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Asylum Appeals

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): In the period October 2001 to September 2002, 60,450 appeals were determined by adjudicators, of which 13,240 were upheld. The figures do not include applications for leave to appeal to the Immigration Appeal Tribunal or hearings dealt with by the tribunal.

It is not possible to link the amount paid in legal aid to these cases.

Environmental Offences

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

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): The Environment Agency is the primary agency in England and Wales that prosecutes environmental offences. Information on offences prosecuted by the Environment Agency in 2002 is listed in tabular form below, broken down into the eight regions of England and Wales for which the agency has responsibility, and into the top 10 fines for each region. Prosecution details for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and those for offences not prosecuted by the Environment Agency in England and Wales, are not held centrally.

During 2002, there were 357 prosecutions brought against companies by the Environment Agency: 855 offences were successfully prosecuted, which led to fines totalling £3,120,423. The average fine per offence was £3,649.62 and the average fine per prosecution was £8,740.68.

The figure of 357 prosecutions includes those where companies were prosecuted on more than one occasion during the year, for example United Utilities Water plc, or for more than one offence.

The top 10 fines in each agency region are shown in tabular form below.

Thames Region—Top 10 fines

Company NameNature of Offence(s)Total Fines (£)
Thames Water Utilities LimitedWater Quality£155,000.00
BP Oil (UK) LimitedWater Quality£60,000.00
Totalfinaelf UK LimitedWater Quality£54,000.00
S H Pratt and Company (Bananas) LimitedWaste£53,000.00
S Grundon (Ewelme) LimitedWater Quality£50,000.00
English, Welsh & Scottish Railway LimitedWater Quality£24,000.00
Budgens Stores LimitedWater Quality£16,000.00
Honda Trading Europe LimitedWater Quality£12,000.00
Nippon 2000 Spares and Tyres Company LimitedWater Quality£12,000.00
BP Mitchell Haulage Contractors LimitedWaste£10,000.00
Yoplait Dairy Crest LimitedWater Quality£10,000.00

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Anglian Region—Top 10 fines

Company NameNature of Offence(s)Total Fines (£)
Anglian Water Services LimitedWater Quality£270,000.00
Shanks Waste Services LimitedWaste£87,000.00
Greenvale Foods LimitedWater Quality£49,000.00
Banham Poultry LimitedWater Quality£24,000.00
Jackson Building Centres LimitedWaste£22,500.00
Welding Alloys LimitedWaste£15,000.00
James A Gooding LimitedWater Quality£15,000.00
Junckers LimitedWaste£13,500.00
Middlebrook Mushrooms LimitedWater Quality£12,000.00
Easco LimitedWaste£10,000.00

Welsh Region—Top 10 fines

Company NameNature of Offence(s)Total Fines (£)
Kronospan LimitedWater Resources£65,000.00
Dwr Cymru CyfWater Quality£24,000.00
F & R Dunlop Services LimitedWaste£13,000.00
T Richard Jones (Betws) LimitedWaste£8,500.00
Amgen Rhondaa LimitedWater Quality£8,000.00
Macob LimitedWater Quality£8,000.00
Global Foods LimitedWaste£8,000.00
Konica Business Machines (UK) LimitedWaste£8,000.00
Rockfon LimitedWaste£5,250.00
South Wales Mineral Recycling LimitedWaste£5,000.00
Allied Carpet Group plcWater Quality£5,000.00
Hogan (Construction) LtdWaste£5,000.00
Knolton Farmhouse Cheese LtdWater Quality£5,000.00

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Midlands Region—Top 10 fines

Company NameNature of Offence(s)Total Fines (£)
Midland Waste Management LimitedWaste£54,000.00
Lear Corporation (Nottingham) LimitedWaste£40,000.00
Lear Corporation UK Interior Systems LimitedWaste£40,000.00
Torgam Developments LimitedWaste£30,000.00
Europackaging plcWaste£25,000.00
Computer 2000 Distribution LimitedWaste£25,000.00
R Calder Skip Hire (Kidderminster) LimitedWaste£20,200.00
B & D Electroplaters LimitedWater Quality£20,000.00
Lear Corporation (UK) LimitedWaste£16,000.00
Bowood Event Hire LimitedWater Quality£13,500.00

North East Region—Top 10 fines

Company NameNature of Offence(s)Total Fines (£)
Cheepa Skips UK LimitedWaste£25,000.00
Huntsman Petrochemicals (UK) LimitedWater Quality£23.000.00
Yorkshire Water Services LimitedWater Quality£22,000.00
E Harper (York) LimitedWater Quality£15,000.00
Hedon Salads LimitedWaste£15,000.00
Leo Sawrij LimitedWaste£10,500.00
Peter Ward Homes LimitedWaste£7,000.00
Tillertech LimitedWater Quality£7,000.00
J N Bentley LimitedWater Quality£6,000.00
Contract Heat & Power LimitedWaste£5,000.00
Russell Construction (York) LimitedWaste£5,000.00
MKM Building Supplies LimitedWaste£5,000.00
Tay Homes plcWater Quality£5,000.00

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North West Region—Top 10 fines

Company NameNature of Offence(s)Total Fines (£)
United Utilities Water plcWater Quality£327,500.00
Stationery Box LimitedWaste£25,000.00
Onyx Highmoor LimitedWaste£21,000.00
3C Waste LimitedWaste£17,000.00
Bernstein Group plcWaste£16,000.00
P W Greenhalgh & Company LimitedIPC£15,000.00
Sita (Lancashire) LimitedWaste£14,000.00
Paul Hartmann LimitedWaste£11,500.00
Bomacks Contractors LimitedWaste£10,800.00
Interbrew UK LimitedWater Quality£10,000.00
B Dugdale & Son LimitedWater Quality£10,000.00

Southern Region—Top 10 fines

Company NameNature of Offence(s)Total Fines (£)
Albury Construction LimitedWater Quality£40,000.00
A & J Bull (Southern) Limited Waste£31,000.00
Southern Water Services Limited Water Quality£21,000.00
Skipaway Limited Waste£20,000.00
St. James Haulage Limited Waste£12,500.00
CPS Group Limited Waste£10,000.00
Biffa Waste Services Limited Waste£8,500.00
Thames Water Utilities Limited Water Quality£5,000.00
R.H. Thompson & Company Limited Waste£4,500.00
Hanson Quarry Products Europe Limited Water Quality£3,500.00

South West Region—Top 10 fines

Company NameNature of Offence(s)Total Fines (£)
Faccenda Group
(South) Limited
Water Quality£75,000.00
South West Water
Water Quality£45,000.00
Hills Mineral &
Waste Limited
Wessex Water
Services Limited
Water Quality£18,000.00
Lawson Demolition
& Crushing Limited
Tesco Stores
Water Quality£10,000.00
Biffa Waste Services
Bath Demolition
and Crushing
Company Limited
Valley Waste
Water Resources£5,000.00
Bourne Leisure
Water Resources£5,000.00
(European) Limited
T J Brent Limited
Hall & Woodhouse
Water Quality£5,000.00

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NHS Foundation Trusts

Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 15 January (WA 45), whether the existence of a private finance initiative contract has any bearing on the prudential borrowing limit to be set for National Health Service foundation trusts; and, if so, how it will be taken into account.[HL1254]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Any private finance initiative charges paid by NHS foundation trusts will reduce their ability to service borrowing. Each NHS foundation trust will be able to borrow up to a prudential limit assessed by the independent regulator based on the individual NHS foundation trust's ability to service the borrowing.

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