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Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the (a) White Papers, (b) Green Papers, (c) consultation papers, (d) draft regulations and (e) circulars, for which his Department has been responsible issued in 1996 which his Department assesses could give rise, (i) directly and (ii) indirectly to significant environmental effects. [12713]

Mr. Kynoch [holding answer 27 January 1997]: The Scottish Office pursues policies and programmes which are intended to support the implementation of the Government's White Paper on the environment "This Common Inheritance", 1992, Cm 1200, and "Sustainable Development: The UK Strategy", Cm 2426, published in 1994. A report on progress will be published shortly as "This Common Inheritance: Annual Report 1997."

No central record is kept of material in the way requested. The Scottish Office produces a great many circulars, regulations and consultation papers; many, to a greater or lesser extent, either may have some impact on the environment or are specifically intended to lead to environmental improvements.

The following are among the material published in 1996:

    The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1972: Consolidation.
    Permitted Development Rights For Underground Sewerage Works.
    Draft National Planning Policy Guideline on Skiing Developments.
    Draft National Planning Policy Guideline on Transport and Planning.
    (e) Circulars
    Statutory Guidance to SEPA on its contribution to sustainable development.
    Guidance Notes on Urban Waste Water Treatment (Scotland) Regulations.
    Circulars from The Scottish Office Development Department:
    1/1996: Local Plan Inquiries: Local Plan Service Standards.

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    4/1996: Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1996: Consultation with Community Councils and Scottish Environment Protection Agency, etc.
    10/1996: The Town and Country Planning (Development Contrary to Development Plans) (Scotland) Direction 1996.
    12/1996: The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1972 Planning Agreements.
    16/1996: National Planning Policy Guideline (NPPG) 8: Retailing.
    18/1996: Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1996: Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras.
    30/1996: Consultation with the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland.
    32/1996: Town and Country Planning Code of Practice for Local Plan Inquiries.
    34/1996: Commencement of Section 96 of the Environment Act 1995: Review of Old Minerals Permissions.
    40/1996 The Home Energy Conservation Act 1995.
    42/1996: Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2 Order 1996: Water and Sewerage Authorities and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Tanks.
    Other reports and publications
    Natural Priorities: the aims and objectives of Scottish Natural Heritage.
    Wild Geese and Agriculture in Scotland.
    Cycling into the Future: The Scottish Office Policy on Cycling.
    Drinking Water Quality in Scotland 1995.
    Natural Heritage Designations Review.
    Charter Standard Statement for Planning.
    Joint (with COSLA) guidance for Councillors in relation to Local Agenda 21.
    Public Water Supplies in Scotland 1994-95: Water Resources Survey.
    National planning policy guidelines
    Planning and Waste Management.
    The Provision of Roadside Facilities on Motorways and Other Trunk Roads in Scotland.
    Sport, Physical Recreation and Open Space.
    Land for Housing (Revised).
    Planning advice notes
    Community Councils and Planning.
    Planning Application Forms.
    Local Planning.
    Controlling the Environmental Effects of Surface Mineral Workings.
    Structure Plans: Housing Land requirements (revised).
    Structure Planning revised).
    Statutory instruments
    The Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1996 (SI 1996/467).
    The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1996 (SI 1996/1266).
    The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 1996 (SI 1996/3023).

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    Jointly with the Department of the Environment and the Welsh Office:
    (c) Consultation papers
    Draft United Kingdom National Air Quality Strategy.
    Consultation Paper: Local Air Quality Management, Review of Local Authority Powers.
    Consultation Paper: Local Authority Circular on Air Quality and Traffic Management.
    Draft National Sulphur Strategy.
    Consultation Paper on the Implications of the Nitrogen Dioxide Report from the Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards.
    (d) Draft regulations
    Draft Air Quality Regulations.

Development Corporations

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the reception proposed by the Scottish Office to mark the completion of the wind-up of Scotland's development corporations; which Ministers will be attending the reception; when and where the reception will be held; who has been invited to attend; how many are expected to attend the reception; what entertainment will be provided; if commemorative items will be dispensed at the reception; and how much will be spent on the event. [12875]

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 27 January 1997]: I invited representatives of Livingston, Cumbernauld and Irvine new town development corporations to a reception in the great hall, Edinburgh castle on Friday 31 January 1997. The purpose of the reception was to acknowledge the splendid work done by the corporations since they were set up. Each of the corporations was represented by board members, former board members and senior staff past and present. Sixty-five guests attended the reception and the total cost was £803.

The Scottish Office arranged only a reception: dinner was not provided, there was no entertainment and no commemorative items were dispensed. A similar reception was held in December 1995 to mark the wind-up of the East Kilbride and Glenrothes new town development corporations.

Newcastle Disease

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of (a) chickens and (b) turkeys on farms in Scotland are currently vaccinated against Newcastle disease; and if he will make a statement. [13602]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson [holding answer 31 January 1997]: The information requested is not collected by the Department.

Student Grants

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent on student grants in Scotland in each year from 1990-91 to 1996-97 at current 1996-97 prices. [13902]

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Mr. Raymond S. Robertson [holding answer 31 January 1997]: The information requested is set out in the table.

The figures represent expenditure on maintenance grants, travel and tuition fees for award-holding Scottish domiciled students undertaking full-time courses of higher education; and on tuition fees for eligible European Union students undertaking similar courses in Scotland. They are not strictly comparable year on year because, since academic year 1990-91, a growing proportion of the maintenance provision for these students has been met by loans rather than grants.


Financial yearActual expenditureExpenditure at 1996-97 prices

(6) Excluding grants for full-time higher national certificate courses which were covered by the education authorities up to and including 1990-91.

(7) Estimated.

Cattle Slaughter Scheme

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what arrangements are in place to ensure the separation of cattle in the over-30-months scheme from those outside the scheme in abattoirs; how these arrangements differ from those in the rest of the United kingdom; and if he will make a statement. [13538]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson [holding answer 29 January 1997]: The arrangements in place aim to assist the restoration of consumer confidence in beef.

Regulation (EC No. 716/96 requires separation in time and space of cattle being processed under the scheme from those intended for human consumption.

In Scotland this is ensured by abattoirs contracting with the Government to slaughter over-30-month cattle only. There are interim arrangements for Orkney given the special circumstances there. The contractual arrangements reflect representations from the Scottish meat industry, retail, consumer and food safety representative bodies.

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