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Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what rules apply to the disclosure of interests on the part of those serving on public bodies which are responsible to his Department. 
Ms Keeble: All advisory and executive non-departmental public bodies are required to adopt a board members' code, based on guidance produced by the Cabinet Office, and they should have registers of interests. The definition of interests is ultimately for individual Departments since they are best placed to decide what might be thought to influence members of their NDPBs.
|NDPB||Code of practice||Availability|
|Advisory Panel on Standards in the Planning Inspectorate||Does not yet have a code of practice|
|Audit Commission||The Code of Conduct for Commissioners, which is part of The Commissioners' Handbook.||By appointment at the Audit Commission, 1 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PN|
|Building Regulations Advisory Committee||Members' handbook and register of interests||By appointment at Zone 3/C2, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DU|
|Commission for Integrated Transport||Uses the Cabinet Office's standard code of practice||The register of interests is published in CfIT's annual report and is available on request.|
|Community Forum||This body was established in January 2002, the code of conduct has not yet been finalised. A register of members' interests will be included in the annual report.||When agreed it will be published on the Community Forum website www.neighbourhood.gov.uk or available from the Community Forum Secretariat, Zone 3/A5, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DU.|
|Civil Aviation Authority||Although the CAA has no formal register of interests, under Paragraph 10, schedule 1 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982, board members are obliged to disclose their interests, and provide this information when requested. The Secretary of State must satisfy himself that members have no prejudicial interests.|
|Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee||Code of practice for members in existence. Register of interests being developed.||Available on request|
|English Partnerships||Code of practice||www.englishpartnerships.co.uk/pdf/codesofpractice.pdf|
|Health and Safety Commission||Code of practice, including conflicts of interest for board members.||Available on request from the Commission|
|Housing Action Trusts||Code of conduct and register of board members' interests.||Available on request from the Trusts|
|Housing Corporation||Code of best practice for board members of the Housing Corporation.||www.housingcorp.gsx.gov.uk|
|Parliamentary Boundary Commission for England||Code of practice||www.statistics.gov.uk./pbc|
|Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Wales||Code of practice currently not available as the Commission are moving their website.||From 1 July, the website will be hosted by the National Assembly for Wales, where the code of practice will be available for viewing.|
|Property Advisory Group||Code of practice and public register of interests||On request via the Secretariat, Zone 3/G10, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DU.|
|Northern Lighthouse Board||Code of best practice for board members which includes a commitment to the Principles of Standards of Public Life.||On request from Director of Finance and Administration, Northern Lighthouse Board, 84 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DA.|
|Rent Assessment Panels||Guidance to members on conflicts of interest and a register of interest.||Available on request from RAPCU, Whittington House, 1930 Alfred Place, London, WC1E 7LR. Parties to cases being dealt with by RAPs are advised of the existence of the register and how it may be inspected.|
|Standards Board for England||Code of conduct||www.standardsboard.co.uk/board/membersCodeOfConduct|
|Strategic Rail Authority||Code of conduct currently being prepared, to be formally in place this summer. A register of interests is maintained.||On request from SRA, 55 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 0EU|
|Traffic Area Networks||No code of conduct or register of interests maintained.|
|Trinity House Lighthouse Service||Code of best practice for board members which includes a commitment to the Principles of Standards of Public Life.||On request from Director of Administration, Trinity House Lighthouse Service, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4DH|
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Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in local government in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was. 
Dr. Whitehead: Findings from research carried out by the Employers' Organisation research indicates that the number of days' sick leave taken by local government employees in England for the year April 2000 until March 2001 was approximately 15.9 millionan average of 9.6 days per employee.
The total number of employees in English local authorities (excluding teachers) was estimated in 2001 by the Employers' Organisation as being 1,654,925. A CBI/PPP healthcare survey also for 2001 suggested that sick absence costs the public sector an average £518 per employee per annum. From these surveys the total cost of sick leave taken by employees in local government can be estimated at approximately £857 million.
Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in his Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost was to the Department. 
Dr. Whitehead: The most recent figures published in the Cabinet Office "Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service" are for the calendar year 2000. For the "Environment and Transport Group", the average working days' absence per staff-year was 9.0 days compared with a civil service average of 9.9 days. The total number of days lost were 142,853. DTLR is committed to meeting
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the target for reducing the number of working days lost due to sick absence in its service delivery agreement by 30 per cent. based on a 1998 baseline by the end of 2003. The Department does not have details of the days lost and associated costs for work-related illness and injury.
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has for the coastguard helicopter serving Lyme Bay in Dorset; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is currently in discussions with contractors and other organisations about the future helicopter provision for the Lyme Bay area. No firm decisions have yet been taken.
Ms Keeble: Government funding has enabled Cumbria county council to increase the frequency of many rural bus routes facilitating access to health services. Recent community transport enhancements include:
Cumbria Plusbus (Kirkby Stephen area)
Rural fells project (Caldbeck)
Community buses (brokerage schemes)
Voluntary social car schemes
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Service 59 (West Cumbria to West Cumberland hospital) dial-a-ride service for evening visiting.
Service 58 (MaryportCockermouth) will be extended shortly to serve the health centre in Maryport; already serves Cockermouth hospital.
Service X12 (ConistonUlverston) will extend on request to the hospital/health centre in Ulverston.
Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what percentage of the train traffic on the (a) Kilmarnock to Dumfries and (b) Dumfries to Carlisle railway lines was (i) passenger and (ii) freight in the last 12 months; 
|Rail line||Passenger trains||Freight trains|
|Kilmarnock to Dumfries||10||10|
|Dumfries to Carlisle||13||10|
Over the last year, according to demand, up to 15 or 20 freight services per weekday have operated in each direction over each line. When the maximum number of freight services operate, the Kilmarnock to Dumfries line is operating to its maximum practical capacity.
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