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3 January 1990

Two regular soldiers were injured, not seriously, when a device placed in a water tank in the front garden of a house in west Belfast exploded as a military patrol passed by.

9 January 1990

One off-duty part-time UDR soldier was shot and killed by two armed men who entered the shoe shop he worked in at Castlederg, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

10 January 1990

Two regular soldiers were injured, not seriously, when an explosive device in an empty house in west Belfast detonated as a military patrol passed by.

10 January 1990

One regular soldier was injured, not seriously, when two explosive devices were thrown at the rear vehicle of a military patrol vehicle on Springfield road, west Belfast.

20 January 1990

One full-time UDR soldier was very seriously injured in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, when a UCBT exploded under his car after it had been driven 200m.

28 January 1990

One regular soldier was injured, not seriously, when a bomb detonated on the city wall at Londonderry during a parade to commemorate Bloody Sunday.

11 February 1990

Three regular soldiers were injured, not seriously, when the helicopter they were in was forced to make an emergency landing in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland because of gunfire damage. 15 February 1990

One off-duty part-time UDR soldier was injured, not seriously, when two men shot him whilst he was driving a tractor on his farm in East Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

17 February 1990

One regular soldier was injured, not seriously, when a device exploded as the military vehicle he was in passed a house in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland.

8 March 1990

One off-duty part-time UDR soldier was shot and killed whilst driving a lorry for his employer at Castlecaulfield, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

16 March 1990

One regular soldier was injured, not seriously, when a shot was fired at a military patrol in Crossmaglen, Northern Ireland. 24 March 1990

Two regular soldiers and one UDR soldier were injured, not seriously, when a van exploded outside the RUC station at Ballymena. 9 April 1990

Four UDR soldiers were killed when an explosive device in a culvert under a road near Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, detonated as their military vehicle passed over it.

28 April 1990

One regular soldier was injured, not seriously, when a military patrol he was in was engaged by automatic gunfire near Drumhill, South Armagh, Northern Ireland.

28 April 1990

One UDR soldier and one regular soldier were both injured, not seriously, when two mortar bombs were fired at the PVCP at Strabane, Northern Ireland, and one exploded.

5 May 1990

One regular soldier was killed when a military patrol was engaged by automatic gunfire near Cullyhana, South Armagh, Northern Ireland.


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16 May 1990

One regular soldier was killed and one seriously injured when a UCBT under an Army van exploded near the Army careers information office at Wembley, London.

21 May 1990

One regular soldier was injured, not seriously, when an explosive device was thrown at a mobile patrol in west Belfast and detonated. 1 June 1990

One regular soldier was killed and two injured when they were shot whilst waiting for a train at Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. 2 June 1990

One regular soldier was shot and killed outside his married quarters at Dortmund-Gartenstadt, West Germany.

10 June 1990

One off-duty part-time UDR soldier was seriously injured when a UCBT exploded under his vehicle at Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

28 June 1990

One regular soldier was seriously injured when a military patrol was engaged by automatic gunfire in the main street of Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

2 July 1990

One regular soldier was injured not seriously, when the RUC station at Grosvenor road, Belfast came under attack from grenades and gunfire.

A further 117 service men were injured in Northern Ireland between 1 August 1989 and 5 July 1990 as a result of the security situation there.

Options for Change

Mr. Nellist : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he is giving in his current exercise, options for change, to the job implications in the defence industry for (a) Coventry and (b) nationally.

Mr. Alan Clark : The implications of options for change for the balance of expenditure on defence equipment, and hence the defence industry, are being studied but it is too early to say what their impact will be.

Radiation

Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the purpose of the monitoring of radiation levels now being conducted by the Royal Navy in the St. Bride's area of Newport, West ; and when he expects to publish the results.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : Readings of natural background radiation are routinely taken in areas where nuclear submarines are cleared to berth. In this instance, the berth concerned was Cardiff. Readings are not intended for publication ; however, the marine environmental surveys of nuclear submarine berths produced by the defence radiological protection service are published.

Land Ownership and Use

Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral answer to the hon. Member for Ashfield, Official Report, 6 March, column 719, what was the total acreage used by his Department in 1989 ; and what are the comparable figures for (a) ownership and (b) use by his Department in (i) 1960, (ii) 1970 and (iii) 1980.


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Mr. Archie Hamilton : The relevant figures are shown in the table :


Year                 |Land and Foreshore  |Land and Foreshore                       

                     |in MOD Ownership    |over which MOD                           

                     |(Freehold and       |has long term rights                     

                     |Leasehold)                                                    

                     |(acres)             |(acres)                                  

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1989                 |596,265             |249,699                                  

1980                 |618,477             |76,785                                   

1972                 |658,756             |56,331                                   

1970                 |630,096             |53,406                                   

1960                 |782,819             |79,000                                   

The figures for 1960 and 1970 exclude the Procurement Executive estimate. Title in property held by the former Minister of Aviation Supply was transferred to the Secretary of State for Defence on 1 May 1971 ; figures for 1972 have been included in the table to reflect these changes.

The increase in land held under rights in 1989 is due to the renewal of two leases which granted long-term rights over areas where previous arrangements were on a short-term basis and did not qualify for inclusion in the statistics. Records of land used under rights for periods of less than three years are not held centrally.

Low Flying

Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which types of aircraft's noise levels produced by NATO allied air forces which are common users of the United Kingdom's low-flying system, will be included in the forthcoming noise survey to be conducted by his Department.

Mr. Neubert [ pursuant to his reply, 5 July 1990, c. 643 ] : The noise measurement trial conducted at the Royal Aerospace West Freugh range last month covered the following common users of the United Kingdom low-flying system : F-111, Hawk, Harrier GR5, Jaguar and Tornado.

ENVIRONMENT

Corvids

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has any proposals to alter the law relating to the use of live decoys in traps for the purpose of taking corvids ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Trippier : We have no plans to make any changes to existing legislation on this matter.

Radiation

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment on what date he became aware for the first time that inspectors from Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution were conducting a radiological survey of Rainham marshes.

Mr. Trippier : Following publicity over claims that higher than normal background levels of radiation were present at Rainham marshes officials from Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution first visited the area on 3 April.


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Water Meters

Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will require the fitting of water meters to be carried out free of charge to householders, where the decision to fit has been taken by a water supplier ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : Charging for water services is a matter for each water company and like any other business they must cover their costs. Where water companies require water meters to be installed in new properties as a condition of supply, the cost of installation is borne by the developer. Water companies that opt for widespread matering of existing domestic properties will meet the initial costs of installation. They will be able to recover these costs through charges to customers as a whole by applying to the Director General of Water Services for an interim adjustment of their limit on charges increases. The director general will ensure that charges are fair and reasonable and do not show undue preference to, or undue discrimination against, any class of customer. Compulsory metering will be one of the issues dealt with in a consultation paper on methods of charging for water services that the director general will be issuing later this year.

National Rivers Authority

Mr. Tredinnick : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what resources are available in the current year to the National Rivers Authority for managing and protecting the water environment.

Mr. Trippier : I am pleased to announce that, subject to any necessary parliamentary approval, an extra £11 million will be made available to the National Rivers Authority this financial year, if required. This is additional to the £93 million grant in aid already agreed. This decision will enable the authority to continue its planned capital restructuring programme and to carry out the full range of its pollution control and other functions, in line with the Government's commitment to maintaining the quality of the water environment.

Recycling

Mr. Janman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the total indentifiable expenditure on research into recycling by his Department in each year since 1979 ; and what proportion was expended in each year into the investigation of the capabilities of new technology.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory [holding answer 4 July 1990] : I will write to my hon. Friend.

Waste

Sir Hugh Rossi : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to make public the conclusions of the consultation on his Department's draft code of practice for waste holders under the Environmental Protection Bill.

Mr. Trippier [holding answer 9 July 1990] : I hope to make an announcement about the outcome of our consultations on the draft code of practice for the duty of care before the summer recess.


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North Sea Pollution

Mr. Ward : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received on whether the proposals for reducing pollution in the North sea include a sufficient reduction in heavy metal deposits ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory [holding answer 9 July 1990] : I receive regular representations on the marine environment but these have not focused in particular on reduction of pollution by heavy metals. The second North sea conference agreed on a precautionary basis a target of 50 per cent. reductions 1985-95 in inputs via rivers and estuaries for the most dangerous substances, and the recent third conference in the Hague raised this target to 70 per cent. for four substances including mercury, cadmium and lead. The United Kingdom has since 1985 already achieved reductions of 31 per cent. and 22 per cent. discharges to the North sea of mercury and cadmium and these initiatives will help to achieve measurable improvements in North sea water quality.

Compulsory Purchase Orders

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how many compulsory purchase orders have been confirmed by his Department, broken down by local authority, in each of the last three financial years ;

(2) how many applications for compulsory purchase orders he has received from local authorities in England and Wales, broken down by local authority, in each of the last three financial years ; (3) how many compulsory purchase orders in each of the last three financial years were subject to public local inquiry from local authorities in England and Wales, broken down by local authority.

Mr. Moynihan [holding answer 9 July 1990] : Comprehensive data in the form requested are not available except at a disproportionate cost.

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many applications for compulsory purchase orders he received in each of the last three financial years were in respect of (a) unfit housing which was occupied, (b) empty private sector properties and (c) poor management of privately rented property.


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Mr. Chope [holding answer 9 July 1990] : The main compulsory purchase powers for unfit housing are contained in part IX of the Housing Act 1985 and the main powers for other housing in parts II and VIII. The numbers of orders received for confirmation in the last three financial years were :


               |1987-88|1988-89|1989-90        

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Part IX        |151    |112    |93             

Parts II, VIII |187    |187    |111            

Orders are considered on their merits and statistics on the occupancy and management of properties are not kept.

Local Government Finance

Mr. O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he has any plans to seek to amend the Local Government Finance Act 1988 with respect to the standard community charge, in addition to the proposed changes for holiday caravans ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) if he intends to change the law of joint and several liability under the Local Government Finance Act 1988 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Chope [holding answer 9 July 1990] : My right hon. Friend hopes to make a statement shortly about the community charge.

CFCs

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the impact upon the environment of the leak of chlorofluorocarbons from Harwell atomic research centre.

Mr. Trippier [holding answer 9 July 1990] : I understand that about 1 cu m of CFC113 was released when a new cooling system was being commissioned at the JET laboratory at Culham, some of which was subsequently recovered. I regret any avoidable release of ozone-depleting chemicals, but the quantity involved is not significant compared with current levels of CFC consumption.


 

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