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Water: EU Legislation

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: The European Union legislation affecting water is as follows.

Existing Directives

Reference No.Subject Matter
73/404/EECDetergents
73/405/EECTesting of anionic surfactants
75/440/EECQuality required of surface water intended for the abstraction of drinking water
76/160/EECQuality of bathing water
76/464/EECDischarges of dangerous substances
78/176/EECWaste from the Titanium Dioxide industry
78/659/EECQuality of fresh waters for fish life
79/923/EECQuality of shellfish waters
80/68/EECProtection of groundwater
80/777/EECExploitation and marketing of natural mineral waters
80/778/EECQuality of water for human consumption
82/176/EECMercury from the chlor-alkali electrolysis industry
82/883/EECTitanium dioxide (monitoring)
83/29/EECTitanium dioxide (timetable)
83/513/EECLimit values and quality objectives for cadmium discharges
84/156/EECLimit values and quality objectives for mercury discharges from sectors other than the chlor-alkali electrolysis industry
84/491/EECLimit values and quality objectives for Hexachlorocyclohexane discharges
86/94/EECSecond amendment of 73/404/EEC--detergents
86/280/EECLimit values and quality objectives for discharges of certain dangerous substances included in List I of the Annex to Directive 76/464/EEC [Carbontetrachloride, DDT, Pentachlorophenol]
87/217/EECPrevention and reduction of environmental pollution by asbestos
88/347/EECAmending Annex II to Directive 86/280/EEC: discharges of drins, Hexachlorobenzene, Hexachlorobutadiene, chloroform
89/428/EECTitanium dioxide (harmonisation programmes)
90/415/EECAmending Annex II to Directive 86/280/EEC: discharges of Dichloroethane, Trichloroethylene, Perchloroethylene, Trichlorobenzene
91/271/EECConcerning urban waste water treatment
91/676/EECConcerning the protection of fresh, coastal and marine waters against pollution caused by nitrates from diffuse sources
92/112/EECOn procedures for harmonising the programmes for the reduction and eventual elimination of pollution caused by waste from the titanium dioxide industry
92/43/EECOn the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora
94/67/ECHazardous Waste Incineration Directive
96/61/ECIntegrated Pollution Prevention and Control
98/83/ECQuality of water intended for human consumption

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Proposed legislation

ReferenceSubject matter, state of play, and costs and benefits
COM(94) 36 finalRevision of the Bathing Water Directive
State of play--to be considered by the Council of Ministers, but unlikely to proceed in present form. Costs and Benefits are set out in the report of the Select Committee on the European Communities, Session 1994-95, 7th Report, Bathing Waters Revisited.
7531/97 COM(97) 49 final 12929/97 COM(97) 614 final Proposal for a Council Directive establishing a framework for community action in the field of water policy.
6260/98 COM(98) 76 finalState of play--The Environment Council reached a Common Position on the proposal on 11 March 1999. Costs and Benefits--For the whole of the UK, the total of one-off and recurring costs are estimated to range from £3 to £11 billion, and the benefits capable of quantification have been valued at £2 to £7 billion (both at current prices, taken over an implementation period to 2040). These figures are taken from the Regulatory Impact Assessment of 5 November 1998, which includes data derived from the report on Potential Costs and Benefits of Implementing the Proposed Water Resources Framework Directive, reference DETR 4477/5, January 1999.

The documents setting out estimates of costs and benefits of proposed legislation may be found in the Library of the House.


Freight Movements

Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What has been the total movement of freight from each of the European freight depots in England in each year of their operation.[HL2204]

Lord Whitty: The information requested is not available.

Eurostar Regional Rolling Stock

Lord Cadman asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In respect of Eurostar trains built to service the regions north of London:


    (a) who is the owner of these trains;


    (b) how much public sector finance was involved in their construction;

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    (c) what technical reasons are frustrating their use for their intended purpose; and


    (d) given that consultations and negotiations concerning their eventual use are in progress, whether that use will be outside the United Kingdom; and, if so, whether any revenues or compensations will be payable to any British interests in respect of that use.[HL2158]

Lord Whitty:


    (a) Eurostar (UK) Limited.


    (b) The regional train sets were ordered by European Passenger Services in 1991 at a cost of £180 million.


    (c) The regional rolling stock is technically complex, needing to be able to draw from four different traction current supply systems. Early testing revealed significant electro-magnetic induction problems where regional train sets interfered with the operation of track circuits. The Government understand from London and Continental Railways that the work necessary to gain a safety case for the operation of the train sets is being undertaken as quickly as possible.


    (d) Following publication of the Environment, Transport and the Regions Select Committee report, Eurostar have offered the use of the regional train sets to domestic operators under short term leases until the Government's review is completed. Government consent is required for any use of the train sets which is outside the Eurostar UK business. No such request has been received.

Rail Freight: Grants

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the rail freight grants that have been made since May 1997.[HL2300]

Lord Whitty: Since May 1997 the following grants for freight facilities and track access have been awarded:

Freight Facilities Grant

CompanyGrant Award £
1997
Bow Midlands Waste Recycling Ltd. (includes £319,488 to CAIB UK Ltd. for wagons)2,105,798
Insulated Structures Ltd., Round Oak, W Midlands and Port of Boston Ltd., Lincolnshire1,865,717 338,232
Combined Transport Ltd., Piccadilly, London849,293
Maurice Hill Transport Ltd., Nr Mansfield, Notts202,293
Manchester Airport, Manchester2,191,256
Cleveland Potash Ltd.
Cobra Railfreight Ltd.788,003
(includes £375,750 to NACCO (UK) Ltd. for wagons)
Freightliner Ltd. Trafford Park Manchester723,600
1998
H J Banks, Renishaw390,725
Freightliner Ltd. (grant awarded to Tiphook Ltd. for purchase of 40 Well Wagons)634,000
Felixstowe Dock & Railway Co.1,834,240
European Metal Recycling Ltd.1,114,000
Rover Group315,600
European Vinyls Corporation (UK) Ltd.534,4280
Coalite Smokeless Fuels953,440
Redland Aggregates Ltd., Buxton589,900
Cobra Railfreight Ltd.473,680
Port of Tyne Authority689,120
1999
DFDS Nordic Terminal Ltd. Immingham Dock1,533,350
Maurice Hill Transport Ltd.91,655

Track Access Grant

English Welsh & Scottish Railway Ltd: 15 grants worth a total of £5,650,557.

Freightliner Ltd: 4 grants worth a total of £651,654.


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SEN Pupil Numbers

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for England showing, for all state primary schools, the percentage of pupils on roll in each of the years 1983 to 1998:


    (a) with Special Educational Needs and with Statements of Special Educational Need;


    (b) with Special Educational Needs but without Statements of Special Educational Need,


    showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including the number of schools and the total number of pupils on roll.[HL2232]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): The information available is shown in the following table.

Percentage of pupils with Special Educational Needs in England, January of each year--Maintained Primary Schools

Number of SchoolsNumber of Pupils on RollPercentage of Pupils with Special Educational Needs and with Statements of Special Educational NeedsPercentage of Pupils with Special Educational Needs but without Statements of Special Educational Needs
198320,3843,844,125----
198420,0203,765,845----
198519,7343,747,848----
198619,5493,760,982----
198719,4323,792,230----
198819,3193,844,928----
198919,2323,905,478----
199019,1623,984,860----
199119,0474,047,136----
199218,9264,089,238----
199318,8284,165,403----
199418,6834,241,750----
199518,5514,312,200----
199618,4804,389,36417.215.7
199718,3924,429,04318.617.1
199818,3124,460,64619.918.4

-- not available


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SEN Pupils: Expenditure per Capita

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for England showing, for state primary and secondary schools separately, the amount of money spent per pupil, the total amount of money spent and the percentage of the total budget spent on:


    (a) pupils with Special Educational Needs and with Statements of Special Educational Need; and


    (b) pupils with Special Educational Needs but without Statements of Special Educational Need,


    in each of the years 1983 to 1998 showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the number of schools and the number of pupils on roll.[HL2212]

Baroness Blackstone: Information is not available in the form in which it has been requested.

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Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for England showing for comprehensive schools, modern schools, grammar schools and all state secondary schools separately, the percentage of pupils on roll and the percentage of all 16 year-old pupils in each of the years 1983 to 1998:


    (a) with Special Educational Needs and with Statements of Special Educational Need;


    (b) with Special Educational Needs but without Statements of Special Educational Need,


    showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the number of schools, the number of pupils on roll and the number of 16 year-old pupils.[HL2231]

Baroness Blackstone: The information requested is not collected centrally.



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