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Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Public expenditure priorities in Great Britain and Northern Ireland have been different, with spending on transport being afforded a lower relative priority in Northern Ireland. Translink believe that limited availability of funds has contributed to inadequancies in infrastructure and rolling stock. This limited availability of funding does not prejudice railway safety which Translink considers to be of paramount importance.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: My honourable friend the Minister for Tourism, Film and Broadcasting consulted industry contacts about this issue earlier in the year. She will consider next steps when all replies have been received.
Lord Bach: The Channel Islands (and the Isle of Man) are self-governing Crown Dependencies. My noble friend Lord Bassam of Brighton used the term "dependent or associated territories" in the reply he gave to the noble Lord on 17 April (Official Report, WA 79-80), because this is the generic term used for the non-metropolitan territories of member states of the European Union by the European Union Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation.
Lord Bach: The answer to your question depends on a number of variables, in particular, the number of asylum applicants and the length of time taken to complete the process to removal. Based on forecast asylum intakes and detention of between two and six months, the cost of procurement of the number of places required could be as much as £1.68 billion start-up costs and annual running costs of up to £420 million. These costs take no account of the likely impact of this scale of detention on intake or savings that would inevitably occur on asylum support costs.
Lord Bach: The Crown is ultimately responsible for the good government of the Crown Dependencies. This means that, in the circumstances of a grave breakdown or failure in the administration of justice or civil order, the residual prerogative power of the Crown could be used to intervene in the internal affairs of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. It is unhelpful to the relationship between Her Majesty's Government and the Islands to speculate about the hypothetical and highly unlikely circumstances in which such intervention might take place.
The figure excludes persons who have been killed by those who may have been convicted outside England and Wales (for whom there is incomplete information), and persons who have been killed by those not previously convicted of homicide by reason of their mental state.
Lord Bach: The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis has informed me that the Metropolitan Police "Safe Driving" Policy, which aims to raise and maintain police driving standards and so to reduce collisions, includes a policy on vehicle pursuits.
Together with all other Chief Officers in England and Wales, the Commissioner has accepted in principle the recommendations in the Association of Chief Police Officers' report on Police Pursuit Driving Training, including the introduction of a standardised police pursuit training course later this year.
Lord Bach: There will be 112 places for Immigration Act detainees at HM Prison Lindholme. It is expected that the accommodation will become available during June this year. Once the places are fully available at Lindholme, the ad hoc use of prison spaces for immigration detainees in England and Wales will end but for exceptional circumstances. It is anticipated that the provision of the accommodation at Lindholme will result in a net increase of around 50 places for immigration detainees.
Lord Bach: My right honourable friend the Home Secretary does not appoint the Governor to any overseas territories. In his capacity as Privy Counsellor with special responsibility for the Crown Dependencies, he recommends to The Queen the appointment of Lieutenant Governors in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Lord Bach: The change in the short title of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill more accurately reflects the scope and content of the Bill than the former name Crime and Public Protection Bill.
Lord Bach: The audit showed that 92.5 per cent of offenders subject to probation orders, community service orders and on licence complied with their order or licence or were returned to court for breach of proceedings.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): On Friday 24 March my honourable friend (the Minister) received a letter from Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler agreeing that the United Kingdom should, for this year, apply the same criteria as were used in 1999 and earlier years for determining the acceptability of hedges and other field margins included in claims based on whole Ordnance Survey field areas under the Integrated Administration and Control System. A press release containing this information was released the same day. Copies of the letter have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
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