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Further to the Written Answers by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 24 June (WA 24344), whether the fall in prohibitions for United Kingdom drivers of vehicles with mechanical defects and the growth in numbers prohibited through excessive driving hours and overweight vehicles is due to improvements in the United Kingdom heavy transport industry or a decrease in the number of spot checks applied to United Kingdom vehicles. [HL4606]
Lord Bassam of Brighton: In the Answer that was given on 24 June in the (Official Report, col. WA 243-44) the figures for the number of prohibitions for mechanical defects for 2007-08 for foreign heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and all HGVs were provisional. Following further analysis the numbers have been revised and are now:
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The UK HGV prohibitions for mechanical defects for 2006-07 were 20,016, compared to 20,951. Therefore, the revised figures do not suggest any significant fall in the number of prohibitions. It is not possible to infer from these figures the reasons for any minor variations between years.
Lord Tunnicliffe: The UK Government and their international partners recognise the need to focus greater attention and priority to the development of northern Uganda. They will do this through the United Nations Consolidated Appeal (UN CAP), which has an estimated requirement of $375 million for 2008, and the Government of Uganda's Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP), which estimates total costs of US $606 million over the next three years (includes Government of Uganda funds as well as international funding requirements). These remain the best estimates of the amounts required of international financial assistance.
The UK Government, along with colleagues from OECD countries represented in Uganda, are co-ordinating their response, in support of the Government of Uganda, with the key multilateral agencies such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and the UN.
Lord Tunnicliffe: The best estimates for the cost of providing humanitarian, recovery and development assistance to all the people of the north, including the regions of the Acholi people, are contained in the United Nations Consolidated Appeal (UN CAP), and the Government of Uganda's Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP).
The Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) is the Government of Uganda's overarching framework for the post-conflict recovery for the north. The Government of Uganda's estimated costs associated with implementing this plan are US $606 million over the next three years.
Why they are proposing to discontinue the migrant domestic workers visa; and to what extent they took account of the personal histories of women workers who have been abused by employers in making that decision. [HL4759]
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