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Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the impact of the security situation at Frethun on railfreight traffic through the channel tunnel; and what steps he is taking to (a) reduce interruption to traffic and (b) mitigate the financial impact on British rail terminal operations. 
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Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 17 December 2001]: Rail freight through the channel tunnel is currently being disrupted due to repeated intrusions by would-be illegal immigrants to this country. This is a matter of considerable concern to the Government. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has raised the issue with the French Prime Minister. My right hon. Friends the Secretary of State and the Minister for Transport have both made representations to the French Transport Minister emphasising the need for a speedy resolution so that normal levels of service can resume, free of intrusion from illegal immigrants. The UK Immigration Service held a meeting with the head of security for the French railways on 3 December to investigate the scope for speeding up the implementation of additional security measures at the Frethun freight yard, and to offer assistance and advice on those security measures.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent representations he has made to his French counterparts on security measures on rail freight using the channel tunnel. 
Mr. Jamieson: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has raised the issue with the French Transport Minister; and my right hon. Friend the Minister for Transport have both made representations to him emphasising the need for a speedy resolution so that normal levels of service can resume, free of intrusion from illegal immigrants. The UK Immigration Service held a meeting with the head of security for the French railways on 3 December to investigate the scope for speeding up the implementation of additional security measures at the Frethun freight yard, and to offer assistance and advice on those security measures.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library copies of (a) the documentation related to the railway safety cases for mark 1 passenger carriages submitted to the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the assessment of these safety cases by the Health and Safety Executive since December 2000. 
Mr. Jamieson: Every railway operator is required to have a railway safety case setting out the arrangements for its management of health and safety across the board. These are lengthy and detailed documents covering a wide range of health and safety issues including those relating to passenger rolling stock. They are available for public inspection at the relevant operators' premises.
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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the basis on which applications for new housing resulting from Government housing targets for the south-east will be permitted on green belt land. 
Ms Keeble: Our policy in PPG3 on Housing and in Regional Planning Guidance for the South East (RPG9) is clear that applications for housing should follow a search sequence, starting with the use of previously developed land and buildings within urban areas identified by the use of housing capacity, the urban extensions, and finally new development around nodes in good public transport corridors. It is for local authorities, in their development plans, to identify sites to be allocated for housing in accordance with the guidance in PPG3 and RPG9.
Our policy in PPG2 on green belts continues to place a presumption against inappropriate development such as housing in the green belt. We consider that green belts in the south-east are important in preventing urban sprawl, in preventing the coalescence of settlements and in protecting the countryside. Indeed RPG9 recognises that there is no regional case for reviewing the boundaries of green belts.
Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the anticipated average percentage increase in Band D council tax across England for 200203, based on this year's local government finance settlement. 
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost to the Department is of each publication. 
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Dr. Whitehead: DTLR has a very wide range of policy responsibilities and therefore publishes a large number of publications. The cost of tracing and listing the total costs of each individual publication would thus be disproportionate. A list of the titles of the main publications produced through DTLR's Directorate of Communication between June 2001, when the Department was created, and November 2001 has been placed in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the major existing road schemes in the Local Transport Settlement that are due to be carried out in 200203; which additional schemes have been (a) postponed because work is still progress and (b) rejected; and which authorities will receive the additional funding provided for road maintenance in 200203. 
Ms Keeble: Work is planned to start during the financial year 200203 on the following local major road schemes accepted for funding in previous year's Local Transport Settlements. The exact timing of the work is the responsibility of the relevant local authority and may depend on the satisfactory completion of any remaining statutory procedures. Construction work on a further 32 schemes is already in progress.
Nar-Ouse Regeneration ProjectNorfolk
South Lowestoft Relief RoadSuffolk
W. Thurrock Regeneration Ring RoadThurrock
Arlesey Bridge ReplacementBedfordshire
A142 Fordham BypassCambridgeshire
A1073 Spalding to Eye ImprovementLincs/Peterborough
A617 Mansfield Ashfield Regeneration RouteNottinghamshire
Eastern Transport CorridorDarlington
A689 Sedgefield to Wynard ImprovementDurham
Bridgefoot Environmental EnhancementWarrington
East Kent Access Phase 1Kent
Semington to MelkshamWiltshire
NW Taunton PackageSomerset
Cradley Heath Town CentreSandwell
A53 Hodnet BypassShropshire
Rugby Western BypassWarwickshire
Biddulph Inner BypassStaffordshire
Coalfields Link Road Phases 2 and 3Barnsley
Glasshoughton Coalfields Link RoadWakefield.
A171 Burniston/Cloughton BypassN. Yorkshire
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A228 Leybourne and West Malling BypassKent
A24 Horsham-Capel ImprovementW. Sussex
A260 Hawkinge BypassKent
A350 Westbury BypassWiltshire
A36 Codford-Heytesbury ImprovementWiltshire
A38/A390 Link DobwallsCornwall
A418 improvements inlcuding a Rowsham BypassBuckinghamshire
A418 Wing BypassBuckinghamshire
A57 Cadishead WaySalford
A605 Stanground BypassPeterborough
A61 Killingshall BypassN. Yorkshire
A684 Leeming/Aiskew/Bedale BypassN. Yorkshire
Ashton Northern Bypass (phase 2)Tameside
Chickenhall Lane Link RoadHampshire
East Middlesbrough CorridorMiddlesbrough
Northern Gateway Stage 2North Tyneside
Roscommon Way ExtensionEssex
Wylye Valley Relief RoadWiltshire
A1 SE Northumberland Link Road (Central Section)Northumberland.
A182 East Durham Link RoadDurham
Central Somerset Access PackageSomerset
East Middlesbrough Transport CorridorMiddlesbrough.
Brighton and Hove
Isle of Wight
East Riding of Yorkshire
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