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Mr. Freeman : As Network SouthEast did not exist as an organisation until 1986-87, there are no figures available before that year. I understand that figures for subsequent years are as follows :


Year             |Rolling stock   |Other investment                 

                 |(£s million-    |(£s million-                     

                 |current prices) |current prices)                  

--------------------------------------------------------------------

1986-87          |26              |208                              

1987-88          |140             |233                              

1988-89          |160             |285                              

1989-90          |139             |310                              

1990-91          |88              |320                              

1991-92          |142             |271                              

1992-93          |323             |222                              

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people used Network SouthEast rail services for each year from 1975.

Mr. Freeman : The information is not available in the format requested. However, the table shows the average daily number of passengers entering central London on BR services during the morning peak. Of these total figures BR estimates 6 per cent. of passengers would have arrived on InterCity services and 94 per cent. on Network SouthEast. I understand that some 70 per cent. of all BR passengers to London begin their journeys during the morning peak.


Total numbers entering Central   

London by BR each day (07.00 to  

09.59)                           

Year       |Number of            

           |passengers           

---------------------------------

1975       |402,913              

1976       |400,984              

1977       |400,325              

1978       |409,524              

1979       |420,903              

1980       |411,869              

1981       |393,912              

1982       |390,306              

1983       |383,908              

1984       |386,037              

1985       |400,972              

1986       |420,864              

1987       |449,072              

1988       |468,316              

1989       |472,583              

1990       |457,699              

1991       |425,718              

1992       |401,146              

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) platform staff, (b) ticket sellers, (c) ticket inspectors, (d) cleaning staff and (e) train drivers were employed by the Network SouthEast rail division for each year from 1975.

Mr. Freeman : This information is not available in the Department.


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Train Crashes

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were killed in train crashes (a) in Britain and (b) on Network SouthEast lines for each year from 1975.

Mr. Freeman : The numbers of deaths resulting from all train accidents in Britain for each year from 1975 are as follows :


Year     |Fatalies         

---------------------------

1975     |57               

1976     |18               

1977     |12               

1978     |22               

1979     |20               

1980     |7                

1981     |7                

1982     |11               

1983     |10               

1984     |30               

1985     |6                

1986     |27               

1987     |10               

1988     |40               

1989     |18               

1990     |4                

1991<1>  |3                

1991-92  |11               

1992-93  |5                

<1> From 1991 onwards the  

figures shown are for the  

period 1 April to          

31 March covering the      

financial year. The        

statistics shown for the   

first quarter 1991 allow   

for this adjustment.       

These figures for fatalities include accidents to railway staff and contractors, passengers and other persons.

The figures have been obtained from the Health and Safety Executive's HM railway inspectorate's annual report on the railway safety of Great Britain, copies of which have been placed in the House of Commons Library.

Figures for Network SouthEast lines are not available.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the total number of train crashes (a) in Britain or (b) on Network SouthEast lines for each year from 1975.

Mr. Freeman : The numbers of train accidents, which include all accidents to trains and rolling stock, for each year from 1975 are as follows :


Year        |Total train            

            |accidents              

------------------------------------

1975        |1,310                  

1976        |1,122                  

1977        |1,056                  

1978        |1,044                  

1979        |1,035                  

1980        |930                    

1981        |1,014                  

1982        |998                    

1983        |1,255                  

1984        |1,359                  

1985        |1,240                  

1986        |1,171                  

1987        |1,165                  

1988        |1,330                  

1989        |1,434                  

1990        |1,283                  

1991<1>     |242                    

1991-92     |960                    

1992-93     |1,152                  

<1> From 1991 onwards the figures   

shown are from 1 April to 31 March  

covering the financial year. The    

statistics shown for the first      

quarter                             

1991 allow for this adjustment.     


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The figures have been obtained from the Health and Safety Executive's HM railway inspectorate's annual report on the railway safety of Great Britain, copies of which have been placed in the Library.

Separate figures for Network SouthEast lines are not available.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were injured in train crashes (a) in Britain and (b) on Network SouthEast lines for each year from 1975.

Mr. Freeman : The total numbers of injuries resulting from train accidents for each year from 1975 are as follows :


Year    |Major|Minor      

--------------------------

1975    |62   |384        

1976    |14   |276        

1977    |20   |288        

1978    |14   |219        

1979    |26   |396        

1980    |38   |409        

1981    |21   |174        

1982    |18   |246        

1983    |21   |197        

1984    |42   |433        

1985    |53   |327        

1986    |77   |433        

1987    |25   |371        

1988    |84   |621        

1989    |58   |346        

1990    |22   |221        

1991<1> |38   |531        

1991-92 |30   |361        

1992-93 |13   |140        

<1>From 1991 onwards, the 

figures shown are for the 

period 1 April to 31      

March covering the        

financial year. The       

statistics shown for the  

first                     

quarter 1991 allow for    

this adjustment. These    

figures are high due to   

the Cannon Street         

accident which occurred   

on 8 January 1991.        

These figures for major and minor injuries include accidents to railway staff and contractors, passengers and other persons. The figures have been obtained from the Health and Safety Executive's Her Majesty's railway inspectorate's annual report on the railway safety of Great Britain, copies of which have been placed in the House of Commons Library.

Figures for Network SouthEast are not available.

Airports (Capacity)

Mr. Kenneth Baker : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many listed buildings would be demolished or rendered uninhabitable if an additional runway were built as indicated in the report of the runway capacity in the south-east working group at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) Stansted.

Mr. Norris : RUCATSE stated that were runways to be developed as indicated in the report, the numbers of listed buildings demolished would be : 43 at Heathrow, 13 at Gatwick and 25 at Stansted. The RUCATSE report estimated that a further 55 listed buildings would be rendered uninhabitable in the case of development at Gatwick. No comparable figure is provided in the report for development at Heathrow or at Stansted.


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Traffic (Schools)

Mr. Hunter : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria highway authorities are instructed to take into consideration when determining traffic speed limits in the vicinity of schools.

Mr. Key : Revised guidance was issued to local authorities in January 1993, setting out the general principles recommended in setting local speed limits. This places more emphasis on the environment, including for example the presence of a school, through which the road passes and less on the need for an accident record on the road in question. Trials are also being conducted on some trunk and local authority roads of variable speed limits outside schools, whereby the limit can be temporarily reduced at arrival and departure times ; if these trials show that the variable limits are successful in reducing vehicle speeds and accidents, they may be introduced more widely.

Cyclists (Accidents)

Mr. Robathan : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving cyclists were reported in each year since 1991.

Mr. Key : The Department collects data from personal injury road accidents. There were 25,042 injury accidents in 1991 and 24,962 injury accidents in 1992 involving pedal cyclists.

Speedboat Regulations

Mrs. Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those regulations which apply to the use of speedboats in inshore waters surrounding the United Kingdom ; how many prosecutions hav been brought by (a) individuals and (b) local authorities against owners or users of speedboats in the context of the breach of national legislation or local byelaws in each of the past five years ; and what consideration is being given to additional restrictions applicable to the onwership or use of such speedboats.

Mr. Norris : There are no national regulations governing the ownership and use of recreational craft in inshore waters. Local authorities in England and Wales have powers to make byelaws under section 231 of the Public Health Act 1936 for the regulation of vessels used for pleasure purposes ; under section 76 of the Public Health Act 1961, for the regulation of seaside pleasure boats ; and under section 235 of the Local Government Act 1972, for the regulation and suppression of nuisances by district and borough councils where no other powers are available. In Scotland, local authorities have powers under section 121 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 to make byelaws in relation to the sea shore, adjacent waters and inland waters. Separate provisions exist for local authorities in Northern Ireland.

Figures for prosecutions under byelaws are not collected centrally and no information is readily available on prosecutions by individuals.

In its first report the National Maritime Safety Steering Committee has drawn attention to problems identified by the district marine safety committees with the making of effective byelaws to control recreational craft on inland and inshore waters. These problems are also considered in a consultation document published in October 1993 by the


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Department of the Environment and the Welsh Office--"Managing the Coast--A review of Coastal Management Plans in England and Wales and the powers supporting them".

The report of the NMSSC has also drawn attention to a number of recommendations referred to it by the DMSCs relating to the further regulation of recreational craft and their users in the interests of safety. These recommendations are currently under consideration by the Department.

Seat Belts

Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what review he has undertaken of mandatory seat belts in coaches and in vehicles transporting school children ; and what conclusions he has reached.

Mr. Key : We are currently reviewing the full technical and cost implications of seat belts in all coaches and minibuses, not just those used to carry children. This review is not yet complete.

Light Rapid Transit Schemes

Mr. Tipping : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding has been made available from the private sector towards the development and implementation of light rapid transit schemes in (a) Manchester, (b) Birmingham, (c) south Yorkshire and (d) Leeds and Nottingham.

Mr. Freeman : The private sector contributes to the development and implementation of light rapid transit schemes in three ways : expenditure on bids in competitive tenders and associated design work ; developer contributions to the construction costs of schemes ; and concession payments for contracts to undertake any or all of the design, building, operation and maintenance of a light rapid transit system. Some or all of these types of contribution have been received or are planned in all of the schemes listed. The amounts involved are commercially confidential.

Heathrow Terminals

Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the distance between each of the terminals at Heathrow.

Mr. Norris : BAA plc has informed me as follows :

The central terminal area comprises terminals 1, 2 and 3. Walking distances between the terminals using subway connections are :


                                      |Metres       

----------------------------------------------------

Terminal 1 to terminal 2              |392          

Terminal 1 to terminal 3 (arrivals)   |680          

Terminal 1 to terminal 3 (departures) |676          

Terminal 2 to terminal 3 (arrivals)   |590          

Terminal 2 to terminal 3 (departures) |568          

The shortest journey from the central terminal area to terminal 4 is by the airside coach route from gate 80 to the transfer passenger point in terminal 4 and is some 3,379 m long. From landside in the central terminal area, the journey to terminal 4 would be about double--some 6,800 m.


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Runway Length

Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the length of the runway at (a) Gatwick airport, (b) Glasgow airport, (c) Edinburgh airport, (d) Manchester airport, (e) Luton airport, (f) Birmingham airport, (g) London city aiport, (h) Belfast international airport and (i) Belfast city airport.

Mr. Norris : The effective length of a runway depends on direction of use and whether it is being used for takeoff or landing. Takeoff run and landing distance are set out in the table :


Aerodrome        |Runway          |Takeoff Run     |Landing distance                 

                                  |(metres)        |(metres)                         

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Gatwick          |08R             |3,159           |2,766                            

                 |26L             |3,098           |2,831                            

Glasgow          |05              |2,658           |2,658                            

                 |23              |2,658           |2,353                            

Edinburgh        |07              |2,560           |2,347                            

                 |25              |2,560           |2,347                            

Manchester       |06              |3,048           |2,621                            

                 |24              |3,048           |2,865                            

Luton            |08              |2,160           |2,160                            

                 |26              |2,160           |2,075                            

Birmingham       |15              |2,405           |21,34                            

                 |33              |2,405           |2,134                            

London City      |10              |1,199           |1,199                            

                 |28              |1,199           |1,199                            

Belfast Int.     |07              |2,777           |2,777                            

                 |25              |2,777           |2,777                            

Belfast City     |04              |1,829           |1,737                            

                 |22              |1,767           |1,767                            

Pedestrian Safety

Mr. Straw : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the Serjeant at Arms and hon. Members about pedestrian safety at the junction of Bridge street and Parliament square ; and what action he has taken to improve pedestrian safety at this junction.

Mr. Norris : The Serjeant at Arms and the hon. Member have made several representations regarding the timing of pedestrian phases within the traffic lights at Bridge street-Parliament square. Details were passed on to Westminster city council, which is the responsible highway authority. The city council has extended the pedestrian green phase at the corner of Bridge street and Parliament square and installed supplementary signals to assist pedestrians.

Roads Policy

Sir Terence Higgins : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the documents which set out his Department's policy on roads issued during the last six years and those sections of the documents which no longer represent Government policy.

Mr. Key : The two main documents setting out current roads policy are the 1989 White Paper "Roads for Prosperity" and the 1990 roads report "Trunk Roads, England into the 1990's". The aims of the Government's expenditure on roads can be found in the "Department of Transport Report 1993". I will write to my right hon. Friend shortly with a more detailed list of road policy documents.


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Kingsferry Bridge

Sir Roger Moate : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about the interruption of power to the Kingsferry bridge on the A249 trunk road between the mainland and the Isle of Sheppey and the announcement, later countermanded, that all road traffic could be delayed for hours to allow a ship to pass ; if he will make it his policy to give priority to road and rail traffic in such circumstances ; and if he will speed up construction of the second Swale crossing.

Mr. Key : On Thursday 20 January, because of a loss of power from the electricity suppliers, Seeboard Electricity, British Rail intended to use an emergency generator to open Kingsferry bridge to allow a ship to pass. The generator takes 20 minutes to raise and 20 minutes to lower the bridge.

At the request of the local Sittingbourne police and after consultation with the British Transport police, BR decided not to open the bridge, because of the extensive traffic congestion this would have caused during the peak traffic period.

The operation of Kingsferry bridge is a matter for BR in consultation with the British Transport police and the port authorities. They are best placed to judge the conditions prevailing at the time and the limitations placed on their powers to close the bridge for emergency maintenance.

Public consultation on proposals to improve the A249 between Iwade and Queensborough, which include a second crossing of the Swale, ended on 7 January and we are now considering the response. Start of construction will depend on the completion of design work and the statutory procedures and the availability of funds.

Direct Flights

Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to which countries with which the United Kingdom has no diplomatic relations there are direct flights from the United Kingdom.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : I have been asked to reply.

The following are the states recognised by Her Majesty's Government, but with which we do not currently have diplomatic relations : Bhutan

Iraq

Korea (North)

Libya

There are no direct flights from the United Kingdom to any of these.

Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to restore diplomatic relations with Taiwan ; when direct flights from the United Kingdom to Taiwan were resumed ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : I have been asked to reply.

We have no plans to establish diplomatic relations with Taiwan. EVA Airways and British Asia Airways commenced services from the United Kingdom to Taiwan in March 1993.

We welcome the increasing development of business links and tourism with Taiwan.


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Airline Regulations

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which airline regulations relate to air passengers being handcuffed or bound by arm or leg restraints or a body belt during takeoff ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 21 January 1994] : The only aviation legislation relating to the restraint of passengers is section 94 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 which authorises the commander of an aircraft in flight to take reasonable measures, including bodily restraint, against someone who jeopardises the safety or good order of the aircraft.

National Air Traffic Control System

Mr. Steen : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to study the options for the privatisation of the national air traffic control system ; and what is his timetable for the study.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 24 January 1994] : A working group of officials from my Department, the Ministry of Defence, the Treasury and the Civil Aviation Authority are examining the options for transferring national air traffic services to the private sector. They are looking at the operational, legal, financial and other implications of the options and expect to report to Ministers at the end of February.

British Merchant Fleet

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vessels there were in the British merchant fleet in 1964, 1970, and each year since 1980 ; and what was the total gross registered tonnage of the British fleet in each year.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 24 January 1994] : The table gives the information available for merchant--trading--vessels of 100 grt or above.


Merchant (trading) vessels on registers of United Kingdom,      

Channel                                                         

Islands and Isle of Man                                         

100 grt or more                                                 

Mid-year        |Number of      |Gross                          

                |vessels        |registered tons                

                                |(thousand)                     

----------------------------------------------------------------

1964            |n/a            |21,900                         

1970            |n/a            |24,896                         

1980            |1,698          |26,070                         

1981            |1,552          |24,417                         

1982            |1,422          |21,447                         

1983            |1,260          |18,148                         

1984            |1,151          |14,860                         

1985            |1,074          |13,339                         

1986            |961            |10,572                         

1987            |846            |7,490                          

1988            |801            |7,211                          

1989            |688            |6,413                          

1990            |638            |5,564                          

1991            |610            |5,266                          

1992            |566            |4,916                          

1993            |494            |4,804                          

Source: Lloyd's register.                                       

Transport Safety

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a full list of all organisations to which his Department sent, and from which it has


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received responses regarding the consultation paper on new safety regulations for small passenger ships, together with the addresses of each such organisation.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 18 January 1994] : My Department issued over 1,000 copies of the consultation paper to shipowners associations, ship builders, ship repairers, classification societies and individuals. We received 128 responses from organisations and 11 responses from individuals. It is not our practice to identify those organisations or individuals who respond to consultation exercises.

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a full list of all organisations to which his Department sent, and from which it has received responses regarding the consultation paper on options for the future of ship survey and certification work, together with the addresses of each such organisation.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 18 January 1994] : My Department issued 233 copies of the consultation paper to employees' representatives, Members of Parliament and the House of Lords, shipowners, classification societies, consultants, insurers, equipment suppliers and individuals. We received 73 responses from organisations and seven responses from individuals. It is not our practice to identify those organisations or individuals who respond to consultation exercises.

Merchant Shipping Act 1993

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a full list of all organisations to whom his Department sent, and from whom it has received responses, regarding the consultation letter on draft regulations pertaining to the Merchant Shipping Act 1993, together with the addresses of each such organisation.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 18 January 1994] : My Department issued over 200 copies of the consultation papers to trade associations, trading companies, trade unions, academic institutions and central and local government departments, and we received 34 responses--11 from trade associations, 13 from trading companies, one from trade unions, two from academic institutions and seven from central and local government departments. It is not our practice to identify those organisations or individuals who respond to consultation exercises.


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Transport Schemes

Mr. Dobson To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will publish a full list of all schemes announced by his Department as having potential for funding by private finance which are still considered as having potential but which have yet to begin, together with the date on which his Department first announced that it would be inviting expressions of interest from the private sector for each potential scheme ;

(2) if he will publish a full list of all schemes announced by his Department as having potential for funding by private finance which are not now to be undertaken, together with the date on which his Department first announced that it would be inviting expressions of interest from the private sector for each potential scheme ; (3) if he will publish a full list of all schemes announced by his Department as having potential for funding by private finance which have begun but have yet to be completed, together with the date on which his Department first announced that it would be inviting expressions of interest from the private sector for each potential scheme ;

(4) if he will publish a full list of all schemes announced by his Department as having potential for funding through public-private joint finance which are still considered as having potential but which have yet to begin, together with the date on which his Department first announced that it would be inviting expressions of interest from the private sector for each potential scheme. (5) if he will publish a full list of all schemes announced by his Department as having potential for funding through public-private joint finance which have begun, but have yet to be completed, together with the date on which his Department first announced that it would be inviting expressions of interest from the private sector for each potential scheme ;

(6) if he will publish a full list of all schemes announced by his department as having potential for funding through public-private joint finance which are not now to be undertaken, together with the date on which his Department first announced that it would be inviting expressions of interest from the private sector for each potential scheme.

Mr. MacGregor [holding answer 18 January 1994] : The information is as follows :

Dates are given for the invitation of expressions of interest from the private sector for each scheme :


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(a) Public/private                                    |(b) Private finance                                                                                        

joint finance                                         |schemes                                                                                                    

schemes                                                                                                                                                           

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I.  Begun but not yet completed                                                                                                                                   

1. Jubilee line extension, announcement 26 July 1989, |1.Second Severn crossing-28 July 1988.Being                                                                

  that it would proceed if developers' contribution   |constructed.                                                                                               

  forthcoming. Now being constructed.                                                                                                                             

                                                      |2.Birmingham northern relief road-22 May 1989.                                                             

2. Heathrow Express agreement between parties-        |Going to public inquiry                                                                                    

   16 March 1993. Being constructed.                                                                                                                              

                                                      |3. Ashford international passenger station-22 March                                                        

                                                      | 1993. Construction soon to begin.                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                  

II.  Yet to begin                                                                                                                                                 

3. Channel tunnel rail link-16 March 1993.            |4.New Scottish air traffic control centre-30 November                                                      

                                                      | 1993                                                                                                      

4. Crossrail-16 March 1993.                                                                                                                                       

                                                      |5.Modernisation of WCML-30 November 1993                                                                   

5. Birmingham western orbital route-12 November                                                                                                                   

 1992.                                                |6.New Tamar crossing-4 April 1990                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                  

6. Croydon tramlink, London Transport announced       |7.Lower Thames crossing-4 April 1990                                                                       

   private sector interest-25 November 1991.                                                                                                                      

                                                      |8.Mersey crossing-4 April 1990                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                      |9.  A1-M1 Scratchwood link-4 April 1990.<1>                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                      |11. Rayleigh-M25-4 April 1990.<1>                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                  

III.  Not now to be undertaken                                                                                                                                    

      None.                                           |12. New motorway in Birmingham-Manchester corridor                                                         

                                                      |    -22 May 1989.                                                                                          

<1>Subject to decisions on road programme review.                                                                                                                 

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Landmines

Mr. Cohen : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what controls currently exist on the export of landmines and their designs from the United Kingdom.

Mr. Needham : Export from the United Kingdom of landmines and their designs is prohibited without a licence issued under the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1992. Landmines are controlled under head ML 4 of the order ; technology--which includes engineering designs--for their production is controlledf under head ML 18, and that for their development or use is controlled under head PL 5027. Equipment for their development is controlled under head PL 5017, and software for their development, production or use is controlled under head ML 24. Any application for an export licence under these headings is subject to stringent checks.

EC Feasibility Awards

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the total budget of the European Community's BRITE/EURAM feasibility awards in each year since their establishment ; and what proportion of this was granted to (a) the northern region and (b) the United Kingdom as a whole.

Mr. McLoughlin : The European Community's budget for BRITE-EURAM feasibility awards since its establishment were :


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Year        |Ecu        |(£)                    

------------------------------------------------

1989        |1,500,000  |(1,110,000)            

1990        |1,925,000  |(1,424,500)            

1991-94     |5,631,109  |(4,167,020)            

(a) Feasibility awards are not analysed by region so figures are not available.

(b) (b) The United Kingdom as a whole won the following proportion of feasibility awards :


Year      |Per cent.          

------------------------------

1989      |30                 

1990      |17                 

1991-94   |12                 

Feasibility awards represent only 1 per cent. of the total BRITE-EURAM budget.

Chemical Weapons Convention

Mr. Cohen : To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to the answer of 11 January 1994, Official Report , column 175 , by the Minister for Industry, what preparations his Department has carried out for the implementation of the chemical weapons convention in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Sainsbury : The Department of Trade and Industry is preparing for the establishment of a national authority, to oversee the implementation of the chemical weapons convention in the United Kingdom. The national authority will be located within the DTI. The DTI is in the process of drawing up detailed arrangements for the operation of the chemical weapons convention in the United Kingdom.


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Durham Coalfield

Mr. Etherington : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is the projected total annual cost for each year from 1994 to 2000 of the Durham coalfield inland pumping stations.

Mr. Eggar : The costs of future pumping operations at these locations will depend on the use to which the land is put, the legal obligations of the owners, and any relevant decisions or policy of environmental regulatory bodies, in particular the National Rivers Authority.

Collieries (Pumping)

Mr. Etherington : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will give the projected annual costs of pumping arrangements for each year from 1994 to 2000 for the Westoe and Wearmouth collieries.

Mr. Eggar : The costs of future pumping operations at these will depend on the use to which the land is put, the legal obligations of the owners, and any relevant decisions or policy of environmental regulatory bodies, in particular the National Rivers Authority.

Mr. Etherington : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) if he will publish a breakdown of the annual cost of pumping arrangements for each year from 1990 for the Westoe and Wearmouth collieries ;

(2) what were the total annual costs for each year since 1985 of the Durham coalfield inland pumping stations.


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