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Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Environmental Protection Act 1990 (19 Feb 1992)

Mr David Trippier: The Environmental Protection Act 1990 has already led to significant improvements in national pollution control, waste disposal, the control of litter and the reorganisation of bodies responsible for the countryside. Progress in all areas is continuing on schedule.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Environmental Protection Act 1990 (19 Feb 1992)

Mr David Trippier: When the hon. Gentleman sat on the Standing Committee on the Bill he did not vote on any single occasion against the precise measures to which he now refers. There is a major difference between the hon. Gentleman and myself as to whether prosecutions are an agency's proof of success. I maintain that the principal force of the 1990 Act is the deterrents that it introduced. Prosecutions are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Environmental Protection Act 1990 (19 Feb 1992)

Mr David Trippier: My hon. Friend is right. On his last point, Labour has manifestly failed to square the circle. While it has a policy such as that to which my hon. Friend referred, it cannot convince the House or anyone else that it is serious about stabilising and reducing carbon dioxide levels. My hon. Friend's first point is valid. Conservative Governments have been responsible for all major environmental...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Environmental Protection Act 1990 (19 Feb 1992)

Mr David Trippier: The hon. Gentleman always comes to the House badly briefed. Nothing in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 relates to the European directives to which his question refers. Every member state has either received article 169 letters or is, according to the Commission, in breach of European directives. The case being considered during the next few weeks will be the first alleged breach of an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Air Quality (19 Feb 1992)

Mr David Trippier: My Department already spends more than £4 million annually on monitoring air quality, particularly in London, and making the information available to the general public and the media. We are extending the range and coverage of our urban air quality monitoring network in the coming years, and an additional monitoring site came into operation in central London last month.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Air Quality (19 Feb 1992)

Mr David Trippier: No one has a monopoly of concern about this issue. Neither is the problem confined to London. As two members of my family suffer quite badly from asthma —they suffered particularly when we had low-level ozone problems last summer—I am well aware of the situation. I can give the hon. Gentleman and the House some comfort by saying that over the next two years things will change...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Air Quality (19 Feb 1992)

Mr David Trippier: I am most grateful to my hon. Friend for raising that matter. I add only that a consultation paper on aircraft noise, including the noise caused by leisure flying, has been released. That paper is the responsibility of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and I have no doubt that when it has gone out we shall receive positive comments and shall act accordingly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Air Quality (19 Feb 1992)

Mr David Trippier: The most important outcome of the increased use of monitoring equipment is that people who suffer from respiratory diseases can be alerted to the possibility of a problem arising within the following 24 hours. I have already indicated that, as members of my family suffer from asthma, I am aware that it is absolutely essential to have such information. The advice provided by the Department of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Environmental Projects (South Yorkshire) (22 Jan 1992)

Mr David Trippier: The Government are already making a major contribution to the area by providing substantial resources to clear away the dereliction, improve the environment and create the conditions for a strong and viable economy. In the current financial year, we have provided Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham with more than £5 million from the Department's derelict land grant programme and over £1.5...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Environmental Projects (South Yorkshire) (22 Jan 1992)

Mr David Trippier: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for the way in which he put that question. As he knows, I have specific responsibility for the Dearne valley. I am anxious to do whatever I can to help to regenerate the area—as I know he is. We have made a number of representations to Commissioner Millan on this subject, particularly with regard to the RECHAR programme. We cannot for the life of us...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Environmental Projects (South Yorkshire) (22 Jan 1992)

Mr David Trippier: It is for that precise reason that I chose to answer the substantive question in the way that I did. I believe that Commissioner Millan has changed the rules unilaterally. I resent that. It means that this money is not available. The terms and conditions that are attached to programmes such as this have been in existence for a long time. The fact that there are people in the Dearne valley who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Environmental Projects (South Yorkshire) (22 Jan 1992)

Mr David Trippier: The difficulty is that whether or not the issue of additionality is resolved in the near future does not alter the fact that the terms and conditions attached to such assistance from the European regional development fund or any other form of European support have existed for a long time. The local authorities in the Dearne valley have explained that they are frustrated because the money...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Litter (22 Jan 1992)

Mr David Trippier: The Government's litter legislation gives ordinary citizens the right to take action in the courts if public land is not kept clear of litter. Most local authorities and others under the new litter duty have responded well. But if they neglect the duties, local people can now do something about it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Litter (22 Jan 1992)

Mr David Trippier: I should like my hon. Friend to convey to Chelmsford borough council that I believe that it has set a fine example of what local authorities can and should do now that we have given them those powers. As hardly any of the measures catalogued by my hon. Friend cost money, I wish that some Labour councils would follow Tory Chelmsford's example and stop bellyaching about shortage of cash.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Litter (22 Jan 1992)

Mr David Trippier: No one is more qualified to talk about rubbish than the hon. Gentleman. I ask him and the House to be patient and wait for a report which is to be published shortly by the Tidy Britain Group. It will show, in contrast to what the hon. Gentleman suggested, that London is a cleaner place as a result of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 .

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Acid Rain (22 Jan 1992)

Mr David Trippier: There is clear evidence suggesting that the 40 per cent. reduction in the United Kingdom's sulphur emissions over the past 20 years is helping to bring about a decrease in acidification in some areas. The latest work on trees shows little evidence of widespread acid rain impact.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Acid Rain (22 Jan 1992)

Mr David Trippier: To make it clear to the hon. Gentleman, the commitment that has been given to the House and to the country by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy in terms of meeting the large combustion plant directive, actually stands. The Government's commitment to cut emissions from large combustion plants from 1980 levels to 60 per cent. by the year 2003 and to cut NOx by 30 per cent....

The Environment (8 Nov 1991)

Mr David Trippier: I do not think that the hon. Gentleman really means what he has just said. If he looks a little more carefully at the White Paper that was published last September, he will see that we made it clear that we have not ruled it out and that, in fact, we would look positively at it. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will withdraw his remark.

The Environment (8 Nov 1991)

Mr David Trippier: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her comments about the report being unprecedented and I appreciate that she was trying to be fair. However I do not think that she would wish to give the impression to the House that there were a lot of gaps. Out of 350 commitments in the White Paper published last September there were only seven gaps and that is not a lot.

The Environment (8 Nov 1991)

Mr David Trippier: The hon. Lady will recall that she repeated again and again that we had rushed into enacting the Environmental Protection Act 1990 instead of taking it more slowly. From what she has just said, it seems that one cannot win if one is determined to enact correct legislation and so take the matter to full consultation, which I should have thought was laudable. Will she give the House a specific...


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