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Mr. Atkins: The global environmental waste disposal site in Leeds is subject to waste management licensing under part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Enforcement of environmental regulations at the site is therefore a matter for the West Yorkshire waste regulation authority. The authority is investigating the incidents referred to and will decide what action, if any, should be taken.
Column 408On the general question of the control of discharges from wet oxidation plants, a waste regulation authority can, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, impose such conditions as it considers appropriate in a waste management licence in order to minimise the risk of pollution of the environment or harm to human health, including conditions relating to the control of odour release.
Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to introduce primary legislation to amend the homeless persons legislation contained in part III of the Housing Act 1985; and what administrative action he will be taking to further the proposals contained in the consultation document "Access to Local Authority and Housing Association Tenancies" pending the introduction of such legislation.
Mr. Curry: We will introduce legislation when parliamentary time permits. Meanwhile we will be encouraging local authorities to pursue such proposals as developing advice services, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their allocation systems, working in partnership with the private rented sector, and examining the potential to develop common housing registers with housing associations.
Sir Paul Beresford: The designation of the proposed East Durham-- Easington--enterprise zones is contingent on satisfactory arrangements being in place to ensure that EC sectoral restrictions on aids to industry can be enforced. As soon as these arrangements have been finalised, the United Kingdom statutory procedures will be initiated and these normally take about six months.
Mr. David Porter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment under what sections of which planning legislation planning enforcement action may be taken against individuals in the area now covered by the Broads Authority.
Sir Paul Beresford: As the local planning authority, the Broads Authority has the following discretionary enforcement powers under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as amended by the Planning and Compensation Act 1991:
(1) to issue an enforcement notice (section 172);
(2) to serve a stop notice (section 183);
(3) to serve a breach of condition notice (section 187A); (4) to apply to the Court for an injunction to restrain a breach of planning control (section 187B); and
(5) the right of entry on to land for enforcement purposes (section 196A)
Guidance to planning authorities on the use of these powers is given in DOE circulars 21/91 and 17/92, copies of which I am sending to my hon. Friend.
Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution has the authority to require power stations fitted with flue gas desulphurisation plant, electrostatic precipitators or low oxides of nitrogen burners to use that plant across the whole range of power output.
A condition may be included in an authorisation granted under part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, to require an operator to run an abatement plant when the authorised process is being operated, provided that it is not excessively costly to do so and provided that there is not some other preferable technique, having regard to cost and efficacy.
Mr. Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many cases the European Commission has started against the United Kingdom for non-compliance with directive 76/464/EEC; and what sites are involved.
Sir Paul Beresford: There have been a number of exchanges with the Commission about directive 76/464/EEC in recent years. Details of proceedings under article 169 of the treaty are kept in confidence between the Commission and the member state Government.
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what correspondence he has received on the withholding from publication of his Department's report on the allegations of insider dealing by Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare; and if he will place a copy of the report in the Library.
Mr. Heseltine: There is no provision in the Financial Services Act 1986 for inspectors reports to be published and it follows that it would be inappropriate to place a copy in the Library of the House. I have received several letters from Members of the House and others on the subject.
Mr. Harvey: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the dates on which his Department communicated with the inspectors who conducted the inquiry into allegations of insider dealing involving Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare, showing the purpose of each communication.
Column 410during the course of their inquiries. Details of those contacts are confidential.
Mr. Harvey: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what has been the (a) budgeted and (b) total cost of the inquiry into the allegations of insider trading involving Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare.
Mr. Heseltine: The total cost, including inspectors' fees, disbursements and VAT, of the investigation into alleged insider dealing in the shares of Anglia Television Group plc was £213,767. Individual inquiries are not subject to separate budgets.
Weston-super-Mare to releasing the report on alleged insider dealing in relation to the MAI purchase of Anglia Television.
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what environmental protection conditions cover the loan by the European Investment bank to BHP Hamilton Oil for its development of oil and gas fields off the Welsh Coast.
Mr. Eggar: Before the loan was granted environmental impact assessments--EIAs--were carried out in accordance with directive EEC/85/337 on all on-shore and off-shore elements of the project. The project has also met all the environmental requirements of the United Kingdom authorities, following their separate EIA on the off-shore installations. A 500m shipping exclusion zone and a 1,000m development zone will operate around each offshore structure; radar coverage from Liverpool will be extended to include these structures.
Mr. Harvey: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the circumstances in which, as a matter of policy, persons other than departmental staff are engaged to investigate allegations of insider dealing under the Financial Services Act 1986.
Ms Mowlam: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment he has made of the use of postal codes or addresses by credit reference agencies and other institutions in assessing credit worthiness.
Mr. Ian Taylor: The matter was assessed in 1992 by the then Director General of Fair Trading. He concluded that the use of such information was legitimate provided that it was not capable of outweighing all other factors. I have no plans to initiate a further assessment.
Mr. Pawsey: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from Ford or Jaguar cars about investment by his Department for the development of a new model to be built in Coventry by Jaguar.
Column 412assistance for a new Jaguar model, codenamed the X200. No application has yet been made.
Mr. Grocott: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the public appointments for which he is responsible (a) in the west midlands region and (b) in Shropshire, indicating in each case the duration of the appointment, the date when a new appointment is due, and the salary.
|Date appointment Public Body |Title of Appointment|Duration |expires |Salary --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Public appointments in the West Midlands Region Office of Electricity Regulation |Director General of |5 years |31 August 1999 |£100,000 pa |Electricity Supply West Midlands |Chairman |2 years |31 December 1995 |None Industrial |Member x 5 |2 years |31 December 1994 |None Development Board |Member x 5 |2 years |31 December 1995 |None Persons Hearing Panel No fixed period for appointments None Consumer Credit |Member x 3 Licensing Appeals Persons Hearing Panel No fixed period for appointments None Estate Agents |Member x 3 Appeals Public appointments in Shropshire Persons Hearing Panel No fixed period for appointment None Credit Licensing Appeals |Member
Mr. Harvey: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many inquiries into alleged insider dealing his Department has undertaken under the Financial Services Act 1986 in the past three years; what period of time elapsed between the decision to commence an inquiry and its completion in each case; and on how many occasions persons other than departmental staff have been used as investigators.
|Date of Case |appointment |Date of report |Inspectors ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A |19 December 1991 |31 July 1992 |Internal B |21 February 1992 |Not yet reported |Internal C |6 July 1992 |31 December 1992 |Internal D |13 May 1993 |30 September 1993|Internal E |8 September 1993 |26 August 1994 |Internal F |1 November 1993 |Not yet reported |External G |28 January 1994 |26 April 1994 |Internal H |8 February 1994 |19 July 1994 |External I |20 April 1994 |Not yet reported |Internal J |4 May 1994 |Not yet reported |Internal
Column 412droit de suite levy on works of art; what position it has taken; and whether he proposes to introduce such a tax.
Mr. Ian Taylor: The Government decided against the introduction of droit de suite, or "resale right", in the United Kingdom when this was considered during the process of review leading up to the present copyright legislation, the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, since it was not convinced that this right, which entitles artists to a share in the proceeds of the second and subsequent sales of their work, is either justified or satisfactorily workable in practice. There are no plans to reverse this decision, but the Commission is studying droit de suite as part of its working programme in the copyright field announced in 1991, since several other EC states already provide a right of this kind in their copyright laws. So far as the Government are aware, however, the Commission has not yet decided whether to bring forward any proposals for harmonisation in this area. It has not sought the views of member states on the matter, but has nevertheless been made aware of the United Kingdom's general reservations on the principle of droit de suite.
Mr. Hain: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what are the current salaries of the chairman and chief executive of the Post Office; and what has been the average increase over a three-year period in the salaries of chairmen and chief executives of newly privatised companies.
Column 413salaries of chairmen and chief executives of newly privatised companies is not available as no information on these salaries is held centrally.
Mr. Tipping: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the engagements of the Minister for Energy and Industry for 10 September 1993; what means of transport was used to attend these engagements; and who provided or paid for it.
Mr. Eggar [holding answer 21 October 1994]: I had a number of engagements in my office on 10 September 1993 and travelled by ministerial car to Heathrow airport to commence an overseas visit on behalf of the Government.
Mr. Boswell: The cost would depend upon the decisions taken about eligible courses, future student numbers, the maximum fee entitlement and the account to be taken of the personal circumstances of potentially eligible students.
Mr. Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding she (a) has made and (b) intends to make available for Chinese students, with particular reference to translators, to study English.
Mr. Boswell: None. However, Chinese students will receive nearly £1.4 million of Government funding in the 1994 95 financial year from FCO, ODA and the British Council scholarship schemes for overseas students. It is not possible to identify how much of this funding will benefit students who wish to study English with the aim of becoming translators.
Mr. Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what evidence exists to suggest that there has been a substantial change in the numbers of further education students in the last 12 months; (2) what has been the change in the numbers of further education students in the last 12 months; and what subjects and what geographical areas are most affected.
Mr. Boswell: The number of students on further education courses at institutions of further or higher education, including sixth form colleges, increased by about 3 per cent. between the 1992 93 and 1993 94 academic years. In terms of full-time equivalents the increase was about 6 per cent.
All regions showed an increase of some magnitude, but that in Greater London was particularly pronounced. Most main subject groups also showed an increase. The largest increases were for subjects allied to medicine, education and mathematical and computing sciences.
Mr. Boswell: In the academic year 1992 93 there were 596 students from Korea studying at institutions of higher education in the United Kingdom--572 students from South Korea and 24 students from North Korea. Data for the academic year 1993 94 is not yet available.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment she has made of the annual costs of implementing the school teachers' pay and conditions document 1993 in relation to teacher salary re -assessments; and if she will make a statement.
Column 415conditions document 1993 would be 1.5 per cent. across the profession as a whole. Costs will have varied from teacher to teacher for a number of reasons when salaries were re-assessed on 1 September 1993.
Total staff in Department 10,307 Percentage of staff |Per cent. by MAFF Region ------------------------------------------------------------ Headquarters staff |55.8 Anglia |6.6 East Midlands |3.2 North Eastern |3.8 Northern |5.1 North Mercia |5.3 South Eastern |6.0 South Mercia |3.6 South Western |5.4 Wessex |2.6 Wales |2.6 |------- Total |100.0
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will now publish figures for how much the United Kingdom contribution to the common agricultural policy costs the average British family per week.
Mr. John Marshall: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the current estimate of the cost of the common agricultural policy in (a) 1994 and (b) 1995; and what was the cost in (i) 1992 and (ii) 1993.
Mr. Jack: The Commission has proposed a supplementary and amending budget for 1994 which would reduce the common agricultural policy budget from 36,465 mecu--£28,143 million-- to 34,787 mecu--£26,848 million. The 1995 draft budget has been set at the level of the agricultural guideline of 36,994 mecu--£29,056 million. Expenditure in 1992 and 1993 was
Column 41632,109 mecu--£22,722 million--and 35,095 mecu--£27,571
Mr. Grocott: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the public appointments for which he is responsible (a) in the west midlands region and (b) in Shropshire, indicating in each case the duration of the appointment, the date when a new appointment is due and the salary.
Mr. Jack: The south mercia and north mercia regional panels cover the west midlands region and Shropshire respectively. The regional panels are advisory non-statutory bodies consisting of between eight and 10 members. The members are appointed for an initial period of up to three years, normally from 1 April, and can serve for a maximum of six years. The panel chairman and members receive no salary, but can claim travel and subsistence expenses.
Agricultural wages committees for each of the regions have two independent members appointed by the Minister, whose terms of appointment end on 31 December 1994, together with additional members appointed by other organisations. Members are appointed for a period of up to two years and receive a daily fee for attending meetings of £68. If elected chairman of the agricultural wages committee, they are entitled to a fee of £86 per day.
The Minister appoints the chairmen of the agricultural dwelling house advisory committees for the two areas for up to three years. Most of these appointments are due for renewal on 31 December 1994. The chairman receives a daily fee of £86.
The Severn-Trent regional flood defence committee of the National Rivers Authority covers most of the specified area. The Minister is responsible for the appointment of a chairman and seven members; these appointments are for three years and new ministerial appointments will be made on 1 July 1997. Other members are appointed by local authorities and the National Rivers Authority. The chairman receives a salary of £11,200 per annum; members receive expenses.
Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list for each of the last five years for which figures are available, and broken down into the constituent counties within the United Kingdom, the number of cases of application for sheep annual premium which have been rejected because the application date was missed by the applicant; and what percentage that number constitutes of the total number of SAP applications made in that county for that year.
Mr. Jack: The number and percentage of sheep premium claims rejected because they arrived after the last date for receipt, in respect of each agriculture department for each of the last five years, are set out in the table. I will write to the hon. Member to provide the breakdown by county.
Š Claims for Sheep Annual Premium rejected after late submission |Percentage |Percentage |Percentage |Percentage |Percentage |of claims |of claims |of claims |of claims |of claims |1990 |received |1991 |received |1992 |received |1993 |received |1994 |received ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ England |* |* |* |* |40 |0.09 |190 |0.44 |61 |0.15 Scotland |14 |0.08 |15 |0.09 |9 |0.05 |38 |0.22 |12 |0.07 Wales |1 |0.01 |7 |0.04 |3 |0.02 |10 |0.05 |18 |0.01 Northern Ireland |34 |0.26 |26 |0.02 |18 |0.13 |24 |0.18 |31 |0.25 * No figures are available for 1991 and 1992
Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will consider making a case to the European Commission to allow national discretion in a limited number of circumstances to enable sheep annual premium applications to be deemed to be received by the due application date where sheep producers have a bona fide reason for not lodging the necessary application forms on time; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Jack: Member states have discretion under the sheep annual premium scheme to accept claims lodged after the final date for receipt where the reasons for late lodgement constitute force majeure, which covers the most exceptional of circumstances. Wider discretion to accept late claims would carry the risk that the retention period, which is a fundamental requirement of the scheme, could not be effectively enforced.
Dr. Strang: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his predecessor's answer of 20 April, Official Report , column 562 , if he is now able to provide the information requested for 1994 concerning changes in hill livestock compensatory allowance payments.
Mr. Waldgrave: There remains a small number of payments to be made under the 1994 hill livestock compensatory allowances scheme. The information requested is therefore not yet complete. I will write to the hon. Member in January 1995 when the information will be available.