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Northern Ireland: Integrated College Proposal

Lord Holme of Cheltenham asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Baroness Denton of Wakefield): The decision does not create a precedent, as each development proposal is decided on its individual circumstances. As this development proposal has completed its statutory process, the decision is not open to review in June 1995.

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Northern Ireland: Cost of Terrorist Activities

Lord Mulley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What total sum for 1993–94 was paid by the Treasury in support of Northern Ireland revenues for all purposes, including subsidies and the cost of damages to persons and property (but excluding the costs of HM Forces) arising from terrorist activities; and what comparable sum (if any) was contributed by the Republic of Ireland.

Baroness Denton of Wakefield: The grant-in-aid paid in support of Northern Ireland services in 1993–94 was £2,392 million. In addition, a contribution of £40 million was made to the Northern Ireland Insurance Fund from the National Insurance Fund. The cost of the law and order programme (this excludes the costs of HM Forces), amounting to £923 million, was also funded from the UK Exchequer; within this, the costs of damage to persons and property arising from terrorist activities amounted to £30 million (persons) and £68 million (property). Finally, the UK Exchequer also funded £39 million expended by the Northern Ireland Court Service.

Thus the total sum in support of Northern Ireland revenues was some £3,394 million. No contribution to these costs or to Northern Ireland services was made by the Republic of Ireland.

Gulf War Costs: Contributions to UK Expenditure

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they required any of the Gulf states to pay for the British deployments to the Gulf area in October 1994 and, if so, what sums were involved and from what governments.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): On 12 October last year, Gulf Co-operation Council Foreign Ministers agreed in principle that the Gulf States should share the cost of the coalition deployment; Kuwait subsequently agreed to meet half of the cost, the others agreeing to bear the rest between them.

The cost of the UK deployment was £10 million, and on 29 January Kuwait informed us that arrangements are now in place to pay its share. We have yet to learn how much each of the other Gulf Co-operation Council States intend to contribute towards the remaining £5 million.

Former UK Officers and Officials: Employment in Defence Field

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many serving officers, officers retired from the Armed Forces, and officials retired from the Ministry of Defence have applied to join defence firms in the following countries: the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, and in each case

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    how many have been given permission to do so, and how many have in fact taken up the jobs.

Lord Henley: Since 1 January 1990, applications were received, and approved, as follows:

Country Number
USA 11
France 1
Germany 2
Italy 0
Japan 0

Applicants are not required to advise the department whether or not appointments are taken up.

Public Expenditure: Authorisation by Parliament

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether it is still a convention followed by the Government that public expenditure which is either significant or recurring is required to be authorised by specific Act, in addition to the Appropriation Act.

Lord Henley: Yes. The Government observe the terms of the 1932 agreement between the Treasury and the Committee of Public Accounts. The convention is set out in Chapter 2 of Government Accounting.

Landfills: Guidance Paper

Lord Brougham and Vaux asked Her Majesty's Government:

    If, bearing in mind their commitment to sustainability in environmental management, they intend to produce guidance on the design, construction and operation of landfills.

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): Landfill is the predominant method of waste disposal in this country, and will remain of major importance as far into the future as we can see. Landfills, unless they are properly designed, built and operated, can have a major impact on the atmosphere, the soil and the water supply. Unless we ensure that landfill uses the best possible techniques, we shall have failed the test of sustainability.

We are therefore publishing today a consultation draft of Waste Management Paper 26B, Landfill design, construction and operational practice. The draft paper has been prepared by consultants. They have drawn extensively on the waste management industry's experience of landfill techniques, on the waste regulators' particular skills, and on their own specialised knowledge of landfill engineering as a technical discipline.

The consultation period will be until 10 May 1995. Subsequent to the results of the consultation, Waste Management Paper 26B should be published in late summer 1995.

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Development Rights and Environmental Assessment

Baroness Eccles of Moulton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they intend to amend the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1988 in respect of development requiring environmental assessment.

Viscount Ullswater: My right honourable friends the Secretaries of State for the Environment and Wales have today laid before Parliament the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995 and the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. These two instruments consolidate the General Development Order 1988 and its numerous amending orders. Following public consultation in 1993, the Permitted Development Order also introduces provisions whereby permitted development rights granted by Article 3 of the order are withdrawn for development that should be subject to environmental assessment (EA). It is proposed that the measures will come into force on 3 June 1995. From that date, permitted development rights will no longer apply to the types of projects listed in Schedule 1 to the Town and Country Planning (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1988 (the EA regulations) or to developments within any of the categories in Schedule 2 to the EA regulations if they would be likely to have significant environmental effects unless, for example, other procedures associated with those developments provide for environmental assessment. We anticipate that only a small number of

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developments will be affected by these changes, since most projects carried out under permitted development rights are minor and would not be expected to have significant environmental effects.

My right honourable friends have also today laid before Parliament the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Assessment and Permitted Development) Regulations 1995. These, too, are proposed to come into force on 3 June 1995. Under these regulations a developer may apply to the local planning authority for an opinion on whether a particular development, which would otherwise benefit from permitted development rights, will require environmental assessment (and consequently a planning application).

A developer receiving an opinion from the planning authority that environmental assessment is required, may appeal to the Secretary of State for a Direction. Where the local authority is both the developer and planning authority, or where someone proposes a joint development with a local authority, an opinion on the need for EA may be sought from the Secretary of State.

Guidance to local planning authorities and developers on the effect and operation of the new measures is to be issued in the next few days.

Copies of the 67 non-confidential responses to the consultation paper have been placed in the Department of the Environment and Welsh Office libraries, and a summary and list of the responses have been deposited in the Libraries of both Houses together with a compliance cost assessment.

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