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London Ambulance Service

Volume 201: debated on Tuesday 14 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) for each division of the London ambulance service and (b) for each financial quarter of 1990–91 and for the first three quarters of 1991–92 (i) the percentage of emergencies reached within seven minutes of calls and (ii) the percentage of emergencies reached within 14 minutes of calls.

[holding answer 13 January 1992]: The available information is given in the table. From 8 January 1991 new technology installed at a cost of £1·5 million has been available to improve the average response times of emergency ambulance vehicles in London.

MOD will terminate all sea dumping of redundant ammunition and explosive stocks by 1 January 1993 in line with the Government's general policy, as agreed internationally, that waste should be disposed of on land, where this is safe and practicable, in preference to dumping at sea. Sea dumping of live ammunition is undertaken when demilitarisation on land is impracticable, either because it would pose unacceptable safety risks because of capacity constraints on alternative, environmentally acceptable, Iand based disposal methods, rather than for reasons of cost. Dumping is carried out in a strictly controlled manner to ensure that it does not cause damage to the marine environment, or interfere with fishing, or other legitimate uses of the sea. Detonators and explosives which contain toxic chemicals are not disposed of in this way and all material is packaged to ensure that it sinks to the sea bed. There is no evidence to suggest that controlled dumping of conventional ammunition and explosives in this manner constitutes a risk to the marine environment.