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Written Answers

Tuesday, 20th May 1997.

"Manifesto for Change"

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have studied the Manifesto for Change published by Streetlife, and what are their responses to it.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for the Environment and Transport (Baroness Hayman): The Government have not studied this document. I look forward to seeing a copy of it.

Mobile Telephones: Use While Driving

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether following the recent report from the University of Toronto, and in line with the advice given by the Highway Code, they will bring in legislation to ban the use of telephones while driving.

Baroness Hayman: I am considering the need for legislation, but recent court cases suggest that the police can successfully prosecute the offences of dangerous driving, careless driving or failure to exercise proper control of a vehicle that may arise from the use of a mobile phone while driving. We are also considering strengthening the advice in the Highway Code on the

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use of telephones while driving in the light of the Canadian research.

Local Government and Rating Act 1997: Entry into Force

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they propose to bring into force Parts I and III of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997; and, if so, when.

Baroness Hayman: The abolition of non-domestic rates on sporting rights, introduced by Part I of the Local Government and Rating Act, was brought into force on 1 April 1997. Decisions on the other provisions of Part I will be announced in due course. Part III comes into force on 19 May 1997 by commencement order SI no. 1997/1097.

Radioactive Waste: Disposal

Lord Jenkins of Putney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What are their plans for the permanent disposal of dangerous nuclear waste.

Baroness Hayman: The Government are considering the implication for radioactive waste management policy of the former Secretary of State's dismissal of United Kingdom Nirex Ltd.'s appeal against refusal of planning permission for a Rock Characterisation Facility at Sellafield.

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