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Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the air corridor either side of Detling Beacon in Kent has been altered since 11 September. 
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what he estimates to be the maximum capped rent payable in 200203 at current prices for tenants in (a) four bed, (b) three bed, (c) two bed, (d) one bed and (e) bedsit properties. 
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Ms Keeble: The maximum capped rent payable by tenants of councils and housing associations in 200203 at current prices will be (a) £100 a week, (b) £95 a week, (c) £90 a week, (d) £85 a week and (e) £85 a week.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many formal notices his Department has received in the last year from the Parliamentary Ombudsman expressing an intention to carry out an investigation; and in respect of each notice how long it took to respond. 
|Number/date received from PCA||Due date to PCA||Date replied||Number of working days taken|
|1. 13 November 2000||27 December 2000||4 January 2001||36|
|2. 16 February 2001||12 March 2001||13 March 2001||18|
|3. 21 February 2001||14 March 2001||15 March 2001||17|
|4. 8 June 2001||20 July 2001||24 July 2001||33|
|5. 21 June 2001||11 July 2001||9 July 2001||13|
|6. 11 September 2001||2 October 2001||26 September 2001||12|
|7. 17 September 2001||15 October 2001||15 October 2001||21|
|8. 18 September 2001||9 October 2001||3 October 2001||12|
|9. 24 September 2001||2 November 2001||5 November 2001||31|
|10. 19 October 2001||29 November 2001||(3)||(4)|
|11. 22 October 2001||19 November 2001||16 November 2001||20|
|12. 15 November 2001||20 December 2001||(3)||(4)|
(4) Deadline not reached
Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on reducing speed limits on motorways in order to increase traffic flows. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Highways Agency is currently trialling variable speed limits on sections of the M25. The Controlled Motorway Project automatically adjusts the speed limit to reflect prevailing conditions, and is enforced with speed cameras.
Independent monitoring and assessment of the scheme by TRL during the first year of operation confirmed its success. The monitoring indicated that traffic flow had improved, with drivers reporting more "comfortable", less aggressive driving conditions, with fewer very short, dangerous spaces between vehicles and fewer long (inefficient) spaces and more even use of the carriageway. There were also indications of improved road safety, and shorter and more reliable journey times.
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Effective speed control has the capability of increasing the capacity of the existing motorway network without the need for an extensive road building programme and evens out speed distribution increasing capacity.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what financial provision his Department gives local authorities and housing associations to undertake remedial work on housing stock to protect against radon emissions. 
Ms Keeble: Local housing authorities may provide discretionary Private Sector Renewal Grants to assist homeowners with radon remedial works to their properties where the annual average concentration of the gas exceeds the action level.
The cost of such works to existing registered social landlord (RSL) dwellings contaminated by radon is eligible for Social Housing Grant, funded through the Housing Corporation's Approved Development Programme. The funding is subject to the RSL obtaining a survey report from the National Radiological Protection Board indicating that the remedial works are necessary.
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since December 2000 Dutch mushrooms being sold in United Kingdom supermarkets as British mushrooms; what steps are taken to authenticate the source of mushrooms sold as British; and if he will make a statement. 
The information requested is not available. It is not obligatory for the country of origin of mushrooms to be declared, although general food labelling rules require this information to be given if its omission would be misleading. Consideration is being given to the inclusion of mushrooms in EC Horticultural Marketing Standards which do require the country of origin to be given.
Dr. Moonie: In my answer on 11 May 2000, Official Report, column 447W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Dunfermline, West (Rachel Squire), I announced that we would be investigating the options for the land storage of decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines. I also informed the House that we had separately received an unsolicited commercial proposal from Babcock Rosyth Defence Ltd. (BRDL), the owners of Rosyth Royal Dockyard, to dismantle the reactor compartment of the decommissioned nuclear-powered submarine, HMS Renown, and store the components. At that time we had agreed that planning and feasibility work could proceed, but I assured the House that the proposals would not be implemented until Ministers and the relevant regulatory authorities were entirely satisfied and that I would make a further statement.
Since May 2000, much valuable work has been undertaken by BRDL to demonstrate the feasibility of their proposals. While I am satisfied on the matter of feasibility, it is clear that the necessary regulatory approvals to commence dismantling Renown will not be in place until next year. Even if the approvals are granted, and that is a matter for the independent regulators, it would be many months before the work to dismantle Renown could be completed. We have already begun the process of inviting industry proposals on the best solution for the land storage of decommissioned nuclear submarines generally and it would therefore be too late for the knowledge gained from dismantling Renown to inform this process. As a result, I have decided that there would be no advantage in proceeding with the dismantling of Renown ahead of the other decommissioned submarines stored at Devonport and Rosyth.
Renown will continue to be stored afloat at Rosyth until such time as the final decisions on land storage are implemented. These decisions are unlikely to be taken for some two to three years and will be subject to full and open consultation.
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