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Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the progress made by Nottinghamshire county council regarding their plans for the A612 public transport corridor. 
Ms Keeble: I understand that Nottinghamshire county council intends to submit a bid for an A612 public transport scheme to the Department at the end of July. Following receipt a full assessment will be carried out before a decision is announced in December.
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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many new housing developments in Coventry have been on (a) greenfield and (b) brownfield sites in the last four years; and how many are planned in each category in the next three years. 
Ms Keeble: Detailed figures are not available centrally. Under best value, Coventry city council are required to report on the percentage of new homes built on previously-developed land. The Audit Commission are currently collecting data from all authorities and the Government expect to be able to publish estimated outturn for 200001 shortly.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the introduction of public policy planning guidance on housing; and what advice has been issued to councils on responding to this guidance. 
Ms Keeble: Planning Policy Guidance Note 3 (PPG3) was published in March 2000. Since then, a series of good practice guides has been issued to help local authorities implement its new approach to planning for housing. We expect local authorities to update their development plans to reflect PPG3 and to test planning applications for housing development against the policies it contains.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the definition of previously-developed land in Annexe C of the PPG3 guidance is to be applied uniformly throughout the country. 
Ms Keeble: There are various definitions of previously-developed land in use. For the purposes of applying the policies in PPG3 the definition of previously-developed land given in annexe C should be used.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the advice given to councils on withdrawing greenfield sites earmarked for housing development where no planning permission exists and where that withdrawal is in line with PPG3. 
Ms Keeble: PPG3 introduces a new approach to planning for housing which, for most authorities, will mean their development plan will require early review and alteration in respect of housing. The most effective way of removing greenfield allocations from a plan that does not reflect the policies in PPG3 is through a formal alteration to the plan.
Mr. Hawkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total amount collected by the Motor Insurers' Bureau is from motor policies in the latest year for which figures are available. 
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Mr. Hawkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average amount is that a motorist pays to the Motor Insurers' Bureau to compensate the victims of uninsured drivers. 
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Maritime and Coastguard Agency workboat code was last revised; and what application the Maritime and Coastguard Agency workboat code has to the aquaculture and fishing industries. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Workboat Code came into force in August 1998 and has not been revised. The code is currently under review as part of a harmonisation project designed to produce a single code of practice for all small commercial vessels. This review is due for completion in March 2002.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what central monitoring his Department undertakes of value for money obtained in private finance initiative projects; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Whitehead: The value for money of private finance initiative contracts must be demonstrated against a public sector comparator, representing the costs associated with providing the same service through a conventional procurement, before approval will be given for signature of a contract. The Department ensures that the value for money benefits of a PFI contract are delivered across the life of the contract through appropriate clauses in the payment mechanism. Performance of contracts is monitored against the individual requirements of the payment mechanisms which provide incentives for the delivery of quality services.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what powers (a) he and (b) his agencies have to control maintenance dredging of estuarine channels. 
Mr. Jamieson: The general power to control dredging in tidal waters is contained in section 34 of the Coast Protection Act 1949 which requires the Secretary of State's consent to any operation to remove any object or any materials from any part of the seashore lying below the level of mean low water springs. Harbour authorities usually have powers in their local legislation to carry out within their harbour dredging in order to maintain or facilitate navigation and to license others to do so. These
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operations are generally exempted from the requirement for CPA consent. Disposal of the dredged material will require the approval of the Secretary of State if it is placed below the level of high water.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what powers as harbour authority are held (a) by the Queen's Harbour Master and (b) by others in respect of Wootton Creek and Ryde, Isle of Wight. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Department is currently investigating the precise responsibilities, some of which overlap, of the harbour authorities in the area in the light of an application by Wightlink for consent to dredge at the Fishbourne ferry terminal. Although the application, has now been withdrawn I will write to the hon. Member when our investigations are completed.
Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what percentage of total UK freight was transported by inland waterway in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 5 July 2001, Official Report, column 311W, on surveillance and security services, if he will break down the figures provided to distinguish between expenditure on (a) GCHQ, (b) the Security Service and (c) the Secret Intelligence Service; if he
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will make it his policy to publish the public service agreements relating to each agency; and if he will make a statement. 
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