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A46-A47 Link Road Scheme

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which (a) bodies and (b) individuals have requested meetings with representatives of his Department in respect of the A46-A47 link road scheme; and who notified him of each request. [10314]

Mr. Watts: With the exception of the hon. Member himself, we have no record of any such requests.

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if discussions to date involving his Department in respect of the A46-A47 link road constitute routine discussions about funding under the transport policies and programmes process. [10343]

Mr. Watts: Those with Leicestershire county council.

Two-wheeled Motor Vehicles (Training)

Sir Cranley Onslow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received concerning the Driving Standards Agency circular letter to all registered keepers of two-wheeled motor vehicles up to 125cc, dated November 1996, advising them that learners must obtain a compulsory basic training certificate by 1 January 1997; and what assessment he has made of whether the time provided allows a reasonable time for learners to complete the necessary training course. [10331]

Mr. Bowis: We have received about 350 letters and a number of telephone calls since the DSA letter to registered keepers of small motorcycles and mopeds was issued. The change to motorcycle training rules was first announced in August 1995, giving 11 months before the planned date of implementation on 1 July 1996. In March 1996 we deferred implementation until 1 January 1997 to give more time for publicity to reach those affected and for them to take training under the existing rules. The DSA has been publicising the change using leaflets and the media and the November letter to individuals was intended as a final reminder.

The strong demand for training courses during the autumn indicates that the message about the need for training was reaching people. We appreciate that there has nevertheless been a rush to take training courses from those who missed the earlier publicity or had left matters until the last moment and we understand that motorcycle training bodies are endeavouring to meet the demand for courses.

Rail Services (Government Financial Support)

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what mechanisms Government financial support for rail services is delivered to the passenger

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transport executives in England and Scotland; and what estimate he has made of the level of that support during the current financial year. [10421]

Mr. Watts: Metropolitan district councils in England receive recognition of the costs of PTE support for railway passenger services payments. In the current financial year this is included within the calculation of revenue support grant. The support given in this way, and through the Scottish local government finance settlement, amounts to £281.2 million for 1996-97. Railways passenger services in those areas also benefit from expenditure funded by payments under the terms of the deeds of assumption.

National Roads Programme

Mr. Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list by parliamentary constituency each of the schemes in the national roads programme before the 1994 review and the changes to the status of each scheme in the 1994, 1995 and 1996 reviews, including any additional schemes. [10345]

Mr. Watts: I will write to the hon. Member with details and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

M66 (Contract 3)

Mr. Chris Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when work is expected to commence on contract 3 for the construction of the M66; what is the length of the contract; and in what month of what year work is expected to be completed. [10502]

Mr. Watts: I have asked the chief executive of the Highways Agency to write to the hon. member.

Letter from Lawrie Haynes to Mr. Chris Davies, dated 13 January 1997:

White Hart Roundabout, Northolt

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Sectetary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the cost and time expended by the traffic director and staff to achieve the repair of the phased traffic lights at the White Hart roundabout, Northolt, in December. [10636]

Mr. Bowis: The traffic director for London was not involved in the repair and consequently did not incur any costs. The fault was repaired by the traffic control systems unit under its maintenance contract.

Air Cargo

Mr. Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the economic consequences for Scotland of a liberalised international air cargo regime; and if he will make a statement. [10665]

Mr. Bowis: The Department of Transport has not made any assessment of an overall liberal air cargo regime for Scotland, since air cargo matters are negotiated bilaterally

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with individual countries on behalf of the United Kingdom as a whole. In assessing the economic benefits of cargo liberalisation in specific bilateral arrangements, the Department takes account of the overall interests of the United Kingdom, including consumers, airports and airlines.

Rail Privatisation (Pension Funds)

Mr. Hall: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the names of the trustees of all the pension funds created out of the former British Rail pension fund following the privatisation of British Rail. [10631]

Mr. Watts: In common with other multi-employer pension schemes, the railways pension scheme has one central corporate trustee covering the whole scheme and, if the relevant employers so decide, a pensions committee for individual section funds. These pensions committees operate under arrangements delegated from the central trustee and have the relevant duties and obligations of trustees. The Secretary of State has a locus only in the appointment of members of the pensions committee of the 1994 pensioners section, for which he is the designated employer.

Only the Railways Pension Trustee Company has the names of all current trustees. The current members of the pensions committee of the 1994 pensioners section of the railways pension scheme are:

Employers' sideMembers' side
F. RobertsonC. A. Cullen
D. AllenJ. F. Craig
M. CarpenterM. Gee
C. GrimseyV. C. Hince
D. F. RennA. D. Hoadley
E. M. SandlandJ. H. Mayfield
B. WestbrookD. Tyson

Rail Privatisation

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list for each franchise let since 31 October the details of payments to or from the franchise in the same format as his answer of 31 October, to the hon. Member for Crewe and Nantwich, (Mrs. Dunwoody) Official Report, columns 241-42; [10418]

Mr. Watts: The information is set out in the table.

£ million
Cost of advisors1995-96 Budgeted messenger revenue1996-97 Budgeted support to BR for whole yearIncluding administered profit(38)Support paid at franchising Year 1(39)Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6
Cross Country Trains1.68133.70127.208.35130.19112.8695.5080.0071.9865.96
West Anglia Great Northern1.08121.6071.079.0960.3053.4533.8324.7112.734.16
Great Eastern0.91125.9040.598.4824.5229.0814.048.142.790.31
Merseryrail Electrics1.2727.1084.132.6781.1080.7272.8067.2364.9062.04
Savings on BR Support--------30.5091.91121,89161.74195.09218.02
Commutative savings--------30.5082.41204.10365.83561.33780.35

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£ million
Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11Year 12Year 13Year 14Year 15Year 16
Cross Country Trains49.1638.4321.5413.446.872.970.790.00-4.99-10.01
West Anglia Great Northern-14.21-24.81(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--
Great Eastern-5.12-9.54(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--
Merseyrail Electrics61.6560.80(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--(40)--
Savings on BR support263.7955.03105.86113.76120.33124.23126.41127.20132.19137.21
Cumulative savings1,044.141,055.171,204.831,318.591,438.911,583.151,589.561,876.761,948.932,086.16

(38) The Merseyrail BR support figures have been restated on a comparable basis to the franchise agreement and include budgeted payments from Merseyside PTE.

(39) Not covered by the franchise.

(40) The Year 1 franchise payment to the full year equivalent payment that appears in the franchise agreement to allow for accurate comparisons.

All the franchises except Merseyrail commenced on 5 January 1997. Merseyrail will complete at a later date.

Therefore there is an overlap between the amount paid to BR and the franchise payment year 1.

Payments to the Franchising Director appear as negative amounts.

All payments are real amounts.

Advisor costs are correct to December 1996.

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