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Viscount Goschen: London Underground Limited submitted a revised application to the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC), for listed building consent to begin work on the Thames Tunnel, on 28 October 1995. On 10 January 1996, following the Secretary of State for the Environment's decision not to intervene in the case, LDDC gave conditional consent for the Tunnel works. On 19 and 20 March 1996, LDDC gave approval for the works to go ahead, subject to LUL's compliance with a further set of conditions.
Viscount Goschen: This temporary arrangement for the provision of a coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter at Portland will be extended for a further eight months, until the end of November. Longer-term decisions on the disposition of SAR helicopters will depend in part on the consultation on the interdepartmental review. We hope to publish the review's findings shortly.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (The Earl of Lindsay): The Government's response to the report of the multidepartmental efficiency scrutiny of public sector research establishments announced a series of prior option reviews. As part of this series the Scottish Office
Lord Lucas: The existing regulations concerning the common fisheries policy address the issues of the sustainability of fish stocks, the environmental impact of fishing, the socio-economic circumstances of fishing communities and enforcement of the various quota and conservation regulations. Improvements to the arrangements can generally be addressed by appropriate changes to these regulations. Where treaty changes are needed, the Intergovernmental Conference will be the appropriate forum.
Lord Lucas: I am very pleased to announce a new grant scheme which will be open to farmers in England and Wales who have land in a nitrate vulnerable zone. The scheme will help those farmers who need to improve their farm waste facilities as a result of limits to be set on the spreading of livestock manures in the zones. The necessary statutory instrument has been laid before Parliament and will be debated in both Houses of Parliament.
The scheme, which offers a 25 per cent. rate of grant on eligible waste storage and handling facilities, will come into force on 17 April. For the first time, grant will be available on facilities for the separation of clean and dirty water, other than roofing, where this will reduce the need for storage. In addition, farmers will be able to call on ADAS for free advice to help them decide on the waste facilities needed to comply with the NVZ measures.
Lord Lucas: The European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) provides assistance to agriculture and food industries in the South West Objective 5(b) Area. This area takes in Cornwall, the
Under the programme MAFF is able to provide support which in turn draws in EAGGF from Europe. Assistance is generally available in support of farm tourism, agricultural and horticultural development and diversification, protection and enhancement of the environment and the generation of energy from alternative sources by the agriculture industry. In addition there is a special package for the Isles of Scilly.
The first EAGGF projects under this programme were approved in March 1995. In the 12 months which have followed since then, a total of 25 projects have been approved and these will lead to the eventual investment of more than £13 million in the objective 5(b) Area. The projects approved vary from small schemes, such as that to develop a market for farm cheese, to a multi-million pound project to promote farm tourism in the whole area. Geographically they span the objective 5(b) area from horticultural enterprises in the Isles of Scilly to timber products on Exmoor and there is no part of the region which will not benefit. I am very pleased with the interest shown and hope that many more projects will be approved in the future.
|Project Title||5(b) Areas to Benefit||Expenditure||EAGGF Grant||MAFF Grant|
|1. Island Produce--Establishment of a Potato Group||Isles of Scilly||38,000||9,500||9,500|
|2. Isles of Scilly Horticultural Development Initiative||Isles of Scilly||202,900||63,450||5,845|
|3. Horticulture 2000 (including horticultural facilitator)||5(b) Area as a whole|
|4. Festival of West County Food and Drink||5(b) Area as a whole||34,700||8,700||500|
|5. Inchs Cider Apple Orchard Group||Devon||927,000||231,750||231,750|
|6. Cheese Farm Market Development||Cornwall||6,000||1,500||1,500|
|7. Plant Biomass--Phase 1||5(b) Area as a whole||972,100||284,330||254,900|
|8. Quality Cheese Production||Devon & Cornwall||593,000||130,000||130,000|
|9. Plant Production and Sales Centre||Cornwall||108,400||21,680||21,680|
|10. Exmoor Oak and Timber Products||Devon & West Somerset||722,500||145,178||145,178|
|11. SW Pig Production Development||5(b) Area as a whole||12,000||3,000||3,000|
|12. 5b Facilitator--Mr. G. N. Parker (Bio-mass, Industrial Crops, Diversification and Speciality Foods)||5(b) Area as a whole||135,022||67,511||67,511|
|13. 5b Facilitator--Mr. N. J. Wendover (Livestock, Cereals and The Environment)||5(b) Area as a whole||153,916||76,958||76,958|
|14. 5b Facilitator--Mr. & Mr. J. M. Woodcraft (Farm Tourism)||5(b) Area as a whole||82,530||41,265||41,265|
|15. Wheal Sara Flowers||Cornwall||43,200||7,560||7,560|
|16. Western Quality Pigs||5(b) Area as a whole||750,000||183,000||173,000|
|17. West Cornwall Vegetable Packing||Cornwall||240,000||45,367||45,367|
|18. Kingsbridge Estuary Conservation Project||Devon||60,000||25,250||2,750|
|19. West Country Tourist Board Farm Tourism Project||5(b) Area as a whole||3,854,500||819,081||819,081|
|20. River Tamar 2000 Conservation Project--Phase I||Devon & Cornwall||989,200||304,650||224,650|
|21. Brimpts Barn--Re-use of farm buildings for training purposes||Devon||176,600||29,775||29,775|
|22. Improvement/Development of Winter Cauliflowers||Cornwall||234,302||74,813||74,814|
|23. North Cornwall Poultry Group--Feasibility Study||Devon & Cornwall||9,346||2,336||2,337|
|24. Bodmin Moor Commoners||Cornwall||25,282||11,016||10,016|
|25. Ostrich Farms International||5(b) Area as a whole||1,238,653||150,092||150,093|
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