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The Government do take the issue of fireworks seriously. On 14 October 2002, Official Report, column 890W, my hon. Friend the Minister for Consumer Affairs announced a package of measures which the Government are introducing to address the problems that fireworks can pose to humans, to the environment and to wildlife.
In terms of air pollution, a burning firework may produce particulate matter, organic compounds (including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins and furans), and a variety of metal fumes and aerosols, depending on its contents. The effects of bonfire night celebrations can certainly be detected in local air quality, but is very dependent on local atmospheric conditions at the time, and the most significant source of emissions is likely to be bonfires rather than fireworks.
In relation to wildlife, there is little research evidence on the immediate effects of bonfire night on wildlife. Fires and loud noises can have a disturbing effect on animals of any kind, but bonfire night celebrations are short-lived and relatively localised in nature.
Mr. Andrew Love: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the amount of brownfield land in (a) the London Borough of Enfield and (b) Greater London for the construction of new dwellings; how many new dwellings could be constructed; and if he will make a statement. 
PDL) an estimated 2,500 hectares of brownfield land were potentially suitable for housing in London. On the figures supplied by local authorities and current density assumptions they could provide 149,000 dwellings.
The most recent information for Enfield is from its return for the 1998 survey. This showed 49 hectares of brownfield land potentially suitable for housing. At densities current at the time they could provide about 2,300 dwellings.
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Mr. McNulty: The table shows the amount of grant paid by the Housing Corporation to registered social landlords under the approved development programme (ADP) and local authority social housing grant (LASHG) together with the dwellings completed in each year for these programmes:
|Gross ADP expenditure # # million||Dwellings completed|
|LASHG expenditure # million||Dwellings completed|
Mr. Prescott: In my Parliamentary Statement of 18 July on sustainable communities I announced the Government's intentions for tackling the housing shortage in London and the South East. The Statement explained that the Government expects the housing numbers already agreed in regional planning guidance for the South East to be delivered, working within the presumption of making better use of land by improving design, increasing densities and using brownfield sites to the full. In the Statement, I announced I would intervene in planning applications for housing that involve a density of less than 30 dwellings per hectare net. 1 am publishing today the Town and Country Planning (Residential Density) (London and South East England) Direction 2002 which gives effect to this announcement. From 2 December local planning authorities in London and the South East will have to consult me before giving planning permission for low density housing developments.
Andrew George: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department has made available to implement a more flexible lettings policy by local authorities; and how much each rural local authority received in (a) 200001, (b) 200102 and (c) 200203 to date. 
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Mr. McNulty: We are currently funding 27 local authority pilots of choice based lettings. #13 million was allocated in April 2001 towards the pilots which are expected to finish in April 2003. Out of these, four rural authorities are being supported and payments to date are as follows:
|Payments to all 27 pilots||4,208,532||1,724,377|
Mr Pike: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether (a) planning permission and (b) public consultation is needed in order for phone companies to erect antennae on buildings; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (GPDO) (as amended) grants a general planning permission for licensed telecommunications code system operators to install specified telecommunications apparatus without the need to apply for planning permission to the local authority, subject to certain conditions and limitations.
The installation of an antenna on a building, where the antenna does not exceed the height of the building by 4 metres or more, would normally be regarded as permitted development and would not therefore require an application for planning permission or statutory public consultation.
All mobile phone antennas are registered with the radiocommunications agency. Information on the location and ownership of the antennas is available on the Agency's Site Finder database at www.sitefinder.radio.gov.uk The site is updated every three months.
Mr. Pike: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government has to introduce regulations restricting the ability of phone companies to erect base stations close to residential properties, schools and hospitals; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: Mobile phone mast development close to residential properties, schools and hospitals is subject to the normal telecommunications planning arrangements in place throughout England, set out in Part 24 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (GPDO). Following publication of the Stewart report on mobile phones and health in May 2000, these arrangements were significantly strengthened and include improved requirements for consulting local people about mast proposals. The changes to the GPDO were underpinned by revised guidance, set out in planning policy guidance note 8, telecommunications, published in August 2001.
The Stewart report did not recommend that the erection of mobile phone masts should be restricted in such areas and we have no plans to introduce specific restrictions. However, in respect of masts near schools, PPG8 advises that before an operator submits an application for planning permission or prior approval
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for a mast near a school or college they should discuss the proposed development with the relevant body of the school or college.
Mr. McNulty: Between January and October this year, the former Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister received centrally 166 letters from Members of Parliament and 165 letters from members of the public and local planning authorities about the amenity or health aspects related to mobile phone masts.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list those parish and town councils which have reported to him that they have had councillors resign rather than sign the new Standards Code. 
Mr. Leslie: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Standards Board for England together have been informed of 95 resignations of parish councillors who were unwilling to accept the new Code of Conduct. A list of those parish councils is as follows:
|Authority||Number of resignations|
|Aiskew parish council||1|
|Arborfield and Newland parish council||1|
|Ashby Woulds town council||1|
|Baschurch parish council||1|
|Boddington parish council||2|
|Bradworthy parish council||1|
|Brenk Knoll parish council||1|
|Brockdish parish council||4|
|Bunwell parish council||1|
|Butleigh parish council||2|
|Chineham parish council||1|
|Credebhill parish council||2|
|Cutcombe parish council||1|
|Easebourne parish council||2|
|East Carlton parish council||3|
|Epsom and Ewell borough council||1|
|Fowey town council||1|
|Frensham parish council||1|
|Great Notley parish council||1|
|Hampstead Norreys parish council||2|
|Haversham cum Little Linford parish council||1|
|Holcome Burnell parish council||2|
|Holt parish council||2|
|Hungerford town council||3|
|Idmiston parish council||1|
|Kings Ripton parish council||2|
|Little Waltham parish council||5|
|Melsonby parish council||1|
|Mereworth parish council||2|
|Midgham parish council||1|
|New Romney town council||1|
|Northchapel parish council||3|
|Norton parish council||1|
|Old Windsor parish council||1|
|Over Haddon parish council||1|
|Potton town council||2|
|Purton parish council||2|
|Ringmore parish council||1|
|Shinfield parish council||3|
|Snarestone parish council||1|
|Speldhurst parish council||1|
|St. Bees parish council||2|
|Stebbing parish council||2|
|Streatley parish council||1|
|Sulhamstead parish council||1|
|Swanton Morley parish council||3|
|Tittleshall parish council||1|
|Tiverton parish council||2|
|Town council of Frinton and Walton||1|
|Warfield parish council||1|
|West Ilsley parish council (the whole council)||6|
|Westleton parish council||1|
|Wookey parish council||1|
|Wysall and Thorpe-in-the-Glebe parish council||3|
|Unnamed parish in East Suffolk||2|
|Unnamed parish in Kendal||1|
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