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Written Answers to Questions

Monday 15 October 1990

ENVIRONMENT

Local Government Finance

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the current percentage collection rate by each local authority for the poll tax ; what is the shortfall in revenue ; and by how much poll tax rates would have to be increased in each case to compensate for the loss of revenue from non-payment.

Mr. Portillo : The Government have no comprehensive information on current collection rates. We shall be receiving details of collection rates at 30 September 1990 from local authorities and this information will be collated and made available to the local authority associations in the same way as was the information for 30 June.

Mr. David Nicholson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report the latest figures he has for actual spending in 1989-90 and planned spending in 1990-91 for (a) each of the London boroughs, (b) the metropolitan districts of Salford, Stockport, Trafford, Sefton, Wirral, Coventry, Sandwell, Bradford and Leeds and (c) the shire counties of Cambridgeshire, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hereford and Worcestershire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Mr. Key : The available information is as follows :


Net revenue expenditure provisional outturn 1989-90        

and budget estimates 1990-91                               

                       |Provisional|Budget                 

                       |outturn                            

                       |1989-90    |1990-91                

                       |£'000s     |£'000s                 

-----------------------------------------------------------

Cambridgeshire         |304,500    |335,093                

Devon                  |456,617    |519,332                

Dorset                 |273,158    |304,476                

Gloucestershire        |241,871    |274,190                

Hereford and Worcester |292,162                            

Kent                   |661,425    |760,000                

Oxfordshire            |247,861    |291,554                

Somerset               |234,537    |250,951                

Wiltshire              |261,404    |285,110                

                                                           

Salford                |151,658    |163,400                

Stockport              |141,575    |168,761                

Trafford               |107,869    |130,610                

Sefton                 |146,770    |179,143                

Wirral                 |191,520    |218,160                

Coventry               |192,636    |218,115                

Sandwell               |187,208    |223,558                

Bradford               |297,477    |331,843                

Leeds                  |358,442    |422,348                

                                                           

City of London         |76,160     |67,873                 

Camden                 |147,683    |180,685                

Greenwich              |99,721     |221,596                

Hackney                |135,825    |236,000                

Islington              |127,107    |195,118                

Kensington and Chelsea |65,004     |117,458                

Lewisham               |117,997    |207,292                

Southwark              |159,513    |231,020                

Tower Hamlets          |124,538    |212,471                

Wandsworth             |92,579     |242,772                

Westminster            |106,317    |173,617                

                                                           

Barking and Dagenham   |85,292     |99,852                 

Barnet                 |150,595    |169,842                

Bexley                 |118,358    |124,602                

Brent                  |228,953    |238,444                

Bromley                |134,747    |150,238                

Croydon                |165,362    |189,838                

Ealing                 |197,583    |222,964                

Enfield                |153,003    |170,417                

Harrow                 |112,640    |126,455                

Havering               |119,620    |133,290                

Hillingdon             |138,020    |155,194                

Kingston-Upon-Thames   |76,805     |83,679                 

Merton                 |91,290     |117,016                

Newham                 |204,721    |213,940                

Redbridge              |114,644    |132,619                

Richmond-Upon-Thames   |81,034     |90,376                 

Sutton                 |91,909     |105,360                

Waltham Forest         |167,193    |183,019                

In 1990-91 information for capped authorities shows the position after capping.

Information is not yet available from Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Haringey and Hounslow.

Mr. Irvine : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, what was (a) the capital expenditure and (b) the revenue expenditure of (i) Baleigh district council, (ii) Forest Heath district council, (iii) Ipswich borough council, (iv) Mid-Suffolk district council, (v) St. Edmundsbury district council, (vi) Suffolk Coastal district council, (vii) Waveney district council and (viii) Suffolk county council in each year from (1) 1985-86 and (2) to 1990-91.

Mr. Key : The information is as follows :


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Total expenditure<1> final outturn 1985-86 to 1989-90. Net revenue expenditure<2> provisional       

outturn 1989-90 and budget estimates 1990-91                                                        

                |Final      |Final      |Final      |Final      |Provisional|Final                  

                |Outturn    |Outturn    |Outturn    |Outturn    |Outturn    |Estimate               

                |1985-86    |1986-87    |1987-88    |1988-89    |1989-90    |1990-91                

                |£'000      |£'000      |£'000      |£'000      |£'000      |£'000                  

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Suffolk         |197,896    |218,200    |230,942    |254,492    |276,116    |318,718                

Babergh         |3,061      |2,520      |3,088      |3,557      |3,534      |4,636                  

Forest Heath    |2,540      |1,968      |1,983      |2,275      |3,031      |3,781                  

Ipswich         |7,934      |8,865      |10,292     |10,997     |14,982     |17,782                 

Mid Suffolk     |3,010      |2,807      |3,274      |3,368      |3,783      |6,064                  

St. Edmundsbury |3,181      |3,296      |3,283      |2,546      |4,095      |5,020                  

Suffolk Coastal |4,101      |3,978      |4,758      |4,744      |6,300      |9,081                  

Waveney         |5,244      |5,275      |5,874      |6,574      |7,230      |8,229                  


Gross capital expenditure 1985-86 to 1990-91                            

1985-86         |1986-87|1987-88|1988-89|1989-90|1990-91                

------------------------------------------------------------------------

Suffolk         |18,079 |24,605 |24,703 |35,173 |34,995 |44,330         

Babergh         |3,792  |4,999  |2,736  |5,814  |7,149  |7,146          

Forest Heath    |2,112  |2,474  |4,217  |5,117  |7,669  |6,653          

Ipswich         |15,486 |14,615 |10,203 |18,993 |22,549 |17,193         

Mid Suffolk     |6,007  |6,237  |6,757  |6,834  |8,650  |7,712          

St. Edmundsbury |8,821  |7,391  |8,183  |7,304  |12,956 |14,100         

Suffolk Coastal |3,250  |4,789  |6,298  |6,897  |9,166  |6,084          

Waveney         |5,306  |5,991  |6,771  |8,333  |8,343  |11,114         

Mr. Irvine : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will detail the amounts received by (a) Baleigh district council, (b) Forest Heath district council, (c) Ipswich borough council, (d) Mid-Suffolk district council, (e) St. Edmundsbury district council, (f) Suffolk coastal district council, (g) Waveney district council, (h)


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Suffolk county council by way of (i) rate revenue support grant, (ii) specific grants, (iii) non-domestic rates and (iv) domestic rates and community charge in each year from (1) 1985-86 to 1990-91.

Mr. Key : The information is as follows :


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1990-91         |Revenue   |Specific  |Community |Income               

                |support   |grants    |charge    |from non-            

                |grant     |within AEF|income    |domestic             

                                                 |rate pool            

                |£'000     |£'000     |£'000     |£'000                

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Suffolk         |0         |29,169    |0         |0                    

                                                                       

Babergh         |8,409     |124       |19,666    |17,525               

Forest Heath    |5,366     |113       |11,740    |9,902                

Ipswich         |14,458    |255       |40,682    |26,633               

Mid Suffolk     |8,403     |103       |19,582    |16,976               

St. Edmundsbury |9,623     |173       |22,556    |20,192               

Suffolk Coastal |11,272    |142       |30,208    |22,253               

Waveney         |11,894    |256       |28,297    |23,966               

Notes:                                                                 

1. Domestic rates gross of rate rebates but net of rate relief grant.  

2. Community charge income gross of charge benefits and transitional   

relief grant.                                                          

3. Income from the non-domestic rate pool is distributed in proportion 

to relevant population (£292.51 per adult). It is not comparable with  

income from non-domestic ratepayers in earlier years.                  


1990-91         |Revenue   |Specific  |Community |Income               

                |support   |grants    |charge    |from non-            

                |grant     |within AEF|income    |domestic             

                                                 |rate pool            

                |£'000     |£'000     |£'000     |£'000                

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Suffolk         |0         |29,169    |0         |0                    

                                                                       

Babergh         |8,409     |124       |19,666    |17,525               

Forest Heath    |5,366     |113       |11,740    |9,902                

Ipswich         |14,458    |255       |40,682    |26,633               

Mid Suffolk     |8,403     |103       |19,582    |16,976               

St. Edmundsbury |9,623     |173       |22,556    |20,192               

Suffolk Coastal |11,272    |142       |30,208    |22,253               

Waveney         |11,894    |256       |28,297    |23,966               

Notes:                                                                 

1. Domestic rates gross of rate rebates but net of rate relief grant.  

2. Community charge income gross of charge benefits and transitional   

relief grant.                                                          

3. Income from the non-domestic rate pool is distributed in proportion 

to relevant population (£292.51 per adult). It is not comparable with  

income from non-domestic ratepayers in earlier years.                  


1990-91         |Revenue   |Specific  |Community |Income               

                |support   |grants    |charge    |from non-            

                |grant     |within AEF|income    |domestic             

                                                 |rate pool            

                |£'000     |£'000     |£'000     |£'000                

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Suffolk         |0         |29,169    |0         |0                    

                                                                       

Babergh         |8,409     |124       |19,666    |17,525               

Forest Heath    |5,366     |113       |11,740    |9,902                

Ipswich         |14,458    |255       |40,682    |26,633               

Mid Suffolk     |8,403     |103       |19,582    |16,976               

St. Edmundsbury |9,623     |173       |22,556    |20,192               

Suffolk Coastal |11,272    |142       |30,208    |22,253               

Waveney         |11,894    |256       |28,297    |23,966               

Notes:                                                                 

1. Domestic rates gross of rate rebates but net of rate relief grant.  

2. Community charge income gross of charge benefits and transitional   

relief grant.                                                          

3. Income from the non-domestic rate pool is distributed in proportion 

to relevant population (£292.51 per adult). It is not comparable with  

income from non-domestic ratepayers in earlier years.                  


1990-91         |Revenue   |Specific  |Community |Income               

                |support   |grants    |charge    |from non-            

                |grant     |within AEF|income    |domestic             

                                                 |rate pool            

                |£'000     |£'000     |£'000     |£'000                

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Suffolk         |0         |29,169    |0         |0                    

                                                                       

Babergh         |8,409     |124       |19,666    |17,525               

Forest Heath    |5,366     |113       |11,740    |9,902                

Ipswich         |14,458    |255       |40,682    |26,633               

Mid Suffolk     |8,403     |103       |19,582    |16,976               

St. Edmundsbury |9,623     |173       |22,556    |20,192               

Suffolk Coastal |11,272    |142       |30,208    |22,253               

Waveney         |11,894    |256       |28,297    |23,966               

Notes:                                                                 

1. Domestic rates gross of rate rebates but net of rate relief grant.  

2. Community charge income gross of charge benefits and transitional   

relief grant.                                                          

3. Income from the non-domestic rate pool is distributed in proportion 

to relevant population (£292.51 per adult). It is not comparable with  

income from non-domestic ratepayers in earlier years.                  


1990-91         |Revenue   |Specific  |Community |Income               

                |support   |grants    |charge    |from non-            

                |grant     |within AEF|income    |domestic             

                                                 |rate pool            

                |£'000     |£'000     |£'000     |£'000                

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Suffolk         |0         |29,169    |0         |0                    

                                                                       

Babergh         |8,409     |124       |19,666    |17,525               

Forest Heath    |5,366     |113       |11,740    |9,902                

Ipswich         |14,458    |255       |40,682    |26,633               

Mid Suffolk     |8,403     |103       |19,582    |16,976               

St. Edmundsbury |9,623     |173       |22,556    |20,192               

Suffolk Coastal |11,272    |142       |30,208    |22,253               

Waveney         |11,894    |256       |28,297    |23,966               

Notes:                                                                 

1. Domestic rates gross of rate rebates but net of rate relief grant.  

2. Community charge income gross of charge benefits and transitional   

relief grant.                                                          

3. Income from the non-domestic rate pool is distributed in proportion 

to relevant population (£292.51 per adult). It is not comparable with  

income from non-domestic ratepayers in earlier years.                  

Ms. Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish a table showing the relationship of community charge to rates in the manner of his answer to the hon. Member for Ealing, Acton (Sir G. Young) on 19 June, Official Report, column 480, using actual rates of community charge set by local authorities.

Mr. Key : The analyses already provided offer the most valid illustration of the distributional effects of the introduction of the community charge system. Use of actual community charges would not provide a proper comparison with 1989-90 rates since increases in local authority spending mean that the community charge is raising 30 per cent. more revenue than was raised by domestic rates.

Local Government Superannuation Regulations

Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received on the implementation of the Local Government Superannuation (Amendment) Regulations 1990 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The Local Government Superannuation (Amendment) Regulations 1990 came into force on 17 September. Comments on the draft regulations were invited from interested parties in April, and 14 replies were received. These included a detailed response from the United Kingdom steering committee on behalf of local authorities in England and Wales.

Archaeological Funds

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer of 18 July, Official Report, column 562, what consideration he has given to the most appropriate measures for protecting archaeological finds made on unscheduled sites.

Mr. Trippier : My Department is currently discussing this issue with English Heritage.

Nature Conservation Grants

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what arrangements will be made arising from the proposed reorganisation of the Nature Conservancy Council to co-ordinate applications for nature conservation grants for projects with a Great


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Britain interest or which relate to more than one country ; and whether the Joint Nature Conservation Committee will take a co-ordinating role.

Mr. Trippier : The Government has already made it clear that the new agencies should agree efficient procedures for dealing with applications for nature conservation grants which cover more than one agency's interests, in order to prevent duplication of funding and to avoid unnecessary work for applicants. Grants are an executive function for the country agencies themselves and there is no need for any statutory or other formal provision for involvement by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

Water Quality

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will list each nitrate derogation which has been granted to each water company in England and Wales, giving the date when each derogation was issued and the expiry date ;

(2) if he will list each centre of population which receives drinking water which is in breach of European Community nitrate limits.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : Derogations for nitrate which were granted in 1985 were withdrawn by the government in 1988. For those supplies which breach the EC and national standard for nitrate, or where there has been a past breach which is likely to recur, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has accepted an undertaking from the water company under section 20 of the Water Act 1989 to secure compliance with the standard. All supplies will comply by 1995 at the latest. Those supplies which do not meet the standard in the interim are not considered to endanger health. Copies of the undertakings by the water service companies are available in the Library.

I am arranging for copies of the undertakings my right hon. Friend has accepted from the statutory water companies to be placed in the Library.

Undertakings accepted by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales are a matter for the Welsh Office.

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment further to his reply of 19 July, Official Report, column 729, if he will give details and results of all surveys of groundwater contamination in Staffordshire undertaken by the National Rivers Authority.


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Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The National Rivers Authority has a network of 75 regularly measured groundwater quality monitoring points in Staffordshire. The network particularly covers the triassic sandstone aquifer which is a major source of public water supplies in the county. The data collected from the monitoring surveys is lodged on the public Water Act register which is held at the authority's Severn Trent region's office.

Personal Data

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that the chargepayer's privacy is adequately protected when information is disclosed by a community charge registration office or charging authority without the knowledge or consent of the charge payer ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) whether he will introduce regulations to provide that a community charges registration officer should not disclose information about a charge payer to another community charges registration officer without the knowledge or informed and express consent of the charge payer ; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Key : Community charges registration officers and charging authorities may only make use of information they have obtained in carrying out their statutory functions in accordance with their powers under the Local Government Finance Act 1988, and are bound by the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1984. There is no intention to alter this position.

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether his Department will take positive steps to discuss with the Data Protection Registrar, all his Department's legislation that impacts on the use, collection, processing or holding of personal data ; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Christopher Patten : I am reminding my officials of the need to consult the registrar about proposed legislation which might affect or be affected by the Data Protection Act 1984.


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Blue-green Algae

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what advice he has given to local authorities concerning advice to the general public of health hazards associated with blue-green algae.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : Advice from the Department of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is included in the standard letters sent by the National Rivers Authority to chief environmental health officers, medical officers of environmental health and site owners when particular water bodies are identified as being likely to develop potentially toxic algal blooms. This advice is also included in a leaflet containing information on the dangers associated with blue-green algae published by the National Rivers Authority on 6 June. The wide distribution given to this leaflet included environmental health officers as well as owners and users of recreational water facilities.

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give details of all research currently undertaken into blue-green algae.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : As part of the work of its task group on blue- green algae, the National Rivers Authority has undertaken a comprehensive survey of research into this field, both in this country and overseas. Details are included in the report published by the National Rivers Authority on 1 October. The report makes a number of detailed recommendations for further research which are being carefully considered.

Home Ownership

Mr. Moate : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the level of home ownership currently (a) in number and (b) as a percentage of all housing ; and what are the comparable figures for 1980, 1970 and 1960.

Mr. Michael Spicer : The information is as follows :


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                England                       United Kingdom                              

               |Owner-occupied|per cent.     |Owner-occupied|per cent.                    

               |dwellings     |of all        |dwellings     |of all                       

(millions)     |dwellings     |(millions)    |dwellings                                   

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December 1960  |6.4           |45            |7.0           |42                           

December 1970  |8.2           |51            |9.5           |49                           

December 1980  |10.3          |57            |11.9          |55                           

December 1989  |13.2          |68            |15.3          |66                           

June 1990      |13.3          |69            |n.a.          |n.a.                         

n.a.=not available.                                                                       

Landfill Gas

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, further to his answer of 19 July, Official Report , column 726 , when he intends to publish the results of Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution's survey into landfill sites to determine those with the potential to generate landfill gas ; and which sites have been and are being monitored in Staffordshire.

Mr. Trippier : The results of the survey are expected to be published in the near future. The survey has identified 22 gassing or potentially gassing sites in Staffordshire. It


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would be for Staffordshire county council as the waste disposal authority to provide any details about the number of sites currently being monitored.

Voluntary Agencies

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many voluntary agencies, who in 1989 received Government funding under section 73 of the Housing Act 1985, did not do so in the current year.

Mr. Michael Spicer : Fourteen. However, the following 23 organisations received section 73 grant for the first time this year :


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Brighton Housing Trust

Centrepoint (Soho)

Chester Lodgings and Support Group

Coventry Day Centre

Housing Aid for Youth, Blyth

Key House Project, Keighley

Leicester Night Shelter

Lodgers

The London Connection

St. Martin in the Fields Social Care Unit

The National Foster Care Association

Newark Young Single Homeless Trust

North Lambeth Day Centre

The Passage Day Centre, Westminster

The Portsmouth Housing Trust

Reading Emergency Accommodation Project

Riverpoint Single Homeless Ltd., London

St Basil's Centre, Birmingham

The Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, London

Thames Reach, London

Threshold, Hammersmith

West End Co-ordinated Voluntary Services for Homeless Single People, London

Yeldall Christian Centre.

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what further criteria were used to determine which voluntary agencies received funding in the current year in addition to section 73 of the Housing Act 1985.

Mr. Michael Spicer : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Bedfordshire, North (Sir T. Skeet), on 5 June, at column 485 .

Palace of Westminster (Cleaning)

Mr. Moate : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a further statement on the timetable for the cleaning of the exterior of the inner courtyards of the Palace of Westminster.

Mr. Key : The work to repair and clean the stonework in the courtyards is due to begin in 1994-95 following the completion of the work to the Victoria tower.

Rents

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the typical gross rate of return on uncontrolled rents of private residences in the private sector in (a) central London and (b) north-west England as a percentage of the capital value of the asset.

Mr. Michael Spicer : We do not yet have sufficient information on the level of rents being charged for assured tenancies to serve as a basis for estimates of the rate of return on capital. A survey intended to provide such information is currently in hand.

Environment Protection (Local Government Spending)

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what account the autumn statement on standard spending assessment will take of the necessary expenditure incurred by local authorities on (a) pollution control, (b) enforcement, (c) prevention, (d) training of staff and (e) all extra duties to be conferred following the enactment of the Environmental Protection Bill.

Mr. Portillo : Extra duties falling to local authorities were one element in my right hon. Friend's decision to


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increase aggregate external finance for local authorities by 12.8 per cent. for 1991-92. He expects to make his proposals for standard spending assessments, including control totals for service blocks, in the next few weeks.

Peatlands

Mr. Moate : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to reach conclusions about measures necessary to conserve peatlands ; if he is satisfied that the current options offer sufficient scope to accommodate both continued peat extraction and conservation ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Trippier : The noble Lord Reay's response to the debate on peatland issues, which took place in another place on 9 May 1990, indicated that there were a considerable number of matters to be addressed. Work on these is progressing both in my Department and elsewhere, but information on some key aspects is not yet available. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State hopes to be able to make a statement about measures necessary to conserve peatlands during the first half of 1991.

Amphibians

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on his efforts in the last three months to establish the extent of the changes in the population of frogs and other amphibians over the last decade ; and if he will detail the effect on frogs of habitat loss and pesticides.

Mr. Trippier : The Nature Conservancy Council (NCC) has commissioned Leicester Polytechnic to undertake an inquiry to provide information on the current status of widespread species of amphibians and reptiles.

Provisional information shows that the status of the frog has continued to improve during the 1980s ; it has increased in seven of the NCC's regions and not changed appreciably in the other eight. The crested newt has done least well of the species studied, but the rate of decline has slowed. The toad, the smooth newt and the palmate newt have more or less held their own nationally during the 1980s. In instances where frog numbers had declined, and where the reasons for decline were given, 88 per cent. of correspondents mentioned habitat loss. Nobody specifically mentioned pesticides.

City Grant

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list by region, and date of completion, all projects completed where city grant has been paid, the name of company, the amount of private investment and the amount of grant paid for these projects.

Mr. Atkins : The information requested is shown in the following table. Although some schemes are physically complete some of them are still incurring expenditure and in those cases final claims are still to come. A further 54 schemes are currently under construction.


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Completed City Grant Schemes                                                                                                                     

Region and project name                          |Project completion date|City grant paid        |Private expenditure                            

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West Midlands                                                                                                                                    

Constitution Hill                                                                                                                                

T. S. Gandhi Esq.                                |1 September 1990       |67,933                 |284,000                                        

Garrison Lane, Industrial Development Birmingham                                                                                                 

J. A. Elliott (Developments) Ltd.                                                                                                                

Startpoint Industrial Development                |30 March 1990          |570,000                |2,906,000                                      

Pentos plc                                       | 9 March 1990          |283,000                |850,000                                        

Walsall Chamber of Commerce                                                                                                                      

Walsall Chamber of Commerce                      | 7 June 1990           |25,593                 |281,000                                        

Windmill Lane, Smethwick                                                                                                                         

McLean in the Inner Cities Ltd.                  | 1 May 1990            |748,922                |2,286,000                                      

                                                                         |-------                |-------                                        

                                                                         |1,695,448              |6,607,000                                      

                                                                                                                                                 

North West                                                                                                                                       

Hazel Avenue and Acme Mill Housing Development                                                                                                   

Brackenlea Ltd.                                  |30 April 1990          |490,158                |2,915,000                                      

Oozebooth Mill                                                                                                                                   

Euro Jeans Ltd.                                  |11 May 1990            |142,000                |441,000                                        

Prospect Mills Housing                                                                                                                           

Tay Homes (Northern) Ltd                         |26 March 1990          |649,773                |1,593,000                                      

                                                                         |-------                |-------                                        

                                                                         |1,281,931              |4,949,000                                      

                                                                                                                                                 

Northern                                                                                                                                         

Ascot Court, Phase 3, Farringdon                                                                                                                 

Two Castles Ltd.                                 | 6 October 1989        |100,800                |403,000                                        

Ascot Court, Sunderland, Phase 4                                                                                                                 

Two Castles Ltd.                                 |18 December 1989       |52,360                 |307,800                                        

Coach Lane, North Shields                                                                                                                        

Nomad Properties plc                             |10 November 1989       |88,892                 |442,600                                        

Dean Street, Newcastle                                                                                                                           

Avatar Ltd.                                      |27 February 1990       |351,000                |896,000                                        

Former Walkers Department Store                                                                                                                  

Onix Construction Ltd.                           |31 March 1990          |128,485                |412,485                                        

Grosvenor Mews, North Shields                                                                                                                    

R. A. Construction Ltd.                          |28 February 1990       |64,620                 |253,000                                        

West Row, Stockton                                                                                                                               

Glynns Estates (Cleveland) Ltd.                  |20 August 1990         |96,772                 |425,000                                        

                                                                         |-------                |-------                                        

                                                                         |882,929                |3,139,885                                      

                                                                                                                                                 

Yorkshire and Humberside                                                                                                                         

175 Arundel Gate                                                                                                                                 

Manor Developments (Chesterfield) Ltd.           |16 January 1990        |233,353                |856,000                                        

Maxi's Chinese Restaurant                                                                                                                        

Maxi's (Yorkshire) Co. Ltd.                      |30 November 1989       |74,000                 |614,000                                        

Site 2, Ringway Industrial Centre                                                                                                                

Slough Properties Ltd.                           | 2 March 1990          |204,639                |565,000                                        

Victoria Buildings                                                                                                                               

Lynthorpe Property and Development Ltd.          |22 November 1989       |72,790                 |224,000                                        

                                                                         |-------                |-------                                        

                                                                         |584,782                |2,259,000                                      

                                                                                                                                                 

London                                                                                                                                           

Ackermans Chocolates Ltd.                                                                                                                        

Ackermans Chocolates Ltd.                        |31 January 1990        |70,000                 |280,000                                        

                                                                         |-------                |-------                                        

                                                                         |70,000                 |280,000                                        

                                                                                                                                                 

East Midlands                                                                                                                                    

8 Stanford Street, Notts                                                                                                                         

Rushcliffe Developments Ltd.                     |30 September 1989      |305,500                |1,159,000                                      

Lamberts Factory Office Development                                                                                                              

Pickering Developments Ltd.                      |31 August 1990         |709,333                |2,594,000                                      

Pilcher Gate, Nottingham                                                                                                                         

James McArtney Architects                        | 9 March 1990          |58,717                 |627,000                                        

Rutland Square Hotel                                                                                                                             

Rutland Square Hotels Ltd.                       |20 October 1989        |738,000                |2,478,000                                      

St. Johns Corner                                                                                                                                 

Provident Mutual Life Assurance Assoc.           |13 July 1990           |294,639                |5,078,000                                      

                                                                         |-------                |-------                                        

                                                                         |2,106,189              |11,936,000                                     

                                                                                                                                                 

Merseyside                                                                                                                                       

Former Huntley and Palmer Building                                                                                                               

Anglo International Holdings Ltd.                |31 December 1989       |334,690                |1,307,000                                      

                                                                         |-------                |-------                                        

                                                                         |334,690                |1,307,000                                      

                                                                         |-------                |-------                                        

Grand Total                                                              |6,955,969              |30,477,885                                     

Sunday Markets

Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what representations he has received about the effects on residents of the introduction of Sunday markets ;

(2) whether he intends to take any action to control the spread of Sunday markets.

Mr. Michael Spicer : The Department has received a small number of representations about Sunday markets during the last 12 months. The representations have commonly raised issues relating to noise nuisance, traffic congestion, permitted development rights, unauthorised operators, and amenity.

Local authorities already have a variety of statutory powers to control markets, and my right hon. Friend has no plans for further legislation.

Planning Applications

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimate he has made of the pressure on the resources of the NCC of their increased volume of planning applications coming from the south-east of England ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Trippier : The Nature Conservancy Council (NCC) has drawn attention to this pressure in the corporate planning documents submitted this year. It will be taken into account when determining the grant-in-aid to be made available to the Nature Conservancy Council for England next year.

Development Corporations

Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether his proposed guidelines to the chairmen of development corporations will include arrangements relating to compulsory purchase powers in respect of land acquisition ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Portillo : The guidance will contain advice on handling any conflicts of interest which may appear to arise from the use of compulsory purchase powers by an urban development corporation.

Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the procedures adopted for the letting of contracts or the offering of consultancies by the Sheffield development corporation have conformed with the procedures outlined in his answer of 20 December 1989, Official Report, column 329 ; and if he will make a statement ; (2) what steps his Department takes to ensure that all development corporations are following the procedures laid down in regulations arising out of the Local Government Act 1988 or similar previous enactments relating to competitive tendering, together with appropriate EC directives ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Portillo : Guidance on the competitive tendering requirements of the Local Government Act 1988 and EC directives was issued to all UDCs, including Sheffield, in December 1988. The Department monitors compliance through arrangements for project approval, post implementation sampling of projects, and the work of external auditors appointed by the Secretary of State.

Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will now publish the report of the investigation into the running of Sheffield development corporation ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) if he intends to take any action arising from the recommendations of the inquiry into the operation of the Sheffield development corporation in respect of separating out potential conflict of interest arising out of appointments held in companies or organisations who may have a commercial or other similar relationship with the development corporation, to review the membership of the Sheffield development corporation board ; and if he will make a statement.


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