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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress being made in the public and private sectors to develop fuel cell electric vehicles; and how many such vehicles they anticipate will be in production by 2014. [HL3800]
Earl Attlee: The UK automotive industry has developed an industry consensus view of the technology roadmap towards the decarbonisation of the transport sector. Fuel cell electric vehicles are identified within this as one of the range of technology options required,
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At present, production of fuel cell vehicles is primarily at a research, development and demonstration phase, and in the short term, volumes are therefore likely to remain limited to low numbers of niche vehicles and demonstrator programmes. However, some vehicle manufacturers have suggested that fuel cell vehicles may be commercially available earlier than previously forecast, perhaps starting to be seen from as early as 2015.
The Technology Strategy Board's Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform is currently delivering over 340 ultra low-carbon vehicles in a demonstration programme. This includes a hydrogen-powered city prototype vehicle and a converted hydrogen fuel cell black cab. Continual monitoring is being undertaken throughout the programme with an assessment at the end of the trial.
Earl Attlee: The Government do not hold an estimate of the number of charging posts that will be in the United Kingdom by the end of 2014. Such an estimate would be very difficult to generate as the electric vehicle market is at a formative stage. There is a lack of empirical evidence about the number of charge points required to sustain a set number of electric vehicles or where people will choose to charge their vehicles in the future-at home or at public charge points. Depending on how people choose to charge their vehicles, the number of public charge points required will vary widely, making any estimates at this point unreliable.
Following the Spending Review, the coalition Government are providing up to an additional £20 million to the Plugged-In Places scheme to support a small number of places to install a critical mass of charging infrastructure in their areas. This scheme will help the Government understand the future infrastructure requirements for electric vehicles and contribute to meeting the coalition agreement commitment to mandate a national network of charging infrastructure.
Earl Attlee: In 2008, the Government commissioned research to assess the scope of the transport sector to switch to electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Under
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In the intervening period, the Department for Transport has maintained a dialogue with relevant manufacturers about the production of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and supply levels for the UK. Plug-in hybrids are not likely to become available in significant numbers until 2012, two years later than the date of introduction forecast in the 2008 research. The uptake trajectory could therefore be somewhat slower.
More detailed information from manufacturers about numbers of vehicles in production and supply to the UK has been provided on a commercially confidential basis, and I regret that I am therefore unable to disclose this.
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 28 October (WA 336), how many ideas have been posted on the Your Freedom website in the last month for which figures are available. [HL4173]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish their response to the review of the Youth Justice Board by Dame Sue Street; whether they will indicate their reasons for abolishing the board; and, if so, when. [HL4151]
The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): The coalition Government have undertaken a review of all arm's-length bodies as part of their pledge to reduce their number and cost and to increase accountability. As a non-departmental public body the Youth Justice Board was included in the scope of this review.
Following the application of these tests, and taking into account the Safeguarding the Future report produced by Dame Sue Street and Frances Done, it was concluded that youth justice functions should be directly accountable to Ministers. Therefore the board is to be abolished and its functions brought into the Ministry of Justice.
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