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Building Regulations Amendments

Baroness Nicol asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Baroness Hayman): Following the debate on 1 June, a consultation paper has now been drafted which sets out proposals for amending the Building Regulations 1991. The proposals have the aim of increasing accessibility to energy rating information similar to that embodied in the Building Regulations (Energy Rating Information) (Amendment) Bill.

Following consideration of this by the Building Regulations Advisory Committee at its meeting on

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2 July, consultation with external bodies should commence by the end of this month. In view of the progress that has been made to date, the target for making amending regulations is still the first half of next year.

Housing Applicants: Immigration Status Checks

Lord Dholakia asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the relationship between local authority housing departments and the Immigration Service; and whether they will discontinue the practice of housing departments contacting the Immigration Service about the immigration status of applicants on the waiting list.[HL2515]

Baroness Hayman: There is no formal relationship between local housing authorities and the Immigration Service. But, in line with Government advice on the discharge of their housing functions, individual authorities do share information with the Immigration and Nationality Directorate where there is a need to clarify the immigration status of housing applicants.

Rail Subsidy Payments

Lord Islwyn asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the total subsidy paid to private train operators compared with what was paid annually to British Rail immediately before privatisation.[HL2549]

Baroness Hayman: The amount claimed by British Rail for 1995-96, the last year when they submitted a claim for operating 25 train operating companies, was £1,673 million. The amount paid to the private sector train operators in 1997-98, the first year when they were wholly responsible for the passenger railway, was £1,425 million. The amount paid in 1996-97 was a mixture of payments to BR and to private sector operators. These figures do not include payments made by Passenger Transport Executives (PTEs) for services in their areas.

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