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Millennium Eve: London Transport

Baroness Anelay of St. Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: London Transport has provided Her Majesty's Government with an assurance that it intends to provide a continuous tube and bus service throughout millennium eve and day. A detailed public announcement of these arrangements, and of the services to be provided by the train operating companies serving London was made on Tuesday 19 October. A copy of the London Transport press release summarising the arrangements is being placed in the Library of the House.

King's Cross Area: Regeneration

Lord Freyberg asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): King's Cross Partnership's achievements to date include:

    1,520 residents provided with access to employment

    12,494 pupils benefiting from education projects

    77 new business start ups created

    20,612 sq m of business/commercial floor space improved

    76,926 people benefiting from community safety initiatives

    673 local authority homes improved

    31 buildings brought back into use

    1,550 security upgrades provided for homes

    443 community/voluntary groups supported

Comprehensive regeneration package--transfer of Barnsbury Estate to Newlon and Ten Estates to Peabody with a view to major investment programmes of repairs and maintenance to be carried out.

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The King's Cross Partnership includes the following organisations:

    London Borough of Camden

    London Borough of Islington



    Royal Bank of Scotland

    P & O Developments

    Compass Hotels

    Indegree Projects Ltd

    Mark Fitzpatrick PLC

    The British Library

    MEPC UK Ltd

    Railtrack plc

    Union Railways

    Building and Property Management Services Ltd

    Metropolitan Police

    Islington Chamber of Commerce

    Camden Groundwork Trust

    Camden and Islington Housing Association

    Islington Voluntary Council

    King's Cross/Brunswick Neighbourhood Association

    St. Pancras Church

    NatWest Bank plc

    London & Continental Stations & Property

    Focus Central London

    Independent Television Network

Lord Freyberg asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How much money has been given to regenerate the King's Cross area, when was it given and by whom.[HL4263]

Lord Whitty: The total amount of money given from 1985 to end of financial year (March 99) to regenerate the King's Cross area is £163 million.

£ million
Single Regeneration Budget Challenge Fund 14.3
Estate Action15
Local authority contribution14
Social housing grant14
Other public sector21
Private sector84.7
(Major contributors include Contemporary Dance Trust, Railtrack, the Shaw Park Plaza Hotel and University College of London)

Lead Shot Regulations

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What estimates they have made of the annual cost of enforcing the Environmental Protection

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    (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170) which came into force on 1 September; who is to be responsible for enforcing the regulations; and what provision they have made for payment of the cost of enforcement.[HL4316]

Lord Whitty: The decision on who will enforce the regulation lies entirely with the Secretary of State. It is the intention that enforcement of the regulation will primarily be carried out by the police. This is in line with other legislation concerning the protection of birds.

The vast majority of police forces in England already have a wildlife liaison officer (PWLO) who is responsible for enforcement of wildlife legislation. The Government consider that enforcement of the legislation is not likely to add significantly to the workload of the PWLOs; therefore no additional staff costs for enforcement purposes are deemed necessary.

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What consultation procedure was used in the preparation of Statutory Instrument 2170 of 1999; when the first draft of the regulations was published; what was the timetable of consultation; which organisations were consulted; and which offered views on the draft proposals.[HL4294]

Lord Whitty: In 1992 the Government set up the UK Lead Shot in Wetlands Working Group, consisting of representatives from shooting, farming and conservation organisations, along with the gun and ammunition industry, to consider a mechanism to achieve a phase-out of the use of lead shot over wetlands. Full and regular consultation with all interested parties has taken place since that date. This working group recommended a two-year voluntary phase-out of lead shot over wetlands which began in 1995.

In 1997, the Government carried out a consultation exercise with more than 60 interested organisations to establish whether to continue with the voluntary approach or take other measures. Responses to the consultation exercise were carefully analysed and revealed a majority of support for a move to a statutory ban as soon as possible.

After detailed consideration a consultation document was issued on 8 April outlining draft regulations to restrict the use of lead shot. The time period for this consultation was greater than the minimum outlined in the Environment Protection Act 1990. The consultation period ended on 14 May. However responses were received and accepted until the beginning of June.

The consultation documents were sent to over 5,000 owners and occupiers of sites of special scientific interest affected by the draft regulation along with the organisations listed in the table below.

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List of organisations consulted on draft legislation to restrict the use of lead shot

    Association of Chief Police Officers

    Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland) Police

    Branbridges Industrial Estate

    British Association for Shooting and Conservation

    British Ornithologists Union

    British Pest Control Association

    British Proof Authority

    British Shooting Sports Council

    British Trust for Ornithology

    British Wildlife (Conservation News)

    Caledonian Cartridge Co Ltd

    Central Science Laboratory

    Civil Aviation Authority

    Clay Pigeon Shooting Association

    Convention of Scottish Local Authorities

    Country Landowners Association

    Countryside Alliance

    Countryside Council for Wales Plas Penrhos

    Crofters Commission

    Eley Hawk Ltd

    English Nature

    Environment Agency

    Environment & Heritage Service (NI)

    Farmers Union of Wales

    Farming & Rural Conservation Agency

    Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group

    Forest Authority

    Forest Enterprise

    Gamebore Cartridge Co.

    Game Marketing Executive

    Gun Trade Association

    Game Conservancy Trust

    The Home Office Operation Policing Policy Unit

    Hull Cartridge Co

    Joint Nature Conservation Committee

    Law Society of Scotland

    League Against Cruel Sports

    Local Government Association

    Marine Estates Manager

    Moorland Gamekeepers Association

    Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food

    National Farmers Union

    National Farmers Union of Scotland Rural Centre

    National Game Dealers Association

    National Pest Technicians Association

    Head of Nature Conservation, National Trust

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    National Trust for Scotland

    Royal Society for the Protection of Birds


    Scottish Association for Country Sports

    Scottish Crofters Union

    Scottish Environment Protection Agency

    Scottish Farmers Union Rural Centre

    Scottish Forest Commission

    Scottish Landowners Federation

    Scottish Natural Heritage


    Scottish Wildlife & Countryside Link

    Shooting Sports Trust

    Sportsman's Association

    Tenant Farmers Association

    Timber Growers Association

    Welsh Local Government Association

    Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

    Wildlife and Countryside Link

    The Wildlife Trusts

Responses to the consultation documents were received from 270 members of the public in addition to those organisations that are listed in the table below. Organisations which made representations as part of the consultation exercise

    A & C Sporting Services

    Amber Valley Shooting Club

    Ancholme Internal Drainage Board

    Anglian Wildfowlers Association

    Ashman Brothers Pest Control

    Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland

    Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition

    Audley Gun Club

    Bantham Shoot

    Baxter Farms Ltd

    Beccles Wildfowlers Club

    Black Isle & Mid Ross Wildfowlers Club

    Blairs Shooting Syndicate

    Blakeney Parish Council

    Bournemouth International Airport

    British Association for Shooting & Conservation

    Butterfly Conservation, Norfolk Branch

    Caerlaverock & District Wildfowlers

    Carmarthenshire Wildfowlers Association

    Carter Jonas

    Chichester Harbour Wildfowlers Association

    Church Farm Shoot

    Council of the Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales & Northern Ireland

    Country Landowners Association

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    Countryside Alliance

    Countryside Council for Wales

    CSC Forest Products

    Dacre, Son & Hartley

    Defence Estates, Estates Directorate

    Derwent Valley Shooting Club

    Devon Wildfowlers Association

    Didwells Property Consultants

    Dorset Wildfowlers Association

    East Grinstead Guns Ltd

    English Nature

    Essex & Suffolk Water

    Essex Joint Council of Wildfowling Clubs

    Farmers Union of Wales

    Farming News, Miller Freeman UK Ltd

    Fenland Wildfowlers Association

    Finlayson Hughes Chartered Surveyors

    Flyde Borough Council

    Forest Enterprise

    Forestry Commission

    Furness Wildfowlers Association

    Gamebore Cartridge Company Ltd

    Garnffoi Shooting & Conservation Club

    Gillingham Estate & Farms

    Gunners Pigeon Shooting Club

    Hendry, Ramsat & Wilcox

    Highbridge, Huntspill and Burnham District Wildfowlers' Club

    Holderness & Humber Wildfowlers Association

    Holland & Holland Limited

    Humber Wildfowlers

    Ilchester Estates

    Isle of Anglesey Wildfowling Club

    ITRI Ltd

    Joint Nature Conservation Council

    Keadby Wildfowling & Conservation Society

    Kent Wildfowling & Conservation Association

    King's Lynn Consortium of Internal Drainage Boards

    Little Oakley & District Wildfowlers Association

    Lleweni Shoot Syndicate

    Longfield Service Station

    Lyddington Shoot

    Lymington & Keyhaven Wildfowlers Association

    Meltham Shooting Club

    Merevale & Blyth Estates

    Montrose & District Wildfowlers Association

    Morston Wildfowlers

    National Farmers' Union

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    National Farmers' Union of Scotland

    Netley Shoot

    Newark & District Wildfowlers Association

    Newton-le-Willows Wildfowlers & Clay Pigeon Association

    Norfolk Wildlife Trust

    North Yorkshire County Council

    Northumberland & Durham Wildfowlers

    Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

    Owlpen Estate Shoot

    Pagham & West Sussex Wildfowling & Conservation Association

    Paslow Hall Shoot

    Payne's Boatyard

    Pearce Waterscapes

    Perth & Kinross Council

    R Tilney & Son

    Rainford Shooting Association

    Reaseheath (PAS) Sporting Shooting Club

    Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

    Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

    Scottish Association for Country Sports

    Scottish Environment Protection Agency

    Scottish Landowners' Federation

    Scottish Natural Heritage

    Shooting Sports Trust Limited

    Shropshire & Border Rough Shooting Club

    Shropshire County Council

    Smiths Gore Chartered Surveyors

    Somerset Wildlife Trust

    Scottish Countryside Alliance

    South Essex Wildfowlers' Club

    South Hams District Council

    South Hetton Wildfowl & Gun Club

    South Lincs Nature Reserves Ltd

    Southport & District Wildfowlers Association

    Spalding & District Wildfowlers Association

    Stanford Training Area Shooting Association

    Stoneham Wildfowlers

    Strutt & Parker Chartered Surveyors

    Tamar Valley Association for Shooting & Conservation

    Tayport Wildfowling & Clay Pigeon Gun Club

    Technical Marine Services

    The British Shooting Sports Council

    The Broads Authority

    The Clay Pigeon Shooting Association Ltd

    The Cumbria Wildlife Trust

    The Engie Hundred Wildfowling Club

    The Durrington Shoot

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    The Game Conservancy Trust

    The Grove Shooting Club

    The Gun Trade Association

    The Hartlepool & District Wildfowlers Association

    The Moorland Association

    The Moreton Shoot

    The National Gamekeepers' Organisation

    The National Trust for Scotland

    The Roche Abbey Syndicate

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland

    The Scottish Gamekeepers Association

    The Weld Estate

    The Welsh Assembly

    Tillingham Wildfowlers Association

    Tornashean Sporting Syndicate

    Treloweth Shoot

    UCW Aberystwyth SC, Mawddach & District

    Union of Country Sports Workers

    Welsh Local Government Association

    West Baldridge Shooting Syndicate

    West Country Guns

    Whitemoor Estate

    Whittlesey Wildfowlers & Conservationists

    Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

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