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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek to amend the prisoner transfer agreement with Thailand to take into account changes in sentencing practices in the United Kingdom and Thailand since the agreement was signed. [HL2908]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): Officials are considering whether amendments to the prisoner transfer agreement between the United Kingdom and Thailand might be appropriate. A decision on whether to seek any amendments has not yet been made by Ministers.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what department funds Historic Royal Palaces in relation to the Tower of London; what was the total funding for the 2008-09 financial year; and whether any of those funds are used in connection with any activities of the Constable of the Tower. [HL2592]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) has charitable status and receives its funding from admission charges and the support of its members, donors, volunteers and sponsors. HRP cares for the palaces on behalf of the Secretary of State, under contract with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). In 2008-09, DCMS funded repair works costing £441,000 to the Fusiliers Building at the Tower of London as it has direct responsibility for this
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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether financial appraisals carried out using the new approach to appraisal for transport projects will take into account the financial benefits of small time savings. [HL2907]
The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): All economic appraisals prepared in accordance with the new approach to appraisal provide an account of the value of resultant time savings-both large and small.
The Assembly's National Transport Plan, published in July 2009, set out the detail of how the Wales Transport Strategy will be delivered over the next five years. This includes plans for an integrated transport system in Wales, in particular setting out solutions to transport issues along the main movement corridors in Wales including the north/south corridor.
On north/south road links, these include the trunk road programme, with improvements to the A470, the A487 and the A483, and the completion of the Ceredigion link road. The Assembly Government are also examining opportunities for using two-plus-one lanes and passing lanes to improve north-south journey times, reliability and safety for cars, public transport, walkers and cyclists.
On north/south rail links the plan outlines a programme of continued improvements including enhancing the capacity of the section of rail between Shrewsbury and Chester via Wrexham, enabling all north-south services to be routed through Wrexham. The aim is to increase dramatically the proportion of journeys that are made by public transport by improving rail travel and the TrawsCambria bus network. Over time, we should see a better service, covering more communities, in greater comfort.
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