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In preparation for these new arrangements, some TECs in London, including South Thames, have ceased recruitment to BSUS-funded schemes because allocated funds had been fully committed. Arrangements to support future enterprise activity in the South Thames TEC area are currently under consideration.

Coventry Airport

Mr. Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer of 24 January, Official Report , column 98 , what assessment he has made of whether the arrangements for airports to consult nearby local authorities about matters relating to noise and nuisance are operating satisfactorily; and what representations he has received asking for the arrangements to be strengthened.

Mr. Norris: I have been asked to reply.

The power to require local consultation at aerodromes designated for the purposes of section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 was included in the review of powers to control aircraft noise in 1991. It was found to be working well and, after consultation, no changes were proposed when the Government announced their conclusions from the review in March 1993. We do not believe the position to have changed since then.


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TRANSPORT

Absenteeism

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the absenteeism rate for (a) his Department, (b) HM Coastguard, (c) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, (d) the Driving Standards Authority, (e) the Highways Agency, (f) the Marine Safety Agency, (g) the Transport Research Laboratory, (h) the Vehicle Certification Agency and (i) the Vehicle Inspectorate in each year since 1991.

Mr. Norris: The table shows for each year the number of days lost through sick absence per member of staff and the percentage of the working days in the year which the days of absence represent.


                                      |1991|1992|1993|1994     

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Central Transport Group                                        

 Average days lost                    |7.1 |6.6 |7.5 |5.5      

 Percentage of days lost              |3.2 |3.0 |3.3 |2.5      

                                                               

Coastguard Agency                                              

 Average days lost                    |(1) |(1) |(1) |4.7      

 Percentage of days lost              |(1) |(1) |(1) |2.1      

                                                               

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency                            

 Average days lost                    |10.7|10.4|12.7|11.1     

 Percentage of days lost              |4.7 |4.6 |5.6 |4.9      

                                                               

Driving Standards Agency                                       

 Average days lost                    |8.9 |9.0 |12.1|9.7      

 Percentage of days lost              |3.9 |4.0 |5.4 |4.3      

                                                               

Highways Agency                                                

 Average days lost                    |(1) |(1) |(1) |6.2      

 Percentage days lost                 |(1) |(1) |(1) |2.8      

                                                               

Marine Safety Agency                                           

 Average days lost                    |(1) |(1) |(1) |3.9      

 Percentage days lost                 |(1) |(1) |(1) |1.7      

                                                               

Transport Research Laboratory                                  

 Average days lost                    |(1) |4.2 |4.5 |3.8      

 Percentage days lost                 |(1) |1.9 |2   |1.7      

                                                               

Vehicle Certification Agency                                   

 Average days lost                    |3.9 |5.1 |5.0 |3.8      

 Percentage days lost                 |1.7 |2.3 |2.2 |1.6      

                                                               

Vehicle Inspectorate Executive Agency                          

 Average days lost                    |7.0 |6.1 |8.1 |6.7      

 Percentage days lost                 |3.1 |2.7 |3.6 |3.0      

Department of Transport                                        

 Average days lost                    |8.5 |8.1 |9.7 |7.9      

 Percentage days lost                 |3.8 |3.6 |4.3 |3.5      

Notes:                                                         

(1) = Not an agency at this time. Figures included within      

Central Transport Group.                                       

The figures are based upon data available to the Department's personnel information system at 26 January 1995 and relate only to staff currently employed by the Department. Information for staff who have left the Department during the period is not readily available.


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Lifeguards

Mr. Hinchliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the annual public expenditure for coastal lifeguards in the United Kingdom; what certification and training qualification are required by coastal lifeguards; and how many bathing beaches in the United Kingdom (a) possess and (b) do not possess trained lifeguards.

Mr. Norris: This is not a matter for the Department of Transport. The Royal Life Saving Society (UK), a registered charity, is responsible for the training of lifeguards.

Stagecoach

Mr. Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the operations of Stagecoach in east London.

Mr. Norris: None.

Bull Bars

Mr. Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will now state the conclusions of the Transport Research Laboratory study into additional injuries in accidents to pedestrians and cyclists caused by bull and roo bars on motor vehicles referred to in his answer of 26 May 1993, Official Report, column 568 ; and what action he intends to take in response to the conclusions of the study.

Mr. Norris: The Transport Research Laboratory study was a general study of pedestrian accidents, the sample for which contained insufficient data for any firm conclusions to be drawn about bull bars. However, 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 greater than on a flexible bonnet.

Pedestrian injury accidents involving bull bars are currently being identified by the police for investigation by the Transport Research Laboratory. We will have a fuller picture when the reports of these accidents have been analysed.

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of state for Transport what current proposals he has to restrict the use of bull bars; and what reports he has received of fatal accidents attributed to bull bars.

Mr. Norris: Pedestrian injury accidents involving bull bars are currently being identified by the police for investigation by the Transport Research Laboratory. We will have a fuller picture when the reports of these accidents have been analysed.

Drivers (Eyesight)

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the British Medical Association about driving, glaucoma and the law; what response he has given; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norris: None.

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he intends to review the effectiveness of the number plate test in the context of implementing the second driving licence directive of the European Union.


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Mr. Norris: We will shortly be proposing regulations to implement the second driving licence directive, including the provisions on eyesight standards. These are unlikely to affect the number plate test.

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what survey his Department has conducted of research which indicates poor vision as a causative factor or road accidents.

Mr. Norris: We know of no survey where research has established poor driver vision as a systematic causative factor in accidents.

Advertisements

Ms Corston: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions and in what circumstances in the last five years advertisements have been placed in newspapers or periodicals which have been described as being issued by or on behalf of Ministers in his Department rather than on behalf of Her Majesty's Government.

Mr. Norris: There is no practical distinction between publicity described as being issued by a single Minister or Her Majesty's Government.

Many Government advertisements do not identify the sponsor but, whether explicit or implicit, all advertising is placed on behalf of a Secretary of State in pursuance of his or her powers on behalf of the Queen. The subject matter of the advertisement will determine which, if any, phrase is used.

Most Department of Transport advertisements in this category are for road improvement schemes.

Cradlewell Bypass

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reply has been given by him to representations to him on the accuracy and validity of cost benefit calculations on the Cradlewell bypass, Newcastle.

Mr. Norris: My predecessor, the hon. Member for Salisbury (Mr. Key), answered a number of questions on this topic in the last Session of Parliament, 19 January 1994, Official Report , columns 593 94 .

It is not practicable for the Department of Transport to verify in detail the accuracy and validity of all the supporting documentation prepared by local authorities seeking financial support for their transport proposals. The system relies on good practice by local authorities and the detailed scrutiny afforded by audit and public inquiries. The cost-benefit analysis that Newcastle city council submitted for Cradlewell bypass gave an indication of the scheme's value for money that was within the normal parameters for schemes of this type.

Coaches

Mr. Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many lives annually he estimates will be saved if coaches are banned from the right-hand lane of carriageways with more than two lanes.

Mr. Norris: We shall be able to make a full assessment of the safety benefits of the coach outside lane ban at the end of the two-year trial period when accident data are available.

Mr. Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has a been published on the


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risks related to coaches in the right-hand lane of three and four lane carriageways.

Mr. Norris: A report by Wootton Jeffreys Consultants Ltd. commissioned by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK and submitted to the Department, concluded that exposure to risk might be reduced because there would be fewer lane changes and cases of harsh braking.

London Bus Timetables

Mr. Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that arrangements for the free supply of London bus timetables will remain in place.

Mr. Norris: This is a matter for London Transport. I understand that it has no plans to introduce charges for bus timetables.

Cyclists

Ms Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the number of (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal accidents to cyclists in each police authority area in 1983; and what is the latest available information.

Mr. Norris: The information requested is shown in the table.


PQ 719/94/95-Number of accidents involving a pedal cyclist, by          

severity of injury to the cyclist, and by Police Force:                 

GB 1983 and 1993                                                        

Accidents                                                               

                       1983                1993                         

                                |Pedal              |Pedal              

                                |cyclist-           |cyclist-           

                      |Pedal    |serious  |Pedal    |serious            

                      |cyclist- |or slight|cyclist- |or slight          

                      |fatal    |injury   |fatal    |injury             

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Metropolitan Police   |32       |5,448    |17       |4,357              

Cumbria               |4        |227      |3        |178                

Lancashire            |8        |680      |7        |580                

Merseyside            |2        |660      |4        |615                

Greater Manchester    |8        |1,534    |9        |1,238              

Cheshire              |10       |615      |6        |391                

Northumbria           |2        |438      |4        |382                

Durham                |4        |152      |1        |156                

North Yorkshire       |5        |441      |4        |324                

West Yorkshire        |7        |727      |4        |613                

South Yorkshire       |4        |394      |9        |378                

Humberside            |10       |733      |8        |674                

Cleveland             |2        |252      |2        |205                

West Midlands         |8        |1,162    |4        |863                

Staffordshire         |3        |594      |5        |415                

West Mercia           |10       |560      |5        |471                

Warwickshire          |7        |314      |0        |224                

Derbyshire            |6        |427      |5        |319                

Nottinghamshire       |6        |646      |3        |469                

Lincolnshire          |9        |393      |2        |308                

Leicestershire        |6        |546      |3        |414                

Northamptonshire      |4        |209      |1        |201                

Cambridgeshire        |7        |623      |7        |715                

Norfolk               |6        |483      |2        |396                

Suffolk               |11       |400      |6        |268                

Bedfordshire          |5        |338      |2        |194                

Hertfordshire         |7        |467      |4        |327                

Essex                 |10       |809      |4        |611                

Thames Valley         |16       |1,135    |7        |904                

Hampshire             |14       |1,263    |4        |1,005              

Surrey                |3        |623      |0        |400                

Kent                  |7        |777      |4        |548                

Sussex                |11       |806      |5        |634                

City of London        |0        |41       |1        |25                 

Devon and Cornwall    |8        |607      |3        |560                

Avon and Somerset     |9        |637      |0        |486                

Gloucestershire       |7        |355      |4        |247                

Wiltshire             |6        |397      |0        |240                

Dorset                |7        |392      |2        |319                

North Wales           |0        |237      |3        |179                

Gwent                 |2        |131      |0        |115                

South Wales           |4        |403      |2        |375                

Dyfed-Powys           |1        |128      |1        |88                 

Northern              |3        |52       |1        |90                 

Grampian              |3        |201      |2        |139                

Tayside               |0        |128      |0        |83                 

Fife                  |1        |109      |2        |57                 

Lothian and Borders   |2        |335      |3        |289                

Central               |1        |91       |1        |80                 

Strathclyde           |10       |645      |9        |405                

Dumfries and Galloway |2        |60       |0        |20                 

                                                                        

Total                 |320      |29,825   |185      |23,574             

Barking to Gospel Oak Line

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has formulated since his visit to the Barking to Gospel Oak line in December to improve the service to passengers on that line; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norris: The provision of services on the Barking to Gospel Oak line is a matter for North London Railways, one of British Rail's train operating units. I have agreed supplementary credit approvals through the transport policies programme towards a joint bid by local London boroughs for selective station improvements along the line.

Rail Franchises

Mr. Channon: To ask the Secretary of state for Transport when the franchising director is going to publish his proposals for the first passenger service requirements for franchises; and if these will be subject to consultation.

Dr. Mawhinney: The franchising director is today publishing for consultation his proposals for passenger service requirement for the Gatwick Express, South West Trains, Great Western Trains and London, Tilbury and Southend Franchises. Copies have been placed in the Library.

Next Steps Agencies

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out for each of the next steps agencies in his Department, whether they have acquired their own headquarters buildings and, if so, at what purchase cost or annual rental; how many support staff they have required which were not required when their operations were within his Department; how many of them published periodical journals and at what annual cost; how many have fleets of executive cars or single executive cars and at what annual cost; how many have specially designed logos and at what cost; how many have


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corporate clothing and at what cost; and what is the cost of specially designed and printed corporate stationery.

Dr. Mawhinney: The chief executives of each of the Department's agencies have written to the right hon. Member with the specific information for each agency. In 1987 88, before the first departmental agency was established, the total number of staff in the Department was 15,286. In 1994 95 the equivalent figure for the Department, including agencies, is 13,755. Further reductions in staff are planned for 1995-96. The creation of agencies in the Department has led to improved performance through better targeting and clarification of responsibilities.

Letter from C. J. Harris to Mr. Gerald Kaufman, dated 30 January 1995:

The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question as this question deals with an operational matter, for which I have responsibility as Chief Executive.

The answers to the questions raised are as follows:

(1) The Coastguard Agency (TCA) HQ is located in Spring Place, Southampton. This property is shared with the Marine Safety Agency (MSA) HQ and the Southampton Marine Office. The move to this building has nothing to do with agency status. The Marine Emergencies Organisation (now TCA) HQ, the Surveyor General's Organisation (now MSA) HQ and the Southampton Marine Office were relocated from London to Southampton in May 1993 prior to Agency status. The annual rent on this property is £1.2 million, a saving of some £0.74 million on rented costs of previous accommodation.

(2) The Coastguard Agency has recruited 3 permanent and one temporary member of staff to deal with the additional requirements of Agency status.

(3) The Agency publishes a quarterly magazine "The Coastguard Magazine". This periodical predates the Agency having been published in a similar format for many years, and first produced in 1946. The current cost is £48,000 per annum.

(4) No fleets of executive cars or single executive cars have been purchased by the Agency.

(5) The costs of preparing a specially designed logo was £7,285. (6) Her Majesty's Coastguard which is part of the Agency has 473 staff who have been in uniform for many years. The 12 Marine Pollution Control Unit staff who may have to attend the scene of an oil spill are provided with protective clothing. No other agency staff wear corporate clothing.

(7) Previous stocks of stationery were run down so that no additional costs were incurred for the design and printing of corporate stationery.

Letter from R. M. Bradley to Mr. Gerald Kaufman, dated 30 January 1995:

The Secretary of State has asked me to provide details for the Marine Safety Agency (MSA) in response to your Question about Next Steps Agencies.

Headquarters building

The MSA Headquarters is co-located in Spring Place Southampton with the Coastguard Agency Headquarters. Spring Place is a leased property and is part of the Coastguard Agency estate and costs are borne on their budget.

Support staff

The Surveyor General's Organisation (from which MSA was formed) took over most of its own support function (personnel, finance, IT, etc) in 1991. There have been no changes in support staff as a result of the move to Agency status.

Periodical journals

The MSA issues a staff newsletter six times a year. The cost is small as it is copied and distributed in-house.


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Cars

The MSA has no official vehicles and does not provide cars for any of its staff.

Logo

The MSA logo was designed in-house at no cost.

Corporate clothing

The only "corporate" clothing used by MSA is high visibility protective clothing for use by operational surveyors which incorporates the MSA logo. This cost £27k in 1993 94 and replaced previous protective clothing allowance.

MSA stationery

The MSA corporate stationery was designed in house by the Department's drawing office team and has replaced the Departmental stationery used by the SGO. The printing of the MSA stationery costs no more than the original DOT corporate printed stationery. Letter from Lawrie Haynes to Mr. Gerald Kaufman, dated 30 January 1995:

With reference to your Parliamentary Question to the Secretary of State of Transport about Next Steps Agencies in his Department the information requested in relation to the Highways Agency is as follows:

(i) The headquarters of this Agency has been brought together in St. Christopher House, Southwark Street, London, a building already on the Government's Common User Estate.

(ii) In general the staff of the Agency are those who were previously carrying out its functions in the Department of Transport. Two senior staff have been recruited from the private sector following open competitions, the Chief Executive and the Finance Director. The arrival of the latter will be offset by the departure of one of the original directors who will leave the Agency later in the year. Since the establishment of the Agency in April 1994 staff numbers have reduced and this will continue.

(iii) The Highways Agency has not instituted publication of a periodical journal.

(iv) The Highways Agency has not acquired any executive cars not has it provided corporate clothing.

(v) Revised stationery using Agency headings was introduced under standard supply and usage contracts.

(vi) The fee paid for the design of the Agency's logo was £1,250.

Letter from John Wootton to Mr. Gerald Kaufman, dated 30 January 1995:

The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your question on the cost of the change to Agency status. The answers to the points raised in your question are set out below:

The setting up of TRL as an executive agency did not require the acquisition of new HQ buildings.

TRL does not have any executive cars nor does it supply staff with specific corporate clothing. Some work and protective clothing has had the TRL logo applied to it a minimal cost.

TRL publishes its research and findings widely as part of its dissemination role. Since becoming an agency these publications have been revised to include another, "TRL News", which costs £9,200 annually to produce.

Prior to establishment as an executive agency TRL was required to increase its Personnel section competence. One member of staff was seconded to TRL for approximately 6 months. Since then the number of support staff has been reduced in all areas of TRL operation in accordance with its published business plan.

TRL, formerly TRRL, commissioned a revision of its old logo and the production of a design manual at the cost of £9,000.


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Letter from L. Manley to Mr. Gerald Kaufman, dated 30 January 1995:

The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your question about certain operational matters concerning the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

The information you requested is provided below:

HQ building: The annual rental for Stanley House, Nottingham is £341,614. This replaced existing accommodation at 2 Marsham Street, London. The cost of providing in going services at Stanley House was £712,000. An evaluation carried out after DSA relocated showed a benefit in net present value terms of nearly £3 million over 10 years, with payback occurring within 3 years of the move. Payback has been achieved.

Support staff: DSA recruited 13 new staff to run the new building on relocation (including typists, support grades, office manager and deputy and administrative support). The costs were fully offset by a reduction in the charges made to DSA by Department of Transport (Central).

Periodical journal: DSA does not publish any periodical journals.

Executive cars: DSA does not have any executive cars.

Corporate logo: The DSA logo was chosen from suggestions put forward by staff.

Corporate clothing: DSA does not have corporate clothing. Stationery: Over the last 12 months the cost of DSA stationery for use in HQ and DSA's Regional Offices was £5,357. This replaced previous use of Department of Transport paper.

Overall, there has been a substantial reduction in the level of on costs paid to DOT(C) by DSA for services now provided in house. Letter from Ron Oliver to Gerald Kaufman, dated 30 January 1995: Next Steps Agencies-- Vehicle Inspectorate

Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your question on Executive Agencies, on matters relating to the Vehicle Inspectorate (VI). Taking your points in turn:

(i) VI has 2 sites which are occupied by staff undertaking HQ or support- type services. Both of these properties were occupied prior to the Agency being set up and were purchased, or rental contracts entered into, when VI was within the Department.

(ii) The number of staff involved in support services has remained largely static since before the Agency was set up, though the activities undertaken have changed. Prior to its becoming an Agency, the Inspectorate had well- developed `in house' Finance and Personnel functions.

(iii) The actual number of VI employees (calculated in whole staff years) has reduced from 1,869 in 1988/89 (this figure has been adjusted to include the Traffic Examiner organisation which merged with VI in 1992/93) to a figure of 1,618 currently.

(iv) VI does not publish periodical journals to customers, or to any other body, but does publish staff newsletters. These newsletters have an annual cost of approximately £10,000.

(v) VI does not have any "executive" cars but does have a fleet of 43 "pool" cars for use by all staff. Of these, 6 are based at the HQ offices and the remaining 37 are located at our enforcement offices across the country. Some vehicles were also provided prior to the Agency being set up.

(vi) The VI logo was modified at the time the Agency was established to incorporate the words "Executive Agency". This was undertaken at minimal cost.

(vii) VI does not provide corporate clothing. However the Inspectorate does provide, and did provide prior to the Agency's establishment, protective clothing to staff.

(viii) VI does use headed stationery incorporating the VI logo. This replaced the previous headed paper used by the Inspectorate prior to the Agency being set up.

Please contact me if you need further information.

Letter from Dr. S. J. Ford to Mr. Gerald Kaufman, dated 30 January 1993:

The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your question on Executive Agencies, on matters relating to the


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