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Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations have been received from the Scottish Executive regarding the upgrade of the West Coast Main Line. 
Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his latest estimate is of the cost of upgrading the West Coast Main Line (a) North and (b) South of the Scotland/ England border. 
Mr. Jamieson: The precise outputs of the West Coast upgrade are currently under review by the Strategic Rail Authority and the key stakeholders. Until the outputs are agreed, estimated costs of the upgrade will not be known.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what protection exists, and whether it is his policy that protection should exist, to protect rail freight operators against increases in track access charges by the rail regulator. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidelines he issues to ensure that planning gain for transport is balanced between rail and road modes when considering the development of deep sea ports. 
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complaints were registered with each passenger transport authority against bus operators, broken down by name of operator, in each of the last three years. 
Ms Keeble: This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Individual passenger transport authorities may, however, be able to provide information about complaints they have received.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total bus subsidies paid in each of the past four years were in (a) urban and (b) rural areas. 
|Concessionary fares reimbursement by local authorities|
|London and metropolitan areas||286||289||289||301|
|Rest of England||104||103||102||113|
|Local authority service subsidies(13)|
|London and metropolitan areas||99||121||119||209|
|Rest of England||86||110||127||135|
|Fuel duty rebate from central Government|
|Rest of England||157||185||231||254|
(13) This comprises Revenue Support Grant funding for local authorities, funding from London Transport/Transport for London and expenditure under the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant scheme.
Data on expenditure on fuel duty rebate to bus services in metropolitan areas are not kept separately.
Mr. Cameron: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason the law compelling children on school coaches to wear seat belts does not apply to children on double decker buses when those buses are being used for school transport; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: The design of many of these bus types makes it technically difficult for them to be fitted with adequate seat belts. Also, the types of passenger journeys on these vehicles are such that the need for belts and the likelihood of their being used are less than on faster long-distance journeys. We would expect the service provider to take into account the type of vehicle and provision of seat belts when specifying the vehicle for the service.
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will introduce regulations to require bus operators to install and keep in good order bus radio/alarm systems; 
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Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will convene a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee to ensure a co-ordinated approach with the devolved Administrations to prevent assaults on bus workers. 
Ms Keeble: The Government are committed to raising awareness and addressing the issue of assaults on bus staff through research and good practice guidance for public transport operators and encouraging transport policing initiatives. I can assure my hon. Friend that my Department and the devolved Administrations discuss issues relating to the bus industry, including staff safety and security, when appropriate.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason he is allowing the rebuilding of the motorway services at junction 15A of the M1 motorway on a site which would not permit motorway widening without its subsequent demolition. 
Mr. Jamieson: We have no present plans to widen the M1 at this point. In any case, while the proposed alterations to the service area do involve the replacement of some existing buildings with new ones, we are satisfied that the changes are likely if anything to make future widening proposals more, rather than less, straightforward to implement.
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has issued to British Nuclear Fuels for the transport package which will be used to transport the faulty MOX fuel it supplied to Japan back to Sellafield. 
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the approval process for the transport package which will be used to transport the faulty MOX fuel from Japan to Sellafield has taken into account whether the package is filled with argon gas or water; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will implement the recommendations contained in the report, Dangerous Driving and the Law; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: The report raises a number of important points about the operation of the law on dangerous driving. We are considering these with other government departments with a view to reaching conclusions on the report's recommendations as soon as possible.
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