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Deregulation

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what have been (a) the staffing costs and (b) other running costs of the administrative support to the deregulation unit; and what future expenditure has been estimated. [1650]

Mr. Freeman: The total staffing costs and other running costs of the deregulation unit are as follows:

£ thousands

1994-951995-96
OutturnBudget
Staffing costs1,0381,171
Other running costs193194


The 1995-96 budget was set before the unit's transfer to the Cabinet Office from the Department of Trade and Industry in July 1995.

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what has been the total amount expended on travel and subsistence expenses in respect of the deregulation task force so far; and what future expenditure has been estimated. [1651]

Mr. Freeman: The total amount of expenditure on travel and subsistence in respect of the deregulation task force since it was set up in July 1994 to 31 October 1995 is £8,564. Future expenditure is expected to be at similar levels.

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the members of the deregulation task force indicating the factors underlying the recruitment of each member. [1652]

Mr. Freeman: There are 16 member of the deregulation task force, which is chaired by the right hon. Francis Maude of Morgan Stanley Ltd.

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The other members are: David Band (Barclays de Zoete Wedd); David Campbell (Laporte Fine Organics Ltd.); Maurice Denyer (Fowler Bros (Cowfold) Ltd.); Michael Fallon (Quality Care Homes plc); Mike Fisher (Whale Tankers Ltd.) George Goring (The Goring Hotel); Teresa Graham (Baker Tilly); Janet Morgan (Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts); Archie Norman (Asda Group plc); Timothy Parker (Kenwood Appliances plc); David Parry (formerly BP); Tony Rammelt (Regis Europe Ltd.); Roger Singleton (Barnardo's); Dan Wright (Albion Automotive Ltd.) and Peter Wyman (Coopers and Lybrand).

Members have been drawn from across a wide range of industries, and from the voluntary sector. They have been appointed for the personal contribution they can make to the deregulation initiative and to the work of the task force.

Invoices

Mrs. Roche: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what is the average length of time it takes for his Department to pay invoices. [937]

The Deputy Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster today.

Mrs. Roche: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how his Department publicises payment practices other than as percentages of invoices paid late. [953]

The Deputy Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster today.

TRANSPORT

British Rail

Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff have left British Rail since January 1993 under redundancy or early retirement arrangements; and what has been the total cost of payments made to staff leaving the industry. [283]

Mr. Watts: I understand that 24,364 staff have left British Rail under voluntary redundancy or early retirement arrangements, at a cost of £471.4 million. There have been no compulsory redundancies. In this time, BR has made significant efficiency improvements, bringing benefits to farepayers and taxpayers.

Mr. Chris Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many British Rail locomotives are currently being stored out of use as surplus to requirements or to the cannibalised for spare parts; how many have been offered for sale to operators or potential operators in (a) Britain and (b) overseas; and how many are available for sale; [182]

Mr. Watts: The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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In relation to passenger services, vehicles currently in store represent a small percentage of the total fleet; nevertheless it is for the three rolling stock leasing companies to decide when and on what terms these vehicles are offered for sale. Other than when the vehicles are being cannibalised for spare parts, the franchising director must be informed in advance of the disposal and be given an opportunity to bid.

As for vehicles used for freight services, where equipment has no current or potential use, it should be offered for competitive sale. It is for British Rail to determine whether or not equipment is surplus to requirements.

Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimates were given to him by British Rail for its costs arising from the restructuring of British Rail for rail privatisation in (a) the current financial year and (b) the forthcoming financial year. [289]

Mr. Watts: British Rail estimates its costs linked to privatisation for the period 1 April 1995 to 30 September 1995 to be £44 million. No estimate has been received for the second half of 1995-96 or for 1996-97.

London Transport Property

Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the estimated book value of all assets owned by London Transport Property for each of the years 1979 to 1995. [274]

Mr. Norris: London Transport Property is a division of London Transport and does not itself own property assets but, as agent, manages the property portfolios of LT and its subsidiaries. Information is not available in the form requested, but London Transport's annual report and accounts, copies of which are available in the Library, give information for each year on the value of assets, including property, owned or occupied by LT or its subsidiaries.

Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the gross sales revenue received by London Transport Property for each of the years 1979 to 1995. [275]

Mr. Norris: London Transport's property revenue for these years is shown in its annual report and accounts, copies of which are available in the Library.

Environmental Pollution

Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those recommendations of the Royal Commission on environmental pollution his Department (a) has implemented, (b) plans to have implemented within the next 12 months, (c) plans to have implemented within the next 24 months, (d) plans to have implemented by 2000 and (e) has no plans to implement. [278]

Sir George Young: We have asked for views on the Royal Commission report as part of the national debate on transport policy.

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"Transport: The Way Ahead"

Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he intends to publish the findings of his "Transport: The Way Ahead" consultation. [297]

Sir George Young: A further report drawing together the threads of the transport debate will be published when my colleagues and I have considered the responses to "Transport: The Way Ahead".

Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those policies he has so far implemented as a result of his "Transport: The Way Ahead" consultation. [296]

Sir George Young: It would be premature to announce results from the discussions of "Transport: The Way Ahead" before my colleagues and I have properly considered the responses made to us.

Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the number of responses he has received to his "Transport: The Way Ahead" Consultation. [279]

Sir George Young: We have so far received about 200 written responses, many of which represent the collected views of a range of different people. In addition, we have received reports from a number of seminars which have been held around the country, at which various groups were represented. Further written responses and seminar reports are expected.

Railtrack

Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff have left Railtrack Group plc since January 1993 under redundancy or early retirement arrangements; and what has been the total cost of payments made to staff leaving the industry. [280]

Mr. Watts: Railtrack was formally vested with operating assets, including staff, on 31 March 1994. Since that date, some 463 staff have left the company, at a cost of £11,050,000 in severance costs.

Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the total remuneration paid by his Department to (a) the chairman of Railtrack Group plc, (b) the chief executive of Railtrack Group plc, (c) the finance director of Railtrack Group plc, (d) the director of safety and standards of Railtrack Group plc, (e) the director of engineering and production of Railtrack Group plc and (f) the commercial director of Railtrack Group plc. [277]

Mr. Watts: None. Directors of the Railtrack Group plc board are paid by the company.

Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds his Department has spent on advice from consultants, outside organisations and individuals on the recruitment of (a) the chairman of Railtrack Group plc, (b) the chief executive of Railtrack Group plc, (c) the finance director of Railtrack Group plc, (d) the director of safety and standards of Railtrack Group plc, (e) the director of engineering and production of Railtrack Group plc and (f) the commercial director of Railtrack Group plc. [276]

Mr. Watts: None.

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