HC Deb 15 March 1994 vol 239 cc580-1W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the number of objections by local residents living in the London borough of Wandsworth to rents fixed by the Wandsworth rent assessment officers in each of the last five years; and how many of the objections were successful on appeal.

Sir George Young

Either a landlord or a tenant may appeal against a rent officer's determination, and the available statistics do not distinguish between these situations. The number of cases referred to the London rent assessment panel from Wandsworth over the last four years is shown in the table. Statistics for earlier years are not available. It should be borne in mind that the rent assessment committee fixes a rent at the time of its hearing, which can be some months later than the rent officer's original determination. Some of the differences between the two determinations may therefore reflect the passage of time.

Mr. Atkins

Details of the main Government-sponsored programmes are given in the following documentsHer Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution Annual Report (Department of the Environment, 1987–88 onwards) Monitoring of Radioactivity in the UK Environment: an Annotated Bibliography of Current Programmes (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Directorate of Fisheries Research, Fisheries Research Data Report No. 27, 1992) Terrestrial Radioactivity Monitoring Programme (TRAMP) Report for 1992: Radioactivity in Food and Agricultural Products in England and Wales (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, publication PB1468, 1993) Radioactivity in Surface and Coastal Waters of the British Isles (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Aquatic Environment Monitoring Report No. 38, 1992) Radiological Protection Research Annual Reports (AEA Technology, editions up to and including 1993)

Copies of these documents are available in the Library of the House. The National Radiological Protection Board which advises Government on radiological matters, has also undertaken a number of radiological studies of the Cumbria area.