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Column 412I also attach importance, in the context of the pursuit of value for money and cost reduction, to an increasing proportion of LUL's expenditure being subject to market testing. As you know, my officials are consulting LUL on the basis for setting precise targets in this regard. My intention is that such targets should attract bonus of at least 5 per cent. of salary in the Board Performance Bonus schemes for 1994-95 and 1995-96. I would also wish you to include in LT Annual Reports, starting with that for 1993-94, a report on progress on the LUL market testing programme, including a measure or measures showing as a proportion of the appropriate base the amount of work which has been market tested during the year in question, compared with the equivalent amount for the previous year. Finally with respect to LUL, I would like to see the establishment of a measure, agreed with Government, showing the full economic costs to the public sector of the services provided by LUL. This should include a figure representing the opportunity cost of the asset base. This measure should be published in LT's Annual Report and Accounts for the year 1993-94 and for each subsequent year.
London Buses Limited (LBL)
The current objective is that LBL should achieve, for as long as this remains relevant, a 5 per cent. return on those of its tendered operations which are subject to "gross cost" contracts. We will set fresh financial objectives for bus services purchased by LT in the light of our recent announcement on the future of London's bus services. New targets for 1994- 95 and 1995-96 will be set by the end of March 1994.
As in previous years, performance and progress against these objectives, and against your safety and quality of service objectives, should be published each year in LT's Annual Reports and Accounts." As my letter states, objectives with respect to LT's subsidiaries and activities, other than London Underground and London Buses, have been set in a separate letter from my Department to the LT's chief executive and deputy chairman, Dr. Alan Watkins. The following is a summary of these objectives :
LT Central Services . Gross costs to be no more than £57 million in 1993-94 ; a fresh objective for the period up to 1995-96 to be set by 31 March 1994.
Victoria Coach Station. Return on turnover to be at least 5.8 per cent. in 1995-96.
LT PASS. Total costs in 1995-96 to be no more than 2.6 per cent. of gross ticket sales.
LT Museum. Revenue in 1995-96 to be at least 56 per cent. of costs.
Dial-a-ride. Operating costs per trip in 1995-96 to be no more than £9.30, at 1993-94 prices.
LT Property. Net operating costs in 1995-96 to be no more than £1.6 million at 1993-94 prices. Rental income to increase by 1.1 per cent. in 1993-94. Targets for rental income in subsequent years, linked to an appropriate index of performance in the property market, to be set by 31 March 1994.
LT Advertising. Sale of LTA to be completed by 30 June 1994.
Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many coaches in England and Wales were tested for roadworthiness in each year since 1979 ; how many failed this test ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Key : Vehicle testing is conducted by the Vehicle Inspectorate Executive Agency (VI). The annual statutory testing of public service vehicles began in 1982. The statistics are not produced on a regional basis and therefore relate to all first annual tests conducted in England, Scotland and Wales. Additional information on PSV testing and retests can be found in current and past editions of the VI annual report and accounts.
Year |Number of tests |Initial failures<1>|Final failures<2> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- <3>1982-83 |66,221 |- |16,357 <3>1983-84 |65,292 |- |13,972 <3>1984-85 |61,288 |- |11,749 1985-86 |69,334 |27,110 |13,250 1986-87 |68,376 |26,462 |13,627 1987-88 |67,282 |27,128 |14,986 1988-89 |72,215 |27,998 |15,620 1989-90 |72,391 |27,407 |14,963 1990-91 |71,351 |24,994 |13,692 1991-92 |71,789 |26,443 |13,647 1992-93 |73,350 |27,059 |13,342 <1> Initial failures are those for vehicles as presented for the annual test. <2> Final failures are those following rectification of minor defects. <3> Statistical information on initial failures is unavailable.
All accidents involving coach occupant fatalities |Fatal coach |Occupant fatalities |accidents |in coaches -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1979 |27 |34 1980 |27 |29 1981 |19 |20 1982 |27 |33 1983 |26 |38 1984 |35 |37 1985 |25 |32 1986 |21 |24 1987 |14 |15 1988 |17 |17 1989 |18 |20 1990 |17 |19 1991 |22 |25 1992 |17 |19 All fatal accidents involving coaches |Fatal accidents |All fatalities<1> 1979 |299 |327 1980 |253 |272 1981 |219 |239 1982 |248 |279 1983 |234 |263 1984 |224 |245 1985 |181 |211 1986 |195 |227 1987 |187 |199 1988 |174 |188 1989 |195 |223 1990 |209 |225 1991 |177 |189 1992 |160 |177 <1> Includes pedestrians and fatalies in other vehicles involved in a coach accident.
Column 414tolling on 26 April 1992 only westbound traffic flows were recorded, until 4 November 1993 when an additional automatic counting system was installed to monitor eastbound traffic.
Two-way flows |Annual average daily |traffic Year to 31 March --------------------------------------------------------------- 1982-83 |33,997 1983-84 |34,004 1984-85 |35,636 1985-86 |36,764 1986-87 |40,151 1987-88 |44,384 1988-89 |49,129 1989-90 |51,789 1990-91 |51,545 1991-92<1> |51,128 Westbound flow only 1992-93<2> |25,882 <1> 1 April 1991 to 25 April 1992. <2> 26 April 1992 to 31 March 1993.
The Prime Minister : The ministerial group on crime prevention meets about three times per year. The last meeting was held on 16 November 1993. Its most recent report, entitled "Reducing the Costs of Crime : Measures Taken by Government Departments", was published in November 1992 ; a copy has been placed in the Library of the House. The minutes of its meetings are not published.
Mr. Mullin : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the fund- raising events for which (a) 10 Downing street and (b) Chequers have been used for events since he became Prime Minister ; what events are planned for the future ; and if he will make a statement.
The Prime Minister : Since November 1990 there have been a total of 31 receptions, dinners or other functions at No. 10 Downing street for charities or voluntary bodies and three at Chequers. The organisations concerned were :
Column 415(a) 10 Downing street
Surrey County Cricket Club Youth Trust
Huntington's Disease Association
Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust
National Council of Hospice and Specialist Palliative Care Crossroads Care (two functions)
Animal Health Trust
Youth Clubs (UK)
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Westminster Foundation for Democracy
London Community Cricket Association
International Spinal Research Trust
Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust
Leeds International Piano Competition
Westminster Medical School Research Trust
The Shakespeare Globe Trust
National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Consortium for Street Children
I am not prepared to give advance notice of functions at No. 10 or at Chequers, whether official or non-official.
Mr. Beith : To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to permit fund-raising events to be held at No. 10 Downing street ; which organisations will be eligible to apply for such functions ; and what charges will be levied for the use of the premises, attendance of staff and other costs which might otherwise fall on public funds.
The Prime Minister : When charitable or other non-official events are held at No. 10 Downing street, the organisers are responsible for all catering and staff costs, as well as other miscellaneous direct costs. Organisers may use the kitchens or other facilities at No. 10 Downing street.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Prime Minister how many functions have been held at 10 Downing street since 5 July at which funds have been raised for political parties, or for which tickets have been sold for the benefit of political parties.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to allow 10 Downing Street to be made available to political parties other than the Conservative party for the purposes of fund raising.
The Prime Minister : The aggregate provision for the security and intelligence agencies in 1994-95 will be around £900 million, including about £100 million for the attributed costs of Ministry of Defence personnel who mainly assist GCHQ in its functions. The provision for the agencies is planned to reduce by over 4 per cent. in the following two years.
Precise figures for the 1994-95 aggregate budget will be given in the main estimate for the new single intelligence vote, to be presented to Parliament next March, after appropriate charging arrangements for departmental support for the agencies have been determined.
The provision for 1993-94 is carried in part by the Cabinet Office-- £197 million on class XIX, vote 2 "Cabinet Office : Secret Service"-- and in part by the Ministry of Defenc, roughly 80 per cent. of the balance, and the Foreign Office, 20 per cent., which at present carry the whole of the cost of GCHQ.
Mr. McLoughlin : My Department works together with the Department of the Environment, and other bodies, on a number of activities to promote United Kingdom expertise in decontamination of soil and land reclamation. Some of these provide financial support for private sector projects in new technology--for example under the LINK, environmental technology innovation scheme and Euroenviron programmes.
DTI also promotes export opportunities in this area as part of our general support for the United Kingdom environmental industry, by improving the access of overseas firms to United Kingdom technology. The Laboratory of the Government Chemist is active in promoting awareness of contaminated land and the need for investigation, as well as acting as a consultancy.
Mr. McLoughlin : I welcome any commercially sound development which helps business to improve its environmental performance or which furthers the growth of the United Kingdom's capability in the field of environmental technology and services.
Column 417confident that the project can be completed within the timetable committed at the Sizewell B public inquiry and within budget.
n 22 November.
Mrs. Lait : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what evidence he has that the principle of best available techniques not entailing excessive cost is not causing excessive costs to British industry where it is applicable.
Sir David Steel : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what estimate he has made of the effects of the local government review on the number of trading standards departments in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom.
Mr. McLoughlin : None. The effects will depend on the future number of local authorities and the arrangements made for trading standards functions to be carried out. Some authorities may join together to set up a combined trading standards department as have the five authorities in west Yorkshire.
Mrs. Mahon : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is the latest cost estimate of the Nirex rock characterisation facility ; on what date the planning application will be submitted ; and what is the proposed date of its opening.
Mr. Eggar : These are management matters for UK Nirex Ltd. However, I understand that the company currently estimates the cost of constructing the rock characterisation facility at around £120 million, and that the company hopes to be in a position to submit the relevant planning application early in 1994. The applications and documentation accompanying it will include information about time scales.
Mr. Madden : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what action he has taken to encourage gas and electricity companies to reduce or cancel standing charges, with particular reference to pensioner households ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the involvement of Warren Springs in the application by Leicester Combined Heat and Power to develop a CHP scheme in Leicester ; what was the cost to public funds of this involvement ; what are the position and salary scale of Dr. Rampling ; on whose invitation Dr. Rampling attended the meeting in Leicester on 9 November ; and what was the cost of attendance by Dr. Rampling at that meeting.
Letter from D. Cormack to Mr. Keith Vaz, dated 26 November 1993 :
Warren Spring Laboratory (WSL) has the remit to recover its costs through the execution of contract work for both government and non-government customers. In this case WSL was acting under contract to Leicester CHP Limited, to study the distillation of oil from waste tyre pyrolysis, to evaluate its possible use as a fuel for CHP application.
It is normal WSL practice to provide high quality objective scientific and technical data and evaluations, on all its contract work. This is recognised by its customers, and understood by all parties who may have an interest in any particular issue. There was no cost to public funds of this involvement. All Dr. Rampling's activities, including meetings with interested parties at the invitation of Leicester CHP Ltd, are charged to Leicester CHP Ltd under the contract, at a rate which covers all his costs, including his salary, according to Treasury rules under which the Laboratory operates as a full economic cost recovery Agency.