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Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent investigations he has carried out into the (a) feasibility and (b) utility of constructing combinations of single and double lines of rail track adjacent to motorways and trunk highways. 
Mr. Jamieson: The majority of statutory tolled bridges in England are either privately owned or operated by a local authority and are not legally obliged to send regular accounts to the Secretary of State. As such the information requested is not held by the Department.
Information on the number of fire stations in each fire authority in England and Wales at 1 January for each year from 1997 to 2002 was given in my right hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member on 19 March 2002, Official Report, columns 23942W.
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|Bedfordshire and Luton||330||115|
|County Durham and Darlington||405||119|
|Hereford and Worcester||355||294|
|Isle of Wight||61||152|
|Isles of Scilly||9||34|
|Mid and West Wales||502||660|
|Tyne and Wear||1,010||18|
(3) In full time equivalents
(4) In 24 hour units of cover
Authority annual returns to HM Fire Service Inspectorate
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Central government-sponsored programmes in support of physical regeneration are primarily implemented through the Regional Development Agencies, the London Development Agency and English Partnerships. For the RDAs and the LDA all funding is directed through the Single Programme. Details of English Partnerships' programmes are set out each year in the Department's annual report.
Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much investment has been committed to physical regeneration projects in (a) the last five years and (b) the next five years. 
During the past five years the Government's physical regeneration expenditure programme has been undertaken principally through the Regional Development Agencies (RDA), the London Development Agency (LDA) and the Urban Regeneration Agency (URA)(part of English Partnerships).
|RDAs/LDA (excluding PIP)(5)||Urban Regeneration Agency|
(5) RDAs/LDA figures are gross expenditure in cash terms on the Land and Property Programme. They exclude Partnership Investment Programme (PIP) expenditure for 19992000 and 200001, which is included within the URA figures for those two years.
(6) RDA receipts for this year included £28 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
(7) The Land and Property outturn figure for 200102 has not yet been finalised. However, including PIP expenditure and £20 million of ERDF, it is estimated to be approximately £400 million gross in cash terms.
(b) From 200203 onwards, the RDAs operate under a Single Programme. Funding for physical regeneration by the RDAs and the LDA cannot therefore be disaggregated from this offices' total contribution to the Single Programme.
The level of physical regeneration expenditure by the RDAs, LDA and the URA in the subsequent two years will be determined by the context of the Spending Review and, in the URA's case, also by the outcome of the present quinquennial review of English Partnerships' future role.
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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what international agreements to which the United Kingdom is party govern the long- term liability issues of contamination, accidents and maintenance of redundant oil installations that are left in place. 
Mr. Wilson: The Oslo and Paris Convention of 1992 (OSPAR) provides for the protection of the Marine Environment of the NE Atlantic. Under the convention the UK has adopted OSPAR Decision 98/3 which provides a regime for the decommissioning of oil and gas installations and effectively prohibits sea disposal. There is a presumption that installations on the UK continental shelf will be brought back to shore for reuse, recycling or final disposal on land. However, the OSPAR Decision recognises that there may be difficulty in removing the 'footings' of large steel jackets weighing more than 10,000 tonnes and in removing concrete installations. As a result derogations may be granted in these cases if the internationally agreed assessment and consultation process shows that leaving such installations wholly or partly in place is justifiable. If a derogation is granted, the permit will specify who will be liable for the remains and require suitable monitoring and management measures to prevent or mitigate any adverse consequences to both the environment and other users of the sea.
In the UK, to ensure the orderly decommissioning of all installations, including those subject to derogation from the OSPAR Decision, the decommissioning of each installation is addressed within a decommissioning programme. The programme assesses the potential decommissioning solutions and determines the most appropriate disposal option by balancing safety, the environment, impact on other users of the sea, technical feasibility and economics. The programme must be approved by the Secretary of State under the Petroleum Act 1998.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of ordinary written questions for her Department were answered within a week of tabling in each month since June 2001; and what proportion of questions for named day received a substantive answer on that day in each month since June 2001. 
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