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PRIME MINISTER

Joint Cabinet Consultative Committee

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many times the Joint Cabinet Consultative Committee has met in 1999; [101212]

The Prime Minister: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 5 July 1999, Official Report, column 362W.

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ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORT AND THE REGIONS

Departmental Transport

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much his Department has spent on ministerial transport in each of the last two years. [98690]

Mr. Hill: Ministers are required, under the Ministerial Code and "Travel by Ministers", to make efficient and cost-effective travel arrangements. For information on spend on the Government Car Service, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office on 1 December 1999, Official Report, columns 255-56W.

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much his Department has spent on civil servants' transport in each of the last two years. [99147]

Mr. Hill: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office on 1 December 1999, Official Report, columns 255-56W. This gave details of providing the Government Car Service, which included the costs for Ministers and Ministerial private office expenditure in DETR. All travel undertaken by civil servants in the Department complied with the requirements of the Civil Service Management Code.

The amount paid for other civil servants transport was not retained separately from other travel expenditure on the previous Department of Transport Accounting system which was in use until end of March 1999 so that a combined total for the two Departments for previous years could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what motor mileage allowance rates his Department offers to (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants using their own vehicles for official business; and what has been the cost of each in each of the last five years. [99148]

Mr. Hill: Ministers, when travelling on official business, may use a private car instead of an official car, and claim mileage allowance in the same circumstances and on the same terms as their civil servants. Use of public transport is encouraged. The Department's aim of minimising journeys by car to reduce the environmental impact of transport activity has been publicised widely. Where public transport is available but a private car is used, a single flat rate of 24 pence per mile is payable. Where it is impracticable to use public transport, payment for the use of a private car is at the rate of 40 pence per mile for the first 4,000 miles regardless of engine size, and 24 pence per mile after that. Claims for payment have to confirm that each journey was arranged in the most cost effective way.

The amount paid for motor mileage was not retained separately from other travel expenditure on the previous Department of Transport accounting system so that a combined total for the two Departments could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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Motorcycles (Child Passengers)

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many children aged under 16 years regularly travelled as motorcycle pillion passengers in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [100012]

Mr. Hill: No estimate is available. The number of children identified in the National Travel Survey making journeys as motorcycle pillion passengers over the last five years has been too small to give any estimate for the population as a whole.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many children have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured whilst riding as a passenger on a motorcycle, in each of the last 10 years. [100010]

Mr. Hill: The information requested is shown in the table.

Child motorcycle pillion casualties by severity: GB 1989-98
Casualties

YearFatalSeriousSlightAll
1989066148214
1990651147204
1991134108143
1992136122159
1993253130185
1994254138194
1995046170216
1996151130182
1997348137188
1998034141175

Corporate Assets

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what his estimate is of the value of land and property (i) in Scotland, (ii) in the United Kingdom, (iii) overseas and (iv) in total within the responsibility of (a) the British Railways Board, (b) the British Waterways Board, (c) the Civil Aviation Authority and (d) London Regional Transport (including assets under construction); and what is the value of (1) plant and equipment, (2) vehicles and rolling stock, (3) investments and (4) other moveable assets held by each of these bodies. [99823]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 26 November 1999]: The table which has been placed in the Library sets out the value of land and property (including assets under construction), plant and equipment, vehicles and rolling stock, investments and other assets within the responsibility of the respective bodies set out, as shown in their respective accounts for the year ended 31 March 1999. All figures relate to the group and to the United Kingdom. There were no properties held overseas. Where appropriate, the figure in respect of Scotland has been separately identified. Unless otherwise stated there were no investments held. The net book value should be considered to be current values as at 31 March 1999.

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the current estimated value of land and property in (i) Scotland, (ii) the United Kingdom, (iii) overseas, and (iv) in total

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within the responsibility of (a) the Audit Commission, (b) the British Board of Agreement, (c) the Commission for the New Towns, (d) the Countryside Commission, (e) English Nature, (f) English Partnerships, (g) the Environment Agency, (h) general lighthouse authorities, (i) Trinity House Lighthouse Service, (j) Northern Lighthouse Board, (k) the Health and Safety Commission and Executive, (l) housing action trusts, (m) the Housing Corporation, (n) the Joint Nature Conservancy Committee, (o) the National Forest Company, (p) the Rural Development Commission, (q) the Traffic Director for London and (r) urban development corporations. [99811]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 26 November 1999]: Although not separately identified between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom, information on the values of land and property is contained in the tangible fixed assets note of the individually published audited accounts of the bodies concerned. These accounts, which are published either as a White Paper Accounts or in the form of a glossy version, have been laid before Parliament and are available in the Library for inspection. Any additional information could not be provided without delay and without incurring disproportionate cost.

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will estimate the current value of land and property in (i) Scotland (ii) the United Kingdom (iii) overseas (iv) total within the responsibility of the (a) Coastguard Agency, (b) Driving Standards Agency, (c) Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency, (d) Highways Agency, (e) Marine Safety Agency, (f) Planning Inspectorate Executive Agency, (g) QEII Conference Centre, (h) Vehicle Certification Agency and (i) Vehicle Inspectorate. [99813]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 26 November 1999]: The table which has been placed in the Library sets out the value of land and property within the responsibility of the respective bodies set out, as shown in their respective audited accounts for the year ended 31 March 1999. Marine Safety Agency and the Coastguard Agency formally merged on 1 April 1998. Their figures therefore appear combined. For the avoidance of doubt I should mention that the Driving Standards Agency, the Vehicle Inspectorate and the QEII Conference Centre are trading funds and not executive agencies of DETR. Value information for the Highways Agency is being developed as part of the implementation of resource accounting; this information is currently being audited and is not available. All figures are for the United Kingdom and none for overseas. Where appropriate, the figure in respect of Scotland has been separately identified. The net book value should be considered to be current values as at 31 March 1999.

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the current estimated value of land and property in (i) Scotland, (ii) the United Kingdom (iii) overseas and (iv) in total within the responsibility of DETR central; and if he will further list the value of moveable assets within DETR central. [99812]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 26 November 1999]: The table which has been placed in the Library sets out the value of land and property within the responsibility of DETR central and the value of other assets as shown in the Department's dry run resource

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accounts for the year ended 31 March 1999. The first year of published resource accounts will be in respect of 1999-2000. All figures relate to England and Wales. No assets are held by DETR Central in Scotland or overseas. The net book value should be considered to be current values as at 31 March 1999.

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what his estimate is of the value of land and property (i) in Scotland, (ii) in the United Kingdom, (iii) overseas and (iv) in total held by the Ordnance Survey; and what is the value of moveable assets and other assets held by this body. [99824]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 26 November 1999]: Estimates are as follows:

£
(i) Value of land and property held by Ordnance Survey in Scotland(1)0
(ii) Value of land and property held by Ordnance Survey in the United Kingdom14,950,000
(iii) Value of land and property held by Ordnance Survey overseas0
(iv) Value of land and property held in total by the Ordnance Survey(2)14,950,000
(v) Value of moveable assets and other assets held by Ordnance Survey10,328,000

(1) All office accommodation in Scotland is rented

(2) Same as (ii)



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