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Road Schemes

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list those major road schemes which were provisionally accepted in the 1999 local transport financial settlement, indicating for each whether they have (a) been given full approval, (b) require further work or (c) have been subsequently rejected. [151557]

Mr. Hill: The following schemes were provisionally accepted in the 1999 local transport financial settlement:












Work on the remainder is still in progress. None have been rejected.

Teenage Lone Parents

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many foyer projects have been established for teenage lone parents since 1997; how many teenage lone parents they accommodate; and where they are located. [151745]

Mr. Robert Ainsworth: The Edmund's Court Foyer in Birmingham, which opened in July 1997, has 48 bedspaces for teenage lone parents. Aberdeen Foyer, which opened in April 1998, also has a number of units held exclusively for teenage lone parents to use. Many other foyers across the country also have a small number of flats or converted units, which would be appropriate for use by this group.

Southampton Airport

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if the Government

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have asked the British Airports Authority to examine the feasibility of adding an extra runway to Southampton Airport; and if he will make a statement. [151674]

Mr. Robert Ainsworth: As part of the ongoing South East and East of England Regional Air Services (SERAS) study we asked BAA and other operators of major airports to provide technical assistance to the Department's consultants who are preparing possible options for development of airports to serve the study area. This work by the airport operators is subject to audit by the Department's consultants. The appraisal of the options, in line with the published framework, is being carried out entirely by our consultants.

We are currently appraising a very large number of options and will proceed through successive sifts to narrow down these options to a final shortlist, on which there will be a full public consultation before Ministers come to decisions. The published terms of reference clearly indicate that the study should consider both scenarios incorporating additional capacity and no additional capacity, and should consider both terminal capacity and runway capacity.

In advance of the consultation, it would be premature to comment on the status of any specific option. Releasing information in the early stages of a possible project, in advance of final options, could result in unnecessary and lengthy blight, as well as multiplying uncertainty and anxiety. This approach is consistent with my Department's Code of Practice on the Dissemination of Information during Major Infrastructure Developments.

Local Strategic Partnerships

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions who is responsible for deciding the membership of each local strategic partnership. [151786]

Ms Beverley Hughes: The membership and size of a local strategic partnership will depend on local circumstances. To be effective any strategic partnership will need to involve the key public agencies who provide most local services, such as local authorities, the health authority, police, Employment Service and Benefits Agency. However, local strategic partnerships must also include the private sector, voluntary organisations and local people in their core membership. The specific membership in any area should reflect local needs and priorities (as identified by the community strategy and local neighbourhood renewal strategy). Local authorities should take the first steps to ensure that a local strategic partnership is set up, building on existing effective partnerships in the area wherever possible.

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he intends to issue further guidance on the establishment of local strategic partnerships; and if he will make a statement. [151758]

Ms Beverley Hughes: Draft guidance on the establishment and key objectives of local strategic partnerships was issued for consultation in October 2000. Over 250 responses were received. The Government have considered these responses and are drafting final guidance in light of the comments made and other

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relevant policy developments on neighbourhood renewal, local government modernisation and urban and rural issues. We intend to issue this guidance shortly.

Neighbourhood Renewal Scheme

Miss Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if Lancaster city council is entitled to apply for funding under the neighbourhood renewal scheme. [151659]

Ms Beverley Hughes: The Neighbourhood Renewal Fund is a new fund that will provide grants to local authorities over the next three years to improve services in the most deprived areas.

88 local authorities will benefit from this fund. Lancaster city council is not eligible to receive money from the NRF. However, it is one of the authorities invited to express an interest in taking part in the Neighbourhood Management pilot schemes.

MPG6

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to review Minerals Policy Guidance 6 following the recent floods. [151812]

Ms Beverley Hughes: Minerals Planning Guidance Note 6 (MPG6) sets out "Guidelines for the provision of aggregates in England". It is currently under review and it is at present planned that public consultation on a draft revision will be undertaken later this year. That draft revision will make appropriate references to other guidance including Planning Policy Guidance Note 25 (PPG25) "Development and Flood Risk". The publication of a revised draft of PPG25, for fast-track consultation, was announced by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Planning in a written answer to my hon. Friend on 6 February 2001, Official Report, column 456W. That draft refers briefly to mineral workings in flood plain areas that could affect water storage and the control of flooding. We will consider, in the light of responses, whether this needs to be elaborated in the final text of PPG25. This will be the primary document giving planning guidance on flood risk.

Air Pollution (Leeds)

Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the days on which in the last five years, the air quality in Leeds city centre was classified as severely polluted. [152018]

Mr. Hill: The dates when levels of air pollution were recorded as high or very high at the Leeds city centre monitoring station are as follows.












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Urban Development Plans

Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the time frame required for publication of UDPs following their approval. [151838]

Ms Beverley Hughes: The procedures to be followed for the adoption or approval of development plans are set out in the Town and Country Planning (Development Plans) (England) Regulations 1999. These require printed copies of a development plan to be available for inspection or purchase, as soon as practicable after its adoption or approval. There are currently no plans to prescribe a timescale for plan publication.


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