HC Deb 05 February 1997 vol 289 cc628-30W
Ms Ruddock

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the(a) White Papers, (b) Green Papers, (c) consultation papers, (d) draft regulations and (e) circulars, for which his Department has been responsible issued in 1996 which his Department assesses could give rise, (i) directly and (ii) indirectly to significant environmental effects. [12713]

Mr. Kynoch

[holding answer 27 January 1997]: The Scottish Office pursues policies and programmes which are intended to support the implementation of the Government's White Paper on the environment "This Common Inheritance", 1992, Cm 1200, and "Sustainable Development: The UK Strategy", Cm 2426, published in 1994. A report on progress will be published shortly as "This Common Inheritance: Annual Report 1997."

No central record is kept of material in the way requested. The Scottish Office produces a great many circulars, regulations and consultation papers; many, to a greater or lesser extent, either may have some impact on the environment or are specifically intended to lead to environmental improvements.

The following are among the material published in 1996:

Green Papers

Protecting the Built Heritage: Cm 3267

Consultation papers:

  • Scotland's Coasts: a discussion paper
  • The Proposed Scottish Countryside Premium Scheme
  • The Farm Woodland Premium Scheme
  • New Contaminated Land Provisions
  • Flood Prevention: Review of Responsibilities and Legislation
  • Consultation on the Surface Waters (Abstraction for Drinking Water) (Classification) (Scotland) Regulations
  • Cost Effective Landscapes—Working with Nature—A Review for Discussion
  • Proposal for the Inshore Fishing (The Prohibition of the Carriage of Monofilament Gill Nets) (Scotland) Order 1996.
  • Review of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Scotland) Order 1989.
  • The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1972: Consolidation.
  • Permitted Development Rights For Underground Sewerage Works.
  • Draft National Planning Policy Guideline on Skiing Developments.
  • Draft National Planning Policy Guideline on Transport and Planning.

(e) Circulars

  • Statutory Guidance to SEPA on its contribution to sustainable development.
  • Guidance Notes on Urban Waste Water Treatment (Scotland) Regulations.
  • Circulars from The Scottish Office Development Department:
  • 1/1996: Local Plan Inquiries: Local Plan Service Standards.
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  • 4/1996: Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1996: Consultation with Community Councils and Scottish Environment Protection Agency, etc.
  • 10/1996: The Town and Country Planning (Development Contrary to Development Plans) (Scotland) Direction 1996.
  • 12/1996: The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1972 Planning Agreements.
  • 16/1996: National Planning Policy Guideline (NPPG) 8: Retailing.
  • 18/1996: Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1996: Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras.
  • 30/1996: Consultation with the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland.
  • 32/1996: Town and Country Planning Code of Practice for Local Plan Inquiries.
  • 34/1996: Commencement of Section 96 of the Environment Act 1995: Review of Old Minerals Permissions.
  • 40/1996 The Home Energy Conservation Act 1995.
  • 42/1996: Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2 Order 1996: Water and Sewerage Authorities and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Tanks.

Other reports and publications

  • Natural Priorities: the aims and objectives of Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Wild Geese and Agriculture in Scotland.
  • Cycling into the Future: The Scottish Office Policy on Cycling.
  • Drinking Water Quality in Scotland 1995.
  • Natural Heritage Designations Review.
  • Charter Standard Statement for Planning.
  • Joint (with COSLA) guidance for Councillors in relation to Local Agenda 21.
  • Public Water Supplies in Scotland 1994–95: Water Resources Survey.

National planning policy guidelines

  • Planning and Waste Management.
  • The Provision of Roadside Facilities on Motorways and Other Trunk Roads in Scotland.
  • Retailing.
  • Sport, Physical Recreation and Open Space.
  • Land for Housing (Revised).

Planning advice notes

  • Community Councils and Planning.
  • Planning Application Forms.
  • Local Planning.
  • Controlling the Environmental Effects of Surface Mineral Workings.
  • Structure Plans: Housing Land requirements (revised).
  • Structure Planning revised).

Statutory instruments

  • The Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1996 (SI 1996/467).
  • The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1996 (SI 1996/1266).
  • The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 1996 (SI 1996/3023).

Jointly with the Department of the Environment and the Welsh Office:

(c) Consultation papers

  • Draft United Kingdom National Air Quality Strategy.
  • Consultation Paper: Local Air Quality Management, Review of Local Authority Powers.
  • Consultation Paper: Local Authority Circular on Air Quality and Traffic Management.
  • Draft National Sulphur Strategy.
  • Consultation Paper on the Implications of the Nitrogen Dioxide Report from the Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards.

(d) Draft regulations.

Draft Air Quality Regulations.