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Ms Hewitt: I met Commissioner Diamantopoulou on 26 November 2001. We discussed a broad range of EU and UK social affairs policy issues, including child care provision, the gender pay gap, family friendly working and the Equal Treatment draft directive.
I am also looking forward to discussing employment issues with the French Employment Minister, Elizabeth Guigou, in London today. As Minister Guigou's area of responsibility also includes women and equality issues our discussions will cover issues of particular interest to women. My hon. Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office will also be attending the EU Informal Meeting of Ministers for Women to be hosted by the Spanish Presidency at Santiago de Compostela on 1819 February 2002.
Mr. Spellar: As the Chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority, Richard Bowker, announced in his Strategic Plan published on 14 January, the SRA is carrying out a study of the case for a national test track. The study will report early this year.
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(3) on what date he first met Lord Birt to discuss the future of transport; 
(4) what administrative support his Department is supplying Lord Birt for his study of Britain's transport needs; 
(5) on what date he last met Lord Birt to discuss the future of transport, with specific reference to the railways; 
(6) what timetable he has agreed with Lord Birt for the completion of his study of Britain's transport needs. 
Mr. Byers: The role of the FSU is to provide internal long-term strategic analysis and policy thinking for the Prime Minister and other Cabinet Ministers on a range of issues, including transport. Lord Birt is one of a number of external advisers assisting the FSU in its work. It is not our policy to publish Forward Strategy Unit reports. Internal policy advice to Ministers remains confidential.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many deaths there were in motor accidents in each of the last five years for which figures are available in which a contributory factor was (a) consumption of alcohol, (b) consumption of non-prescription drugs and (c) tiredness of driver. 
Mr. Spellar: The numbers of deaths in motor accidents where one or more drivers involved tested positive for illegal levels of alcohol are shown for the most recent five years for which estimates are available, together with the provisional estimate for 2000.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 583W, on departmental consultants, when Oscar Faber are due to conclude their work on the development of a national rail model. 
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Mr. Byers [holding answer 15 January 2002]: The original project specification issued in February 2001 set a completion date of 14 September 2001 for the initial version of the national rail model. The contract with Oscar Faber has since been extended to incorporate further development work and is likely to be extended further either with Oscar Faber or through competitive tender. The original project specification envisaged the further development phase would continue up to September 2002.
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will publish the performance indicators for (a) the Metropolitan Line and (b) other London Underground lines for (i) each of the last 12 months and (ii) the last seven years. 
London Underground has provided the information in the following table giving a line by line breakdown of the percentage of scheduled train kilometres operated in each full financial year since 199596. During the same period, the total number of train kilometres operated has increased by 11.5 per cent. from 57.2 million kms in 199596 to 63.8 million kms in 200001.
|Circle and Hammersmith and City||94.6||90.9||93.0||91.4||89.7||81.8|
|Waterloo and City||96.3||94.5||98.2||96.9||98.4||96.8|
(1) The East London Line was closed between March 1995 and March 1998
Mr. Spellar: This is an operational matter for London Underground who have provided the information in the table, showing, for each line on the underground, the number of delays of over two minutes attributed to problems with rolling stock.
|Circle and Hammersmith and City||1,741||609||1,167||2,170||1,380||1,568||1,463|
|Waterloo and City(2)||||||||||||||27|
(2) The figures for the Central line also include those for the Waterloo and City line to 19992000
(3) The figures for the Jubilee line also include those for the East London line to 19992000
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