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Rail Delays

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what record is kept of the total length in minutes of service delays on Britain's railways; what plans there are to change the method of recording and reporting delays and cancellations; and what assessment is made of the total cost of Britain's railways in terms of (a) customer time and (b) cost to British business. [31523]

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Mr. Jamieson: As to the first part of the question, Railtrack keep records of delay minutes. As to the second part, there are no plans to change the current method of recording and reporting delays and cancellations. As to the third part I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling) on 4 February 2002, Official Report, column 734W.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 524W, if he will place in the Library information on how many trains for each train operating company running London commuter services arrived late by (a) more than five minutes and (b) more than 10 minutes in each four week period from May 1997 to January 2002, distinguishing between (i) peak and (ii) off-peak periods caused by (a) Railtrack and (b) train operating companies. [31478]

Mr. Jamieson: The information is not available in the form requested.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 524W, if he will place in the Library information on how many trains for each train operating company running London commuter services arrived late by (a) more than five minutes and (b) more than 10 minutes in each month from January 2000 to January 2002, distinguishing between (i) peak and (ii) off-peak. [31487]

Mr. Jamieson: The information is not available in the form requested.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 524W, if he will (a) place in the Library and (b) publish on the Strategic Rail Authority website the monthly punctuality of train operating companies; [31479]

Mr. Jamieson: The information is not available in the form requested.

Train Operating Companies

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 11 December 2001, Official Report, column 787W, on train operating companies, if he will provide details of the most recent advice from the Strategic Rail Authority to which his Department has had regard; and how often the Strategic Rail Authority monitors the performance of train operating company parent companies. [31592]

Mr. Jamieson: The Strategic Rail Authority monitors the performance of train operating companies, and their parent companies, on a continuous basis.

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Public Highway Closures

Mr. Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those public highways which have been permanently closed without due process in the last five years. [31977]

Mr. Spellar: We have no record of cases over the last five years of public highways which have been permanently closed without due process.

Mr. Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions under what common law powers the police can permanently close a public highway to pedestrian and vehicular access. [31980]

Mr. Spellar: The police do not have powers to close a public highway permanently under common law. They do, however, have powers under section 67 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to close a road or restrict its use by vehicles for up to seven days in emergencies.

A highway may only be closed permanently by an order made by a magistrates court under section 116 of the Highways Act 1980 or, to facilitate development, by a competent authority under the provisions of sections 247 or 257 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Government Offices (Access)

Mr. Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) under what statutory powers it is possible to seek redress for the closure of pedestrian access between St. James's Park and Downing street; [31975]

Mr. Spellar: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given on 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 538W.

Airport Rail Links

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for North Tayside (Pete Wishart) of 28 January 2002, Official Report, column 54W, on airport rail links, what involvement he plans to have in the detailed economic and engineering studies being led by the Scottish Executive. [32604]

Mr. Jamieson: The studies are for the Scottish Executive to take forward with the other organisations to which I referred in my previous answer.

Local Authority Housing

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total amount of money spent in real terms was by local authorities on housing repairs in each of the last 10 years. [30476]

Ms Keeble [holding answer 30 January 2002]: Capital and revenue expenditure by local authorities in England on repairs, renovations and improvements to their own stock, and capital grants to support private sector renewal, is as follows.

Local authority expenditure on stock repairs, renovations and improvements: England
£ million in 2000–01 prices

Local authority stock(5) Registered social landlord stockPrivate sector stock
Capital expenditureRevenue expenditureCapital expenditureCapital expenditureTotal expenditure
1990–912,3372,632875055,562
1991–921,7202,529695364,854
1992–931,8012,5841076195,111
1993–942,0592,5801336795,451
1994–951,9532,6131186475,331
1995–961,8572,5601495845,150
1996–971,6642,4931455504,852
1997–981,4952,3701454644,473
1998–991,5592,2931535004,506
1999–20001,4562,1661574654,245
2000–011,7872,0742004234,485

(5) Local authority owned stock in this period declined from 3.9 million in March 1991 to just over 2.8 million in March 2001.

Notes:

1. Capital expenditure figures from 1994–95 onwards are expressed on an accruals basis: those for 2000–01 are provisional based on estimated components of reported total capital expenditure.

2. Totals may not be consistent with the sum of components because of rounding.

3. Elements of expenditure include:

Local authority stock: All capital improvement, conversion, adaption and renewal work on Housing Revenue Account dwellings. Revenue expenditure on local authority stock reflects spending on repairs direct from the housing revenue account and contributions to the housing repairs account.

Registered social landlord stock: Support for RSL schemes, including new-build projects, via LA social housing grant advances.

Private sector stock: Renovation grants, disabled facilities grants and payments in relation to minor works assistance, group repair and renewal areas.

Source:

DTLR annual Housing Investment Programme returns, and subsidy claim forms


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Pedestrian Traffic Accidents

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which 10 local authority areas had (a) the highest and (b) the lowest number of pedestrian traffic accidents involving children in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what percentage of the child population these figures represent in each case. [30574]

Mr. Spellar [holding answer 30 January 2002]: The table shows the number of child pedestrians injured in road accidents, for the local authorities with the 10 highest and 10 lowest casualty numbers. The number of child pedestrian casualties in road accidents in any local authority can vary considerably from year to year, so the figures shown are averages for the most recent three years available.

Child pedestrian casualties by local authority: GB
1998–2000 average data

Local authority (Highway)CasualtiesPercentage of child population injured
Highest
Birmingham4700.200
Lancashire3910.169
Kent3380.124
Glasgow City3150.269
Liverpool2970.308
Bradford2780.247
Leeds2740.189
Essex2460.096
Manchester2460.242
Hampshire2160.086
Lowest
Monmouthshire140.084
Powys140.058
Moray120.069
Ceredigion110.091
Isle of Anglesey110.083
Rutland60.077
Eilean Siar(6)40.075
City of London30.391
Shetland Islands10.026
Orkney Islands10.025

(6) Formerly known as the Western Isles


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