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Waste Disposal

Mr. Robert Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will outline the process and timetable for Her Majesty's inspector of pollution's investigation of the Drigg low-level waste disposal site.

Mr. Atkins: I will write to the hon. Member.

Special Advisers

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member


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for Darlington (Mr. Milburn) of 1 December, Official Report , column 877 , if he will make a statement regarding his Department's expenditure on special advisers in each of the last three financial years and for the financial year 1979 80.

Sir Paul Beresford: I refer to the answer given to the hon. Member by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary on 19 December, Official Report, column 937 .

Departmental Telephones

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much has been spent on telephone charges and how many telephone calls have been made by his Department for each of the last five years.

Sir Paul Beresford: I will write to the hon. Member.

Drax Power Station

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will instruct National Power to use the desulphurisation-equipped generators at Drax power station to their full capacity; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Atkins: As I indicated in answer to the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Ms Ruddock) on 22 November-- Official Report , columns 66-67 -- Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution currently in discussion with the generators both about the operation of their FGD-equipped plant in the context of each company's overall generating operations and more generally about improvement programmes for all of the companies' stations. Decision on these questions will be taken in the light of an assessment of what constitutes BATNEEC--best available techniques not entailing excessive costs.

Radioactive Waste

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what guidelines have been set by the International Atomic Energy Agency for site selection of a deep repository for radioactive waste;

(2) if he will list the guidelines set by the Institute of Geologists, now the British Geological Survey, for site selection of a deep repository for radioactive waste.

Mr. Atkins: This information should be obtained from the organisation concerned.

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to announce the outcome of the radioactive waste review.

Mr. Atkins: I refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Attercliffe (Mr. Betts) on 6 December, Official Report , column 132 .

Single Regeneration Budget

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those Liberal Democrat hon. Members who wrote to him (a) in support of and (b) to seek a meeting with him concerning bids from (i) their own local authority and (ii) other local authorities for moneys from the single regeneration budget.

Mr. Curry: I will write to the hon. Member.

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those local authorities in Lancashire that sought a meeting with the north-west


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regional office prior to submitting their bids under the single regeneration budget.

Mr. Curry: The details are as follows:

Blackburn

Burnley

Hyndburn

Lancaster

Blackpool

Pendle

Preston

Ribble Valley

Mrs. Wise: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the bids made by bodies other than local authorities in the single regeneration budget process in the north-west.

Mr. Curry: The details are as follows:

Manchester Foyer (St. Vincent's Housing Association)

Manufacturing Partnership (Lancashire)

Cumbria Business Futures

West Coast Project

Blackstone Edge

Bridge Hall Area Consolidation Regeneration

Community Arts and Sports Centre, Halliwell, Bolton

Gorton Community Forum

Industrial Society (North West-wide)

Inner City Creative Initiative Teaching Unit, Moss Side Longford Hall

Oldham TELECITE

Visions Initiative, Castlefield, Manchester

Access to Primary Teaching for Asian and Black People (East Lancashire

Chorley Open Learning Centre

Midstream (West Lancashire)

PATH (Preston and Blackburn)

Ribble Link Navigation

Silicon Fylde

Mr. Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the six successful west midlands bids for the single regeneration budget which contain projects which would previously have been eligible to be considered for estate action funding and the details of the housing projects involved.

Mr. Curry [holding answer 19 December 1994]: The six bids are listed, with details of the housing projects involved.

The Cannock Gateway Project

Benion Road, Bevan Lee and Hampton Street.

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnerships

Camp Hill Estate, Nuneaton. Stoke Aldermoor Regeneration Project, Coventry. Henley Green Regeneration Project, Coventry.

Dudley, Foundation for the Future

Pensnett and a joint Brierley Hill, Hawbush, Pensnett and Chapel Street project.

Regenerating Wolverhampton

Stowlawn, Oxford Street/Temple Street and The Lunt.

Sandwell Regeneration Partnerships

Hateley Heath

Stoke-on-Trent, Corbridge Community Renewal

Grange Estate and Bucknall Road.


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Mrs. Wise: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those local authorities that were successful in more than one single regeneration budget bid.

Mr. Curry: The following authorities were partners in more than one successful single regeneration budget bid:

London Borough of Barking

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Bedfordshire County Council

London Borough of Bexley

Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Bromley

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

Cleveland County Council

Craven District Council

London Borough of Croydon

Derbyshire County Council

Devon County Council

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Durham County Council

London Borough of Ealing

East Sussex County Council

Essex County Council

Fenland District council

Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Gillingham District Council

Gloucester City Council

London Borough of Greenwich

Hampshire County Council

London Borough of Harrow

Hartlepool District Council

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Hillingdon

London Borough of Hounslow

Hull City Council

Kent County Council

London Borough of Kingston

Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Lambeth

Langbaurgh-on-Tees District Council

Leominster District Council

London Borough of Lewisham

Lincolnshire County Council

Liverpool Metropolitan Borough Council

City of London

Manchester Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Merton

Middlesbrough District Council

City of Newcastle

London Borough of Newham

North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

Northumberland County Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

London Borough of Richmond

Richmondshire District Council

Rochester-upon-Medway City Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Ryedale District Council

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council


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