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Pyrethroid Sheep Dips

Mrs. Golding: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the effect of pyrethroid sheep dips on aquatic life in rivers and streams in Scotland. [6157]

Mr. Chisholm: I understand from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency that much of the impact in watercourses affected by the disposal of spent pyrethroid sheep dip has been on aquatic invertebrates such as river insects, although there have been a number of reported cases of significant fish kills.

There are serious practical difficulties in disposing of spent pyrethroid sheep dip particularly in the more remote areas of the Highlands and Islands. However, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency considers environmental risks can be greatly reduced by the adoption of good farming practice. Comprehensive advice can be found in

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The Scottish Office Code of Good Practice for the Prevention of Environmental Pollution from Agricultural Activity, a revised edition of which will be available at the end of this month. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency actively promotes such good practice through the publication of educational material and undertaking farm visits.

Legal Services (Orkney and Shetland)

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in how many cases in (a) Orkney and (b) Shetland the Procurator Fiscal proceeded by way of a fiscal fine in each year since 1992. [6049]

Mr. McLeish [holding answer 2 July 1997]: The numbers of criminal reports concluded by way of a fiscal fine by the Procurator Fiscal at Kirkwall (Orkney) and Lerwick (Shetland) are as follows:

YearKirkwallLerwick
1992-9341145
1993-942750
1994-953243
1995-962842
1996-977667

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in how many cases reports were submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in (a) Orkney and (b) Shetland marked for no proceedings in each year since 1992. [6048]

Mr. McLeish [holding answer 2 July 1997]: The information is as follows:

YearKirkwall Lerwick
Total reports receivedNo proceedingsTotal records receivedNo proceedings
1992-937428987086
1993-9470881794143
1994-9571594758167
1995-967043876860
1996-977864685480

RAF Edzell

Mr. Swinney: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland by what means he will support the economic development initiatives proposed by the RAF Edzell Task Force, in their bid for Challenge Funding in early 1997; and if he will make a statement. [6378]

Mr. Chisholm: Four million pounds is being made available through the Central Challenge Fund over the next three years for a package of measures put forward by Angus and Aberdeenshire Councils, with the support of the Edzell Task Force, to strengthen the local economy following the withdrawal of the US Navy from RAF Edzell.

Skye Bridge

Mr. Charles Kennedy: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects the Lord Advocate to reply to the requests from the hon. Member for Ross, Skye and

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Inverness, West for a meeting to discuss the Skye Bridge tolls non-payment campaign; and if he will make a statement. [6496]

Mr. McLeish: My noble and learned Friend the Lord Advocate has asked the Procurator Fiscal at Dingwell to undertake a review of pending cases. The Lord Advocate will write to the hon. Member once the review has been completed.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Gallaher (Subsidy Payments)

Ms Jane Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make a statement on her plans for future subsidy payments to Gallaher's tobacco company in Northern Ireland. [2440]

Mr. Ingram: Any future application for financial assistance by Gallaher under programmes of support for industry in Northern Ireland will be considered against the normal criteria of eligibility for such support.

Ice Making Plant (Portavogie)

Mr. John D. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proposals there are to provide a new ice making plant at Portavogie; and if she will make a statement. [5593]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Approval has been given for grant aid to the Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority towards the cost of constructing a replacement ice-making plant at the fish auction hall in Portavogie. Consideration of the possible replacement of the other, larger ice plant at Portavogie Harbour is being given in the context of the Authority's Development Plan, which is currently under preparation.

Water Meters

Mr. Robert McCartney: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of properties in (a) North Down and (b) Northern Ireland have water meters; how many were charged for excess use and how much was collected in each of the last three years; and when she expects metering to become universal. [5638]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Responsibility for the subject in question has been delegated to the Water Service under its Chief Executive, Mr. H. R. F. Plester. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given. Letter from H. R. F. Plester to Mr. Robert McCartney, dated 30 June 1997:


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Trade Union Subscriptions

Mr. Robert McCartney: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make it her policy to have Northern Ireland included in the proposed amendment of legislation to permit trade union subscription to be paid by check-off without regular reballoting of members.[5640]

Mr. Ingram: Any amendment of legislation in Great Britain to permit trade union subscriptions to be paid by check-off without regular reballoting of members will be replicated in Northern Ireland.

Traffic (Bangor)

Mr. Robert McCartney: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what steps she is taking to provide adequate car-parking spaces near Bangor station; and what plans she has to charge for car-parking at Bangor market; [5642]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Responsibility for the subject in question has been delegated to the Roads Service under its chief executive, Mr. W. J. McCoubrey. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

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Letter from G. P. Fraser to Mr. Robert McCartney, dated 30 June 1997:

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has asked the Chief Executive to respond to your recently tabled PQs about traffic reduction on the Rathgael and Balloo Roads and car parking in Bangor. In the Chief Executive's absence, I will reply on his behalf.



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