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Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the recent changes in Railtrack's maintenance and renewal contracts that have resulted in redundancies in the Crewe area. 
Mr. Hill: I understand from Railtrack that from next April responsibility for maintaining the infrastructure of that section of the west coast main line covering the Crewe area will transfer from GTRM to Jarvis under a new contract. The GTRM staff are also due to transfer to Jarvis. The issue of subsequent staffing levels within GTRM and Jarvis will be a matter for the companies.
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much he estimates will be contributed to public funds from the sale of the moth-balled Eurostar rolling stock to Canada; what talks have been held with the leasing companies about such sales; and what has been the total cost to public funds, including compensation paid, of the provision of rolling stock meant for services north of London. 
Mr. Hill [holding answer 21 December 2000]: Under the terms of the agreement with the manufacturers of the European Night Services (ENS) rolling stock, the ENS shareholders were to receive a share in any sale proceeds if the price paid for the rolling stock was above a certain level. Unfortunately I understand from Eurostar (UK) Ltd. that the proceeds of this sale were not above that threshold and that there will therefore be no contribution from the sale.
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The rolling stock meant for services north of London includes both the sleeper carriages for European Night Services and the Regional Eurostar rolling stock. The Government incurred a cost of £109 million when the leases for the rolling stock were terminated and the Government guarantee was called.
The Regional Eurostar sets originally cost £180 million. The Government consented to a sale and leaseback arrangement in 1998 to ease Eurostar's cash flow problems and Eurostar has subsequently arranged a further leasing arrangement on two of the Regional Eurostar sets to allow their use on the east coast main line. The details of this arrangement are a commercial matter between the two parties involved.
Mr. Hill: Train operating companies (TOCs) receive support for passenger rail services (SPRS) from the Franchising Director and income from Passenger Transport Executives (PTEs). Also, freight operating companies (FOCs) receive freight grant payments from my Department.
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Since Railtrack was privatised in 1996-97, no public money has been paid direct to the company, but its profitability is contingent on public money. Some 90 per cent. of Railtrack's income is paid to the company by TOCs and FOCs in access charges, a substantial proportion of which are supported by public money.
Helen Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what consideration his Department is giving to grant-aiding the development of small-scale composting projects. 
Mr. Mullin: The spending review provided substantial extra funds to local authorities for waste management. In particular, we shall soon consult on how to allocate the £140 million provided as a separate sum for waste and recycling, including composting. In addition, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is currently consulting on proposals for the next round of lottery funding (the New Opportunities Fund), including a new £150 million programme to foster environmental renewal
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across the UK. It is proposed that around one third of the available funding for England would help expand community sector waste reuse, recycling and composting.
Helen Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) what representations he has received from local bodies about revising the exemption from waste management licensing for small-scale composting sites; 
Mr. Mullin: We are currently reviewing the exemption from waste management licensing for small-scale composting. The broad aim of our review is to continue to encourage the development of composting by the provision of a licensing exemption in a way which fulfils the objectives of article 4 of the waste framework directive--protection of the environment and human health.
Mr. Nigel Walker of EcoTech Garden Group, Norfolk;
Ms Rose Tannner, of the North East Sheffield Trust;
Mrs. V. Rawlinson of Manchester;
Ms Holly Tiffen of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust;
Mr. Stuart Wallace of Derby;
Mr. Ben Hooke of North London;
A constituent of Damien Green, MP for Ashford, Kent;
Ms Rebekah Hoyland of the Forest of Dean;
Mr. Ian Smith of Heeley City Farm, Sheffield;
Mr. Charlie Trousdell of KDS Composting Services, West Sussex;
Mr. Gareth Morton, of Save Waste and Prosper, Leeds;
Mr. Andy Moore, of the Community Recycling Network, Bristol.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what account his integrated transport policy takes of the ease of transfer between motorcycles and the railways; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hill: Both our integrated transport White Paper published in 1998, and "Transport 2010--The 10-Year Plan", published in July 2000, recognise the importance of improving interchange between different modes of transport. The 10-Year Plan includes among its target outcomes (paragraph 6.62)
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The 10-Year Plan also recognises the importance of well designed and located, safe and secure park and ride facilities which can be linked to both light and heavy rail services and sets out the need to develop longer distance schemes, such as "parkways" linked to rail services.
The guidance specifically asks local authorities to consider measures to assist motorcyclists in making integrated journeys, such as secure parking, good access and suitable facilities at public transport interchanges.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much was paid out in Derelict Land Grant in each of the five years prior to its abolition; how many sites benefited; and if he will reinstate the grant as an instrument for bringing brownfield sites back into productive use. 
Since the closure of DLG, support for the reclamation of derelict land continues through funding from the current physical land regeneration schemes within the Land and Property Programme. These include the Land and Property Programme, Direct Development, the former Partnership Investment Programme, Community Investment Fund, Land Stabilisation Programme and the Land Reclamation Programme (LRP).
Like the DLG, the LRP scheme provides funding to local authorities to enable them to reclaim derelict land for environmental improvement, especially where there is no incentive for the private sector to undertake the task, or no developer has yet been identified.
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