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Personalised Number Plates

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many personalised number plates there are in the ownership of the executive agencies operated by his Department; and if he will list them. [11420]

Mr. John M. Taylor: I am asking the chief executive of each DTI agency to reply to the hon. Member.

Letter from Seton Bennett to Mr. Brian Donohoe, dated 22 January 1977:

Letter from John S. Holden to Mr. Brian Donohoe, dated 22 January 1997:

Letter from Jim Norton to Mr. Brian Donohoe, dated 22 January 1997:

Letter from P. R. S. Hartnack to Mr. Brian Donohoe, dated 22 January 1997:

Letter from Peter Joyce to Mr. Brian Donohoe, dated 22 January 1997:

Mid Kent Water

Dr. Howells: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from companies in connection with the proposed bid by Compagnie Generale des Eaux and SAUR for Mid Kent Water plc; and if he will list them [12052]

Mr. John M. Taylor [holding answer 21 January 1997]: Excluding representations from the parties to the proposed merger, my Department received two representations from companies in connection with the proposed acquisition of Mid Kent Holdings by General Utilities and SAUR Water Services. Both of these representations were copied to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission either directly by the sender or by officials of my Department. Chapter 10 of the MMC's report, which was laid before Parliament today, contains details of the representations made by interested parties to the MMC.

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Dounreay Castle (Decontamination)

Mr. Meacher: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what applications he has received from the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority for assistance in the funding of the decontamination of Dounreay castle.[11913]

Mr. Page: Funding for decontamination of Dounreay castle will be provided under the DTI's existing programme of nuclear decommissioning and waste management on United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority sites.

Nuclear Waste Reprocessing

Mr. Meacher: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what quantities of radioactive waste will be brought to the United Kingdom under the terms of the latest contract for British Nuclear Fuels to process radioactive waste for the United States Department of Energy. [11912]

Mr. Page: Details of the contract are a commercial matter for BNFL and its US subsidiary, BNFL Inc. However, I understand that the contract for the waste treatment work at Idaho national engineering laboratory, worth an estimated £650 million, does not involve importing radioactive waste to the UK.

Nuclear Waste Transportation

Ms Walley: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what estimate he has made of the staging requirements for 1997-98 in respect of police escorts of motorway and road transportation of nuclear waste cargoes trans-shipped abroad; and if he will make a statement. [10953]

Mr. Page: No estimates have been made because there is no requirement for police escorts to accompany the road transport of radioactive waste.


Housing (Northamptonshire)

Mr. William Powell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many council houses were (a) built, (b) restored to use and (c) acquired in each local authority in Northamptonshire in each of the last five years. [11066]

Mr. Clappison: The available information on council houses built or restored to use is set out in the tables.

New council dwellings completed(9)

East Northamptonshire312------
South Northamptonshire1--------

(9) Source: P2 returns from local authorities.

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Vacant council dwellings restored to use after major renovation work(10)

East Northamptonshire22--
South Northamptonshire------


(10) Housing investment programme returns--HIP3 for 1995-96 and HIP annex B for 1993-94 and 1994-95. These data were not collected in this form prior to 1993-94.

During this period, housing investment programme HIP2 returns submitted by local authorities in Northamptonshire reported six dwellings acquired for continued use, excluding low-cost home ownership schemes. These were in Daventry--one in 1992-93; in east Northamptonshire--two in 1992-93; in Kettering--one in 1991-92; in Northampton--one in 1992-93; and in Wellingborough--one in 1992-93.

Water Undertakers

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what independent means of verification will be available to ensure that water undertakers (a) maintain the pressure standard and (b) pay £25 to customers who do not receive this service standard as set out in the Water Supply and Sewerage Services (Customer Service Standards) (Amendment) Regulations 1996. [11524]

Mr. Clappison: Section 65 of the Water Industry Act 1991 requires water companies to supply water for domestic purposes at such a pressure as will reach the top storey of every building within their area. In practice, the pressure this requires can vary considerably. The Office of Water Services requires companies to report annually the number of properties which are at risk of experiencing problems where pressure falls below a reference level of 10 m head of pressure at a flow of 9 litres per minute, which could be described as sufficient to fill a 2 gallon container in 30 seconds. The way companies report against this standard is reviewed and verified by independent reporters. This enables Ofwat to monitor overall performance and take action where service deteriorates. In the event of a dispute over any claim for payment under the water industry's guaranteed standards scheme, the customer can refer the matter to the Director General of Water Services for determination.

Snow Clearance (Allowances)

Mr. Chris Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the allowances for snow clearing and ice gritting included within the highways standard spending assessments for each of (a) the inner-London boroughs and (b) the borough councils in Greater Manchester. [11428]

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Sir Paul Beresford: The information is contained in the table.

Local authorityElement of provisional standard spending assessments for 1997-98 relating to winter maintenance of highways (£ million)
Inner London including City of London
City of London0.103
Hammersmith and Fulham0.176
Kensington and Chelsea0.171
Tower Hamlets0.168
Greater Manchester

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