To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for the National Infrastructure Commission for the current year, what are the locations of their office accommodation and what is the cost, and how many staff do they employ and what is the cost.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Infrastructure Commission may be consulted on applications for planning consent and if so whether it is their intention to do so; and what criteria they will apply to decisions to carry out such consultations.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what legislation the National Infrastructure Commission is currently operating; and whether the National Infrastructure Commissioners are being paid allowances or expenses (or both) for their work, and if so on what basis and how much.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for the further delay in the refranchising process for the West Coast Main Line.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are required from rail franchisees (train operating companies) to allow travel by passengers on feeder services to a mainline hub station who have bought advance tickets on the internet which start from a station which does not have a ticket machine and where the tickets have to be acquired at the mainline hub station, by the use of booking confirmations which have been printed out or can be shown on mobile devices or by other means.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last five years, how many planning appeals were made on local authority decisions on major housing schemes, what was the average time taken by the Planning Inspectorate to deal with them , and how many took longer than six months; and how many have so far been made this year, and how many of those have taken or are scheduled to take longer than six months.
Department for Transport | Railways
To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the new contractor for rail electrification schemes in the North West will be appointed, and what is the timetable for carrying out and completing each of those schemes.
Answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Network Rail is working through the contract details to complete contract award on the North West Electrification Schemes. This programme forms part of the delivery review being undertaken by the new Chairman of Network Rail, Sir Peter Hendy. Contract award is expected before the end of 2015. Interim arrangements are in place to ensure that progress on these important schemes continues.
Police FinanceTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the specific assessments made in the five-factor simplified model for assessing the need for police funding; and what evidence there is that that model is the best way to assess such funding needs.
Answered by Lord Bates on 28 October 2015
The simplified model is based on an understanding of the drivers of crime and police demand and uses objective indicators based on demographic, socio-economic and environmental factors to determine force level allocations.
The simplified model is based on three broad elements that, while not themselves drivers of individual criminal activity, correlate highly and strongly with long term patterns of crime and overall police demand: • population levels; • the underlying characteristics of a local population; and • the environmental characteristics of police force areas
The Government has assessed the simplified model against five guiding principles – robustness, stability, transparency, incentives and future proofing – and has concluded that it meets those principles.
Public consultation on the model has now closed and we received over 1,700 responses. We are refining our proposed model in light of this feedback and are engaging further with Police and Crime Commissioners and forces as part of this process.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what decisions they have made about the criteria for their fund to assist brownfield housing development; and how it will operate.
Baroness Williams of Trafford:
The Government intends to create a £1 billion Fund to focus on unlocking homes on brownfield land for additional housing. The operation and focus of the Fund are currently being developed and details will be available when the Fund is launched.
Comment by Lord Greaves:
“This is all what we already knew. This is very disappointing since it means that Pendle Council still has no idea at all when details of the scheme will be known. The Government does not seem to be treating brownfield development as any kind of priority.”
Department for Communities and Local Government
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to streamline the local plans process; and when they expect to bring those proposals into operation.
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