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Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the extent to which toilet soaps will be included within the terms of reference of the regulations relating to the Biocidal Products Directive. 
The forthcoming Biocidal Product Regulations will exclude cosmetic products from scope. Cosmetics are defined as products which "exclusively or mainly" perform certain functions among which is cleaning the skin. Where a cosmetic product has a minor use as a biocide, it will be excluded from the forthcoming Biocidal Products Regulations.
The Environment Directorate of the European Commission (DG Env) has produced a discussion paper revisiting the interface between the Biocidal Products and Cosmetic Products Directives, and suggesting a different view from the current UK position. If DG Env's position gains wide support among member states it could ultimately lead to the need to amend the Biocidal Products Regulations.
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has for consultation with representatives of soap and detergent manufacturers on the forthcoming regulations relating to the Biocidal Products Directive. 
Mr. Meacher: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has led for the Government on implementing the Biocidal Products Directive in Great Britain. A full public consultation on implementing Regulations was carried out in the second half of 1999. During the last five years HSE officials have regularly met with trade associations representing the biocides industry, including the Soap and Detergent Industry Association. They and the Department
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Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on what date his Department received the planning appeal in respect of St. Leonard's hospital, Dorset, Ref. 3/99/0861; on what date he expects it to be determined; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Beverley Hughes: The Planning appeal by the Secretary of State for Health was received on 1 June 2000. The Planning Inspectorate are currently waiting for the submission of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) from the appellant. As soon as the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been received, arrangements will be made for a public inquiry. It is anticipated the appeal will be determined by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions in the autumn.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many (a) telephone calls and (b) letters have been received by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency from keepers of vehicles inquiring about the implementation of the new excise duty rates for vehicles of 1500 cc and less announced in the pre-Budget report; and what the estimated cost to public funds is of responding to them. 
Mr. Hill: In the period 9 November 2000-19 January 2001, DVLA staff handled (a) some 9,100 telephone and (b) some 600 written (including E-mail) inquiries concerning the 1500 cc proposal. In addition some 32,000 inquiries covering both the 1200 cc and 1500 cc schemes, were handled by the agency's automated VOICE system.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what recent research he has commissioned into the level of risk to (a) passengers and (b) aircrew of circulatory disorders associated with commercial flying; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Robert Ainsworth: When giving evidence to the recent House of Lords Inquiry into Air Travel and Health, the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, my hon. Friend the Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Mullin) announced that we would be launching a study to identify those health issues related to air travel which are of most concern. This study will take into consideration the level of risk to both passengers and aircrew and will assess the existing research into circulatory disorders and other health issues that might be associated with air travel. In the light of the findings of this study, which should be published early in the summer, we will commission substantive research to fill any gaps in our knowledge which are revealed.
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I am also aware that the CAA has funded some research, on behalf of the Joint Aviation Authorities, to consider the relationship between aircraft seat dimensions and passenger sizes. This research should be published shortly.
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Mr. Hill: The highest numbers of fatalities recorded in a single road accident each year are shown in the table. However, some accidents involving numerous vehicles may be reported by the police to DETR as a series of individual accidents. Hence, in some instances, the figures shown might represent an underestimate.
Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what was the average number of people killed at weekends in road accidents in each year since 1992-93. 
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Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the largest number of people killed in road accidents was in a single day in each year since 1992-93. 
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