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ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORT AND THE REGIONS

Epping-Ongar Rail Line

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he expects to make his decision on the sale of the Epping to Ongar rail line. [44889]

Ms Glenda Jackson: The Secretary of State has given his consent to the sale and letters informing interested parties, including the hon. Member, have been issued. I hope that all parties will now support Pilot in their efforts to provide the passenger rail service that we all want to see operating on the line.

Weald and Downland DBFO Project

Mr. Norman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 30 January 1998, Official Report, column 442, what compensation has been paid to the four consortiums which tendered for the Weald and Downland DBFO project. [46697]

Ms Glenda Jackson: The claims from the Tenderers for the cancelled Weald and Downland DBFO project raised a number of detailed issues which will take some time finally to resolve. In the meantime, interim payments of £1.3 million (excluding VAT) have been made.

Newsprint Recycling

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what discussions he has had with representatives of the paper industry concerning the recycled contents of newsprint; and if he will make a statement. [46823]

Angela Eagle: I met the Chief Executive and Company Secretary of Aylesford Newsprint on 12 January this year. My right hon. Friend the Minister for the Environment met representatives of the Newspaper Publishers Association on 9 February.

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We are committed to substantial increases in recycling, and are determined to see an increase in the amount of recycled newsprint used in newspapers.

We shall shortly be receiving the interim report of the Newspaper Publishers Association's working group examining the factors governing the optimum recycled content of newspaper. We expect to see the industry setting themselves stringent targets, and we will work with them to achieve them. We have not however ruled out the possibility of introducing legislation ourselves, perhaps under existing powers.

Local Government Reorganisation

Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the bids for re-organisation costs for (a) 1994-95, (b) 1995-96, (c) 1996-97, (d) 1997-98 and (e) 1998-99, that have been made by local authorities subject to reorganisation on 1 April 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998, and the proportion of the bids which were allocated supplementary credit approval cover for (a) to (e); and if he will list the capitalisation directions granted to those authorities in those same years. [47210]

Mr. Raynsford: I refer the right hon. Member to the replies given on 27 October 1997, Official Report, columns 808-14, 3 November 1997, Official Report, columns 72-73 and 17 December 1997, Official Report, columns 199-200. These replies gave bids and allocations for 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98, revised allocations for 1997-98 made after the mid-year review and initial allocations for 1998-99. Supplementary credit approvals (SCA) and capitalisation directions have not yet been issued for 1997-98 or 1998-99. The capitalisation directions for earlier years have generally equalled the SCA issued unless the authority has sought a lower amount, or a higher amount which has not exceeded the net revenue element of the final audited application for SCA.

The table lists the bids for 1997-98 and 1998-99, and the SCAs for 1994-95 to 1996-97 and allocations for 1997-98 and 1998-99 expressed as a percentage of bid.

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1994-951995-961996-971997-98 mid year review 1998-99 initial
Local authoritySCA as % of bidSCA as % of bidSCA as % of bid bidallocation as % of bid bidallocation as % of bid
Isle of Wight100100(21)--(21)--------
Cleveland--55----------
Hartlepool10086931,91073720100
Redcar and Cleveland100861002,87545400100
Middlesbrough10091662,806532,284100
Stockton100100871,952661,66199
Avon--94----------
Bristol--87822,590421,268100
North Somerset--100991,38872652100
Banes(20)--1001002,444691,280100
South Gloucestershire(20)--1001002,255531,000100
Humberside--63----------
Kingston upon Hull--80954,205283,07359
East Riding Yorkshire(20)--73962,576974,259100
North Lincolnshire(20)--931002,709443,289100
North East Lincolnshire(20)--891002,256841,853100
North Yorkshire--68100--------
Ryedale--(21)--(21)----------
Selby--100100--------
York(20)--911008001000--
Bedfordshire--0881,04695----
Luton--0733,874901,973100
Buckinghamshire--0(21)--(21)--------
Milton Keynes--01003,614832,250100
Derbyshire--099650100----
Derby City--0783,025971,602100
Dorset ----(21)--(21)--------
Bournemouth--01002,900100500100
Poole--0913,300911,100100
Durham----(21)--350100----
Darlington--01002,79471993100
East Sussex----732,64176----
Brighton and Hove(20)--0524,721851,207100
Hampshire----722,88455----
Portsmouth--0842,6001001,695100
Southampton--0764,586702,185100
Leicestershire----1001,44476----
Leicester City--0823,49089----
Rutland----1001,1601001,065100
Staffordshire----3872999----
Stoke on Trent--0722,725951,348100
Wiltshire----8350679----
Swindon--0472,72073902100
Berkshire----09,80142----
Bracknell Forest----04,20250130
Newbury----02,84384(21)----
Reading----06,901432,081100
Slough----05,658461,781100
Windsor and Maidenhead----04,00055(21)----
Wokingham------7,431472,262100
Hereford and Worcester------2,73584----
Hereford City------37567----
Leominster------67951----
Malvern Hills------90067----
South Herefordshire------27573----
Herefordshire------4,888615,155100
Worcestershire------2,527911,150100
Malvern Hills (new)------385100360100
Devon------4,40468715100
Plymouth------6,2864610,109100
Torbay------8,186416,396100
Essex------6,727422,683100
Southend on Sea------5,155571,690100
Thurrock----04,737603,067100
Nottinghamshire------3,617663,334100
Nottingham----05,694543,920100
Cheshire------5,605453,34568
Halton------3,547702,832100
Warrington------6,205533,013100
Shropshire------3,156661,40071
The Wrekin------6,803444,301100
Kent------4,6976898676
Medway Towns------8,939455,674100
Cambridgeshire------1,86375320100
Peterborough------5,429632,204100
Lancashire------5,290531,465100
Blackburn with Darwen----05,468583,349100
Blackpool------6,202483,188100

(20) Includes allocations to predecessor authorities

(21) No bid


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