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Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will ensure that the Red Ensign is flown from public buildings to mark Merchant Navy Day on 3 September. 
Mr. Hill [holding answer 17 July 2000]: The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions will fly the Red Ensign from its headquarter buildings on Merchant Navy Day. The day will be marked by special events to celebrate our merchant navy and to highlight the opportunities of a merchant navy career.
Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the Quarry Products Association's proposed preferential scheme for aggregates from quarry operators meeting defined environmental criteria. 
Ms Beverley Hughes: My hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Planning held a number of discussions with my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on the Quarry Products Association's proposals for a voluntary alternative to a levy on primary aggregates, including their scheme for preferential procurement of aggregate by the public sector.
Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement about the green purchasing commitments set out in the document entitled, "Building a better quality of life--a strategy for more sustainable construction". 
Ms Beverley Hughes: In "Building a better quality of life--a strategy for more sustainable construction", which I launched during National Construction Week this year, we recognised the Government's responsibilities, as the industry's leading client, to set an example in the sustainable procurement, maintenance and operation of its built assets.
On 10 July my hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Planning launched the sustainability action plan of the Government Construction Clients' Panel--"Achieving sustainability in construction procurement". The plan's framework is based upon the 10 themes for action from
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"Building a better quality of life". It supports other cross- government initiatives such as "Achieving Excellence", sets milestones, and outlines a collective programme for implementation. The plan also commits Departments, agencies and NDPBs to assess their current situation, and develop their own action plans (or update existing plans). These would be in line with overall objectives, but specific to individual Departments' activities. The Local Government Task Force is developing a similar approach for local authorities to apply to their construction procurement.
Mr. Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many disabled drivers are awaiting an on-road assessment; how many have been waiting since November 1998; and when he will amend the regulations to allow the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre to authorise applicants to drive for one day for the purposes of assessing whether they are fit to resume driving. 
Mr. Hill [holding answer 17 July 2000]: There are currently 51 drivers awaiting on-road assessments. Of these, three have been waiting since November 1998. The process of amending the regulations is at an advanced stage and we hope to implement the changes later this year.
Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many representations have been received to the consultations initiated by GOSE on PPG3 and RP69; how many of these were (a) on the official response form and (b) in other forms; and what weight was given to each such type of response. 
Ms Beverley Hughes: My Department consulted on PPG3 last year and received 620 responses, of which the majority were supportive. Final PPG3 was published in March of this year. The Government Office for the South East led the consultation on draft RPG9 this year and have received 922 responses, all of which are being considered very carefully irrespective of the form in which they were made.
Mrs. Browning: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many new motor cars were registered at the DVLA in each month from January 1999 to May 2000 using (a) the DVLA form V55/1 and (b) the DVLA form V55/5. 
Mr. Hill: Figures for the first registration of new motor cars categorised by the type of application form used are not readily available. Vehicles registered on form V55/1 include all types of new vehicles. Vehicles first registered on form V55/5 include vehicles that are not new. Many new vehicles are registered by motor dealers using an electronic system, known as AFRL (automated first registration and licensing). These cases do not use a paper form, but would have used the V55/1 form if they had not been processed through the AFRL system. The table
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shows the number of registrations recorded at DVLA for all vehicles by type of form and the number of AFRL registrations.
Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he made a declaration in relation to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union of his interest in accordance with paragraph 110 of the Ministerial Code, at the meeting he held with the Department of Trade and Industry and unions to discuss ship building on 13 July. 
Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department between 19 October 1999 and 20 April which requested information pursuant to previous answers. 
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 13 July 2000, Official Report, column 567W, what proportion of (a) all mortgages and (b) the total value of mortgages, were new mortgages on (i) fixed, (ii) discounted variable and (iii) other variable rates in each year from 1994 to 1998. 
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|Percentage of new mortgages by number|
|Percentage of new mortgages by value|
Figures may not sum to 100.0 due to rounding
DETR 5 per cent. Survey of Mortgage Lenders
Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what were the average house prices in (a) South East England, (b) London, (c) North East England and (d) the West Midlands, in (i) 1995, (ii) 1996, (iii) 1997, (iv) 1998 and (v) 1999. 
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DETR five per cent. survey of mortgage lenders
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