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Railway System

Lord Inglewood asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Hayman: We are currently carrying out a wide-ranging review of the railway industry and at this stage it is too early to rule out any options. However, as we have repeatedly made clear, renationlisation would be extremely costly and could not be a priority, given other pressures on public spending.

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Alconbury Airfield

Baroness Hamwee asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions will call in the application to develop the airfield at Alconbury for civilian (freight) use and associated warehouse, transport and other development.

Baroness Hayman: It is too early to judge whether the planning applications in front of Huntingdonshire District Council raise any issues that would warrant the intervention of my right honourable friend the Secretary of State. My right honourable friend will consider the position when the council has had the opportunity to consider the results of the recent public consultation exercise.

Railtrack: Maintenance and Renewal Contracts

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether Railtrack is required to comply with European Directive 93/38 on Procurement Procedures when existing contracts for rail infrastructure maintenance and renewal, inherited from British Rail, come up for renewal.

Baroness Hayman: Under the UK Regulations which implement this directive (The Utilities Contracts Regulations 1996, SI 1996 No. 2911), it is for utility operators themselves to determine whether they must comply in respect of particular contracts. Having made enquiries of Railtrack, we are advised that the regulations are likely to apply when these contracts come up for renewal.

Household Projections and New Housing

Lord Hampton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many households were expected to form between 1991 and 1996, in the latest household projections in each county; and how many dwellings have been built in the same period.

Baroness Hayman: The information requested is provided below. The total number of new dwellings built, by county, covers the period from July 1991 to June 1996, as household projections are estimated and projected at mid-year.

It is not appropriate to make a direct comparison between the number of dwellings built between 1991 and 1996 and the projected number of households forming over that period, for two reasons. Firstly, the household projections are not an estimate of the number

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of additional houses which have to be built in any period. Rather, they represent one of the factors to be taken into account by local planning authorities when arriving at figures for housing provision to be included in regional guidance and development plans. Secondly, the housebuilding figures do not include other sources of new dwellings such as conversions. Furthermore, the 1992-based household projections were not published until March 1995 and most county structure plans prepared since 1991 have used earlier household projections as the basis for planning housing provision.

Housebuilding 1991-96Household projections, increase in households 1991-96 (1992-based)
thousandsthousands
Cleveland8.17
Durham7.88
Northumberland4.75
Tyne and Wear13.017
Cheshire15.720
Cumbria7.48
Greater Manchester36.035
Lancashire20.322
Merseyside20.014
Humberside16.017
North Yorkshire14.216
South Yorkshire14.418
West Yorkshire27.038
Derbyshire17.019
Leicestershire15.423
Lincolnshire16.317
Northamptonshire14.314
Nottinghamshire14.921
Hereford and
Worcester15.618
Shropshire9.910
Staffordshire17.318
Warwickshire8.810
West Midlands26.029
Bedfordshire11.214
Cambridgeshire15.125
Essex29.434
Hertfordshire17.822
Norfolk19.719
Suffolk13.612
Greater London75.5144
Berkshire11.524
Buckinghamshire18.823
East Sussex10.913
Hampshire26.436
Isle of Wight1.91
Kent20.227
Oxfordshire12.916
Surrey14.417
West Sussex12.914
Avon13.922
Cornwall6.411
Devon16.723
Dorset13.016
Gloucestershire10.813
Somerset6.812
Wiltshire13.818
England753.5962



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