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Mr. Goodlad : Mr. Warwick Reid was appointed by the Hong Kong Government as a Crown counsel in the prosecutions division of the Legal Department on 8 March 1975 and was promoted to senior Crown counsel in April 1977. He was promoted to deputy principal Crown counsel in April 1980. From April 1981 to January 1982, he was assistant to the Attorney- General. He returned to the prosecutions division in February 1982. He was promoted
Column 100in March 1983 to principal Crown counsel. From then until his arrest in October 1989, he held the position of deputy Crown prosecutor in charge of the commercial crime unit of the prosecutions division. Mr. Reid was dismissed on 22 January 1990.
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government of Brazil fulfilled their promise of 29 July 1993 to the XI session of the working group on indigenous populations that the physical demarcation of the Awa Guaja reserve and the Krikati reserve would be accomplished in 1993.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The Brazilian authorities have informed our embassy in Brasilia that Government anthropologists have identified and marked out the limits of the Awa Guaja and Krikati reserves. Their findings have now to be submitted for legal process.
Mr. Wilkinson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is Her Majesty's Government's policy in respect of accusations of genocide by one country in respect of another ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : The United Kingdom is a party to the United Nations convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide. It takes seriously all accusations of genocide by one country in respect of another.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings or hospitality was offered by Her Majesty's Government to General Pinochet during his recent visit to the United Kingdom.
Mr. Frank Field : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to introduce initiatives or schemes designed to pass local authority housing stock to private sector interests ; how many members of his Department are engaged in preparing policy papers on this matter ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 101housing to housing associations. To date, 31 local authorities have transferred 142,000 properties through LSVT. Subject to tenant support, 12 more will transfer about 50,000 properties by the end of 1994-95. I am keen to expand the programme to bring to metropolitan and inner-city areas the benefits of transfer which we have seen in shire districts. The Department is jointly funding a study with five local authorities--Camden, Enfield, Sheffield, Manchester and Middlesbrough--and the Housing Corporation, which aims to identify options for the future ownership and management of housing in urban areas. This is due to report in the autumn. A group of four staff work predominantly on LSVTs, and a wide range of others are involved where appropriate.
Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he will introduce legislation to pave the way for the creation of the Environment Agency for England and Wales and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
Sir George Young : The Government offices for the regions are accountable to the Departments of the Environment, Employment, Trade and Industry and Transport, jointly or separately, as appropriate, for the programmes or functions that they deliver or oversee.
Regional Director : Pamela Denham
Contact address : Stanegate House
2 Groat Market
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Government office for the North West
Regional Director : Marianne Neville Rolfe
Contact address : 2010 Sunley Tower
Government office for Merseyside
Regional Director : John Stoker
Contact address : Room 404
Government office for Yorkshire and Humberside
Regional Director : Jeremy Walker
Contact address : 7th Floor East Wing
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Government office for the West Midlands
Regional Director : David Ritchie
Contact address : 77 Paradise Circus
Government office for the East Midlands
Regional Director : Mark Lanyon
Contact address : Level 5
Government office for the Eastern Region
Regional Director : John Turner
Contact address : Heron House
49-53 Goldington Road
Government office for the South West
Regional Director : Brian Leonard
Contact address : 4th Floor
Government office for the South East
Regional Director : Gillian Ashmore
Contact address : Charles House
375 Kensington High Street
Government office for London
Regional Director : Robin Young
Contact address : Room P2/023
2 Marsham Street
Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give the reasons for his Department's decision not to implement the recommendations of the Efficiency Unit's scrutiny of the management of the Government's civil estate on provision of advice to Government Departments on fire safety and fire precautions ; and if he will explain why it is intended to stop the provision of such advice.
Mr. Baldry : No such decision has been taken. We envisage that, in line with the efficiency scrutiny's recommendation, written guidance will be promulgated via the advice unit of the proposed new property agency. The decision to withdraw some fire branch services will not stop Departments obtaining appropriate advice on fire protection for particular buildings or on staff training, whether by using in-house resources or available commercial services.
Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what response he plans to make to the petition handed to him by his Norwegian counterpart in Oslo on 14 June, from Norwegian citizens urging Her Majesty's Government to cut acid rain deposits over Scandinavia arising from discharges in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Atkins : In Oslo on 14 June, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State signed the second United Nations Commission for Europe sulphur protocol, which commits the United Kingdom to reducing emissions of sulphur dioxide by 80 per cent. compared with 1980 levels by 2010. This will not only deal substantially with problems of acidification in the United Kingdom but will also bring about significant improvements for our European neighbours.
While he was in Oslo, my right hon. Friend met representatives of the Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature, to receive their petition, and of Councillors Against Acid Rain. He explained the significant reductions in sulphur emissions which the United Kingdom has already achieved and the new obligations to achieve further reductions which we have accepted.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if she will list by county the current estimate of the red squirrel population ; what were the comparable figures (a) five years and (b) 10 years ago ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Atkins : Red squirrel population figures have never been compiled by county. The latest population estimates for Great Britain are : Scotland 121,000 ; England 30,000 and Wales 9,000. There are no comparable figures for five or 10 years ago.
Support for the remaining populations of red squirrels include full protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and measures to restrict the spread of grey squirrels. English Nature's species recovery programme, which aims to achieve long-term sustainable survival of endangered species, includes red squirrels.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many contracts and for what total sum were let out by his Department or agencies for which it is responsible to (a) Coopers and Lybrand, (b) KPMG Peat Marwick, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) Price Waterhouse, (e) Arthur Andersen, (f) Touche Ross, (g) Grant Thornton, (h) Robson Rhodes and (i) Pannel Kerr Forster for (i) privatisation, (ii) market testing, (iii) management advice, (iv) accounting, (v) audit, (vi) consultancy and (vii) any other services in 1980 to 1983, 1984 to 1987, 1988 to 1991 and 1992 to 1993.
Mr. Rendel : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what evidence his Department has as to whether sand and gravel extraction is damaging natural sea defences and increasing the vulnerability of the coastal areas to flooding ;
(2) how many extraction licences have been granted for areas off the Norfolk coast, and for each licence (a) to whom the licence has been issued, (b) the location of the site, (c) the licence fee and (d) the quantity permitted to be extracted.
Mr. Baldry : We have no evidence to indicate that sand and gravel extraction is damaging natural sea defences and increasing the vulnerability of the coastal areas to flooding. Licences for marine dredging are issued by the Crown Estate Commissioners. Applications are referred by the Crown Estate to consultants for professional advice on whether the proposed dredging would have an adverse effect upon coastal protection. If the advice demonstrates unavoidable risk of coastal erosion, the application will be rejected without further consideration.
I understand that the Crown Estate Commissioners have issued 15 licences for dredging off the Norfolk Coast as follows :
Area |Company ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Area 107 |East Coast Aggregates Ltd. Area 202 |ARC Marine Ltd. Area 212 |ARC Marine Ltd. Area 228 |Volker Dredging Ltd. Area 240 |Civil and Marine Ltd. Area 242 |ARC Marine Ltd. Area 251 |East Coast Aggregates Ltd. Area 254 |United Marine Dredging Ltd. Area 296 |United Marine Dredging Ltd. Area 319 |East Coast Aggregates Ltd. Area 328 |ARC Marine Ltd. Area 328 |Civil and Marine Ltd. Area 329 |Civil and Marine Ltd. Area 360 |South Coast Shipping Co. Ltd. Area 361 |ARC Marine Ltd.
The total extraction allowed under these licences is 10.85 million tonnes. I will send the hon. Member information about the location of the sites. Information about licence fees is treated as commercial in confidence.
Mr. Rendel : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from Norfolk residents concerned that new building will not be possible in areas of Norfolk because of flooding risk.