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Mr. Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what funding will be made available from the Government for the planned improvements to Bexhill and Cooden Beach stations; 
Mr. Jamieson: The internal structural repairs at Bexhill station have been completed. South Central are negotiating with Railtrack start dates and costs for the next phase of the refurbishment work: replacement of windows and refurbishing the waiting room. It is hoped to complete this phase in late spring 2002. South Central is also in discussion with Railtrack about improvements to the platform ramps and reglazing work at Cooden Beach, as well as the funding arrangements for the work at both stations.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the impact of the recent Railtrack developments on the timetable and content of GoVia's existing franchise and the timetable and content of GoVia's proposed franchise. 
Mr. Jamieson: The recent Railtrack developments will not impact on the existing or new franchise. The Strategic Rail Authority will negotiate a new franchise agreement with GoVia in line with the heads of terms that have already been signed.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will ask Lord Cullen to review his recommendations set out in "The Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry, Part 2" report to take account of Railtrack plc being replaced by a Government-owned non profit-making company. 
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Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he informed Lord Cullen of the possibility of Railtrack being placed in railway administration and being replaced by a non profit-making company prior to the publication of "The Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry, Part 2" report. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how he intends to deliver the planned private investment in the railway set out in the 10-year transport plan. 
Mr. Spellar: The Government intend to propose that a private sector company limited by guarantee should succeed Railtrack. This new company would be financially sound and structured so that it would achieve at least a BBBand potentially higher investment grade credit rating. We are confident that this credit rating, combined with income from track access charges and network grants, would enable the new company to deliver the 'Railtrack elements' of private investment included within the 10-Year Plan.
We are confident that private sector investment will continue to be raised as planned for the completion of the channel tunnel rail link and for substantial new investment in rolling stock. We have envisaged for some time that major enhancement projects would be taken forward by standalone special purpose vehicles. The Government are continuing to develop their framework for establishing these vehicles.
Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what has been the total cost of the Stingray camera system for combating vehicles excise duty evasion. 
Mr. Jamieson: The cost of 11 Stingray camera systems, the vans in which the systems are housed, plus a fault monitoring and security system was £1.1 million. Use of the systems is expected to result in recovery of some £9 million per annum.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much land owned by English Partnerships designated for affordable housing units has been sold without a requirement for the same number of affordable housing units to be built; how much of such land has been designated for affordable low cost housing in Chorley; and how much of such land has been sold for housing in Chorley in each of the last three years. 
Ms Keeble: There is no difference between the number of affordable housing units earmarked for a particular English Partnerships (EP) site and those actually built. This is because the housing provider has a contractual
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obligation to provide the same number of affordable housing units as initially agreed between EP and the local authority.
No land has been designated for affordable housing in Chorley over the last three years. EP's main land ownership in Chorley is at Eaves Green. Chorley borough council considers the site unsuitable as a location for affordable housing as it is on the urban edge and remote from the town centre. EP's other land holdings in Chorley are currently "safeguarded" under the current local plan which means that development on them is precluded for the timeframe of the plan.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the organisations consulted by his Department in the recent consultation on pedestrian protection; and if he will place in the Library a summary of the responses received. 
Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland)
Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.
Bentley Motors Ltd.
BMW (GB) Ltd.
Bristol Cars Ltd.
British Medical Association
British Motorcyclists Federation
Caterham Cars Ltd.
Child Accident Protection Trust
Chrysler Jeep Imports UK
Citroen UK Ltd.
Colt Car Company Ltd.
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
Cyclists' Touring Club
Daewoo Cars Ltd.
Daihatsu UK Ltd.
Department for Education and Skills
Department of Health
Department of Trade and Industry
Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee
DoE Northern Ireland
Driving Standards Agency
Fiat Auto UK Ltd.
Ford Motor Co. Ltd.
Freight Transport Association
Health and Safety Executive
Hyundai Car UK Ltd.
Isle of Man
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KIA Cars (UK) Ltd.
Local Authority Road Safety Officers Association
Local Government Association
Mazda Cars (UK) Ltd
McLaren Cars Ltd.
Mercedes Benz Ltd.
Morgan Motor Co. Ltd.
Motor Industry Research Association
Motor Schools Association
Motorcycle Action Group
Motorcycle Advisory Group
Motorcycle Industry Association
National Assembly for Wales
NG Cars Ltd.
Nissan Motor GB Ltd.
Parliamentary Council for Transport Safety
Peugeot Motor Company Ltd.
Porsche Cars (GB) Ltd.
Professor Richard Allsop, University College London
RAC Foundation of Motoring
Reliant Motors Ltd.
Renault UK Ltd.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
SAAB (GB) Ltd.
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
Suzuki GB plc
Toyota GB Ltd.
Trades Union Congress
TVR Engineering Ltd.
Ultima Sports Cars Ltd.
Vauxhall Motors Ltd.
Vehicle Certification Agency
Volkswagen Group UK Ltd.
Volvo Cars UK Ltd.
Welsh Local Government Association.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the additional manufacturing costs for each vehicle if all new cars were to meet the four tests developed by the European Enhanced Safety of
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Vehicles Committee; and what scientific advice he has received on the proposal for a two-stage negotiated agreement on this subject. 
Mr. Jamieson: Previous estimates have indicated a manufacturing cost increase of between £110 and £330 per vehicle to meet the full EEVC tests. However, we believe that this cost would reduce appreciably as manufacturers gain experience of pedestrian design, and as improved technological solutions become available.
Past research has indicated that the benefits obtained from the full EEVC proposals (as proposed for the second phase of a negotiated agreement) would be in the range of an 8 per cent. reduction in pedestrian fatalities and a 21 per cent. reduction in pedestrian serious injuries. Although the first phase of the negotiated agreement would lead to appreciable casualty reductions, the second phase offers greater protection against head injuries and reduced likelihood of leg injuries, a particular aspect being reduced knee injuries.
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