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Portillo, Michael

Powell, William (Corby)

Price, Sir David

Raffan, Keith

Raison, Rt Hon Timothy

Redwood, John

Rhodes James, Robert

Riddick, Graham

Roe, Mrs Marion

Rost, Peter

Rowe, Andrew

Sackville, Hon Tom

Sayeed, Jonathan

Shaw, David (Dover)

Shaw, Sir Michael (Scarb')

Shelton, Sir William

Shephard, Mrs G. (Norfolk SW)

Shepherd, Colin (Hereford)

Shersby, Michael

Skeet, Sir Trevor

Smith, Tim (Beaconsfield)

Speed, Keith

Spicer, Michael (S Worcs)

Stanbrook, Ivor

Stanley, Rt Hon Sir John

Stern, Michael

Stevens, Lewis

Stewart, Allan (Eastwood)

Stewart, Rt Hon Ian (Herts N)

Stokes, Sir John

Stradling Thomas, Sir John

Sumberg, David

Summerson, Hugo

Taylor, Ian (Esher)

Taylor, John M (Solihull)

Tebbit, Rt Hon Norman

Thompson, D. (Calder Valley)

Thompson, Patrick (Norwich N)

Thornton, Malcolm

Thurnham, Peter

Townend, John (Bridlington)

Trotter, Neville

Twinn, Dr Ian

Viggers, Peter

Waddington, Rt Hon David

Wakeham, Rt Hon John

Waller, Gary

Walters, Sir Dennis

Ward, John

Wardle, Charles (Bexhill)

Warren, Kenneth

Watts, John

Wells, Bowen

Wheeler, John

Widdecombe, Ann

Wiggin, Jerry

Wilshire, David

Winterton, Mrs Ann

Winterton, Nicholas

Wood, Timothy

Woodcock, Dr. Mike

Yeo, Tim

Tellers for the Noes :

Mr. Alan Howarth and

Mr. Kenneth Carlisle.

Question accordingly negatived.

Clause 3

Grant of licences

Mr. Anderson : I beg to move amendment No. 17, in page 2, line 45, leave out

may, if he thinks fit',

and insert

shall establish a British Antarctic Licensing Commission whose purpose shall be, in appropriate circumstances and subject to the provisions of this section, to'

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Sir Paul Dean) : With this we shall discuss the following amendments : No. 19, in page 3, line 1, leave out subsections (2), (3) and (4) and insert--

(2A) The British Antarctic Licensing Commission shall be appointed by the Secretary of State and shall comprise five members, including at least one representative from each of International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, International Whaling Commission, and the Commission for the European Communities.

(3A) The Chairperson and two other members of the Commission shall be persons appearing to the Minister to have no financial or commercial interests as are likely to affect them as members independent of the mining industry.

(4A) An application for a license shall be accompanied by such fee (if any) as may be prescribed and an environmental impact statement. (5A) An environmental impact statement comprises a document or series of documents providing for the purpose of assessing the likely impact upon the environment of the activity proposed to be carried out the information specified in (6A) below.

(6A) The specified information is--

(a) a description of the activities proposed, comprising information about the site and design and size or scale of the activity ;

(b) the data necessary to identify and assess the main effects which that activity is likely to have on the environment ; (

(c) a description of the likely significant effects, direct and indirect, on the environment of the activity, explained by reference to its possible impact on--

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human beings ;

flora ;

fauna ;

soil ;

water ;

air ;

climate ;

the landscape ;

the inter-action between any of the foregoing ;

material assets ;

the cultural heritage ;

(d) where significant adverse effects are identified with respect to any of the foregoing, a description of the measures envisaged in order to avoid, reduce or remedy those effects ; and

(e) a summary in non-technical language of the information specified above.

(7A) An environmental impact assessment may include, by way of explanation or amplification of any of the specified information, further information on any of the following matters--

(a) the physical characteristics of the proposed activity, and the land-use requirements during the construction and operational phases ;

(b) the main characteristics of the prospecting activities proposed, including the nature and quality of the materials to be used ; (

(c) the estimated type and quantity of expected residues and emissions (including pollutants of water, air, or soil, noise, vibration, light, heat and radiation) resulting from the proposed activity when in operation ;

(d) (in outline) the main alternatives (if any) studied by the applicant, appellant or authority and an indication of the main reasons for choosing the activity proposed ;

(e) the likely significant direct and indirect effects on the environment of the activity proposed which may result from-- (

(i) the use of natural resources ;

(ii) the emission of pollutants, the creation of nuisances, and the elimination of waste ;

(iii) the forecasting methods to assess any effects on the environment about which information is given under the subparagraph (e) ; and

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