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Written Answers

Wednesday 9 July 2008

Asylum Seekers: Military Deserters

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

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 Defra’s policy will be not to issue any licences to farmers to cull badgers to prevent bovine TB.

Beaches

Lord Fearn asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Bees

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.)



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British Citizenship

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Crime: Fuel Laundering

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty’s Government:

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
2001-022002-032003-042004-052005-06

NUKDP Market Share:

58%

53%

51%

42%

43%

Associated Revenue Losses (£million):

210

210

220

190

210

Northern Ireland: Petrol: Revenue Not Collected and Market Shares: Non-UK Duty Paid Market 1,2
2001-022002-032003-042004-052005-06

NUKDP Market Share:

18%

18%

18%

13%

16%

Associated Revenue Losses (£million):

60

60

60

50

60



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Cycling: Hyde Park

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Research Section

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): None of Defra’s 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.

These changes will obviously have an impact on the number and type of research projects that Defra is able to commission.

Our focus will continue to be on ensuring that the science the department procures and uses is both fully relevant to our needs and of the highest quality.

The Defra chief scientific adviser, Professor Bob Watson, is leading efforts to improve how Defra strategically manages and uses evidence, including scientific research and development.



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Environmental Protection: Access to Justice

Lord Redesdale asked Her Majesty’s Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Defra has overall responsibility for related legislation and compliance with the convention.

Flooding: Recovery Funding

Lord Taylor of Holbeach asked Her Majesty’s Government:

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 Government will make announcements shortly on how the fund is to be allocated.

Foreign Nations: Exclusions

Baroness Neville-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Between 1 July 2007 and 30 June 2008, 18 foreign nationals were excluded on national security grounds and a further 18 were excluded on unacceptable behaviour grounds.



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Fuel Duty

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Forecast receipts from road fuel duty are £27.1 billion in 2009-10 and £28.7 billion in 2010-11.

Health: Training

Baroness Tonge asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Justice

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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