Tuesday, 9 March 1999
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the chair]
The Secretary of state was asked—
If he will make a statement on the Eastern regional development agency in relation to (a) its location and (b) its budget. 
What action the Government intend to revise planning guidance on sport and recreation. 
If he will make a statement on the level of investment in the UK's railway infrastructure. 
What steps he is taking to assess the views of railway passengers on the performance of train operating companies. 
What assessment he has made of progress in establishing a regional chamber in the east midlands. 
What steps he is taking to ensure more housing development on recycled brown-field land in Yorkshire and Humberside. 
If he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalties) Regulations 1997. 
What steps he is taking to increase the amount of assistance given to local authorities to regenerate brown-field land sites in their areas. 
What assessment he has made of the implementation of the new deal for communities. 
What response he has received from British Waterways to the recent announcement of increased resources; and what indication British Waterways has given him of how those resources will be used. 
When he expects to set up the proposed strategic rail authority; and if he will make a statement. 
If he will enable councils to make the final decisions on planning applications for landfill sites. 
If he will make a statement on his plans to establish a commission for integrated transport. 
[Relevant documents: The Second Report from the Treasury Committee, Session 1998–99, on the World Economy and the Pre-Budget Report (HC 91-I), and the Fourth Report from the Environmental...
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