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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): We understand from Eurostar that they already provide a connecting service to Amsterdam via the European rail network, and that they have no current plans to launch a direct service.
Lord Whitty: From 1 May 1997 to 31 December 1998, some 536 directions were made under Article 14(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995*. In the equivalent period prior to 1 May 1997 (1 September 1995 to 30 April 1997), some 506 directions were made. (The latter figure does not include directions made in the SW Region or in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire or Oxfordshire in the SE Region prior to 1 April 1996, or in respect of applications referred under departure and retail directions in the London Region, for which information is not available.)
* Article 14(1) of the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1988 was replaced by Article 14(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995 (SI 1995/419).
Lord Whitty: From 1 May 1997 to 3 December 1998, my right honourable friend called in some 246 planning applications. In the equivalent period prior to 1 May 1997 (1 September 1995 to 30 April 1997), some 228 applications were called in. (The latter figure does not include any applications called in the SW Region in September 1995, for which information is not available.)
Lord Whitty: There has been no change in policy since April 1997 in the use of directions under Article 14(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995 or in the calling in of planning applications.
Lord Whitty: Further to the Written Answer by my noble friend Lady Hayman on 5 May 1998 (WA 56-57), the Secretary of State has given his consent for the sale of the following statutory allotment sites. The department does not record whether sites are actually sold after consent for sale is given. The proposed new use is not necessarily a factor which is taken into account in deciding whether to grant consent for the sale of allotment land. In some cases, the proposed alternative use may require planning consent.
|Date||Allotment Site||New Use (Where known)|
|9 February||Clough Road, Rotherham||Property Development|
|4 March||Longbarrow, Bournemouth||Residential|
|4 March||Higher Lane, Liverpool||Housing|
|6 March||Duke Street, Sutton||Housing|
|2 April||Moss Hall Lane, Lytham St. Anne's||Road improvements|
|7 April||Moreland Road, Gosport||Sports Facilities/Car Park|
|11 May||Vange, Basildon||(Not known)|
|12 May||Hey Street, Rochdale||Housing|
|9 July||Wharf Road, Woodston||Residential|
|31 July||Castleman Road, Chichester||(Not known)|
|10 August||Broadwater Gardens, Hillingdon||Housing Consortium|
|17 August||Efford Crescent, Plymouth||Housing Association|
|17 August||Green Street, Eastbourne||Housing|
|2 October||Woodhall, Chelmsford||(Not known)|
|16 October||Bartram Avenue, Braintree||Meeting/Play Area|
|17 November||Mimms Hall Road, Potters Bar||Meeting Hall|
|30 November||Hawcliffe Road, Mountsorrel||(Not known)|
|9 December||Hengrove Farm, Bristol||(Not known)|
|16 December||Wilton Road, Camberley||(Not known)|
|5 January||Yorktown Trading Estate, Surrey Heath||(Not known)|
|26 January||Townsends North, Brent||Housing|
Lord Whitty: In accordance with the EC Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and Annex II to the OSPAR Convention 1992, all UK licences permitting the dumping of sewage sludge at sea terminated, at the latest, on 31 December 1998. No sewage sludge has since been dumped at sea. My right honourable friend, the Minister for the Environment, issued a press statement explaining this on 30 December 1998.
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): Lords of Appeal in Ordinary are appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. It is a long-established convention that my advice to the Prime Minister on individual appointments is confidential.
Appointments must be on merit. In determining my advice on the appointment of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary I give careful consideration to the merits of eligible women. I wish to see more women appointed to the judiciary at all levels and I have taken steps to promote equal opportunities in judicial appointments and appointment to silk.
The Lord Chancellor: The Lords of Appeal in Ordinary have an important part to play in interpreting and applying any legislation made by Parliament which brings about constitutional change and, when the substantive provisions of the Human Rights Act come into force, in developing the common law compatibly with the rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The sex offender treatment programmes used by the Prison Service are based on Canadian rather than United States models. Neither the Government nor the Prison Service is aware of doubts about the success rates of those models.
Independent research into effectiveness is an integral part of the Prison Service's offending behaviour programme policy, since it would clearly be wasteful to devote resources to programmes which cannot be shown to reduce recidivism. As I said in my reply to the noble Lord on 16 December last (Official Report, col. WA 149), interim outcomes from independent research into the Prison Service's sex offender treatment programme, relating to attitudinal and other change predictive of changes in recidivism, are available, and were reported in Home Office Research Findings No. 79 (ISSN 1364-6540). I will send a copy to the noble Lord.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: There is a statutory requirement to provide sentenced prisoners under the age of 17 years with 15 hours academic education including English, Mathematics, life skills relevant to their age, and Information Technology. In the case of sentenced prisoners aged 17 years with learning difficulties, there is a requirement to provide education appropriate to their needs.
The Prison Service is also planning to introduce an individual programme for each young person. It will be based on a thorough assessment and will include an action plan and programme suited to individual needs, ability and aptitude.
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