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Mr. Michael Spicer : I have been asked to reply.

The Government's policy on the return of high-level radioactive waste was set down in the reply given by my hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Mr. Goodlad) to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) on 2 May 1986 at columns 502-503.

Seals

Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information is held by his Department on the link between phocine distemper and the recent increase in seal deaths in the North sea and off the north and west coast of the United Kingdom.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The term phocine distemper and seal plague have been used by scientists to describe the


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virus which has seriously affected seal populations in the North Sea this summer. As far as United Kingdom waters are concerned, the latest information provided by the sea mammal research unit shows that a total of 2,705 dead seals in the United Kingdom had been reported to the unit since 1 August this year. Of these 189 were grey seals. This compares with total United Kingdom population estimates of 25,000 common seals and 100,000 grey seals. It is likely that a very high proportion, but not all, of the seal deaths reported are due to the virus, which has been identified as a member of the morbilli family, of a similar type to rinderpest and canine distemper. Reported seal deaths have declined in recent weeks but the virus seems likely to continue to affect seal populations into 1989. Present evidence is that grey seals appear able to resist the virus.

Greenhouse Effect

Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he possesses on research undertaken by Du Pont chemicals in the United States of America on the use of halon 121 to combat ozone layer damage from other halons.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The Government are aware that Du Pont is investigating the use of halon 121 for discharge testing of fire fighting equipment. The use of halon 121, also known as HCFC 22, is one of several possible approaches to avoiding the use in discharge testing of the halons controlled by the Montreal protocol.

Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what studies have been sponsored by his Department or the Health and Safety Executive into replacements for halon 1211, halon 1301, and halon 2402, to mitigate damage from the greenhouse effect.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The Government have sponsored no such studies. Officials keep in close touch with the steps being taken by industry to reduce use of these halons and to find suitable replacements.

Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what research has been conducted by his Department on replacement options for chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) 113 ; and what information his Department has on international research on CFC 113 by the electronics industry.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The Department has not conducted research into replacement options for chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) 113. The Department keeps in touch with the steps the electronics industry is taking, in the United Kingdom and internationally, both to make more efficient use of CFC 113 and to develop alternative methods of cleaning printed circuit boards, including not cleaning them at all.

Tied Housing

Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give an estimate of the respective number of farmworkers and other employees in tied housing who at present have their rates paid by their employer.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : This information is not available.


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Chlorofluorocarbon Refrigerant

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to develop a collection network and incineration plants for the safe disposal of the chlorofluorocarbon refrigerant which will be removed from refrigeration machinery during the next 10 years.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The EC code of good practice on reducing emissions of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) 11 and 12 in commercial and industrial refrigeration and air-conditioning applications, published in 1984 and currently being updated, includes advice on recovery, re-use and disposal of refrigerants. Both United Kingdom manufacturers of CFCs offer a reprocessing service to their customers.

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to include in government contracts for the servicing and replacement of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, a provision for the safe disposal of used or contaminated chlorofluorocarbon.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Government Departments have been asked to review their policies, specifications and practices with a view to promoting the objective of reducing use of chloroflurocarbons and halons to the maximum possible extent. The Department is assessing the preliminary results of this exercise and considering what further steps may be required.

Rimnet

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to the answer of 7 December on Rimnet, what is the gamma dose rate.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Gamma rays are emitted by many radioactive substances. The gamma dose rate is a measure of the quantity of gamma radiation over a fixed period.

House of Commons Chandeliers

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will undertake investigations to discover if any of the House of Commons chandeliers survived the 1941 bombing.

Mr. Chope : Some chandeliers within the Palace did survive and are still hanging in various locations : but all those in the Chamber itself were destroyed.

Rating Reform

Mr. Couchman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are his latest estimates of the distributional impact of the community charge on household finance.

Mr. Gummer : I have today placed in the Library a note updating figures on the impact on household finances of the community charge. The new figures show that : when fully implemented 58 per cent. of households (11.1 million) will gain from the introduction of the community charge ; 83 per cent. of single pensioner households and 75 per cent. of other single adult households will gain from these proposals ; percentage gains in net income are largest for the lowest income households ; community charges on average would be less than domestic rates in all bands up to £200 per week.


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The community charge will reduce the burden on the poorest. The lowest income group will pay less for local government. On average, their rates after rebates account for 3.9 per cent. of net income, whereas the community charge accounts for 3.0 per cent. Of course there will be gainers and losers in any change but these figures show that the community charge with its rebate system cuts the direct cost of local government on the poorest (those households with less than £50 a week) by nearly 25 per cent.

Many poorer people pay more in rates than those who are better off, even in the same local authority, because there is no necessary connection between rateable value and ability to pay. Generally, people buy their homes while they are working, when their incomes are at their highest, but remain in the home and have to continue paying the same rates when they retire with reduced incomes. So it is no surprise that 41 per cent. of households living in homes with above average rateable values have below average incomes.

These figures demonstrate that the majority of households will in fact gain from the community charge ; that the poorest households stand to gain ; and that domestic rates do not reflect ability to pay.

The revised figures take account of amendments made during the passage of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, local authorities budgetted spending levels in 1988-89, the 15 per cent. community charge rebate taper announced on 14 April and incorporate the uprating of social security benefits announced for 1989-90.

Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he can estimate the average community charge in 1990 for (a) all adults and (b) income support claimants.

Mr. Gummer : The Government have made no estimates of future community charges. Illustrative figures were published on 23 June showing what the community charge would have been in each area had the new system been in force in 1988-89. Those illustrative figures assume existing levels of spending and existing local authority responsibilities.

Football Clubs (Membership Scheme)

103. Mr. Wareing : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he will next meet the president of the Football League to discuss the football club membership scheme.

Mr. Moynihan : I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (Mr. Pendry) on 14 December 1988.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

104. Mr. Speller : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what changes he proposes in the laws governing clay pigeon shooting.

Mr. Chope : The Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1988 allows land to be used for clay pigeon shooting for up to 14 days in any calendar year without planning permission. My Department is issuing this week a consultation paper about whether the 1988 Order should be amended to revert to the 28 days maximum allowed by the previous, 1977 order.


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Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those organisations he is proposing to consult with regard to the provisions of the General Development Order 1988 concerning clay pigeon shooting ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Chope : I propose to consult 150 organisations, including the Sports Council, The Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, other shooting bodies, amenity and environmental groups, and the local authority associations. I will place a copy of the consultation paper, and a full list of consultees, in the Library of the House.

Research and Development

Mr. Gordon Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will update table 5A of the Cabinet Office review of research and development for 1988 in the light of announcements made subsequent to publication of the 1988 review.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Table 5A is produced from detailed analysis of research programme expenditure and plans by the Department, the Countryside Commission, the Nature Conservancy Council and the Sports Council. This analysis is now taking place as part of the Cabinet Office review of research and development for 1989 and will not be complete for some time.

30-year Rule

Mr. Frank Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will initiate a review of all statements, made to the House by Ministers of his Department or of predecessor Departments having responsibility for environmental protection, that may require revision in the light of official information made public under the 30-year rule on 1 January 1989.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : No.

Private Tenancies

Mr. Winnick : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what will be the effects of the arrangements for new private tenancies on families currently on local authority waiting lists ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) what will be the effects of the arrangements for new private tenancies on families currently in bed and breakfast accommodation ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Trippier : The new assured tenancy scheme should increase the supply of privately rented accommodation and therefore provide greater choice for families currently on local authority waiting lists or living in bed-and-breakfast accommodation.

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Mr. Winnick : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to visit families who are currently in bed and breakfast hostel accommodation ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Trippier : My right hon. Friend has no such plans at present.


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Council Properties

Mr. Winnick : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government on the percentage of existing council-owned residential properties which should remain in such ownership ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Trippier : The Government take no view on such percentages. Our policy is to promote variety of tenure, and wherever possible to give tenants an opportunity to choose for themselves.

Animal Welfare

Mr. Cyril D. Townsend : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what recent representations he has received from the international fund for animal welfare.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : We have received cards from members of the public responding to an appeal by the international fund for animal welfare to express concern about the marine environment on an international basis. We recognise that many people are genuinely concerned about the health of our seas and the marine life that they support. Organisations such as IFAW can also play a valuable role in supporting on a voluntary basis conservation and research work on marine species such as seals. That is why I met it today to discuss their campaign.

As the recent seal virus has shown, it is simplistic and wrong to imagine that every change in the marine environment including the death or decline of a particular species is brought about by the impact of human activities, whether through the discharge of wastes or otherwise.

The Government are strongly committed to protecting and improving the quality of the marine environment and where there are good grounds for concern, scientifically supported, we have been ready to act. The precautionary measures, adopted at the North sea conference hosted in London last year by my right hon. Friend, to reduce inputs of dangerous substances to rivers and estuaries, and to phase out dumping and incineration of industrial waste at sea are illustrations of this. On 31 October my hon. Friend announced additional protection measures for seals and on 31 December new restrictions will come into force on the dumping of plastic garbage including nets from ships, one of the issues on which IFAW have campaigned strongly.

Air Pollution

Mr. Chapman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to publish the consultation paper on the categories of works to be scheduled for control under proposals for changes to industrial air pollution legislation.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : I have today published a consultation paper which lists those works which we propose should be subject to control by Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution, Her Majesty's industrial pollution inspectorate and by local authorities under legislation to amend the air pollution control system. Under proposals for a cross-media approach to pollution control, the works listed for authorisation by Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution would come under the integrated pollution control system. The paper largely discharges the commitment to further public consultation that was made in the consultation


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papers on air pollution control and integrated pollution control issued (respectively) in December 1986 and in July of this year. A final consultation paper on charging will be issued in the early part of next year.

Today's consultation paper is accompanied by a paper containing a summary of the responses to the consultation paper issued in 1986, a note on our decision now to favour enforcement of air pollution controls by means of binding authorisations, as recommended by the Royal Commission on environmental pollution, and two specimen authorisations.


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Copies of both papers are being sent to local authority and industrial trade associations, environmental organisations and others with an interest, and are available in the Library of the House.

Urban Programme

Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will show for each authority currently designated with partnership or programme status, for each year from 1981-82 to 1988-89, at constant prices (a) the amount of rate support grant received and (b) total grants received under the urban programme.

Mr. Gummer [holding answer 13 December 1988] : The information is as follows :


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Rate support grant payable under latest supplementary report and 1988-89 settlement report              

(£m at constant 1988-89 prices)                                                                         

                       |1981-82 |1982-83 |1983-84 |1984-85 |1985-86 |1986-87 |1-87-88 |1988-89          

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Barnsley               |71.06   |65.01   |64.40   |60.72   |56.12   |63.1    |64.05   |60.96            

Birmingham             |253.29  |228.60           |235.87  |224.07  |225.10  |200.50  |207.72           

Blackburn              |13.45   |12.04   |12.82   |12.35   |11.79   |12.66   |11.36   |10.55            

Bolton                 |76.22   |73.50   |72.92   |70.57   |69.02   |76.73   |78.23   |76.40            

Bradford               |149.35  |143.32  |146.94  |139.82  |139.09  |146.70  |150.39  |155.81           

Bristol                |25.21   |21.08   |20.31   |19.51   |17.94   |18.75   |17.11   |16.19            

Burnley                |7.79    |6.80    |7.01    |6.68    |5.69    |5.79    |5.49    |5.35             

Coventry               |86.39   |82.53   |79.00   |75.17   |66.71   |68.13   |69.05   |69.39            

Derby                  |10.02   |11.13   |10.77   |10.31   |9.48    |10.98   |10.20   |9.60             

Doncaster              |86.43   |78.58   |78.00   |74.46   |70.64   |77.76   |78.34   |76.36            

Dudley                 |51.13   |47.47   |49.78   |48.78   |43.53   |53.57   |44.36   |41.17            

Gateshead              |63.33   |57.14   |55.98   |54.54   |51.24   |57.49   |56.40   |55.06            

Halton                 |6.33    |5.53    |5.25    |4.98    |4.42    |4.71    |4.02    |4.03             

Hartlepool             |6.16    |5.60    |6.05    |5.85    |5.47    |5.28    |4.56    |4.57             

Kingston upon Hull     |19.84   |20.30   |19.92   |18.99   |18.55   |22.08   |19.79   |21.33            

Kirklees               |113.65  |114.02  |114.45  |111.64  |107.36  |118.93  |125.12  |125.99           

Knowsley               |59.30   |53.53   |51.04   |49.82   |45.51   |48.22   |48.03   |48.11            

Langbaurgh-on-Tees     |7.66    |6.26    |6.27    |5.82    |5.08    |5.08    |4.73    |2.83             

Leeds                  |176.06  |158.43  |158.63  |152.29  |136.84  |151.14  |150.97  |146.09           

Leicester              |18.25   |15.21   |18.74   |16.68   |17.57   |16.12   |18.65   |18.16            

Liverpool              |172.80  |156.91  |151.82  |146.02  |143.51  |148.66  |144.47  |150.03           

Manchester             |165.09  |132.82  |126.10  |120.04  |112.29  |110.98  |93.11   |110.33           

Middlesbrough          |14.72   |12.85   |12.06   |12.38   |11.60   |12.98   |12.40   |13.96            

Newcastle upon Tyne    |70.82   |51.71   |54.06   |50.46   |46.85   |23.86   |45.27   |55.16            

North Tyneside         |58.11   |51.87   |50.30   |50.81   |47.18   |44.18   |47.25   |47.53            

Nottingham             |16.06   |15.92   |16.63   |16.04   |17.62   |19.36   |16.84   |16.61            

Oldham                 |74.76   |68.86   |68.99   |66.36   |64.61   |70.38   |73.59   |73.71            

Plymouth               |13.98   |13.18   |12.54   |12.21   |11.62   |14.36   |13.31   |13.71            

Preston                |7.42    |7.23    |7.86    |7.54    |6.93    |7.05    |6.59    |6.29             

Rochdale               |69.28   |66.58   |66.74   |63.74   |60.64   |64.11   |63.67   |63.84            

Rotherham              |79.47   |72.68   |71.37   |68.62   |64.07   |72.10   |72.82   |71.43            

St. Helens             |50.62   |47.35   |48.07   |46.66   |42.83   |46.75   |48.10   |46.13            

Salford                |85.20   |75.64   |74.41   |65.64   |61.97   |63.06   |63.22   |59.98            

Sandwell               |58.03   |62.04   |67.34   |66.80   |57.96   |77.31   |65.81   |54.60            

Sefton                 |73.03   |66.74   |63.12   |59.50   |56.92   |68.94   |65.15   |63.86            

Sheffield              |136.48  |122.73  |119.70  |124.38  |113.44  |98.12   |121.66  |115.72           

South Tyneside         |58.92   |53.10   |51.02   |48.45   |45.85   |50.19   |51.16   |51.08            

Stockton-on-Tees       |7.50    |6.59    |6.78    |6.44    |4.68    |5.67    |5.12    |4.55             

Sunderland             |91.46   |86.61   |83.62   |79.91   |77.46   |79.98   |84.75   |86.95            

Walsall                |59.58   |52.62   |60.14   |59.36   |52.78   |56.89   |57.58   |49.66            

Wigan                  |90.28   |86.49   |78.06   |77.46   |73.30   |75.83   |79.92   |77.08            

Wirral                 |86.10   |79.80   |79.57   |75.80   |72.23   |81.89   |78.05   |76.50            

Wolverhampton          |63.88   |61.20   |61.22   |59.04   |54.56   |70.79   |56.70   |53.52            

Wrekin                 |7.35    |6.71    |6.56    |5.93    |5.06    |4.65    |4.01    |3.93             

Brent                  |72.36   |76.62   |65.76   |77.01   |60.08   |57.69   |76.38   |74.32            

Greenwich              |41.03   |38.52   |35.04   |38.98   |40.81   |54.07   |56.46   |50.66            

Hackney                |58.56   |56.24   |52.41   |58.92   |53.92   |84.35   |73.19   |72.74            

Hammersmith and Fulham |43.78   |43.01   |44.21   |42.18   |43.35   |56.39   |55.20   |51.35            

Haringey               |80.99   |80.73   |72.94   |69.07   |73.49   |57.06   |75.98   |84.67            

Islington              |35.61   |37.80   |43.17   |4.72    |28.93   |51.38   |60.51   |52.54            

Kensington and Chelsea |16.23   |22.74   |25.77   |22.85   |15.37   |42.61   |36.68   |36.74            

Lambeth                |70.08   |73.26   |65.31   |59.91   |58.59   |57.31   |82.47   |89.95            

Lewisham               |63.09   |61.76   |59.56   |55.70   |58.31   |74.01   |68.72   |69.22            

Newham                 |84.44   |95.59   |76.56   |91.24   |90.40   |80.82   |87.60   |98.41            

Southwark              |57.80   |49.17   |42.33   |18.96   |48.67   |74.24   |63.12   |68.74            

Tower Hamlets          |36.93   |33.73   |31.59   |28.83   |24.76   |66.91   |66.74   |60.49            

Wandsworth             |62.94   |59.99   |64.11   |60.95   |61.62   |80.54   |75.03   |73.49            

Barnsley               |0.32    |0.27    |0.38    |0.37    |0.23    |0.34    |<1>0.45 |0.64             

Birmingham             |8.98    |10.30   |13.05   |11.09   |9.94    |11.19   |13.32   |10.91            

Blackburn              |0.06    |0.09    |0.26    |0.61    |0.92    |0.89    |1.24    |1.14             

Bolton                 |1.58    |1.61    |2.18    |1.95    |1.62    |1.68    |<1>2.10 |1.74             

Bradford               |2.52    |2.94    |3.71    |3.78    |3.47    |3.36    |3.66    |3.15             

Bristol                |0.20    |0.28    |0.38    |0.45    |0.47    |0.47    |<1>0.12 |0.12             

Burnley                |0.13    |0.13    |0.26    |0.24    |0.11    |0.22    |<1>0.27 |0.17             

Coventry               |1.10    |0.94    |0.90    |1.95    |1.85    |1.68    |1.61    |1.21             

Derby                  |0.28    |0.29    |0.31    |0.31    |0.29    |0.39    |0.46    |0.09             

Doncaster              |0.63    |0.54    |0.77    |0.85    |0.46    |0.56    |0.63    |0.57             

Dudley                 |0.26    |0.39    |0.58    |1.47    |1.48    |1.21    |<1>0.41 |0.29             

Gateshead              |3.31    |3.75    |3.97    |4.63    |4.28    |4.47    |5.54    |4.35             

Halton                 |0.17    |0.10    |0.36    |0.43    |0.61    |0.65    |0.71    |0.30             

Hartlepool             |0.32    |0.40    |0.38    |0.49    |0.46    |0.45    |0.74    |0.52             

Kingston-upon-Hull     |0.95    |1.34    |1.66    |2.19    |2.31    |2.24    |<1>2.97 |2.52             

Kirklees               |0.95    |0.97    |1.02    |0.95    |0.87    |0.76    |0.69    |0.43             

Knowsley               |0.79    |0.94    |1.28    |1.95    |1.62    |1.68    |2.81    |1.97             

Langbaurgh             |0.03    |0.03    |0.13    |0.12    |0.11    |0.11    |<1>0.24 |0.45             

Leeds                  |3.31    |3.08    |3.46    |3.90    |4.04    |3.36    |4.38    |2.94             

Leicester City         |1.58    |2.81    |3.07    |2.68    |2.08    |2.34    |2.72    |1.76             

Liverpool              |13.55   |15.92   |18.94   |20.47   |20.11   |20.13   |17.73   |11.64            

Manchester             |6.77    |6.82    |7.42    |7.07    |7.05    |8.85    |<1>10.38|8.65             

Middlesbrough          |1.10    |1.34    |1.66    |1.95    |1.85    |1.68    |<1>2.11 |1.65             

Newcastle-upon-Tyne    |3.31    |3.21    |4.48    |5.48    |9.82    |5.59    |7.73    |4.94             

North Tyneside         |1.10    |1.07    |1.41    |2.07    |1.27    |1.68    |1.85    |0.49             

Nottingham City        |0.63    |1.20    |1.92    |2.44    |3.12    |2.80    |<1>2.89 |2.94             

Oldham                 |1.58    |1.74    |2.18    |1.58    |2.08    |1.68    |<1>3.54 |2.13             

Plymouth               |0.01    |0.02    |0.03    |0.02    |0.03    |0.05    |0.22    |0.28             

Preston                |0.08    |0.17    |0.18    |0.17    |0.15    |0.18    |0.28    |0.28             

Rochdale               |1.26    |1.07    |1.28    |1.58    |1.50    |1.68    |<1>1.79 |1.59             

Rotherham              |0.47    |0.54    |0.51    |0.61    |0.46    |1.68    |0.75    |0.73             

St. Helens             |0.47    |0.67    |0.89    |0.73    |0.11    |1.68    |<1>0.15 |-                

Salford                |3.78    |3.61    |4.10    |3.53    |3.81    |3.36    |<1>3.44 |4.25             

Sandwell               |0.95    |1.07    |1.54    |1.83    |1.96    |1.68    |2.42    |2.41             

Sefton                 |0.47    |0.54    |0.89    |0.97    |0.92    |0.89    |0.81    |0.83             

Sheffield              |4.25    |2.54    |2.56    |3.69    |4.60    |4.08    |4.80    |1.84             

South Tyneside         |1.73    |1.74    |1.79    |1.95    |2.20    |2.24    |2.77    |2.21             

Stockton               |0.10    |0.15    |0.19    |0.22    |0.22    |0.21    |0.31    |-                

Sunderland             |2.36    |2.14    |2.30    |1.58    |0.92    |1.68    |3.69    |2.69             

Walsall                |1.26    |1.07    |1.15    |1.10    |1.04    |1.00    |<1>0.35 |0.09             

Wigan                  |0.47    |0.67    |0.64    |0.73    |0.58    |0.56    |0.59    |0.62             

Wirral                 |1.10    |1.61    |2.30    |2.92    |2.66    |2.24    |<1>2.48 |1.10             

Wolverhampton          |2.05    |1.87    |2.05    |2.31    |2.31    |2.24    |<1>2.03 |2.24             

Wrekin                 |0.06    |0.12    |0.23    |0.24    |0.27    |0.30    |0.25    |0.17             

Brent                  |2.21    |1.61    |2.18    |2.07    |1.39    |0.67    |0.48    |-                

Greenwich              |2.05    |3.08    |2.30    |2.68    |0.81    |2.24    |2.47    |1.42             

Hackney                |3.62    |4.42    |5.89    |5.48    |5.66    |5.59    |5.20    |1.36             

Hammersmith/Fulham     |2.68    |2.81    |3.33    |3.17    |2.77    |2.80    |<1>1.87 |1.27             

Haringey               |1.73    |1.61    |1.79    |1.71    |1.39    |1.45    |0.65    |0.17             

Islington              |6.46    |6.69    |5.50    |9.72    |9.11    |5.99    |<1>5.76 |0.57             

Kensington/Chelsea     |1.11    |0.94    |0.94    |0.99    |0.97    |0.95    |<1>0.46 |0.12             

Lambeth                |5.83    |5.62    |6.27    |5.73    |5.78    |5.59    |<1>5.48 |2.62             

Lewisham               |2.05    |2.01    |1.92    |0.61    |0.58    |1.12    |<1>0.85 |0.40             

Newham                 |2.52    |2.01    |2.05    |1.71    |1.04    |1.68    |1.09    |0.82             

Southwark              |4.88    |5.08    |3.20    |2.20    |3.78    |3.91    |<1>2.10 |2.43             

Tower Hamlets          |2.68    |2.54    |3.58    |4.48    |3.98    |5.04    |<1>4.33 |0.52             

Wandsworth             |1.42    |1.34    |1.79    |1.95    |4.39    |3.91    |4.28    |1.38             

                       |---     |---     |---     |---     |---     |---     |---     |---              

    Totals             |115.62  |121.86  |139.49  |148.15  |146.91  |147.15  |153.45  |102.12           

<1> Part year.                                                                                          

Press Gallery (Leak)

Mr. Porter : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when the roof leaking in the Press Gallery, off Press Gallery Library, Star Court extension, first reported in April, will be repaired.

Mr. Chope [holding answer 5 December 1988] : The flat roof which is leaking supports a two-storey Portakabin. This severely restricts access to the roof structure and it has not yet been possible to establish precisely where the water is entering. Further repairs were undertaken earlier in December but it will not be possible to judge their effect


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until they have stood the test of heavy rain. If this latest work proves to have been unsuccessful it may eventually prove necessary to remove the Portakabins. If so, it would be discussed with the House authorities.

Sports Centres

Mr. Fearn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what grants are available to local authorities to enable them to establish sports centres if they so wish ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Moynihan : The Sports Council provides grants towards the provision of sports centres by local authorities ; as does the Department under the urban programme. I am delighted that the number of sports halls in England has risen from 770 in 1981 to 1,117 now ; participation in sport and recreation has risen from 17 million in 1977 to 23 million now.


 

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