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will make it his policy to set up an independent regulator to ensure fair competition in the Ordnance Survey Trading Fund's competitive tendering. 
Ms Keeble: No. As a Government Department and Executive Agency Ordnance Survey is already bound by the European Commission Public Procurement Regulations for all contracts over the agreed threshold. In addition, all tenders are subject to UK Government regulations on competitive tendering.
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many accidents resulting in (a) fatalities, (b) serious injury and (c) minor injury have taken place in the construction industry in Scotland during (i) 2001, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 1999, broken down by geographical area. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the review of Best Value will be completed; and for what reason the original deadline of 31 December 2001 was not met. 
Mr. Byers [holding answer 25 January 2002]: I announced on 1 October 2001 a review of the Best Value regime for local authorities aimed at improving the quality of services. A review group, under the chairmanship of the Minister for Local Government, was set up to take this work forward. I asked the group to report by the end of 2001. In December 2001 the chair of the review group indicated that it had made good progress in a number of areas, but that it would like more time to consider carefully some significant proposals which had been put forward in mid December by members. I agreed to this and hope that the group can complete its work in the near future.
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Ms Keeble: Powers under the Transport Act 2000 relating to quality bus contracts were brought into force in October last year. No local authorities have yet brought forward proposals for quality contract schemes.
Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list each Health and Safety Executive office building by (a) location and (b) number of people employed. 
|St. Hugh's House||Bootle||172|
|St. Anne's House||Bootle||127|
|St. Peter's House||Bootle||258|
|Cherry Lane Warehouse||Bootle||0|
|Lord Cullen House||Aberdeen||107|
|Arden House||Newcastle upon Tyne||78|
|Marches House||Newcastle under Lyme||50|
|East Grinstead House||East Grinstead||71|
|St. Dunstan's House||London||128|
|Broad Lane (HSL)||Sheffield||(11)291|
|Harpur Hill (HSL)||Buxton||(12)137|
(11) Including 258 HSL staff
(12) All HSL staff
1. The HSE staffing figures refer to the HSE permanent staff employed on 1 January 2002.
2. The figures do not include any contractors' staff or agency staff employed in the buildings.
Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the viability of Merseytravel's proposals for a tram scheme between Liverpool and Kirkby; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Jamieson: The Department has no evidence to indicate that smoking while driving is a significant cause of road traffic accidents. However, the police do have powers to deal with those who fail to maintain control of their vehicles at all times or who drive carelessly or dangerously. Failure to exercise proper control, and careless driving, carry maximum fines of £2,5000. The maximum penalties for dangerous driving are up to two years imprisonment, disqualification and an unlimited fine.
We will continue to educate drivers about the importance of remaining alert while driving. Rule 126 of the Highway Code deals with safe and responsible driving and highlights the need to concentrate and avoid distractions.
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what consultations he has had with organisations representing (a) pedestrians, (b) cyclists and (c) public transport operators regarding the use of bus lanes by motor cyclists. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Department has had no specific consultation about the use of bus lanes by motor cyclists but is aware of a range of concerns about this use, especially among cyclists' organisations. The Department's advice does not promote motorcycling in bus lanes but we are carrying out research to see whether this should be changed. We would expect to consult organisations representing various road user groups if, following trials, any changes are proposed.
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the effect on the number of (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal accidents of the UK road building programme, for each year up to and including 2010; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: In England, the 10-Year Plan for transport provides the resources to enable central Government, the Highways Agency and local authorities, through their Local Transport Plans, to take action on road safety to support the Government's strategy for achieving its UK road safety targets. These targets are to reduce by 2010 the number of killed or seriously injured in road accidents by 40 per cent., and children by 50 per cent., compared with the average for 199498. Road building is expected to make a significant contribution towards achieving these targets. However, in England, local and central Government road building plans are not yet fully defined. In particular, on the strategic road network, the
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choice of specific schemes will depend on the outcome of the multi-modal studies currently being carried out. The road building programmes for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are devolved matters.
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the change in traffic as a result of the UK road building programme for each year up to and including 2010. 
Mr. Jamieson: In England, the 10-Year Plan for transport includes significant investment in the strategic and local road network to tackle the problems of congestion, pollution, and safety. On the strategic road network in England, the choice of specific schemes will depend on the outcome of the multi-modal studies currently being carried out. But the increased level of investment in trunk roads in England is expected to result in 0.4 per cent. more traffic on all roads and 0.9 per cent. on inter-urban trunk roads in 2010. The 10-Year Plan as a whole is expected to reduce traffic growth in England between 2000 and 2010 from 22 per cent. to 17 per cent. on all roads and from 29 per cent. to 26 per cent. on inter-urban trunk roads. Responsibility for these matters has been devolved in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Executive Committee respectively.
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