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Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the statutory basis for the requirement that landowners with sites of special scientific interest on their land enter into a management agreement with the Countryside Council for Wales.
Sir Wyn Roberts : Management agreements made under section 15 of the Countryside Act 1968 between the Countryside Council for Wales and owners or occupiers of sites of special scientific interest are voluntary, not mandatory.
(a) |(b) |(c) |(d) |(e) Gross |Number of |Number of |Cost per |Cost per expenditure |registered |children |registered |child in the |children |in the |child |population |population (£000) |£ |£ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 15,554 |421,595 |666,664 |36.89 |23.33 Notes 1. The gross expenditure on general dental services(GDS) in column (a) comprises capitation payments, weighted entry payments, child item of service payments for treatments given under capitation, and child item of service payments for treatments given on an occasional basis, for the financial year1992-93. 2. Column (b) is the number of children registered with a general dental practitioner at 30 September 1992. 3. Column (c) is for 30 June 1992, estimated home population under 18. 4. Column (d) is calculated by dividing the figure in column (a), by that in ( b). 5. Column (e) is calculated by dividing the figure of column (a), by that in (c). 6. Children may also be treated in the Community and Hospital Dental Service as well as in the General Dental Service.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : The Housing (Right to Manage) Regulations 1994 which have been laid before Parliament today implement the citizens charter commitment to give local authority tenants' organisations a statutory right to manage their own homes.
The right to manage will allow properly constituted and representative tenants organisations to assume housing management functions. This is another part of the process of devolving control to the most local level and thus enabling people to have greater control over their own lives. The new right means that tenant management organisations can grasp the benefits of greater cost control, local accountability and responsive services. I hope to see an increasing number of tenant organisations in Wales managing council housing over the next few years.
Mr. Soames [pursuant to the reply, 21 January, Official Report, col. 855] : An order which will modify the BSE compensation arrangements as outlined in the announcement of 21 January was laid before both Houses today. The order will come into force on 1 April 1994.
Mr. Darling : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will ask the Securities and Investments Board to publish guidelines on the investment of life assurance funds, with particular reference to investment of such funds in wholly owned subsidiaries of such institutions.
The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has powers relating to the maintenance of adequate solvency in
Column 453insurance companies. The regulations do not generally seek to limit the investments an insurance company may make, but may restrict the extent to which they are admissible as part of the required solvency margin.
Mr. Dafis : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what recommendations have been circulated within the Government from the DTI regarding altering the tax differential between leaded and unleaded petrol ; and what implications these recommendations have for the Government's commitment to sustainable development.
Mr. Neil Hamilton : No such recommendations have been made. I am, however, interested in the question of cost-benefit analyses of Government decisions, including the case of the excise duty differential in favour of unleaded petrol.
Sir Cranley Onslow : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what proportion of the gas used by his Department is now purchased from independent suppliers ; and what have been the consequent effects on public expenditure.
Mr. Eggar : Thirty-one per cent. of the gas used in DTI's nine headquarters buildings is purchased from independent suppliers producing an estimated saving in the first year of £7,700. Headquarters buildings account for about 20 per cent. of the Department's gas consumption. Information about supply arrangements outside the headquarters estate is not available centrally.