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Baroness Hayman: We are pleased to announce that the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Review Group's report was published on 9 March 2000. The group has carried out a very thorough and wide ranging examination of salmon and freshwater fisheries policy and legislation in England and Wales. We now intend to seek the views of interested parties; the consultation period will run until 31 July 2000. Copies of the report have been placed in the Library of the House.
Baroness Hayman: Epichlorohydrin was used by the manufacturer of diazinon to stabilise this chemical, which was then incorporated as the active ingredient in various sheep dips by a number of different sheep dip manufacturers. Epichlorohydrin was withdrawn from the formulation of diazinon by the manufacturer in 1981. It was used by some individual sheep dip manufacturers subsequent to 1981 but records show that epichlorohydrin has not been used in any formulation of currently-authorised diazinon sheep dips since 1992. Records of products removed from the market subsequent to 1981 are incomplete and it is not possible to establish whether or when epichlorohydrin was withdrawn from those products.
(b) whether the same values are used in assessing whether permission should be given to those who wish to dig up roads; and, if not, why not.[HL1329]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): In the cost-benefit analysis of new road building schemes, leisure time is valued at £3.98 an hour in 1999 prices and values. Work time
Public utilities and other undertakers have statutory rights to carry out street works to access their apparatus. Decisions about when and where to carry out street works are usually determined by commercial factors or customer service obligations. Undertakers do not normally need permission, except in certain protected streets. There is no requirement for them to assess the cost of delays to traffic caused by their work. However they must co-operate with street authorities (normally the highway or roads authorities) and other undertakers; and street authorities may give directions as to the timing of street works if they are likely to cause serious disruption to traffic which could be avoided or reduced if the works are carried out only at certain times (such as nights or weekends).
Lord Whitty: Since the Bullhouse Minewater Treatment Plant came into operation in September 1998 there have been significant improvements in the downstream chemical and biological quality of the River Don, and in the number of fish in the river. Around the time the plant was commissioned, a number of ochre-coloured seepages appeared in the Cranberry Holes Dyke, most likely caused by groundwater movements resulting from the presence of the minewater treatment lagoon. The agency is monitoring these seepages and, if necessary, the dyke will be assessed for treatment. The agency does not currently consider the seepage a significant threat to fish in the River Don.
Lord Whitty: We are currently evaluating the results of research by ADAS, published in November last year, into the Hedgerows Review Group's proposals. In the light of that, we expect to publish revised draft regulations for statutory consultation later this year.
Lord Whitty: The Housing Corporation invited registered social landlords (RSLs) in England to bid for funding to develop around 15 pilot schemes whose aim would be to test alternative approaches for providing supported accommodation for 16-18 year-old lone parents. The following RSLs submitted bids:
Lord Whitty: Genetically modified maize has received Europe wide consent for general cultivation, but the Government reached an agreement with the biotechnology industry, through the industry body SCIMAC, in November 1999, that no commercial planting of GM crops will take place outside the Farm Scale Evaluations programme until at least 2003.
The agreement with industry does not set specific limits for the number of GM fields that can be grown in any year, but SCIMAC have agreed to limit planting to the number of fields recommended by the independent Scientific Steering Committee overseeing the evaluations. This is expected to be about 20-25 fields of each crop each year and giving a total of around 60 to 75 fields of each crop over a three-year period.
Lord Whitty: The Government reached an agreement with the biotechnology industry, through the industry body SCIMAC, in November 1999, that no commercial planting of GM crops will take place outside the Farm Scale Evaluations programme until at least 2003.
The agreement with industry does not set specific limits for the number of GM fields that can be grown in any year, but SCIMAC have agreed to limit planting to the number of fields recommended by the independent Scientific Steering Committee overseeing the evaluations. This is expected to be about 20-25 fields of each crop each year and giving a total of around 60 to 75 fields of each crop over a three year period.
Lord Whitty: The current range of herbicide tolerant GM crops are only distinguishable from non-GM crops by their reaction to a particular herbicide or by analysis of their genetic content. At present this
GM crops may only be grown if an appropriate consent has been given in accordance with European Directive 90/220. Where applicable, enforcement action could be taken against a farmer growing a crop without a valid consent.
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