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Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those developments where he has been required to make a pre- application direction as to whether the development should be subject to environmental assessment and give the decision in each case.

Mr. Howard : There have been no such cases.

Housing Co-operatives

Mr. Turner : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment in view of the Housing Corporation's work with tenants' transfer and co- operatives, if he has taken any steps to ensure that the housing co- operative sector is represented on the board of the Housing Corporation.

Mr. Trippier : My right hon. Friend makes appointments to the board of the Housing Corporation so as to ensure that it has at its disposal the range of skills and experience necessary to fulfil its statutory functions.

AIDS

Mr. Chris Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to publish his guidance to local authorities in relation to their policies and practices for the housing of those with HIV and AIDS.

Mr. Trippier : Decisions have not yet been taken on any Government guidance. Advice is already available to local authorities in the Report "Housing and HIV Infection" published by the local authority associations' officers working group on AIDS.

Dioxin Levels (Devon)

Mr. Speller : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps to secure regular monitoring of dioxin levels from the incineration at Yelland in north Devon of sewage sludge and screenings ; and if he will ensure that the results are made available to the local authorities concerned.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Dioxin emission monitoring is extremely complex and expensive and results cannot be available for some time after the sampling period. We therefore believe that the appropriate way to control dioxin formation is to ensure strict control of combustion conditions and good abatement of particulates. This is in line with the recently agreed EC directive on new municipal waste incineration plant. Local authorities are responsible for the environmental regulation of incinerators of less than one tonne per hour capacity, such as the one at Yelland.

Rating Reform

Dr. Cunningham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how much he plans to spend distributing leaflets to households on forthcoming changes to the system of local government finance ; and if he will make a statement ;


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(2) how much he plans to spend on press advertising in May 1989 on the new system of local government finance.

Mr. Ridley : I refer the hon. Member to the answers which I gave him on 17 April.

Dr. Cunningham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to publicise the national non-domestic rate and the revaluation of non-domestic properties.

Mr. Ridley : I hope to announce shortly how I propose to inform the public of the effects of the statute creating the new business rate.

Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will extend the provisions of part II of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 to the City of London.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : We have no plans at present for designating areas of archaeological importance within the City of London. English Heritage has been reviewing the effectiveness of part II of the 1979 Act and has recently submitted advice, which we are considering.

Roman Remains (London)

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment on what basis scheduled monument consent was granted to Hammerson Property Group for the Roman remains in Upper Thames street.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : A trial excavation of the site was undertaken by the Museum of London in 1988 and the results were evaluated by English Heritage. On the basis of that excavation an evaluation scheduled monument consent was granted to the developers on 22 December 1988 on condition that the Museum of London be allowed up to six months to carry out an archaeological excavation beneath part of Dominant House.

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimates have been made of how much of the total Roman site under Dominant House and Fur Trade House will be destroyed if the proposed development in Upper Thames street by Hammerson Property Group proceeds.

Mrs Virginia Bottomley : I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 18 April 1989, column 77 . It is estimated that the current area of excavation covers about 20-25 per cent. of the known area of the monument.

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has about the extent of the damage to the Roman remains on the Hammerson site in Upper Thames street caused by the 1964-65 building construction ; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Less than 10 per cent. of the area of the current excavation was removed or disturbed by the construction of Dominant House in 1964.


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Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what discussions have taken place between his Department and the City of London regarding safeguarding the Roman remains on the Hammerson Propery Group site in Upper Thames street ; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : There has been no direct contact between the Department and the City of London on this matter. We have been represented throughout by our statutory advisors on archaeology, English Heritage.

Scheduled Monument Consent

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment on how many occasions since 1979 he has withdrawn or suspended scheduled monument consent ; and under what powers did he act in each case.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : None.

Edible Doormouse

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has about the European distribution of the edible doormouse, or glis glis.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : I am advised by the Nature Conservancy Council that the edible doormouse, glis glis, has a wide-ranging distribution in central and southern Europe, including northern Spain, France, Germany,


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Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy and Greece. The species was introduced into the United Kingdom in 1902 and is now found in the counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

Naburn Hospital Site

Mr. John Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what matters he took into account in agreeing to allow Selby district council to determine the further application by Paul Sykes (Developments) Ltd. to redevelop the former Naburn hospital site into an out-of-town shopping centre, contrary to the Greater York shopping policy ;

(2) what matters he took into account in reaching his original decision to allow Selby district council to determine the application by Paul Sykes (Developments) Ltd. to redevelop the former Naburn hospital site into an out-of-town shopping centre, contrary to the Greater York shopping policy.

Mr. Chope [holding answer 27 April 1989] : In considering whether to call in the application for his own determination, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, had regard to Government policy, expressed particularly in PPG6 on major retail development and also to the shopping study carried out for the Greater York authorities, as updated by its author Harvey Coles and by G. L. Hearn. After careful consideration he concluded that there was no evidence that the vitality and viability of the city as a whole would be seriously affected.


 

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