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David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many new housing units have been constructed by registered social landlords in Telford in each financial year since 1990. 
Ms Keeble: The numbers of new dwellings constructed by registered social landlords in Telford and Wrekin unitary authority, as report by the local authority, for the financial years requested are given in the table.
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David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the separate precepting arrangements for combined fire authorities in England outlined in the latest local government White Paper will come into effect. 
Dr. Whitehead: As announced in the White Paper, the Government are proposing to take the legislative steps necessary to make combined fire authorities in England major precepting bodies. This change will require an amendment to primary legislation, because the revised financial arrangements would otherwise conflict with the provisions of section 5 of the Fire Services Act 1947. The timetable for making the change will depend upon the Department securing a legislative slot in a forthcoming Session of Parliament for a Bill to implement proposals in respect of local government finance in the White Paper.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the studies (a) being conducted and (b) published since 1997 by the Transport Research Laboratory. 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 28 February 2002]: TRL is an independent private company and carries out research studies for many clients including DTLR. Since 1997 a large number of studies have been completed or are continuing for DTLR, and reports are normally published by TRL on completion of each study. To list the studies and reports would require disproportionate effort, but TRL should be able to provide copies of any report that has been published. Also, TRL publishes annual reports that list all the research and publications for that year and copies of these from 1997 may be obtained directly from TRL.
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 28 February 2002]: TRL has published many such studies over many years. I refer the hon. Member to the reply given today , about TRL studies and publications. The next TRL report on this topic is due to be published in March. This is TRL report number 511, "The relationship between speed and accidents on rural single carriageway roads" by M. C. Taylor, A. Baruya and J. V. Kennedy.
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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the role of local strategic partnerships in rural areas; and what advice is available to parish and town councils. 
Dr. Whitehead: Parish and town councils provide a recognised role for involvement specific to people in rural areas, not only for local authorities in predominantly rural areas but also for those in areas which include some rural elements. Accountable parish and town councils can make an important contribution to the work of local strategic partnerships, for example feeding into the establishment of the long-term vision and identifying local priorities to be contained in the community strategy. The role that parish and town councils play should be a matter for local discussion between those councils and the relevant local strategic partnership. The Government produced guidance on local strategic partnerships in March 2001, and on the related subject of preparing community strategies in December 2000.
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his plans to control leylandii hedges; and what the proposed timetable is for their implementation. 
Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his policy towards the establishment of a European railway safety agency under paragraph 36 of the Laeken conclusions; and what powers it will have. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Government welcome the publication by the Commission on 23 January of a "second package" of proposed measures to revitalise Europe's railways. This package includes a proposal to establish a European Rail Agency (ERA). We are considering these proposals carefully and will be consulting widely on them before reaching a formal position.
The Commission's proposal makes clear that the ERA will have no substantive powers of its own. It will act in a technical advisory capacity to the Commission on railway interoperability and safety matters, and will be staffed by experts from the industry.
Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which organisations with a specific remit to support coal mining and former coal mining communities receive Government funding. 
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In addition, English Partnerships are responsible for delivering the ringfenced National Coalfields Programme working with the RDAs. This programme delivers environmental improvements and development infrastructure on the 86 former coalfield sites within the programme's portfolio.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what arrangements will be made for debt to be covered by Railtrack's successor company; and if it will be guaranteed by Government. 
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the level of indebtedness was of (a) Railtrack plc and (b) Railtrack Group immediately prior to the date of being put into administration; and how much debt the administrator has built up (i) to date and (ii) until the financial year end. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the decision of Her Majesty's Rail Inspectorate not to allow new trains to stop at short platforms. 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 1 March 2002]: The Health and Safety Executive's Railway Inspectorate's (HMRI) policy on long trains stopping at short platforms is based on an assessment of risk. HMRI prefer to see stations' platforms modified to ensure that they are long enough to accommodate trains without the need for selective door opening. However, where this is not possible, for example where there are structural constraints, HMRI are prepared to consider proposals from operators for selective door opening.
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columns 80809W, on the Braunstone Community Association, if he will publish (a) the results and (b) the evidence obtained by his Department's audit investigation into the Braunstone Community Association; and what plans he has to alter the aims of the New Deal project following the audit investigation. 
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