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Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those regions in which areas entitled to bid only for Objective 3 structural fund programmes are represented on programme monitoring and regional committees. 
Ms Keeble: Programme monitoring committees only operate in Objective 2 areas, so do not include representatives from areas only entitled to bid for Objective 3 funds. Objective 3 is a national programme and operates across England (excluding Objective 1 areas). It is managed by a national committee. Nine regional committees oversee the delivery of the regional Objective 3 programmes. They are: north west, north east, Yorkshire and the Humber, west midlands, east midlands, south west, east of England, south east and London.
In three regions, north west, west midlands and east of England, the partners have agreed that in the interests of coherence and integration both Objective 2 and 3 programmes should be managed by a single monitoring committee.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to ensure that areas entitled to bid only for Objective 3 structural fund programmes are represented on programme monitoring and regional committees. 
Ms Keeble: Most Objective 3 funding is allocated to Government offices who work with partners to deliver the programme in line with regional priorities. Regional committees for Objective 3 oversee the delivery of the programmes.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list, for each region for the years 1993 to 1999 the percentage split of (a) Objective 2 structural fund programmes between
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European regional development fund and European social fund projects and (b) Objective 3 structural fund programmes between ERDF and ESF projects. 
Ms Keeble: The table gives the information requested for the Objective 2 structural funds programmes by region for the 199499 programme round. There are currently no separate figures available for 1993, which formed part of
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the 198993 programme round; the data for Thanet (SE Region) are not broken down by year because funds were allocated in a single tranche for each of the two programme rounds199496 and 199799.
|Regional programme||ERDF structural funds||ESF structural funds||Total structural funds ERDF and ESF||Structural funds ERDF (%)||Structural funds ESF (%)|
|Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire|
|Yorkshire and the Humber|
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Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 6 February 2002, Official Report, column 838W, how many local authorities have exercised their discretionary powers to provide concessionary travel to children (a) under 16 and (b) 16 to 18-year-olds in full-time education. 
Ms Keeble: My Department has recently carried out a survey about concessionary travel in England that covers these matters. The returns are being analysed at present and the results will be published in due course.
Mr. Anthony D. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which UK airlines and airports have signed up to the European Airline and Airports Commitments on Air Passenger Rights. 
Mr. Jamieson: 10 UK airlines have signed up to the Airline Passenger Service Commitment. They are Air 2000; Airtours International; bmi British Midland; Britannia Airways; British Airways; British European Airways; JMC Airlines; KLM(UK); Monarch Airlines; Virgin Atlantic Airways.
20 UK airports have signed up to the Airport Passenger Service Commitment. They are Aberdeen; Belfast international; Birmingham international; Bournemouth; Bristol international; Cardiff international; East Midlands; Edinburgh; Exeter International; Glasgow; Humberside;
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Leeds Bradford; Liverpool; London Gatwick; London Heathrow; London Luton; London Stansted; Manchester; Norwich international; Southampton.
The launch of the Voluntary Commitments on Passenger Rights is good news for European air travellers. Air passengers have a right to expect the highest standards of customer care from the time at which they arrive at the airport to the point at which they reach their destinations. Responding to these expectations is a key component of a commercially successful aviation industry and the UK signatories have signalled that this is a matter that they treat very seriously.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what organisation will represent passengers on the board of the not-for-profit company to run the functions of Railtrack; and if he has offered anyone for that position. 
Mr. Spellar: My right hon. Friend's answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Preston (Mr. Hendrick) of 23 October 2001, Official Report, columns 19597W, made it clear that passenger groups could be members of a company limited by guarantee (CLG). It is for the team developing a bid based on the concept of a CLG to make a proposal to the administrator, including proposals for the membership of the proposed company.
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Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people he has approached to serve on the board of the not-for-profit company to run the functions of Railtrack. 
Mr. Spellar: None. It is for the team developing a bid based on the concept of a company limited by guarantee to make a proposal to the administrator, including a proposal for the management of the proposed company.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if it is his policy that the not-for-profit limited company proposed for Railtrack will be 100 per cent. privately owned; and what option the Government will retain to buy back the company. 
Mr. Spellar: A company limited by guarantee (CLG) is a private company without shareholders. A CLG would be accountable to its members. We do not expect that there would be an option to buy back the company.
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