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Following BE (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department ( EWCA Civ 540), whether they will issue an asylum policy instruction stating that when an asylum seeker has deserted the Armed Forces of a state rather than committed abuse of human rights under orders, a fear of persecution for holding political opinions is established, regardless of the punishment that faces him. [HL4529]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The UK Border Agency is considering the effect of the Court of Appeal's judgment and the guidance to be issued to decision-makers as a result.
The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State (Hilary Benn) announced on 7 July that Defras policy will be not to issue any licences to farmers to cull badgers to prevent bovine TB.
The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Eighty-two English beaches received the Blue Flag award for 2008. No beaches from the north-west region applied for the award.
The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): I refer the noble Baroness to the reply given to the honourable Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander) on 3 June, (Official Report, col. 855W.)
Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 30 June (WA 2) concerning the cost of naturalisation as a British citizen, whether there were any instances in which the fee for naturalisation was not levied in the past 10 years. [HL4597]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): No. Prior to its amendment by the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, the British Nationality Act 1981 provided that a certificate of naturalisation could not be granted to any person who had not paid the prescribed fee. The current law renders invalid any application for a certificate of naturalisation that is not at the outset accompanied by the appropriate fee.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 23 June (WA 2045) concerning revenue lost due to fuel laundering in Northern Ireland, why the report was lodged only in the House of Commons Library; why the figures requested were not published in the Official Report; and what PBR stands for. [HL4508]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The document concerned was provided to the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament and was also made available to Members of the House of Lords through the Printed Paper Office at the time of the October 2007 Pre-Budget Report (PBR).
The most recent published figures for both the petrol and diesel revenue not collected in Northern Ireland are given in the tables below. The revenue not collected relates to both illicit consumption and legitimate cross-border shopping. It is not currently possible to distinguish between these two elements.
|Northern Ireland: Diesel: Revenue Not Collected and Market Shares: Non-UK Duty Paid Market1,2|
|Northern Ireland: Petrol: Revenue Not Collected and Market Shares: Non-UK Duty Paid Market 1,2|
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Triangle car park to the west of the Serpentine Road is reserved for disabled badge holders on days when there are major events in Hyde Park. This is to allow good accessibility for people with disabilities. The car park remains open to cyclists.
A steward is employed at the car park on events days to control access of non-badge holders. Cyclists should not be stopped and the Royal Parks Agency will remind those stewards on duty at the car park of this.
The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): None of Defras research teams or divisions has been closed. Inevitably there has been reorganisation of science management over the past 10 years, not least due to the formation of Defra in 2001 from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) and part of the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR). More recently, there have been some significant changes within Defra, which have led to the formation of policy groups for food and farming, the natural environment, and climate change.
Additionally, in line with recommendations from the 2004 Gershon review, there have been reductions in the total number of Defra staff, including specialist staff. Defra's research and development budget has also fallen over recent years.
Which department has responsibility for ensuring compliance with Article 9 (access to justice) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, ratified by the United Kingdom in February 2005. [HL4576]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The Government have been able to make available an additional £31 million to assist flood-affected areas following a successful bid to the European Union Solidarity Fund. Local authorities that receive a restoration fund grant will have the discretion to spend their allocation as they see fit, according to their local priorities. They may well choose to make payments to third parties, but this will be a decision made at a local level.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Between 1 July 2006 and 30 June 2007, 105 foreign nationals were excluded from the United Kingdom on national security grounds and a further 23 were excluded on unacceptable behaviour grounds.
How much revenue was generated for the Exchequer from vehicle fuel duty in each year from 199798 to 200708; and how much revenue they estimate will be generated in each year from 200809 to 201011. [HL4309]
Lord Davies of Oldham: Historic excise duty from road fuels revenues in previous years are published in the Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin. The full bulletin can be found at: www.uktradeinfo.com/index.cfm?task=bulloil.
The forecast revenue from fuel duty for 2008-09 is £25.7 billion. This is published in table C.6 of the 2008 financial statement and Budget report. The full table can be found at: www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/budget/budget_08/report/bud_bud08_repindex.cfm.
Further to the Written Answer from Lord Darzi of Denham on 2 June (WA 14) concerning strategic health authorities and the objectives in the service level agreements attached to the multi-professional education and training levy for 200708, whether the information requested is now available. [HL4556]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The information requested is still not available but should be available at the end of July. This information will be placed in the Library in due course.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 25 June (WA 253) concerning 34 Questions on human rights, whether the letter containing the Answers will be printed in the Official Report; if not, why not; and when they will answer the Questions. [HL4507]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): I refer the noble Lord to my previous Answer on 25 June 2008 (Official Report, col. WA 253). I shall write to him before the House rises for the summer.
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