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Mrs. Anne Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much was spent by his Department on trunk roads in Cambridgeshire in each year since 1990-91, at current prices. 
Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 22 January 2001]: Expenditure on entertainment by my Department's Ministers in 1999-2000, the latest financial year for which information is available, was £8,347. This compares with expenditure of £14,672 for the former Departments of Environment and Transport in 1996-97.
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Environment Agency (a) to check trade waste agreements of businesses, (b) to check unauthorised waste carriers, (c) to tackle other breaches of the Environment Protection Act and the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 and (d) to tackle environmental crime in general. 
(a) Trade waste agreements under section 45 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 are a matter for local authorities as waste collection authorities; and no enforcement officers are employed by the Environment Agency on checking them.
(b) and (c) The Agency employs 16 officers in the London area whose role includes checking unauthorised waste carriers and other breaches of the 1990 Act and the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989.
Ms Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many prosecutions have been brought by the Environment Agency for fly tipping in the past six years in (a) Lewisham and (b) London. 
(b) The term "fly-tipping" is not legally defined but is generally used to refer to the illegal disposal of waste on a site without either a waste management licence or a registered licensing exemption--in contravention of sections 33 or 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. However, it is also an offence under section 33 to dispose of waste in contravention of a licence. The available data neither separately identify the two different types of offence under section 33 nor distinguish between prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency, local authorities or the police.
Subject to these considerations, the total number of defendants prosecuted at magistrates courts for offences under sections 33 or 34 of the 1990 Act in the Metropolitan police area in the past six years is:
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Ms Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many prosecutions the Environment Agency has brought against unlicensed waste carriers in London. 
Mr. Robert Ainsworth: The available records do not separately identify waste carriers involved in prosecutions brought for contravention of waste management controls other than section 1 of the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 (offence of transporting controlled waste without registering). The number of prosecutions
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brought under section 1 of the 1989 Act in the Metropolitan police area for calendar years during which the Agency has been in operation is:
(1) Data not yet available
Mr. Bennett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will set out the timetable for publishing and implementing the regulations under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. 
Mr. Meacher: Substantial parts of the Act came into force on 30 January 2001 and further provisions, including the whole of Part IV (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), will come into force on 1 April 2001. The implementation of many of the remaining provisions depends on the making of a large number of regulations which my Department will be preparing over the next two or three years. Where appropriate, these provisions will be subject to public consultation.
We expect to lay regulations on vehicular access over common land in May. Immediate priority is also being given to regulations for the mapping of access land, the establishment of local access forums, statutory guidance for the preparation of rights of way improvement plans and making provision for disabled people. The implementation of the right of access to open countryside depends primarily on the completion of the mapping programme which the Countryside Agency have in hand.
Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what recent reports he has received on the safety of King's Cross station in respect of the ventilation of smoke; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hill: I understand from London Underground that the magazine "Test" has published comparisons of fire safety at various European stations, which included King's Cross. It should be noted that, while the "Test" report contains some very valid points, it also appears to contain some errors in its description of escape routes from King's Cross and takes no account of the following points.
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It should also be noted that King's Cross station is being redeveloped. This redevelopment will take into account modern practice in ventilation systems, in particular lessons learned from the Jubilee Line Extension project on active control of air-flows in an emergency.
To summarise, fire safety controls at King's Cross are the best that London Underground can achieve within the current constraints of the site. However, they are compliant with relevant legislation and plans for further improvement are already in hand.
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