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Mr. David Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what percentage of planning appeals in 2000 were determined by (a) a written inquiry, (b) a full inquiry lasting less than two days and (c) a full inquiry lasting more than two days; and what the average cost of an inquiry was in each category. 
|Year 2000||Total number||Percentage of number decided|
|Planning appeals(1) received||14,962||--|
|Planning appeals decided||12,602||--|
|by written representations||9,197||73|
|by inquiries (2 days or less)||626||5|
|by inquiries (more than 2 days)||206||2|
(1) Appeals under s.78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
The following unit costs have been calculated by the Planning Inspectorate in each category for the financial year ending 31 March 2000. (Figures for the calendar year 2000 are not readily available).
|Planning appeals determined by||Average unit cost|
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Mr. Robert Ainsworth: We are today letting a contract to a consortium led by the University of Brighton to establish the facts about participation. The research will also provide information about availability of water space, the effectiveness of current arrangements in meeting the demand for different types of water-based sport and recreation and the scale and nature of potential demand.
Mr. Hill: The necessary Regulations (Statutory Instrument SI 2000 No. 3224--The Road Vehicles (Authorised Weight) (Amendment) Regulations 2000)--will come into force on 1 February. The regulations will allow certain types of lorry to operate at up to 44-tonnes maximum weight in Great Britain. The lorries in question must have six axles, a maximum axle weight of 10.5 tonnes and Euro 2 low emission engines. These vehicles will result in a considerable saving in lorry miles where heavy goods are being carried and will be no bigger, and cause less road wear, than existing 40-tonne, 5 axle lorries.
Mr. Battle: We continue to urge the Indonesian Government to exercise tolerance and restraint and remind them of their responsibility to maintain law and order and take immediate steps to bring the perpetrators of the violence to justice. I did so most recently with Foreign Minister Shihab on 12 December.
Our Ambassador to Indonesia has just returned from a visit to the province and the Indonesian Minister for Settlement is arranging a further visit to Maluku with a group of diplomats next month. We will continue to work with the Indonesian authorities and UNDP to promote reconciliation, begin wider construction work and to offer practical assistance where appropriate.
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Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many letters and postcards addressed to Her Majesty the Queen on the subject of the Nice Treaty have been passed on to him. 
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his oral answer of 23 January 2000, Official Report, column 790, what the response was of the Turkish Ambassador concerning the bombing of a cattle feed factory at Samarwa and the killing of Iraqi cowherds. 
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent in the last 12 months for training by the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Marines, (c) Army and (d) RAF in the United Kingdom; and what proportion of these totals are spent in Scotland. 
Mr. Spellar [holding answer 25 January 2001]: Our latest best estimates for the amounts spent on individual training by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF in the last 12 months are respectively: £233 million, £39 million, £422 million and £446 million. These figures
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are approximate and exclude the costs of front-line collective training which are difficult to separate from normal day-to-day operations.
Of the figures above, £869 million was spent by the Services' Training Agencies. It is estimated that just over 1 per cent. of this sum was spent in Scotland. The balance of £291 million, which represents the cost of training conducted outside the Services' Training Agencies, is not broken down on a regional basis, and figures could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the conclusions and recommendations were of the investigation into specific medical problems arising from Operation Palliser announced by his Department on 15 June 2000; if he will publish the report; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie [holding answer 29 January 2001]: I will write to the hon. Member and enclose a copy of the press release which was issued by the Ministry of Defence on 25 July 2000. This gave a comprehensive report of the conclusions and recommendations of the three Service Boards of Inquiry.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the new advanced electronic countermeasures Saturn System will be in service; what the service life of the system is; if it is compatible with all the NATO nations aircraft; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie: The Saturn Electronic Protection Measure (EPM) is the latest in the EPM generation and is already in service. It was introduced to meet NATO Stanag (Standardisation Agreement) requirements and will be in service for the foreseeable future. It is compatible with other NATO Saturn capable platforms.
Mr. Spellar: United Kingdom armed forces have used depleted uranium (DU) rounds in conflict only during Operation Granby in the Gulf in 1991. The Ministry of Defence's assessment is that UK tanks used fewer than one hundred 120 mm rounds against Iraq's military forces during hostilities (this equates to less than one metric tonne of DU).
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