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2007—total 227

Roman Catholic

7

Methodist

11

Congregationalist

1

Baptist

9

United Reformed

4

Calvinistic Methodist

0

Brethren

8

Salvation Army

5

Unitarian

0

Society of Friends

4

Jehovah's Witness

7

Other Christian bodies

48

Jews

6

Muslim

38

Sikh

4

Other

75

2008—total 196

Roman Catholic

4

Methodist

7

Congregationalist

1

Baptist

3

United Reformed

1

Calvinistic Methodist

0

Brethren

6

Salvation Army

5

Unitarian

1

Society of Friends

0

Jehovah's Witness

6

Other Christian bodies

60

Jews

3

Muslim

33

Sikh

9

Other

57

Questions for Written Answer: Unanswered Questions

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): I replied to the noble Lord on 12 February 2009 and apologise for the delay in responding, which was due to an administrative error.

Recycling

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): The reprocessing of recyclable materials in the UK, and the export of such materials for recycling abroad, are not mutually exclusive. The Government support both.

The waste and resources action programme (WRAP) and the national industrial symbiosis programme (NISP) are working to find alternative markets for recyclates

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in the UK. Since its creation in 2000, WRAP has provided £50.7 million through its grant funding programme on direct interventions such as increasing the capacity of a particular market or supporting new markets for recyclable materials.

Specific examples include:

£2 million to support the creation of the first UK plants to deliver closed loop recycling of waste plastics back into material for food packaging with a capacity of 35,000 tonnes per year; and£17 million to a company to enable an extra 321,000 tonnes of recovered newspapers and magazines to be recycled each year. This led to all UK-sourced newsprint being made from 100 per cent recycled paper.

Alongside this support for reprocessing in the UK, and since a large share of the world's manufacturing base is overseas, it makes sense for the UK to help supply export markets with recyclable raw material, and so reduce the carbon impact of using virgin raw materials in their place.

Schools: Water Supply

Questions

Asked by Baroness Tonge



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): We set up a steering group to help us consider possible changes to the Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999 but, particularly in the light of the clear steer from our Schools Capital Consultative Group, we have decided not to proceed with a full review of the regulations. We will shortly be consulting widely on the basis of proposed changes only in respect of kitchen and dining facilities.

Pupils in schools are not covered by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 in relation to the provision of drinking water and toilets. However, they are covered by similar provisions in the School Premises Regulations, particularly regulation 17(3), and this is supplemented by guidance published by the department. We have no further plans to revise these provisions.

We expect issues to be resolved locally, and responsibility for enforcing the School Premises Regulations rests with local authorities. Use of the Secretary of State's powers to enforce compliance would depend on the specific circumstances of any individual issue.

Sentencing Guidelines Council

Question

Asked by Lord Laird



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): The guidelines issued by the independent Sentencing Guidelines Council apply to England and Wales only. There are no plans to review the definitive guideline on robbery. This says that, for the offence of burglary in the home involving physical violence, relevant Court of Appeal guidance should be applied. For the type of offence committed in this case, the Court of Appeal said the normal range would be around five to six years following a plea of not guilty.

United Utilities

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 increase in water bills for these customers was the consequence of United Utilities switching to site area charging for surface water drainage.

The Government understand that United Utilities now proposes to set its surface water drainage charges for 2009-10 at 2007-08 levels for customers such as faith buildings, community amateur sports clubs and properties owned by scout and guide associations (that is, at levels prior to the introduction of site area charging). United Utilities is also working to ensure that properties are charged correctly.

This is a very welcome step forward although we will continue to monitor this issue and engage further with Ofwat if necessary.


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