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Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he intends to use his powers under the Local government Acts to intervene in Harlow Council; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Armstrong: A best value inspection of Harlow District Council has recently taken place, and I understand that the Audit Commission and the authority are currently in discussion about the content of the final report, and the recommendations for action by the Council arising from it. The Commission have powers under the Local Government Act 1999 to recommend that the Secretary of State intervenes. No such recommendations have been received.
Mr. Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he will announce changes to controls on the granting of planning permissions for telecommunication masts; and if he will make a statement. 
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Ms Beverley Hughes: The consultation exercise seeking views on possible changes to the planning laws relating to mobile phone masts and associated guidance ended on 31 October 2000. The Department is currently analysing the responses. We shall announce our conclusions as soon as possible.
Mr. Meacher: A decision regarding the authorisation of the plant will be announced only when the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Secretary of State for Health have considered all the relevant information. Consultants are being appointed to assist the Departments in their consideration of the BNFL revised economic case received by my Department on 5 January.
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when the outcome of the public inquiry on the River Wye will be published; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Meacher [holding answer 8 February 2001]: The application made by the Environment Agency for an Order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 to confer on it powers to regulate navigation on the River Wye has raised complicated issues which require very careful consideration. Following the public inquiry into the application we received detailed representations from parties to the inquiry, including the Agency. Last year, in the interests of proper administration, we made these representations available to others appearing at the inquiry so that they could comment on them. We are now considering their comments along with the Inspector's Report.
We will make a decision on the application as soon as possible. Before doing so, we will consult the National Assembly for Wales since the proposed Order would, if made, affect Wales as well as England.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 2 February 2001, Official Report, column 318W, on community transport, if he will list those successful bids to the 1999 competition which included further funding for schemes successful in the 1998 competition; if he will estimate the amount granted within those bids for continuation funding; and what total amount was granted in the 1999 competition as a whole. 
Mr. Hill [holding answer 8 February 2001]: Four successful bids totalling £710,124 from Somerset, Wiltshire, West Sussex county councils and West Yorkshire PTA were for further funding for schemes funded by the 1998 competition. All this total was for continuation funding apart from some provision in the
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Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what factors were taken into consideration in deciding the level of central grant allocation for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service for 2001-2; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Beverley Hughes: Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service do not receive revenue support grant. A grant is allocated to Gloucestershire county council which provides necessary funding for the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service.
Mr. Burnett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he will introduce mandatory training for all drivers of emergency vehicles; what the minimum training requirements will be; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hill [holding answer 9 February 2001]: Core competencies for driving emergency vehicles have recently been agreed by technical experts from the Driving Standards Agency, police, fire, ambulance and armed services. The services are now consulting their constituent members about adoption, which I hope will be by the autumn. Each service will tailor the supporting training to their drivers and vehicles, though experience and best practice will be shared. The public services concerned will be able to ensure that these new standards will apply to directly employed drivers, and those providing contracted services.
Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when the outline proposals for the safety study of the A66 were presented to the regional planning authorities; when each planning body gave its approval; and when the study commenced. 
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Mr. Hill [holding answer 9 February 2001]: The three regional planning authorities were consulted in December 1998/January 1999 on the proposed programme of studies identified in "A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England". Further consultants have been undertaken throughout the development stages of the A66 Safety Study with regards the terms of reference and study brief.
The consultants were appointed to undertake the study in March 2000 and the final report is expected in spring 2001. The final report will be presented to regional planning authorities for their consideration.
Mr. Hill [holding answer 9 February 2001]: Summary figures for the year 2000 are scheduled to be published in June as a Transport Statistics bulletin "Road Casualties in Great Britain: Main Results: 2000". A copy will be placed in the House of Commons Library.
Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions which regional planning conference needs to give its endorsement to the Temple Sowerby bypass before it can proceed. 
Mr. Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 7 February 2000, Official Report, column 534W, concerning road traffic accidents, when the information will be available; and if he will supply the information when it becomes available. 
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