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Lord Whitty: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency operates within the law and makes every endeavour to give vehicle operators the best possible advice on the appropriate tax class within which to license their vehicles. When the police send a case to the Crown Prosecution, it is reviewed to make sure that it meets the tests set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
If the Crown Prosecutor is satisfied that there is enough evidence to prosecute, then the public interest test must be considered. The advice received by defendants from DVLA would be one factor the prosecutor would take into account when considering whether a prosecution is needed in the public interest. However, the prosecutor must balance other factors for and against the prosecution in weighing the public interest. Each case must be considered on its own individual merits.
Our policy on waste is set out in the draft waste strategy, A Way With Waste. This emphasises the priority the Government places on tough environmental standards for all types of incineration. It also makes clear that wastes should be disposed of as close to the point of production as possible, consistent with the need for effective environmental controls.
We are looking at implementation options which will minimise the burden on small scale animal carcass incinerators and pet crematoria while ensuring that there are appropriate environmental safeguards.
Lord Whitty: It is the Environment Agency's advice that it is likely that no animal carcass incinerators under 50kg/hr capacity would be fitted with the necessary emissions abatement equipment to meet the standards for dioxins and other pollutants in the proposed waste incineration directive. The cost-benefit analyses prepared for the Department by Entec UK Ltd (copies of which are in the House Library) in Appendix 1 pp. 58-59 noted a lack of emissions data for such plant, but assumed that equipment to abate nitrogen oxides, hydrogen chloride and heavy metals would be needed, plus a secondary combustion chamber to permit sufficient residence time to achieve the dioxins limit.
Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Through OFGEM, the Department of Trade and Industry has very recently received a request to conduct an investigation under Section 59 of the Electricity Act 1989 on the accuracy of the completion of the Fourth Renewables Tranche questionnaire by the applicants seeking planning permission for a wood-burning power plant at Newbridge-on-Wye. The department has not yet decided whether an official investigation under Section 59 of the Act is to be launched.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): In some cases the mode of transport used may be predetermined to provide training in a particular method of transportation, especially in the case of practising rail movement for deployment. Apart from these, each request for transport is judged on its own merits. Factors considered include: the ability to achieve the required delivery date; the size of the load; the suitability and location of railheads; security and public safety considerations. An assessment is also made of extra effort caused by double-handling at road-rail interfaces and "out-of-gauge" operating considerations. Unless there are overriding reasons to use either road or rail, then the solution which offers the best value for money is normally selected.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: All the 591 Service Families Accommodation (SFA) at Warminster garrison have gas appliances--i.e. gas cookers and gas heating/hot water boilers. Since May 1999 there have been four formal complaints about unsafe appliances. These complaints have all been satisfactorily resolved and gas certificates have been issued. The gas supply was turned off in each case while remedial action was taken.
All the houses at Warminster are fitted with carbon monoxide monitors and none of the systems that failed the contractor's spillage test discharged enough carbon monoxide into each house to activate the alarm.
The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): As sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC), I am in regular contact with members of the NMEC board. On 23 May I met with a number of NMEC board members in the course of the afternoon.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton: As sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC), I am in regular contact with members of the NMEC board. On 23 May I met with a number of NMEC board members in the course of the afternoon, including Michael Grade.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton: All civil servants, including special advisers, are required under the terms and conditions of their employment not to misuse their official position or information acquired in the course of their official duties to further their private interests or those of others. They should not receive benefits of any kind from a third party which might reasonably be seen to compromise their personal judgment or integrity. Where a conflict of interest arises, civil servants must declare the interest to senior management, who will determine how best to proceed. All such declarations are confidential between the employer and employee. We have no plans to make any changes to the existing system.
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