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Baroness Blatch: My right honourable friend the Home Secretary announced on 1st February 1996 the establishment of an interdepartmental review to look at the implications for both policy and procedure of any change to the current position on jurisdiction over offences committed by United Kingdom nationals overseas throughout the United Kingdom. The review is expected to take four or five months to complete and my right honourable friend will announce its findings once he has had an opportunity to consider them.
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): The working group was established to review the enforcement of fines, compensation and costs which are ordered by a court. Local taxes are civil debts collected by local authorities. Their enforcement raises different considerations.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Earl Ferrers): Following public consultation, my right honourable friends the Secretaries of State for the Environment, for Wales and for Scotland have today issued a revised duty of care code of practice under Section 34 of Part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The code of practice gives practical guidance to all waste holders on how to discharge their responsibilities under the duty of care. It has been revised in order to take into account changes to waste management legislation since it was first published in 1991 and in order to provide specific guidance to the metal recycling industry.
The duty of care applies to any person who produces, imports, carries, keeps, treats or disposes of controlled waste. It obliges waste holders: to prevent the escape of waste in their control; to transfer it only to someone who is legally authorised to accept it; and to ensure that it is recovered or disposed of lawfully by others.
The code of practice is admissible as evidence in court in prosecutions for breach of the duty of care. Breach of the duty is an offence with a penalty of an unlimited fine if convicted on indictment. As required by Section 34(9) of the 1990 Act, a copy of the revised code of practice is being laid before the House and placed in the Library of the Houses.
The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Lord Henley): Nationally, some 46 per cent. of primary and secondary schools have wheelchair access to over 50 per cent. of teaching accommodation. The following table shows the proportion of schools in each local education authority which do so. This information will be useful to local education authorities and schools in assessing where there is a particular need for greater access for disabled pupils. A more detailed analysis of the data collected will be placed in the Library.
|LEA||Total number of schools||Number with over 50% access to teaching accommodation||Percentage with over 50% access to teaching accommodation|
|Corporation of London||1||0||0|
|Kingston upon Thames||45||19||42|
|Richmond upon Thames||47||6||13|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||100||41||41|
|Isle of Scilly||5||0||0|
|Hereford and Worcester||357||239||67|
|Isle of Wight||67||45||67|
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