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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 8 March 1994

LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Legal Aid

Mr. Byers : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what is the latest projected spending in 1993-94 on (a) criminal legal aid, (b) civil legal aid and (c) the total legal aid budget.

Mr. John M. Taylor : It is estimated that the total net cost of legal aid this year will amount to £1,225 million. Of that, £527 million will be spent on criminal legal aid and £698 million on civil legal aid. Estimates for each category of legal aid are as follows :


                                    |£ million          

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

Criminal legal aid                                      

Criminal Magistrates                |192                

Criminal Higher                     |235                

Duty Solicitors Schemes             |79                 

Criminal Green Form                 |21                 

                                                        

Civil legal aid                                         

Civil legal aid                     |552                

Green Form                          |126                

Assistance By Way of Representation |20                 

                                    |---                

Total legal aid                     |1,225              

Family Law

Mr. Brandreth : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what is the Government's response to the recommendations in the Law Commission's report "Family Law : Matrimonial Property"--Law Comm 175.

Mr. John M. Taylor : After careful consideration the Government have decided not to implement this report. The Lord Chancellor is, however, grateful to the Law Commission for the valuable contribution which the report has made to the development of this area of the law.

NATIONAL FINANCE

Tobacco Taxation

Mr. Barron : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 1 March, Official Report, column 666, what contribution to Treasury finance is made by VAT from tobacco consumed by children under 16 years of age in the United Kingdom.

Sir John Cope : It is estimated that around £15 million is raised in VAT on tobacco smoked by children between the ages of 11 and 15 in the United Kingdom.


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Earnings Statistics

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what weekly amount of money and what percentage of their gross earnings a single earner couple with two children on average earnings in London paid in (i) income tax less child benefit, (ii) national insurance contributions and (iii) VAT in 1978-79 ; and what amount and percentage of their gross earnings each of those average families will have paid in 1994-95.

Mr. Dorrell : It is not our practice to produce estimates at the sub -regional level as they are not, in general, reliable.

Alcohol

Mr. David Atkinson : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he proposes to protect British off-licence shops from the importation of duty- free wines, beers and spirits from France ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir John Cope : For offences involving illegal disposal of imported alcoholic drinks, the law provides for seizure of the goods and penalties of up to seven years' imprisonment. Customs is acting vigorously to protect the legitimate trade by seeking out offenders. In the 12 months to December 1993, 1,175 detections were made. Most of these cases were dealt with by seizure of the goods and sometimes the vehicles involved. Fifty-one prosecutions involving 76 defendants were completed and have resulted in fines and in some cases imprisonment. More are in the pipeline. This firm action will continue.

Savings Taxation

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made with the review of savings taxation.

Mr. Dorrell : I am examining the impact of tax and other Government policies on savings and the flow of funds through the economy. This work covers a range of issues and will extend over a number of months.

Inheritance Tax

Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will specify the nature of the publicity regarding public access to land that was agreed for those properties in Lancashire benefiting from conditional exemption from inheritance tax.

Mr. Dorrell : The owner of land which is conditionally exempt from inheritance tax is required to publicise the agreed public access arrangements. The heritage advisory agencies will discuss with each owner the appropriate level of publicity. Each case is considered individually and all relevant factors, including the existing level of publicity, are taken into account. Although the extent of public access may already be widely known, for example where substantial public access is already given, the owner will generally be required to take specific steps to publicise the public access arrangements, for example by advertising the access arrangements in a local tourist office or town hall.

Gross Domestic Product

Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects national gross domestic product, excluding North sea oil revenues, to reach the same level as in the second quarter of 1990.


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Mr. Nelson : Latest data for non-oil GDP in 1993, and the growth forecast in last November's "Financial Statement and Budget Report", imply that non-oil GDP will pass its second quarter 1990 level some time in mid- 1994.

BT3 Share Offer Campaign

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 23 February, Official Report, columns 271-72, if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of any market research relating to the BT3 share offer campaign.

Mr. Dorrell : The market research into the advertising campaign on the BT3 share sale was carried out on a commercial in confidence basis. The research commented on the relative strengths of the creative ideas of competing advertising agencies ; it would not be appropriate to make it public.

Taxation (Construction Workers)

Mr. Spellar : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to alter the system of taxation and national insurance for self- employed construction workers.

Mr. Dorrell : I refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Mr. Burns) on 10 February, Official Report, column 382.

Low-wage Earners

Ms Rachel Squire : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of Government policies on the economic well-being of the poorest 10 per cent. of wage earners.

Mr. Dorrell : The real income of a family with two children at the lowest decile of male earnings has risen by almost 24 per cent. since 1978- 79.

Private Health Insurance

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue would be raised if income tax were collected on the value of all health insurance benefits given to employees ; and what is the amount actually collected.

Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 3 March 1994] : All directors, regardless of their earnings, and all employees earning at a rate of £8,500 a year or more--including the value of their benefits in kind-- are taxed on any health insurance provided by their employers. An estimate of the tax collected on this basis was given in my answer to the hon. Member on 14 January 1994, Official Report, column 308. Information is not available about the numbers of employees earning at a rate of less than £8,500 a year who are provided with health insurance benefits by their employers.

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions the Treasury has had with officials or Ministers from the Department of Health about (a) extending tax relief on private health insurance to those aged under 60 years or (b) abolishing tax relief for those aged over 60 years.

Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 3 March 1994] : Internal discussions within the Government are confidential.


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PRIME MINISTER

Ministerial Offices

Mr. Boyes : To ask the Prime Minister how many bottles of (a) whisky and gin and (b) sherry and port were consumed by his private offices in 1993-94.

The Prime Minister : Disaggregated information of this sort could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Boyes : To ask the Prime Minister what was the cost of new furniture for his private office during the year 1993-94.

The Prime Minister : Such purchases are included within my Office's overall administration expenditure, which is published every year in the annual report.

Engagements

Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 8 March.

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 8 March.

The Prime Minister : This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in this House, I shall be having further meetings later today.

Official Gifts

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 22 February, Official Report, column 162, what happened to those gifts of small value presented to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher and not required by her on leaving office.

The Prime Minister : Gifts of small value are the property of the Prime Minister, not the Government. The retention or disposal of such items is therefore a matter for the Prime Minister concerned.

Malaysian Protocol

Mr. Alan Williams : To ask the Prime Minister how many Cabinet meetings were held between the signing of the Malaysian protocol in March 1988 and 28 June 1988.

The Prime Minister : It remains the Government's practice not to give details of Cabinet or Cabinet Committee meetings.

Mr. Alan Williams : To ask the Prime Minister on what date he was first made aware of the references to civil aid and arms' sales in the Malaysian protocol of March 1988.

The Prime Minister : On 12 May 1988, in my capacity as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

NATIONAL HERITAGE

Parliamentary Broadcasting

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what plans he has to introduce legislation to clarify the BBC's existing obligation to carry a daily sound broadcast report of Parliament by stating the


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wavelengths on which the broadcast shall be carried ; and what plans he has for legislation to extend the BBC's existing obligation in respect of sound broadcasts to television.

Mr. Brooke : None. The BBC is responsible for deciding how to use the frequencies allocated to it, including the editorial content and scheduling of its programmes, under the terms of its royal charter and licence and agreement. I am sure that the BBC will have taken note of the concern which has been expressed in Parliament about its daily reports of proceedings.

Television Licences

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what plans the Government have to raise the cost of the television licence during the financial year 1994-95.

Mr. Brooke : I announced on 4 November 1993, Official Report , columns 309-10, that, from 1 April 1994, the fee for a colour television licence would increase to £84.50 and that for a monochrome licence to £28. I have today laid before the House the regulations necessary to bring these fees into force.

ENVIRONMENT

Building Projects

Mr. Fisher : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being or have been wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Cambridge in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(2) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being or have been wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Swindon in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(3) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being or have been wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Newcastle upon Tyne in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ; (4) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Plymouth in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(5) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being or have been wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Bristol in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(6) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Leeds in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(7) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Brighton in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ;


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(8) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in York in (a) the past five years, (b) this financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(9) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Birmingham in (a) the past five years, (b) this financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(10) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Sheffield in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(11) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Nottingham in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(12) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Leicester in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(13) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Coventry in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(14) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Manchester in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(15) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Hull in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(16) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Liverpool in (a) the past five years, (b) this financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(17) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Dewsbury in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(18) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Norwich in (a) the past five years, (b) this financial year and (c) the next two years ;

(19) what major building projects, valued at over £3 million, are being wholly or partly financed by Her Majesty's Government in Oxford in (a) the past five years, (b) the current financial year and (c) the next two years.

Sir George Young : I am replying with information on projects undertaken by my own Department. The Department of the Environment holds details of projects included in its own direct spending and projects undertaken by local authorities and non-departmental public sector bodies, such as urban development corporations, which may be wholly or partially financed by Her Majesty's Government. Projects over £3 million are as listed :


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                                      |Past five years                      |Current financial                    |Next two years                                                             

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Cambridge                             |None                                 |None                                 |None                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Swindon                               |None                                 |The Prinnels                         |None                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Newcastle                             |Cowgate Housing Renewal              |Bath Lane Triangle                   |Newburnhaugh                                                               

                                      |St. Peters Basin Housing Development |Industrial Esate at Whitehouse Road  |Newcastle East Quayside Phases 2                                           

                                      |Newcastle Central Business and       |John Marley Training Workshops       | and 3 (Office/Retail/Hotel)                                               

                                      |  Technology Park (Offices)          |Ryehill Housing Refurbishment        |Newcastle Arena (Leisure)                                                  

                                      |Closegate (Copthorne) Hotel          |Abercorn Road/Fergusons Lane Estate  |St. Peters Basin Phase 2 (Housing)                                         

                                      |Pandon Quays Housing Development     |Scotswood Neighbourhood Renewal      |Lower Scotswood                                                            

                                      |Newcastle Business Park (Offices)    |  Area                                                                                                           

                                      |Walker Technology Park (Industrial)  |Family and Elderly Accommodation                                                                                 

                                      |Callaly Way Housing Development      |  - Fergusons Lane                                                                                               

                                      |Ryehill Central                      |Newcastle East Quayside Phase 1                                                                                  

                                      |Cruddas Park                         |  (Offices)                                                                                                      

                                      |Loadman Street                       |Closegate Office Development                                                                                     

                                      |North Kenton                         |Jubilee Estate                                                                                                   

                                      |Buddle Road                          |Ben Church Street                                                                                                

                                      |Cowgate                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Plymouth                              |Crown Hill                           |Coxside/National Marine Aquarium     |None                                                                       

                                      |Crown Building                       |  Car Park, Plymouth                                                                                             

                                      |Rendell Street, Devonport                                                                                                                              

                                      |Pembroke Street, Devonport                                                                                                                             

                                      |Notre Dame Conservation Site                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Bristol                               |Avon Valley Urban Village            |Quay Point, Temple Meads             |Bishport Multi-Storeys, Hartcliffe                                         

                                      |Meadowsweet, Trendlewood Park        |Spine Road                           |Gatehouse, Withywood                                                       

                                                                            |Barton Hill                          |Rockingham House                                                           

                                                                            |Blaise, Lawrence Weston                                                                                          

                                                                            |Orlebar Gardens, Lawrence Weston                                                                                 

                                                                            |Hartcliffe and Withywood 1                                                                                       

                                                                            |Hartcliffe and Withywood 2                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Leeds                                 |Marriott Hotel                       |Royal Armouries Museum               |None                                                                       

                                      |Embankment (office development)      |Gipton South                                                                                                     

                                      |Takare Nursing Home                  |Belle Isle N                                                                                                     

                                      |Granary Building                                                                                                                                       

                                      |Wimpey Homes Phase 1 - Hunslet                                                                                                                         

                                      |  Green                                                                                                                                                

                                      |Belle Isle N Enveloping II                                                                                                                             

                                      |The Deane, Halton Moor                                                                                                                                 

                                      |Ebor Gardens, Halton Moor                                                                                                                              

                                      |Hunslet Green                                                                                                                                          

                                      |Stonegate A                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Brighton                              |Preston Barracks                     |Lynchett Close                       |None                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                              

York                                  |None                                 |Foxwood Lane                         |None                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Birmingham                            |Birmingham Factory Centre            |Bloomsbury                           |Five Ways Tower                                                            

                                      |Garrison Lane                        |The Firs Phases 3 and 4              |Castle Vale Housing Action Trust                                           

                                      |Waterlinks                           |Pool Farm                            |Bloomsbury                                                                 

                                      |Jewellery Business Centre            |Ladywood (includes Central Area and  |The Firs Phases 3 and 4                                                    

                                      |Arcadian Centre                      |  Phases 1 and 2)                    |Pool Farm                                                                  

                                      |Bordesley Village                    |Newtown Phases 1 and 2               |St. Lukes                                                                  

                                      |Browning Street                                                            |Ladywood (includes Central Area and                                        

                                      |IMI Holford Phase 2                                                                                                                                    

                                      |Trafalgar Road, Moseley                                                    |Newtown Phases 1 and 2                                                     

                                      |Waterlinks House                                                                                                                                       

                                      |Cockhill                                                                                                                                               

                                      |Bloomsbury                                                                                                                                             

                                      |The Firs Phases 3 and 4                                                                                                                                

                                      |Pool Farm                                                                                                                                              

                                      |Ladywood (includes Central Area and                                                                                                                    

                                      |  Phases 1 and 2)                                                                                                                                      

                                      |Newtown Phases 1 and 2                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Sheffield                             |Badger Estate Phases 1 to 3          |Steel City House                     |Norfolk Park                                                               

Bard Street Phases 1 and 2            |Grain and Terminal Buildings -                                                                                                                         

                                      |Hyde Park Walk and Tower Phases 1    |  Victoria Quays                                                                                                 

                                      |  and 2                              |North West Inner City Action Plan                                                                                

                                      |Hyde Park Block C                    |Broomhall                                                                                                        

                                      |Manor Estate Phases 1 to 4                                                                                                                             

                                      |Lower Manor Phase 1                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Nottingham                            |Speinton High Rise                   |St. Anns                             |The 4 Bs                                                                   

                                      |Radford Flats                        |Bridgeway, Meadows                                                                                               

                                      |Crabtree Farm II                     |Speinton Railway Lands                                                                                           

                                                                            |Boots Island Site                                                                                                

                                                                            |Speinton Square                                                                                                  

                                                                            |Helston Drive Phase 2                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Leicester                             |Mowmacro                             |Saffron Lane                         |St. Andrews Housing Estate                                                 

                                      |St. Matthews C                       |Leicester City Football Club         |Pex Poly Refurbishment                                                     

                                      |St. Matthews East                    |Technology Transfer Centre           |Bede Island North, Science Park                                            

                                      |St. Marks                            |Bede Island North, Housing                                                                                       

                                      |Kirby Frith                          |Helston Drive, Phase 2                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Coventry                              |Cofa Court                           |Ernesford Grange Phases 1 and 2      |Ernesford Grange Phases 1 and 2                                            

                                      |Crown Building                       |Wood End Phases 4 and 5              |Wood End Phases 4 and 5                                                    

                                      |Harnall Lane Estate                                                                                                                                    

                                      |Parkside Office Development                                                                                                                            

                                      |Ernesford Grande Phases 1 and 2                                                                                                                        

                                      |Wood End Phases 4 and %                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Manchester                            |Langley                              |Alexandra Park (Moss Side)           |Wilbraham                                                                  

                                      |Collyhurst South                     |Monsall                              |Chorlton-on-Meolock                                                        

                                      |Hulme St. Georges                    |Platt Lane                           |Hacking Street                                                             

                                      |Benchill                             |Newbank Street                       |National Cycling Centre                                                    

                                      |Waterloo Road                        |Woollam Place                        |Victoria Indoor Arena                                                      

                                      |Gail House                           |Cambridge Street                     |Housing Association new build,                                             

                                      |Castlequay                           |Concert Hall                         |  Hulme 2, 3 and 5                                                         

                                      |Grand Island                         |National Cycling Centre                                                                                          

                                      |Piccadilly Undercroft                |Victoria Indoor Arena                                                                                            

                                      |1830 Warehouse                       |Hulme 5 and District Centre                                                                                      

                                      |Orient House                         |  Demolition                                                                                                     

                                      |Granada Hotel                        |Housing Association new build, Hulme                                                                             

                                      |Piccadilly Village                   |  2 and 3                                                                                                        

                                      |Granby Village                       |Great Bridgewater Initiative (Concert                                                                            

                                      |Lancaster and Dominion               |  Hall)                                                                                                          

                                      |Castlefield Hotel                                                                                                                                      

                                      |National Cycling Centre                                                                                                                                

                                      |Victoria Indoor Arena                                                                                                                                  

                                      |Housing Association new build,                                                                                                                         

                                      |  Hulme 2, 3 and 4                                                                                                                                     

                                      |Albert Grove, Longsight                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Hull                                  |Old Bilton Grange Phases 1 and 2     |Old Bilton Grange Phase 3            |Old Bilton Grange Phase 4                                                  

                                      |The Danes, Orchard Park              |The Garths Phase 1                   |The Garths Phase 2                                                         

                                      |Greenwood Estate                     |Derringham Bank                      |North Hull Housing Action Trust                                            

                                      |North Hull Housing Action Trust      |North Hull Housing Action Trust      |Louis Pearlman Centre                                                      

                                      |Louis Pearlman Centre                |Louis Pearlman Centre                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Liverpool                             |Phythian                             |Sedgemoor (Norris Green)             |Sedgemoor Phase 2                                                          

                                      |Belle Vale                           |Baycliff/Southdean (Dovecot)         |Baycliff/Southdean Phase 2                                                 

                                      |Chatsworth                           |Dingle                               |Dingle Phase 2                                                             

                                      |Netherley                            |Business Grants Block Johnsons       |Telegraph House                                                            

                                      |Norwood                              |  Controls                           |St. Georges Hall                                                           

                                      |Princes Park                         |Central Bus Station                  |Project Rosemary                                                           

                                      |Queens Road                          |St. Georges Hall                     |Renshaws Expansion                                                         

                                      |Everton Park                         |Project Rosemary                     |Town Hall                                                                  

                                      |Queens Dock                          |Renshaws Expansion                   |Wavertree Tech Park                                                        

                                      |Gregson Street Phase 1 and 2         |Town Hall                            |Liverpool Housing Action Trust                                             

                                      |Boundary Street, Liver/Lightbody     |Wavertree Tech Park                  |St. John's House, Bootle                                                   

                                      |  Street                             |Liverpool Housing Action Trust                                                                                   

                                      |Chatsworth Street                                                                                                                                      

                                      |St. Andrews Gardens                                                                                                                                    

                                      |Eldonians                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Dewsbury                              |None                                 |None                                 |None                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Norwich                               |None                                 |None                                 |None                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Oxford                                |Blackbird Leys                       |Blackbird Leys                       |None                                                                       


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Grants, Northumberland

Mr. Ronnie Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total of Government grants given to each district council in Northumberland last year.


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Mr. Baldry : The available information is as follows :


Government Grants <1> to         

District Councils in             

Northumberland 1993-94           

budget                           

                   |£000's       

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

Tynedale           |4,193        

Castle Morpeth     |3,173        

Wansbeck           |5,883        

Blyth Valley       |7,129        

Alnwick            |3,830        

Berwick Upon Tweed |2,349        

<1> Revenue grants as reported   

to the Department by the local   

authorities.                     

This comprises revenue support   

grant and specific and special   

grants.                          

Wind Farms

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer to the right hon. and learned Member for Aberavon (Mr. Morris) of 28 February, Official Report, column 555, if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter relating to wind farms to which he refers.

Mr. Baldry : Yes.

Listed Buildings

Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to the answer of 28 February, Official Report, column 536, if he will list the grade 2* listed buildings for which consent to demolish has been given.

Mr. Baldry : Grade 2* listed buildings for which consent to demolish was given during the period 1 January 1982 to 31 March 1993 are :

Allanby house, Maryport, Cumbria

Dogmersfield park, Hampshire

2 Lansdown crescent, Cheltenham

Old Farmhouse, Manor House farm, Crawford, Lancashire

Campsall hall, South Yorkshire

Welton grange, Humberside

Clayhouse barn, Halifax

Kerswell priory, Devon

Oakfield, Sulhampstead Bannister, Berkshire

Coachman's cottage, Studley, Warwickshire

Old hall, Manor road, Bishop Auckland

Ditchett hall, Shepton Mallett, Somerset

9 Queen street, Droitwich, Worcestershire

Port East warehouses, North Quay, West India docks, London Hinxton hall, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire--curtilage buildings listed in their own right

Hammerhead Crane, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear

Details of buildings for which consent was given prior to 1982 are not readily available.

Mobile Homes

Mr. Mills : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce legislation to give greater protection to tenants in mobile home parks ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir George Young : We have no plans at present to introduce further legislation concerning mobile homes. However, the two major industry bodies have recently launched a charter for mobile home residents which aims to help residents and site owners understand their existing legal right, and extends the responsibilities of site owners. Members of the industry bodies will be obliged to follow the charter.


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St. Andrew's Gardens, Liverpool

Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what time scale he how puts on the completion of the city challenge flagship project at St. Andrew's gardens project in Liverpool ; and what funding will be made available for the project in the present financial year and the next ;

(2) when he expects to hold the public inquiry into the Russell street- Berry street link road, Liverpool ; and when it is likely that a decision will be available ;

(3) what assessment he has made as to the effect of the public inquiry into the Russell street-Berry street link road, Liverpool on the city challenge flagship project at St. Andrew's gardens.

Mr. Baldry : I cannot say at this stage, when the public inquiry into the Russell street-Berry street link road might be held or when a decision will be issued. Arrangements for the inquiry will be put in hand once the planning and listed building consent applications and related documents requested from Liverpool city council on 16 February have been received.

The original time scale projected for the completion of St. Andrew's gardens project was June 1966. My officials are currently discussing with Liverpool City Challenge and Merseyside Improved Houses what steps need to be taken to avoid significant delays as a result of the call-in and public inquiry.

Funding for the vacant stock initiative element of the project, through Liverpool City Challenge, is as follows :


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