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District Sub-Offices

Ground and 3rd Floors, 12-16 Woodlands Road,

Middlesbrough, Cleveland TS1 3BE

Tel : 0642 246034

Crosskill House, Mill Lane, Beverley,

Humberside HU17 9JB

Tel : 0482 866606

North West and West District--

District Marine Office

District Chief Surveyor

2nd Floor, Graeme House, Derby Square, Liverpool, Merseyside L2 75Q.

Tel. 051 471 1142.

District Sub-offices

3rd Floor, Oxford House, The Hayes, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF1 2TD.

Tel : 0222 229556.

Customs House, Clayton Street, Avonmouth, Bristol, Avon BS1 1DX. Tel. 0272 822931.

Crown Buildings, Nantucket Avenue, Milford Haven, SA73 2DD. Tel. 0646 693272.

West of Scotland and Northern Ireland District--

District Marine Office

Chief Surveyor

6000 Academy Park, Gower Street, Glasgow GS1 1TR.

Tel. 041 427 9400.

District Sub-office

Customs Home, Queens Square, Belfast BT1 3ET.

Tel. 0232 234466.

East of Scotland District--

District Marine Office

District Surveyor,

Blaikies Quay, Aberdeen AB9 2AZ.

Tel. 0224 574122.

District Sub-offices

1 John's Place, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 7EL.

Tel. 031 554 5488.

The Port Administration Building, Selta Ness, Graven Mossbank, Shetland ZE2 9QR.

Tel. 0806 242 090.

Register of Shipping and Seamen--

Unit 12, Cheviot Close, Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen, Cardiff CF4 5FU. Tel. 0222 747333.

Air Traffic Control

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those countries in which the air traffic control service has been privatised.

Mr. Norris : I know of none whose air traffic control service has been fully privatised in the sense that it is wholly or predominantly owned by shareholders or by organisations outside Government. But I understand that Switzerland's air traffic control

service--SwissControl--is only partly owned by the Swiss Government. Over the past few years, greater commercialisation has been the trend throughout the world, and, for example, in Germany and New Zealand ATC provision has been removed from the machinery of Government and established in some form of corporate body.


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Coastal Shipping

Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals he has to increase use of coastal shipping.

Mr. Norris : The choice of transport mode for freight is rightly a commercial decision. However, in July 1991 my Department held a "Roads to Water" seminar to raise awareness of the potential of coastal shipping and inland water transport among freight users. Following this meeting, two studies were commissioned, one to determine current traffic patterns in the short sea and coastal sectors and to identify the potential for shifting freight from roads to water ; the other to consider the interaction between the planning system and the provision and/or retention of waterside freight facilities.

Executive summaries of both studies have been sent to the hon. Member : copies have also been placed in the Library.

Transport Supplementary Grant, North Yorkshire

Mr. Robert Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the transport supplementary grant settlement for North Yorkshire in each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Key : Transport supplementary grant for North Yorkshire in each of the last 10 years have been provided as follows :


Transport Supplementary Grant 
(net)                         
Year      |£ million          
------------------------------
1985-86   |3.482              
1986-87   |3.562              
1987-88   |3.552              
1988-89   |1.925              
1989-90   |2.653              
1990-91   |3.444              
1991-92   |6.157              
1992-93   |6.452              
1993-94   |9.645              
1994-95   |4.298              

Goods Vehicle Operator Licensing

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 22 March, Official Report , column 145 , about the right of local residents to object to the granting of an operator's licence following deregulation, at what point in that process the right will be exercisable.

Mr. Key : The Deregulation and Contracting Out Bill contains no provisions for changing the timing of local residents' exercise of their right to object to the grant of an operator's licence.

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Don Valley (Mr. Redmond) of 28 February, Official Report , column 563 , about goods vehicle operators, how he plans to ensure that members of the public know (a) the location and (b) the function of their local traffic office.

Mr. Key : The address and telephone number of the local traffic area office is given in British Telecom telephone directories under "Department of Transport". The address is also given in the statutory advertisements made by applicants for goods vehicle operator licences.


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The function of the traffic area offices is set out in the "Traffic Area Network Annual Report" available from the Traffic Area Co-ordination Division, Department of Transport, Room P2/028, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3EB. A summary is also published in a "Code of Practice for the Traffic Area Offices", available from each traffic area office.

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals he has to market-test the processing of applications for goods and public service vehicle operator licensing ; and how he intends to ensure that no unfair advantage is given to certain operators and that the rights of local residents are maintained.

Mr. Key : As part of the Government's "Competing for Quality" programme, we will be considering the feasibility of market-testing or contracting-out the routine processing of applications for operator licences. Contracting out would not affect the requirement for impartiality or the rights of local residents.

Area Budgets

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list for each traffic area office the budget for running costs this financial year and the budget for the previous financial year.

Mr. Key : The budget figures are as follows :


Traffic area office            |Budget             |Budget                                 
                               |1993-94 (£)        |1994-95 (£)                            
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
North Eastern                  |1,413,651          |1,277,630                              
North Western                  |1,579,452          |1,534,090                              
West Midland                   |1,179,320          |1,102,719                              
Eastern                        |1,453,827          |1,421,599                              
South Wales                    |731,113            |656,340                                
Western                        |1,245,515          |1,155,922                              
South Eastern and Metropolitan |1,406,395          |1,369,381                              
Scottish                       |1,505,043          |1,150,737                              
                                                                                           
Total                          |10,514,316         |9,668,418                              

Driving Standards Agency

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer on 22 February, Official Report, column 116, whether work on the future of the chief executive of the Driving Standards Agency includes the future of the agency ; and what considerations underlay the award to him of a bonus for this work.

Mr. Key : I have nothing to add to the answer given on 22 February.

Transport Research Laboratory

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 7 March, Official Report, column 4, regarding the hiring of a temporary accountant for the Transport Research Laboratory, who was absent between 5 May 1993 and 27 August 1993, and why.

Mr. Key : During the period 5 May 1993 to 27 August 1993 an existing member of the Transport Research Laboratory staff studying for accountancy qualifications was absent on study leave. In the interim, a fully qualified


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accountant was hired to cover the period of absence and to assist in the preparation of the first set of commercial accounts for the Transport Research Laboratory. The Transport Research Laboratory did not have the requisite expertise to complete this work in- house.

Trust Ports

Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give full details of all European regional development fund moneys paid to trust ports in each of the last three years.

Mr. Norris : This information is not immediately available. It is being gathered and I shall write to the hon. Member shortly.

Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the implications for the payment of European regional development fund funds to (a) trust ports, (b) former trust ports now privatised and (c) trust ports eligible for compulsory privatisation under the Ports Act 1991.

Mr. Norris : Under the present rules, there are no special implications for trust or former trust ports. It is open to them to bid for ERDF funds in the same way as all ports. Their bids, as with all ERDF bids, would be assessed by the appropriate regional committee.

Travel Costs

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list for the last financial year the total costs of travel and subsistence for each of the chief executives in his Department and his permanent under-secretary.

Mr. Norris : Executive agency chief executives incurred the following costs for travel and subsistence in the last financial year :


                                    |£                
------------------------------------------------------
Driving Standards Agency            |4,384.47         
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency |8,286.00         
DVOIT                               |3,563.67         
Vehicle Certification Agency        |3,288.67         
Vehicle Inspectorate                |4,833.00         
Transport Research Laboratory       |4,565.54         

The permanent under-secretary incurred costs of £6,113.05 for travel and subsistence in the last financial year.

Traffic Area Offices

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether agency status for the traffic area offices has been postponed.

Mr. Key : Yes.

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he intends to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the traffic commissioner in the north-west traffic area office next year.

Mr. Key : My right hon. Friend will consider in due course what arrangements to make for a replacement.


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Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the outcome of the review undertaken of the grading of public inquiry clerks in the traffic area offices ; whether his officials will discuss the review with the appropriate trade unions ; and if he will place a copy of the review in the Library.

Mr. Key : The Department's internal review concluded that the main duties of the public inquiry clerk clearly fall within the guidelines for the current grading of the post as administrative officer. An element of the duties could be attributed to the executive officer grade but the percentage was insufficient to justify regrading the post.

I would be happy for officials to discuss the results of the review with the Departmental trade unions. A copy of the report will be placed in the Library of the House.

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the parliamentary constituencies covered by each traffic area office.

Mr. Key : I will write to the hon. Member.

Coastguard Agency

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff there are in each grade at each Coastguard Agency office ; and what is the address of each office.

Mr. Norris : The tables give details of all the coastguard regional offices, maritime rescue co-ordination centres and maritime rescue sub- centres.

In addition, there are 90 sector offices--housing one, or, at the most, two, sector officers. These staff have been included in the relevant MRCC and MRSC figures.


North and East Scotland Regional Office                                                   
                                |Staff Complement                                         
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Marine House, Blaikies Quay,    |1XRegional Controller                                    
  Aberdeen AB1 2PB              |1XDeputy Regional Controller                             
                                |1XEO  1X1.5XAO                                           
                                |0.5XTypist                                               
                                                                                          
Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre                                                      
Marine House, Blaikies Quay,    |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  Aberdeen AB1 2PB              |2XStation Officer                                        
                                |8XSector Officer                                         
                                |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                |15XWatch Officer                                         
                                                                                          
Maritime Rescue Sub Centres                                                               
Cromwell Road, Kirkwall, Orkney |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  KW15 1LN                      |2XStation Officer                                        
                                |4XSector Officer                                         
                                |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                |8XWatch Officer                                          
The Knab, Knab Road, Lerwick,   |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  Shetland ZE1 0AX              |2XStation Officer                                        
                                |2XSector Officer                                         
                                |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                |8XWatch Officer                                          
Fifeness, Crail, Fife KY10 3XN  |1XDistrict Controller                                    
                                |2XStation Officer                                        
                                |4XSector Officer                                         
                                |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                |8XWatch Officer                                          

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West of Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Office                                         
                                    |Staff Complement                                         
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Navy Building, Eldon Street,        |1XRegional Controller                                    
  Renfrewshire PA16 7QY             |1XDeputy Regional Controller                             
                                    |1XEO  1X1.5XAO                                           
                                    |0.5XTypist                                               
                                                                                              
Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre                                                          
Navy Building, Eldon Street,        |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  Renfrewshire PA16 7QY             |2XStation Officer                                        
                                    |4XSector Officer                                         
                                    |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                    |10XWatch Officer                                         
                                                                                              
Maritime Rescue Sub Centres                                                                   
Bregenz House, Quay Street, Bangor, |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  County Down BT20 5E               |2XStation Officer                                        
                                    |4XSector Officer                                         
                                    |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                    |9XWatch Officer                                          
Boswell House, Argyll Square, Oban, |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  Argyllshire PA34 4BD              |2XStation Officer                                        
                                    |3XSector Officer                                         
                                    |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                    |8XWatch Officer                                          
Battery Point, Stornoway, Isle of   |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  Lewis PA87 2RT                    |2XStation Officer                                        
                                    |3XSector Officer                                         
                                    |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                    |8XWatch Officer                                          

South West Regional Office                                                               
                               |Staff Complement                                         
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Imperial Building, Bar Road,   |1XRegional Controller                                    
  Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4NW  |1XDeputy Regional Controller                             
                               |1XEO  1.5XAO                                             
                               |0.5XAA  0.5XTypist                                       
                               |0.5XMessenger                                            
                                                                                         
Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre                                                     
Pendennis Point, Castle Drive, |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4WZ  |3XStation Officer                                        
                               |5XSector Officer                                         
                               |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                               |12XWatch Officer                                         
                                                                                         
Maritime Rescue Sub Centres                                                              
Kings Quay, Brixham,           |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  Devon TQ5 9TW                |2XStation Officer                                        
                               |4XSector Officer                                         
                               |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                               |10XWatch Officer                                         
Customs House Quay, Weymouth,  |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  Dorset DT4 8BE               |2XStation Officer                                        
                               |4XSector Officer                                         
                               |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                               |10XWatch Officer                                         

Western Regional Office                                                                     
                                  |Staff Complement                                         
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164-166 Overland Road, Mumbles,   |1XRegional Controller                                    
  Swansea SA3 4EU                 |1XDeputy Regional Controller                             
                                  |1XEO  1X1.5XAO                                           
                                  |0.5XAA                                                   
                                                                                            
Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre                                                        
Tutt Head, Mumbles, Swansea       |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  SA3 4EX                         |2XStation Officer                                        
                                  |7XSector Officer                                         
                                  |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                  |14XWatch Officer                                         
Maritime Rescue Sub Centres                                                                 
Gorsewood Drive, Hakin, Milford   |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  Haven SA73 3ER                  |2XStation Officer                                        
                                  |4XSector Officer                                         
                                  |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                  |9XWatch Officer                                          
Prince of Wales Road, Holyhead,   |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  Anglesey, Gwynedd LL65 1ET      |2XStation Officer                                        
                                  |4XSector Officer                                         
                                  |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                  |8XWatch Officer                                          
Hall Road West, Crosby, Liverpool |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  L23 8SY                         |2XStation Officer                                        
                                  |5XSector Officer                                         
                                  |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                  |10XWatch Officer                                         

Eastern Regional Office                                                                       
                                    |Staff Complement                                         
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Fifth Floor, Havenbridge House,     |1XRegional Controller                                    
  Great Yarmouth NR30 1HZ           |1XDeputy Regional Controller                             
                                    |1XEO  1X1.5XAO                                           
                                    |0.5XTypist                                               
                                                                                              
Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre                                                          
Fourth Floor, Havenbridge House,    |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  Great Yarmouth NR30 1HZ           |2XStation Officer                                        
                                    |4XSector Officer                                         
                                    |5XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                    |10XWatch Officer                                         
                                                                                              
Maritime Rescue Sub Centres                                                                   
Lime Kiln Lane, Bridlington, North  |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  Humberside YO15 2LX               |2XStation Officer                                        
                                    |5XSector Officer                                         
                                    |5XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                    |9XWatch Officer                                          
Priory Grounds, North Shields, Tyne |1XDistrict Controller                                    
  and Wear NE30 4DA                 |2XStation Officer                                        
                                    |4XSector Officer                                         
                                    |4XSenior Watch Officer                                   
                                    |9XWatch Officer                                          

South Eastern Regional Office                                                         
                                        |Staff Complement                             
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Langdon Battery, Swingate, Dover        |1XRegional Controller                        
Q  CT15 5NA                             |1XDeputy Regional Controller                 
                                        |1XEO  1.5XAO                                 
                                        |1XTypist                                     
                                                                                      
Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre                                                  
Langdon Battery, Swingate, Dover        |1XDistrict Controller                        
  CT15 5NA                              |6XStation Officer                            
                                        |3XSector Officer                             
                                        |4XSenior Watch Officer                       
                                        |17XWatch Officer                             
                                                                                      
Maritime Rescue Sub Centres                                                           
East Terrace, Walton-on-Naze, Essex     |1XDistrict Controller                        
  CO14 8PY                              |2XStation Officer                            
                                        |5XSector Officer                             
                                        |4XSenior Watch Officer                       
                                        |9XWatch Officer                              
                                                                                      
Whytecroft House, 44A Marine            |1XDistrict Controller                        
  Parade West, Lee on Solent,           |2XStation Officer                            
  Hampshire PO13 9WR                    |6XSector Officer                             
                                        |4XSenior Watch Officer                       
                                        |14XWatch Officer                             

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Training Centre                                                                       
                                    |Staff Complement                                 
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Steamer Point, Highcliffe,          |1XInspector                                      
  Christchurch, Dorset BH23 4JQ     |1XDistrict Controller                            
                                    |5XStation Officer                                
                                    |1XSector Officer                                 
                                    |1XEO  1XAA                                       
                                    |0.5XTypist                                       
                                                                                      
Headquarters                                                                          
Spring Place, 105, Commercial Road, |1XChief Executive (G4)                           
  Southampton SO15 1EG              |4XDirectors (1XG5, 3XG6)                         
                                    |3XInspector                                      
                                    |4XDistrict Controller                            
                                    |2XSector Officer                                 
                                    |6XG7                                             
                                    |3XSEO                                            
                                    |1XSSO                                            
                                    |8XHEO                                            
                                    |13XEO                                            
                                    |12XAO                                            
                                    |5.5XAA                                           
                                    |3X Secretary                                     
                                    |1XSupport Manager 3                              
                                    |6XManager                                        

Executive Agencies

Mr. Canavan : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff at grade 7 and above were employed in each executive agency in his Department in each year since 1989 and at the latest available date.

Mr. Norris : The information, which is expressed as the number of posts, is as follows :

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency was established in 1990 and the figures are :


        |Number       
----------------------
1990-91 |60.5         
1991-92 |57.5         
1992-93 |43.0         
1993-94 |38.5         
Current |34.5         

The Drivers, Vehicles and Operators Information Technology Centre was established as an Agency in 1992 and privatised on 17 December 1993. The figures are :


        |Number       
----------------------
1992-93 |13.7         
1993-94 |12.0         

The Driving Standards Agency was established in 1990 and the figures are :


        |Number       
----------------------
1990-91 |11           
1991-92 |12           
1992-93 |12           
1993-94 |11           
Current |12           

The Vehicle Components Agency was established in 1990 and the figures are :


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Year    |Number       
----------------------
1990-91 |6            
1991-92 |6            
1992-93 |6            
1993-94 |7            
Current |7            

The Vehicle Inspectorate was established in 1989 but figures for 1989-90 and 1990-91 could only be made available at disproportionate cost. The subsequent figures are :


Year    |Number       
----------------------
1991-92 |31           
1992-93 |29           
1993-94 |28           
Current |27           

The Transport Research Laboratory was established in 1992 and the figures are :


Year    |Number       
----------------------
1992-93 |111.4        
1993-94 |104.8        
Current |104.8        

The Highways Agency, the Coastguard Agency and the Marine Safety Agency were all established on 1 April 1994 and the current figures are 347, 17 and 70 respectively.

Bull Bars

Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what research he has undertaken into the (a) extent of bull bar attachments to on-road vehicles, (b) their use and (c) any danger they pose to pedestrians ;

(2) if he will ban the use of bull bars on on-road vehicles ; and if he will make a statement ;

(3) what is his assessment of the danger of bull bars attached to on-road vehicles.

Mr. Key : No research has been undertaken into the extent of the fitment and use of bull bars to road vehicles. However, estimates suggest that about 2 per cent. of new vehicles are being fitted with them.

Impact tests using an instrumented child-size headform on a bull bar have shown that the severity of an impact on a bull bar appears significantly more severe than on a flexible bonnet. We have therefore taken steps to identify accidents where a pedestrian has been struck by a vehicle fitted with a bull bar with a view to determining whether bull bars are causing increased injuries. We do not expect to see results from this exercise before the end of 1994. It would not be sensible to legislate before considering those results.

Staff Surplus, Eastcote

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consult with trade unions over the staff surplus situation at Eastcote.

Mr. Norris : My officials are in touch with the relevant trade unions and will be meeting representatives shortly to discuss the staffing position at Eastcote.


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