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Individual departments also keep secondary legislation for which they are responsible under regular review and will revoke previous instruments which have become obsolete when new secondary legislation is introduced. For example the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/3538) completely revoked 26 instruments and 17 others insofar as they applied to England and Wales. If an enabling Act, or the enabling section of the Act, is repealed, instruments made under it will lapse unless they are saved. Secondary legislation may also become spent, either because it was expressed to have effect only for a limited period, or because it no longer has any effect. Many instruments therefore cease to have effect without the need for them to be specifically revoked.

Squirrels

Question

Asked by Lord Fearn

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The Forestry Commission and Natural England are partners in the “Save our Squirrels” project that is working with local people and organisations in the Formby Red Squirrel Reserve and surrounding buffer zone to control grey squirrels, believed to be the source of the squirrelpox virus, and to remove diseased red squirrels in the hope of reducing the spread of the disease. The Forestry Commission has also entered into a Red Squirrel Woodland Improvement Grant agreement with woodland owners close to Formby to support the control of grey squirrels. Previous outbreaks in the squirrel reserve have not been sustained, but red squirrel populations have been impacted.

Squirrelpox cannot be eradicated without first understanding how the disease is transmitted within and between grey and red squirrel populations. We will then be better informed about how to minimise risk of transmission and how vaccine might be targeted. The Scottish Government are funding a three year PhD study into how the squirrelpox virus is transmitted from greys to reds and investigating the possibilities of a vaccine. This study, which began in June 2007, is being undertaken at the Moredun Institute and is costing around £100,000 per annum for three years. Furthermore, the Wildlife Ark Trust has raised £250,000 of funding for the first stage of a programme which will last two years, to develop a squirrelpox vaccine for the red squirrel.

St Helena: Airport

Question

Asked by Lord Jones of Cheltenham

Lord Brett: Negotiations have been paused to allow for further consideration of a number of financial and economic issues in the light of the changed economic climate. The Secretary of State will announce his decision when this work has been completed.

The preferred bidder, Impregilo SpA, has decided to extend the validity of its current tender to 28 February 2009.

Sudan: Darfur

Question

Asked by Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Alternative cases to consider the safety of return issue are currently being considered, and the adjourned hearing is expected to be relisted within the next few months. Returns of non-Arab Darfuris to Sudan will continue to be suspended pending the outcome of the case.

Telecommunications: Security

Question

Asked by Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): No information has been provided by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure to the Home Office, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform or internet service providers in relation to ISP behavioural targeting.



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Visas

Question

Asked by Lord Hylton

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The information requested is given in the attached table.

Visa Refusals: Iraqi Nationals, 2006-08
YearGlobalSyriaJordan

2006

3,165

583

1,910

2007

4,762

439

2,830

2008

3,297

15

1,611

The data are unpublished and should be treated as provisional.

Asked by Lord Hylton

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): At the end of January, a total of 247 visa applications were pending at the British embassy in Amman, where all visa applications from both Jordan and Syria are processed. This included 145 applications from Iraqi citizens and 74 from stateless persons.

Waste Management: Household Bins

Question

Asked by Lord Taylor of Holbeach

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Liability for a road traffic or pedestrian accident resulting from the placement of a household waste bin would depend on all the circumstances and would be decided on a case-by-case basis.



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Waste Management: Plastic Packaging

Question

Asked by Lord Taylor of Holbeach

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Yes; as current targets are solely weight based, any switch to a lighter packaging format can be counted towards reduction targets.



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Working Neighbourhoods Programme

Question

Asked by Lord Greaves

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The overall allocation for area-based grant in 2009-10 (including the working neighbourhood fund element) was announced alongside the local government finance settlement on 4 February 2009. The area-based grant allocations are available on the Communities and Local Government website.


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