HC Deb 15 July 1999 vol 335 cc293-4W
Mr. Brake

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list his Department's capital investment programme for the years 1996 to 2002 under the headings(a) railways, (b) national motorway and trunk road network and (b) local transport. [90963]

Ms Glenda Jackson

[holding answer 12 July 1999]: The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions Departmental Investment Strategy, published in

discussed, but seeking the Government's view on a number of outstanding issues. I responded to these points by letter on 22 June.

There were only two points on which the text agreed at Council differed from the position which the Government had laid out before the Committee. The time limitation of consents was fixed at a maximum of ten years for first marketing consents. This was above the Commission's proposal of seven years, but below the European Parliament's proposal of twelve years. Differentiated procedures were also deleted from Part C of the Directive which relates to marketing consents. The possibility of introducing differentiated procedures will be considered by the Commission as part of its review of the Directive in 2003.

Mr. Laurence Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 22 June 1999,Official Report, column 334, on genetically modified oilseed rape, when an application to release genetically modified crops on East Lodge Farm, Stanton, Gloucestershire was made; and when the applicant was notified of the outcome. [89747]

Mr. Meacher

[holding answer 5 July 1999]: Three consents have been issued in respect of East Lodge Farm, all in respect of genetically modified (GM) winter oilseed rape. Although the farm itself is inside the Gloucestershire boundary, the applications and consents refer to East Lodge Farm as being in Stanton, near Broadway, Worcestershire. The details of the consents are as follows:

April 1999, set out the major elements of public sector investment anticipated as a result of the resources allocated to the Department following the comprehensive spending review. The following table illustrates capital investment generated through and related to the DETR programmes and policies for railways, national motorway and trunk roads, and local transport. investment prior to 1998–99 is given as an average figure.

£ million
(a) (b) (c)
Railways1 Motorways and trunk roads1 Local transport
Average 1993–94 to 1997–98 n/a 1,457 894
1998–99 1,900 1,121 623
1999–2000 2,894 1,119 641
2000–01 2,612 1,166 724
2001–02 2,555 1,245 1.016
1 Including for (a) and (b) PPP/PFI generated investment