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EC Expenditure

Mr. Jenkin : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will produce a table to show the total expenditure of the EC institutions, including their predecessors and components parts, in pound sterling for each of the last 10 years and for that forecast for the current year and that planned for the next five years and the percentage annual increase in real terms for each of those years.

Sir John Cope [holding answer 1 March 1994] : Administrative expenditure for each of the Community institutions and the percentage annual increase in real terms for the last 10 years are as follows :


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£ million                                                                                                                                                                                   

Administrative Expenditure of the Institutions (Commitments)                                                                                                                                

Institution                                 |1984       |1985       |1986       |1987       |1988       |1989       |1990       |1991       |1992       |1993       |1994                   

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Commission                                  |612        |664        |763        |846        |970        |1,049      |1,152      |1,293      |1,445      |1,734      |1,833                  

 (percentage annual increase in real terms)             |(1.5)      |(8.5)      |(4.9)      |(10.2)     |(3.6)      |(4.7)      |(6.7)      |(6.0)      |(14.9)     |(2.2)                  

                                                                                                                                                                                            

Parliament                                  |177        |176        |224        |255        |287        |288        |322        |372        |445        |479        |503                    

 (percentage annual increase in real terms)             |(-7.2)     |(20.3)     |(7.8)      |(8.1)      |(-3.9)     |(6.9)      |(9.8)      |(13.4)     |(3.1)      |(1.5)                  

                                                                                                                                                                                            

Council                                     |98         |116        |136        |145        |153        |176        |211        |264        |262        |272        |291                    

 (percentage annual increase in real terms)             |(10.2)     |(11.0)     |(1.0)      |(1.6)      |(10.0)     |(14.6)     |(18.4)     |(-5.7)     |(-0.7)     |(3.4)                  

                                                                                                                                                                                            

Court of Justice                            |23         |23         |29         |33         |37         |44         |50         |56         |63         |69         |72                     

 (percentage annual increase in real terms)             |(-3.3)     |(15.7)     |(9.7)      |(7.1)      |(13.4)     |(8.5)      |(6.6)      |(6.5)      |(5.0)      |(2.0)                  

                                                                                                                                                                                            

Court of Auditors                           |13         |14         |17         |19         |20         |21         |41         |25         |28         |30         |32                     

 (percentage annual increase in real terms)             |(-0.8)     |(15.3)     |(7.6)      |(3.8)      |(-0.7)     |(83.9)     |(-41.9)    |(6.4)      |(3.5)      |(4.0)                  

Notes:                                                                                                                                                                                      

1984-1992 figures taken from the annual Statements on the European Community Budget. 1993 and 1994 figures taken from adopted budgets, as                                                   

amended.                                                                                                                                                                                    

All sterling figures converted at the rate of £1 = 1.3243 ecu, the rate notified in the Official Journal as prevailing on the last working day of last year                                 

(31 December 1993).                                                                                                                                                                         

The Community budget is established on an annual basis. However, ceilings for six main categories of expenditure were included in the financial perspective agreed by the European Council at Edinburgh in December 1992. This included an overall ceiling, in 1992 prices, on administrative expenditure, which is as follows :


Appropriations for commitments              

            Administration                  

           |£ million |Percentage           

                      |increase             

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

1995       |2,703     |-                    

1996       |2,786     |3.1                  

1997       |2,869     |3.0                  

1998       |2,907     |1.3                  

1999       |2,945     |1.3                  

Note: Converted at the rate of £1=1.3243    

ecu, the rate notified in the               

Official Journal as prevailing on the last  

working day of last year                    

(31 December 1993).                         

ENVIRONMENT

Council Tax

Mr. Raynsford : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many proposals to amend council tax valuations have been received by each valuation office in England ; how many of these have been settled to date ; what percentage this represents of the total ; and what is the number and percentage of settled proposals which have involved an amendment to the original valuation banding.


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Mr. Baldry : I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Don Valley (Mr. Redmond) on 17 February, Official Report, column 967.

Details of the percentage of settled proposals which have involved an amendment to the original valuation banding and those which have been withdrawn by the proposer are not collected centrally.

Peat

Mr. Kevin Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the membership of his Department's working group into peat and related matters and their occupations.

Mr. Baldry : The current membership of the working group into peat and related matters is as follows :

Mr. R. C. Mabey--DOE Minerals Division (Chairman)

Miss A. E. Ward--DOE Minerals Division

Dr. T. Simpson--DOE Minerals Division

Mr. R. Bunce--DOE Directorate of Rural Affairs

Mr. S. G. Fulton--Scottish Office Environment Department Mr. P. Samuel-- MAFF Land Use Planning Unit

Ms A. Corbishley--MAFF Horticulture Division

Dr. J. Blackman--MAFF Agricultural Development and Advisory Service

Mr. D. M. Ellis--Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Mr. S. Gorman--Cumbria County Council

Mr. S. Shorthose--Humberside County Council

Mr. R. Moon--Somerset County Council

Mr. D. Henderson-Howat--Forestry Authority

Mr. D. Stroud--Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Ms J. Heap--English Nature

Dr. B. Johnson--English Nature

Mr. R. Lindsay--Scottish Natural Heritage

Dr. M. Smith--Countryside Council for Wales

Mr. R. Woolmore--Countryside Commission


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Dr. B. Wheeler--Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

Mr. R. Stockdale--Chairman, Peat Producers Association

Mr. R. Bond--Peat Producers Association

Mr. A. Robertson--Peat Producers Association

Mr. R. Sykes--DOE Minerals Division (Secretary)

Advertising

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer of 15 February, Official Report, columns 733-34, what was the budgeted and actual cost of each public information campaign listed.

Mr. Baldry : Following is the information required :

Helping the Earth Begins at Home

The budget for this campaign is £6,383,520.65.

Actual contracts awarded to 25 February 1994 are £6,242,032.08. Rent to Mortgage

The budget for this campaign is £411,434.23.

Actual contracts awarded to 25 February 1994 are £408,543.18. These figures cover all TV, press and radio advertising costs and promotional items.

Chewing Gum

Mr. Barry Field : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the advice available and research undertaken into the removal of chewing gum from brick pedestrian precincts for local authorities.

Mr. Atkins : The Department has not issued any advice or undertaken any research into methods of removing chewing gum. This is a matter for local authorities in view of their responsibilities for street cleansing. I am aware, however, that Westminster city council is currently testing equipment aimed at dealing with this problem.


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Upper Limb Disorders

Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations his Department has received from the Health and Safety Executive regarding work-related upper limb disorders in the construction industry.

Mr. Baldry : None.

Groundwork

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what suggestions have been made during his Department's internal review of Groundwork as to how links between Groundwork trusts and existing environmental charities could be improved with particular reference to funding arrangements.

Mr. Atkins : As part of the Department's internal review of its sponsorship of Groundwork, officials are currently carrying out consultations with a number of Groundwork's partners and customers, including environmental organisations. The present funding arrangements for Groundwork will be considered as part of the review.

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer of 15 February, Official Report, column 732, if he will provide a breakdown of spending of the grant-in-aid given to the Groundwork Foundation for each year from 1988-89 to 1992-93 using the same categories as he used in his previous answer.

Mr. Atkins : The table shows the breakdown of spending of the grant- in-aid allocated to the Groundwork Foundation for each year from 1988-89 to 1992-93.


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                                      |1988-89  |1989-90  |1990-91  |1991-92  |1992-93            

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Foundation staffing and support costs |360,000  |418,350  |711,256  |1,261,503|1,544,950          

Trusts' running costs                 |1,039,000|1,170,025|1,292,407|1,622,319|1,521,017          

Projects                              |54,000   |70,000   |76,353   |390,721  |1,145,766          

Computer systems                      |0        |0        |0        |283,772  |199,037            

Training                              |0        |18,000   |37,790   |181,183  |272,230            

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

Total grant allocation                |1,453,000|1,676,375|2,117,806|3,739,498|4,683,000          

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how he determines that a proposed Groundwork trust will not adversely affect existing environmental charities in the area.

Mr. Atkins : The proposal for Groundwork trust is worked up by local people in partnership. A steering group is formed comprising members of the local authority, business community and voluntary organisations and community groups in the area. The Groundwork Foundation gives guidance to the steering group working up a proposal and seeks to ensure that the trust will work in partnership with, and complement the work of, existing environmental agencies.

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if Groundwork trusts have paid money to other environmental charities to advance projects under Groundwork's remit.

Mr. Atkins : Yes. Groundwork trusts work in partnership with other environmental organisations and


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community groups in undertaking projects and will assist them in putting together the most appropriate funding package. Groundwork trusts may also themselves provide funding to assist other environmental groups.

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what limits he sets on the spending of a Groundwork trust.

Mr. Atkins : None. The Department makes a contribution to the running costs of Groundwork trusts. Trusts may also apply for relevant grants for projects in competition with other organisations.

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what advice he gives to Groundwork trusts to help them avoid adversely affecting existing environmental charities.

Mr. Atkins : The Groundwork Foundation is responsible for managing the network of Groundwork trusts. One of the criteria the Department advises the foundation to adopt in considering the case for a new trust is that it will


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complement the work of existing local organisations. Once established, trusts are encouraged to work in collaboration with such organisations.

Art (Merseyside)

Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment who appointed the members of the advisory group to which the Merseyside development corporation refers its public art initiatives ; and how often they meet.

Mr. Baldry : The advisory group which provides informal advice on the Merseyside development corporation public arts initiative is drawn from a wide range of arts organisations on Merseyside. Representatives from these organisations have been invited to join the group by Mrs. Paula Ridley, MDC board member and chairperson of the group. The group meets four times a year.

Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the names of the advisory group to which the Merseyside development corporation refers its public art initiatives, their qualifications and place of birth.

Mr. Baldry : The membership of the advisory group on Merseyside development corporation's art initiative is drawn from Merseyside art institutions. It is an ad hoc body with no statutory responsibilities and as such my Department does not keep records of names, qualifications and places of birth.

Housing Capital Receipts

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what housing capital receipts are held by each London borough council as at 31 March 1993.

Mr. Baldry : Information on total usable capital receipts held at 31 March 1993 is given in the table. No comparable information is available for housing receipts alone, since local authorities are not required to account separately for such receipts.


                       |£ thousands            

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Barking and Dagenham   |21,587                 

Barnet                 |22,428                 

Bexley                 |4,560                  

Brent                  |1,269                  

Bromley                |30,230                 

Camden                 |2,060                  

City of London         |20,220                 

Croydon                |nil                    

Ealing                 |10,059                 

Enfield                |13,274                 

Greenwich              |nil                    

Hackney                |17                     

Hammersmith and Fulham |1,317                  

Haringey               |5,576                  

Harrow                 |17,221                 

Havering               |7,450                  

Hillingdon             |20,923                 

Hounslow               |6,163                  

Islington              |792                    

Kensington and Chelsea |2,486                  

Kingston upon Thames   |1,960                  

Lambeth                |804                    

Lewisham               |2,200                  

Merton                 |nil                    

Newham                 |nil                    

Redbridge              |8,372                  

Richmond upon Thames   |14,631                 

Southwark              |nil                    

Sutton                 |2,860                  

Tower Hamlets          |4,194                  

Waltham Forest         |4,077                  

Wandsworth             |14,819                 

Westminster            |22,787                 

Source: Local authority returns.               

London Docklands Development Corporation

Ms Gordon : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment by what authority the London Docklands development corporation funds voluntary organisations for three years only.

Mr. Baldry : The London Docklands development corporation has delegated authority from the Department to take their own decisions about support for individual voluntary sector projects which are consistent with their regeneration objectives. The Department's own policy is that such grants should not normally exceed three years in the first instance.

Local Government Finance

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what were the financial reserves held by each London borough council as at 31 March 1993.

Mr. Baldry : The latest available information, as reported to the Department by the local authorities, is as follows :


Estimated General Fund reserves at 31 March    

1993                                           

                       |£ thousands            

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City of London         |184,989                

Camden                 |-146                   

Greenwich              |1,583                  

Hackney                |2,516                  

Hammersmith and Fulham |0                      

Islington              |1,367                  

Kensington and Chelsea |12,401                 

Lambeth                |-10,032                

Lewisham               |3,009                  

Southwark              |7,225                  

Tower Hamlets          |14,096                 

Wandsworth             |32,064                 

Westminster            |24,301                 

Barking and Dagenham   |0                      

Barnet                 |14,835                 

Bexley                 |7,830                  

Brent                  |-1,235                 

Bromley                |59,369                 

Croydon                |29,939                 

Ealing                 |26,051                 

Enfield                |16,084                 

Haringey               |10,939                 

Harrow                 |21,242                 

Havering               |15,387                 

Hillingdon             |5,536                  

Hounslow               |7,023                  

Kingston upon Thames   |3,933                  

Merton                 |9,952                  

Newham                 |14,391                 

Redbridge              |7,688                  

Richmond upon Thames   |6,522                  

Sutton                 |7,982                  

Waltham Forest         |6,726                  


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Local Government (Gloucestershire)

Mr. Nigel Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to make a decision on the Commission's report on the future of local government in Gloucestershire.

Mr. Baldry : I refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend's reply of Tuesday 1 March to my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Mr. Knapman), Official Report, column 643.

Senior Regional Director, London

Mr. Spearing : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to appoint the senior regional director for London ; and what are the terms of reference and duties which he intends to give to that person.

Mr. Baldry : We hope to announce the appointment of the regional director for the Government office for London in the near future. The duties of the regional director will be those set out in my earlier reply to the hon. Gentleman, Official Report, 8 February, column 146.

Council Tenants

Mr. Burden : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total cost to local authorities of actions by council tenants under section 82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the relevant predecessor legislation for each year since 1989.

Mr. Atkins : This information is not held centrally.

Hertsmere District Council

Mr. Hain : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he is taking over allegations of curruption and irregular property dealings in Hertsmere district council.

Mr. Baldry : This is not a matter for the Government. Allegations of corruption by local authorities should be made to the district auditor or the police for them to investigate.

New Towns

Mr. Hall : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what contributions have been made by the Commission for New Towns towards promotional activities in each local authority convered by a former new town development corporation since 1988.

Mr. Baldry : The information is as follows :


Local authority area |Contribution                             

                     |£thousands                               

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1988-89                                                        

Corby D.C.           |100.0                                    

Peterborough C.C.    |80.5                                     

West Lancashire D.C. |122.0                                    

                                                               

1989-90                                                        

Easington D.C.       |5.0                                      

Peterborough C.C.    |169.0                                    

Warrington B.C.      |6.0                                      

West Lancashire D.C. |100.0                                    

                                                               

1990-91                                                        

Easington D.C.       |5.0                                      

Halton B.C.          |68.5                                     

Peterborough C.C.    |132.0                                    

West Lancashire D.C. |50.0                                     

                                                               

1991-92                                                        

Halton B.C.          |158.5                                    

Peterborough C.C.    |100.0                                    

Warrington B.C.      |75.0                                     

West Lancashire D.C. |25.0                                     

The Wrekin           |76.5                                     

                                                               

1992-93                                                        

Halton B.C.          |166.0                                    

Milton Keynes B.C.   |2,500.0                                  

Peterborough C.C.    |72.0                                     

Warrington B.C.      |75.0                                     

West Lancashire D.C. |25.0                                     

The Wrekin           |170.0                                    

                                                               

1993-94                                                        

Halton B.C.          |165.0                                    

Milton Keynes B.C.   |1,450.0                                  

Peterborough C.C.    |40.0                                     

Warrington B.C.      |75.0                                     

West Lancashire D.C. |25.0                                     

Local Government Commission

Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many letters responding to the draft and final report of the Local Government Commission were not considered by the commission as they were ruled to have arrived after the deadline for representations in relation to the commission's proposals for Humberside ; in what circumstances letters sent in response to earlier consultations by the Local Government Commission in relation to Humberside were ignored after deadlines ; and if he will give a breakdown of letters received in terms of support for the various options put forward by the commission in response to both the draft and final report in relation to proposals for Humberside.

Mr. Baldry : This is a matter for the Local Government Commission and I have written to it today asking it to reply direct to the hon. Member.

Waste Shipments

Mr. Deva : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what further action is needed in the United Kingdom to implement Council regulation (EEC) No. 259/93, the waste shipments regulation.

Mr. Atkins : I announced on 7 February that the United Kingdom had ratified the Basel convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal. The waste shipments regulation, which comes into operation on 6 May, provides the legal framework for implementing the obligations of the convention in the European Community.

Most of the regulation is directly applicable throughout the Community, but domestic regulations are required to give full effect to a number of provisions. The Government have just issued a draft statutory instrument for consultation, accompanied by a draft circular giving


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guidance on the implementation of the EC regulation in the United Kingdom. Copies of both documents have been deposited in the Library.

Advertising Campaigns

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer of 15 February, Official Report, columns 733-34, if he will place in the Library the results of market research relating to the advertising campaigns ; and how many coupon/telephone responses were received to each campaign in this financial year.

Mr. Baldry : My Department will place copies of market research relating to the "Helping the Earth Begins at Home" and

rent-to-mortgage campaigns in the House of Commons Library. Coupon/telephone responses for these campaigns in this financial year, to 25 February 1994, are :

Helping the Earth Begins at Home

Telephone--12,080

Coupon--19,520

Rent-to-mortgage

Telephone--7,486

Coupon--10,281

Public Appointments

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what percentage of public appointments made by his Department in 1993 were of women ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gummer [holding answer 28 February 1994] : Women accounted for 29 per cent. of all public appointments made by my Department in 1993 to non-departmental public bodies and nationalised industries.

Toxic Waste (Crime)

Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has on the plans for the National Criminal Intelligence Service to investigate the extent of organised crime within the toxic waste industry in the United Kingdom ; and if he will make a statement.


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