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Accidents (Greater London)

Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the number of (a) road accidents involving heavy goods vehicles within the Greater London area for each of the following years, (b) serious injuries resulting from those accidents and (c) fatalities in each year from 1991 to 1995. [271]

Mr. Norris: The information request is shown in the following table.

Injury road accidents in Greater London involving HGVs

1991199219931994
No Accidents1,1841,0481,0781,118
Fatalities35383836
Serious Injuries242237192221


Trunk Roads

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if the "Trunk Roads in England--1994 Review" was (a) subject to, and (b) modified on account of, an environmental appraisal using the guidance contained in "Policy Appraisal and the Environment", produced by the Department of the Environment; and if he will publish the appraisal; [259]

Mr. Watts: The 1994 review involved a reassessment of priorities within the roads programme rather than the adoption of a new policy. As explained in paragraph 4.5 of "Trunk Roads in England--1994 Review", each scheme's likely effects on the environment were taken into account during the review. A number of schemes were withdrawn because they could not achieve an acceptable environmental balance.

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures have been put in place by his Department to monitor the environmental impacts arising from the implementation of the "Trunk Roads in England--1994 Review". [261]

Mr. Watts: The environmental impacts of each scheme in the national roads programme are assessed and considered carefully before a decision is taken to proceed.

Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department has provided for maintenance of the trunk roads network within the Greater London area in each of the years from 1991 to 1995. [273]

Mr. Norris: I have asked the chief executive of the Highways Agency to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Lawrie Haynes to Ms Glenda Jackson, dated 22 November 1995:


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    Current maintenance is largely safety-related and covers routine tasks, such as cleansing, changing light bulbs, grass cutting, winter gritting, emergencies/incidents cover, addressing safety defects and inspections. Capital maintenance includes essential repairs to carriageways, footways and structures to ensure safety and to protect the investment in the infrastructure.
    The variability in the Capital expenditure can be explained by variability in the requirement for major maintenance works. For example, in 1994 the M4 near Heathrow and the M1 near Scratchwood were successfully refurbished, including carriageway and drainage repairs, bridgeworks and the replacement of safety fencing and street lighting. I would add that the work was carried out with very little disruption to road users.

Rail Privatisation

Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds he has made available to the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising to implement rail privatisation; and what are his estimates for the financial years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98. [292]

Mr. Watts: The public expenditure plans announced in last year's unified budget allocated provision for the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising to spend £11 million in 1995-96. Provisions was made for the expenditure of £10 million in 1996-97 and in 1997-98.

Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds he has made available to the Office of the Rail Regulator to implement rail privatisation; and what are his estimates for the financial years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98. [293]

Mr. Watts: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced on 31 October that the Office of the Rail Regulator would have provisions for expenditure of £10 million this year, Official Report, column 131. Provision has been made for the expenditure of £7 million in 1996-97 and in 1997-98.

Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds his Department has spent, or is estimated to spend, on preparations for rail privatisation, excluding funds made available to (a) British Rail, (b) Railtrack Group Plc, (c) Opraf and (d) the Office of the Rail Regulator in (i) 1994-95, (ii) 1995-96 and (iii) 1996-97. [294]

Mr. Watts: The answers are as follows:


    (i) 1992-93: £6.7 million


    (ii) 1993-94: £13.5 million


    (iii) 1994-95: £14.2 million


    (iv) 1995-96: £24.6 million


    (v) 1996-97: £5.3 million

Figures for 1995-96 onwards are current estimates. These exclude main sale costs for the flotation of Railtrack, which are yet to be determined.

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Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds he made available to Railtrack to implement privatisation in 1994-95; and what is his estimate for 1995-96. [291]

Mr. Watts: Railtrack spent £46 million on privatisation-related expenditure in 1994-95. The estimate for 1995-96 is £30 million.

Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will show for all consultants and other outside organisations or individuals currently or previously employed by his Department for advice or assistance in rail privatisation (a) the name of the consultancy, organisation or individual, (b) the length of the contract offered to each consultancy, organisation or individual, (c) the total amount inclusive of VAT paid to date to each consultancy, organisation or individual and (d) the services required by his Department from each consultancy, organisation or individual; and if he will make a statement. [270]

Mr. Watts: Information about payments to individual contractors is commercially confidential.

Payments made to date to consultants currently or previously employed by the Department total £35.4 million.

Consultants currently employed by the Department on rail privatisation are:

CompanyConsultancy
Linklaters and PainesLegal advice
FreshfieldsLegal advice
Samuel MontaguMerchant Banking
HambrosMerchant Banking
SBC WarburgMerchant Banking
Merril LynchMerchant Banking
KPMG Peat MarwickAccountancy and Taxation
Ernst and YoungAccountancy
Price WaterhouseAccountancy
ShandwickMarketing
GreshamMarketing
Dewe RogersonMarketing
Ernst and YoungInformation Systems
Richard EllisProperty matters
SedgwickInsurance
BrodiesAdvice on Scots law
Travers Morgan Specialist advice on BRIS contract pricing
Ernst and Young Corporate finance advice on BRIS contract pricing

Consultants previously employed by the Department on rail privatisation are:

CompanyConsultancy
Arthur D. LittleResearch
Coopers and LybrandAccess and access charging
Mercer ManagementFreight and franchising
Norman BroadbentRecruitment
Putnham Hayes and BartlettAccess and access charging
Debenham Tewson and Chinnocks Property matters
NERARegulatory matters
Deloitte Haskins and SellsIndustry structure

Contracts for consultancy advice are normally offered on an on-going basis with provision for the Department to terminate the contract.


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Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds he has made available to British Rail for reorganisation in preparation for privatisation. [290]

Mr. Watts: Costs linked to privatisation incurred by British Rail are shown in the table:

£ million cash
1993-9492.2
1994-9585.0
1995-96(4)44.0

Note:

(4) Estimated costs to 30 September 1995.


Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which lines in the West Yorkshire region will be receiving maintenance attention before rail privatisation. [1447]

Mr. Watts: All operational railway lines in West Yorkshire are maintained in accordance with statutory requirements and Railtrack's rigorous safety standards.

Ms Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list each British Rail (a) subsidiary and (b) company formerly part of British Rail which has been privatised indicating the receipts from each sale. [1274]

Mr. Watts: Sales have been completed for the following businesses:



    Red Star
    Special Trains Unit
    BRIS Design Offices
    DCU Birmingham
    Mainline Swindon
    IDG Glasgow
    BPE Mechanical and Engineering Consultancy, Doncaster.
    Civil Engineering Design Group, York.
    BR Maintenance Ltd.
    Swindon Electronic Service Centre
    Chart Leacon Depot
    Ilford Depot
    Doncaster Depot
    Wolverton Depot
    Springburn Depot
    Eastleigh Depot
    OBS Services Ltd.
    Meldon Quarry Ltd.
    Baileyfield Switches and Crossings Works
    Ditton Timber Treatment Works
    Quality and Safety Services Ltd.
    BR QAS Ltd.

Gross proceeds to date from these sales amount to nearly £47 million. Details of individual sales completed by BR will be made public in due course, but it would be contrary to the commercial interests of British Rail and the Government to publish those details at this stage, as they may prejudice sales still in progress. In addition to proceeds from sales by BR, proceeds of approximately

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£1.8 billion are expected from the sales of the rolling stock leasing companies, following the signing of sale and purchase agreements announced on 9 November.


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