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Mr. Livsey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned to determine the radioactivity levels and isotopic composition of PM10s or dust particles with a diameter of less than 10 microns. [105582]

Mr. Meacher [holding answer 20 January 2000]: Radioactivity in the air is monitored for the DETR by contractors managed by the Environment Agency. As part of this programme, there is a network of high volume air samplers around the UK in which the particles in the air, including PM10s, are drawn onto the air filter papers and the long-lived radioactivity associated with those particles is measured. The Environment Agency publishes the results of this "fall-out" monitoring programme annually in "Radioactivity in the Environment".

It is known that the main radioactive species attached to PM10s in the air are short-lived decay products of the naturally occurring radioactive gas radon, which are addressed in the Government's radon programme.

Since 1987 some 400,000 measurements have been carried out in homes most likely to have elevated levels of radon and its decay products.

Earth Summit 3

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if it is his policy to support the inclusion of trade issues on the agenda of the Earth Summit 3 Conference in 2002; and if he will make a statement. [106866]

Mr. Meacher: The Earth Summit 3 Conference will be further considered at the meeting of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in April, including the agenda.

We will continue to use all appropriate opportunities that arise through bilateral contacts and our involvement in multilateral fora to pursue our dialogue with other countries, especially developing countries, on the relationship between trade and the environment. This issue will also be discussed at this year's meeting of the Commission on Sustainable Development.

In addition, the United Kingdom will continue to press within the World Trade Organisation for the launch of a comprehensive Round of trade negotiations at the earliest possible opportunity, because we believe that a comprehensive Round offers the best means of delivering trade liberalisation in a manner consistent with the pursuit of global sustainable development and, in particular, delivering benefits for developing countries.

Safety Regulations

Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many and what type of enforcement notices were issued following failure to comply with (a) the Health and Safety Consultation of Employees Regulations 1996 and (b) the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977 in each year since the regulations were in force. [106780]

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Mr. Meacher: The numbers of requirements on enforcement notices under the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996, and their type, issued by HSE inspectors for the years the regulations have been in force are given in the following table:

Requirements on notices issued by HSE under the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996

Type of notice
YearImprovementImmediate prohibition

(1) Provisional

According to available information, one improvement notice was issued by HSE inspectors under the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 in 1984.

Information on enforcement notices issued by local authority inspectors, who also enforce these regulations, is not available on a regulation-by-regulation basis.

Gas-powered Vehicles

Mrs. Brinton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what estimate he has made of (a) the number of liquid petroleum gas-powered road vehicles in the UK and (b) the rate of growth in the market for liquid petroleum gas-powered road vehicles in the UK in the last year. [107002]

Mr. Hill: The DETR holds detailed information on the vehicle stock in Great Britain, which it receives from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. It is not possible to identify precisely those vehicles that run on LPG. However, the record shows vehicles that run on either gas, or petrol and gas combinations and these are shown in the table.

19981999Increase (%)

These data are for the end of June each year and are for Great Britain only. Similar information on Northern Ireland vehicles is not available.


Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to (a) make it easier to relocate footpaths, (b) impose a time limit on definitive map claims and (c) permit green lanes to become bridleways. [107528]

Mr. Meacher: The Government's proposals for changes to rights of way legislation were set out in the consultation paper "Improving Rights of Way in England and Wales". The paper includes proposals on the relocation of footpaths, a time limit on definitive map claims and the reclassification of Roads Used as Public Paths.

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We are now considering these proposals taking into account the comments in around 2,000 responses to the consultation paper, and we expect to introduce legislation to Parliament soon.

Rail Facilities (Grants)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what rail facilities grants are available to (a) rail operators and (b) commercial and industrial concerns who wish to gain better access to the rail network. [107347]

Mr. Hill: Two grants are available through my Department.

Freight Facilities Grant is available to any company facing higher costs as a result of choosing to move freight by rail rather than road. These grants assist with the capital costs often associated with rail movements (eg rail infrastructure and specialised loading/unloading equipment).

Additionally, Track Access Grants may be paid to rail operators to help defray Railtrack charges for access to the rail network in respect of traffic which would otherwise move by road.

Funding may also be provided from a number of other sources and agencies including Government Departments, Regional Development Agencies and the European Commission.

Public/Private Partnerships

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the public/private partnership schemes currently running in the Greater London area. [107119]

Mr. Hill: There are a total of 97 PFI public/private partnerships currently in progress in London. They are:

Project list

Project titleStatus
Brent and Harrow Health Authority--ITOJEC issued
Brentwood--St. Martin's SchoolShortlist
British MuseumPreferred partner
British Transport Police (London) HQSigned
Channel Tunnel Rail LinkSigned
Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust--ITSigned
Chelsea BarracksShortlist
Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS TrustSigned
Court Services--New Court CentresOJEC issued
Croydon TramlinkSigned
Dartford BridgeSigned
Dartford and Gravesham HospitalSigned
Docklands Exhibition CentreSigned
Docklands Light RailwaySigned
Greenford High SchoolPreferred partner
Greenwich Health Care NHS Trust--QueenSigned
Greenwich Healthcare NHS Trust--HM PrisonOJEC issued
Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Trust--Renal UnitOJEC issued
Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Trust--Power StationShortlist
Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust--PathologyOJEC issued
Hammersmith and West London College of Further
Havering Hospitals NHS Trust--Oldchurch HospitalPreferred partner
Hillingdon School (Barnhill Community High)Signed
Home Office HeadquartersShortlist
Hounslow and Spelthorne Community and MentalOJEC issued
Immigration Service Detention Centre--HeathrowPre-qualification
King's College London and UMDS--TeachingSigned
King's Healthcare NHS Trust--Denmark HillPreferred partner
London Borough of Brent--Chalkhill EstateSigned
London Borough of Brent--Street LightingSigned
London Borough of Brent--Schools ProjectShortlist
London Borough of Camden--Jews Free SchoolOJEC issued
London Borough of Camden--Crowndale CentrePre-information notice
London Borough of Croydon--ITOJEC issued
London Borough of Enfield--SchoolSigned
London Borough of Greenwich--Residential and Nursing CareOJEC issued
London Borough of Hackney--Technology Learning Centre (Library)Preferred partner
London Borough of Haringey--SchoolsShortlist
London Borough of Harrow--Harrow Office ITSigned
London Borough of Harrow--Harrow Care FacilitiesSigned
London Borough of Hounslow--Cabling EquipmentPre-information notice
London Borough of Islington Council--Depot and Vehicle ServicesSigned
London Borough of Islington--ITExpressions of interest
London Borough of Islington--Voice and Data CommunicationsPre-information notice
London Borough of Lambeth--Lilian Bayliss SchoolPreferred partner
London Borough of Lambeth--Contract ServicesSigned
London Borough of Lambeth--Public HousingShortlist
London Borough of Lewisham--SchoolsSigned
London Borough of Newham--West Silvertown Urban VillageSigned
London Borough of Newham--SchoolsPre-information notice
London Borough of Redbridge--Residential CareShortlist
London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames--Residential CareOJEC issued
London Borough of Tower Hamlets--Mulberry SchoolShortlist
London Borough of Tower Hamlets--Barkantine Energy ServicesPreferred partner
London Borough of Tower Hamlets--Grouped SchoolsShortlist
Lewisham Hospitals NHS TrustSigned
London Borough of Redbridge--SchoolOJEC issued
London Fire and Civil Defence Authority--ITExpressions of interest
London Fire and Civil Defence Authority (LFCDA)Shortlist
London NHS Trusts--ITOJEC issued
London Police MuseumPreferred partner
London University--Bloomsbury CHPPreferred partner
LUL--Northern Line Train--Control SystemExpressions of interest
LUL--Northern Line Trains Rolling StockSigned
LUL--Power SupplySigned
LUL--Prestige TicketingSigned
Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust--Energy CentreSigned
Metropolitan Police--Fire ArmsShortlist
MOD Main Building Refurbishment--WhitehallPreferred partner
Newham Community Health Services NHS TrustShortlist
Newham Healthcare NHS Trust--General HospitalPreferred partner
North West London Hospitals NHS TrustSigned
Parkside NHS Trust--Willesden HospitalShortlist
Queen Mary and Westfield CollegePreferred partner
Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust--StaffSigned
Royal London Homeopathic Hospital NHS TrustShortlist
South Thames College
St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust--St George's SitePreferred partner
St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust--Car parkExpressions of interest
St. Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive SchoolShortlist
Tower Hamlets HAT
Treasury Building (GOGGS)Preferred partner
University College London--CruciformSigned
University College London Hospital NHS TrustPreferred partner
University of Greenwich--Student VillageSigned
University of Greenwich--Residential TrainingOJEC issued
University of Westminster--Catering
University of Westminster--RecreationPreferred partner
University of Westminster--Student accommodationPreferred partner
Waltham Forest CollegeShortlist
Waltham Forest Secondary SchoolShortlist
Waltham Forest LA
Westminster CC--Pimlico SchoolPreferred partner
Westminster CC--Residential HomeSigned
Westminster City Council--Action HousingPreferred partner

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