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Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 19 June 2000, Official Report, column 106W, on the knowledge economy, if he will list representations that he has received during the course of the review; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. Ray Michie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultations he has had with Scottish industry concerning the implementation of the aggregates tax in 2002; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: The Government have developed the aggregates levy in an open and consultative way. HM Customs and Excise issued a consultation document in June 1998, which invited views from industry and other parties with a potential interest on the practical issues that would arise from a levy on aggregates. Draft legislation for the levy was then published for consultation on 30 April 1999.
Mr. Timms: The aggregates levy will bring about environmental benefits by making the price of aggregates better reflect their true environmental costs. This will provide an incentive for all business to use more recycled aggregates and to use all aggregates more efficiently.
All of the revenues raised will be recycled back through a cut in employer NICs and a new "Sustainability Fund" aimed at delivering local environmental benefits. It is not possible to say precisely what the effect will be on Scottish industry, since this will depend, among other things, on the degree to which firms switch to recycled materials.
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Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list for each week since 1 January the number of (a) punishment beatings, (b) punishment shootings and (c) murders in Northern
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Ireland, indicating the number in each category attributable to (i) Republican terrorist organisations and (ii) Loyalist terrorist organisations. 
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|Casualties as a result of paramilitary style shootings||Casualties as a result of paramilitary style assaults||Security situation related murders|
|Year||By Loyalist||By Republican||By Loyalist||By Republican||By Loyalist||By Republican|
|1-8 January 2000||1||--||2||--||--||--|
|9-15 January 2000||--||--||3||--||1||--|
|16-22 January 2000||2||--||--||--||--||--|
|23-29 January 2000||--||--||2||1||--||--|
|30 January-5 February 2000||1||--||4||1||--||--|
|6-12 February 2000||1||--||--||--||--||--|
|13-19 February 2000||--||--||2||1||2||--|
|20-26 February 2000||1||--||--||1||--||--|
|27 February-4 March 2000||4||--||1||--||--||--|
|5-11 March 2000||1||2||1||1||--||--|
|12-18 March 2000||4||3||1||1||--||--|
|19-25 March 2000||1||--||2||1||--||--|
|26 March-1 April 2000||2||2||3||1||--||--|
|2-8 April 2000||--||3||1||3||--||--|
|9-15 April 2000||--||4||--||--||--||--|
|16-22 April 2000||--||1||--||1||--||--|
|23-29 April 2000||5||--||2||3||--||--|
|30 April-6 May 2000||4||4||2||--||--||--|
|7-13 May 2000||4||--||2||5||--||--|
|14-20 May 2000||1||--||2||2||--||--|
|21-27 May 2000||1||1||--||1||1||--|
|28 May-3 June 2000||--||1||2||--||1||--|
|4-10 June 2000||--||--||--||1||--||--|
|11-17 June 2000||3||--||4||1||--||--|
|18-23 June 2000||2||1||--||2||--||--|
|25-28 June 2000||1||1||1||--||--||--|
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Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the PFI contracts entered into by his Department prior to 30 May, indicating (a) their dates of commencement, (b) their value, (c) if they have been subject to refinancing and (d) if his Department has a claw-back entitlement to share in savings arising from refinancing. 
Mr. Meacher [holding answer 25 May 2000]: The Government have not formally consulted English Nature about the planting of oil seed rape containing 1 per cent. GM material. However, English Nature is aware of the facts and has been in contact with my officials since
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18 May. English Nature has stated publicly in a press notice of 22 May 2000 that there is no immediate risk to wildlife from the contaminated rapeseed.
English Nature is also an assessor on the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) and was party to the ACRE meeting on 25 May where members discussed this matter in full and further endorsed their recent advice.
Mr. Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will publish advice given to him by English Nature on the GM contamination of Advanta Seeds UK's Hyola spring oilseed rape. 
Mr. Meacher: English Nature has not given formal advice on this matter. English Nature published a press notice of 22 May 2000, stating that there is no immediate risk to wildlife from the contaminated rapeseed. A copy has been placed in the House Library.
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the Government have to introduce independent and comprehensive testing of incinerator emissions and ash. 
Mr. Meacher [holding answer 20 June 2000]: Incinerator emissions are already tightly regulated. Under the provisions of Part I the Environmental Protection Act 1990, regulators (for England and Wales, either the Environment Agency for larger plant and all hazardous waste incinerators, or local authorities for other plant) must include in an incineration plant's permit conditions to deliver BAT/BATNEEC (Best Available Techniques Not Entailing Excessive Cost). Guidance is published on what constitutes BATNEEC. The regulators have powers to require independent emissions testing where they consider it warranted.
Data on levels of dioxins in ash sent for disposal are not routinely held by the Agency or my Department. The operators of incineration plant are required by section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to provide sufficient information to those managing waste ash to ensure that it is disposed of appropriately, for example chemical and physical information. They are also required to ensure that ashes which contain hazardous substances above certain thresholds are disposed of in accordance with the Special Waste Regulations 1996 (as amended). Environment Agency powers enable it to monitor the operation of these controls. We have no plans at present to introduce further requirements for testing ash sent for disposal.
The Environment Agency requires that site-specific authorisation be sought for the use of ash in unbound construction applications and for ashes which have not been 'characterised' on the basis of various chemical properties. Where used in a construction application the processed ashes will normally be required to meet relevant technical specifications. We understand that the industry is working towards a quality control procedure to ensure that the ash consistently meets the 'fit for purpose' criteria required by these technical specifications. DETR, the Environment Agency and industry representative organisations are also developing a policy protocol for the use of Incineration Bottom Ash (IBA) in construction applications. A draft is currently under review. It will also require the 'characterisation' of ash for various chemical properties which, according to best practice, would be carried out in accordance with a robust quality control procedure.
The proposed waste incineration Directive (Common Position (EC) No 7/2000), which the Government have welcomed and which is now in the last stages of negotiations, will apply to virtually all types of incineration and co-incineration plant. It sets stringent standards for emissions to air and water, places controls on solid residues, and includes monitoring requirements for air and water emissions. Article 9 of the proposal also says:
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