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Column 159East Fortune Airfield Drem East Lothian -- - -
Fechney Buildings Glasgow Road Perth Perthshire -- --
Fifeness Crail Fife KY10 3XN -- --
Fisher Row Musselburgh Midlothian BH21 6SG -- --
Gob Saughton Broomhouse Drive Edinburgh -- --
Government Buildings 2 St. Ninians Road Stirling -- --
HMCG Church Road Leven Fife -- --
Houstoun Industrial Estate Livingston West Lothian -- 3
John Street Forfar Angus -- --
Joppa Terrace Joppa Edinburgh -- --
Navy Building Eldon Street Greenock Renfrew PA16 7QY -- -- Navy Buildings Eldon Street Greenock Renfrewshire -- --
North Muirton Industrial Estate Perth Perthshire 1 --
Overgate House 121 Marketgait Dundee DD1 1JL -- --
Park Road Gallatown Kirkcaldy Fife -- --
Springburn Park 14A Balornoch Road Glasgow -- --
Tanterfield SCL Victoria Park Haddington East Lothian -- -- Town Hall Hall Terrace Cumnock Ayrshire -- --
TRRSL Livingston West Lothian EH54 5DU 3 --
Wellmeadow Blairgowrie Perthshire -- --
Western Road Kilmarnock Ayrshire -- 1
Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list for the Glasgow travel-to-work area the numbers of (a) casuals and (b) fixed-term appointments in each Department of Transport office.
Mr. Norris : The Department and its agencies have 50 offices in the Glasgow travel-to-work area. At present, a total of 22 casual staff are employed at 10 of those offices, and six persons are employed on fixed-term appointments. Details are as follows :
Scotland Building |Fixed term |Casuals |appointment ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Johns Place Edinburgh EH6 7 EL |- |- 10 Shore Road Anstruther Fife |- |- 107 Bothwell Street Glasgow Renfrewshire G2 7EE |- |6 11 Maggie Woods Loads Loan Falkirk |- |- 111 Rannoch Road Perth PH1 2DF |- |- 124-125 Princes Street Edinburgh EH2 4BE |- |- 161 Whitletts Road Ayr |- |- 26 Glenburn Road Paisley Renfrewshire |- |- 30 Selkirk Street Hamilton Lanarkshire ML3 6RQ |- |- 31 Old Raise Road Saltcoats Ayrshire |- |- 33 West Saville Terrace Edinburgh 9 |- |- 335-337 Calder Road Edinburgh |- |- 335-337 Sighthill Road Edinburgh |- |- 351 Anniesland Road Glasgow |- |- 368 Amulree Street Shettleston Glasgow G32 7SJ |- |- 40 Millhill Street Dunfermline Fife |- |- 41 Shawbridge Arcade Ashtree Road Glasgow G43 1RT |- |- 6 Bridge Street Dumbarton |- |- 6000 Academy Park Gower Street Glasgow G51 1TR |- |2 7 Aitchison Street Airdrie Strathclyde ML6 0DY |- |- 71 Whatriggs Road Kilmarnock Ayrshire |- |- 74 Glasgow Road Bathgate EH48 2 AG |- |- 83 Princes Street Edinburgh |2 |5 Bankhead Avenue Sighthill Edinburgh EH11 4AA |- |- Caledonian House 3rd Floor Greenmarket Dundee DD1 1DP |- |2 City Wall House 32 Eastwood Avenue Glasgow G41 3NS |- |1 Crosshill Road Bishopsbriggs Glasgow |- |- Crown Buildings Princes Pier Greenock Renfrewshire |- |- East Burnside Cupar Fife |- |1 East Fortune Airfield Drem East Lothian |- |- Fechney Buildings Glasgow Road Perth Perthshire |- |- Fifeness Crail Fife KY10 3XN |- |- Fisher Row Musselburgh Midlothian BH21 6SG |- |- Gob Saughton Broomhouse Drive Edinburgh |- |- Government Buildings 2 St. Ninians Road Stirling |- |- HMCG Church Road Leven Fife |- |- Houstoun Industrial Estate Livingston West Lothian |- |3 John Street Forfar Angus |- |- Joppa Terrace Joppa Edinburgh |- |- Navy Building Eldon Street Greenock Renfrew PA16 7QY |- |- Navy Buildings Eldon Street Greenock Renfrewshire |- |- North Muirton Industrial Estate Perth Perthshire |1 |- Overgate House 121 Marketgait Dundee DD1 1JL |- |- Park Road Gallatown Kirkcaldy Fife |- |- Springburn Park 14A Balornoch Road Glasgow |- |- Tanter Field School Victoria Park Haddington East Lothian |- |- Town Hall Hall Terrace Cumnock Ayrshire |- |- TRRSL Livingston West Lothian EH54 5DU |3 |- Wellmeadow Blairgowrie Perthshire |- |- Western Road Kilmarnock Ayrshire |- |1 Note: Produced from the Personnel Information System as at 25 May 1994.
(2) if he will place in the Library the latest staff-in-post figures broken down by grade for each Department of Transport office including executive agencies.
Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list for the Manchester travel-to-work area the numbers of (a) casuals and (b) fixed-term appointments in each Department of Transport office.
Mr. Norris : The Department and its agencies have 51 offices in the north-west region, which includes the Manchester travel-to-work area. At present, a total of 35 casual staff are employed at 15 of those offices, and five staff are employed on fixed-term appointments. Details are as follows :
North West Building |Fixed term |Casuals |appointment ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 101 Sankey Street Warrington Cheshire WA1 1LB |- |- 14 Milton Grove Whalley Range Manchester |- |- 1A Sugham Lane Heysham Lancashire |- |- 208 Drake Street Rochdale Lancashire |- |- 22 Chester Road Ellesmere Port Cheshire |- |- 22 Woodside Road. Irby Wirral Cheshire L61 4UL |- |- 23 Perrin Street Hyde Cheshire SK14 1JE |- |1 26-28 Broadstone Road Reddish Stockport Cheshire |- |- 3 Mesnes Park Terrace Wigan Lancashire |- |- 36-38 Poplar Grove Sale Cheshire |- |- 4 Felix Road Winnington Northwich Cheshire |- |1 50 Preston New Road Blackburn Lancashire |- 6 Nile Street Crewe Cheshire |- |- 88 School Lane Didsbury Lancashire M20 0HG |- |- 95 Bond Parade Dicksons Drive Newton Chester |- |- Alderglen Road Cheetham Manchester |- |1 Apsley House Park Road Crosby Merseyside L22 3XF |- |- Arrowe Park Road Upton Wirral L49 0UL |- |- Ashburner House Seymour Grove Manchester M16 0JL |- |- Ashton House Cottam Lane Preston Lancashire PR2 1HU |- |- Atherton Street St. Helens Merseyside WA10 2JY |- |- Buckingham House Glover Court Preston Lancashire PR1 3LS |- |6 Chapel House Chapel Street Congleton Cheshire |- |- Corn Exchange Building Fenwick Street Liverpool L2 7TT |- |3 Cuerden Depot Haverlock Terrace Bamber Bridge Preston |- |- Dock Road South Bromborough Wirrall Merseyside |- |- Driving Test Centre Weston Street Bolton BL3 2AW |- |- DTC Warrington Business Park Long Lane Cheshire WA2 7JR |- |1 Eastbank House 68 Eastbank Street Southport Lancashire |- |- Eaves Lanes Rossall Road Chorley Lancashire |- |- Everite Road Widnes Cheshire WA8 8PT |- |- Forest House Cobden Street Nelson Lancashire |- |- Freckleton Road Kirkham Lancashire PR4 2RA |- |2 Government Buildings Fielden Road Didsbury Lancashire |- |- Government Buildings Warbeck Hill Road Blackpool Lancashire |- |- Graeme House Derby Square Liverpool L2 7SU |1 |2 Gressington House St. Marys Road Liverpool L19 0NE |- |- Government Buildings South Park Road Macclesfield Cheshire |- |- Hall Road West Liverpool L23 8SY |- |- King Street Wallasey Merseyside |- |- Lingard Lane Bredbury Stockport Cheshire |- |3 Middleton Road Heywood Lancashire |- |1 Norroy House Nuns Road Chester Cheshire CH1 2NB |- |- Old Government Buildings Dee Hills Park Chester |- |- Parthenon Drive Norris Green Liverpool |- |- Partington Street Failsworth Lancashire |- |- Portcullis House Seymour Grove Manchester M16 0NE |4 |7 Princes Way Fleetwood Lancashire FY7 8PG |- |- Sector 43 4 Mesnes Park Terrace Wigan WN1 1SU |- |- Smith Street Bury BL9 6HH |- |1 Stopgate Lane Kirkby Merseyside |- |1 Sunley Tower Piccadilly Plaza Manchester M1 4AX |- |3 Trafford House Chester Road Stretford Manchester |- |2
Mr. Radice : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what surveys of the views, opinions and attitudes of the staff of his Department have been carried out in the last two years ; and if he will place copies of the findings in the Library.
Mr. Norris : The Department has completed two such surveys over the past two years. A third is now under way. The findings are confidential to management and staff so as to avoid drawing civil servants into areas of political controversy. In 1991, the National Audit Office commissioned a survey of staff attitudes within the Department's Vehicle Inspectorate, which was published. A copy will be placed in the Library.
Sir Geoffrey Pattie : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give by category the total number of residential dwellings, commercial premises and other categories of buildings purchased by his Department within the vicinity of the M25 between junctions 12 and 8 over the last five years, together with the itemised costs and the powers by which those purchases were made.
Letter from Lawrie Haynes to Sir Keith Speed, dated 30 June 1994 :
The Minister for Roads and Traffic, Mr. Robert Key, has asked me to write to you in reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking when the southern section of the M25 would be completely free from road works.
We have a major rolling programme for widening the M25 between Junctions 3 and 11 on the southern section to dual four lanes without the existing highway boundary. This will take several years to complete. Timing will depend on the availability of funds and the competing demands of other parts of the Road Programme, so I cannot forecast at present exactly when this programme will be finished. We are also considering the provision of capacity beyond dual four lanes for the section of M25 from Junction 10 to the M4 (and beyond). Work on this is dependent on the completion of statutory procedures as well as the availability of funds.
In addition, there will be a need for maintenance works but wherever possible these will be incorporated in the widening schemes to minimise disruption to traffic.
Bridgeworks are also planned between now and the turn of the century. All bridges are being assessed under the assessment and strengthening programme post-tensioned bridges are also being assessed and inspected under the Special Inspection programme which is being conducted nationwide. It is not therefore possible to say at present what strengthening and/or replacement works will be required for these structures.
Every effort is made to keep disruption to a minimum. Experience has shown that limiting the length of individual road works to relatively short sections is less disruptive to traffic than carrying out works over a long distance at one time. This will
Column 164mean, however, that road works will be taking place on the southern section of the M25 for a longer period than if we had carried out all the works together.
Mr. Anne Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under the citizens charter how much compensation will be paid to the passengers stranded at Royston railway station at 12.30 am on Sunday 19 June, on their way from King's Cross to Cambridge ; and how many passengers were affected.
Mr. Freeman : Under the passengers charter, BR offers compensation to the value of 20 per cent. or more of the ticket price paid if passengers are delayed for more than an hour. I understand that 30 passengers have so far requested compensation for the delay at Royston on 19 June and over £500 in compensation has been paid. I am not aware of the number of passengers affected by the delay.
Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the criteria for allowing people to operate signal boxes ; and what previous experience of specific lines is required by operators of signal boxes on those lines.
Mr. Freeman : There are no statutory criteria against which competence to operate signalling equipment is to be judged. However, the Health and Safety Executive's guidance on the Railways (Safety Critical Work) Regulations 1994 recommends that the employer should be satisfied that the employees have appropriate training, personal qualities, fitness and qualifications to do the work in question without undue risk to themselves or others and that they are fully aware of the nature of the work. HM railway inspectorate has sampled the effectiveness of the selection process applied by Railtrack and is satisfied that Railtrack is taking the necessary steps to ensure competence. HMRI is continuing to monitor the situation.
Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the locations at which British Rail staff who do not hold the required certificate of competence operated signal boxes on 22 June.
Mr. Freeman : The Railways (Safety Critical Work) Regulations 1994 stipulate that those employed on tasks that are regarded as critical to safety must be competent. Certification of competence is not a statutory requirement under the regulations. All staff operating in signal boxes have been assessed and confirmed competent by Railtrack. HM railway inspectorate has sampled the effectiveness of that process and is satisfied that Railtrack is taking the necessary steps to ensure competence. HMRI is continuing to monitor the situation.
Mr. Keen : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the cost of a journey by rail from (a) Hounslow to Waterloo and (b) Richmond to Waterloo (i) off-peak return, (ii) standard rate return and (iii) standard rate single for each year from 1979, at current and 1993 prices.
From Hounslow to London Waterloo Date |Standard Single|Standard Single|Standard Return|Standard Return|Cheap Day |Cheap Day |(Current) |(1993) |(Current) |(1993) |(Current) |(1993) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 January 1979 |0.84 |2.21 |1.68 |4.41 |0.96 |2.52 6 January 1980 |0.99 |2.20 |1.97 |4.37 |1.15 |2.55 30 November 1980 |1.22 |2.41 |2.44 |4.82 |1.40 |2.76 29 November 1981 |1.30 |2.29 |2.60 |4.58 |1.50 |2.64 9 January 1983 |1.40 |2.33 |2.80 |4.67 |1.60 |2.67 8 January 1984 |1.50 |2.38 |3.00 |4.76 |1.70 |2.70 6 January 1985 |1.60 |2.42 |3.20 |4.84 |1.80 |2.72 12 January 1986 |1.70 |2.43 |3.40 |4.87 |2.00 |2.86 11 January 1987 |1.80 |2.48 |3.60 |4.96 |2.10 |2.89 10 January 1988 |1.90 |2.54 |3.80 |5.07 |2.20 |2.94 8 January 1989 |2.10 |2.61 |4.20 |5.22 |2.30 |2.86 4 February 1990 |2.30 |2.64 |4.60 |5.28 |2.60 |2.98 6 January 1991 |2.60 |2.75 |5.20 |5.51 |2.80 |2.97 5 January 1992 |2.80 |2.85 |5.60 |5.69 |2.80 |2.85 3 January 1993 |3.00 |3.00 |6.00 |6.00 |3.10 |3.10 2 January 1994 |3.20 |3.10 |6.40 |6.20 |3.30 |3.20
Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the number of bus passengers carried and bus-miles worked in each metropolitan area outside London in 1985, 1990 and each subsequent year.
Mr. Freeman : Data collected by the Department cannot be released for individual metropolitan areas for reasons of reliability and confidentiality. Financial year estimates of the total number of local bus journeys made by passengers in the six English metropolitan areas outside London, and the corresponding figures for local bus-km worked, are given below. These have been extracted from tables 1.1 and 2.1 of "Bus and Coach Statistics Great Britain 1992-93", which also present data for Scotland as a whole. A copy of this HMSO publication has been placed in the House of Commons Library.
millions English metropolitan areas Year |Local |Local vehicle |passenger |kms |journeys -------------------------------------------------------- 1985-86 |2,068 |574 1990-91 |1,547 |650 1991-92 |1,478 |662 1992-93 |1,386 |678 Source: Statistical returns from PSV operators
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answers to the hon. Member for Cunninghame, North (Mr. Wilson), of 3 May, Official Report , column 466 , and to the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson), of 26 May, Official Report , column 284 , if he will show for each separate invoice supplied to his Department by Dewe Rogerson for advice
Column 166on his Department's marketing strategy for rail privatisation, (a) the date on which the invoice was received by his Department, (b) the date on which the invoice was paid by his Department and (c) the amount contained in each separate invoice, inclusive of value added tax ; whether he has now received the final invoice from Dewe Rogerson ; which is the total amount inclusive of value added tax, which his Department will have paid to Dewe Rogerson by the time its contract expires ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Freeman : The information requested in parts (a) , (b) and (c) is commercially confidential. Dewe Rogerson's final invoice has not yet been received and it is not therefore possible to provide a figure for the total amount. To date, Dewe Rogerson has been paid £566,000, including VAT, for this advice.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what date he intends to publish the full report and findings of his review of the technical and cost implications of fitting seat belts to all seats in minibuses and coaches ; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date Sir Christopher Foster was appointed as an adviser to his Department ; on what date his employment as an adviser was completed ; how much he was paid in total for his work as an adviser to his Department ; on what date he was invited to apply for the post of board member of Railtrack ; on what date he was appointed a board member of Railtrack ; who was responsible for (a) recruiting, (b) interviewing and (c) appointing Sir Christopher Foster as a board member of Railtrack ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Freeman : Sir Christopher Foster was appointed as special adviser to the Secretary of State from 1 June 1992. He was seconded to the Department from Coopers and Lybrand : the Department reimbursed Coopers and Lybrand at the rate of £5,000 per year, amounting to a total
Column 167of £7,321.43 plus VAT for the period until his resignation on 16 November 1993. On that date, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced that Sir Christopher would be appointed as a non-executive member of the Railtrack board on its incorporation as a British Rail subsidiary company in February 1994. His appointment from 1 April 1994 as a director of Railtrack Group plc as a Government-owned company, was approved by shareholders' decision given by the Secretary of State.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Mrs. Dunwoody) of 22 March, Official Report, column 146, if he will show for all consultants and/or other outside organisations or individuals currently or previously employed by the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising, (a) the name of the consultancy, organisation or individual, (b) the length of contract offered to each consultancy, organisation or individual, (c) the total amount inclusive of value added tax paid to date to each consultancy, organisation or individual, (d) the total amount inclusive of value added tax expected to be paid to each consultancy, organisation or individual and (e) the services required by the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising from each consultancy, organisation or individual ; and if he will make a statement.
Consultant |Service supplied |Expenditure |to 30 June |1994 (£000s |exclusive |of VAT) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Linklaters and Paines |Legal services |987 Brodies WS |Advice on Scots |8 | law KPMG Peat Marwick |Accountancy |599 | services Samuel Montagu & Co. |Merchant Bank |200 S and G Warburg |Advice on rolling|73 & Co. | stock leasing PJR Ltd. |Recruitment and |50 | organisational | advice |--- Total |1,917 Note: VAT at 17.5 per cent. is payable in addition.
Price Waterhouse and Co., accountancy services, Coopers and Lybrand, accountancy services, and Shandwick Consultants Ltd., marketing advice, have also been retained by Opraf, but no payments have yet been made to them. The amount paid in future to those firms will depend on the work done. All those appointments are terminable not later than 31 March 1995.
In addition, Opraf has 20 employees of its own and 15 seconded staff and uses various external firms for such matters as cleaning and maintenance of its premises, the carrying out of minor repairs, staff training, courier services, printing, and the supply of working lunches.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a table showing (a) the total amount spent centrally or in each separate region by British Rail in 1993-94 on legal advice, together with the name of each firm or individual employed and (b) the total amount budgeted to be spent on legal advice in 1994-95 centrally by British Rail and individually by each train operating unit, together with the name of each firm or individual employed.
Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the average cost-benefit ratio of road schemes for (a) currently under construction, (b) agreed starts for 1994-95, (c) schemes designated priority 1 in the roads review, (d) schemes designated priority 2, (e) schemes designated longer term in the roads review and (f) schemes abandoned in the roads review.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the railway inspectorate will begin its investigation into the derailment of the 22.45 hours Wemyss Bay to Glasgow train in Greenock on Saturday, 25 June ; if the report of the investigation will contain recommendations concerning (a) improvements in the design and construction of electric multiple units and (b) improve safety procedures ; if the report will be published ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Freeman [holding answer 4 July 1994] : The Health and Safety Executive's railway inspectorate, HMRI, started a preliminary investigation into the derailment shortly after first light on Sunday 26 June. Strathclyde police, assisted by British Transport police, were conducting a scene-of-crime investigation at that time and subsequently announced that it had become a murder inquiry. I understand that two people have now been charged in connection with the deaths. An inquiry under the Regulation of Railways Act 1871 has not been recommended by the chief inspecting officer of railways, given the cause of the accident. The holding of a fatal accident inquiry is a matter for the Lord Advocate.
The HMRI will continue to assist the police in relation to railway technical matters and is also considering what lessons may be learnt to prevent a recurrence. The crash resistance of new rolling stock has been considerably
Column 169improved above the standards of the train involved in the accident. I have asked the HMRI to let me know its conclusions and I will write to the hon. Member when I have received this information.
Mr. Rowlands : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many men were in work in 1991 in each of the districts covered by the valleys initiative ; and what his latest estimate is of the number of men unemployed in these districts.
The employment and unemployment data requested are available from the NOMIS database, which can be accessed on-line by House of Commons Library staff.
Sir Wyn Roberts : The Welsh Office published a prospectus on 8 June 1994 setting out arrangements for the provision of the careers service from April 1995. A copy of the prospectus has been placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will make a statement about his new apprenticeships initiative with respect to (a) Alyn and Deeside, (b) Clwyd and (c) Wales ; (2) what measures he is adopting to encourage the provision of more apprenticeships.