HC Deb 29 November 1989 vol 162 c250W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish a table showing housing starts in each region to May 1989, showing the percentage change in starts from the same quarter in 1988.

Mr. Chope

Housebuilding starts for regions in England are now available for the September quarter of 1989, and are given below, together with figures for the corresponding quarter of 1988:

of its first statutory quinquennial review of schedules 5 and 8 to that Act. This recommendation is the subject of ongoing consultation with other Government Departments and an announcement will be made when the consultation is complete.

Mr. Martyn Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has as to research into the status of basking sharks in the United Kingdom; what financial resources have been devoted to this by his Department; when he expects the results of this research be published; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Trippier

Research on basking sharks populations is being carried out by the Marine Conservation Society with grant aid from the Nature Conservancy Council which also holds the data bank for the project. No date has yet been fixed for the publication of the results.