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Motor Racing: Environmental Pollution

Lord Lloyd-Webber asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Baroness Hayman): While the Government sets the framework for environmental policies, local authorities are responsible for dealing with pollution from activities such as motor racing. Part III of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 includes powers for local authorities to require the abatement of excessive noise, smoke, steam, smell and other effluvia emitted from premises. We understand that Northamptonshire County Council and South Northamptonshire Council are promoting the establishment of a trans-national network among European Formula One and other major motor racing circuits. They envisage such a network could, for example, be used to address environmental concerns, including looking at innovative ways of reducing noise and air pollution.

Local Authority Guideline Rents

Baroness Lestor of Eccles asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Hayman: We are proposing that the average guideline rent for 1998-99 should increase from £35.38 to £36.35 a week. This is 97p per week more than the current year's guideline rent in cash terms. Guideline rent increases for individual authorities would range between 72p and £1.22.

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To encourage authorities to keep their rent increases within the guideline increase, we propose to continue with the present rule that limits rent rebate subsidy. This gives authorities a strong incentive to keep rent increases down to reasonable levels, but does not affect tenants' entitlement to housing benefit.

Total provision within the subsidy system for expenditure by authorities on management and maintenance in 1997-98 will be more than £3.3 billion. This is about the same per dwelling as in the current financial year.

Our proposals are set out in the draft housing revenue account subsidy and Item 8 determinations for 1998-99, which we have sent to housing authorities today. Authorities have been invited to let the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions have their views by 17 December 1997.

So that they can make full use of the extra capital resources released under the Government's capital receipts initiative, the draft determinations also provide for authorities to receive additional revenue support where these resources are used in respect of council housing.

Copies of the draft determinations have been placed in the House Library.

Valuation Tribunals: Response to Consultation Paper

Baroness Amos asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What response was received to the consultation paper on the appointment of members of valuation tribunals in the light of local government reorganisation in parts of England in April 1998.

Baroness Hayman: The list of responses received has been placed in the Library of the House: copies of individual responses may be obtained through the library of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. Regulations will be introduced shortly to give effect to the following measures: (i) That, with effect from 1 April 1998, the appointing bodies for the valuation tribunals listed in column 1 below be those authorities listed in column 2 below, who will be entitled to appoint members in the proportion given in column 3--the membership, revised in some cases, being that shown in column 4.

column 1column 2column 3 column 4
NameAppointing bodiesProportion Complement
BerkshireNewbury (W. Berkshire) DC230
Reading BC2
Slough BC2
Windsor & Maidenhead BC2
Bracknell Forest BC1
Wokingham DC1
CambridgeshireCambridgeshire CC348
Peterborough City Council1
CheshireCheshire CC760
Warrington BC2
Halton BC1
DevonDevon CC542
Plymouth City Council1
Torbay BC1
Essex SouthEssex CC930
Southend-on-Sea BC4
Thurrock BC2
Herefordshire & Worcestershire CC332
WorcestershireCounty of Herefordshire DC1
KentKent CC845
The Medway Town DC1
LancashireLancashire CC15100
Blackpool BC3
Blackburn with Darwen BC2
NottinghamshireNottinghamshire CC254
Nottingham City Council1
ShropshireShropshire CC336
The Wrekin DC1

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    (ii) Existing members should continue to hold office until their term of office expires.

    (iii) Vacancies should be filled as they arise (whether through retirement of members or an increase in complement) by the new appointing authorities, until their entitlement is reached. All subsequent vacancies would be filled by the authority who appointed the departing member.

Earlier regulations provide that where the appointing body by which a member was appointed has ceased to exist, it will fall to the president of the tribunal to give notice of termination of office, if so directed by the Secretary of State. Arrangements for Valuation Tribunals in the light of Local Government Re-organisation in April 1998 List of Respondents to Consultation Paper

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Blackpool Borough Council

Cambridgeshire Valuation Tribunal

Cheshire County Council

Cheshire Valuation Tribunal

Council on Tribunals

Devon Valuation Tribunal

Essex County Council

Halton Borough Council

Hereford and Worcester County Council

Herefordshire District Council

Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation

Lancashire County Council

Lancashire Valuation Tribunal

Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottinghamshire Valuation Tribunal

Plymouth City Council

Shropshire County Council

Shropshire Valuation Tribunal

Slough Borough Council

Society of Clerks of Valuation Tribunals

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Thurrock Borough Council

Wrekin District Council

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