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Newbury Bypass

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what steps he is taking to monitor the effects of the A34(T) Newbury Bypass on traffic on (a) the A36/A46 from the M4 to Southampton and (b) the A338/A346 from the M4 to Bournemouth. [74721]

Ms Glenda Jackson: None, specifically in relation to the effects of the Newbury Bypass. The Highways Agency has standing arrangements for monitoring traffic on trunk roads, including the A36/A46 route. Monitoring on the A338 and the A346 is a matter for the relevant local highway authority.

Migratory Birds

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the action his Department is taking to increase the protection of migratory birds (a) in United Kingdom and (b) internationally. [74816]

Mr. Meale: The protection of migratory birds within the European Union is covered by the EC Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds (79/409/EEC). This Directive covers the protection, management and control of these species and lays out rules for their exploitation. It is the responsibility of the European Commission to ensure Member States comply with the Directive. The Commission has recently taken action against France for the failure of its national legislation on the hunting of migratory species to comply with the Directive.

In Great Britain, the Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds is implemented by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The provisions of this Act are consistent with the Directive. Northern Ireland has similar legislation.

The UK has recently ratified the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds. The Agreement, which covers over 170 states, requires Parties to take co-ordinated measures to maintain migratory waterbird species in a favourable conservation

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status or to restore them to such a status. The Agreement should help improve protection of migratory species at an international level.

Sustainable Renewal

Mr. McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans the Government have to respond to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's report, Sustainable Renewal of Suburban Areas. [75172]

Mr. Meale: The Report made a range of recommendations directed at the Government, local authorities and others. Many are relevant to the Urban Task Force, to the Urban Policy White Paper due later this year, and to the Policy Action Teams established by the Social Exclusion Unit carrying forward work on the Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal, and they will be considered in those contexts.

Jubilee Line Extension

Mr. McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will provide a breakdown of the accidents which have occurred to workers engaged in the construction of the Jubilee Line extension, by severity of the accident, in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998 and (d) 1999 to date. [75170]

Mr. Meale: The accident figures requested are set out in the table. These figures have been taken from HSEs live database and are, therefore, highly provisional and may be subject to change.

Jubilee Line Extension Project (JLEP)
Accidents to JLEP workers engaged in the construction of the Jubilee Line, reported to HE under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 from 1 April 1996 to 3 March 1999

YearFatalMajorOver 3 days
1996-97048116
1997-9802446
1998 to 3 March 19990510
Total077172

Mr. McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many accidents have occurred in the construction of the Jubilee Line extension. [75173]

Mr. Meale: I refer my hon. Friend to my answer above. HSE's live database currently does not go back before 1996-97. Any accident figures before this date could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the occasions when work has ceased on the construction of the Jubilee Line extension as a result of health and safety concerns in (a) 1996, (b) 1997 (c) 1998 and (d) 1999 to date. [75161]

Mr. Meale: The information is not available in the form requested.

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Since 1996, the HSE has not served any Prohibition Notices requiring work to be stopped on the Jubilee Line Extension Project. However, during visits across the project, numerous unsafe activities or situations have been dealt with by the work being stopped at the request of the HSE Inspector. In these cases work did not re-start until the relevant contractors took appropriate action. These would not necessarily be recorded on HSE's information recording system and therefore precise numbers cannot be given.

Mr. McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will place in the Library the reports of the Health and Safety Executive on the health and safety of the working practices pursued in the construction of the Jubilee Line extension. [75162]

Mr. Meale: Reports, compliant with current Government guidelines on disclosure of information, will be placed in the Library shortly.

Mr. McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the arrangements established to ensure the health and safety of the workers engaged in the construction of the Jubilee Line extension. [75169]

Mr. Meale: The main legal responsibility for ensuring the health and safety of the workers lies with the contractors involved in the construction of the Jubilee Line Extension. JLE, the client, also has duties to protect workers working on the project. HSE held meetings with the client prior to the project starting and subsequently frequent inspections across the Jubilee Line have been carried out by HSE inspectors and will continue until the project is completed.

Hayes Railway Station Hub

Mr. McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the development of the Hayes railway station hub. [75160]

Ms Glenda Jackson: This is in the first instance a commercial matter for Railtrack. I understand that the company are currently working on proposals for a development at Hayes but that no formal application has been submitted to the local authority.

Ships (Inspections)

Mr. Prosser: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many foreign ships have been inspected under port state control arrangements in United Kingdom ports; of those, how many and what proportion were detained; and what percentage of inspected ships were found to have deficiencies in each year since 1990. [74967]

Ms Glenda Jackson: The number of inspections and detentions, and the percentage of ships detained and with deficiencies from 1990 are given.

Port state control inspections in the UK

Number of InspectionsNumber of DetentionsPercentage detainedPercentage with deficiencies
19902,118793.760.8
19912,5001164.665.9
19922,1331245.869.8
19932,2711747.770.7
April 1994 to March 19952,1532129.873.2
April 1995 to March 19962,0982069.870.7
April 1996 to March 19971,8801578.471.3
April 1997 to March 19981,8901799.573.4

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Mr. Prosser: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many professional ship surveyors and inspection staff have been employed by the Surveyor General's Organisation or Marine Safety Agency in each year since 1990. [74963]

Ms Glenda Jackson: Figures requested are given in the table below. The Marine Safety Agency merged with the Coastguard Agency to become the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on 1 April 1998.

Staff in post figures as at 1 April 1998

Number
1 April 1990Surveyor General's Organisation188
1 April 1991Surveyor General's Organisation193
1 April 1992Surveyor General's Organisation187
1 April 1993Surveyor General's Organisation185
1 April 1994Marine Safety Agency189
1 April 1995Marine Safety Agency189
1 April 1996Marine Safety Agency166.5
1 April 1997Marine Safety Agency159
1 April 1998Maritime and Coastguard Agency160


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