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Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Hayman: The text of the directive has been agreed by the Council and the European Parliament. The data requirements of the directive are complex and technical guidance on their practical application is being prepared by Finland, under contract to the European Commission. The specification for the work stipulates that other member states and industry specialists must be consulted on the guidance.

The consultation process has just started. In commenting on the draft guidance produced by Finland,

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the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), on behalf of the United Kingdom, has underlined the importance of flexibility in data requirements. It is understood that the biocides industry--through its European trade body, CEFIC--has commented in a similar vein. HSE will be involved in subsequent negotiations and will be seeking to ensure that the guidance reflects a flexible approach. HSE will remain in close touch with industry throughout this process.

Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What plans they have to protect public health from the possible increase in infections and infestations that may result from any reduction in available products and substances, or the lack of availability in some areas of such products and substances, as a result of the implementation of the Biocidal Products Directive.[HL1610]

Baroness Hayman: A primary aim of the Biocidal Products Directive, which is due to be implemented by May 2000, is to ensure that biocidal products provide a high level of protection for humans and the environment. All biocidal products on the European Union market will have to be authorised for use. In order to gain authorisation for products they wish to place on the market, companies will be required to submit data to show that the product is sufficiently effective; has no unacceptable effects on the target organisms; has no unacceptable effects itself or as a result of its residues on human or animal health; and, has no unacceptable effects itself or as a result of its residues on the environment. It will be for industry to decide which products it wishes to place on the market.

Existing products within the scope of the directive will be able to stay on the market until the active substances they contain have been reviewed under the new arrangements. The directive gives 10 years for all existing active substances to be reviewed.

Should an emergency arise which may affect public health, there are provisions in the directive for member states to grant a temporary authorisation of a biocidal product because of an unforeseen danger which cannot be contained by other means.

Waterloo International and Ashford International Stations

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether Waterloo International and Ashford International stations are Open Access stations, available to any train operator licensed to operate international passenger train services.[HL1633]

Baroness Hayman: Any international passenger train operator may apply for access to Waterloo International and Ashford International stations and if access is refused may, under the terms of the Railways Regulations 1992, appeal to the International Rail Regulator, whose decision is binding.

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Urban Traffic Management: Capacity Assessment

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How they plan to take into account in assessments of capacity of urban traffic management schemes the overall capacity and benefit of people moved as opposed to the overall capacity of vehicles.[HL1651]

Baroness Hayman: The assessment of a traffic management scheme in urban areas normally rests with the local highway authority. The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions has issued guidelines to stress the importance of sound assessment of the schemes prior to implementation. They cover the operational, economic, environmental, safety modelling and planning aspects, and should take into account factors such as the capacity available to, and the potential benefits to be gained by, different road user groups.

In the case of bus-priority schemes, for example, the capacity for buses should be combined with estimates of bus occupancy (allowing for additional patronage as a result of transfer from other modes) in assessing the overall benefits.

Allotment Closures

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Angela Eagle, on 27 January (HC, WA 128), whether they will list the use or designated use of the 47 allotments which were closed between 7 May 1997 and 13 January 1998.[HL1672]

Baroness Hayman: The following table shows the information which the department has received from allotment authorities about these cases. The proposed new use is not necessarily a factor which is taken into account in deciding whether to grant consent for the sale or appropriation to another use of allotment land. In some cases, the proposed alternative use may require planning consent.

DateAllotment SiteNew Use
7 MayPeel Street, CarlisleRecreation
9 MayWolverhamptonCouncil Training Centre
19 MayFirtree Lane, BristolDevelopment/Gardens
19 MayTroopers Hill, BristolDevelopment/Gardens
19 MayNicholas Lane, BristolDevelopment/Gardens
23 MayBurton Road, DerbyshireResidential
28 MayWashbrook Allotments, LeicesterCare Home
3 JuneRoundwood Glen, BradfordHousing
9 JuneLangham Allotments, RutlandRecreational Purposes
11 JuneBridge Street, Lodden, South NorfolkTown Centre Enhancement
24 JuneLee Lane, Langley, DerbyshireGardens
24 JuneRidgeway & Manor Hall Allotments, West Sussex(Not known)
25 JuneBroadwater Gardens Allotments, MiddlesexSocial Housing
25 JuneThe Bartons, HerefordshireSchool Playground
26 JuneHarewood Allotments, Cornfield Road, ThornabyOpen Space
26 JuneHarewood Allotments, Thornaby Road, ThornabyOpen Space
26 JuneColston Avenue, Carshalton, SurreyFootball Club
10 JulyCannock Road, CannockHighway
11 JulyBarnsfield Place Allotments, Uxbridge, MiddlesexSocial Housing
14 JulyPrimrose Hill, Stockton on ThamesOpen Space
15 JulyDodmire Allotments, DarlingtonRecreation
17 JulyBritten Road, RedditchAccess/Recreation
22 JulyScotchman Road, BradfordGas Pressure Station
4 AugustDownlands Lane, CopthorneGarden
4 AugustGlassworks Fields, Leeds(Contaminated Land)
5 AugustLondon Road Allotments, Newport PagnellSports Hall/Community Centre
18 AugustRanmore Road, DorkingPlayground
18 AugustAlbany Road, ChathamMillennium Green
18 AugustFlorence Road, ChichesterRecreation
20 AugustSouthbury Road, EnfieldPublic Playing Field
23 AugustSchool Place, CorbySheltered Housing
12 SeptemberBury Lane Allotments, BedfordshireCommunity Orchard
16 OctoberPickford Hill & Westfield Road, Harpenden(Not known)
20 OctoberChurch Knapp, Wyke Regis, WeymouthHousing/Open Space
20 OctoberLenthay Road, Sherborne, DorsetPrimary School
30 OctoberChurch Way, BasingstokeHotel
31 OctoberBradshaw Close Allotments, NorthamptonshirePrivate Garden
19 NovemberQuarry Foot, Levens, KendalGarden Extension
20 NovemberStanley Avenue, PrestwichPrivate Garden
21 NovemberDaws Field, Lipson, PlymouthHousing
4 DecemberUpper Fant Road Allotments, MaidstoneConservation Area
4 DecemberGlebew Lane, Maidstone1 Dwelling
8 DecemberDeweys Lane, Ledgershall, Marlborough, WiltshireCemetery
10 DecemberLittlecoates Allotments, ScunthorpeHousing
12 DecemberLapford Crescent, Northwood, KirbyGardens
9 JanuaryLodsworth Village Hall Allotments, LodsworthVillage Hall/Tennis Court
13 JanuaryBenhill Road, SuttonResidential

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Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which allotment sites have been subject to closure procedure from 14 January to date.[HL1673]

Baroness Hayman: The Secretary of State has given his consent, under Section 8 of the Allotments Act 1925, for the disposal of the following statutory allotment sites in England since 14 January 1998:

    27 January: Bolton Road, Windsor

    9 February: Clough Road, Rotherham

    4 March: Longbarrow, Bournemouth

    4 March: Higher Lane, Liverpool

    6 March: Duke Street, Sutton

    12 March: Slingfield Road, Birmingham

    26 March: Mansbridge Road, Southampton

    27 March: Barnard Castle

    30 March: Yardley Cemetery, Birmingham

    2 April: Ocean Street, Plymouth

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    2 April: Moss Hall Lane, Lytham St. Annes

    7 April: Moreland Road, Gosport

    14 April: Millworth Lane, Sheffield

    14 April: Pakenham

    14 April: Pakenham

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