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Baroness Blatch: For financial purposes, no distinction is made between people who have applied for asylum and others detained under immigration powers. The average cost of detaining a person within the Immigration Service detention estate is currently estimated at £540 per week. This figure includes the cost of administrative support from headquarters.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Earl Ferrers): It is not possible to obtain comprehensive information on how many leaseholders in flats have been able to acquire the freehold of their homes, as the transactions are private. The Government do, however, monitor the number of cases coming before Leasehold Valuation Tribunals, where the parties cannot agree terms. To date, twelve collective enfranchisement cases, brought by a total of 92 participating leaseholders, have been decided. The total number of flats in the enfranchised properties is 106. But anecdotal evidence suggests that a larger number of properties have been enfranchised without the need to refer any issue to a tribunal.
Earl Ferrers: The Department of the Environment is currently working on a number of measures in the waste management field, which are at various stages of development. We have been concerned about the implications of implementing these proposals for both local waste regulation authorities, including those affected by local government reorganisation, and also for the new Environment Agencies which take over the waste regulation function on 1 April.
In order to avoid overloading regulators with change during this busy transitional period, and to help to ensure a smooth transfer of responsibilities, we envisage a progressive timetable for these new measures. Against this background, the Government have also decided to provide a further extension to 30 September of the transitional arrangements for trade effluent treatment
Regulations to extend until 30 September current transitional arrangements for effluent treatment plant which will be made in the New Year, which will come into force before 1 April. Proposed changes to requirements concerning technical competence may also be included, subject to consultation.
Measures to extend and amend waste management licensing exemptions for composting, and sewage/water treatment plant and possibly other activities will be proposed in the spring, with a view to their coming into operation by 1 October.
Measures to extend waste management controls to certain types of agricultural and mining and quarrying waste; and provisions about consulting and compensating those with rights in land adjoining waste facilities, will also be proposed later in the year, with a view to these taking effect by the end of the year.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): City Diesel sold by Sainsbury's does give significant reductions in some pollutants compared with conventional diesel fuel. It is not available from other retail outlets; but some competitors sell different specifications of diesel fuels which also produce reductions in emissions.
Viscount Goschen: The Department of Transport is aware of this report. Many of the ideas in the agenda section reflect action already being taken. Nevertheless, the report identifies many of the issues being covered in generating a national strategy for cycling. Work on that is under way, involving a wide range of interests,
Viscount Goschen: The London Docklands Development Corporation has formally notified the Secretary of State for the Environment of London Underground's reapplication for listed building consent, in order that he may consider whether or not he should determine it himself. My right honourable friend is currently considering the case and hopes to make a decision shortly.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Fraser of Carmyllie): The British High Commission in Lagos was consulted about the London Chamber of Commerce's proposed mission under the terms of the Department of Trade and Industry's overseas mission scheme. The Overseas Development Administration are not normally consulted about overseas missions, and were not on this occasion.
The department's financial support towards this event will be the standard subvention of £400 towards each eligible missioner's travel costs. The overall costs to the department will not be known until the size of the mission party is finally determined.
The department has also made an offer of support to the Kent Chamber of Commerce for an outward mission scheduled for November 1996. The offer of support is again based on the standard subvention of £400 towards each eligible missioner's travel costs. The overall costs to the department will similarly not be known until nearer the date of mission.
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: Senior managers' remuneration is a matter for companies and their shareholders, not the Government. We do not expect the profits made on share option schemes to have any direct impact on pay negotiations in general. However, the tax changes announced in the Budget will limit tax relief on share option schemes to options worth a maximum of £20,000.
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: Each application for a trade mark, including applications from the retail industry, the banking, hotel and restaurant industries, is considered by the Registrar on its merits against criteria for registrability set out in the Trade Marks Act 1994. A fascia name may be registrable to the extent it distinguishes the goods or services of one business from those of others, and provided that the mark is used in respect of the provision of goods or services in respect of which a trade mark may be registered.
Council Directive 89/104/EEC seeks to approximate the trade mark laws of the member states of the European Union, and to ensure the same principles apply throughout the Community.
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