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Police Cells

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the cost to his Department of keeping prisoners in police cells, broken down by police authority, in 1994 to the latest available date.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 24 October 1994]: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock dated 28 October 1994.

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the cost to the Prison Service of keeping prisoners in police cells, broken down by police authority in 1994 to the latest available date.

The information as at 30 September 1994 is as below:


Authority                 |Amount Paid              

                          |£                        

----------------------------------------------------

Greater Manchester Police |5,240,172.16             

Merseyside                |1,032,697.06             

West Yorkshire            |346,807.06               

South Yorkshire           |270,742.53               

Humberside                |159,002.43               

Northamptonshire          |9,190.90                 

Cumbria                   |3,394.94                 

                                                    

Total                     |7,062,007.70             

The above amounts exclude invoices not yet          

submitted.                                          

Prison Service Employees

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Ms Ruddock) on 14 July, Official Report, column 695 , if he will list the name, former position and the company joined for each of the Prison Service employees who left to work for private companies operating or tendering to operate prisons.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 27 October 1994]: Responsibility for these matters has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Doug Hoyle dated 28 October 1994. The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the 33 former Prison Service employees who subsequently worked for private companies operating or tendering to operate prisons, referred to in the reply given by Peter Lloyd to Joan Ruddock on 14 July 1994.

This information is given in the attached table, and covers those who transferred directly from the Prison Service to private companies and those retired members of the Prison Service who later joined private companies.

It is not our practice to reveal the names of individuals.


Grade                           |Companies joined                                           

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Grade 3                         |Premier Prison Services (PPS)                              

Deputy Director General         |Pinkertons                                                 

Regional Director               |Pinkertons                                                 

Deputy Regional Director        |Group 4                                                    

2 Inspectors of Prisons         |United Kingdom Detention                                   

                                |  Services (UKDS) (both)                                   

21 Governors                    |UKDS (6); Group 4 (6); PPS                                 

                                |  (5); Securicor (2); Mancare                              

                                |  (2)                                                      

Senior Professional & Technical |Group 4                                                    

  Officer                                                                                   

Psychologist                    |Group 4                                                    

Education Officer               |Group 4                                                    

Executive Officer               |UKDS                                                       

Principal Officer               |Group 4                                                    

Senior Officer                  |UKDS                                                       

Of the above, the Deputy Director General, the Regional Director,                           

the Deputy Regional Director and four of the governors had retired                          

from the Prison Service some time before joining the private                                

company.                                                                                    

WALES

Training and Enterprise Councils

Ms Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the outturn expenditure given to each TEC in Wales in 1992 93 at 1993 94 prices; and what is the budget for each TEC in 1993 94 in total and broken down in the same way as given in the written answer of 18 February 1993, Official Report , column 335 .

Mr. Richards: The information requested is not readily available. I will write to the hon. Lady as soon as possible and place a copy of my reply in the Library of the House.

Clock Adjustment

Mr. Barry Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many man hours were taken up by adjusting the clocks throughout his Department.

Mr. Redwood: No record is kept of such estimates.

School Building and Repairs

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of the building and repairs backlog in schools in each of the local education authorities in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Richards: My right hon. Friend and I have made no such estimate. Local education authorities are responsible for the repair and maintenance of their school buildings.

Publicity

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of his Department's spending on publicity on television, radio, newspapers, and in other ways for each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood: Welsh Office publicity expenditure for the last five years is as follows:


£,000   |TV   |Radio|Press|Other      

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1989-90 |57   |Nil  |354  |1,758      

1990-91 |17   |Nil  |251  |1,161      

1991-92 |8    |Nil  |341  |1,608      

1992-93 |77   |Nil  |350  |1,547      

1993-94 |6    |Nil  |269  |1,083      

Housing

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what have been the housing association grant rates


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reductions as a cash sum and as a percentage for each of the years since and including 1988.

Mr. Gwilym Jones: The information is not readily available in the form requested, but percentage rates for the standard housing association grant in Wales are available since 1988, and are set out as follows:


           |Percentage           

---------------------------------

1987-88    |30                   

1988-89    |55                   

1989-90    |72                   

1990-91    |75                   

1991-92    |70                   

1992-93    |67                   

1993-94    |65                   

1994-95    |62                   

Notes:                           

1. Mixed funding only became the 

norm from 1989-90.               

2. In some years the rate was    

changed in-year to reflect       

interest rate                    

movements, and was paid at       

different levels for different   

geographical areas.              

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage housing represented of total Government spending in 1978 89 and in 1993 94; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gwilym Jones: In 1978 79, the Welsh housing programme was £168,000,000 and represented 11.3 per cent. of the total public expenditure within the Secretary of State's responsibility. In 1993 94, it represented 9.5 per cent. This is a real term increase of 24.8 per cent. after allowing for the rise in the cost of living.

Blood Transfusion Service

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement concerning the future of the blood transfusion service in Wales, indicating the number employed in the service in Wales.

Mr. Richards: The Welsh Health Common Services Authority and the National Blood Transfusion Service (Wales) are undertaking a review of future management arrangements of the service. A report will be submitted to the Welsh Office in due course. The whole time equivalent number of staff employed in the service is 227.

Speech Therapy

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his policy concerning speech therapy for (a) children and (b) stroke victims.

Mr. Richards: The provision of speech therapy is a matter for district health authorities and GP fundholders to determine in the light of local needs, priorities and resources, taking into account national guidance.

Disruptive Pupils

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his policy concerning troubled and disruptive children in schools; and what initiative he will undertake.

Mr. Richards: The response to disruptive behaviour must always be appropriate to the circumstances. Headteachers are responsible for maintaining discipline in schools. The Welsh Office will shortly issue guidance to local education authorities and schools on the education of children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.


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SCOTLAND

Health Care International

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what contributions Health Care International in Clydebank has made to training in the national health service.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Training in medicine and in nursing is dependent on the clinical services being provided. In the short time that HCI has operated in Clydebank, the contribution to training in the Scottish health service has therefore been very small.

Long-stay Learning Disability Hospitals

Ms Jowell : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people with learning disabilities are resident in long-stay hospitals; and if he will list the long-stay learning disability hospitals still operating.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The number of residents with a length of stay of at least one year in hospitals for people with learning difficulties is shown in the table.


                                   |Number of                        

                                   |residents as at                  

Hospital                           |31 December 1993                 

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Dunlop House                       |2                                

Strathlea                          |49                               

Arrol Park                         |61                               

                                                                     

Ayrshire and Arran Health Board    |112                              

                                                                     

St. Aidans                         |61                               

                                                                     

Borders Health Board               |61                               

                                                                     

Elderslie                          |8                                

Merchiston                         |190                              

St. Marys                          |33                               

                                                                     

Argyll and Clyde Health Board      |231                              

                                                                     

Lynebank                           |264                              

                                                                     

Fife Health Board                  |264                              

                                                                     

Lennox Castle                      |591                              

Waverley Park                      |43                               

                                                                     

Greater Glasgow Health Board       |634                              

                                                                     

Craig Phadrig                      |99                               

                                                                     

Highland Health Board              |99                               

                                                                     

Birkwood                           |186                              

Kirklands                          |173                              

                                                                     

Lanarkshire Health Board           |359                              

                                                                     

Woodlands/Wellwood Unit            |64                               

Ladysbridge                        |229                              

                                                                     

Grampian Health Board              |293                              

                                                                     

St. Josephs                        |107                              

Gogarburn                          |341                              

Douglas House                      |1                                

Tornaveen House                    |15                               

                                                                     

Lothian Health Board               |464                              

Strathmartine                      |196                              

                                                                     

Tayside Health Board               |196                              

                                                                     

Royal Scottish National            |516                              

                                                                     

Forth Valley Health Board          |516                              

                                                                     

Criffel View                       |25                               

Hestan Flat                        |6                                

Netherlea                          |6                                

Cromarty                           |9                                

Linfern                            |1                                

Oakfield                           |2                                

                                                                     

Dumfries and Galloway Health Board |49                               

                                                                     

Scotland                           |3,278                            

Source ISD                                                           

SMR4 Adhoc Reference MH4125.                                         

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) summary procedures and (b) solemn procedures were initiated by the procurator fiscal based in Peterhead in each year since 1976.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: It is not possible to provide information on the number of proceedings initiated by the procurator fiscal. The number of summary and solemn case disposals is set out in the table. Summary proceedings are initiated by the procurator fiscal and solemn proceedings on indictment on the instructions of Crown counsel.


P.F. Office - Peterhead Summary and Solemn Disposals        

               |Total Smy/Dist|Total Solemn                 

               |Disposals     |Disposals                    

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1976           |1,060         |-                            

1977           |1,075         |22                           

1978           |1,279         |26                           

1979           |1,270         |21                           

1980           |1,228         |43                           

1981           |1,148         |22                           

1982           |1,119         |27                           

1983           |1,147         |24                           

1984           |1,139         |26                           

1985           |1,278         |33                           

1986           |1,306         |34                           

1987           |1,234         |19                           

1988           |1,336         |20                           

1989           |1,415         |20                           

1990           |1,563         |22                           

1991           |1,469         |9                            

1992           |1,339         |18                           

1993           |1,658         |12                           

                                                            

Total          |23,063        |398                          

                                                            

AVG            |1,281         |22                           

These figures relate to the numbers of complaints (Summary) 

and                                                         

Indictment (Solemn). There may be more than One accused.    

Shipping Subsidies Review

Mr. Kynoch: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his decision following the shipping subsidies review.

Mr. Lang: After very careful and detailed consideration of a range of options, I have concluded that


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the present arrangements for Caledonian MacBrayne represent the most cost-effective and satisfactory way of providing support for lifeline ferry services to the islands off the west coast of Scotland. I am satisfied that CalMac operates economically and efficiently under the present arrangements and provides a service of high quality and reliability.

Of course, there is always room for improvement in financial performance, while maintaining and developing standards of service. Caledonian MacBrayne is making significant efficiency gains under the stimulus of the review and discussions with the company are taking place on the setting of new financial, efficiency and quality of service targets to help sustain the progress.

Following a thorough review of arrangements for financial support for shipping services, I have concluded that the current tariff rebate subsidy scheme for freight and passengers is in need of revision. It is complicated to administer and is not well matched to the present market for passenger and freight services in Orkney and Shetland. First, it does not provide a satisfactory basis on which the long-term viability of the essential passenger service, which also carries accompanied cars and some freight, can be assured. Secondly, it has encouraged the creation of excess subsidised capacity in freight markets, which has led to the under- utilisation of vessels, price instability and uncertainty as to the long- term viability of shipping operators.

Revised subsidy arrangements will be introduced to secure the future of the essential passenger service to and from Orkney and Shetland, in line with the Government's commitment to continued support, where necessary, for shipping services to the islands. I intend, subject to the approval of Parliament and of the European Commission, to change the method of subsidy to a block grant payable over a period of years in accordance with a contract to operate a specified level of service. In the interim, TRS will continue to be applied to passenger and accompanied car fares.

TRS will also be retained for shipments of livestock from the islands, at a revised level of subsidy. I am confident that these arrangements will ensure that farmers on the islands will continue to be able to get their animals to market without unreasonable transportation costs.

In line with evidence of over-capacity in the supply of freight services, I am satisfied that competition for the carriage of freight, other than exported livestock, is such that subsidies are no longer necessary to enable freight services to Orkney and Shetland to be provided at reasonable cost. These subsidies will be withdrawn with effect from 1 May 1995. Freight rates for all types of cargo are expected to remain close to existing levels.

We are continuing to give detailed consideration to the future arrangements for freight services to the west coast and I shall announce my decisions in due course.

The improvements in security of essential services and in value for money from the Government's substantial support for shipping services to and from the islands, which will be achieved through these decisions, demonstrate the benefits of our decision to carry out the review.

Kidney Patients

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what is (a) the location (b) the number of


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and (c) arrangements for using lithotripsy machines in the Scottish health service;

(2) if he will make a statement on the treatment of patients with kidney stones.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 27 October 1994]: Lithotripsy services in the Scottish health service are provided by Scottish Lithotriptor Centre at the Western General hospital, Edinburgh. The service is comprised of a static lithotriptor on the Western General site and a mobile unit, which is available for use throughout the health service in Scotland. The mobile unit is managed by the Scottish Lithotriptor Centre, but local hospital consultants operate it, treating their own patients in their own areas on an out-patient or day-case basis.

The treatment of patients with kidney stones is a matter for health boards who purchases appropriate services, including lithotripsy, based on an assessment of local need. The type of treatment patients receive is a matter for clinical decision.

Family Law

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what plans the Government have to bring Scottish child law in line with the principles set out in the UN convention on the rights of children;

(2) what action has been taken to consider whether law, policy and practice in Scotland concerned with juvenile justice and protection of children from violence are in full compliance with all provisions in the UN convention on the rights of the child.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 27 October 1994]: The principles of the UN convention underlie the proposals for child care policy and law set out in the White Paper "Scotland's Children", Cm 2286. We intend the children's hearings system to continue to play a crucial role in the care of children in Scotland and the White Paper contains proposals for strengthening that role. The necessary legislation is in the course of preparation and will be introduced when parliamentary time permits.

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans the Government have to introduce legislation in Scotland allowing for the exclusion of child abusers from the family home.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 27 October 1994]: The White Paper "Scotland's Children", Cm 2286, indicated the Government's intention to introduce an exclusion order for the protection of children. The necessary legislation is in the course of preparation and will be introduced when parliamentary time permits.

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland plans the Government have to implement the recommendations of the 1992 Scottish Law Commission report on family law; and when the legislation will be placed before the House.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 27 October 1994]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State plans to implement certain recommendations of the Scottish Law Commission report on family law, particularly those relating to parental responsibilities and rights. The necessary legislation is in the course of preparation and will be introduced when parliamentary time permits.


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Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans the Government have to implement the recommendations of Lord Clyde in his 1991 report on the Orkney child abuse inquiry; and when the legislation will be placed before the House.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 27 October 1994]: The proposals in the White Paper, "Scotland's Children", Cm 2286, reflect the recommendations of and consultations on Lord Clyde's report and other reports published from 1990 onwards. Many of Lord Clyde's recommendations related to social work practice and procedure, and action to implement these is in hand. Revised guidance on aspects of child protection is now at an advanced state of preparation. Other changes require legislation. This is in the course of preparation and will be introduced when parliamentary time permits.

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in what areas existing Scottish child law breaches the principles accepted by the British Government following their ratification of the UN convention on the rights of children.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 27 October 1994]: The welfare of the child is at the centre of the child care provisions of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968. This is in keeping with the principles of the UN convention. In ratifying the convention, the Government noted a detailed reservation on article 37(d), which takes account of the operation of the children's hearings system in Scotland. The White Paper, "Scotland's Children", Cm 2286, proposed changes in policy and law which are consistent with the principles of the convention.

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to bring forward proposals for statutory assistance to Scottish children aged 16 to 18 years who were in local authority care; and what comparison he has drawn with systems in force outside Scotland.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 27 October 1994]: Local authorities already have a statutory duty to provide assistance to young people under 18 if they have been in care immediately before school- leaving age. As was indicated in the White Paper, "Scotland's Children", Cm 2286, the Government propose to extend this duty to include young people aged 18 and to provide local authorities with a power to assist such young people under the age of 21 who meet the criteria of eligibility and need. These arrangements will stand satisfactory comparison with the other countries in the United Kingdom. The necessary legislation is in the course of preparation and will be introduced when parliamentary time permits.

TRANSPORT

Public Opinion Surveys

Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list each public opinion survey commissioned by (a) his Department and (b) his agencies since 1 October 1992, showing for each the subject, objectives, total cost, the period in which it was conducted and the organisation from which it was commissioned.


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Mr. Norris: The information is not available in the form requested.

London Cycle Network

Mr. Dowd: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the funds from the London boroughs' joint bid for the London cycle network will be used to implement co- ordinated routes.

Mr. Norris: We are currently considering a bid from London local authorities for Government funding of a five-year programme covering 1300 km of the London cycle network. If the bid is successful, it will be for the local authorities to co-ordinate the implementation of the project.

Traffic Congestion

Mr. Dowd: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what conclusions he has drawn from the Transport statistics journey times survey 1993; and how Government strategy to reduce congestion in London and other cities will be influenced.

Mr. Norris: The 1993 94 survey is the first in a cycle of three annual surveys to measure trends in travel times for each of the main modes. The results will inform the development of policies to improve the efficiency of the road, rail and bus networks and to assist the safe movement of cyclists and pedestrians.

Taxi Regulation

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make an announcement on proposals for the future regulation of taxis and private hire vehicles.

Mr. Norris: Shortly.

Capital Transport Campaign

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to the proposals put forward by the Capital Transport Campaign for the regeneration of London's public transport infrastructure.

Mr. Norris: I give appropriate consideration to all proposals put to me on the future of London's public transport infrastructure.

Performance Markings

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a member of staff with a box 1 performance marking transferred to another Government Department would receive the appropriate box 1 performance pay from their new Department.

Mr. Norris: The arrangements for performance pay for staff transferring between Departments are at the discretion of the importing Department.

Bus Stops

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures exist to prevent the parking of private cars at bus stops.

Mr. Norris: Traffic authorities can make orders under section 1 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984--under


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section 6 of the Act in London--restricting or prohibiting private cars from stopping, waiting, loading or unloading at bus stops. Enforcement of these orders is a matter for the police, except in London, where, apart from red routes and a few other minor exceptions, it is the responsibility of local authorities.

Cyclists

Mr. Soley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department records statistics for accidents involving cyclists riding on the pavement; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norris: Figures are shown in the table.Accidents involving pedal cycles on pavements: Great Britain 1990 93


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Accidents involving pedal cycles on pavements: Great Britain                                                

1990-93                                                                                                     

Accidents                                                                                                   

Accident Severity |1990             |1991             |1992             |1993                               

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fatal             |5                |3                |4                |3                                  

Serious           |71               |67               |81               |10                                 

Slight            |359              |470              |508              |566                                

                                                                                                            

All Severities    |435              |540              |593              |670                                

Land Sales

Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how he has ensured that any land disposed of by his Department has been put to productive use; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norris: This is an operational matter for the Highways Agency. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member. Letter from Mr. Haynes to Mr. Andrew Welsh dated 28 October 1994.

As you probably know, since the creation of the Highways Agency in April this year, it falls to me, as Chief Executive, to write to MPs who have tabled questions on matters which relate to operational matters of the Highways Agency and to give the information requested.

In answer to your question about how we ensure that any land we dispose of is put to productive use I would explain that, under Treasury rules, Government Departments and their Agencies are required to dispose of surplus land and property within three years of being so identified, subject to the need to realise the full value for the Exchequer. Once land or property has been sold and is no longer in our ownership, it is for the new legal owner to decide how he wishes to utilise his acquisition.

Vehicle Emissions

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the cost of printing and distribution of leaflets informing members of the public of the procedure to report excessively smoky heavy goods vehicles and public service vehicles; how many leaflets have been distributed; and what has been the cost of operating the smoky vehicle hotline between April 1993 and March 1994.

Mr. Norris: The costs of printing and distribution were £13,771. Some 150,000 leaflets have been distributed to date. The cost of operating the hotline between April 1993 and March 1994 was about £5, 500.


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Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Grocott: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the average cost to his Department of answering (a) a written and (b) an oral parliamentary question.

Mr. Steven Norris: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by the then Financial Secretary on 30 November 1993 column 387.

Cones Hotline

Mr. Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many calls and complaints have been received by the cones hotline in each month since its inception (a) relating to the east midlands and (b) nationally; and how many of them resulted in cones being removed in each category;

(2) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the cones hotline; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Watts [holding answers 18 July and 26 October 1994]: As the cones hotline is now an operational matter for the Highways Agency, I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member. Letter from Mr. Lawrie Haynes to Mr. Paddy Tipping dated 28 October 1994:

You asked the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Cones Hotline; and if he will make a statement. As this is an operational matter for the Highways Agency, I am replying to your question.

The Cones Hotline was established in June 1992. It gives motorists direct access to the Highway Agency responsible for the motorway and trunk road network in England.

It is covered by the Highways Agency's "Road User's Charter", which sets out standards of service for the road network. In following this, the Highways Agency undertakes to deal with Hotline enquiries as efficiently as possible and, if it is established that there is no good reason for cones to be present, we undertake to have them removed.

You also asked for specific information on the Cones Hotline. At 20 October 1994 this year, the total number of calls received by the Cones Hotline since its inception was 10,027. Of these, 5,141 have been pursued as formal complaints for requests for information. We cannot provide information by area for the remainder of the calls as they were resolved over the phone.

Monthly figures nationally, and for the East Midlands, are set out over:


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