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Lord Sainsbury of Turville: Both before and following privatisation, England and Wales have been regarded and treated as forming one electricity network and one electricity market. Inherent in that is recognition of the integrated nature of the electricity supply system. As a result, decisions on power stations over 50 megawatts in England and Wales are handled by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. In reaching her decision on an application in Wales she will consider carefully the views of the National Assembly for Wales and any other representations from Wales.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The basis for the Government's policy is the planning guidance for which the National Assembly for Wales is responsible. In addition, the Government take into account the formal views that are received from the National Assembly for Wales on particular matters.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry met representatives of Centrica plc on 19 November 2001, and my honourable friend the Minister for Industry and Energy met them on 6 December 2001.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The award process is designed to give companies an opportunity to obtain licences when market conditions appear favourable to them. No bids have been received to date. However, they may apply to obtain licences at any time up to and including 14 October 2002. When an application is received it will be publicised on the agency's website www.radio.gov.uk.
|Region D||(Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire), each WT Act Licence (3 Licences available)||£2,000,000;|
|Region E||(Essex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire), each WT Act Licence (3 Licences available)||£2,000,000;|
|Region F||(Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire), each WT Act Licence (3 Licences available)||£2,000,000;|
|Region G||(Derbyshire, Lincolnshire (other than the Local Authorities of North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire), Leicestershire, each WT Act Licence (3 Licences available)||£2,000,000;|
|Region H||(Kent, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex), each WT Act Licence (3 Licences available)||£2,000,000;|
|Region I||(East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and the Local Authorities of North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire), the WT Act Licence (1 Licence available)||£2,000,000;|
|Region J||(Tyne and Wear, Durham, Northumberland, Cumbria and Lancashire), each WT Act Licence (2 Licences available)||£1,000,000;|
|Region K||(Bristol, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire), each WT Act Licence (3 Licences available)||£1,000,000;|
|Region L||(Scotland), each WT Act Licence (2 Licences available)||£1,000,000;|
|Region M||(Wales), each WT Act Licence (3 Licences available)||£1,000,000|
(b) in how many cases the applicant has died since the presentation of their case; and
(c) how many applications have still to be considered.[HL2260]
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: To date, IRISC, the department's claims handlers, has registered 173,824 claims in respect of compensation for respiratory disease. There have been 14,780 claims settled and 43,904 interim payments have been made, worth £241.4 million in total.
The handling agreement for compensation for respiratory disease was formally signed on 24 September 1999 and claims could not have been settled before this date. The number of claimants who initiated their claim after this date, but have died since registering their claim, is 6,271. Where claimants have died in process, the protocol to deal with these claims was agreed with the claimants' solicitors and put into operation in November 2001.
The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone): My predecessor as Minister for the Arts (Alan Howarth) announced to Parliament in March 2001 that the Government intended to accede to the 1970 UNESCO Convention. I hope to be able to make a further announcement to this House shortly.
Baroness Blackstone: There are currently 55 pleasure piers in existence at seaside resorts around the UK. Of these, 25 in England and 6 in Wales are listed. The latest figures do not include matched funding, which itself could include public funds. These figures show that six pleasure piers at UK seaside resorts have received lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund totalling £8,558,357, including two awards to Southport pier totalling £1,734,000. We are not aware of any other grants to piers from public funds.
Baroness Blackstone: Under the current broadcasting arrangements material unsuitable for children must not be transmitted at times when large numbers of children may be expected to be watching. Responsibility for children's television viewing after the 9.00 pm watershed applying to free-to-air channels may be expected to be a shared responsibility between parents and broadcasters. Research by the broadcasting regulators indicates that the concept of the 9.00 pm watershed is widely supported by the viewing public and, just as importantly, widely understood.
Baroness Blackstone: The Images of England website is operated by English Heritage. The project aims to take and publish a single exterior photograph of every building on the list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. There is an exemption for buildings visible only from private land, if permission from the owner is withheld, and the English Heritage Commissioners met on 23 January to consider options for other exemption. They will be discussing these options with the Heritage Lottery Fund which has provided funds for the project shortly.
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