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Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what information he has received from (a) the Japanese Government and (b) the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan concerning negotiations with Russia to assess the possibility of transporting nuclear waste from Sellafield to Japan via the Arctic. 
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of the environmental damage to Start Bay, Slapton following (a) the recent storm and (b) storms in 1978-79. 
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I understand that South Hams district council and Devon county council are concerned about managing this sensitive area properly and on 18 January held a joint meeting with relevant agencies including the Environment Agency and English Nature to discuss a draft shoreline management plan for the area between Strete and Start Point, which encompasses Start Bay.
Mr. Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the levels of spending on strategic planning per head of population were in (a) Staffordshire and (b) each other county of England (i) in the current year and (ii) in each of the last three years, distinguishing in each case the element represented by standard spending assessment. 
Ms Beverley Hughes: Local authority expenditure on strategic planning is not separately identified in any of the returns made by local government to central Government. The SSA system does not make a separate provision for strategic planning; rather it is one of the many services funded through the Environmental, Protective and Cultural Services SSA block. Consequently we are unable to provide the information requested.
Ms Beverley Hughes: Secondments are part of the Interchange Initiative which promotes the exchange of people and good practice between outside organisations and the Civil Service. All sectors of the economy are involved: Voluntary, Education, Health, Public and Private. Interchange is a key component of the reform agenda. The Modernising Government White Paper committed us to increasing interchange, in particular by bringing in more people on secondment and sending more of our people out.
AMEC Construction Ltd.
Bank of Scotland
Bellway Urban Renewal
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Christiani & Nielsen
Civil Aviation Authority
Crown House Engineering
The Church of England
D. A. Dawson & Associates
Development Trust Association
Drake and Scull Engineering Ltd.
EHF NHS Trust
Geoffrey Reid Associates
Institute Of Fiscal Studies
Japanese Construction Industry
Kvaerner Cementation Foundations
Look Ahead Housing and Care
Marks and Spencer
National Housing Corporation
Robert Gordon University
Safe in the City
Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd.
Wates Construction Ltd.
Mr. Bill O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the payment of pensions to members of NBPF and BEST and the National Bus Company transferees. 
Mr. Hill: I refer my hon. Friend to my reply to the Adjournment debate held on 25 January 2001, Official Report, columns 1183-85, on this subject, in which I urged all the parties involved to reach early agreement on the outstanding matters which are impeding completion of the distribution to beneficiaries of the National Bus Company pensions settlement.
Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to review the implementation of the Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 as they apply to small firms preparing environmental impact assessments. 
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Mr. Hill: There are no plans to review this aspect of the PPC regulations, which largely transpose the provisions in the IPPC Directive. We are, however, looking at ways in which information provided through the Environmental Impact Assessment and Pollution Prevention and Control procedures can complement each other, within the constraints set by EC legislation, to minimise the impact on small businesses.
Diabetics treated by tablets do need to notify the Agency, but no further medical investigation is needed. A reply is sent to the driver explaining that the licence can be retained and the Agency only need to be further notified if certain conditions apply in relation to diabetic control (tablet/diet). Some 15,000 such notifications are received on an annual basis.
Diabetics treated by insulin must notify the Agency of this. Drivers are sent a detailed questionnaire to complete. Provided the diabetes is well controlled, a three year licence is issued. Some 100,000 diabetics on insulin have notified this condition to the Agency.
Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what resources have been allocated over the next three years to enable the transfer of council housing stock to registered social landlords. 
Mr. Robert Ainsworth: The Housing Policy statement on 13 December 2000 confirmed that the Government's spending plans for 2001-02 to 2003-04 include provision to support the transfer of up to 200,000 local authority homes to registered social landlords each year from 2001-02, where tenants support the proposals.
Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of the joint industry submission, Minimising the Environmental Impacts of Crop Protection Chemicals, Revised proposals February 2001. 
Mr. Meacher: The November 2000 pre-Budget report announced that, in the run up to Budget 2001, the Government wished to see the Crop Protection Association make further improvements to the package of voluntary measures that the industry has been developing over the last year. This latest submission from the CPA, and a number of other stakeholders involved in the supply and use of crop protection products, was received by the Government on 29 January. It is currently being evaluated and a further statement will be made in the Budget report.
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