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34. Mr. Tom Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the provision of direct Eurostar services between Scotland and continental Europe. 
Mr. Jamieson: It is for Eurostar to decide whether to run Regional Eurostar services from Scotland. The British Railways Board and an independent report for Government from Arthur D. Little have concluded that it
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35. Mr. Shaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the demand for train travel in the south-east over the next 10 years. 
36. Mr. Russell Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he is taking to tackle antisocial behaviour among tenants in the private rented sector. 
Ms Keeble: The Government are committed to tackling antisocial behaviour across all housing tenures. We are striving to promote a healthier private-rented sector and to do this we recognise the importance of tackling the problem of tenants who behave in an antisocial manner.
Much work has already been done across Government to try and tackle the problem. My own Department, for example, is currently considering responses to our recent consultation paper on the selective licensing of private landlords. This will ensure that in areas where local authorities adopt such a scheme all landlords meet minimum management standards and participate with others in dealing with antisocial tenants. We envisage that these powers will be available alongside the mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation, which although it is primarily concerned with targeting properties that are the highest risk to tenants, will also require that the licensee is a fit and proper person.
Mr. Jamieson: There is a wide range of measures available to local authorities to improve safety outside schools. As well as urban safety measures, such as 20 mph zones, they can, for example, designate no waiting areas outside school entrances and provide school crossing patrols. In many areas school travel plans consider safety within the wider context of journeys to and from school.
38. Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many housing authorities have been designated consistently as band I authorities since this designation was introduced. 
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Ms Keeble: A number of environmental groups have written to their Members of Parliament who have passed on the correspondence to Ministers. In addition we have had more than 3,000 consultation responses of which about 2,000 are from environmental groups or their members. The consultation period on the Green Paper ends on 18 March.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many overseas visits have been undertaken by Parliamentary Private Secretaries in his Department at departmental expense in each of the last four years; and at what cost to public funds. 
Dr. Whitehead [holding answer 25 February 2002]: Parliamentary Private Secretaries supporting Ministers in this Department or in the former Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions have not travelled overseas on Government business in the last four years.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Government expect to receive the £35 million from the Airline Group for deferred sale proceeds. 
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the investment by English local authorities in new build of homes for rent in the past year; and if he will also list, per housing authority, by (a) joint venture and (b) other resources. 
Ms Keeble [holding answer 25 February 2002]: Available information reported by local authorities about their capital investment during 200001 in the provision of new homes, including support for registered social landlords, has been placed in the Libraries of the House. Information collected by the Department on local authorities' funding of housing capital expenditure does not separately identify joint venture resources. The available information on funding for each local authority in England was provided in my answer of 27 February 2002 [Ref: 36621] to my hon. Friend.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which roads have been de-trunked in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement on de-trunking. 
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Mr. Jamieson: A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England published in July 1998 set out the Government's conclusions on its strategic review of the trunk road programme. These included a proposal to de-trunk roads not on the core network so that their management and improvement can be fully integrated with land use planning and the new local transport plans for delivering integrated transport.
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Some 1,900 miles of non-core trunk roads (about 30 per cent.) are in the process of being transferred to local authorities. The roads for which resource have been transferred to local authorities by means of the Special Grants Report and de-trunked as part of this programme are shown in the table.
|Road||From||To||Date of de-trunking|
|A638||Junction with A1(M)||Doncaster||1 April 2001|
|A650||Westgate Hill Street||A62 (Drigh Bypass)||1 April 2001|
|A10||Junction with A505||Kings Lynn||1 May 2001|
|A134||Kings Lynn||Thetford||1 May 2001|
|A12||Ipswich||Lowestoft||1 June 2001|
|A140||Needham Market||Norwich||1 June 2001|
|A361||A361 Southam Road/A422 Hennef Way Roundabout in Banbury Junction with B4100||Castle Street/Warwick Road||15 June 2001|
|A423||Ryton-on-Dunsmore Roundabout||A361 Southam Road /A422 Hennef Way Roundabout in Banbury||15 June 2001|
|A15||(a) M180||(a) Humber Bridge||1 July 2001|
|(b) Roundabout on north of Humber Bridge||(b) Junction with Ferriby High Road||1 July 2001|
|A6||Luton||Bedford||31 August 2001|
|A6||Junction with A45||Junction with A14/A6003 Burton Latimer||31 August 2001|
|A43||M1 Junction 15A||Junction with A16 Stamford||31 August 2001|
|A428||Junction with A421 East of Bedford||Northampton||31 August 2001|
|B1525 (formerly part of A16)||Junction with A15/A16, West of Market Deeping||Junction with A16, North of Deeping Common||1 September 2001|
|A557||M62 Junction 7||RuncornWidnes Bridge||1 December 2001|
|A58||Leeds||Halifax||28 January 2002|
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list non-governmental organisations operating in the south-west region that receive public funds from his Department; and what amount of annual funding they received in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in relation to the New En Route Centre at Swanwick (a) what was the final commissioned cost, (b) how many extra air traffic control officers are employed and (c) what will be the estimated increased capacity at the new centre in each of the next five years; and by what means this will be achieved. 
Mr. Jamieson: The final commissioned cost of the New En Route Centre at Swanwick was £623 million. Approximately 80 extra air traffic controllers are employed there. Capacity increases at the new centre are planned to match peak demand over each of the next five years. This would be achieved by applying traditional air traffic control workload splitting (sectorisation) and traffic flow simplification (systemisation) improvements.
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