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To ask Her Majesty's Government what role the Infrastructure Planning Commission will have in assessing and discovering ways of using the tides for electricity generation, particularly in the Severn river and estuary and in south Wales. [HL5696]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The Infrastructure Planning Commission will not have a role in discovering ways of using the tides for electricity generation. From 1 March 2010 our intention is that, for the energy and transport sectors, it will consider applications for development consent for nationally significant infrastructure projects and, where a relevant national policy statement is in place, determine them. An offshore generating station in England or Wales will require development consent where it is expected to have a generating capacity of more than 100 megawatts.
The Severn tidal power feasibility study is looking at whether the Government could support a tidal power project in the Severn and the most appropriate consenting route. We expect to consult on the results of the study in 2010.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the conferences and briefings given by the British Wind Energy Association to local authorities are compatible with the Nolan report recommendations that planners should be impartial and seen to be impartial. [HL5523]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): We would expect local authorities in England to be guided by the advice issued by the Local Government Association in May 2009. The guidance from the LGA is intended to avoid bias or the perception of bias in decisions on planning applications while reflecting local authorities' roles as place shapers. The guidance therefore recognises councillors' ability to participate in discussions prior to the receipt of a planning application on behalf of their communities and engage in spatial planning policy formulation. Planning elsewhere in the UK is a matter for the devolved Administrations.
To ask Her Majesty's Government which initiatives of the Ministry of Justice or its agencies (and its predecessors) have been advertised in each of the past five years; how much was spent in each case; and which were carried out via the Central Office of Information. [HL5334]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): The Ministry of Justice was formed in May 2007 to take forward the work of the Department for Constitutional Affairs together with significant additional responsibilities transferring from the Home Office. These included the National Offender
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The nature of the Ministry of Justice's activities is such that it does not engage in significant levels of advertising on initiatives. More than 95 per cent of departmental advertising spend is on recruitment, mainly by human resources (HQ and NOMS). To provide information for individual recruitment advertising campaigns would incur disproportionate cost.
NOMS, which has responsibility for the prison and probation systems, has spent the following non-recruitment-related amounts on advertising, external publicity and broadcasting. Amounts relating to specific advertising initiatives cannot be separately quantified.
|Year||Advertising Expenditure (£'000s)|
The expenditure on recruitment for the NOMS agency in 2008-09 is £3,409,968, mainly on recruitment of prison officers. This figure may include other recruitment expenditure not considered to be publicity and advertising. Work to split out publicity and advertising spend from the total recruitment amount would incur disproportionate cost.
The stated figure for NOMS excludes expenditure by the 42 local probation boards and trusts whose records are held locally and could only be collated at disproportionate cost. A one-off exercise undertaken in 2007-08 found that expenditure on advertising and promotion by local probation boards and trusts was £58,264. There are no current plans to repeat this information-gathering exercise for 2008-09.
For the rest of the department, the ministry's central accounting records do not distinguish different types of advertising expenditure. To determine what expenditure relates to requires retrieval and examination of individual invoices and records held locally across the organisation.
Advertising, publicity and communications expenditure over the last five years is set out below with some of the expenditure for advertising in recruitment. However, not all the expenditure on recruitment advertising is included since it is not separately quantifiable from the accounts. The Criminal Justice Group, which is part of the ministry's headquarters, was formed from various Home Office functions transferred to the ministry in April 2007. It is not possible to extract historical information for the Criminal Justice Group from the Home Office's records prior to 2008-09, meaning that the figures for headquarters below are not directly comparable between the financial years***.
|Year||HQ* (£'000s)||HM Courts Service (£'000s)||Tribunals Service ('000s)||Office of the Public Guardian** (1000s)|
The advertising expenditure for these two initiatives is not separately identifiable from the rest of the publicity and advertising expenditure of the CJG and it would be at disproportionate cost to undertake this exercise.
The ministry's accounting records identify all amounts paid to the Central Office of Information (COI). They do not, however, separately identify those amounts relating to advertising initiatives and it would be at disproportionate cost to investigate.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 5 October (WA 484), when they intend to restore 3-5 Great Scotland Yard so that it is fit for occupation; and how much they expect that work to cost. [HL5728]
The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): In view of the current state of repair and structural integrity of 3-5 Great Scotland Yard, the Crown Estate, which owns the building, believes that occupation could only be achieved through a redevelopment.
However, given the current state of the property market, the potential end use of a redevelopment, the options for financing it and the associated costs all remain currently under review and cannot be quantified at present.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): Table 1 shows the number of Learning and Skills Council (LSC) funded learners educated at a college by mode of attendance, in 2007-08, the latest year for which we have full-year information. These figures do not include privately funded learners who are attending a further education college.
|Table 1: LSC-funded Learners educated at a college by Mode of Attendance, 2007-08|
|Table 2: Higher Education Enrolments by Mode of Study English Higher Education Institutions and Further Education Colleges Academic Year 2007-08|
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