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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): The Ministry of Defence sponsors the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, an independent charity governing Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) units affiliated to it. Funding is granted to the Marine Society and Sea Cadets to support the corps infrastructure. This amounted to £8.397 million in financial year 200405, comprising funding for the national HQ and training programme, SCC uniformed adult pay, travel costs and pay of RN/Civil Service staff directly involved in the SCC management training. Additional support is provided in the form of boats, training equipment and uniforms, and via the use of naval training establishments and sea training days in HM ships.
When they will fulfil the undertaking, made in their response to the report of the Science and Technology Committee, Renewable Energy: Practicalities (4th Report, Session 200304, HL Paper 126), to publish a summary of the assessors' report on a proposed tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay. [HL3220]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government work closely with the police service to reduce vehicle crime and are always prepared to seriously consider any proposals they make. The police have not raised this matter.
Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity, Jim Knight, on 14 December (Official Report, House of Commons, col. 2009W), what facilities will be incorporated into the new Veterinary Laboratories Agency laboratory at Weybridge; how many of those are currently available elsewhere; and whether the new facilities will result in the closure of existing ones. [HL3339]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Bach): The building projects currently under
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way at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) at Weybridge are part of a long overdue site redevelopment programme, designed to bring the ageing facilities up-to-date so that VLA can continue to provide the statutory and emergency services that Defra requires.
VLA has a number of specialised facilities for work on pathogens dangerous to man. Prior to the redevelopment these were mainly provided in temporary buildings, or in buildings old and unsuitable that could not be adequately maintained to meet the required safety standards. Furthermore, much of VLA's animal accommodation was many years old and unable to meet the current Home Office standards.
None of the new facilities was available elsewhere within VLA's estate and, beyond the planned demolitions of those buildings vacated as a result of the redevelopment, no closures of existing facilities is planned.
a new laboratory housing a centralised serology testing facility, which Defra requires VLA to maintain in case of an future outbreak of foot and mouth disease or other exotic animal disease; and ACDP containment levels 2 and 3 laboratories for research and diagnosis work on tuberculosis;
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