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Deaf-blind People

Mr. Alfred Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what training providers of public transport services and their employees receive in communicating and making contact with deaf-blind people. [9470]

Mr. Bowis: We do not have details of the training programmes provided by individual transport operators. Many run disability awareness training covering many issues, including the particular needs of deaf-blind people.

The Department has worked with Bus and Coach Training Ltd., the training arm of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, on a disability awareness training programme for bus drivers. It is intended that this will form part of the national vocational qualification training programme for the bus industry. The programme covers a wide range of disability issues, including those relevant to deaf-blind people.


Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many injuries have been caused by airbags in cars inflating too slowly on collision. [11015]

Mr. Bowis: The Department has not heard of any injuries caused by airbags inflating too slowly.

Mr. Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what safety checks are required by his Department on airbags in cars. [11014]

Mr. Bowis: Airbags are not compulsory and there are no performance standards governing their performance. The vehicle manufacturer is considered to be best placed to specify the airbag characteristics to complement the vehicle's other crash protection systems.

Marine Safety Agency (Fees)

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if Marine Safety Agency fees are to be increased. [11799]

Mr. Bowis: Some of the Marine Safety Agency's fees will change on 1 February 1997. The most significant change is an increase in the hourly rate for merchant ship and fishing vessel surveys from £45 to £60. This increase is required to comply with our aim of full cost recovery for services provided by the Government. We believe that

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the new fee is still competitive when compared with private sector rates for similar work, and this is the first significant increase for some years.

Air Traffic Control Services

Mr. Channon: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he accepts the Civil Aviation Authority's recommendations on the future provision of air traffic control services, following the review of its two-centre strategy; and if he will make a statement. [11897]

Sir George Young: The Civil Aviation Authority reported to me shortly before Christmas that its review had validated the strategy of providing air traffic control services through two centres based respectively at Fareham in Hampshire and Prestwick in Scotland. The Government are minded to accept this recommendation, but would wish the airlines and other interested parties to be consulted before a final decision is taken. I am now asking the chairman of the CAA to initiate this consultation and hope that it will be possible to announce the outcome in March.

National Bus Company

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a dated copy of his response to the pensions ombudsman's provisional determination in respect of the former National Bus Company. [10880]

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Mr. Watts: My Department made no comments to the pensions ombudsman on his provisional determination. The pensions ombudsman has not carried out any investigation or made any determination with respect to the Department or the former National Bus Company.

Heathrow-Plymouth Flights

Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with British Airways regarding the slots into Heathrow from Plymouth. [8781]

Sir George Young [pursuant to his oral answer of 13 January, Official Report, c. 6]: I have now received a reply to my letter to the chief executive of British Airways in which he informs me that, as from 30 March, Brymon Airways will switch its London to Plymouth and Newquay service from Heathrow to Gatwick. At the same time, flights will be increased to five daily on weekdays and four daily at weekends, in both directions. I have placed a copy of the letter in the Library.



Mr. William Powell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the Lord-Lieutenants together with their date of appointment and current date of expected retirement.[11070]

The Prime Minister: A list of Lord-Lieutenants, together with the dates of their appointment and expected retirement, at the age of 75, is set out in the table.

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CountyNameAppointedRetirement date at 75
BedfordshireMr. Samuel WhitbreadJanuary 1991February 2012
BerkshireMr. Philip WroughtonMay 1995April 2008
BristolMr. Jay TidmarshApril 1996September 2007
BuckinghamshireSir Nigel MobbsJanuary 1997September 2012
CambridgeshireMr. James CrowdenMay 1992November 2002
CheshireMr. William Bromley-DevonportJune 1990March 2010
CornwallThe Lady Mary HolborowSeptember 1994September 2011
CumbriaMr. James CropperJuly 1994December 2013
DerbyshireMr. John BatherJune 1994May 2009
DevonThe Earl of MorleyMay 1982May 1998
DorsetThe Lord DigbySeptember 1986July 1999
Durham(5)Mr. David GrantAugust 1988January 1997
East SussexAdmiral Sir Lindsay BrysonNovember 1989January 2000
East Riding of YorkshireMr. Richard MarriottApril 1996December 2005
EssexThe Lord BraybrookeAugust 1992January 2007
Greater LondonField Marshal The Lord BramallJanuary 1986December 1998
Greater ManchesterColonel John TimminsDecember 1987June 2007
HampshireMrs. Mary FaganJanuary 1994September 2014
Hereford and WorcesterSir Thomas DunneJune 1977October 2008
HertfordshireMr. Simon Bowes LyonJanuary 1986June 2007
Isle of WightMr. Christopher BlandDecember 1995October 2011
KentThe right hon. The Lord KingsdownJuly 1982January 2002
Lancashire The Lord ShuttleworthDecember 1996August 2023
LeicestershireMr. Timothy BrooksApril 1989March 2004
LincolnshireMrs. Bridget Cracroft-ElyMarch 1995October 2008
MerseysideMr. Alan WaterworthOctober 1993September 2006
NorfolkSir Timothy ColmonMarch 1978September 2004
NorthamptonshireSir John LowtherMarch 1984November 1998
NorthumberlandThe Viscount RidleyDecember 1983July 2000
North YorkshireSir Marcus WorsleyMarch 1987April 2000
NottinghamshireSir Andrew BuchananFebruary 1991July 2012
OxfordshireMr. Hugo BrunnerFebruary 1996August 2010
ShropshireMr. Algernon Heber-PercyFebruary 1996January 2019
SomersetSir John WillsOctober 1994July 2003
South Yorkshire The Earl of ScarboroughMarch 1996December 2007
StaffordshireMr. James HawleyMay 1993March 2012
SuffolkThe right hon. The Lord BelsteadDecember 1993September 2007
SurreyMr. Richard ThorntonMay 1986October 1997
Tyne and WearSir Ralph Carr-EllisonMay 1984December 2000
WarwickshireMr. Martin DunneDecember 1996March 2013
West MidlandsMr. Robert TaylorNovember 1993June 2007
West SussexMajor General Sir Philip WardJuly 1994July 1999
West YorkshireMr. John LylesAugust 1992May 2004
WiltshireLieutenant General Sir Maurice JohnstonJune 1996October 2004
ClwydSir William GladstoneAugust 1985October 2000
DyfedSir David Mansel LewisFebruary 1979October 2002
Mid GlamorganMr. Murray McLagganDecember 1989September 2004
South GlamorganCaptain Norman Lloyd-EdwardsAugust 1990June 2008
West GlamorganMr. Robert HastieApril 1995May 2008
Gwynedd Mr. Meuric ReesDecember 1989March 1999
GwentSir Richard Hanbury-TennisonJune 1979January 2000
PowysMr. Mervyn BourdillonJune 1986August 1999
Aberdeen CityLord Provost ex-officio
AberdeenshireCaptain Colin Farquharson of WhitehouseMay 1987August 1998
AngusThe right hon. The Earl of AirlieOctober 1989May 2001
Argyll and ButeThe Duke of ArgyllJanuary 1996August 2012
Ayrshire and ArranMajor David HendersonApril 1991July 2006
BanffshireMr. James McPhersonOctober 1987November 2002
BerwickshireMajor General Sir John SwintonSeptember 1989April 2000
CaithnessMajor Graham DunnettJanuary 1996March 2004
ClackmannanColonel Robert StewartDecember 1994August 2001
DumfriesCaptain Ronald Cunningham-JardineOctober 1991September 2006
DunbartonshireBrigadier Donald HardieJune 1990January 2011
DundeeLord Provost ex-officio
East LothianSir Hew Hamilton-DalrympleJanuary 1987April 2001
EdinburghLord Provost ex-officio
FifeThe Earl of Elgin and KincardineOctober 1987February 1999
Glasgow CityThe Lord Provost ex officio
InvernessThe Right Hon. The Lord Gray of ContinAugust 1996June 2002
KincardineshireThe Viscount of ArbuthnottJuly 1977October 1999
LanarkshireMr. Hutchison SneddonJune 1992April 2002
MidlothianCaptain George BurnetJanuary 1992December 2002
MorayAir Vice Marshal George ChesworthMarch 1994June 2005
NairnThe Earl of Leven and MelvilleJune 1969May 1999
Perth and KinrossSir David MontgomeryMarch 1995March 2006
RenfrewshireThe Lord GooldJuly 1994May 2009
Ross and CromartyCaptain Roderick Stirling of FairburnMay 1988June 2007
Roxburgh, Ettrick and LauderdaleThe Duke of Buccleuch and QueensberryJune 1974September 1998
ShetlandMr. John Hamilton ScottFebruary 1994November 2011
Stewartry of KirkcudbrightLieutenant General Sir Norman ArthurJanuary 1996March 2006
Stirling and FalkirkLieutenant Colonel James Stirling of GardenDecember 1983September 2005
SutherlandMajor General David HoustonNovember 1991February 2004
TweeddaleCaptain David YoungerJune 1994May 2013
West LothianThe Earl of MortonJuly 1985March 2002
West LothianThe Earl of MortonJuly 1985March 2002
Western IslesThe Viscount DunrossilDecember 1993May 2001
WigtownMajor Edward Orr EwingSeptember 1989September 2006
Northern Ireland
AntrimThe Lord O'NeillApril 1994September 2008
ArmaghThe Earl of CaledonMarch 1989May 2030
BelfastColonel J. Elliott WilsonFebruary 1991May 2000
DownMajor William HallOctober 1996August 2009
FermanaghThe Earl of ErneJune 1986July 2012
County LondonderryColonel Sir Michael McCorkellMay 1975May 2000
County Borough of LondonderryMr. James EatonAugust 1986August 2002
TyroneThe Duke of AbercornDecember 1986July 2019

(5)To be succeeded by Sir Paul Nicholson.

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