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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Truscott): My honourable friend the Minister of State for Science and Innovation (Malcolm Wicks) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
The consent is granted to Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds Limited, an Airtricity and Fluor joint venture. The development will be sited around 23 kilometres from the Suffolk coast and has the potential to generate up to 500 megawatts of electricity.
The decision to grant consent was taken after a thorough consideration of the possible impacts of the project on a range of environmental and other issues and interests and of the advice received from a range of stakeholders, including statutory consultees on navigation and nature conservation issues. The Secretary of State concluded that the impacts envisaged by those making representations will either be of low significance or can be mitigated or avoided by the use of suitable conditions in the Electricity Act consent or in the licence for the project that is to be issued by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): My honourable friend the Minister of State for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality (Liam Byrne) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
Lin Homer, the director general of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, has today provided a comprehensive update to the Home Affairs Committee on the progress being made by the IND in deporting foreign national prisoners. In addition to this update, I would like to set out the Governments position on the deportation of Irish nationals.
In my oral Statement to the House on the prison estate on 9 October 2006 (Official Report, Commons, col. 32), I explained that the department was considering treating Irish citizens as a special case in respect of pursuing their deportation from the United Kingdom. A number of honourable members have asked me to review the Government's position on deporting Irish nationals in the light of the acknowledged close historic and political ties between the UK and the Irish Republic and I have done so.
Since April last year, we have ensured that all nationals from European economic area countries who have received custodial sentences in the United Kingdom for two years or more have been considered for deportation. This has led to deportation action being pursued against a number of Irish nationals who have committed criminal offences here.
Irish citizens will be considered for deportation only where a court has recommended deportation in sentencing or where the Secretary of State concludes that, due to the exceptional circumstances of the case, the public interest requires deportation.
In reviewing our approach in this area we have taken into account the close historical, community and political ties between the United Kingdom and Ireland, along with the existence of the Common Travel Area.
Those Irish prisoners whose cases are not considered exceptional, whose sentences have expired and who are currently in custodial detention awaiting deportation will be released over the next week. I have already asked that the necessary arrangements be put in place to ensure that these prisoners receive proper supervision on their release from the Probation Service.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): My right honourable friend the Minister of State for the Armed Forces (Adam Ingram) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
With effect from 1 April 2007, the Defence Transport and Movements Agency (DTMA) will cease to hold agency status. This has been decided as part of restructuring within the supply chain element of the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO), and complements the future arrangements for the proposed merger of the DLO and the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA).
The role of the DTMA is to provide defence and other authorised users with agreed transport and movements services worldwide in peace, crisis and war in order to support UK military capability, current and future. This role will remain unchanged after 1 April 2007. The agency was created in April 1999 and brought together existing MoD single service transport and movements branches into one organisation. Agency status helped to mould these groups into a cohesive organisation. However, since then the agency has merged with a number of other organisations and taken on a much broader role for the department, with a greater operational focus.
The DTMA reports directly through the MoDs supply chain professionals (DG Log (Supply Chain)), and the agency has been obliged to answer for its performance within a tightly defined management
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I have therefore concluded that agency status for the DTMA should cease and that the organisation should adopt fully the title Defence Supply Chain Operations and Movements (DSCOM). The chief executive will retain full accountability for the delivery of agency outputs in this final year, including the preparation and laying before the House of the final reports and accounts.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Defence (Des Browne) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
The Ministry of Defence Votes A Annual Estimate 2007-08 will be laid before the House on 20 February as HC 280. This outlines the maximum numbers of personnel to be maintained for service in the Armed Forces during the financial year 2007-08.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): My honourable friend the Minister for Policing, Security and Community Safety (Tony McNulty) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
The sums had been adjusted to take account of money that had been retained centrally to pay for the capital costs associated with police force mergers. I am pleased to be able to announce today that a further £25 million of capital is now available for distribution to police authorities. Following a review of Home Office capital pressures a further £25 million originally earmarked for restructuring will not now be distributed to police authorities.
As a consequence of this additional money, the total amount of capital grant allocated to police authorities in 2006-07 will be £220 million. This compares to £210 million in 2005-06, an increase of 4.8 per cent.
A breakdown of the allocation of this additional money is shown in the table attached. The money has been distributed in order to achieve the same outcome as would have been the case if it had been included in the original distribution.
|Police Capital Allocations 2006-07|
|Original Allocation £m||Extra £m||Total Allocation £m|
|NB In line with the revenue grant increase in 2006-07, the capital grant announced in early 2006 was calculated as a flat-rate reduction for all (the 2005-06 total was £210 million). The £25 million uplift has been applied similarly.|
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