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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.
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.
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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