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Railway Lines (Ultrasonic Testing)

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) what assessment he has made of the implications for safety in the national rail network arising from not using angle probe techniques in the ultrasonic testing of railway lines; [143560]

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Mr. Hill: Railtrack advise that angle probe techniques are applied in ultrasonic testing of railway lines and these testing procedures are contained in Railtrack's Line Standards RT/CE/S/055.

Balfour Beatty Report

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will place a copy of the Balfour Beatty maintenance audit report on railway stewardship of August in the Library. [143557]

Mr. Hill: This is a commercial matter between Railtrack and Balfour Beatty.

Heat-treated Rails

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what proportion of Railtrack's (a) current and (b) future renewal programme involves the use of heat-treated rails. [143552]

Mr. Hill: None. There is an embargo on the future use of mill heat treatment (MHT) rail pending investigations following the Hatfield incident.

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of the safety and usage implications for the life of railway lines arising out of the use of (a) heat-treated and (b) non-heat treated railway lines on the national rail network. [143553]

Mr. Hill: No such assessment has been made by either the Health and Safety Executive or Railtrack.

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London Underground

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much Government funding has been made available during the last 12 months for the improvement of London Underground stations; and if he will make a statement. [143530]

Mr. Hill: Government funding is provided to support LUL's overall investment programme. It is a matter for LUL to determine how the funds available for investment, including the funds which LUL generates internally, are allocated. In the last complete financial year (1999-2000) expenditure on station improvements totalled £52 million.

Rough Sleepers

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many people he estimates are sleeping rough in the Greater London area. [143531]

Ms Armstrong: Figures published in August showed that as of June 2000 there were an estimated 546 people sleeping rough in Greater London on any single night. A breakdown of this figure by local authority area is available in the Library of the House. A street count was carried out in central London on 11 December and provisional estimates suggest that the number of people sleeping rough has reduced by around 100. The result of this count is being collated and will be made available to the House in the new year.

Regeneration (Liverpool)

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions which regeneration projects in Liverpool have been assisted by Partnership Investment Programme funding; and how much funding has been allocated to each. [143174]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 18 December 2000]: The following is a list of all PIP projects in Liverpool since 1994.

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Projects(20)Total investment by English Partnerships (£000)
Speke Garston Regeneration costs to end 1996-9719,027
Boulevard Industry Park, Speke10,267
Merseyside Development Corporation, Princess Dock, Liverpool7,466
Terminal Complex, Neptune Development6,707
Rope Walks: Duke Street/Bold Street Public Realm works6,198
Capital Exchange, Liverpool5,016
Speke Garston Regeneration-Estuary (also known as Northern Airfield) Phase 14,695
Liverpool City Centre Offices4,500
Exchange Buildings Offices, Liverpool4,449
Liverpool City Centre Residential4,000
Speke Garston Regeneration-Northern Airfield Land Acquisition3,902
Rope Walks; Duke Street Triangle3,587
Speke Garston Regeneration--off site works3,549
Queen Square Hotel, Liverpool3,341
Acquisition and Regeneration--45 acres leasehold land3,264
Matchworks--Urban Splash2,988
Speke Garston Regeneration--VAT project2,840
Plot 2 Boulevard Business Park2,786
Intercity (JIS) Ltd./Capital bank2,751
Collegiate School Liverpool2,630
Merseyside Development Corporation--Princess Dock Hotel2,554
Medeva (also known as Evans Medical) Boulevard Industrial Park2,518
Speke Garston Regeneration--Bryant and May acquisition2,195
Conix Development Boulevard Business Park2,105
New Hall Place, Corner Project, Liverpool2,015
Lime Street Student Flats/Retail, Liverpool1,971
Plot F, Estuary Commerce Park1,909
Post and Echo Office Redevelopment, Liverpool1,784
Rope Walks--The Tea Factory1,692
Rosemary Housing, Liverpool1,691
Boulevard Industry Park (Plot 3)1,618
Beetham Plaza/Wilberforce House1,476
Canning Place and Media Factory1,346
Plot H2(a) Estuary Commerce Park1,333
Myrtle Street Housing, Liverpool1,318
Plot 5 Boulevard1,300
Temple Square Offices, Liverpool1,252
Manchester Street, Liverpool1,204
Plot 4 Boulevard1,201
Rope Walks Duke Street/Bold Street Executive Teams Costs1,101
Speke Garston Regeneration--Professional Fees1,079
Rope Walks; VAT Centre1,029
Everton Gardens971
Highfield Gardens Housing, Liverpool934
St. Johns House853
St. Andrews Gardens, Liverpool852
Plot C, Estuary (Powder Systems Ltd.)833
Sylvester Street, Housing/Shops, Liverpool824
Eldon Grove, Liverpool821
Stanhope House Housing, Liverpool816
Plot 1A--Boulevard713
Plot 5B--Boulevard Industry Park704
Cathedral Chambers Commercial Development Liverpool685
Vauxhall Gardens684
Lady Chapel Square636
Powerhouse Foyer621
130-134 Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool578
Wood Street Offices/Housing, Liverpool564
Sparrow Hall Estate Housing, Liverpool559
Walton House558
Kings Drive Housing, Liverpool550
Bereys Building 2549
Rope Walks; St Peters Church500
15-19 Sweeting Street475
Rope Walks; 116 Duke Street, Liverpool463
Plot E, Estuary441
Rope Walks; Starting Point Project429
Prince Edwin Street Housing, Liverpool415
15 Victoria Street, Liverpool387
165-179 London Road, Liverpool376
Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool374
Vauxhall Community Centre348
Speke Garston Reclamation--Matchworks (also known as Bryant And May) development342
Cawdor Street Phase 1, Liverpool339
Africa House Offices Mark 2, Liverpool314
Pembroke Place Mixed Development, Liverpool302
Merseyside Development Corporation--Vauxhall Neighbourhood Centre, Sylvester Street284
Burroughs Gardens Housing, Liverpool275
Lodge Lane/Upper Parliament Street266
Merseyside Development Corporation--Peaston/YHA Tabley Street258
1 Queens Square241
Scotland Road Housing, Liverpool220
3-5 Trueman Street, Liverpool202
Speke Garston Regeneration--Liverpool Airport Terminal199
The Millennium Discovery Park186
Speke Garston Regeneration--Estuary Phase--Security Costs175
Tithebarn Street Offices, Liverpool140
Sunnyside Housing, Liverpool139
St. Pauls Shepperd Centre132
Mount Pleasant Student Flats, Phase 2, Liverpool114
Abdullah Building Mixed Development, Liverpool110
Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool109
Grenville Street South Adventure Playground108
Total 162,623

(20) Over £100,000, 1994 to date

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"The Future of Aviation"

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions for what reason copies of the national consultation document, "The Future of Aviation", were not made available in the Vote Office and no ministerial statement made to the House at the time of publication. [143448]

Mr. Mullin: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 11 December 2000, Official Report, column 25W. This statement informed the House that the consultation document would be published the following day. The consultation document does not contain any new statements of Government policy. Copies of the consultation document were received in the Libraries of the House and in the Vote Office on the day of publication, Tuesday 12 December. However, due to an oversight they did arrive late to the Vote Office.

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