will set out its views on next steps shortly.

EU: Galileo Project

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The figures were calculated by ESYS Consulting Ltd in an independent study for the Department for Transport and the British National Space Centre, assessing the likely

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benefits for UK industry from having access to both Galileo and the Global Positioning System. The study concluded that under the most likely scenario, the total cumulative UK Global Navigation Satellite System benefits from 2013 to 2025 was likely to be £14.2 billion.

The full report is available from the Department for Transport website at www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/science research/technology/downstreamstudy.pdf.

EU: Ioannina Compromise

Baroness Quin asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): We have identified two occasions on which the Ioannina compromise has been invoked in the council:

at the Agriculture Council on 24 and 25 October 1995, on the issue of national aids to farmers—on that occasion, the UK, Sweden and Italy were in the minority; andat the Telecommunications Council on 18 December 1996, on the issue of postal liberalisation—on that occasion, the UK, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and Denmark were in the minority.

The Ioannina compromise has also been used in informal negotiations on other occasions but, since the results of these negotiations are not recorded in the formal council record, it is not possible to provide figures.

Gershon Review: DfT

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

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Department for Transport and its agencies had no compulsory or voluntary redundancies since April 2004 when Gershon targets were set. It has, however, facilitated headcount reductions by undertaking voluntary early staff exit schemes, including early retirements.

Gershon targets apply only to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Central Department (DfT(C)). Since April 2004, 399 staff have left though voluntary early staff exit schemes in DVLA and DfT(C) at a cost of £38.08 million. These

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figures include all voluntary exits and it is not possible to identify which are directly related to Gershon and headcount reductions. During the same period, there have been 2,764 permanent staff that have left because of natural wastage in DfT(C) and DVLA.

Government: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The disclosure of some of the information requested, including details of internal or interdepartmental meetings with ministers or officials, would be prejudicial to the effective conduct of public affairs.

The information that can be disclosed is set out in the following table. In addition to those functions listed, my right honourable friend the Secretary of State has regular meetings with political parties, local politicians, the Minister of State, internal and external stakeholders and his officials.

Week BeginningEngagement

3 December

Official opening of Government Building

10 December

Visit to Belfast Telegraph

Meeting with Chris Sidoti

Christmas reception at Hillsborough

17 December

Press conference on Omagh Bombing

Christmas reception at Hillsborough

Meeting with Orange Order

Meeting with Chief Constable and Sir Desmond Rea

Meeting with the Quinn family


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