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Written Answers

Volume 548: debated on Tuesday 20 July 1993

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Written Answers

Tuesday, 20th July 1993

River Safety (Hayes Report)

asked Her Majesty's Government:Which recommendations in the Marine Accident Investigation Branch Report into the collision between the "Marchioness" and the "Bowbelle" have now been implemented, and what action has been taken on the recommendations in the report of the Enquiry into river safety (the Hayes Report).

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report into the loss of the Marchioness contained 27 recommendations. All have now been implemented. The Hayes Report contained 22 recommendations, and action is in hand on all. Copies of schedules which give details of the up-to-date progress on each recommendation in both the MAIB Report and the Hayes Report have been placed in the Library.

Roads: Expenditure

asked Her Majesty's Government:What cuts, if any, are proposed in (a) the present round of spending cuts in the £2,257,000 of public money which the Department of Transport had intended to spend on "enhancing the motorway network" in 1993-94, and (h) in the longer-term multibillion pound programme which presumably includes the network of 12-lane superhighways.

In 1993–94, expected expenditure remains as stated in my Answer of 14 June (Hansard vol. 546 col. WA 67).Future plans for public expenditure, which will include trunk roads and motorways, will be announced in the Chancellor's unified budget at the end of November.

Roads: Widening

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they are considering planning a network of 12-lane superhighways, currently described as "stage two widening", and if so, whether they will publish a map, and whether such widening would require the usual, full, statutory procedures for new roads, or whether it is intended to derive widening to 12 lanes from the original orders.

No such network is planned. In carrying out its motorway widening programme, generally to produce a dual four-lane standard, the Government use the parallel widening technique where they can, since this represents good value for money, and greatly minimises disruption to traffic and enhances safety during construction. The technique necessitates new bridges which are wider than required for the eventual carriageway width. They could accommodate limited further widening, but any such widening would be subject to normal approval procedures.

Bone Marrow Transplants: London

asked Her Majesty's Government:Which hospitals in London provide bone marrow transplants for children with genetic diseases.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health
(Baroness Cumberlege)

The detailed information requested is not held centrally. There are eight hospitals in London that undertake bone marrow transplants, some for children. Many of the patients treated at these hospitals come from outside London.

Armed Forces: Recognition Of Service

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether consideration can be given to the award of a bar or clasp to the original holders of the Northern Ireland Medal if they have completed six tours in the Province, or an 18 month garrison tour plus another four month tour.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence
(Viscount Cranborne)

There is no Northern Ireland Medal, but members of the Armed Forces who serve in the Province are eligible for the General Service Medal 1962 with clasp "Northern Ireland". Since there are other clasps that can be awarded with this medal, for example, "Aden", "Dhofar" and "Northern Iraq", it is not appropriate that a bar should be awarded. We have been considering for some time the question of recognition for Service personnel who have carried out frequent tours of duty in theatres that attract the award of the General Service Medal, including Northern Ireland. I am pleased to say that this work is now nearing completion.

Hyde Park: Car Parking

asked Her Majesty's Government:On what grounds the Royal Parks agency has decided that parking in Hyde Park should not be limited; who was consulted on the issue; and whether the "traffic consultants' proposals" were published and commented on.

Responsibility for the subject of the Question has been delegated to the Royal Parks agency under its Chief Executive, Mr. David Welch. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Mr. David Welch, Chief Executive of the Royal Parks, to Lord Kennet, dated 20th July 1993 and signed by Mr. Richard Boyce in the absence of the Chief Executive.

In the absence of the Chief Executive, Viscount Astor has asked me to reply to your Written Parliamentary Question asking:

On what grounds the Royal Parks Agency has decided that parking in Hyde Park should not be limited; who was consulted on the issue; and whether the "traffic consultants' proposals" were published and commented on.

We are not proposing to change the limits of the present areas in which car parking is currently permitted in Hyde Park. The traffic consultants proposals are for the introduction of a pay and display scheme in these areas. Their proposals have been sent to the following organisations for comments, which we hope to receive by the end of the month.

Mr. S. Sporle—Director of Planning and Transportation. Westminster City Council, City Hall, Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP.

Mr. A. Taylor—Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, The Town Hall, Horton Street.

Mrs. V. Johnson—Friends of Regent's Park, 30 Fitzroy Road, London NW1 8TY.

Mr. P. Joseph—Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, 12 Eresby House, Rutland Gate, London SW7 1BT.

Mr. R. Rawes—Head of Planning and Employment Services, Camden Town Hall, Euston Road, London WCIH 8EQ.

Lt. Col. Malcolm Ross, OBE—Comptroller, Lord Chamberlain's Office, Buckingham Palace, London SW1 1AF.

Mr. C. Howes—Chief Executive, Crown Estate Office, 16 Carlton House Terrace, London SWIY 5AH.

Mr. I. C. Mackeson-Sandbach—Crown Estate Paving Commission, The Lodge, Park Square West, Regent's Park, London NW1 4LJ.

Mr R. Hunt, OBE, QPM—Assistant Commissioner, Territorial Operations, Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard, Broadway, London SWIH OBG.

Mr. P. Douglas—Department of National Heritage, 2–4 Cockspur Street, London SWIY 5DH.

Mr. N. Labovitch—The Knightsbridge Association, 8th Floor, 4 Golden Square, London, WIR 3AE.

Mr. N. Lester—Parking Director for London, 14 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W OQP.

Mr. P. Denton—Clerk to the Council, Zoological Society of London, Regent"s Park, London NW1 4RY.

Mr. I. Talbot—Artistic and Managing Director, The New Shakespeare Company, Open Air Theatre. Regent's Park, London NW1 4NP.

Mr. J. Miles—London Regional Office, Department of Transport, Room C5/08, 2 Marsham Street, London NW1 8TY.

Mr. J. S. Edgar—English Heritage, London Region, Chesham House, 30 Warwick Street, London NWI 8TY.

Royal Parks Authorities And Planning Law

asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the letter from the Chief Executive of the Royal Parks (H.L. Deb. 6th July col. WA 50), at what stage of the development planning process the Royal Parks consult the statutory and other local amenity societies.

Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Royal Parks agency under its Chief Executive, Mr. David Welch. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter, from Mr. David Welch, Chief Executive of the Royal Parks, to Lord Kennet, dated 20th July 1993 and signed by Mr. Richard Boyce in the absence of the Chief Executive.

In the absence of the Chief Executive, Viscount Astor has asked me to reply to your Written Parliamentary Question asking:

Further to the letter from the Chief Executive of the Royal Parks (H.L. Deb. 6th July col. WA 50), at what stage of the development planning process the Royal Parks consult the statutory and other local amenity societies.

The Royal Parks have adopted arrangements whereby local planning authorities and other interested bodies are consulted at an early stage of any proposed development within the Royal Parks. The timing of consultation may vary depending on the proposal; for example, it might be at the feasibility study stage, or once the feasibility had been tested. The agency are aware that developments in the Royal Parks are likely to be of special concern to a wide range of people and we aim to seek comment at the earliest possible stage and are always prepared to discuss and consider ways in which any objections might be overcome.

Archaeological Heritage: Ec Convention

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they consider themselves bound by the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (revised) which they signed on 16th January 1993, (but have not ratified), Article 5 of which requires signatories to ensure the "integrated conservation of the archaeological heritage"; and

Whether they consider themselves bound by the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (revised) which they signed on 16th January 1993, Article 3 of which requires signatories to "prevent the illicit excavation or removal of elements of the archaeological heritage".

The convention will not come into effect until six months after the date on which four states, including at least three member states of the Council of Europe, have ratified it. So far only two have done so.