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This figure relates to expenditure in the UK. Figures for our overseas offices are not held centrally and could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

Asked by Lord Bates

The Advocate-General for Scotland (Lord Davidson of Glen Clova): The Scotland Office does not record separately spending on photocopier paper and other types of copier paper. In the financial year 2008-09, excluding value added tax, the Scotland Office spent £2,871 on all types of copier paper.

Asked by Lord Bates

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): In the 2008-09 financial year, the Ministry of Justice had in operation numerous contracts for the supply of photocopier paper.

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) had one main supplier for photocopier paper incurring £1,089,154. In addition, prison industries spent a further £595,532 on specialist paper used for their printing workshops.

For the rest of the department-comprising the Ministry of Justice headquarters, HM Courts Service, Tribunals Service and the Office of the Public Guardian-several different contracts had been used to supply photocopier paper. It is not possible to determine the total expenditure on photocopier paper in 2008-09 without incurring the disproportionate cost of examining individual transactions which took place under the multiple contracts. However, the expenditure under the main contract for photocopier paper was £1,417,907 for the year.

It is possible, though unlikely, that some further expenditure may have been incurred outside of those contracts using the government procurement card (GPC).

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To investigate whether any photocopier paper had been purchased with the GPC card would incur disproportionate cost.

Since May 2009, the Ministry of Justice has consolidated its office supply contracts into one main supplier in order to derive the best value for money option possible. Prison industries, however, still continue to order specialist paper from other suppliers for their print industry.

All figures stated exclude VAT.

Asked by Lord Bates

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Thornton): Within the last financial year that figures are available (2008-09), the department spent £222,237.72 on photocopying and printing paper.

The National Health Service Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA) spent £2,240.10.

Asked by Lord Bates

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): Information on photocopier paper purchased by departmental directorates is not held centrally.

Asked by Lord Bates

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Since 01 April 2009, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has spent £85,760.86 on stationery. This amount includes the expenditure on photocopier paper, which is not recorded separately.

Asked by Lord Bates

Lord Bach: We do not intend to publish the average price of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper because to do so would breach contractual commercial confidentiality provisions and would give an unfair advantage to other suppliers.

Asked by Lord Bates

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The average price for a ream of A4 80 gsm copier paper paid by HM Treasury (which incorporates the Office of Government Commerce) in 2008-09 was £1.69 (ex VAT).

Housing: Brownfield Sites

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Asked by Lord Dykes

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The Government's planning for housing policy (planning policy statement 3) sets a target for 60 per cent of all new housing to be delivered on previously developed (brownfield) land. This policy has been a success, with the latest figures showing that in 2008, on a provisional estimate, 79 per cent of all new housing was delivered on such land. This compares to 56 per cent in 1997.

There is a general presumption against inappropriate development in the green belt (which includes brownfield sites within the green belt), as set out in PPG 2 (planning policy guidance note 2, Green Belts). Such development is, by definition, harmful to the green belt and should not be approved, except in very special circumstances. Very special circumstances will not exist unless the harm caused to the green belt is clearly outweighed by other considerations. The only new-build housing in green belt to be treated as not inappropriate would generally be limited to infill in existing villages or else affordable housing to meet local need if allowed for as an exception in development plan policies.

In 2008, only 2 per cent of all new dwellings in England were built in the green belt. Moreover, of those dwellings built in the green belt, the latest estimate (2007) showed that 77 per cent were built on brownfield land.



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Housing: Valuation

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Asked by Lord Bates

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): Improvements made after a dwelling is first entered into a council tax valuation list are not taken into account unless and until a property is sold. If to be considered when (i) a dwelling is first entered into a list, (ii) following a sale or (iii) at a general revaluation of all dwellings, it is unlikely that (a) solar panels or (b) a small wind turbine would add significant value and hence are unlikely to result in a higher council tax band than would otherwise apply.

Immigration

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Asked by Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): We are not aware of any other department keeping statistics on how many British citizens have been refused entry to the United States or other countries. We have not assessed the usefulness of keeping such statistics ourselves. Neither the national authorities nor the individuals concerned are obliged to inform us of such cases.

Iraq

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Asked by Lord Acton



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Lord Brett: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provides the only verifiable data on the number of Iraqi refugees. As of 31 January 2010, the total number of refugees registered with UNHCR across the region was 228,733, of which 163,207 are located in Syria; 38,833 in Jordan; 9,015 in Lebanon; 6,608 in Egypt; 6,658 in Turkey; and 4,412 in Iran.

Kyrgyzstan

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Asked by Viscount Waverley

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): The UK already has treaties with the Kyrgyz Republic covering the fields of protection of investment and culture and education. These are covered by my Written Answer to the noble Lord on 2 February 2010 (Official Report, col. WA 33) and both treaties are listed in the corresponding document that was deposited in the Libraries of the Houses.

We are aware of a request from the Kyrgyz Government for a double taxation agreement. Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is able to conclude only a limited number of these agreements each year and will keep this request in mind as they work through their forward programme.

Legal Aid

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Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): The expenditure on legal aid per capita for Northern Ireland and England and Wales for the past three financial years is as follows:

Northern IrelandEngland and Wales
Exp £m1Population (millions)£ per capExp (£m)2Population (millions)£ per cap

2006-07

69.0

1.741

39.63

1,980

53.729

36.85

2007-08

72.4

1.759

41.15

2,023

54.072

37.41

2008-09

83.0

1.775

46.76

2,099

54.440

38.55



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Legal Aid: Northern Ireland

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Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): The Prime Minister's letter of 21 October 2009 made adjustments to the legal aid baseline. The settlement adjusted the baseline from £65 million to £85 million for 2009-10 to 2012-13. The baseline was then reduced to £79 million to take account of the effect of efficiency savings. Additional funding of up to £39 million was also made available to meet any shortfall in legal aid funding above baselines until planned efficiencies take effect and to cover other Court Service pressures. £17 million of the additional funding was accessed in 2009-10 to cover the shortfall in legal aid required above the revised baseline.

Live Music

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Asked by Lord Colwyn

Lord Davies of Oldham: I refer the noble Lord to the Answer that I gave to Lord Clement-Jones on 23 February 2010 (Official Report, col. WA 285).

Maldives

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Asked by Lord Luce

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): No discussions have been held with the Government of the Maldives about the proposal to create a marine protected area in the British Indian Ocean Territory Environment Preservation and Protection Zone. However, the Maldives have responded to the consultation and, as with all other responses, their views will be taken into account.



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Ministry of Defence: Data Loss

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Asked by Lord Astor of Hever

The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): There is no evidence to date that any individual has suffered loss or harm as a consequence of an incident of data loss at the Ministry of Defence.


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