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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 15 November 2000



Drink Driving

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) what plans he has for an advertising campaign in the run-up to Christmas to discourage drinking and driving; and if he will make a statement; [136512]

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Mr. Hill [holding answer 6 November 2000]: In June this year, we launched the THINK! road safety publicity campaign which brings together the range of road safety messages for all road users. The total publicity budget for THINK! for the current financial year is £9 million.

Drinking and driving is a year-round issue, and is one of the issues we tackle as part of the THINK! campaign advertising, on television, on radio and in other media.

However, we shall be focusing again on the drink-drive issue in the run-up to Christmas and the new year, and we have set aside around £1.9 million for this. Television advertising will run from 27 November, supported by radio advertising and poster advertising. In addition we are producing display materials for use by the police and road safety officers around the country in support of their own campaigns.

We have received no formal representations about previous advertising campaigns.

London Underground

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what targets (a) were in place on 1 January and (b) he has set recently for the performance of (i) the London Underground and (ii) its contractors; and if he will make a statement. [137303]

Mr. Hill: The Government have set performance targets for London Underground covering the period 1 April 1999 to 31 March 2001. These were announced to the House of Commons in response to a question from the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Mr. Brake) on 4 April 2000, Official Report, columns 309-10W.

The targets, which are to be met by the end of 2000-01, are as follows:

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MeasureGovernment target
Capacity (train kms run)10 per cent. increase on 1998-99 performance
Reliability (unweighted excess journey time--minutes)4 per cent. improvement on 1998-99 level
Customer satisfaction measures (measured through LT's Customer Satisfaction Survey)Average score (out of 100)
Train service77
Customer safety and security83
Staff helpfulness and availability70

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The Government do not set specific targets for the performance of London Underground's contractors. Their performance is, however, reflected in the targets set for London Underground itself.

In addition to the above targets, the 10-Year Plan includes a target to cut journey times on London Underground services by increasing capacity and reducing delays. Specific targets will be agreed with the Mayor after the Public Private Partnership has been established.

Ministerial Directions

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the answer from the Chief Secretary to the Treasury of 23 October 2000, Official Report, columns 73-76W, on

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ministerial directions, (1) if he will place in the Library the text and supporting documentation of the directions made by Ministers in his Department in 1998; and if he will make a statement; [137297]

Ms Beverley Hughes: I have considered these requests under the terms of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information and concluded that providing this information would harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion within government. The request therefore falls within the terms of exemption 2 of the Code of Practice.

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Area Cost Adjustment

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what representations he has received from local authority associations concerning the use of the most recent earnings data in the area cost adjustment. [137329] [138077]

Mr. Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what representations he has received from the local authority associations in relation to the Area Cost Adjustment Settlement for 2001-02. [137511]

Ms Beverley Hughes: Representations have been received both from the Local Government Association and from the Association of London Government on the use of the 1999 New Earnings Survey data in the Area Cost Adjustment. Both pressed the Government to update this data.

Representations have also been received from two special interest groups, SIGOMA and the "Cliff Edge" group. Both pressed the Government not to update this

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data. Over 175 representations have been received from local authorities, hon. Members and other interested parties.


Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions by how much the output of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide have been reduced in the last five years; and which power stations continue to emit these substances. [137719]

Mr. Meacher: The latest figures available from the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory show that in 1998 the total UK emissions of SO 2 and NOx were as 1,615 and 1,753 kilotonnes respectively. Between 1994-98 emissions of SO 2 have been reduced by 56 per cent. and of NOx by 76 per cent. Emissions will continue to reduce under the Environment Agency's ongoing regulation of sulphur emissions and, in the longer term, the revised EC Large Combustion Plant Directive and the proposed National Emission Ceilings Directive, which from 2010 will set annual ceilings of 585 and 1,167 kilotonne for SO 2 and NOx respectively. A list of large power stations 1 , that continue to emit one or both of these substances, is listed.

1 (Combustion plants >300MW )

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Combustion plant >300 Mw continuing to emit SO2 and/or NOx

Power station
TXU (was Eastern Merchant Generation)Drakelow B Power Station, Burton on Trent
TXU (was Eastern Merchant Generation)High Marnham Power Station, Newark
TXU (was Eastern Merchant Generation)Ironbridge Power Station, Buildwas Road, Telford
TXU (was Eastern Merchant Generation)Rugeley Power Stations, Armitage Road, Rugeley
TXU (was Eastern Merchant Generation)West Burton Power Station, Retford
Innogy (was National Power plc)Aberthaw Power Station, Nr Barry, S Glam.
Nitrogen Two Ltd. (was National Power plc)Blyth Power Station, Welwyn Components Site, Bedlington
Innogy (was National Power plc)Didcot A Power Station, Didcot
AES Drax Power Ltd. (was National Power)Drax Power Station, PO Box 3, Selby
Eggborough Power Ltd. (was National Power plc)Eggborough Power Station, Goole
Innogy (was National Power plc)Fawley Power Station, Southampton
Innogy (was National Power plc)Littlebrook D Power Station, Littlebrook Manor Way, Dartford
Innogy (was National Power plc)Tilbury Power Station, Fort Road, Tilbury
Powergen (UK) plcCottam Power Station, PO Box 4, Retford
Edison First Power Ltd.Ferrybridge C Power Station, PO Box 39, Strangland Lane, Knottingley
Edison First Power Ltd.Fiddlers Ferry Power Station, Widnes Road, Warrington
Powergen plcGrain Power Station, Isle of Grain, Rochester
Powergen plcInce B Power Station, Chester
Powergen plcKingsnorth Power Station, Hoo St. Werberg, Rochester
Powergen plcRatcliffe on Soar Power Station, Nottingham
Powergen plcRichborough Power Station, Ramsgate Road, Sandwich
Scottish PowerLongannet
Scottish PowerCockenzie
Scottish Hydro ElectricPeterhead
NIEBelfast West
NIEPremier Power (Ballylumford Power Station)
BASF plcSeal Sands, Middlesbrough
BP Chemicals Ltd.Baglan Bay Works, Seaway Parade, Port Talbot
Alcan Smelting and Power UKLynemouth Power Station, Ashington
British Steel plcIntegrated Works, Llanwern, Newport
British Steel plcPort Talbot Works, Port Talbot
Corus UK Ltd. (formerly British Steel)Teesside Works, Steel House, Redcar
Corus UK Ltd. (formerly British Steel)Sections Plates and Commercial Steels, Scunthorpe Works, PO Box 1, Scunthorpe
Brunner Mond (UK) Ltd.Winnington IP Boilers, Winnington Site, Northwich
Ford Motor Co Ltd.Main Site, Dagenham
ICI Chemicals and Polymers Ltd.Weston Point Power Station, Castner Kellner Site, Runcorn
Enron Teesside Operations Ltd. (ICI Chemicals and Polymers Ltd.)Wilton Power Station, Wilton
Phillips Petroleum Co UK Ltd.Seal Sands, Middlesbrough
UML Ltd.Merseyside Power Station, Thermal Road, Wirral

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