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Road Policy: De-trunking

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): We announced in the White Paper A New Deal For Transport that a core network of trunk roads had been identified which links the

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main centres of population and provides access to major ports, airports and rail terminals; access to peripheral regions; key cross-Border routes to Scotland and Wales; and includes trans-European network routes. This core comprises some 70 per cent of the existing motorway and all-purpose trunk road network. It is proposed to de-trunk the remaining non-core routes and this is now the subject of detailed discussions with individual local highway authorities. We expect the de-trunking to be phased over a number of years. A list of routes proposed for de-trunking is below.

Routes proposed for De-Trunking

Road NumberRoute StartRoute End
A4M4 Jct. 5M25 Slough
A5Jct. with A38M6 Jct. 12
A7CarlisleScottish Border
A10M25 Jct. 25King's Lynn
A15LincolnJct. with A63 Ferriby
A17King's LynnNewark
M32BristolM4 Jct. 19
A34BirminghamA5011 Cheshire Border
A36BathM27 Jct. 2/Southampton
A38BirminghamJct. A5
A38BirminghamM50 Jct. 1
A39Indian QueensBarnstaple
A40M40 Jct. 8Ross-on-Wye
A41GLA BoundaryM40 Jct. 9
A41M54 Jct. 3South of Chester
A43M1 Jct. 15aStamford
A44A34 OxfordA40
A45A46M42 Jct. 6
A46M4 Jct. 18Bath
A48A40 HighnamWelsh Border
A49M56 Jct. 10Shrewsbury
A51/A500ChesterM6 Jct. 16
A54/A556ChesterM6 Jct. 19
A57M60/M67 Jct.Manchester
A59M57 Jct. 7/M58Preston
A59M6 Jct. 31Skipton
A60NottinghamJct. with A614
A65M6 Jct. 36Jct. with A660
A134King's LynnThetford
A140Needham MarketNorwich
A167A1(M) Chester-le-StreetA1(M) Brafferton
A339M3 Jct. 6A34 South of Newbury
A361BarnstapleM5 Jct. 27
A417West of M5--
A423M40 North of BanburyCoventry
A423A34 South of OxfordHeyford Hill roundabout
A428Jct. with A421 East of BedfordNorthampton
A435Jct. 3 M42Jct. A46 Alcester
A446Jct. A452Jct. A453/A38
A449Jct. 6 M5Birmingham
A449Jct. with A5M6 Jct. 13
A452Jct. with A4041 BirminghamBrownhills
A465HerefordWelsh Border
A516Jct. with A38 DerbyJct. with A50
A550M53 Jct. 5A5117
A557M62Runcorn--Widnes Bridge
A565SouthportA59 South of Preston
A570SouthportA580 St. Helens
A585M55 Jct. 3Fleetwood
A595/A5092Calder BridgeA590
A606NottinghamWidmerpool A46
A614M62 Jct. 37Howden
A629Skipton Jct. with A59A650
A650Jct. with A629Bradford
A660LeedsJct. with A65
A696/A68Newcastle Int. AirportScottish Border
A1001A1(M) Jct. 2A1(M) Jct. 4
A1041SelbyNorth Yorkshire County Boundary
A1079DunswellA64 York Bypass
A1237City of York--
A6514Jct. with A52 NottinghamJct. with A60

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National Beds Inquiry

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the National Beds Inquiry report will be published.[HL123]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The National Beds Inquiry is nearing completion. Its findings will be published in due course.

Female Genital Mutilation

Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many involuntary acts of female genital mutilation are performed on children in the United Kingdom each year.[HL106]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: It is not known exactly how many girls are subjected to female genital mutilation in the United Kingdom as it is rarely reported to the authorities. We are extremely concerned that this practice is stopped and were a case to be reported we would expect it to be thoroughly and sensitively investigated by the relevant authorities.

British Fluoridation Society: Government Financial Contribution

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What have been their financial contributions to the British Fluoridation Society for the years 1998-99 and 1999-2000.[HL126]

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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: In 1998-99 our allocation was £76,000 and in 1999-2000 £78,000.

Community Pharmacy Strategy

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they expect to publish their community pharmacy strategy.[HL158]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Government's community pharmacy strategy for England will be published shortly.

Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act: Sections 17 and 18

Lord Sawyer asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the review of Sections 17(2) and 18 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 has been completed.[HL180]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: These provisions require the Secretary of State for Health to report to Parliament each year on the number of disabled people aged under 65 who received long-term care in a hospital (or a part of a hospital) vested in the Secretary of State and used wholly or mainly for the care of elderly people (Section 17(2)); and were supported by their local authority in residential care used by people of 65 or over (Section 18(3)). (By virtue of Section 45 of the Government of Wales Act 1999, reports on the position in Wales are now for the National Assembly for Wales to publish, rather than for the Secretary of State to make to Parliament. In Scotland, this is a matter for the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Parliament.)

Reports to Parliament under Section 17(2) ceased after 1995 because the establishment of National Health Service trusts meant that there were no longer any hospitals "vested in the Secretary of State". Reports to Parliament under Section 18 continue but show a considerable drop in the number of under-65s accommodated with over-65s. The figures they report are no longer, if they ever were, an unambiguous indicator of "inappropriate placements". (For example, if the caring decision is taken to allow a person who has reached his 65th birthday to stay in a home where he may have lived for several years, all the residents in the home who are aged under 65 will be included in the figures.)

The Government therefore made clear, when making their report under Section 18 last year, that they were minded to repeal these two provisions and would welcome any views on this proposal. Copies of the responses received have been placed in the Library. The majority support the proposal, or repeal, some also noting that the system for registering care homes is a much more effective way of ensuring appropriate

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placements than statistical reports. Having considered all the responses, the Government have decided that repeal is the right option, and will pursue this when parliamentary time allows.

Glufosinate Ammonium

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will specify, in respect of the herbicide glufosinate ammonium and its use on genetically modified crops:

    (a) how many experimental permits they have given and refused under Regulation 5(2)(a) of the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986;

    (b) the dates and periods of each such permit given and refused and the applicant companies;

    (c) the dates upon which they were provided with safety and other data as a result of testing and development under each such permit given; and

    (d) whether such safety and other data can or must be made publicly available.[HL40]

The Minsiter of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): All experimental approvals for plant protection products, including the herbicide glufosinate ammonium, are considered under the Plant Protection Products Regulations 1995. To date the Ministry's Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) has granted four experimental approvals for the use of glufosinate ammonium on genetically modified crops under this legislation. No applications for such use have been refused to date. Unlike full or provisional pesticide approvals, details of experimental approvals are not made publicly available for reasons of commercial confidentiality.

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