HL Deb 02 November 1998 vol 594 cc5-7WA
Lord Burlison

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When the response to the Panel on Sustainable Development's Fourth Annual Report will be published. [HL3640]

Lord Whitty

The Government's response to the Fourth Annual Report of the Government Panel on Sustainable Development has been published. We have been able to respond positively to many of the panel's recommendations. The panel is a valuable source of advice for government in the achievement of sustainable development. We wish to express gratitude to the convenor of the panel, Sir Crispin Tickell, and his colleagues for their continued commitment to helping to identify new sustainable ways of enhancing the quality of life and prosperity for everyone.

Examples of where the Government have been able to respond positively to the panel's recommendations are:

  • on climate change emissions: we have reached an agreement with our EU partners during our UK Presidency on binding targets to meet the Kyoto Protocol target of 8 per cent.
  • on marine biodiversity: we have set up a specialist sub-group to ensure that an integrated approach is taken to preserving the diversity of marine eco-systems;
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  • on endocrine disruptors: we have undertaken a new £3 million research programme to address male reproductive health and the marine environment;
  • on building regulations: we have begun a comprehensive review of the existing regulations;
  • on economic instruments: we are taking forward the panel's recommendations in a number of areas.
We will place copies of the response in the Library.

Lord Burlison

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What resources they will make available to authorities that were reorganised on 1 April 1996, 1997 or 1998 for reorganisation costs incurred by them in 1998–99. [HL3641]

Lord Whitty

On 17 July we invited authorities that have been or are to be reorganised on or before 1 April 1998 to submit estimates of the amount of expenditure they expect to incur on transitional costs of reorganisation in 1998–99. On the basis,inter alia, of the information provided by the authorities, we have decided the revised maximum amounts that it would be appropriate to allocate towards such costs in 1998–99. We have given priority to those authorities that reorganised in 1998.

The amounts allocated are as follows:

Supplementary Credit Approvals (SCAs): £000 rounded
Authority 1998–99
County Councils
Cambridgeshire County Council 250
Cheshire County Council 2,217
Devon County Council 765
Essex County Council 2,683
Kent County Council 752
Lancashire County Council 1,465
Nottinghamshire County Council 4,534
Shropshire County Council 994
Worcestershire County Council 2,250
All Purpose Authorities
Bath & North East Somerset Council 1,280
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 3,349
Blackpool Borough Council 3,188
Bournemouth Borough Council 650
Bracknell Forest Borough Council Nil
Brighton and Hove Council 1,407
Bristol City Council 1,268
Darlington Borough Council 1,193
Derby City Council 1,602
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council 4,259
Halton Borough Council 2,832
Hartlepool Borough Council 720
County of Herefordshire District Council 5,155
Kingston-upon-Hull Council 1,823
Leicester City Council No bid
Luton Borough Council 1,973
Malvern Hills District Council Nil
Medway Council 5,674
Middlesbrough Borough Council 2,284
Milton Keynes Borough Council 2,250
North East Lincolnshire Council 1,853
North Lincolnshire Council 3,288

Authority 1998–99
North Somerset Council 652
Nottingham City Council 3,920
Peterborough City Council 2,061
Plymouth City Council 9,450
Poole Borough Council 1,100
Portsmouth City Council 1,603
Reading Borough Council 3,281
Redcar & Cleveland Council 1,000
Rutland Council 1,065
Slough Borough Council 2,781
Southend on Sea Borough Council 2,690
South Gloucestershire Council 830
Southampton City Council 3,185
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council 1,646
Stoke-on-Trent City Council 1,348
Swindon Borough Council 742
Telford & Wrekin Council 4,143
Thurrock Borough Council 3,067
Torbay Borough Council 6,396
Warrington Borough Council 2,934
West Berkshire Council Nil
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Nil
Wokingham District Council 2,262
York City Council No bid
Total 118,114

Leicester and York City Councils and Bracknell Forest, Malvern Hills, West Berkshire and Windsor & Maidenhead Borough Councils did not submit bids for SCA.