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TRANSPORT

Transport Research Laboratory

Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give full details of all past and current collaborative research undertaken by the Transport Research Laboratory in the last 10 years.

Mr. Key : I have placed in the Library a list of collaborative research projects undertaken by TRL since 1 April 1991. Information in this form for prior years can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list and give full details of all assets, including intellectual property rights, currently owned by the Transport Research Laboratory.

Mr. Key : As the information requested by the hon. Member relates to operational matters of the Transport Research Laboratory I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from John Wootton to Ms Joan Walley, dated 25 April 1994 :

The Minister for Roads and Traffic has asked me to reply to your Question about the assets of the Transport Research Laboratory. I enclose a copy of the TRL Asset Register which lists all assets valued at more than £5,000 and a further list of the licences issued since April 1991 for the use of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) held by TRL.

Under the terms of Framework Document TRL holds the IPR on behalf of the Secretary of State on research carried out for DOT and is responsible for exploitation of the IPR. When TRL contracts for work from other bodies, the ownership of the IPR is a matter of agreement between the parties.

London Heliport

Mr. Colvin : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the members of the London heliport working group, indicating the date they joined the group and the organisation they represent.

Mr. Norris : The London heliport study was set up on 3 February 1992 and the working group members are as follows :

Department of Transport

H. B. Wenban-Smith (Chairman) --March 1993

Ms A. Monro--November 1992

M. C. Mann--February 1992

M. Wright--January 1993

A. Thorning--February 1993

M. Jackson--January 1993

T. J. Wellburn--March 1993

A. G. Jefreys--August 1993

Department of the Environment

R. Dickens--February 1992

Department of Trade and Industry

J. Daniels--March 1993

P. Novak--February 1992

Civil Aviation Authority

T. Bass--February 1992

S. Abrahams--February 1992

British Helicopter Advisory Board

Lord Glenarthur--February 1992

J. P. W. Friedberger CB, CBE--May 1992


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G. R. J. Holder--February 1992

London Planning Advisory Committee

K. Gardner--February 1992

D. Dash--February 1992

Westland London Heliport

B. P. Cater--February 1992

British Merchant Fleet

Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what new measures he now proposes to assist the British merchant fleet.

Mr. Norris : I refer the hon. Lady to the statement made to the House by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 21 April at columns 1077-78.

Glasgow Airport

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce measures to regulate or reduce the level of aircraft under the flight path of Glasgow airport, specifically in relation to Paisley, Johnstone and Elderslie ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norris : None. Responsibility for noise mitigation measures lies with the airport's managers.

Overflying

Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which western European capitals airlines are permitted to overfly in the normal course of commercial aviation.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 25 April 1994] : Airlines from all states which are signatories to the 1944 Chicago convention and the 1944 international air services transit agreement or which otherwise possess bilaterally agreed overflying rights, are normally permitted to fly over western European capital cities. Such overflights will be subject to the air traffic control provisions of each state.

Buses, London

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of (a) London Transport buses and (b) London Transport bus routes are crew operated in each year since 1979.

Mr. Norris : The information is not available in the form requested. However, the following table shows the percentage of total miles operated by crewed buses on London Transport bus routes since 1979.


Percentage of miles operated  

by crewed buses               

Year      |Per cent.          

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1979      |56                 

1980      |55                 

1981      |52                 

1982      |52                 

1983      |48                 

1984      |46                 

1985      |45                 

1986      |33                 

1987      |25                 

1988      |15                 

1989      |11                 

1990      |8                  

1991      |10                 

1992      |7                  

1993      |7                  

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) number and (b) percentage of bus routes operated by London Transport have had the length of their route (i) shortened and (ii) extended since 1979 ; and what was the average length of a bus route, in miles, in each year since 1979.

Mr. Norris : The information requested is not held centrally.

Railtrack Colours

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those stations where signs have been repainted or renewed in the colours of Railtrack ; and what was the cost.

Mr. Freeman : Signs have been renewed at the following stations : London : Victoria

Liverpool Street

Euston

Waterloo

King's Cross

Charing Cross

Paddington

London Bridge

Glasgow Central

Edinburgh

Leeds

Birmingham New Street

Manchester Piccadilly

The total cost amounted to £87,921.23.

Travel Concessions

Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the groups of two or more local authorities which are jointly operating travel concession schemes under section 93 of the Transport Act 1985.

Mr. Freeman : The information requested for England is as follows. Data are based on a survey carried out by the Department of Transport in March 1992.

(a) London

A joint scheme is operated by all the London boroughs.

(b) Metropolitan areas

No joint schemes as such. The six passenger transport authorities--Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, West Midlands and West Yorkshire--each operate schemes across the whole of their area.

(c) Shire areas

The following county councils each operate a scheme jointly with all their district/borough councils :

Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Devon, East Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Isle of Wight, Kent, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Suffolk.

In addition, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire and Surrey county councils each operate country-wide schemes, but with little direct involvement of their district councils.

The following councils operate joint schemes :

Bucks County Council and Milton Keynes Borough council. Aylesbury Vale, South Bucks and Wycombe District councils.


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Durham County Council jointly with Easington, Chester-le-Street, Derwentside, Durham city, and Sedgefield District councils. The seven district councils in Norfolk.

South Oxfordshire, West Oxfordshire and the Vale of the White Horse district councils.

Newcastle under Lyme borough council and Stoke on Trent city council.

Six of the seven--not Crawley--district councils in West Sussex. In addition :

Avon county council operates a scheme for blind people in Bristol and Bath.

Cleveland county council provides support towards some of its district council schemes.

Hazardous Cargoes

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to introduce a system of mandatory reporting and monitoring for ships with hazardous cargoes in the seas around the United Kingdom coast similar to the system introduced by France and Italy in the straits of Bonifacio.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 25 April 1994] : The International Maritime Organisation approved in November 1993 a number of routing and reporting measures around the United Kingdom coast which are similar to those introduced for the strait of Bonifacio.

Shipping Industry

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received in the plans he announced on 15 December to assist the British shipping industry ; and what plans he has (a) to publish the results of his consultation on proposals to allow non- United Kingdom officers to serve on British ships and (b) to increase the financial help available to British junior officers studying for higher certificates of competency.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 26 April 1994] : We have received a few letters about my right hon. Friend's announcement of 15 December, mostly about the proposals to allow a greater use of non-United Kingdom officers on United Kingdom registered ships. Consultation on these proposals will be completed by the end of May. Individual comments will subsequently be available for inspection in the Department unless the respondent requests otherwise.

My right hon. Friend's announcement on 15 December last explained that assistance will be available for a pilot scheme lasting three years for junior officers studying for a second certificate of competency. A total of £1.5 million is available for this scheme in the first year, 1994-95.

Mr. Peter Gerosa

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will state the nature and cost of consultancy contracts awarded by his Department in which Mr. Peter Gerosa is involved.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 26 April 1994] : Mr. Gerosa is not involved in any current consultancy contract. However, Mr. Gerosa was contracted by the Department from 10 January to 31 March 1994 to carry out a review of primary and secondary legislation on vehicle standards. He was paid a total of £5,240.47 for that consultancy work.


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Civil Aviation

Ms Jowell : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the procedure for members of the public to object to the Civil Aviation Authority about the re-issuing of an air tours operator's licence to a particular firm.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 26 April 1994] : There is no formal procedure, but the hon. Member is free to write to the CAA at any time.

M25

Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the sites of special scientific interest which are at risk as a result of Government plans to widen the M25.

Mr. Key [holding answer 25 April 1994] : This question relates to operational matters of the Highways Agency. I have asked the chief executive, Mr. Lawrie Haynes, to write to the hon. Member. Letter from Mr. L. Haynes to Mr. Cynog Dafis, dated 26 April 1994 :

The Minister for Roads and Traffic, Mr. Robert Key, has asked me to write to you in reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the effect of M25 widening on Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The Government's plans for widening the M25 are not currently expected to require any land from SSSI except possibly for a small area which may be needed from the Ockham and Wisley Commons SSSI which surround Junction 10.

DEFENCE

Rugby League

Mr. Tracey : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in extending official recognition to rugby league as a sport in the armed forces.

Mr. Hanley : I am pleased to announce that rugby league is now on the same footing as other sports in the services. If a sport is to be able to compete for public and non-public funds it needs to have a properly constituted and recognised association. I am pleased to be able to say that both the Army and RAF Rugby League Associations have sought, and been granted, such recognition.

Glen Fruin Road, Dumbarton

Mr. Bill Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements have been made for Glen Fruin road, Dumbarton, when it is no longer required for use by his Department's construction traffic to the Clyde submarine base.

Mr. Hanley : Although my Department has agreed with the local planning authority and the landowner concerned to carry out work to remove the road and to reinstate the land when no longer required for construction traffic, it is now proposed with their agreement and that of the roads authority, to retain the road and meet the costs of bringing it up to adoptable standards for use by the public. As the proposed expenditure for this work is less than the estimated reinstatement costs, parliamentary approval to this new service has been sought in class I vote 3 of the 1994- 95 main estimate. Pending that approval urgent expenditure estimated at £2,800,000 will be met by repayable advances from the contingency fund.


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Military Survey Defence Agency

Sir Paul Beresford : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has begun the review of the Military Survey Defence Agency.

Mr. Hanley : A review of the agency status of military survey is now under way. As a Defence Agency, the performance of Military Survey will be evaluated and military survey activities will be subjected to the prior options review set out in the 1993 "Next Steps Review"--Cm 2430.

Comments and contributions from those with an interest in military survey and its work will be welcomed and should be sent by 31 May 1994 to military survey review team, Ministry of Defence, Room 257, Old War Office building, Whitehall, London SW1 2EU.


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