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Local Authority Capping Limits: Judicial Review

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

Viscount Ullswater: Yes.

HM Inspectorate of Pollution: Revised Charges

Lord Norrie asked Her Majesty's Government:

Viscount Ullswater: Charges to cover the costs of regulating processes under Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) and premises subject to Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (RSA93) regulation were introduced in 1991 under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The Act requires Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) to balance costs and income, taking one financial year with another.

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With the agreement of the Treasury, and following consultation with industry and other bodies, my right honourable friends the Secretaries of State for the Environment and for Wales have now made revised IPC and RSA93 charging schemes, specifying the revised scales of fees and charges which will take effect from 1 April 1995.

Most charges are held at their 1994/95 levels, the exceptions being the IPC subsistence charge which is increased by 4.7 per cent. to £1,805 per component, to contribute to additional regulatory activity of around 10 per cent. needed to implement the check monitoring programme, and an increase in the RSA 93 Band 3 subsistence charge of 12 per cent. to £1,115, to accommodate a request from some operators who sought and were granted a compensatory reduction of 50 per cent. to £710 in some variation fees.

The rate per inspector day will be £924, a reduction of 5.1 per cent. in the rate for 1994/95, but offset in calculating by a change in the method of accounting for inspectors' travelling time.

Full details are included in the revised schemes, copies of which I have placed in the Library. Copies of the schemes will shortly be sent to relevant operators and to other interested bodies.

Sustainable Development Panel Report

Lord Norrie asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What progress has been made on sustainable development and the environment over the past year; and when they intend to respond to the recommendations in the first report of the Government's Panel on Sustainable Development.

Viscount Ullswater: The Department of the Environment is today publishing This Common Inheritance: UK Annual Report 1995, which reports progress on commitments in previous environment White Papers and the sustainable development strategy. To complement this, my right honourable friend the Prime Minister is placing in the House Library a copy of the letter which he is today sending to the Government's panel, responding to the recommendations in its first report.

Tourist Boards: Grants for 1995/96

The Earl of Bradford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is to be the total annual grant to the British Tourist Authority and the Statutory National Tourist Boards for 1995/96.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Viscount Astor): The grant in aid payable to the Statutory Tourist Boards for 1995/96 is as follows:

    British Tourist Authority 1 —£34.5 million

    English Tourist Board—£10.0 million

    Scottish Tourist Board 2 —£16.9 million

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    Wales Tourist Board 2 —£14.7 million

    Northern Ireland Tourist Board—£13.7 million

All figures are rounded.

1 Includes £0.5 million additional funds for the promotion of London

2 Includes funds to be paid in grants made under Section 4 of the Development of Tourism Act 1969.

Imperial War Museum Film Archives

Lord Teviot asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Pursuant to the Written Answer given by Lord Henley on 8th March (WA 28), what funds are being made available to the Imperial War Museum for the conservation of film archives.

Viscount Astor: The Department of National Heritage will provide grant-in-aid of £11.1 million in 1995/96 to the Imperial War Museum. It is for the trustees of the museum to determine their spending priorities, including the amount required for the

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conservation of film archives, within the resources available to them.

MoD Housing: Disposal

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will transfer the freehold of Ministry of Defence houses and flats to appropriate local housing associations, while retaining nomination rights where vacancies occur.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): Sale in bulk to local authorities or housing associations, with rights of nomination for personnel leaving the Services to occupy the housing stock owned by those bodies, is an option which my department already exercises as one method of disposing of surplus properties. In addition, discussions are at present taking place with the Housing Corporation on an enhanced programme of short-term leasing to housing associations. For the future, we are continuing to consider possibilities for transferring the married quarters estate to the private sector.

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