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Funding Agency for Schools

Mr. Byers : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to investigate the potential conflict of interests arising from other chairmanships held by the chairman of the Funding Agency for Schools.

Mr. Robin Squire : None. I do not accept that any conflicts arise. It will be for the funding agency to keep a register of chairman's and members' interests and for individual members to disclose any private interest in a matter to be considered by the board in the normal way.

ENVIRONMENT

Planning Applications

Mr. Corbett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment on how many occasions in the last 10 years he has used powers to call in planning applications after they have been approved by local authorities.

Mr. Baldry : None.

Water Quality Objectives

Mr. Jonathan Evans : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he intends to introduce the system of statutory water quality objectives under the Water Resources Act 1991.

Mr. Atkins : My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales and I have today laid before Parliament the Surface Waters (River Ecosystem) (Classification) Regulations 1994. These regulations, together with an accompanying document specifying procedures to be used by the National Rivers Authority, prescribe for the first time a statutory system for classifying the overall quality of rivers in England and Wales. This builds on the previous informal river classification system, and follows extensive consultations. The regulations will allow the process of introductory statutory water quality objectives to begin.

Water quality objectives will provide a stable framework for the NRA to maintain and, where appropriate, improve river quality ; they will build on the major programmes of investment that are already planned or under way. My hon. Friend and I will, after advice from the NRA, consult on proposals for the first water quality objectives to be set on the basis on these regulations.

DUCHY OF LANCASTER

Advisory Committee on Human Genome Research

Mr. Faber : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement about the Advisory Committee on Human Genome Research.

Mr. Waldegrave : I established an Advisory Committee on Human Genome Research, early last year, to advise me on how best to build on the existing strengths of United Kingdom human genome research and secure the benefits it promises for human welfare, health care and United Kingdom industry.

The committee convened an independent expert working group of leading geneticists, to review the area


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and identify priorities for investment in the United Kingdom to benefit both basic science and commercial opportunities. Its report, "The Human Genome Mapping Project--Priorities and Opportunities in Genome Research", was published this morning. I believe that it will be of interest to all those concerned with genome research in the United Kingdom. I am arranging for copies to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Consultants

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his answer of 31 March, Official Report, column 1018, if he will list the firms of consultants employed by his Department and the number of contracts they have undertaken.

Mr. David Davis : The information requested is not held centrally and is available only at disproportionate cost.

Research Establishments

Mr. Dafis : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the total amount of spending in 1993 in Wales by the Natural Environment Research Council in pounds million at 1994-95 prices net of spending on the research vessels services in Barry and the British geological survey, Aberystwyth, together with the corresponding percentage spending by the Natural Environment Research Council in Wales as a proportion of spending the United Kingdom net of spending on the above two establishments.

Mr. David Davis : The estimated expenditure by the Natural Environment Research Council in Wales in 1993-94 was £3.4 million at 1994-95 prices, net of the research vessel services at Barry, and the British geological survey's district office at Aberystwyth. This amounts to approximately 2 per cent. of the NERC's total United Kingdom spend.

PRIME MINISTER

European Union (Qualified Majority Voting)

Mr. Spearing : To ask the Prime Minister if he will now seek written confirmation, by means of an exchange of letters, of the undertakings he announced in his oral statement of 29 March, Official Report, columns 797- 98, and place copies in the Library.

The Prime Minister : I see no need for this, in the light of the undertakings given.

Parliamentary Counsel Office Staff

Mr. Robert Banks : To ask the Prime Minister how many people, of what grade, are employed by the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel.

The Prime Minister : The number of staff and their grades currently employed in the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, excluding those on loan to the Law Commission and the Home Office, is :


                                                 |Number       

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

First Parliamentary Counsel (grade 1)            |1            

Second Parliamentary Counsel (grade 2)           |1            

Parliamentary Counsel (grade 2)                  |8            

Deputy Parliamentary Counsel (grade 3)           |3            

Senior Assistant Parliamentary Counsel (grade 5) |3            

Assistant Parliamentary Counsel (grade 7)        |12           

Grade 7                                          |1            

Executive Officer                                |1            

Senior Personal Secretary                        |7            

Administrative Officer                           |5            

Support grade band 2                             |2            

                                                 |--           

Total                                            |44           

The following Parliamentary Counsel Office staff are on loan to the Law Commission :


                                                    |Number       

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

Parliamentary Counsel (grade 2)                     |1            

Deputy Parliamentary Counsel (grade 3)              |1            

Principal Assistant Parliamentary Counsel (grade 4) |1            

Senior Assistant Parliamentary Counsel (grade 5)    |1            

Assistant Parliamentary Counsel (grade 7)           |1            

                                                    |--           

Total                                               |5            

The following Parliamentary Counsel Office staff are on loan to the Home Office :


                                          |Number       

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

Assistant Parliamentary Counsel (grade 7) |1            

                                          |--           

Total                                     |1            

Stephan Adolphus Kock (Duties)

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Prime Minister what official duties have been carried out by Stephan Adolphus Kock since 1979.

The Prime Minister : None.

Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 19 April.

Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 19 April.

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

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Fire Safety Scrutiny Initiative

Mr. Colvin : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the organisations and individuals who have submitted evidence to the interdepartmental fire safety scrutiny initiative ; and if he will make a statement on the timetable for the review.

Mr. Neil Hamilton : The team conducting the review of fire safety legislation and enforcement has consulted widely among more than 100 organisations with a known interest in the subject. These have included, inter alia,


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representatives of fire service bodies, the insurance industry, fire and other safety organisations, the Confederation of British Industry and groups representing small businesses, organisations representing retail, manufacturing and other business interests, consumer bodies, organisations representing property interests, fire equipment manufacturers, groups representing the disabled, local authorities, unions, the construction industry, surveyors, building control officers, architects and planners.

Many such organisations have responded by supplying written evidence and some have also met the review team. Evidence has also been received from a number of individuals interested in this important matter.

The review team are still receiving representations. They will include the final list of all those who submitted evidence in their report to Ministers which is due before the end of May. We will then need to consider their recommendations and any changes that they may propose. The Government are committed to consulting all interested parties before making any legislative changes.

Deregulation Task Forces

Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the President of the Board of Trade when the reports of the eight deregulation task forces will be deposited in the Library.

Mr. Neil Hamilton : I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Warley, West (Mr. Spellar) on 30 March 1994, Official Report, column 766, which stated that the working papers of the seven business task forces were placed in the Library of the House on 30 March.

The eighth task force, which is looking at legislation affecting charities and voluntary organisations, has now completed its work and is due to report shortly.

Aluminium

Mr. Spellar : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received regarding dumping of aluminium from the former Soviet Union.

Mr. Needham : None.

Mr. Spellar : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what the imports of aluminium have been from the former Soviet Union in each of the last five years.

Mr. Needham : The information is provided in the table :


Imports of Aluminium from the       

former Soviet Union                 

Year     |Volume  |Value            

         |(Metric |(£000's)         

         |Tonnes)                   

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

1989     |0       |0                

1990     |4,552   |4,297            

1991     |22,387  |16,981           

1992     |17,355  |11,291           

1993     |229,305 |180,432          

Notes:                              

Aluminium is classified as heading  

684 of the Standard International   

Trade Classification.               

The former Soviet Union comprises   

Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine,

 Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Georgia, 

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan,    

Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan,           

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.          

Source: HM Customs and Excise.      


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Regional Challenge

Mr. Frank Field : To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 29 March, Official Report, columns 647-49, if he will consider making it a duty for authorities to consult local communities for the purposes of regional challenge ; if he will publish rules indicating that the consultation should enable local communities to have an impact on decisions ; and if he will ensure that the rules of this new competition do not allow for unnecessary competition between deprived communities.

Mr. Sainsbury : I have nothing to add to my reply of 29 March.

Coal Industry Privatisation

Mrs. Peacock : To ask the President of the Board of Trade who will be responsible for consumer protection and safety in respect of domestic coal consumers when the Domestic Coal Consumers Council ceases to exist after Royal Assent is given to the Coal Industry Bill.

Mr. Eggar : A substantial body of general consumer protection legislation will continue to apply to coal as well as to other products. Discussions are taking place in the coal trade on voluntary complementary arrangements following the privatisation of British Coal. The Domestic Coal Consumers Council is an advisory body. No date has been set for its abolition, although the Coal Industry Bill provides for that in due course.

Mrs. Peacock : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has in respect of (a) "Complete Heat" and (b) British Coal domestic consumers database after the Coal Industry Bill receives Royal Assent.

Mr. Eggar : Decisions on the future of "Complete Heat" and British Coal's database of domestic consumers are a matter for the Corporation.

TRANSPORT

Sea (Safety)

Mr. Leigh : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the ratification of the 1988 protocol to the 1974 international convention on the safety of life at sea.

Mr. Norris : The 1988 protocol to the 1974 international convention on the safety of life at sea will be ratified upon completion of the work in consolidating the Merchant Shipping Acts. This is scheduled for later this year.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many holders of his office have had advice from the Landscape Advisory Committee since 1964.

Mr. Key : All.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why he no longer needs advice from the Landscape Advisory Committee.

Mr. Key : The reasons are given in paragraph 8.11 of "Trunk Roads in England : 1994 Review", copies of which are in the Library of the House.


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Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the advice and publications from the Landscape Advisory Committee in the past 10 years.

Mr. Key : Copies of each of the committee's annual reports were placed in the Library. The reports list the schemes on which the committee has advised.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he decided to abolish the Landscape Advisory Committee ; (2) when he first (a) considered abolition of and (b) made known his intention to abolish the Landscape Advisory Committee.

Mr. Key : My right hon. Friend and I considered the future of the Landscape Advisory Committee as part of the Government's review of the road programme, announced in August 1993. My right hon. Friend announced the results of the review on 30 March 1994.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he advised the Select Committee for Transport on his proposal to abolish the Landscape Advisory Committee.

Mr. Key : The decision to disband the Landscape Advisory Committee was announced in "Trunk Roads in England : 1994 Review", published on 30 March 1994. My right hon. Friend wrote to the Chairman of the Select Committee on Transport drawing his attention to that document on the day of publication.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who have been the members of the Landscape Advisory Committee since 1964.

Mr. Key : A list of members since 1970 is set out in alphabetical order. Information on members between 1964 and 1969, if available, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Members of Landscape Advisory Committee since 1970

Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher

Prof. M. Benwell

Dr. J. A. Bergg

Prof. G. E. Cherry

Miss E. Chipchase

Mr. L. J. Clark

Prof. M. M. Cole

Mr. G. P. Crow

Mr. C. S. Darvill

Mr. B. de Hamel

The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Rosse

Sir Basil Engholm

Mr. J. V. S. Evans

Ms E. A. O. Evans

Mr. C. R. Ferens

Prof. P. J. Fowler

Mrs. E. J. Garland

Mr. H. J. R. Geddes

Mr. A. D. Gill

Mr. D. R. Greig

Prof. J. L. Harper

Col. F. M. Hill

Mr. E. Hodgkin

Mrs. J. Jack

Prof. D. K. C. Jones

Sir Laurence Kirwan

The Hon. Trevor Lewis

Sir Giles Loder

Mr. D. Lovejoy

Mrs. P. E. Lunn

Dr. S. MacGregor


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Prof. M. MacKeith

Mr. J. M. McCluskey

Mr. M. R. Porter

Miss W. E. Powell

Miss K. M. Powell

Mr. J. F. W. Rathbone

Ms V. J. Russell

Mr. M. O. Slocock

Sir Henry Abel Smith

Mr. J. St. Bodfan-Gruffydd

Mr. M. E. G. Taylor

Sir George Taylor

Mrs. V. Wakefield

Mr. F. R. Waley

Prof. A. E. Weddle

Mr. E. R. Wheatley-Hubbard

Mr. N. Whittaker

Mr. R. Winter

Prof. M. J. Wise


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