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Military Vessel Wrecks in UK Waters

Lord Onslow of Woking asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: There is no centrally held list of all wrecked military vessels that lie in UK territorial water.

National Army Museum: Council Meeting

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When was the last time the council of the National Army Museum met for a full meeting.[HL2846]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Council of the National Army Museum last met for a full meeting on 21 June 2000.

Courts Martial

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether one of their aims in introducing the Bill which became the Armed Forces Discipline Act 2000 was to provide that the timing of any election for court martial ensured that the court martial was a court of first instance and not an appeal from summary jurisdiction.[HL2948]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Armed Forces Discipline Act 2000 introduces a right of appeal from summary disciplinary proceedings. It also changes the point at which accused facing summary disciplinary proceedings in the Army and Royal Air Force may elect instead to be tried by court martial. When the changes come into effect, the accused will be offered the opportunity to elect trial by court martial before the commanding officer hears the evidence on the charge rather than, as now, only after the commanding officer has found the charge proved. These new procedures will be similar to those already operated by the Royal Navy.

The main purpose of altering the point of election for court martial is to remove any possibility of confusion between this procedure, which at present in the Army and Royal Air Force may be considered to have certain of the characteristics of an appeal, and the new right of appeal.

A court martial is a court of first instance under both the current and the new dispensations.

Departmental Cars

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thornton on 8 June (WA 173), what type and make of cars are used by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.[HL2839]

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: The FCO operates a range of saloon, four-wheel drive and general purpose cars for all our overseas posts in every corner of the world. The makes and numbers are as follows:

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Overseas Fleet

404Land Rover
11Rolls Royce

Home Fleet

1,051Grand Total

Cabinet Committees

Baroness Goudie asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the membership of each Cabinet Committee[HL3056]

The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): My right honourable friend the Prime Minister has placed a copy of the current list of Cabinet Committees, their membership and terms of reference in the Libraries of the House. Details will also be updated on the Cabinet Office website (

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Planning Appeals

Baroness Gale asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What plans they have to streamline the procedures governing planning appeals.[HL3055]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions has today laid before Parliament four statutory instruments to improve the handling of planning appeals under each of the three main procedures, written representations, hearings and inquiries. These are: the Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Written Representations Procedure) Regulations 2000; and Town and Country Planning (Hearings Procedure) (England) Rules 2000, the Town and Country Planning (Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2000 and the Town and Country Planning Appeals (Determination by Inspectors) (Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2000. My right honourable friend has also laid before Parliament a related amendment to the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995.

A departmental circular (DETR 5/2000), Planning Appeals: Procedures (including inquiries into called-in planning applications), is being issued today to accompany the new statutory instruments and copies have been placed in the House Libraries. This circular (which replaces Circular DOE 15/96) explains the new procedures governing written representations, hearings and inquiries (including inquiries into called-in planning applications). The changes implement the conclusions of a consultation exercise announced by my right honourable friend the then Minister for Planning on 31 March last year.

The new arrangements, due to come into operation on 1 August 2000, are a key component of our "Modernising Planning" programme. We are determined to improve the service offered to business householders and other users of the appeal system. The changes being introduced will improve the speed and efficiency of the system without impairing the quality, fairness or openness of the process or people's ability to participate.

We have already set tough targets for the Planning Inspectorate to turn round appeals more quickly and it has made a good deal of progress in improving its own performance. However, improving service to the benefit of all concerned is not just the responsibility of the Planning Inspectorate. All parties to the appeals process have a responsibility to meet the deadlines set and to co-operate with the inspectorate in agreeing dates offered for hearings and inquiries. In future, representations received after due dates will normally be disregarded. We shall be carefully monitoring the impact of the changes and will review their effectiveness after about a year to help us decide whether any further action is needed.

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Farm Attractions

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What method they will use to estimate the impact of the revised Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (published in March) on the operation of farm attractions; and when they expect such a study to be completed. [HL2943]

Lord Whitty: I refer the noble Baroness to the Answer I gave her on 8 May, (Official Report, col. WA 209). It is too early to assess the impact of the Revised Secretary of State's Standards of Modern Zoo Practice, which came into effect on 3 April 2000.

Departmental Cars

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8 June (WA 173), what type and make of cars are used by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. [HL2840]

Lord Whitty: My department uses a total of 612 cars. A breakdown of the type and make of cars has been placed in the Library of the House.

Building Industry: Sustainable Construction

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list their various initiatives and programmes to develop more sustainable construction processes in the building industry; and, under these programmes, what organisations and institutions have been grant aided, how many applications have been received for research funding, how many have been awarded Government funding and what was the amount of each grant.[HL2864]

Lord Whitty: My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Beverley Hughes, launched the government strategy for more sustainable construction, entitled Building a better quality of life, in April 2000. This strategy aims to improve the economic, social and environmental performance of construction and is supported by a wide range of government and industry initiatives and programmes.

The key initiatives involved in promoting more sustainable construction which are supported by Government funding include:

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DETR funding support in 2000/01--£k
Construction Best Practice Programme2,000
Movement for Innovation800
Construction Research and Innovation Strategy Panel239
Housing Forum100
Sustainable Construction Focus Group20

My department also funds a programme of construction-related research and innovation, much of it collaboratively funded under the Partners in Innovation (PiI) scheme. In 1999, 184 applications were received for PiI funding in the area of sustainable construction, of which 74 were successful. The information requested about all the projects currently being supported under the Sustainable Construction Business Plan is contained in the Annex to this answer.

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Research ContractorTitle of ProjectDETR % contributionPlanned Completion date2001-01 contribution
ABS ConsultingRealising quality efficient buildings50.0%30-Jun-00£12,545
ABS ConsultingContinuous commissioning for enhanced value47.9%31-Aug-01£36,292
AHS EmstarUse of municipal waste bottom ash12.0%31-Dec-00
Andrew Wright AssociatesDevelop and disseminate guidelines for integrated planning of urban areas50.0%28-Jul-00£15,300
Bovis EuropeImproving waste management in construction50.0%31-Aug-00£23,672
Brampton HousingSustainable housing for a local community50.0%30-Sep-00£27,098
BRE collaborativeAn environmental guide--estate management50.0%30-Jun-00£12,500
BRE collaborativeDevelopment of a simple property portfolio environmental assessment tool50.0%31-Jul-00£30,000
BRE collaborativeImproving the environmental performance of the forestry, sawmilling and panel products industries50.0%31-Aug-00£17,500
BRE collaborativePrototype facade unit for integrating natural ventilation, daylight, solar protection and photovoltaics44.0%31-Mar-01£53,817
BRE collaborativePractical performance and economic evaluation of chilled ceilings and beams50.0%31-Mar-01£54,728
BRE collaborativeInnovation and best practice in flexible and modular building solutions50.0%31-Mar-01£17,000
BRE collaborativeLife cycle environmental impacts--bringing the results to the marketplace44.2%31-Mar-01£35,478
BRE collaborativeNo Blame Post Occupancy Evaluation For The Defects Liability Period50.0%31-Mar-02£25,250
BRE collaborativeBenchmarking sustainable construction best practice--a matrix approach50.0%31-Mar-02£58,893
BRE collaborativeSustainability--Getting the small and medium size enterprise contractors' questions answered41.5%31-Mar-02£48,255
BRE collaborativeSustainable Occupation and Use--Recognising the Real Drivers of Social and Economic dimensions in the life of buildings39.5%30-Jun-02£26,200
BRE collaborativePromoting solar shading and intelligent facades50.0%31-Dec-02£24,000
BRE frameworkProvide strategies to mitigate pollution within non-domestic buildings in urban areas100.0%30-Jun-00£25,000
BRE frameworkDomestic building energy performance100.0%31-Jan-01£201,672
BRE frameworkBrownfield sites--building on fill100.0%31-Jan-01£30,100
BRE frameworkCEN standards of cooling and energy100.0%31-Mar-01£20,188
BRE frameworkImproved lighting guidance100.0%31-Mar-01£99,642
BRE frameworkSite layout planning to improve solar access, passive cooling and micro-climate100.0%31-Mar-01£79,450
BRE frameworkEnergy efficiency of non-domestic buildings100.0%31-Mar-01£200,752
BRE frameworkPromotion of DETR's sustainability objectives: materials and products100.0%31-Mar-01£85,895
BRE frameworkReview of strategy and priorities for energy-related issues100.0%31-Mar-01£48,118
BRE frameworkSustainable construction--developing an industry agenda: Movement for Innovation Key Performance Indicator matrix100.0%31-Mar-01£200,109
BRE frameworkEnvironmental assessment and management tool for the NHS Estate100.0%16-Jun-01£31,550
BRE frameworkSustainable strategies and design--a reference file100.0%30-Sep-01£50,915
BRE frameworkSustainability of small and medium enterprises and small and occasional clients100.0%31-Mar-02£42,454
BRE frameworkDetailed Energy Benchmarking For Schools100.0%31-May-02£29,484
BRE frameworkGreen aggregates100.0%31-May-02£46,500
BRE frameworkMaximising the sustainability of refurbishment100.0%30-Jun-02£58,249
BRE frameworkA sustainability indicator for utilities100.0%31-Jul-02£41,143
BRE frameworkWhole building commissioning--a Code of Practice100.0%31-May-03£40,345
BSRIAMaking natural ventilation work50.0%30-Jun-00
BSRIAHeating, ventilation and air conditioning thermal storage: practical application and performance issues50.0%30-Sep-00£19,950
BSRIAQuality environments for public transport buildings50.0%30-Sep-00£20,600
BSRIAOptimising minimum fresh air50.0%31-Mar-01£39,980
BSRIAEffectiveness of building control systems50.0%31-Jan-02£22,600
Buro HappoldConstructing a prototype cardboard building44.0%31-Mar-01£59,000
Cambridge Architectural ResearchEvaluating sustainable investment in ageing building stock50.0%31-May-01£44,200
CIBSEBenchmarking lighting design software50.0%30-Sep-00£14,000
CIBSEDesign for adaptable building services50.0%31-Oct-00£15,603
CIBSECIBSE Guide B: low energy ventilation and cooling guidance41.8%31-Mar-01£24,675
CIBSE JournalPost-occupancy reviews of building engineering (PROBE 3)49.9%20-Aug-01£60,000
CIRIAIntegrated strategies for the investigation and risk assessment of potentially contaminated sites50.0%30-Jun-00£10,000
CIRIAContaminated land: financial control of risk50.0%31-Jul-00£13,440
CIRIASustainable construction--indicators and targets50.0%31-Dec-00£47,250
CIRIAEffective mechanisms for client control of project environmental performance45.0%31-Oct-01£31,564
CIRIAWaste minimisation and recycling--demonstration projects50.0%31-Jan-02£33,500
CIRIAGuidance on the costing of environmental pollution from building42.0%28-Feb-02£47,172
CIRIASustainable water management--planning for new developments35.0%31-Dec-02£20,000
Construction Industry BoardThe business benefits of considerate site management35.8%30-Nov-00£17,750
Damond Lock Grabowski + PartnersBuildings: a new life42.0%31-Jul-02£16,450
ECD Energy and EnvironmentGreening the national engineering specification28.7%30-Nov-01£41,080
Gaia ResearchSustainable Construction Continuing Professional Development49.6%30-Nov-02£34,100
Institute of Building ControlSupporting Sustainable Construction--Developing Effective Promotion for use of Recycled Construction Materials45.0%28-Feb-01£16,200
LaingSustainable construction--demonstration project50.0%30-Apr-01£173,800
SBS Business SolutionsThe office productivity network37.0%31-Dec-00£21,000
Steel Construction InstituteEconomic assessment of recycled building using a primary steel frame50.0%30-Jun-00£14,000
SPONGEA network for young professionals in sustainable development50.0%31-Mar-02£36,000
TarmacRecycling and upgrading utility arisings and quarry wastes30.8%31-Mar-01
The Building Conservation Centre TrustThe creation of a Heritage Information Exchange13.0%31-Mar-03£150,000
Transport Research LaboratoryWaste management and recycling in transport infrastructure renewal works28.9%30-Nov-01£25,000
TRLReducing the extraction and use of quarry products for construction50.0%31-Jan-02£9,000
TTLRe-engineering the Forest--Wood Supply Chain50.0%30-Jun-02£30,925
University of DundeeResolving application issues with the use of recycled aggregate44.4%31-Oct-00£15,942
University of DundeeValue-added recycling of incinerator ashes24.0%31-Mar-01£19,250
Nottingham Trent UniversityDemonstration project to increase the use of recycled resources in construction14.7%31-May-02£7,350
Wren & BellSustainable continuous refurbishment assessment50.0%31-Jan-01£16,260
Wren & BellLower London Road sustainable housing project48.4%28-Feb-01£8,850
WSP EnvironmentalApplication of Environmental Management Systems to design processes50.0%01-Jun-02£30,250

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