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Written Answers to Questions

Monday 9 February 1998

ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORT AND THE REGIONS

Pride of Bilbao

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will publish the Marine Safety Agency's report into the recent crossing to Spain of the Pride of Bilbao. [24057]

Ms Glenda Jackson: I have asked the Chief Executive of the Marine Safety Agency to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Mr. R. M. Bradley to Mr. Mike Hancock, dated 9 February 1998:











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Airprox Incident, Heathrow

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list those measures taken by NATS following their internal review of the Airprox incident at Heathrow airport on 15 April 1996. [27016]

Ms Glenda Jackson: NATS have supplied the following details about measures taken in response to their internal review of the Airprox incident in question:





Belfast International Airport

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he expects an SSR system to be introduced at Belfast International Airport; and what contingency plans he has in the event of late installation. [27015]

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Ms Glenda Jackson: The decision whether or not to provide Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) facilities at Belfast International Airport is a matter for the airport authority, Belfast International Airport Limited. I understand that the present plan is for an SSR system to be introduced in the summer of 1999, after the radar display system has been up-dated to handle SSR data.

Millennium Compliance

Mr. David Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what advice has been given by IBM to the Civil Aviation Authority on the work required to ensure that core air traffic management systems will be millennium compliant; and if he will make a statement. [27872]

Ms Glenda Jackson: In conjunction with IBM, National Air Traffic Services Ltd. (NATS) has carried out extensive test and assessment programme on its IBM machines and has established that, within the context of their use in NATS, these machines represent a minimal risk with respect to the millennium.

Remedial work on CAA and NATS systems to deal with the millennium bug problem should be completed by July 1998. The systems will then be subjected to validation tests. The testing of all operational systems, and non-operational systems with significant impact, is scheduled for completion by the end of 1998.

Radioactive Waste

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what action he is taking to ensure that low-level radioactive waste disposed of in landfills or by incineration or recycling under European Commission Council Directive 96/29/Euratom does not create a health hazard. [27473]

Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Lewes (Mr. Baker) on 19 January 1998, Official Report, column 376.

Computer Systems

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost. [27842]

Angela Eagle: The information requested can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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