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Road Tax Discs

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicle excise duty tax discs have been reported stolen; how many duplicate tax discs were issued to replace those stolen during the same period; and how much revenue has been generated by charging motorists for replacements in the latest 12-month period for which figures are available. [17246]

Mr. Norris: Statistics on stolen tax discs are not available. In 1995, 140,849 duplicate discs were issued to replace lost, stolen, destroyed, mutilated, illegible or faded discs. An administration fee of £7 is charged.

Departmental Equipment and Furniture

Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the number and value of items, equipment and furniture, (a) stolen from and (b) otherwise unaccounted for within his Department and its agencies, by region, identifying all such items with a value above £5,000. [17240]

Mr. Norris: The answer is as follows:

(a) Stolen (b) Unaccounted for
RegionNumberValueNumberValue
££
Eastern31,57031,019
North-east2613,245----
South-west32,5263195
Midlands1424,831----
London186120,404----
North-west160----
Scotland and Northern Ireland159092,568
Wales102,1899684
South and South-east1614,66571,843

No single item has a value above £5,000. The largest losses are due to theft of computer chips.

Crossrail

Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) consultants and (b) other employees are currently employed by the crossrail project team. [17237]

Mr. Norris: The crossrail project team currently employs 304 consultancy staff, of whom 243 are on short-term assignments, and 106 British Rail and London Underground staff.

Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list total payments made to date by his Department to (a) consultants, (b) outside organisations and (c) individuals for work on the crossrail scheme indicating the name of body involved and the services provided. [17236]

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Mr. Norris: Total payments made to date by the Department of Transport to consultants for work on the crossrail scheme amount to some £735,000. The consultants and services provided are as follows:


No payments have been made by the Department to other outside organisations--apart from London Transport and British Rail--or individuals for work on the crossrail scheme.

Ms Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what have been the total payments made by his Department to the crossrail project team to date. [17238]

Mr. Norris: Payments made to date by the Department of Transport to London Transport and British Rail in respect of cross rail amount to some £144 million.

Trunk Roads (Greater London)

Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of the trunk road network within Greater London has a currently residual life of (a) less than 12 months, (b) between one and four years, (c) between five and nine years, (d) between 10 and 14 years, (e) between 15 and 19 years and (f) greater than 19 years; and if he will make a statement. [17250]

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 27 February 1996:

The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your recent question about the residual life of the trunk road network in Greater London.

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Tyne and Wear Fire Authority

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents in which the fire service was called to road traffic accidents occurred in the Tyne and Wear fire authority area in the last three complete years; and how such incidents are taken account of in standard spending assessment calculation. [16094]

Mr. Sackville: I have been asked to reply.

The following information about road traffic accidents in the area of the Tyne and Wear fire authority has been taken from annual returns provided by the fire authority (a financial year basis was adopted in 1993):


Road traffic accidents are covered in the fire calls indicator which is one of the factors in the fire standard spending assessment distributional formula. For 1996-97, this takes account of the average over the two years 1993 and 1994 of the number of fires, fire false alarm calls and special service calls attended by local authority fire brigades. For this purpose, the special service calls included are road traffic accidents, rail and air accidents, leaks and spills. The number of special service calls for 1994 relates to the financial year 1994-95.

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HOUSE OF COMMONS

Negative Resolution Orders

Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Lord President of the Council how many orders by negative resolution were laid between October 1994 and July 1995; of these how many were (a) brought into effect (i) immediately, (ii) within 10 days, (iii) within 20 days, (iv) within 30 days, (v) within 40 days and (vi) after more than 40 days (b) prayed against then granted debates (1) before being brought into effect and (2) after being brought into effect and (c) how many were rescinded or not brought into effect as a result of parliamentary scrutiny. [16073]

Mr. Newton: The number of negative statutory instruments laid between October 1994 and July 1995 was 1,078. Of these, 168 were prayed against and debates were granted on 28 of them--22 were debated in Standing Committee and six on the Floor of the House.

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

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

BMARC

Mr. Cousins: To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Taunton (Mr. Nicholson) of 26 January, Official Report, column 423, how many of the new total of applications had (a) full end user certificate or (b) purchaser orders for each of the years mentioned. [15176]

Mr. Oppenheim: I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave to the hon. Member for Wallsend (Mr. Byers) on 16 February 1996, Official Report, columns 42-43. Of the export licence applications covered by that answer, one quarter were accompanied by copies of end user certificates, and around 45 per cent. had copies of purchase orders originating from either the agent or the intended consignee. There is some overlap between these figures, as some applications were supported by both types of documentation.

Iraq (Military and Financial Credit)

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will obtain from the United States Government records held by them on the military and financial credit support afforded to the Iraqi Government between August 1988 and August 1990 relating to United Kingdom-based banks as their subsidiaries. [15976]

Mr. Nelson: No.

Iraq (Military Equipment)

Mr. Smith: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will seek information from the United States Senate Banking Committee relating to the Technology Development Group and the supply of military equipment to Iraq. [16008]

Mr. Nelson: No.

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