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The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): Under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the sweeping and cleansing of trunk roads is the responsibility of the district, borough and unitary councils through which they pass. There are six councils responsible for clearing litter along the A14 trunk road between the locations mentioned. These are South Cambridgeshire, West Suffolk, St. Edmundsbury, Mid Suffolk and Babergh District Councils and Ipswich Borough Council.
The Highways Agency encourages all councils to ensure that, whenever possible, litter is cleared when lane closures are in place for other reasons such as routine maintenance. In addition, the agency arranges for the immediate removal of refuse or debris reported or found on the trunk road that is considered to be a safety hazard.
The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): I understand the document concerned to have been an internal Irish Government briefing paper. It has not been copied to Her Majesty's Government. The content of the document, its preparation and the circumstances of its becoming public are not the responsibility of the Government.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: This is a matter for the Government of the Republic of Ireland. I would advise the noble Lord to write directly to the Department of Foreign Affairs. I apologise for the delay in answering this Written Question.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Equality Scheme for the North/South Language Body applies only in Northern Ireland because the statutory duties imposed on public authorities by Section 75 and Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, under which equality schemes are made, apply in respect of their functions relating to Northern Ireland.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: During the period 10 January to 31 March 2002 the Departments of Culture, Arts and Leisure and of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs provided funding in response to one application from the Ulster-Scots Agency.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Lingusitic Diversity Branch accepted the invitation of the European Centre for Minority Issues to take part in a conference held by it from 23 to 24 June 2000 in Flensburg, Germany entitled "Evaluating Policy Measures for Minority Languages".
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Officials from DCAL took part in planning discussions with the organisers of the conference on the theme of "Scotland and Ulster, A Common Heritage, Language, History and Identity 16002000" in Magee College, University of Ulster, on 29 to 30 June 2001. One official spoke at the conference.
What is the membership of each Cabinet committee.[HL1552]
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Copies of the current list of Cabinet committees, their membership and terms of reference have today been placed in the Libraries of the House. Details will also be updated on the Cabinet Office website at http://www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/cabsec/index/cabcom/index.htm.1st John B
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): Offenders subject to the requirements of Part 1 of the Sex Offenders Act 1997 (the register) must notify the police of their name(s); date of birth; home address and any other addresses in the United Kingdom where they stay for 14 days or more in a 12-month period; and any changes to those details. They must also inform the police if they intend to travel abroad for a period of eight days or longer. If the police believe such offenders pose a risk to children or other members of the public in another country, they can pass that information to the authorities in those countries. The decision to pass on such information would be made only on the basis of a risk assessment.
As we stated in the paper Protecting the Public published in November last year (Cm 5668) and my right honourable friend the Prime Minister has confirmed to the House of Commons, we will be bringing forward measures to strengthen the registration requirements, including those on foreign travel, in the forthcoming legislation on sex offences.
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