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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


    CENTEC


    CILNTEC


    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


    RSPCA


    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


    SSPCA


    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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