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Mr. Darvill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to resurface the M25 between Junctions 29 and 30 with a low noise surface. [77654]

Ms Glenda Jackson: There are currently no plans to resurface the M25 between junctions 29 and 30. This section of the motorway is structurally sound and will not require major maintenance for some while yet. It is not our policy to resurface in advance of normal maintenance requirements. When resurfacing of this section becomes necessary, the Highways Agency will certainly consider whether a quieter surfacing material should be used in line with the Government's policy announced last year.

Mr. Darvill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many representations he has received about noise from the M25 between Junctions 29 and 30. [77655]

Ms Glenda Jackson: The only recorded representation about noise from the M25 between junction 29 and 30, received in the past three years, is from the Head of Transportation and Engineering in the London Borough of Havering, who wrote to the Highways Agency on behalf of residents and Ward Members in the Cranham area.

Motor Insurance

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to review the Motor Insurers Bureau agreements in relation to (a) untraced and (b) uninsured motorists. [77577]

Ms Glenda Jackson: I have no immediate plans to review the Untraced Drivers Agreement. A revised Untraced Drivers Agreement was introduced in June 1996 after a comprehensive review.

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The 1988 Uninsured Drivers Agreement is currently under review and a final draft of a revised agreement is being considered in the light of proposed changes to civil law procedures in cases involving third party liability, arising from Lord Woolfe's recommendations.

Green Transport Plan

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what involvement fleet managers have had in drawing up his Department's green transport plan. [77961]

Ms Glenda Jackson: My Department is drawing up green transport plans for all headquarters buildings and main buildings occupied by Executive Agencies and Government Offices for the Regions by the end of this month and for all other key buildings by March 2000.

My Department does not have fleet managers, but has drawn on best practice in developing its green transport plans.

Local Authority Spending

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the local authorities to which Ministers have written urging greater spending on local services within their portfolio area. [77956]

Ms Armstrong: I am not aware of any specific letters from Ministers at the Department urging greater spending on local services in 1999-2000.

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National Air Traffic Control Centre

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress with the new national air traffic control centre. [77689]

Dr. Reid: I understand that there has been good progress on the New En Route Air Traffic Control Centre project in the past year, and the centre is still expected to become operational by the spring of 2002.

Housing Stock

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the current rate of replacement is of Britain's housing stock (a) overall and (b) by region; and what estimate the Government have made of the rate at which Britain's housing stock needs to be replaced. [77627]

Ms Armstrong: The table shows the Department's estimates of the dwelling stock at end-1996 and end-1997, together with figures for housebuilding, gains from conversions and changes of use, and losses through demolitions. New housebuilding is developed both to replace existing stock and to provide homes for new households. Conversions represent the adaptation and upgrading of the existing stock. Demolitions are part of the process of replacing the current stock.

Local authorities take the need to replace existing stock into account when calculating housing requirement for planning purposes.

The Department does not make any estimates of the rate at which the housing stock needs to be replaced.

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Stock of dwellings: estimated gains and losses 1997: by Government Office region

Dwellings (Thousand)
December 1996Changes 1997December 1997
GO regionDwelling stockNew house buildingOther gainsDemolitionsDwelling stock
North East1,108.17.20.41.11,114.6
Yorkshire and the Humber2,103.015.90.31.02,118.2
East Midlands1,725.414.20.60.41,739.9
East of England2,218.421.20.81.02,239.4
South East3,251.224.91.60.83,276.9
Greater London3,010.812.02.00.23,024.7
South West2,067.718.11.00.42,086.4
West Midlands2,165.413.50.80.12,179.6
North West2,899.420.31.11.42,919.4
England20,549.4147.38.66.220,699.1

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GLA Building

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much the Government plans to pay for the acquisition of the London Bridge city site proposed by CIT Markborough Ltd for the new Greater London authority building. [77817]

Mr. Raynsford: Nothing, the building will be leased.

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list each site for which outline proposals for a Greater London authority building were proposed and the grounds on which they were deemed inappropriate for final selection. [77822]

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Mr. Raynsford: I can confirm that there were seven shortlisted sites from which outline proposals for a Greater London authority building were considered.

A formal announcement of the shortlist was made on 22 September, the shortlisted buildings and sites were:



    Canary Wharf


    London Bridge City


    Regents Place


    Vauxhall Cross


    Victoria House


    Town Square, Victoria.

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The information provided by the seven shortlisted developers on which the evaluation was based was supplied on a commercially confidential basis and therefore cannot be disclosed.

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions who is the current owner of the London Bridge city site proposed by CIT Markborough Ltd for the new Greater London authority building. [77816]

Mr. Raynsford: The London Bridge city site currently being developed by CIT Markborough Ltd. is owned by London Bridge Holdings Ltd. The shareholders of that company are a member of the CIT Group of investors and DePfa Vastgoed, a wholly owned subsidiary of the DePfa Bank.

The CIT Group comprises various high net worth individuals and the group assets include £500 of central London commercial property in addition to the land at London Bridge.

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) staff who will be located in and (b) visitors to the new Greater London authority building in the London Bridge city site. [77818]

Mr. Raynsford: We estimate that approximately 400 staff will be accommodated in the Greater London authority building. These is no way of telling how many members of the public will visit the new building, but we expect it to be an open and accessible structure, which will encourage Londoners and visitors to the capital to come along and view what will be a landmark design and see the Mayor and Assembly at work.

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the cubic capacity of the proposed Greater London authority building on the London Bridge city site will be. [77821]

Mr. Raynsford: I can confirm that the cubic capacity of the Greater London authority building is 82,467 cubic metres (or 2,911,085 cubic feet).

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will provide a breakdown of the cost of the (i) development of and (ii) equipping of the London Bridge city site as proposed by CIT Markborough Ltd. for the new Greater London authority building. [77819]

Mr. Raynsford: The London Bridge city building will be leased and negotiations with the developers on the final design, contributions to fitting out the building and rent are still in progress. Details will be made available once these negotiations are complete.

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what security measures have been taken to protect the London Bridge city site for the proposed Greater London authority building since its designation was announced. [77820]

Mr. Raynsford: The London Bridge city building will be leased for an initial period of 25 years and negotiations are ongoing with site developer, CIT Markborough, regarding these contractual matters.

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