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Water Quality Survey of Scotland

Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sewel: The report on the Water Quality Survey of Scotland 1995 is being published today and

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a copy has been placed in the House Library. I am pleased that the results confirm that the majority of Scottish rivers, lochs, estuaries and coastal waters are of a high quality.

However, I intend that progress will continue to improve further the Scottish water environment. For very large discharges (that is those serving more than 150,000 population equivalent), Article 8(5) of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive allows for primary treatment only to be provided where it can be demonstrated that there would be no environmental benefit from secondary treatment. I have decided that only in very exceptional circumstances will we allow waste water discharges from major conurbations into coastal waters to be provided with anything less than secondary treatment. Following advice from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), it is clear that the discharge from the Aberdeen Waste Water Treatment Works, which discharges directly to the open North Sea via a 2.5 km long outfall, is exceptional in that it far exceeds the criteria established to judge such cases. The North of Scotland Water Authority's plans to invest in primary treatment will significantly improve the discharge, but I have accepted SEPA's advice that providing secondary treatment would not lead to any additional environmental benefit. The Government therefore have proposed to the European Commission that Article 8(5) of the directive should be applied to the Aberdeen case.

Having also carefully considered SEPA's recommendations following comprehensive studies at Edinburgh and Levenmouth, I have decided that secondary treatment should be provided at those two sites. I do not envisage that the Government will wish to put forward to the Commission any further cases for relaxations under Article 8(5) for discharges from large sewage works into other Scottish waters.

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Single Vehicle Approval Test

The Earl of Haddington asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer given by Baroness Hayman on 30 October (WA 265-6), which kit car and replica car manufacturers have received single vehicle approval (SVA) by 15 November and for which particular models under the Motor Vehicles (Approval) Regulations 1996, giving date of approval and re-test where appropriate; and which manufacturers have not yet received approval but have submitted for a re-test, and on which dates.

    Further to the Written Answer given by Baroness Hayman on 30 October (WA 265-6), at which centres tests for single vehicle approval (SVA) under the Motor Vehicle (Approval) Regulations 1996 can be carried out; and what vehicles have been so tested by 15 November 1997 at each appointed test station.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Baroness Hayman): I have asked Mr. Ron Oliver, the Chief Executive of the Vehicle Inspectorate Agency, to write to the noble Earl.

Letter to the Earl of Haddington from the Chief Executive of the Vehicle Inspectorate Agency, Mr. Ron Oliver, dated 19 November 1997.

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions further to the written answers given by Baroness Hayman on 30 October, namely: at which centres tests for Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) under the Motor Vehicle (Approval) Regulations 1996 can be carried out; and what vehicles have been so tested by 15 November 1997 at each appointed test station; and which kit car and replica car manufacturers have received SVA by 15 November and for which particular models under the Motor Vehicles (Approval) Regulations 1996, giving date of approval and re-test where appropriate; and which manufacturers have not yet received approval but have re-submitted for a re-test, and on which dates.

The information is set out in the attached table.

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LocationApplicantTest DateKit/ReplicaModelRetest DateCertificate issued
AberdeenNil----------
BristolBeetle UK2 October 1997NoSaloonNo applicationNo
Quantum Sports Cars1 October 1997YesQ2--1 October 1997
Quantum Sports Cars1 October 1997YesH420 October 199720 October 1997
ShrewsburyRolls Royce15 October 1997NoBentley Turbo14 November 199714 November 1997
CarlisleNil----------
NewcastleNil----------
ExeterTrubshan22 September 1997NoIsuzu P/UpNo applicationNo
BeverleyNil----------
EdinburghNil----------
Leighton BuzzardNil----------
NorwichNil----------
ManchesterPell Autos16 July 1997YesGenisis21 August 199721 August 1997
Car Craft13 August 1997YesCyclone14 October 199714 October 1997
Tranter16 October 1997NoToyota Light Acenot applicable16 October 1997
Collins31 October 1997NoToyota Rav 412 November 199712 November 1997
Collins31 October 1997NoToyota Rav 412 November 199712 November 1997
Royale Motor Co.10 November 1997YesSabrenot applicable10 November 1997
LeicesterDiahatsu UK29 August 1997NoAvanzatonot applicableNo
GillinghamNil----------
CardiffT.E.T.25 September 1997NoMaestro26 September 199726 September 1997
London (Yeading)Nissan GB16 July 1997NoSkyline GTR21 July 199721 September 1997
Nissan GB24 July 1997NoSkyline GTRnot applicable24 July 1997
Nissan GB30 July 1997NoSkyline GTRnot applicable30 July 1997
Nissan GB x 321 October 1997NoSkyline GTRnot applicable21 October 1997
Nissan GB x 224 October 1997NoSkyline GTRnot applicable24 October 1997
Nissan GB x 328 October 1997NoSkyline GTRnot applicable28 October 1997
Nissan GB x 231 October 1997NoSkyline GTRnot applicable31 October 1997
Nissan GB x 34 November 1997NoSkyline GTRnot applicable4 November 1997
Nissan GB x 27 November 1997NoSkyline GTRnot applicable7 November 1997
Nissan GB x 311 November 1997NoSkyline GTRnot applicable11 November 1997
Nissan GB x 214 November 1997NoSkyline GTRnot applicable14 November 1997
Microvoire23 September 1997No--No applicationNo
Park Lane20 October 1997NoHonda Actynot applicable20 October 1997
Park Lane28 October 1997NoHonda Actynot applicable28 October 1997
Park Lane23 October 1997NoEtmos24 October 199724 October 1997
Park Lane5 November 1997NoSubaru Imprezanot applicable5 November 1997
Park Lane7 November 1997NoSubaru Imprezanot applicable7 November 1997
Frogeye Car Co.8 October 1997YesSports13 October 199713 October 1997
SouthamptonDomino CarsSeptember 1997YesSaloon8 September 19978 September 1997
Totals44--7--1128

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London Cycle Network

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What specific plans they have to extend facilities for cyclists in London.

Baroness Hayman: The Government are supporting the London Cycle Network, which is a 2,500 km strategic network of specified routes being developed by 33 London boroughs. Approximately 30 per cent. of the network exists already. While the boroughs' total estimated cost is £67 million, some £45 million is sought through transport policies and programme funding, with additional sources of funding coming from the Traffic Director for London (on red routes) from the Highways Agency (on trunk roads) and the Millennium Commission, as well as from the boroughs themselves. Now in its third year of implementation, the LCN has so far received TPP allocations of £10.5 million.

Lord Chancellor's Residence: Refurbishment

Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe asked the Chairman of Committees:

    Further to his Written Answer of 14 October 1997 (WA 175), whether there are any remaining contracts that need to be let for the refurbishment of the Lord Chancellor's residence; and, if so, what are these contracts.

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): The contracts which remain to be let are for furnishings.

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Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe asked the Chairman of Committees:

    Further to his Written Answer of 14 October 1997 (WA 175), what were the dates on which the contracts for the refurbishment of the Lord Chancellor's residence were approved, and when the work began; and whether the contracts were fixed price contracts and, if so, what was the cost of each.

The Chairman of Committees: The table below shows the contracts which have been placed. Tenders for the remaining work are being invited as design details are approved. The electrical work and automatic fire alarm installation began in August 1997. Builders' work and plumbing began on 11 September 1997. Decorating work began on 24 October 1997. All contracts are fixed price.

ContractDate LetCost
Electrical, heating and automatic fire detection8 July 1997£143,309
Design work1 September 1997£8,000
Plumbing and building3 November 1997£23,500
Decorating3 November 1997£23,500
Joinery21 October 1997£728
Lighting design11 September 1997£7,200
Light fitting7 November 1997£56,066
Scaffolding30 October 1997£1,020
Prototype curtain poles3 September 1997£650
Structural engineering26 September 1997£600
Picture lighting19 September 1997£10,000
Wallpaper28 October 1997£59,211
Total£333,784



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