§ Baroness Elles
asked Her Majesty's Government:
When they will publish the results of public consultation on new minerals compensation regulations.
Public consultation on the new minerals compensation regulations closed on 24 January. Thirty three responses were received by my department. A summary of the main points has been placed in the Library of the House, together with a government response. The regulations have been laid before Parliament today and are subject to approval by Affirmative Resolution in both Houses. We are also making available in the Library a monitoring report, which was published in October 1996, which shows how the compliance costs associated with the minerals reforms which were introduced by the Environment Act 1995 have been assessed.