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Offences Committed by UK Nationals Overseas: Review

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Blatch: My right honourable friend the Home Secretary announced on 1st February 1996 the establishment of an interdepartmental review to look at the implications for both policy and procedure of any change to the current position on jurisdiction over offences committed by United Kingdom nationals overseas throughout the United Kingdom. The review is expected to take four or five months to complete and my right honourable friend will announce its findings once he has had an opportunity to consider them.

Local Taxes: Debt Enforcement

Baroness Williams of Crosby asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): The working group was established to review the enforcement of fines, compensation and costs which are ordered by a court. Local taxes are civil debts collected by local authorities. Their enforcement raises different considerations.

Environmental Protection: Duty of Care

Lord Mountevans asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Earl Ferrers): Following public consultation, my right honourable friends the Secretaries of State for the Environment, for Wales and for Scotland have today issued a revised duty of care code of practice under Section 34 of Part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The code of practice gives practical guidance to all waste holders on how to discharge their responsibilities under the duty of care. It has been revised in order to take into account changes to waste management legislation since it was first published in 1991 and in order to provide specific guidance to the metal recycling industry.

The duty of care applies to any person who produces, imports, carries, keeps, treats or disposes of controlled waste. It obliges waste holders: to prevent the escape of waste in their control; to transfer it only to someone who is legally authorised to accept it; and to ensure that it is recovered or disposed of lawfully by others.

Parties to any waste transfer must complete, sign and keep a transfer note which provides a cradle to grave audit trail of the waste transferred.

The code of practice is admissible as evidence in court in prosecutions for breach of the duty of care. Breach of the duty is an offence with a penalty of an unlimited fine if convicted on indictment. As required by Section 34(9) of the 1990 Act, a copy of the revised code of practice is being laid before the House and placed in the Library of the Houses.

Schools: Wheelchair Access

Lord Shaw of Northstead asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish the results of the recent "access audit" on mainstream schools.

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Lord Henley): Nationally, some 46 per cent. of primary and secondary schools have wheelchair access to over 50 per cent. of teaching accommodation. The following table shows the proportion of schools in each local education authority which do so. This information will be useful to local education authorities and schools in assessing where there is a particular need for greater access for disabled pupils. A more detailed analysis of the data collected will be placed in the Library.

LEATotal number of schoolsNumber with over 50% access to teaching accommodationPercentage with over 50% access to teaching accommodation
Corporation of London100
Camden52510
Greenwich893135
Hackney711217
Hammersmith461226
Islington6612
Kensington29724
Lewisham823644
Southwark802126
Tower Hamlets893135
Wandsworth671522
Westminster49816
Barking634165
Barnet1081615
Bexley773140
Brent692029
Bromley951617
Croydon1155043
Ealing7457
Enfield821721
Haringey8545
Harrow631930
Havering893539
Hillingdon863844
Hounslow764661
Kingston upon Thames451942
Merton602033
Newham792835
Redbridge6834
Richmond upon Thames47613
Sutton542241
Waltham Forest784558
Birmingham40514135
Coventry1085652
Dudley1045452
Sandwell1304434
Solihull824960
Walsall1215848
Wolverhampton1185345
Knowsley741926
Liverpool20863
St. Helens784963
Sefton1155649
Wirral1257358
Bolton1206050
Bury844149
Manchester1997940
Oldham1177766
Rochdale844554
Salford1052120
Stockport1236956
Tameside985051
Trafford945457
Wigan1429970
Barnsley1064038
Doncaster14410271
Rotherham1323627
Sheffield1696036
Bradford2448736
Calderdale1005959
Kirklees1889048
Leeds29112242
Wakefield1609358
Gateshead934245
Newcastle upon Tyne1004141
North Tyneside804455
South Tyneside694058
Sunderland1175144
Isle of Scilly500
Avon42519045
Bedfordshire28617561
Berkshire32416651
Buckinghamshire32213843
Cambridgeshire30318260
Cheshire49521844
Cleveland24510944
Cornwall27815656
Cumbria31813342
Derbyshire50127555
Devon49518838
Dorset25214457
Durham33817351
East Sussex25310040
Essex68138557
Gloucestershire2997224
Hampshire64629245
Hereford and Worcester35723967
Hertfordshire50518637
Humberside40922054
Isle of Wight674567
Kent67226840
Lancashire69342862
Leicestershire40621052
Lincolnshire35321561
Norfolk42826562
North Yorkshire45022650
Northamptonshire32219260
Northumberland20413667
Nottinghamshire50332464
Oxfordshire28015957
Shropshire2444820
Somerset2617027
Staffordshire4867415
Suffolk33324172
Surrey3667520
Warwickshire27115758
West Sussex28717260
Wiltshire32218658
Total/Average21,74610,05246

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