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Pedestrian Underpass: Westminster Bridge to Waterloo

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: The London Borough of Lambeth is responsible for the pedestrian underpass at the southern approach to Westminster bridge. It was closed as a precautionary measure in April 1998, while the undercroft on the southern side of Waterloo bridge was secured and closed for structural inspection. The need for a precautionary closure no longer applies, so the borough has now placed an order for the underpass to be re-opened.

Vauxhall Cross: Pedestrian Amenities

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: Work by the London Borough of Lambeth, the authority statutorily responsible for the highway at Vauxhall, is already in progress to improve the environment and amenities for pedestrians at Vauxhall Cross, the area between Vauxhall station, the River Thames and Spring Gardens. This work is being undertaken with the help of the Vauxhall Regeneration Company. It is funded partly by the Government through the Single Regeneration Budget and Capital Challenge. Vauxhall Cross is a major transport interchange and a node on the Red Route network, so that it is crucial that any such improvements take full

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account of the wider traffic management implications. Careful study and design work is under way with a view to a possible traffic experiment.

Tyne Tunnel: Claims for Compensation

Lord Dixon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will provide additional compensation to homeowners whose properties are close to the planned new Tyne tunnel to take account of its effect on property prices in the area.[HL3831]

Lord Whitty: The land compensation code makes provision for those who are affected by public development. The code is principally laid down in the Land Compensation Acts of 1961 and 1973, the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965 and the Planning and Compensation Act 1991. There is no provision for any additional compensation over and above the terms of that code.

As promoters of a second Tyne crossing, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority will advise on individual claims for compensation.

Helicopters: Roof-top Landing Pads

Baroness Gardner of Parkes asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What permissions are required for the use of an existing flat roof as a new helicopter landing pad in central London; and what is the division of responsibility between the local authority, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.[HL3830]

Lord Whitty: Any helicopter using a roof-top landing pad for private flights in central London needs written permission from the Civil Aviation Authority. Planning permission and, in appropriate cases, listed building consent may be required depending on the details of the proposal and it would be for the local planning authority to judge this in the first instance. Planning and listed building consent appeals are decided by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

Air Navigation Order Penalties

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will increase the maximum penalty for an offence under Article 55 of the Air Navigation (No. 2) Order 1995, which provides that a person shall not recklessly or negligently act in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft of any person therein, to five years imprisonment, and whether they will make the offences listed under Articles 56 to 58 of the order arrestable.[HL3881]

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Lord Whitty: We have no plans to do so at present and I refer the noble Lord to my answer of 12 November (Official Report, col. 107).

London and Continental Railways Bond

Lord Brabazon of Tara asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the bond issue proposed by London and Continental Railways which the Government are to guarantee unconditionally and irrevocably will be counted as public sector debt; and, if not, why not.[HL3850]

Lord Whitty: As my right honourable friend the Deputy Prime Minister explained in his Statement of 3 June, the bonds to be issued by London and Continental Railways and guaranteed by the Government will be repaid from the proceeds of the sale of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, and the likelihood of the Government incurring liability under the guarantee is judged to be remote. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has therefore decided, in line with the treatment

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of contingent liabilities in the European System of Accounts 1995, that the guarantee will not be counted as public sector debt.

Parking Guidance: Compliance by London Boroughs

Viscount Simon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which London boroughs have fully complied with the Secretary of State's parking guidance which requires them to produce a separate statement of account for on-street parking; how any surplus funding has been used; and what action has been taken against those London boroughs which have failed to comply with the parking guidance.[HL3758]

Lord Whitty: The information requested is shown in the table. My honourable friend the Minister for Transport in London has discussed the issue of late submission of accounts with the Association of London Government which will ensure that all the 1997-98 returns are made available once the local authority accounts are finalised.

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London Local Authorities--1996-97 Parking Accounts

IncomeExpenditureNet IncomeComments
Barking & Dagenham4864806Surplus used for off-street parking
Barnet2,1191,0401,079Surplus used for improved parking facilities (69) and carry forward to 1997-98 (1010)
Bexley1,0671,222(155)Deficit accrues to parking account
Brent2,5152,668(153)Deficit accrues to parking account
Bromley1,7211,004717Surplus used for traffic management schemes (286), improvement schemes (376) and professional services (55)
Camden14,9627,9646,998Surplus used for concessionary fares and Taxicard scheme (4,158), and highways and traffic improvement schemes (2,840)
Corporation of London6,8493,0093,840Surplus used for revenue expenditure on "New Roads and Improvements" (35), Western Extension Experimental Scheme (131), Replacement bus service--Waterloo and City Line (22), Capital expenditure on highways (3,431), Capital expenditure on off-street parking (24) and residual balance of surplus to reserve (197)
Croydon4,4543,0331,421Surplus used as a contribution to managing and maintaining off-street parking
Ealing*2,0302,150(120)Deficit accrues to parking account
Enfield*1,8192,110(291)Deficit and cost of waiting restrictions Review (180) accrued to General Fund
Greenwich*1,4951,057438Surplus applied against Concessionary Fares
Hackney2,7752,75619Surplus used for off-street parking maintenance
Hammersmith & Fulham9,1884,2264,962Surplus used for CPZs (1,284), street lamps (128) public transport (2,400) and carry forward to 1997-98 (1,150)
Haringey1,7661,874(108)Deficit accrues to parking account
Harrow1,4001,047353Surplus used as contribution to CPZs (58) and traffic management schemes (420) with (125) carried forward to deficit
Havering690784(94)Deficit made up from General Fund
Hillingdon1,159943216Surplus used for on-street parking provision
Hounslow1,119553566Surplus used for highway improvement (200) balance to parking reserve account
Islington4,1702,5131,657Surplus applied against Concessionary Fares
Kensington & Chelsea21,1318,78212,349Surplus used on concessionary fares (2,455), Taxicard (380), welfare transport (457), school permits (129), special needs and youth transport (561), other community transport (199), off-street car parking (1,100), lighting, traffic signs, pedestrian crossings (856), carriageway and footway improvements, street trees and verges (2,612), traffic management, safety and transportation (935) and gully cleansing (90) with balance to car parking reserve
Kingston1,0971,00790Surplus used for public transport support (42), traffic management (38) and carry forward to 1997-98 (10)
Lambeth2,4881,960528Surplus used for new CPZs
Lewisham3,4762,777699Surplus accrues to parking account
Merton1,110556554Surplus applied against Concessionary Fares
Newham1,3991,760(361)Deficit accrues to parking account
Redbridge1,3961,217179Surplus used to finance off-street parking
Richmond3,2242,0061,218Surplus used for public transport (50), traffic management (543), highway improvement (764) and car park improvements (29). [Note: Total=1,386 as income from off-street parking also allocated].
Southwark2,4881,708780Surplus used for refurbishment and implementation of off-street car parking (269) and major and minor road work (511)
Sutton1,139834305Surplus plus surplus (54) from 1995-96 used to provide on-street parking schemes (90), improvements to car parks (202) and improvements to public transport (20) with remainder being retained in Reserve
Tower Hamlets3,9343,708226Surplus applied against concessionary fares
Waltham Forest1,7831,71469Surplus put towards off-setting deficit on off-street car parking account and design and implementation and extension of CPZs
Wandsworth4,7454,544201Surplus used for CPZs (25) and carry forward to 1997-98 (176)
Westminster52,24318,64533,598Surplus used as contribution to capital expenditure: on-street parking (715), off-street parking (468), highways and traffic improvement schemes (9,534), Departmental systems improvement (21), street trees and parks (119) and as a contribution to revenue expenditure: off-street parking (9,684), car parks business unit (517), highways and traffic improvement schemes (3,552), street lighting (1,299), gully cleansing (88), street trees (635), transport planning (90) concessionary fares and taxicard scheme (5,046), home to school transport (635). Remainder of surplus carried forward to 1997-98

* Local authority account includes some off-street data.

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