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Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what are the areas of expenditure contained in the port health budget for each of the last three years for which figures are available. 
|Fees and charges||1,393||1,675||2,386|
|Net current expenditure||4,335||4,226||4,040|
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what directions he has given to the Audit Commission on inspections into the running of services by (a) Walsall MBC, (b) Hillingdon LBC, (c) Derby city council, (d) Malvern Hills DC and (e) Waltham Forest LBC. 
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 25 October 2001, Official Report, column 394W, on records kept under Clause 9 of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers, if he will list the internal purposes to which he referred. 
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Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2001, Official Report, column 943W, how much of the money spent on Rural Bus Challenge projects was spent in 200102; and where it was spent. 
|Local authority||Payment to date|
|Redcar and Cleveland||20,000|
|Tyne and Wear||630,050|
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the reduction in anticipated carbon savings in 2010 resulting from the delay in implementation for a further five months of the requirements set out in part L of the Building Regulations for improvements to domestic central heating boilers. 
Mr. Raynsford: Deferring implementation of the replacement boiler efficiency standards by five months will cause a slight reduction in the savings expected to accrue. My Department estimates that the cumulative effect of this reduction will be no more than 0.03 Mtonnes per year in 2010, and could be less. The outturn will be dependent on how market factors influence the take-up of the better heating control requirements that were introduced with the deferral to compensate for the lower boiler performances.
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Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to implement regulations in respect of vehicles' use of headlights during the hours of daylight; and if he will make a statement. 
The European Commission's proposals to introduce pedestrian protection features in new cars by a negotiated agreement with car manufacturers included a commitment to fit daytime running lamps. This element of the agreement has been deferred for further consideration.
Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many Health and Safety Executive inspectors are working in the field carrying out inspections; and how many (a) routine visits and (b) accident site examinations they made in 200001. 
Dr. Whitehead: There are 1027.4 full-time equivalent inspectors working in the field carrying out inspections. This number does not include 125.3 full-time equivalent specialist inspectors who in the main carry out investigations rather than planned inspections.
In the year 200001 they made 80,447 planned inspections and investigated 15,489 incidents. There is no available data on the number of accident site examinations, instead HSE records the number of incidents investigated. In more serious cases several inspectors may make several site examinations for an individual incident investigation.
Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total funding provided to the Health and Safety Executive for 200102 is; and what the proposed funding is for 200203. 
|200102 plan||200203 plan|
|Total HSE resource budget||183.7||192|
|HSE capital budget||6.9||9.9|
|HSL resource budget||-2.2||-2.2|
|HSL capital budget||4.2||4.2|
|Total managed expenditure||192.6||203.9|
From 200102, the Government have changed the way they budget and account for public expenditure. Under the new resource accounting and budgeting arrangements Departments and bodies such as HSE have to budget for non-cash costs such as depreciation on fixed assets and a 6 per cent. capital charge on net assets. This budget is reviewed on an annual basis. HSC/E's budget for non-cash costs in 200102 is £12 million. (The figures do not include this.)
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Mr. Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received on the promptness of the response of the Health and Safety Executive following the gas explosion in Newton Heath, Manchester on Saturday 17 November; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Byers: Pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2001, Official Report, column 393W, I personally received representations from my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Central. I share his concerns about this issue and have asked the Director General of the Health and Safety Executive to provide my hon. Friend with full progress reports of the investigation being conducted by Transco.
Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make extra funding available to fire authorities to pay for anti-terrorist strategies; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Whitehead: In the light of the events of 11 September, we have established with the fire service stakeholders a group, chaired by HM Chief Inspector of Fire Services. The group is evaluating, among other things, the existing response capabilities of, and the need for specialist appliances and equipment for, local authority fire and rescue services. The group will be reporting shortly and we shall consider the implications of its report, including the resource requirements, as a matter of urgency.
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