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Lord Lucas: Maternal transmission of BSE has always been recognised as a possibility; an experiment, called the cohort study, to assess whether or not it does in practice occur is nearing completion. Details of this experiment are given in the latest Progress Report on BSE, a copy of which is in the Library of the House.
It is clear, however, from analysis of born after the ban (BAB) cases, that if maternal transmission occurs it does so at a very low level. There is no detectable excess of BSE BAB cases in the offspring of cows which have succumbed to BSE. Exposure to cattle feed accidentally cross-contaminated with meat and bonemeal (MBM) is undoubtedly the major cause of BAB cases.
Lord Lucas: Studies on the effects on reproduction, including embryotoxic/fetotoxic effects, are required as part of the authorisation procedure for veterinary medicines. Such studies do not necessarily include toxicity to the foetuses of the species of animal for which the product is intended. Data submitted in compliance with these requirements are covered by the disclosure restrictions of Section 118 of the Medicines Act 1968.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): The clean-up operation has made excellent progress. The majority of beaches have now been cleaned of the heavy pollution immediately following the spill.
The main efforts in the ongoing clean-up operation are now concentrated on the most accessible areas of coastline. However, the strong winds and high waters of the Pembrokeshire coastline continue to reveal isolated patches of buried oil, tar balls from oil broken down at sea and some sheening effects as oil residues are washed out. All beaches continue to be monitored closely and "hit squads" are immediately brought into action to deal with any localised problems of this kind. Resources will continue to be deployed for as long as is necessary to complete the clean-up operation.
Viscount Goschen: The track access grant to Freightliner reflects the environmental benefits of keeping this traffic on rail. The usual lorry mile valuations were used (5p for motorways and most dual carriageways; £1.00 for other rural roads; and £1.50 for other urban roads).
|Application||Date received||Outcome/current position|
|River Humber (Upper Burcom Cooling Works)||19.4.93 (Secretary of State for Trade and Industry)||Order made 1.7.94|
|Usk Barrage||23.6.93 (Secretary of State for Wales)||Order not made|
|Greater Manchester (LRT System) (Modification)||5.8.93||Order made 7.3.94|
|Docklands Light Railway (Penalty Fares and Provision of Police Services)||28.9.93||Order made 14.2.94|
|Barking Barrage||5.11.93 (Secretary of State for the Environment)||Order made 2.3.95|
|British Railways Act 1990 (Arpley Chord) (Extension|
|of Time)||26.11.93||Order made 30.3.94|
|East London Line Extension||1.12.93||Order not determined but Secretary of State minded to make it.|
|Greater Manchester (LRTS) (Land Acquisition)||30.12.93||Order made 5.9.95|
|Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway||17.1.94||Order made 4.7.94|
|Railtrack (Marsh Lane, Leeds, Footbridge)||27.1.94||Order made 1.6.94|
|British Railways (Marylebone Diesel Depot)||16.2.94||Order made 1.5.95|
|Heathrow Express Railway||23.2.94||Order made 17.5.95|
|Trafford Park Railway||25.5.94||Order made 6.9.95|
|Great Central (Nottingham) Railway||2.8.94||Order made 22.6.95|
|Railtrack Conway Park Station||5.8.94||Application withdrawn|
|Heathrow Express Extension (to T5)||15.9.94||Public inquiry in progress|
|Greater Manchester (LRTS) (Airport Extension)||28.10.94||Public inquiry held. Secretary of State considering inspector's report.|
|Piccadilly Line (Heathrow T5 Extension)||29.11.94||Public inquiry in progress|
|Elsecar Steam Railway||12.12.94||Order made 28.3.96|
|Railtrack (Swinedyke Level Crossing)||31.1.95||Order made 6.12.95|
|Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway (Extension)||27.2.95||Order made 18.9.95|
|Greater Manchester (LRTS) (Eccles Extension)||12.4.95||Public inquiry held. Secretary of State considering inspector's report.|
|Forge Lane, Horbury Level Crossing||10.7.95||Order made 13.11.95|
|Wye Navigation||21.3.96 (Secretary of State for Wales and Secretary of State for the Environment)||Objection period closed. Objections being considered. Public inquiry likely.|
|Bicester (Tibbert and Britten Consumer Limited Siding)||30.4.96||Objection period closed. Objections being considered.|
|Central Railway||20.5.96||Objection period closed. Application referred to Parliament to consider principle of proposals.|
|Leeds Supertram Extension (to Headingley and Seacroft)||4.7.96||Objection period ends 15.8.96|
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