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The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Lord Adonis): The Department for Transport is in discussion with train operating companies to define the requirements to deliver the additional capacity as set out in the Rolling Stock Plan. It is the responsibility of the operators to ensure that the vehicles are competitively procured and to identify the delivery dates with manufacturers to match the high level output specification funding period.
There have already been 423 additional vehicles ordered, the first of which will commence entry into service later this year. The department has set out in the Rolling Stock Plan that 1,300 additional vehicles will be delivered by 2014.
Lord Adonis: The Department for Transport recently published High Level Output Specification (HLOS) plan update July 2008, which described the process for implementing the Rolling Stock Plan. This stated that it would announce a number of vehicles different from that shown in the plan only if and when it contracted with a train operating company for a different number.
In respect of the revenue arm of HM Revenue and Customs, how many staff (a) are currently serving in each of the grade (or pay) levels; (b) in each of those levels have more than two years' revenue service; (c) in each of those levels have resigned over the past three years; and (d) are temporary (by any definition) with more than 12 months' service. [HL5720]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting (Lord Carter of Barnes): The Government's legacy action plan target is to get 2 million more people active by 2012, which will mean individuals participating three
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How they intend to meet any increased demand for more sports facilities derived from the target of having 2 million more people participating in sport by 2012, having regard to the loss of sporting facilities such as playing fields over the past 20 years. [HL5479]
Lord Carter of Barnes: Since 1996, 65 per cent of the nation's facilities stock has been either built or refurbished, and now more than 90 per cent of the population live within 20 minutes of two or more of the most in demand sports facilities.
Building on this work, the Government's legacy action plan target is to get 2 million more people active by 2012, and Sport England has developed a new strategy to deliver 1 million of these new participants through sport.
Under this strategy, national governing bodies (NGBs) will be commissioned by Sport England to drive up participation, and given increased responsibility to control the development of their sport. The new generation of whole sport plans will provide a single funding stream through which NGBs can co-ordinate the development of their facilities stock, improving their quality in concert with their participation objectives, and ensuring new demand is met.
From 2001, in excess of £1 billion government and National Lottery funding has helped develop or refurbish over 4,000 sports facilities. Many of these support multi-sport usage, which allows these resources to be maximised. Sport England has now established a facilities improvement service, alongside a range of planning tools for local authorities, as part of its core funded offer. This will encourage similar strategic planning at a local level and ensure that every community has access to as wide a range of facilities as possible.
Further to the remarks by Lord Rooker on 8 July (Official Report, House of Lords, col. GC 978) on the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2008, what are the figures for exports of packaging waste in 2007; and whether the quantities for paper, glass, aluminium, steel and plastic are additional; and [HL5708]
Further to the remarks by Lord Rooker on 8 July (Official Report, House of Lords, col. GC 98) on the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2008, why 42 per cent of all aluminium was destined for recycling; and why it is necessary to export any aluminium for recycling. [HL5709]
The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Updated figures show that the UK exported a total of 2.35 million tonnes of packaging waste in 2007. This waste comprised approximately:
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