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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 20 May 1998

ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORT AND THE REGIONS

Consultation Papers

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the consultation papers published since 1 May 1997 giving the date of publication, closing date for submissions and the number of respondents. [42245]

Angela Eagle: I have today placed details of the consultation papers published by my Department since 1 May 1997 in the Library of the House.

Motor Cycles

Mr. McWalter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) what plans he has to establish a Motorcycling Strategy Group as part of the Integrated Transport Policy; [42314]

Ms Glenda Jackson [holding answer 18 May 1998]: In developing our transport strategy we have had regard to all the implications of the use of motorcycles. Our conclusions will be published in the forthcoming Integrated Transport Strategy White Paper.

Mr. McWalter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will encourage (a) powered two-wheel vehicle usage in employers' Green Commuter Plans as part of the Integrated Transport Policy and (b) parking schemes which encourage commuters to use two-wheeled vehicles rather than four-wheeled ones. [42327]

Ms Glenda Jackson: We are developing our transport policy for the Integrated Transport Strategy White Paper but Government guidance already recommends that local authorities should bear in mind the needs of motorcyclists when planning and designing on-street parking places. We will, when there is a suitable legislative opportunity, be taking forward measures that will make it easier for highway authorities to provide secure parking.

Mr. McWalter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of the relative environmental impact of powered two-wheel vehicles over other motorised transport. [42328]

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Ms Glenda Jackson: Section 2 of Transport Statistics Great Britain 1997 sets out details of the energy consumption and pollutant emissions of various forms of transport. In particular, Table 2.9 shows the relative emissions of various pollutants for different vehicles in urban conditions.

Farms (Health and Safety)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many children under the age of 16 have been killed on farms in each year since 1990 as a result of an accident arising from agricultural work. [42609]

Angela Eagle: The numbers of fatalities to children aged under 16 in agriculture (i) are shown below:

YearFatal
1990-916
1991-922
1992-938
1993-943
1994-952
1995-963
1996-978
1997-98(1)5
Total37

(1) Provisional

Notes:

1. For the years 1990-91 to 1994-95 agriculture is defined by Standard Industrial Classification 1980 code '0100' Agriculture and Horticulture, and for 1995-96 to 1997-98 by Standard Industrial Classification 1992 code '0' Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing Hunting and related services

2. Data include injuries to children aged 1 to 15

3. Years commencing 1 April


Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many accidents on farms there were in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997; and how many (i) were fatal and (ii) involved children. [42582]

Angela Eagle: The numbers of injuries in Agriculture 1 are shown in the table:

YearTotal number of injuriesNumber of fatalitiesFatalities involving children
1995-961,953453
1996-972,548648
1997-98(3)2,373485

(2) Agriculture is defined by Standard Industrial Classification 1992 code '0' Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing

(3) Provisional

Notes:

1. Data include injuries to children aged 1 to 15

2. Years commencing 1 April

3. 1996-97 and 1997-98 injury figures, excluding fatalities, cannot be directly compared with those of previous years which were reported under different regulations


Mr. Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what measures he is taking to improve health and safety on farms. [42789]

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Angela Eagle: The Government are actively promoting improved health and safety in agriculture by informing the industry of hazards and the practical steps to reduce the levels of risk. Most of this work is undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive and includes:






Mr. Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many fatal accidents there were involving tractors and how many of those involved children in the last 12 months for which records are available. [42773]

Angela Eagle: During the period 1 April 1997 to 31 March 1998 provisional figures for fatal accidents involving tractors in agriculture show that 6 fatalities were reported to HSE. Of these, 2 were to children, neither of whom were directly involved in operating the tractors.

Mr. Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what discussions he has had with the TGWU rural workers section on improving health and safety records on farms. [42790]

Angela Eagle: I last met the Transport and General Workers Union Rural and Allied Workers section to discuss health and safety in October 1997.

Environment Council

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many environmental appraisals were produced by the European Commission to accompany proposals presented to the EU Environment Council on 23 March. [42666]

Mr. Meacher: There were no presentations of new proposals at the EU Environment Council in March. However, all proposals for legislation are accompanied by an explanatory memorandum which sets out, amongst other things, the environmental justification for the proposal.

"Policy Guidance on Policy Appraisal and

the Environment"

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many copies of "Policy Guidance on Policy Appraisal and the Environment" have been printed. [42658]

Mr. Meacher: 11,000 copies of "Policy Guidance on Policy Appraisal and the Environment" (April 1998) have been printed.

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many copies of "Policy Guidance on Policy Appraisal and the Environment" have been requested by each Government department. [42659]

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Mr. Meacher: The number of copies of "Policy Guidance on Policy Appraisal and the Environment" which have been requested by Government Departments is as follows:

DepartmentCopies
Cabinet Office125
Customs and Excise20
Department for Education and Employment150
Department for International Development10
Department of Health150
Department for Culture, Media and Sport15
Department of Trade and Industry1,000
Department of Social Security100
Forestry Commission125
Foreign and Commonwealth Office10
Home Office100
Inland Revenue20
Lord Chancellor's Department12
Law Offices10
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food700
Ministry of Defence200
Northern Ireland Office1,500
Scottish Office250
HM Treasury400
Welsh Office270

This totals 5,167 copies. In addition, approximately 3,100 were distributed within DETR, its Executive Agencies, NDPBs and advisory bodies.

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will publish a command paper listing, by Department, the environmental appraisals which have been produced in accordance with "Policy Guidance on Policy Appraisal and the Environment". [42661]

Mr. Meacher: Arrangements for ensuring that environmental appraisals are undertaken in appropriate cases are primarily a matter for individual Departments. We shall, however, be considering systems for collective monitoring by Green Ministers in the light of the publication of Policy Guidance on Policy Appraisal and the Environment on 2 April.


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