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Green-Field Land

Mr. Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much green-field land he estimates has been sold, and for how much, in England in each of the last five years. [47735]

Mr. Raynsford: Information is not held centrally on the amounts and value of green field land sold.

Non-fuel-powered Cars

Mr. Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on public funding to manufacturers to establish or expand (a) fuel cell, (b) electric and (c) solar car or component factories in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years. [47725]

Ms Glenda Jackson: Funding to develop new technologies for the automotive industry is available under the DTI Foresight vehicle LINK programme and fuel cells are also supported under the Advanced Fuels Cells Programme.

The DETR is providing £6.5 million to the Energy Savings Trust's Powershift programme to help stimulate the market for alternative fuels by providing grants towards the purchase of alternatively fuelled vehicles produced with proven technology which is already in the market place.

The DTI provides Regional Selective assistance for the safeguard and creation of jobs in Assisted Areas. All manufacturing industries could be eligible for support except those which are subject to special EU restrictions.

Housing (Planning Permission)

Mr. Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many planning permissions have been granted in each of the last five years in England for developments of (a) up to 100, (b) up to 500 and (c) up to 1,000 homes. [47724]

Mr. Raynsford: I regret that the information requested is not available. Information on the number of applications granted for planning permission for minor

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and major dwellings developments is available from my department's quarterly statistics of planning applications. Figures for 1993 to 1997 are shown in the table.

Applications granted for planning permission

Thousands
YearMinor dwellings developments(26)Major dwellings developments(26)All dwellings developments
199338.47.145.4
199440.67.147.7
199537.66.343.9
199634.65.840.4
199735.56.041.4

(26) A major dwellings development involves the construction of 10 or more dwellings or, where the number is not given in the application, the area of the site is more than 0.5 hectares. A minor dwellings development is one which does not meet the criteria for major development


Coal-fired Power Stations

Mrs. Brinton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will estimate the amount of (a) CO 2 , (b) SO 2 , (c) NOx, (d) fine particulates, (e) black smoke and (f) radiation emitted as a result of the burning of 25 mt. coal per annum in power stations. [47608]

Angela Eagle: The Environment Agency has advised that the quantity of pollutants emitted from burning 25 million tonnes of coal are estimated to be as follows:







Benefit Fraud (Data Matching)

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to encourage local authorities to use data matching

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techniques with respect to benefit fraud which also require access to medical records, as provided for by the Audit Commission Bill 1998. [47380]

Mr. Raynsford: Whilst we welcome any progress in counteracting all types of fraud, it is for the Audit Commission and local authorities to decide the best approach to adopt in any particular case, having regard to their statutory powers and to the measures available to them, including data matching techniques.

Public Registers

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the public registers which his Department has responsibility for. [47355]

Angela Eagle: This information is not held centrally.

Leasehold Reform

Mr. Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he expects to publish the consultation paper on leasehold reform. [47721]

Mr. Raynsford: Later this year.

Ramsgate-Ostend Ferries

Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what steps he is taking to facilitate the landing of Sally Line passengers from Ramsgate in Ostend; and if he will make a statement. [47716]

Ms Glenda Jackson: My Department is liaising with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in pressing the Belgian authorities to take action to enable the Sally Direct passenger ferry service from Ramsgate to Ostend to begin as soon as possible.

Wembley Park Underground Station

Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what progress is being made in upgrading Wembley Park Underground Station as part of the preparations associated with the bid to host the World Cup in 2006. [47719]

Ms Glenda Jackson: Following the Deputy Prime Minister's announcement of a Public/Private Partnership for London Underground and an additional £365 million of funding for London Transport over the next two years. LT and the Government have been considering together what additional investment projects should go ahead in the next two years. London Underground has proposals for a comprehensive redevelopment of Wembley Park Station, including improved platforms, canopies, ticket hall, staircase and walkway. Subject to that review, and securing substantial contributions from outside parties, London Underground has indicated that construction of the Wembley Park Station redevelopment could start in 1999-2000.

Cycling

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what recent steps

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he has taken to encourage (a) (i) Ministers, (ii) officials and (iii) employees of his Department and (b) other Ministers to use bicycles. [47834]

Ms Glenda Jackson: The upper limit on salary advances to staff for purchase of bicycles and associated equipment was increased in April 1998. Staff cycling to work on National Bike to Work day were welcomed at DETR headquarters buildings with a bike breakfast. Further encouragement to use bicycles for business travel should stem from Green Transport Plans being developed for DETR premises.

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what percentage of journeys to work in London are made by bicycle. [47831]

Ms Glenda Jackson: According to the Department's most recent National Travel Survey 1994-96: for that period, an average of 2.7 per cent. of people living and working in London, travelled to work by bicycle.

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many miles of dedicated cycle lanes separated from other traffic there are in London. [47830]

Ms Glenda Jackson: Taking together the London Cycle Network, the Thames Cycle Route, the priority (Red Routes) programme and other measures on London's trunk roads, approximately 225 miles of cycle lanes were in place by March 1998. Specific information on dedicated routes separated from other traffic is not held centrally, nor are details of cycle lanes provided by highway authorities on local roads outside of the LCN and red route Network.

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will ensure that trains arriving in London terminals are able to carry bicycles. [47836]

Ms Glenda Jackson: In general, services arriving in London are able to carry bicycles except during the morning commuter peak. It would be impracticable to require franchisees to make facilities available on all services because, on busy local and commuter networks, passenger capacity is of prime importance to both operators and passengers. The provisions in the franchise agreements therefore strike a balance between the desire for operators to accommodate cyclists whilst acknowledging that it may not always be possible for them to do so. The Franchising Director, as part of his remit under the Objectives, Instructions and Guidance issued last year, discusses with franchisees the provision of space for bicycles on new trains.

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions which of his Department's buildings in London have parking racks for bicycles available for use by visitors. [47833]

Ms Glenda Jackson: Bicycle parking facilities are available at Eland House, Ashdown House (V), Great Minister House, Riverwalk House and St. Christopher House. The facilities are available to all Departmental employees, pass holders and visitors on a first come first served basis. There are no reserved spaces.

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Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what recent discussions he has had with Westminster Council about bicycle traffic in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster; and if he will make a statement. [47835]

Ms Glenda Jackson: The Deputy Prime Minister met representatives of Westminster City Council in March 1998 to review progress on the "World Squares for All" Masterplan. The Masterplan covers the main routes in the vicinity of the palace of Westminster, and makes a number of proposals to assist cyclists.

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what percentage of journeys to school in London are made on bicycles. [47832]

Ms Glenda Jackson: According to the Department's most recent National Travel Survey 1994-96: for that period, an average of 1.3 per cent. of children aged 4-16 living in London, travelled by bicycle for the purpose of education.


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