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Road Schemes (Open Space)

Mrs. Rosie Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria are used in the evaluation for COBA of public open space to be acquired for road schemes.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : In addition to the DV's valuation in COBA, the manual of environmental appraisal requires the appraisal framework to include full reference to any public open space taken by a road scheme, and the effect on those who use it.


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The Department is required to provide replacement public open space, of satisfactory quality, for any taken for road schemes. The cost of this is also included in the COBA appraisal.

The Department accepts the independent valuation of the district valuer for all land and property costs used in the assessment of road schemes.

Shipping (Western Isles)

Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the density of shipping traffic on the Atlantic side of the Western Isles where the sea depth is 100m.

Mr. Portillo : The Department of Transport does not have this information.

Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many navigation lights and radar reflectors are at present deployed on the western side of the Western Isles.

Mr. Portillo : There are 13 navigation lights and one radar beacon (racon). For general navigation the Northern Lighthouse Board maintains three major lights at Barra Head, Butt of Lewis and Flannan Isles, and two minor lights at Carloway and Greinam in the Isle of Lewis. For local navigation, local bodies provide eight other minor lights. The Ministry of Defence operates a racon at Monach off North Uist.

British Rail (Staff)

Mr. Spearing : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what directions have been given to the British Railways Board in respect of reductions in staffing or manpower of its employees ; and what efficiency targets or other targets have been given to the board which impinge on future staffing levels.

Mr. Portillo : The only formal directions given to the railways board in recent years concern accounting provision and loan repayments. The objectives which the Government wish the board to pursue were set out in a letter from the Secretary of State to the Chairman on 21 October 1986, and published in the Official Report of the same day (columns 772-74). The quality of service standards agreed between the Government and board were published in the Official Report on 17 July 1987 (columns 671-72). It is for the board to decide how best to meet those objectives, including the levels of manpower required.

British Rail (Meetings)

Mr. Butler : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met the chairman of British Rail ; and what matters were discussed.

Mr. Portillo : My right hon. Friend last met the chairman of British Rail on 26 January at the launch of the central London rail study.

Driving Licences

Mr. Spearing : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultations he has had with named bodies or persons having experience of administration of


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driving licences for private drivers, public service licences, and licences for heavy goods vehicles ; and if he will place responses to such consultations in the Library.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : The Department's officials have regular meetings with those involved with the operation of the ordinary and vocational licensing systems. The Department consulted widely last year about proposals for a new unified licensing system. A summary of the responses was placed in the Library.

Public Appeals

Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will specify each donation made by his Department in response to public appeals for financial aid during each financial year since 1979-80.

Mr. Portillo : The information is :


Donation to                                        |£                        

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                                      |1979-80 to                            

Channel ferry disaster fund           |1985-86     |nil                      

King's Cross disaster fund            |1986-87     |<1>1,000,000             

Clapham junction disaster fund        |1987-88     |250,000                  

East midlands air crash disaster fund |1988-89     |250,000                  

                                                   |<2>150,000               

<1> Repayable advance from the Contingencies Fund, which was repaid in       

1987-88.                                                                     

<2> The balance of the Government donation of £250,000 was met by the        

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.                                     

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has as to the annual cost in


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each of the past 10 years of the issue of drivers' licences by the driver and vehicle licensing centre, Swansea ; and if he will give the number of staff employed in each year at the centre for this purpose.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : The total cost of operating the driver licensing system and the staff employed in DVLCs driver licensing division in each of the last 10 years is as follows :


Financial year           |£ million               |Licensing division staff                         

                                                  |numbers                                          

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1978-79                  |12.3                    |1,053                                            

1979-80                  |11.3                    |901                                              

1980-81                  |12.7                    |919                                              

1981-82                  |16.0                    |949                                              

1982-83                  |17.6                    |942                                              

1983-84                  |19.4                    |932                                              

1984-85                  |20.5                    |915                                              

1985-86                  |20.3                    |965                                              

1986-87                  |20.4                    |964                                              

1987-88                  |21.0                    |915                                              

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Total cost               |171.5                                                                     

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will detail the number of driving licences issued to new drivers in each of the last 10 years, together with the total number of valid licences in each year and the percentage of the total that new drivers' licences represent.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : The table provides the required information.


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                                  |1979     |1980     |1981     |1982     |1983     |1984     |1985     |1986     |1987     |1988               

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Number of driving licences issued                                                                                                               

   to new drivers                 |1,346,373|1,382,060|1,290,680|1,348,336|1,135,724|1,273,977|1,202,565|1,193,244|1,120,315|1,177,748          

Total number of valid licences                                                                                                                  

   issued                         |6,271,974|6,622,997|6,199,578|6,665,962|6,346,080|5,666,748|5,621,893|5,621,893|6,320,371|6,656,681          

Percentage of total that new                                                                                                                    

   drivers represent              |21.47    |20.87    |20.82    |20.23    |17.90    |22.48    |21.39    |18.88    |17.89    |17.69              

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving licences were reissued in each of the past 10 years as a result of (a) a change of address, (b) loss, (c) disqualified drivers requalifying and (d) other causes ; and what percentage of the total number of licences issued in each of these years each of these categories represent.


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Mr. Peter Bottomley : There are no statistics available about the number of driving licences issued for change of address. The driving licence form which is used for this purpose may also be used for change of name--for example, females on marriage. The statistics are therefore combined. The table shows the categories of licences issued in the last 10 years.


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                          |(a)                                                |(b)                                                |(c)                                                |(d)                                                                                                    

                          |Change of address        |per cent. of total       |Loss (duplicates)        |per cent. of total       |Disqualification (renewal|per cent. of total       |Others                   |per cent. of total       |Total licences issued                              

                          |including names                                                                                        |after disqualification)                                                                                |(including first issues                            

                          |(replacements)                                                                                                                                                                                                 |to new applicants)                                 

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1979                      |1,434,904                |22.88                    |201,177                  |3.21                     |61,883                   |0.99                     |3,227,637                |51.46                    |6,271,974                                          

1980                      |1,560,646                |23.56                    |234,876                  |3.55                     |66,166                   |1.00                     |3,379,249                |51.02                    |6,622,997                                          

1981                      |1,394,394                |22.49                    |206,631                  |3.33                     |58,422                   |0.94                     |3,249,451                |52.41                    |6,199,578                                          

1982                      |1,773,176                |26.60                    |272,278                  |4.08                     |65,324                   |0.98                     |3,206,848                |48.10                    |6,665,962                                          

1983                      |1,955,790                |30.31                    |271,983                  |4.29                     |59,354                   |0.94                     |2,923,229                |46.06                    |6,346,080                                          

1984                      |2,058,675                |36.33                    |304,078                  |5.37                     |73,852                   |1.30                     |1,956,166                |34.52                    |5,666,748                                          

1985                      |2,222,845                |39.54                    |340,650                  |6.06                     |80,857                   |1.44                     |1,775,636                |31.58                    |5,621,893                                          

1986                      |2,752,320                |43.55                    |377,247                  |5.97                     |87,386                   |1.38                     |1,910,177                |30.22                    |6,320,371                                          

1987                      |2,796,194                |44.65                    |396,010                  |6.32                     |89,623                   |1.43                     |1,859,915                |27.70                    |6,262,057                                          

1988                      |3,052,674                |45.86                    |441,056                  |6.63                     |88,872                   |1.34                     |1,896,331                |28.49                    |6,656,681                                          


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North-West (Road Building)

Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the road building work contracts in the north-west during 1988-89 scheduled to cost over £1 million.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : Following is the table :


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Scheme                         |Total cost excluding land                          

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M63 (junctions 1-3)            |21.0                                               

M63 (junctions 3-5)            |21.7                                               

M63 Portwood-Brinnington}      |45.5                                               

M66 Brinnington-Denton  }                                                          

M62 widening (junctions 21-22) |10.00                                              

A565 Derby Road improvement    |2.1                                                

A483 Gresford-Pulford bypass   |<1>4.6                                             

<1> English section only.                                                          

In addition work has been carried out on five major motorway maintenance contracts with a value of over £1 million. Contracts on local authority roads are not included.

Noise Insulation

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give details of his Department's current policy regarding the provision of insulation grants and other assistance for people living adjacent to (a) motorways and (b) airports ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : For people living near new motorways and other new public roads, there is provision for insulation against noise in the Noise Insulation Regulations 1975 and for compensation for injurious affection in the Land Compensation Act 1973. Offers of insulation or grant are made where dwellings receive or are expected to receive noise levels which meet the criteria set out in the regulations. Claims for compensation for nuisance caused by specified physical factors arising from the use of a road can be made against the highway authority one year after the new road is opened to traffic. These provisions do not assist those who live near older roads not covered by the legislation introduced in 1973 or who have moved near a motorway since it opened.

Details of the provisions and procedures for claims are set out in the land compensation series of booklets, in particular No. 2 entitled "Your Home and Nuisance from Public Development" and No. 5 "Insulation against Traffic Noise".

The Government have designated Heathrow and Gatwick for noise insulation grant purpose and has made, by statutory instrument, various noise insulation grants schemes. The most recent schemes for these airports which provided for grants to be paid by the then British Airports Authority effectively ended in March 1985. As promised in the 1985 airports policy White Paper, these schemes were reviewed. This suggested that small areas outside the scheme boundary at each airport should be included retrospectively. BAA plc have agreed to operate and fund extensions to the schemes which will be promulgated by statutory instrument shortly. We have no plans to introduce new schemes at these airports.

We are committed to introducing a scheme at Stansted when the airport reaches 2 million passengers per annum.


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We understand that BAA has introduced schemes at its non-designated airports and that several other airports also pay such grants. The Land Compensation Act 1973 provides that if there has been depreciation in value of property as a result of change in the noise climate (or other physical factor) arising from major apron and runway alterations to an existing airport, or the coming into use of a new airport then the airport operator is liable to pay compensation equal to that depreciation in value to the property. The Act does not provide for the payment of compensation for loss of property value to owners of property around airports which may be progressively affected by the intensified use of an airport. Although no powers exist to require airport owners or operators to acquire properties suffering from severe noise-blight, BAA plc introduced voluntary schemes to do this at Heathrow and Gatwick. The schemes, with boundaries based on the 65 NNI (noise and number index) contours and ownership predating 17 October 1969, closed on 31 December 1988 though applications received before then are still being processed. Similar arrangements have been made for noise-blighted properties near airports owned by local authorities.

Channel Tunnel Rail Link

Mr. Dunn : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultations British Rail will be undertaking with affected individuals and communities following the publication of the four route options for the construction of a fast rail link between the Channel tunnel and London termini.

Mr. Portillo : I understand that BR will be setting out its proposals for further consultations when it announces its preferred route.

Mr. Dunn : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that British Rail consults fully the communities affected by any of the four Channel tunnel fast rail links options ; and if he will set out his criteria for assessing the effectiveness of consultation.

Mr. Portillo : British Rail is well aware of the need to consult those affected by its proposals. It will be for Parliament to judge whether those consultations have been effective if and when it considers BR's Private Bill.

Mr. Dunn : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to a loan guarantee scheme, underwritten by his Department, as a possible vehicle for providing extra money for British Rail to construct a Channel tunnel fast rail link from the Kent coast to London termini.

Mr. Portillo : None. Such a scheme would not affect the need for BR's investment to be commercially viable.

Mr. Rowe : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans to use the hybrid Bill procedure to progress British Rail's proposals to build a new railway line through Kent.

Mr. Portillo : I have no plans to use the hybrid Bill procedure.

Mr. Rowe : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received from the proponents the costings for the proposed railway route known to its promoters as Talis.


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Mr. Portillo : I have not.

Mr. Dunn : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has as to whether the private Bill procedure will be used in the event of the British Railways Board seeking legislative approval to construct a Channel tunnel high-speed fixed rail link from the Kent coast to London termini.

Mr. Portillo : British Rail has no alternative but to use the Private Bill procedure to acquire all the powers that it needs to construct and operate new railway lines.

Roads and Maintenance

Mr. Roy Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the total amount spent on roads and maintenance in 1987-88 and the estimated amount for 1988-89.

Mr. Bottomley : The total amount spent on roads and maintenance in Great Britain in 1987-88 was £3,382 million. The forecast outturn in 1988-89 is £3,541 million.

Railway Safety (Survey)

Ms. Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will direct the chairman of British Rail to publish the survey of safety on the rail network carried out by the British Transport police at Liverpool street and Fenchurch street stations in November 1988.

Mr. Portillo : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Leyton (Mr. Cohen) on 3 February [ Official Report, column 439 ].

British Transport Police

Ms. Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many British Transport police officers were employed in total in each of the last five years ; and of the total, how many were allocated to British Rail.

Mr. Portillo : BTP figures for officers in post are in the table :


(end years)           |1984       |1985       |1986       |1987       |1988                   

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Total                 |1,961      |1,817      |1,834      |1,846      |1,830                  

of which allocated to                                                                         

   British Rail       |1,425      |1,446      |1,417      |1,455      |1,427                  

The change in the total between 1984 and 1985 reflected the termination of arrangements between Associated British Ports and the BTP.

M40 Extension

Mr. Baldry : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how long the first public inquiry into the M40 extension took ; how many witnesses gave evidence ; how many pages of evidence were taken ; when the first public inquiry ended ; and when the inspector presented his report of that inquiry to him.

Mr. Bottomley : The public inquiry took 117 days. There were 169 witnesses and 756 documents and 232 plans were taken in evidence. The inquiry ended on 3 June 1983. The inspectors' report was presented to the Secretary of State in March 1984.


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Mr. Baldry : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Government first announced an intention to construct the Banbury bypass/M40 extension ; when the first public inquiry into the M40 extension began ; and what were the reasons for the delay between the two dates.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : The first announcement about the M40 extension was made in April 1968. The first public inquiry, for the Waterstock to Warwick section, commenced in September 1982. The time between can be accounted for by public consultation, detailed design and statutory procedures on the section between the M42 and Warwick.

Mr. Baldry : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he announced his decision on the route of the M40 extension subsequent to receiving the inspector's report ; what were the dates of court hearings for judicial review of that decision ; and what is the estimated delay on the M40 extension of such hearings.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : The Secretaries of State for the Environment and for Transport announced their decision on 14 December 1984. The orders were challenged. The court hearings were on 23 May and 20 December 1985. The estimated delay was one year.

Mr. Baldry : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the recent public inquiry into the M40 extension commenced ; how many witnesses gave evidence ; how many pages of evidence were taken ; when the inquiry ended ; and when the inspector submitted his report to him.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : The public inquiry into the

Waterstock-Wendlebury section opened on 8 September 1987 and closed on 22 January 1988. One hundred and eighty-three witnesses presented 625 documents of varying lengths. The transcripts for 63 sitting days averaged about 80 pages a day. The inspector's report was received on 28 July 1988.

Port of Dover (Improvements)

Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is still Government policy to ensure that improvements to the road and rail access to the ferries sailing from the port of Dover should take place in a manner consistent with enabling the ferries to compete in a fair manner with the proposed Channel tunnel after 1993.

Mr. Portillo : Yes. We are firmly committed to an even-handed approach towards the tunnel and the ferries.

A20 Folkestone--Dover

Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what are the reasons for the delay in the inspector's report on the proposed dualling of the A20 between Dover and Folkestone ; and when he expects a decision to be announced.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : The complex issues in the inspector's report and the objections and representations, are being carefully considered. We hope to make an announcement in the summer.

A1 Morpeth

Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give the latest available figures for


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traffic flow at peak times on the A1 road between Morpeth and the Scottish border ; and if he will make a statement on the growth trend of traffic on that section of the A1 over the last 10 years.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : The Department's northern regional office has installed three permanent loop counting sites on the A1 north of Morpeth. Two of the sites, one north of Berwick and another north of Alnwick have been in operation for more than a year. The third site, just south of Alnwick, has been operating since October 1988. The latest flow figures at these sites showing a seven-day average for the week ending Sunday 1 January 1989 are as follows :


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North of Berwick |9,770      

North of Alnwick |7,730      


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North of Berwick |9,770      

North of Alnwick |7,730      

There are no figures available that would accurately reflect the traffic growth over the last ten years on this section of road. Local planning data from the Alnwick and Berwick districts indicates a growth factor of 28 per cent. over this period.

Cambridgeshire

Mr. Paice : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been total central Government expenditure on roads in Cambridgeshire for each year from 1979-80 to 1988-89, and that anticipated for 1989-90, at cash figures and at 1989 prices.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : Information in the form requested is not readily available and may be obtainable only at a disproportionate cost. I will write to my hon. Friend.

Docklands Light Railway

Mr. Cyril Townsend : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on what plans London Regional Transport has to purchase additional rolling stock for the Docklands light railway.

Mr. Portillo : Ten vehicles were ordered in July 1987 from BREL. Following competitive tendering, London Regional Transport has recently awarded a contract for a further 10 vehicles costing £9.85 million to BN Ferroviares et Metalliques SA, a Belgian-based company. BN has associated with Hawker Siddeley Rail projects, which will be supplying the major sub-systems. The additional rolling stock is part of the programme for upgrading the capacity of the Docklands light railway and extending it to Bank station.

A11

Mr. Paice : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what dates he envisages the start of each of the various


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phases of dualling of the A11 between (a) Stumps Cross and the Newmarket bypass and (b) the Newmarket bypass and the Barton Mills bypass.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : Listed below are the five schemes currently being prepared in the national trunk road programme with an indication of the expected start, subject to completion of the statutory procedures. I cannot be more specific at this stage.


Scheme                                   |Planned start year                   

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Stump Cross to Four Wentways improvement |After 1991                           

Four Wentways Junction improvement       |1991                                 

Four Wentways to Newmarket dualling      |1991                                 

Newmarket to Red Lodge                   |1991                                 

Red Lodge bypass                         |1990                                 

Railway Development

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list each newly constructed underground railway and substantial alteration to an existing railway which has been approved by Transport Ministers since 1959.

Mr. Portillo [holding answer 26 January 1989] : Following is a list of approvals by Ministers of Transport to the use of new or substantially altered underground railways during the period 1959-88, following inspection by officers of the railway inspectorate. It does not include resignalling schemes, station refurbishments or the provision or uplift of maintenance facilities.

London Underground lines

Jubilee Line :

New underground section : Baker Street to Charing Cross. Metropolitan Line :

Aldersgate-Moorgate realignment.

Northern (City) Line :

Diversion of northbound line at Highbury as part of Victoria Line scheme.

Picadilly Line :

Diversion into Northern (City) Line station tunnel at Finsbury Park as part of Victoria Line scheme.

Progressive extension to Hatton Cross, Heathrow Central and Terminal 4.

Victoria Line :

Opening from Walthamstow Central to Highbury and Islington. Progressive extension to Warren Street, Victoria and Brixton. British Rail Lines

Opening of Merseyrail loop and link line (financed by Merseyside PTE).

Electrification of Moorgate-Kentish Town (underground section of St. Pancras/Moorgate-Bedford scheme).

Drayton Park to Moorgate (reconstruction and transfer to BR of former Northern (City) Underground line).

Blackfriars-Farringdon (electrification and introduction of passenger service ; sub-surface section of Thameslink line). Passenger Transport Executive Lines

Strathclyde :

Glasgow Underground refurbishment.

Tyne and Wear :

Sub-surface city centre sections of Metro (Jesmond-Gateshead Stadium and St. James-Manors).


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