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Subject Access Requests

Lord Ashcroft asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost. There is no obligation for departments to record whether they are achieving the time limits in question.

Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The GB and NI traffic census data used to provide HGV kilometres does not record tonnes of goods lifted. It also includes types of heavy vehicles which do not carry goods, therefore it is not possible to derive an equivalent value of tonne kilometre of goods carried.

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The variation in tonnes of CO2 per billion vehicle kilometres between 1990 and 2005 in the previous answer is a result of changes to the composition of the vehicle fleet and increases in the amount of goods carried. Changes in European standards on emission limits for wider air quality benefits may also have resulted in small increases in fuel consumption. Increasing the load on a vehicle will increase its fuel consumption and resultant CO2 emission, but the overall effect is to increase efficiency and reduce the amount of CO2 emitted per tonne kilometre travelled.

The Government will continue to work with the logistics industry to encourage and support the use of appropriate modes of transport and provide practical advice and guidance in the form of the “Freight Best Practice and Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving” schemes to minimise CO2 emission.


Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Attorney-General (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Waste Management: Landfill Tax

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Landfill tax receipts data does not provide a regional breakdown for landfill tax paid in England and Wales or provide information on how much revenue is received from local authorities. This is because registered landfill site operators pay the tax to HM Revenue and Customs and pass on the cost to their customers through the disposal charges they set. The origin of the landfilled waste is not recorded on the tax return.

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Latest landfill tax receipts for the UK are published by HM Revenue and Customs at

Forecast landfill tax receipts for 2008-09 are published in Table B8 of the 2007 Pre-Budget Report and Comprehensive Spending Review available at

The Government have always recognised the impact of the landfill tax on local government. The costs of landfill tax, including the increase in the landfill tax escalator, were taken into account when agreeing the size of the revenue support grant for local government CSR settlement.

Welfare to Work

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The aim of the new commissioning strategy is to bring a distinctive approach to service delivery based on specialist knowledge, skills and experience using the private, public and third sectors. This approach will harness the innovation and expertise of the private and voluntary sector to help us improve the service we deliver to our customers. In doing this, we will support the development of the wider market to ensure that high-quality, high-performing, specialist providers are involved in our contracts.

We have made it clear that, in assessing bids from potential prime contractors, we will look for evidence that demonstrates a specialist understanding of sources of disadvantage, and strategies to overcome them for all customer groups. This will include homeless people.

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