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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.
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.
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.
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
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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