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Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
(Mr. Tony McNulty)

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has today published the following revised regional guidelines for the amount of rock and sand and gravel to be produced for use in construction to 2016. These replace guidelines contained Minerals Planning Guidance Note 6 (MPG6), 'Guidelines for Aggregates Provision in England', published in April 1994. The policy sections of MPG6 remain in force pending the outcome of public consultation on a revised text, which will take place later this year.The new figures are about 19 per cent. lower nationally than the previous guidelines, published in 1994, although there may be regional and local variations from that average. They reflect up-to-date information in the patterns of supply and demand, the extent of use of recycled and alternative materials, and projections of the requirements of the construction industries. A new target of 60 million tonnes per annum is set for the use of recycled materials and industrial by-products in place of natural aggregates by 2011, building on a 63 per cent. increase in the use of these materials since the 1994 guidelines were issued.Over the next six months, the Regional Planning Bodies, in association with the Mineral Planning Authorities, will consider how the guidelines should be broken down to local level, taking environmental implications into account, and then applied in regional and local plans.The Government will regularly monitor the operation of these new guidelines.Copies of the guidelines are available in the Library of the House.

National and Regional Guidelines for Aggregates Provision in England, 2001–2016 (million tonnes)
Guidelines for land-won productionAssumptions
New RegionsLand-won Sand & GravelLand-won Crushed RockMarine Sand & GravelAlternative MaterialsNet Imports to England
South East England2123512011885
East of England2568321108
East Midlands1655230950
West Midlands1629308816
South West10645391214
Yorkshire & the Humber7322031280
North East201199760