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26. Mr. Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what steps the Government are taking to ensure that disadvantaged neighbourhoods outside the inner cities benefit from regeneration programmes. 
Ms Beverley Hughes: Renewing and revitalising poor neighbourhoods has consistently been a high priority for this Government and a consultation framework on the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal was published by the Social Exclusion Unit in April. We are already addressing the needs of disadvantaged neighbourhoods outside the inner cities through the Single Regeneration Budget but the future role of all the regeneration programmes is being considered in the current spending review.
27. Sir Sydney Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions which non-United Kingdom and non-United States carriers have received further fifth freedom rights from the UK in the last year; and which applications are still outstanding. 
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Mr. Mullin: Since June 1998 all bilateral partners with whom we did not already have liberal air services agreements have been offered unrestricted access to all UK regional airports, so long as UK airlines are also allowed to operate on the same routes. Some 17 countries have accepted the offer, and it has been discussed in virtually all air services negotiations held since June 1998.
29. Mr. Tyler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will circulate the revised HSE Guidance Note MS17, entitled "Medical Aspects of Work-Related Exposure to Organophosphates", to (a) potential users of organophosphates and (b) GPs. 
Mr. Meacher: No. MS17 is a priced publication available on that basis to anyone, but it is written for doctors and other health professionals and would not be helpful to the general user of organophosphates. All GPs are being made aware of its existence, but it would be wasteful to distribute it to the many who will have no cause to refer to it.
30. Mr. Wilkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he intends to meet the Mayor of London to discuss the entry into operation of Transport for London. 
Ms Beverley Hughes: My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister announced on 7 March that the Thames Gateway remains a focus for development and an opportunity for growth in the south-east. Draft Regional Planning Guidance published on 22 March identifies the regeneration of the area as a national and regional priority and proposes an extension of the boundary into south Essex. Stronger implementation structures, including a new strategic partnership and local delivery mechanisms, are being discussed with local and regional organisations in the area.
32. Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the trend in the level of external local authority debt in the last three years for which figures are available. 
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Ms Beverley Hughes: The trend in the level of external debt of local authorities in England is broadly flat. Total external debt has been estimated at about £37 billion at end March in each of the years 1997, 1998 and 1999.
33. Mr. Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what estimate he has made of the extent of (a) second and (b) holiday home ownership in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
Some 46 per cent. of SEH respondents owning a second home included "holiday home/retirement home/weekend cottage" as one of their reasons for having the second home. This would indicate a figure for holiday home ownership of around 108,000.
34. Jane Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the packaging waste compliance scheme registration fee structure. 
35. Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many shares are to be allocated to NATS employees under the arrangements proposed in the Transport Bill. 
Mr. Mullin: The Government propose that 5 per cent. of NATS shares are to be made available for an employee share scheme. Details will be worked up in due course following consultation with NATS' employee representatives and, when selected, the strategic partner.
36. Kali Mountford: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the work of the regional development agency in the Yorkshire and Humberside region. 
Ms Beverley Hughes: The Government have set Yorkshire Forward the challenging task of leading the revitalisation of the Yorkshire and Humber economy. The first step towards this goal was made with the production of a Regional Economic Strategy. The strategy, a well structured framework for promoting economic development and competitiveness in the region, was welcomed by the Government earlier this year.
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Yorkshire Forward is now working with other partners to develop a series of Action Plans to take forward key actions in the Strategy. At the same time, Yorkshire Forward has made good use of its programme funding to secure new investment in the region, to create new jobs and to address the skills gap.
37. Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the proposed workplace parking tax on local economies. 
Mr. Hill: Research indicates that a levy on workplace parking can help to tackle traffic congestion. Less congestion will help to improve the competitiveness of local economies. In addition, the hypothecation of the revenues raised for improving local transport will help to maintain their vitality.
We will require local authorities that choose to bring forward a workplace parking levy scheme to assess the likely impact of their scheme, including its effect on the local economy, before the Secretary of State approves the order to give effect to the scheme.
38. Mr. Rendel: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list those authorities which have completed the introduction of a programme of village speed limits throughout their area. 
Mr. Burgon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species which took place in Gigiri, Kenya, from 10 to 20 April. 
The Conference considered 62 proposals to amend the species covered by CITES, which are listed in two Appendices. Appendix I lists highly endangered species which are prohibited in international commerce. Appendix II lists other endangered species in the table, which includes details of the final position taken by the
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UK (in accordance with the EU's common position) on those proposals which were put to the Conference for decision.
The UK achieved its main objective on the key proposals for elephants, turtles and whales. Our own proposal to list the basking shark on Appendix II achieved 61 per cent. support--the highest vote for any of the three shark proposals before the Conference. Unfortunately a two-thirds majority was required and the majority of states which use basking shark fins voted against our efforts to ensure that fisheries were managed sustainably and trade levels monitored.
We were particularly disappointed that representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) intervened in the debate on behalf of overseas fishing industry interests, and partly disowned their own technical report which showed that species like the basking shark are particularly suitable for CITES management. Given the continuing threat to this species, and the strength of our scientific case which was widely acknowledged, the Government intend to work with our European Union colleagues to list the basking shark on Appendix III of CITES as soon as possible. If agreed, this would make any transaction between the EU and other states in basking shark products subject to the EU CITES Regulations.
Another major UK proposal at the Conference--to establish a working group to address unsustainable trade in bushmeat--has been strongly endorsed. Initially, the working group will focus on the management of bushmeat harvesting and trade in six African countries with particular problems such as dislocation caused by irresponsible forest exploitation by international timber companies and unsustainable demand for bushmeat from urban areas. My Department is making £50,000 available in the current financial year to support this initiative, and we look forward to contributions from other CITES Parties and non-Governmental bodies.
I would also like to highlight two other UK achievements at the Conferences. First we ensured that most of the tough recommendations made in the recent CITES Tiger Missions, led by the UK, were endorsed and that countries which fail to implement them can as a last resort face wildlife trade sanctions. As a potential consumer state, the UK will continue to maintain a vigilant profile through education, detection and prosecution to prevent any revival in the use of tiger products for traditional medicine in this country. Secondly, I would like to pay tribute to representatives of HM Customs and Excise and the Police who organised a widely praised exhibition of the UK's work to enforce CITES. Two recent convictions in the UK for illegal trade in shahtoosh and parrots have demonstrated the increasing commitment of statutory enforcement agencies to tackle wildlife crime. I hope that the proposed Wildlife Crime Unit, which I announced on 16 February, will enable us to build on these achievements.
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|Species--scientific name||Species--common name||Proposal||UK/EU final position||Outcome|
|Crocodylus niloticus (Tanzania pop.)||Nile crocodile||Increase export quota for wild-taken specimens||Support||Adopted|
|Manis crassicaudata Manis pentadactyla Manis javanica||Indian pangolin Chinese pangolin Malayan pangolin||Uplist (AII to AI). Amended to remain in AII with zero wild quota||Support as amended||Adopted as amended|
|Tursiops truncatus ponticus||Black Sea Bottle Nosed Dolphin||Uplist (AII to AI)||Abstain||Withdrawn|
|Eschrichtius robustus (Eastern N. Pacific stock)||Grey Whale||Downlist (to AII)||Oppose||Rejected|
|Balaenoptera acutorostrata (S. Hemisphere stock)||Minke Whale||Downlist (to AII)||Oppose||Rejected|
|Balaenoptera acutorostrata (Okhotsk Sea--W. Pacific stock)||Minke Whale||Downlist (to AII)||Oppose||Rejected|
|Balaenoptera acutorostrata (NE Atlantic, N. Atlantic Central stock||Minke Whale||Downlist (to AII)||Oppose||Rejected|
|Parahyaena brunnea||Hyaena||De-list (from AII)||Support||Adopted|
|Loxodonta africana (South African pop.)||African Elephant||Downlist (to AII). Non-ivory trade only||Support as amended||Adopted as amended|
|Loxodonta africana (Botswanan pop.)||African Elephant||Commercial ivory quota||Oppose||Withdrawn|
|Loxodonta africana (Namibian pop.)||African Elephant||Commercial ivory quota||Oppose||Withdrawn|
|Loxodonta africana (Zimbabwean pop.)||African Elephant||Commercial ivory quota||Oppose||Withdrawn|
|Loxodonta africana (App. II pops.)||African Elephant||Uplist (AII to AI)||Oppose||Withdrawn|
|Loxodonta africana (App. II pops.)||African Elephant||Annotation amendment (re "appropriate and acceptable destinations")||Support||Adopted|
|Dugong dugon (Australian pop.)||Sea Cow||Uplist (AII to AI)||Abstain||Adopted|
|Vicugna vicugna (App. I pops.)||Vicuna||Downlist (to AII)||Support||Withdrawn|
|Vicugna vicugna (App. II pops)||Vicuna||Delete zero quota for trade in cloth||Support||Adopted|
|Moschus spp. (App. II pops.)||Musk deer||Uplist (to AI)||Oppose||Withdrawn|
|Ovis vignei (unlisted sub spp.)||Urial||List non AI pops. on AII||Support as amended||Adopted as amended|
|Rhea pennata pennata (Argentine pop.)||Lesser Rhea||Downlist (to AII)||Support||Adopted|
|Falco rusticolus (N. American pop.)||Gyr Falcon||Downlist (AI to AII)||Oppose||Rejected|
|Eunymphicus cornutus cornutus||Horned Parakeet||Uplist (AII to AI)||Support||Adopted|
|Eunymphicus cornutus uveaenisis||Ouvea Parakeet||Uplist (AII to AI)||Support||Adopted|
|Garrulax canorus||Melodious Laughing Thrush||List (on AII)||Oppose (but support AIII)||Adopted|
|Cuora s.l.||Box Turtles||List (on AII)||Support||Adopted|
|Clemmys guttata||Spotted turtle||List (on AII)||Oppose||Rejected|
|Geochelone sulcata||African spurred tortoise||Retain AII with zero wild quota||Support||Adopted as amended|
|Malacochersus tornieri||Pancake tortoise||Uplist (AII to AI)||Support||Withdrawn|
|Eretmochelys imbricata (Carib. pop. in Cuban waters||Hawksbill Turtle||Downlist (to AII)||Oppose||Withdrawn|
|Eretmochelys imbricata (Carib. pop. in Cuban waters||Hawksbill Turtle||Downlist (to AII) for one-off sale of shell stocks||Abstain||Rejected|
|Crocodylus moreletii (Sian Ka'an, Quintana Roo pop.)||Belize crocodile||Downlist (to AII)||n/a||Withdrawn before the Conference|
|Varanus melinus||Quince monitor lizard||Uplist (AII to AI)||Oppose||Withdrawn|
|Crotalus horridus||Timber rattlesnake||(List on AII)||Oppose||Withdrawn|
|Bufo retiformis||Sonoran green toad||De-list (from AII)||Support||Adopted|
|Mantella spp. (except M. aurentiaca)||Malagasy poison frog||List (on AII)||Support||Adopted|
|Rhincodon typus||Whale shark||List (on AII)||Support||Rejected|
|Carcharodon carcharias||Great white shark||List (on AI)||Support AII||Rejected|
|Cetorhinus maximus||Basking shark||List (on AII)||Support||Rejected|
|Latimeria spp. (except L. chalumnae)||Coelecanth||List (on AI)||Support||Adopted|
|Latimeria menadoensis||Menado coelacanth||List (on AI)||Support (only if above proposal failed)||Withdrawn|
|Poecilotheria spp.||Ornamental tarantula||List (on AII)||Oppose||Rejected|
|Popophyllum hexandrum; and Rauvolfia serpentina||Combine with annotation for Taxus wallichiana||Support||Adopted (also referred to Plants Committee)|
|Ceropegia spp.||De-list (from AII)||Support||Adopted|
|Frerea indica||De-list (from AII)||Support||Adopted|
|Byblis spp.||Rainbow Plant||De-list (from AII)||Support||Adopted|
|Disocatus macdougalli||McDougal's cactus||Downlist (to AII)||Support||Adopted|
|Sclerocactus mariposensis||Lloyds Mariposa cactus||Downlist (to AII)||Support||Rejected|
|Cephalotus follicularis||Albany pitcher plant||De-list (from AII)||Support||Adopted|
|Dudleya stolonifera||Laguna Beach Liveforever|
|Dudleya traskiae||Santa Barbara Island Liveforever||Downlist (to AII)||Support||Adopted as amended|
|(a) Cyathea spp. and||Tree ferns||(a) amend listing to Cyathea spp. (inc. Alsophila, Nephelea, Sphaeropteris, Trichipteris) and Cibotium barometz||Support||Adopted|
|(b) Dicksonia spp.||(b) amend listing to Dicksonia spp. (originating in Americas) and Cibotium barometz|
|Shortia galacifolia||Oconee-Bells||De-list (from AII)||Support||Withdrawn|
|Lewisia cotyledon||Siskiyou Lewisia;|
|Maguire's Bitter-root;||De-list (from AII)||Support||Adopted as amended|
|Darlingtonia californica||California Pitcher Plant||De-list (from AII)||Support||Adopted|
|Panax ginseng (roots)||Ginseng||List (on AII)||Support||Adopted as amended|
|Araucaria araucana (Argentine pop.)||Monkey puzzle tree||Uplist (AII to AI)||Support||Adopted|
|Cactaceae spp.||De-list (from AII)||Oppose||Withdrawn (but decision adopted)|
|Kalmia cuneata||Laurel||De-list (from AII)||Support||Withdrawn|
|Camptotheca acuminata||Happytree||List (on AII)||Open||Withdrawn|
|Cistanche deserticola||Desert living Cistanche||List (on AII)||Support||Adopted as amended|
|Harpagophytum procumbens; Harpagophytum zeyheri||Grapple plant||List (on AII)||Support||Withdrawn|
|Adonis vernalis||Herb of spring adonis||List (on AII)||Support||Adopted as amended|
|Guaiacum sanctum||Brazil wood||Uplist (to AI)||Oppose||Withdrawn (but decision adopted)|
1. AI = Appendix I of CITES (species banned in commerce).
2. AII = Appendix II of CITES (species regulated in commerce).
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