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Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the annual volume of oil entering (a) the North sea, (b) the straits of Dover and (c) the English channel from shipping for each of the last four years ; and, for each year, what proportion of that was intentionally discharged.
Mr. Norris : The information is as set out. There are no records of volumes of oil spilt in the Dover straits. The Bonn agreement estimates that between 1,000 and 2,000 tonnes of oil per annum are intentionally discharged in to the North sea--all sectors--each year but no such estimates exist for the Dover straits or the English channel.
|Tonnes ------------------------------------------------ 1990 North sea (United Kingdom sector) |336 English channel |<1>5 1991 North sea (United Kingdom sector) |45 English channel |41 1992 North sea (United Kingdom sector) |134 English channel |33 1993 North sea (United Kingdom sector) |<2>170 English channel |<3>311 <1> Excluding the Rosebay spill of 1,100 tonnes. <2> Excluding the Braer spill of 86,000 tonnes. <3> Excluding the Apache spill of 256 tonnes.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the organisations and individuals outside his Department who are sent information on, or consulted about, individuals who are, or may be, proposed to the Minister for appointment to posts for which a Minister has to approve the person appointed or the shortlist for the appointment.
In general, my right hon. Friend consults the chairmen of the relevant committee or board and such consultation may, in some cases, be a statutory requirement. He will also consult professional and other organisations if necessary in order to find persons with suitable qualifications for an appointment. He has regard to the guidance on consultations with the Prime Minister and other Departments set out in Section 6 of the "Cabinet Office Guide on Public Appointments Procedures", copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list each appointment for which a Minister has to approve the appointment or shortlist for the appointment, showing for each appointment (a) which Minister exercies the responsibility, (b) the salary, if any, attached to the post, (c) the term of the appointment and (d) the person currently appointed to the post.
Mr. Norris : Information on most of the appointments made by my right hon. Friend are shown in the Cabinet Office publication "Public Bodies 1993". Further information on these and on some other appointments is to be found in "A Handbook for Women's Organisations" published by the Women's National Commission. Copies of both documents are available in the Libraries of the House. Up-to-date lists of persons currently appointed to posts are not held centrally, but information on membership of many public bodies was provided recently in response to questions tabled by the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Kilfoyle) on 27 January 1994. Further detailed information in response to the points raised by the hon. Member could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The exercise of responsibility on behalf of my right hon. Friend is a matter for him and any delegation will vary according to the nature of the body and the appointments being made.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those British Rail stations within Humberside and the three counties of Yorkshire that are not yet classed as open stations ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many British Rail stations within Humberside and the three counties of Yorkshire regional passenger committee area are totally unstaffed ; and if he will list them.
Mr. Freeman : A total of 138 stations within the Humberside and Yorkshire transport users' consultative committee for the north-east England area are totally unstaffed. I have placed the list in the Library and written to the hon. Member with the information requested.
Mr. Norris : My Department does not produce separate forecasts for demand for business aviation. However, the Government believe that such demand is likely to be correlated with economic growth and therefore in the longer term the trend is likely to be upward.
Mr. Norris : At Heathrow and Gatwick airports the runways are essentially full in the peak periods ; general aviation services can obtain permission to use these airports no more than ten days in advance. At Stansted airport there is an administrative annual limit of 78,000 passenger air transport movements. Flights with less than 10 passengers and certain others are not included in this limit. Any increase to the annual limit would require the approval of both Houses of Parliament. Some 48,000 air transport movements operated last year.
Mr. Duncan : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what is the Government's policy on ensuring that a suitable airport or airports close to central London will continue to be available for business aviation use ;
(2) what are the plans to retain and develop suitable London airports for business aviation use.
Mr. Norris : The Government have acknowledged for some time that access to Heathrow and Gatwick airports will become increasingly difficult for general aviation and that alternative facilities will need to be used. The Government believe that there remains unused airport capacity within reach of central London--including at Stansted and Luton airports.
As far as airport facilities not generally serving commercial passengers are concerned, there are facilities at a number of sites. The Department has been in discussion
Column 755with the Ministry of Defence about the scope for establishing a privately operated civil enclave for business aviation users at RAF Northolt.
The recent planning policy guidance on transport--PPG13--published by the Secretary of State for the Environment says that local authorities should take into account the contribution of general aviation when formulating plans. This would be relevant if permission was being sought for any change of use.
The Department will seek to ensure through the planning system that the benefits of business aviation are fully reflected in local plans. Within this framework it is for airport operators to make decisions on the development of facilities, in the light of their commercial judgment.
Mr. Duncan : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which airports within 30 miles of central London, which are currently being used for business aviation, are due to close during the next 10 years.
Mr. Norris : Aerodromes near London available for continuing business aviation use are Biggin Hill, Blackbushe, Elstree, Fairoaks, Farnborough, London Luton, London City, Northolt and Southend. Some of these cannot take all types of aircraft.
Mr. Duncan : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department and the Civil Aviation Authority have made of the effect of access difficulties to London airports on the scale of business aviation ; and what evidence he has of business aviation being transferred to France.
Mr. Norris : I have encouraged the business aviation community to provide me with information on the industry ; my Department is currently undertaking a study with the Department of Trade and Industry into the demand
Column 756and economic case for business aviation. I have no evidence that business aviation is transferring from the United Kingdom to France.
Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many copies were (a) printed and (b) distributed of his Department's document, "Britain's Railways : A New Era", and if he will list the recipients.
1,056 to BR and 2,000 to Railtrack ; in turn I understand that BR and Railtrack are distributing the document to senior managers at national and regional level
1,000 to the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising for distribution in response to enquiries
827 copies to Peers and Members of Parliament
50 copies to the media
45 copies to attendees at a City seminar about rail privatisation 110 copies sent on request to the Railway Industry Association 28 copies have also been sent on request to individuals with an interest in the rail industry.
The residue will be distributed on request.
(b) The Department's distribution costs were £2,000.
(c) The document was written by the Department, its advisers and others as part of their normal duties.
Mr. Janner : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many, and what percentage of officers in each of grades, 1 to 7 and overall, in his Department are (a) women, (b) from ethnic minorities and (c) disabled, respectively.
Mr. Norris : The following table shows numbers and percentages of staff in post in the Department of Transport and its agencies at 1 April 1993. The figures relating to ethnic origin are based on responses to voluntary and confidential surveys of staff and are derived from the Department's computerised personnel records.
Department of Transport-Staff in post 1 April 1993 Grade Total Women Ethnic minority Disabled |number |Number |percentage|Number |percentage|Number |percentage --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 |1 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 2 |4 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 3 |25 |2 |8.0 |0 |0 |0 |0 4 |16 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 5 |110 |8 |7.3 |1 |0.9 |0 |0 6 |146 |7 |4.8 |6 |4.1 |0 |0 7 |763 |73 |9.6 |24 |3.1 |0 |0 All |15,246 |6,946 |45.6 |736 |4.8 |198 |1.3
Mr. Devlin : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make further protective measures immediately to protect the United Kingdom coastline, human and wild life communities and the lives of seafarers in the light of information about the collision of two ships in the Bosphorus on 14 March ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. David Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what emergency training for air traffic controllers has been implemented at Birmingham and Manchester airports by National Air Traffic Services.
Mr. Norris [holding answer 28 March 1994] : As the training of air traffic controllers is a matter for the Civil Airports Authority I am asking the chairman of the CAA to write in reply to the hon. Member's question.
Mr. Norris [holding answer 29 March 1994] : Since the Baltic Exchange put its proposals for a British open register for shipping to Ministers on 3 December 1993 there have been a number of representations from various sources, some have been in favour, some against.
As I explained to the hon. Member on 11 January, Official Report column 124, and again more recently to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mr. Perry), Official Report, 16 March column 692, the proposal requires careful study before a conclusion can be reached. An announcement will be made shortly.
Year |Number |Value (£000s) -------------------------------------------------------- 1989 |74 |8,745 1990 |126 |15,225 1991 |186 |16,414 1992 |254 |13,621 1993 |378 |14,924
For highways work, new consultant contracts awarded in respect of schemes in the trunk road programme, operation of the trunk road network and associated investigations were as follows :
|Number --------------------- 1989 |72 1990 |115 1991 |113 1992 |46 1993 |44
Since many of these commissions are continuing, it is impossible to provide final costs. However, on a financial year basis, total expenditure in the last four years on all such contracts--not just those identified--has been :
|£ million ------------------------------ 1990-91 |159 1991-92 |181 1992-93 |208 1993-94 |<1>173 <1> To date.
The figure for 1989-90 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Norris : Statistics are not kept on the total number of public appointments--including reappointments--made by my right hon. Friend each year. A check was made on the number of appointments held by members of ethnic minorities at 1 September 1993 as part of the Government-wide monitoring exercise for the purposes of the Cabinet Office publication "Public Bodies 1993". This revealed that a holder of one of the DOT appointments listed in it is a member of an ethnic minority. However, as information on ethnic origin is given in confidene, the policy is not to give details that would identify ethnic origins of individuals.
Mr. Boyes : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the total cost of official entertaining in his Department in each year since 1990-91 ; if he will list the receptions held in each year at his Department's expense ; and what was the cost of each reception.
|£ --------------------------------- 1990-91 |203,684 1991-92 |169,050 1992-93 |231,547 1993-94 |<1>218,615 <1> To 28 March 1994 only.
Information regarding individual receptions and the related costs is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Key : Advice to pedal cyclists on safe cycling practices is contained in the highway code. Rules 36 to 154 apply to cyclists as they do to all vehicle users and rules 187 to 211 give further specific advice to cyclists. We have also issued a leaflet "Tips for Safer Cycling" as part of our Cycle Safe campaign.
Mr. Key : The Highways (Traffic Calming) Regulations 1993 build on the earlier Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1990 and provide local highway authorities with a wider choice of features to improve road safety and the local environment. The regulations provide for features such as chicanes, narrowings and gateways, as well as road humps, which can be used separately or in combination.
It is for individual authorities to design local schemes but my Department provides technical advice on the regulations and individual design features in circulars and traffic advisory leaflets.
Mr. Key : The cost of traffic congestion can be measured only against specific alternatives such as road schemes, junction improvements or initiatives to reduce or redirect traffic. It is not possible to provide a national aggregate measure.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) if he will list the Acts of Parliament and Consolidation Acts that affect local government that have been introduced by his Department since 1992 ;
(2) if he will list the Acts of Parliament and Consolidation Acts that affect local government that have been introduced by his Department since 1990.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his answer of 4 March, Official Report, columns 899- 900, if he knows of any other people known to be Labour party supporters appointed to public bodies.
Column 760Official Report, columns 899-900, (1) if he will construct a list of known Liberal Democrat party supporters appointed to public bodies ;
(2) if he will construct a list of known Conservative party supporters appointed to public bodies.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list those former honourable and right honourable Members defeated in the general election of 1992 who, at any subsequent date, have been appointed to public bodies by the Government ; and if he will list those appointments.
Mr. Waldegrave : As proposed in the White Paper "Open Government" (Cm 2290), there will be a major extension to the responsibilities of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration as from April 1994, when complaints may be referred to him in connection with the code of practice on access to Government information.
The Government are also giving support to the private Member's Bill of the hon. Member for Winchester (Mr. Malone), which had its Second Reading in the House on 11 March, to extend the jurisdiction of the PCA to the administrative actions by the administrative staff in certain tribunals not already within his remit.
Finally, the Government are considering the proposals in the first report of the Select Committee on the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 1993-94, on the powers, work and jurisdiction of the ombudsman, and will respond in due course.
Mr. Waldegrave : The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences research council, Engineering and Physical Sciences research council, and Particle Physics and Astronomy research council, will come into being on 1 April 1994. I have appointed the following members to serve on the councils :
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Chairman : Sir Alistair Grant (Argyll Group)
Chief Executive : Professor Tom Blundell FRS
Professor Jack Baldwin FRS (Oxford University)
Dr. Peter Bunyan (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)
Dr. Ed Dart (Zeneca)
Professor Peter Dunnill FEng (University College
Dr. Elliot Finer (Department of Trade and Industry)
Sir Brian Follett FRS (University of Warwick)
Mr. Ben Gill (National Farmers' Union)
Dr. Keith Humphreys (Rhone-Poulenc)