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Written Statements

Volume 580: debated on Monday 12 May 2014

Written Statements

Monday 12 May 2014

Defence

Defence Scientific Advisory Council (Triennial Review)

I am today announcing the publication by the Ministry of Defence of the findings of the triennial review of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC). Triennial reviews of non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) are part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring, and improving, the accountability and effectiveness of public bodies.

The DSAC is an advisory NDPB that provides the Secretary of State for Defence with independent expert advice on matters relating to non-nuclear science, technology, engineering, analysis and mathematics.

The review concluded that DSAC provides a valuable source of independent advice across defence and the functions performed are still required. The review recommended that DSAC should be retained as an advisory NDPB and noted that it continues to meet the high standards of governance required.

The review was carried out with the participation of a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and I am grateful to all those who contributed to this triennial review.

The Defence Scientific Advisory Council, triennial review report has been placed in the Library of the House. Copies are available to hon. Members from the Vote Office and to noble Lords from the Printed Paper Office. It is also available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/defence-scientific-advisory-council.

Energy and Climate Change

Wind Power

The Procedure Committee has requested that the response to UIN 193072 be revised in order to give a more complete response to the hon. Member for Sunderland Central.

The question asked:

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much onshore wind capacity (a) received planning approval and (b) was rejected in each month in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012 and (e) 2013; and how many planning applications for onshore wind farms were (i) approved and (ii) rejected in each of those months. [193072].

The original answer—Official Report, 25 March 2014, column 161W—was given as:-

This information is available in the Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD), which tracks the progress of all renewable energy projects 0.01 MW and over from submission of a planning application through to determination and generation: https://restats.decc.gov.uk/app/reporting/decc/monthlyextract.

The full answer, including the relevant data, is:

The Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD) tracks the progress of all projects over 0.01 MW from submission of a planning application through to determination and generation: https://restats.decc.gov.uk/app/reporting/decc/monthlyextract.

Historical data for planning approvals and refusals change from one month to the next owing to time taken for planning information to be published and the difficulty in locating each individual piece of planning data.

As at the end of March 2014, the REPD shows (for onshore wind installations):

The number and installed capacity of onshore wind farms that have been through the planning system and either accepted or rejected on a month by month basis since January 2009 are:

Month

# Approved

Capacity (MW)

# Refused

Capacity (MW)

Jan-09

12

142.96

4

56.75

Feb-09

6

56.2012

3

81.2

Mar-09

12

111.275

3

20.006

Apr-09

3

3.6

3

11.2

May-09

8

164.1

4

88

Jun-09

5

12.715

3

30.7

Jul-09

11

51.756

2

32.4

Aug-09

10

202.622

1

14

Sep-09

7

34.2

3

29.9015

Oct-09

11

83.322

3

69.6

Nov-09

6

46.856

3

64.2

Dec-09

14

272.061

6

59.8

Total-09

105

1181.6682

38

557.7575

Jan-10

11

277.2

0

0

Feb-10

5

23.2

3

31.124

Mar-10

5

51.281

3

99.9

Apr-10

13

99.627

5

19.63

May-10

7

69.55

1

8

Jun-10

9

27.625

6

96.811

Jul-10

12

48..52

1

27.6

Aug-10

4

1.077

3

67.1

Sep-10

10

68.972

3

46

Oct-10

13

122.8

4

34.8

Nov-10

12

232.875

7

120.1

Dec-10

18

225.926

4

92.6

Total-10

119

1248.585

40

643.665

Jan-11

9

77.36

4

44.9

Feb-11

7

46.032

4

69.411

Mar-11

15

251.236

6

75.81

Apr-11

15

63.56

4

58.4

May-11

12

123.525

0

0

Jun-11

9

56.805

3

5.145

Jul-11

12

58.96

3

23.1

Aug-11

9

19.902

6

12.855

Sep-11

10

33.235

4

73.9

Oct-11

8

41.75

8

57.88

Nov-11

15

119.235

7

22.63

Dec-11

15

74.8

8

38.56

Total-11

136

966.4

57

482.591

Jan-12

11

294.485

10

67.14

Feb-12

22

101.41

8

48.76

Mar-12

18

61.046

12

77.425

Apr-12

10

501.295

7

19.74

May-12

17

272.52

5

60.565

Jun-12

17

159.816

6

84.99

Jul-12

24

136.318

6

21.605

Aug-12

17

94.156

9

89.36

Sep-12

20

199.68

10

53.165

Oct-12

38

187.061

14

68.455

Nov-12

50

230.72

8

52.161

Dec-12

30

14.376

18

145.385

Total-12

274

2252.883

113

788.751

Jan-13

31

77.732

14

103.361

Feb-13

33

492.831

16

137

Mar-13

35

220.463

18

58.152

Apr-13

43

380.48

21

80.235

May-13

31

32.867

26

103.805

Jun-13

38

50.66

20

336.13

Jul-13

41

44.97

31

150.776

Aug-13

27

33.21

34

135.61

Sep-13

29

65.711

28

243.455

Oct-13

26

104.25

30

124.125

Nov-13

45

31.255

36

123.775

Dec-13

57

132.746

36

90.9

Total-13

436

1667.175

310

1687.324

Total 09-13

1704

12966.2474

806

6632.853

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Nigeria: Chibok Abductions

I wish to update the House on the UK’s response to the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria on 14 April, for which the terrorist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility.

Officials from our High Commission in Abuja have been in regular contact with the Nigerian Government since the attack, with whom the primary responsibility for responding to the abductions rests. I spoke to the Nigerian Foreign Minister on 18 April to offer the UK’s assistance.

Finding the girls and returning them safely will be challenging in the face of the determined and ruthless group which holds them in such difficult terrain.

The Nigerian authorities assess that the girls have been taken to the Sambisa forest, an area of challenging terrain about 40 times the size of London. The girls may have been dispersed and some may have been taken into Cameroon or Chad. A further 11 girls were reported to have been taken in two incidents on 4 and 7 May.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister spoke to President Jonathan on 7 May. He reiterated UK support and offered to send an expert team drawn from across the British Government. President Jonathan accepted the Prime Minister’s offer.

A UK team arrived in Abuja on 9 May to offer advice to the Nigerian authorities on this incident, and on developing longer-term counter-terrorism solutions to prevent such attacks in the future. This builds on our existing extensive security engagement with the Nigerian authorities. We are co-ordinating closely with France, Canada and the US, who have also dispatched teams to Nigeria.

Since their arrival, the team, and the British High Commissioner in Abuja, have met President Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian national security adviser and senior members of the Nigerian armed forces. The team have also met the Nigerian police and representatives of the Chibok community in order discuss the UK approach to family and victim care, and potential avenues of support. Further meetings are taking place this week.

The UK team are also looking at social and economic factors behind the instability in northern Nigeria and neighbouring areas, with a view to advising on longer-term assistance, including in the area where the girls were abducted.

This appalling incident is a tragic reminder of the need for the international community to work together to eradicate sexual violence in conflict. The UK is leading the international community in addressing these crimes that have gone unchallenged for too long. I am delighted that on 25 April Nigeria endorsed the declaration of commitment to end sexual violence in conflict, which I launched at the UN General Assembly last year. Next month we will hold the global summit to end sexual violence in conflict from 10 to 13 June 2014, which I am co-hosting with the special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, at which we will seek practical action to shatter the culture of impunity for these crimes.

These events are also a reminder of the heavy price the people of Nigeria continue to pay from terrorism, including from the two recent bomb attacks in Abuja and an upsurge of attacks in north-east Nigeria, such as a Boko Haram attack on Gamboru Ngala in Borno state on 5 May which may have killed over 200 people. We will continue to work with the Government of Nigeria as they address these painful issues.

I will keep the House informed of further developments in Nigeria.