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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much was top sliced from funds allocated to the local transport plans for inclusion in the discretionary element of the Single Capital Pot. 
Dr. Whitehead: The total Transport provision for local authority basic credit approvals (BCAs) for 200203 is £1,064 million. Of this, 5 per cent. (£53 million) has been top sliced to form part of the discretionary element of the single capital pot.
The discretionary element has been allocated to local authorities on the basis of performance following assessment of their plans for transport, housing and education and their capital investment and corporate asset management plans.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of (a) the maximum permitted blood alcohol level for driving on public roads and (b) the penalties for breach thereof in each of the 15 EU member states; and what proposals for changes in either (a) or (b) have been made by (i) the Commission affecting all EU member states, (ii) the United Kingdom Government affecting the United Kingdom only and (iii) other national Governments affecting their individual countries. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Government have been keeping the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit under consideration but have not made any proposals to change it. The Review of Road Traffic Penalties consultation contained some proposals to increase penalties for drink driving offences but no final decisions have yet been made on these.
In the European Union three member states in addition to the United Kingdom have a BAC limit of 80mg alcohol per 100ml of blood; these are Luxembourg, Ireland and Italy. We do not have a systematic comparison of anti- drink-driving enforcement measures in other countries. Member states have tended to develop different alcohol detection procedure, penalty regimes and approaches to publicity, education and rehabilitation. These reflect their
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own national legislation and the capacity of the police and medical authorities in each country to conduct alcohol tests.
The European Commission adopted a recommendation on 17 January 2001 which proposed harmonisation of the BAC level at 50mg or below, as well as other aspects of control but not penalties. Such a measure is not binding on the member states.
Martin Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many Article 14 notices have been issued on planning applications before Wandsworth borough council in (a) 1995, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001. 
Ms Keeble: I regret that comprehensive information prior to April 1999 is not available. No Article 14 directions were issued to the London borough of Wandsworth between April and December 1999. Three Article 14 directions were issued in 2000 and five were issued in 2001.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to introduce (a) a minimum age for applicants for a taxi driver's licence and (b) a minimum period of years in which an applicant for a taxi driver's licence has to have held a driving licence. 
Ms Keeble: In England (outside London) and Wales, the legislation governing taxi licensing does not stipulate a minimum age which applicants must have reached in order to be granted a taxi driver licence. We do not have any plans to introduce a minimum age limit. Such an applicant must, however, have held a full driver licence for at least 12 months.
Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when his Department will announce a determination on the application for a Public Service Obligation protection for the slots used for air services between Inverness and Gatwick. 
Mr. Jamieson: We are continuing to analyse the application for a Public Service Obligation (PSO) for the InvernessGatwick route within a more general review of policy on the protection of London airport slots for regional services. We will announce the decision on the PSO application as soon as practicable.
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Mr. Jamieson: Local authorities are responsible for the employment and conduct of their staff, including parking attendants whose sole role is to enforce parking restrictions in contrast to police traffic wardens who may undertake other traffic management duties as well. For authorities adopting decriminalised parking enforcement (DPE) powers under the Road Traffic Act 1991, Local Authority Circular 1/95 (Welsh Office Circular 26/95) "Guidance on Decriminalised Parking Enforcement Outside London" includes a section dealing with the duties, conduct and training of parking attendants. The employment by an authority adopting DPE powers of former police traffic wardens is a matter for settlement between the local authority, the police and the employees concerned and will be covered by Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations. Guidance on parking in London is now the responsibility of the Mayor.
Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what steps he has taken to require community strategies prepared by local authorities under section 4 of the Local Government Act 2000 to be amended; and which strategies were affected and for what reason; 
(3) what procedures he has set in place for monitoring progress on the completion of community strategies, pursuant to section 4 of the Local Government Act 2000; 
(4) what plans he has to publish a timetable for the completion by local authorities of their community strategies, pursuant to section 4 of the Local Government Act 2000. 
Dr. Whitehead: Every principal local authority is under the duty to prepare a community strategy. The Government's statutory guidance on "Preparing Community Strategies" (DETR December 2000) explains that the timetable for the development of the community strategy and its contents are at the discretion of each local authority in consultation with its partners and local people. Through discussion with the local community, they will be best placed to prioritise local needs and devise the most effective means of delivering them. Accordingly, the Government will not be imposing a timetable for preparing strategies nor do the Government intend to vet them or require councils to amend them. Proposals for a revised Best Value Performance Indicator on community strategies for 200203 were set out in a recent consultation paper "Best Value Performance Indicators 200203: Consultation"DTLR November 2001. Local authorities' performance against these indicators are published. The Government will announce their conclusions on the consultation soon.
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|Multi-modal study||Date expected to report|
|Access to Hastings||Reported December 2000 Decision announced in July 2001|
|Cambridge to Huntingdon (A14)||Reported 20 August 2001 Decision announced in December 2001|
|South East Manchester (Stockport, Manchester airport Link West, Poynton)||Reported September 2001|
|West Midlands Area (M5/M6 and M42 between M40 and M6)||Reported October 2001|
|West Midlands to North West (M6)||Early 2002|
|A453 (M1 to J24 (Nottingham)||Early 2002|
|Tyneside Area (A1/A19)||Early 2002|
|South and West Yorkshire Motorway Box (M1 J30 to A1 West Yorks/M18/M62 and A1(M)||Early 2002|
|North/South Movements in East Midlands (M1 Junctions 21 to 30)||Spring 2002|
|London to South West and South Wales (A303, M4)||Spring/summer 2002|
|ORBIT- Transport Solutions around London (M25)||Summer/autumn 2002|
|Multi-modal study||Date expected to report|
|Hull (East/West) Corridor (A63 and A1033 to Port of Hull)||Spring 2002|
|A1 (North of Newcastle)||Spring 2002|
|London to Ipswich (A12)||Spring 2002|
|South Coast (Southampton to Folkestone Coastal Corridor)(M27, A27 and A259)||Spring/summer 2002|
|M60 Junction 1218 (West to North Manchester)||Summer 2002|
|London to South Midlands (A1, M1, M11, A5 and A421)||Autumn 2002|
|London to Reading (M4)||Autumn 2002|
|West Midlands to East Midlands (A42/M42 to M6 Corridor and M69 and A38)||April 2003|
Tranche 3 contain three studies (Norwich to Peterborough (A47)), A34 North from Southampton and A52 Corridor (Clifton Bridge to A1 (Bingham)). We expect these to commence in 200102 and they are expected to report in 2004.
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