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Health Boards (External Consultants)

Mr. Swinney: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the expenditure by health boards in Scotland on public relations and media services provided by external consultants in each of the last five years. [52410]

Mr. Dewar: The information requested is not held centrally.

Superquarry, Isle of Harris

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has received the report of the public inquiry into the proposed superquarry at Lingerbay, Isle of Harris; and when he plans to announce his decision. [52497]

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Mr. Macdonald: My right. hon Friend has not yet received the Report of this public local inquiry. Part 1 of the Report (the summary of evidence led and the Findings of Fact) has been circulated to parties for comment and the Reporter is currently considering the responses received with a view to making any necessary adjustments. Thereafter, Part 2 of the Report has to be completed before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for his consideration. At this stage, it is not possible to indicate when a decision will be issued.

Scottish Record Office

Mr. Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about the prior options review of the Scottish Record Office. [53606]

Mr. Dewar: A prior options review of the Scottish Record Office was carried out recently by my Department. The review concluded that the functions of the Scottish Record Office will be required indefinitely as they are essential to the safekeeping and preservation of the national archives of Scotland, and recommended continuation of Agency status. A number of subsidiary recommendations were made to enhance the strategic management of the Agency and to develop its commercial activities. I have accepted the recommendations.


Waste Recycling

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee if she will publish the targets set by the Committee for the Proportion of waste to be recycled in each of the categories (a) paper, (b) glass, (c) aluminium, (d) other metals and (e) plastics. [51186]

Mrs. Roe: This is a matter for the Serjeant at Arms; I have asked him to write to the hon. Gentleman.


Non-fossil Fuel Obligation

Mr. Boswell: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many power projects contracted under the NFFO are at the planning approval stage; and what is the generation capacity of these projects. [51764]

Mr. Battle [holding answer 21 July 1998]: As at 31 March 1998 there were seventy-nine NFFO3 projects for which planning applications had been approved. A further twelve had submitted planning applications to the relevant planning authority. Details of these NFFO3 projects, including their contracted capacities, are set out in the table. Comprehensive information about NFFO4 projects' progress in obtaining planning permission is not yet available.

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TrancheSite nameContracted capacityStatus
01006L3Mayton Wood 1.519Application approved
01007L3Blackborough End 1.519Application approved
01024L3Attlebridge 1.175Application approved
01025L3Bramford 0.81Application approved
01026L3Elstow 1.76Application approved
01027L3Sundon 2.64Application approved
01047L3Edgefield Hall Farm 0.6Application approved
01098L3Arlesey 1.08Application approved
01099L3L'field Stewartby 10.668Application approved
01100L3Dogsthorpe 1.89Application approved
01107L3Foxhall 1.175Application approved
02001L3Newton Longville 0.945Application approved
02003L3Portley Ford 1.82Application approved
02015L3Sidegate Lane 1.33Application approved
02017L3Brixworth 0.575Application approved
02030L3Waverley Wood Farm 0.802Application approved
02066L3Judkins Quarry Phase 3 1.157Application approved
02080L3Mountsorrel 1.519Application approved
04006L3Standard 0.875Application approved
04007L3Maw Green 1.615Application approved
04008L3Gowy 1.615Application approved
05002L3Himley Wood 1.82Application approved
05044L3Granville 1.393Application approved
05072L3Harn Hill Quarry 2.61Application approved
06011L3Ellington Road 0.945Application approved
06012L3Seghill Village 1.422Application approved
06029L3Harewood Whin 2.376Application approved
07005L3Danes Moss 1.63Application approved
07109L3Butchersfield 2.874Application approved
08002L3Cormongers Lane 1.82Application approved
08023L3Stangate Landfill 4.5Application approved
08024L3Offham Phase 2 1.18Application approved
08035L3Horton 1.825Application approved
09008L3Whites Pit 6.015Application approved
09014L3Ardley Fields Farm 1.825Application approved
09143L3Paulsgrove Landfill 2.415Application approved
09157L3Wapsey's Wood II 1.72Application approved
09158L3Netley 0.9Application approved
10035L3Tythegston 1.175Application approved
11042L3Yanley 0.945Application approved
12004L3Howden Clough Road 1.82Application approved
12071L3Winterton 3.772Application approved
01045E3Elean Business Park 31Application approved
01106E3Thetford Power Station 38.5Application approved
02043E3Phoenix Parkway 14.25Application submitted
05004E3Oakland Farm 0.3Application submitted
11065E3Poole 10.93Application submitted
12076E3Eggborough Power Station 8Application approved
02027H3Holme Pierrepont 0.89Application approved
02029H3Beeston Weir 1.66Application approved
04024H3Ffestiniog 1.75Application approved
04096H3Gelli Lago 0.18Application submitted
04098H3Cwmorthin 0.41Application approved
05026H3Ebley Mill 0.098Application approved
10003H3Llyn Brianne Dam 4.35Application approved
10004H3Elan Valley 2.95Application approved
11034H3Old Walls Hydro 0.076Application approved
12035H3Kirkthorpe 0.386Application approved
02076W3Copt Oak Farm 0.15Application submitted
02092W3Snibston Discovery Park 0.127Application approved
04011W3Mynydd Gorddu 4.18Application approved
04016W3Mynydd Glandulas 0.119Application approved
04037W3Rheidol Windfarm 1.001Application approved
04050W3Carno B Windfarm 6.321Application approved
04051W3Carno A Windfarm 6.321Application approved
04053W3Cemmaes B 1.365Application submitted
04054W3Trysglwyn Windfarm 2.36Application approved
04068W3Hafotty Ucha 0.257Application approved
04076W3Royal Seaforth Dock 1.535Application approved
04081W3Mynydd Clogau 4.253Application submitted
04103W3Mynydd Yr Hendre 12.492Application submitted
04107W3Llanbabo 9.181Application approved
05001W3Lynch Knoll 0.213Application approved
06019W3Great Eppleton Farm 1.277Application approved
07046W3Great Orton Airfield 1.018Application submitted
07056W3Harlock Hill 1.488Application approved
07124W3Siddick 1.791Application approved
07125W3Oldside 2.303Application approved
07129W3Kirkstanton Airfield 1.023Application approved
07130W3Far Old Park Farm 2.303Application approved
11008W3Davidstow Windfarm 3.371Application submitted
11011W3Trannack Downs 0.381Application submitted
11080W3Treculliacks 0.254Application approved
12014W3Barms Hill Farm 0.107Application approved
05032M3Dudley Incinerator 6.2Application approved
05033M3Wolverhampton Incinerator 8.35Application approved
05034M3Stoke Incinerator 12.5Application approved
05036M3Tyseley Waste Disposal Site 28.2Application approved
06002M3Haverton Hill 20.069Application approved
08031M3Betteshanger Colliery 9Application submitted
12049M3Bernard Road 2.1Application approved
Total NFF03349.411

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Mr. Boswell: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many power stations contracted under the NFFO above 7.5 megawatts are now in the course of construction; and where they are located. [51765]

Mr. Battle [holding answer 21 July 1998]: There are nine NFFO3 projects with contracted capacities exceeding 7.5 megawatts DNC (declared net capacity) for which

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planning applications have been approved. Of these, five are operational. Details of these NFFO3 projects, including their registered site addresses, are set out in the table. Comprehensive information of similar-sized NFFO4 projects' progress in obtaining planning permission is not yet available.

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Site name Site addressContracted capacity MW (dnc) Status
L'field Stewartby (Landfill Gas)Green Lane Stewartby Bedfordshire MK43 9LZ10.668Operational
Wolverhampton (Energy from Waste)Crown Street Wolverhampton West Midlands 8.35Operational
Stoke (Energy from Waste)Campbell Road Stoke on Trent Staffordshire12.5Operational
Tyseley (Energy from Waste)James Road Tyseley Birmingham West Midlands B11 2BA28.2Operational
Llanbabo (Wind)Anglesey Gwynedd 9.181Operational
Haverton Hill (Wind)Site B North off Haverton Hill Road Stockton Cleveland20.069Planning application approved
Eggborough Power Station (Biomass)Eggborough Nr Selby North Yorkshire 8Planning application approved. Under construction
Thetford Power Station (Biomass)Thetford Norfolk38.5Planning application approved. Construction underway
Elean Business Park (Biomass)Off A142 between March and Ely Sutton Cambridgeshire31Planning application approved

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Mr. Boswell: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how much electricity is currently being generated by projects contracted under the NFFO. [51766]

Mr. Battle [holding answer 21 July 1998]: Electricity generated from all NFFO1-4 projects from 1 April 1997 until 31 March 1998 was 2,732 Gwh.

Mr. Boswell: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will estimate the savings in CO 2 emissions from the use of (a) all power stations and (b) biomass power stations contracted under the NFFO. [51767]

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Mr. Battle [holding answer 21 July 1998]: I expect renewable energy projects contracted under NFFOs 1-5 to achieve savings in CO 2 emissions of about 2 million tonnes of carbon. Ten to twenty per cent. of this will be attributable to biomass power stations, depending on the number of projects which are successfully commissioned.

Mr. Boswell: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many of the proposed power stations which have secured contracts under the NFFO have been refused planning permission by the relevant planning authority. [51768]

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Mr. Battle [holding answer 21 July 1998]: Information about planning permission refusals for NFFO1 and NFFO2 projects is not held centrally. As at 31 March 1998 fifteen NFFO3 projects had been refused planning permission. Appeals had been lodged in respect of twelve of these projects, of which five have been dismissed. Comprehensive information about NFFO4 projects' progress in obtaining planning permission is not yet available.

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