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The UK only supports organisations that comply with the human rights principles endorsed by the international community at the 1994 ICPD. Coercive abortion and involuntary sterilisation violate the human

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and reproductive rights of individuals. The Department for International Development (DfID) does not support any organisations that engage in such practice.

The UK has committed £100 million to the United Nations Population Fund's Global Programme for Reproductive Health Commodity Security over the period 2007 to 2012. DfID has committed £42.5 million to the International Planned Parenthood Federation over the period 2008 to 2015.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Baroness Thornton: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that it is not aware that the human error the noble Lord refers to has occurred elsewhere relating to its records about research licences. The reference numbers to which the noble Lord refers are suffixes to licence numbers. These suffixes have no relevance to the accuracy of data but refer instead to the sequencing of licences for individual research projects.

The HFEA has also advised that it has nothing further to add to the information already provided on the circumstances in which the data error occurred.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Baroness Thornton: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that it considers applications for the creation of human admixed embryos in line with the requirements of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (as amended). As outlined in my Written Answer of 9 November 2009 (Official Report, col. WA110-11), the process used to determine whether to grant a research licence is set out in a decision tree used by the HFEA's research licence committee. This can be found on the HFEA's website at

The HFEA has received numerous requests from researchers since its establishment in 1991, including 703 requests under the Freedom of Information Act since 2005 alone. The authority has advised that the information sought by the noble Lord on records lost following requests by researchers could only be supplied at disproportionate cost.

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Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Baroness Thornton: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that it has a record of two individuals approaching the previous chief executive with a public interest disclosure. These individuals were not members of HFEA staff and, therefore, were not covered by the document referred to in my Written Answer of 8 February (Official Report, col. WA 81-2). One approach followed an HFEA inspection and resulted in the individual meeting with members of the HFEA Executive. The outcome was an unannounced inspection and subsequent consideration by a HFEA licence committee. The other disclosure was anonymous, so it was not possible to pursue in the same way. The HFEA has also advised that it is unable to provide any information regarding disclosures which may have been made to all other chief executives since 1991.

The HFEA has advised that of the five cases of misconduct mentioned in my Written Answer, four were unauthorised absence and one was misuse of email. One person was charged with misconduct in each of these cases. One case resulted in an oral warning, two cases resulted in the individual leaving the employment of the HFEA and in the two remaining cases, where the individuals involved appealed the findings of the misconduct inquiries, their appeal was upheld. Those concerned were employed for periods ranging from five months to three years and six months. The HFEA is of the view that it is not appropriate to provide further detail on these cases, due to the risk of identification of those involved.

The HFEA has advised that providing information on the number and nature of licence conditions or other sanctions, requested by the noble Lord, would involve scrutinising every licence issued since 1991 and cross-referring to licence committee minutes, inspection reports, incident reports and press cuttings.

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Energy: Generation Projects


Asked by Lord Jenkin of Roding

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The table below shows consents granted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (and previously the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) for electricity generating stations in England and Wales since 1 January 2007.

Applications for consent for onshore electricity generating stations of up to and including 50 MW are made to local planning authorities under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA). A spreadsheet showing the data for renewables projects a) consented and b) under construction under the TCPA regime in England and Wales in the last 3 years has been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

According to the latest Energy Markets Outlook Report (December 2009), 9GW of new electricity generating plant is currently under construction (paragraphs 2.4.4 & 4.3.11). This can be viewed at: What_we_do\UKenergysupply\Energymarkets\outlook\1_ 20091216110910_e_@@_energyMarketsOutlook2009.pdf &filetype=4

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Date of decisionCompany / locationType of projectMaximum output


Renewable Energy Ltd, Peterborough, Fengate

Biomass + EfW

79 MW


Tilbury Green Power Ltd, Tilbury Docks, Essex

Biomass & EfW

60 MW


Peel Environmental Ince Ltd, Ince, Cheshire

Refuse Derived Fuel

95 MW


MGT Teesside Limited, Teesside Renewable Energy Plant, Teesport


295 MW


Norsea Pipelines Ltd, Seal Sands, Teesside


800 MW


RWE Npower Pembroke


2000 MW


Centrica Leasing (KL), Kings Lynn B, Norfolk


1020 MW


Powerfuel Power, Hatfield Park, Doncaster


900 MW


CRE Energy, Land adjacent to Alcan Smelter, Lynemouth, Northumberland

Onshore Wind Farm

16.1 MW


Gwynt y Mor Offshore Wind Farm, Ltd, Gwynt y Mor - off North Wales

Offshore Wind Farm

750 MW


Centrica (Lincs), Off Lincolnshire

Offshore Wind Farm

250 MW


Ineos Chlor, West Point, Runcorn


100 MW

04.09. 2008

Ormonde Energy, Ormonde - East Irish Sea, *replaces previous Wind Farm, consent issued on 09.02.2007

Offshore Wind Farm

150 MW


Morecambe Wind Farm Ltd, West of Duddon Sands - East Irish, Sea

Offshore Wind Farm

500 MW


Thor Cogeneration, Seal Sands,Teesside


1020 MW


Scira Offshore Energy, Greater Wash

Offshore Wind Farm

315 MW


Npower Renewables, Middlemoor, Northumberland

Onshore Wind Farm

75 MW


Bridestones Developments Ltd, Carrington

CCGT (ext from previous 380MW)

860 MW


Helius Energy, Hobson Way, Stallingborough, Lincs


65 MW


Pulse Tidal, Upper Burcom, River Humber

Tidal power

0.15 MW


E.ON UK Renewables Ltd, Tween Bridge, Doncaster

Onshore Wind Farm

66 MW


Dong Energy, Gunfleet Sands II - Outer Thames, Estuary

Offshore Wind Farm

64 MW


Renewable Energy Systems, Keadby, Nth Lincs

Onshore Wind Farm

85 MW


Barking Power Ltd, Barking Power Station, Dagenham,Essex

CCGT(ext from previous 470MW)

1000 MW


PrenergyPower Ltd, Puckey House, Port Talbot Docks


350 MW


Walney Dong Ltd, Walney - East Irish Sea

Offshore Wind Farm

600 MW


EDF Energy, West Burton Power Station, Nottinghamshire


1270 MW


E.ON UK, Drakelow, South Derbyshire


1220 MW


Devon Wind Farm Power, Fullabrook Down, North Devon

Onshore Wind Farm

66 MW


SWRDA Wave Hub, Off North Cornwall

Wave energy

20 MW


EDF (Northern Offshore Wind, Farm), Teesside

Offshore Wind Farm

100 MW


London Array Ltd, Land to the north of Cleve Hill, Farm, near Graveney in Kent

On-shore sub- station to offshore Wind Farm

1000 MW


Severn Power Ltd, Uskmouth, Newport


800 MW


Bridestones Power Ltd, Carrington, Manchester


380 MW


Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farms Ltd, Outer Thames Estuary

Offshore Wind Farm

500 MW


Ormonde Energy Limited, Ormonde - East Irish Sea

Offshore Wind Farm

108 MW


Eclipse Energy Limited, Ormonde - East Irish Sea

Offshore gas station

93 MW

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