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Planning: Green Belt

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The Government believe that the green belt plays a vital role in the planning system that must continue. The Government will set out the response to Kate Barker's report later this year.

Planning: Thornborough Henges

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): Parliament has entrusted local planning authorities with responsibility for day-to-day planning control in their areas, including the consideration of applications for development. The Government will intervene to decide planning applications only in very rare cases where issues of more than local importance are involved and those issues need to be decided at national level.

I understand that the planning application to which the noble Lord refers is a revision of an earlier planning application for the extraction of sand and gravel from an extension to the existing Nosterfield quarry to the north of the scheduled ancient monument of Thornborough henges. North Yorkshire County Council, as the mineral planning authority, refused that application in February 2006. I further understand that the county council is satisfied that the revised application, for reduced mineral extraction on a smaller site, addresses its concerns about the original application and in particular avoids the area in that application assessed as containing nationally important archaeological remains. In January 2007, the county council therefore resolved to approve the revised application, subject to ratification of a Section 106 planning agreement on several matters, including protection of archaeological interests and appropriate restoration and aftercare. Any permission that may be granted will also be subject to a number of planning conditions to mitigate the environmental, including landscape, impact of the sand and gravel extraction.

I understand that, in reaching its decisions on the applications, the county council took account of all material planning considerations, including representations about the impact of the workings and proposed restoration on archaeology and the landscape, the Government’s policies on the handling of archaeological remains within the planning system (Planning Policy Guidance Note 16: Archaeology and Planning) and the views of English Heritage, the Government’s statutory adviser on heritage and archaeology.

Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

Lord Campbell-Savours asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The collection and publication of police complaints and disciplinary statistics are the statutory responsibility of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).



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Police: Reorganisation

Lord Jopling asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): An upper limit of £100,000 was applied to contributions to meet costs incurred for each police authority. Police authorities that did not have their claim for costs fully met were those that claimed to have incurred costs above this threshold. The threshold ensured that the majority of claims were met in full and a significant contribution was made to costs incurred by a minority.

Pollution

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): We assume that the noble Lord refers to a paper produced by the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California, which was published in the Lancet online on 26 January 2007 and entitled “Effects of exposure to traffic on lung development from 10 to 18 years of age: a cohort study”. This is one of a series of papers from that cohort study. The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants will review the paper referred to in the Question at its next meeting, on 23 February 2007.

Post Office: Kirkwhelpington

Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Truscott): I understand from Post Office Ltd that there is one post office branch open in Kirkwhelpington.

Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Truscott: No research has been carried out by the Government on the number of people using post offices in Kirkwhelpington.

Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Truscott: None. But comments from them and from any other interested parties on the consultation on the future of the post office network are welcome.

Prisons: Chelmsford

Baroness Stern asked Her Majesty’s Government:



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The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): A new workshop and education facility has been provided at HMP Chelmsford to meet the increased requirements of greater numbers of prisoners.

Prisons: Escapes

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): It is not possible to escape from open conditions as there are no physical constraints. Prisoners are classed as “absconders” if they absent themselves from Prison Service custody without lawful authority. All prisoners in open prisons have been convicted. The information requested is set out in the table.

Absconds from open prisons 2001-02 to 2005-06 by area of government offices for the regions
GORs2001-022002-032003-042004-052005-06No. Establishments**

East Midlands

117

102

154

110

125

2

East of England

8

14

36

40

18

2

London

0

0

0

0

0

0

North-East

0

0

0

0

0

0

North-West

298

360

343

210

179

2

South-East

109

197

292

187

192

4

South-West

19

33

114

102

66

1

West Midlands

15

23

31

24

24

1

Yorkshire and the Humber

148

169

243

159

91

3

N/A *

5

8

35

19

9

1

*Wales is not a government region. Absconds for Usk/Prescoed are shown under N/A.
**Moorland and Hatfield counted as one establishment

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