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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) subsidiary companies, (b) agencies and (c) other boards to the Strategic Rail Authority, giving their (i) responsibilities, (ii) powers and (iii) current turnovers. 
|Company name||Activity||Issued share capital||Percentage SRA control|
|BRB (Residuary) Ltd.||Custodian of property, rights and liabilities previously belonging to the British Railways Board.||1||100|
|Rail Documentation and Drawing Services Ltd.||Custodian of rolling stock drawing and documents.||1||100|
|DoA Ltd.||DoA Ltd. was acquired by SRA Investment Company Ltd. on 1 October 2001 for £1 from the former DTLR. DoA Ltd. holds deeds of assumption with passenger transport executives (PTEs) requiring the repayment of capital sums and interest to the PTEs.||1||100|
|SRA Investment Company Ltd.||On 1 July 2001, the authority acquired SRA Investment Company Ltd. for the purpose of holding shares in new ventures in which the authority has an interest. It currently has a 100 per cent. holding in DoA Ltd. and a 50 per cent. holding in Cross London Rail Links Ltd.||100||100|
|Cross London Rail Links Ltd.||On 1 August 2001, the SRA Investment Company, together with Transport Trading Ltd. acquired Cross London Rail Links Ltd. This is a joint venture for the purpose of undertaking development and design work for two new train routes across London.||100||50|
|Bridge Rail Ltd.||Dormant||1||100|
|British Rail Engineering Ltd.||Dormant||1,000,000||100|
|British Rail Ltd.||Dormant||1||100|
|British Railways Board Ltd.||Dormant||1||100|
|British Transport Hotels Ltd.||Dormant||9,582,537||100|
|Britravel Nominees Ltd.||Dormant||100||100|
|Cross Channel Catering Ltd.||Dormant||100||100|
|Goldings Rail Ltd.||Dormant||1||100|
|Hays Rail Ltd.||Dormant||1||100|
|OQS Rail Ltd.||Dormant||1||100|
|Pullman Car Company Ltd.||Dormant||1,244,000||100|
|Rail Property Ltd.||Dormant||1||100|
|RFD (Channel Tunnel) Ltd.||Dormant||10,100||100|
|SRA Company Ltd.||Dormant||100||100|
|SRA Transport Ltd.||Dormant||5,000||100|
|Thameslink 2000 Ltd.||Dormant||2||100|
|Tower Rail Ltd.||Dormant||2||100|
1. No current turnover figures are available for the dormant companies or the recently formed companies.
2. The latest available figure for BRB (Residuary) Ltd. is £4.7 million for the two months following formation of the subsidiary to the end of March 2001.
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Mr. Jamieson: London Underground are currently undertaking advance works on the northern extension. The Strategic Rail Authority, together with Transport for London and London Underground, is looking at the programme for the project as a whole, including the southern extension, as part of a project review. The review should be completed in the autumn.
Mr. Spellar: As part of the Government's Local Transport Plan process, West Sussex county council are introducing a number of initiatives through their plan to improve links between bus and rail services. These include the upgrade of 6 interchange stations (at Worthing, Chichester, Three Bridges, Haywards Heath, Crawley and Horsham), improvements to Railbus links, particularly with new housing developments, and the introduction and improvement of Passenger Information Terminals and freephone telephone links to the County's travel information line.
Mr. Jamieson: As part of the review process which culminated in the publication of the revised "National Contingency Plan for Marine Pollution from Shipping and Offshore Installations" in January 2000, officials of my Department engaged in discussions, in a working group which included representatives of local authorities, on the subject of a statutory duty to plan for shoreline clean-up and to implement such plans following marine pollution incidents.
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planning duty being introduced under new legislation following that Review, the question would arise as to whether such a duty should apply to coastal local authorities' preparation of contingency plans for shoreline clean-up.
Mr. Jamieson: One of our key road safety goals is to improve the standard of driving and our road safety strategy sets out a number of measures to achieve this. In particular we want to ensure that drivers obtain better skills and gain more experience before they take the driving test.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 25 June 2002, Official Report, column 776W, on quiet road surfacing, if he will list the proportion of quiet road surfacing in each case according to road classification. 
A list of the projects that have been awarded Rural Bus Challenge funding in each of the four competitions since it was introduced in 1998 is deposited in the Library of the House. A total of £69.8 million has been awarded to 213 schemes.
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has been conducted (a) by and (b) for his Department on the effect of variable speed limits; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) monitored trials on the effectiveness of variable speed limits outside schools. Variable message signs were installed outside schools that reduced the speed limit typically one hour around school arrival and leaving times. The results showed very little reduction in vehicle speeds and the report concluded that as a speed reducing feature they were ineffective.
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Mr. Jamieson: The Best Value regime, introduced by the Local Government Act 1999, requires continuous improvement in highway maintenance. Authorities are required to report annually against Best Value indicators, which measure carriageway condition on all classes of local authority roads.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the light rail schemes in operation, giving (a) the start date of operation and (b) the Government body responsible for oversight. 
Mr. Jamieson: There are currently six light rail schemes in operation, as listed in the table. The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for the regulation of tram and light rail systems and tram drivers must also comply with certain highways legislation, enforced by the police.
|Light rail scheme||Start date|
|Tyne and Wear Metro||Original system opened between 1980 and 1984|
|Newcastle airport extension opened 1991|
|Extension to Sunderland and South Hylton opened on 31 March 2002|
|Docklands Light Railway (London)||First phase opened 1987|
|Bank extension opened 1991|
|Beckton extension opened 1994|
|Lewisham extension opened 1999|
|Manchester Metrolink||Altrincham-Bury opened 1992|
|Extension to Salford Quays and Eccles opened in 1999 and 2000 respectively|
|South Yorkshire Supertram (Sheffield)||Opened in stages during 199495|
|Midland Metro||Opened in 1999|
|Croydon Tramlink||Opened in June 2000|
|Year||Number of light rail passenger journeys|
Mr. Jamieson: The light rail schemes currently being appraised by the Department for Transport on which promoters are seeking a provisional view before possible Transport and Works Act applications, are as follows:
Manchester MetrolinkStockport Extension.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 25 June 2002, Official Report, column 773W, on light transport schemes, if he will (a) list the occasions on which his Department has met the promoters of individual schemes, giving the scheme and promoter in each case, (b) list the schemes to which information, support and guidance has been given and (c) list the occasions on which workshops on light rail and guided bus schemes have taken place, giving the scheme on each occasion, since 7 June 2001. 
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Office to the promoters of every scheme to the extent requested, by telephone, email or post.
|Scheme and Promoter||Number of meetings|
|Blackpool TramBlackpool borough council||2|
|Bristol and South Gloucestershire Tram SchemeBristol city council and South Gloucester council||3|
|Hull LRTHull city council||1|
|Leeds SupertramWest Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive||3|
|Manchester Metrolink ExtensionsGreater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive||9|
|Nottingham Express TransitNottingham city council||3|
|South Hampshire Rapid TransitHampshire county council||2|
|South Yorkshire Supertram ExtensionsSouth Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive||3|
|Meetings held with promoters of guided bus schemes since 7 June 2001|
|Barnsley Interchange and BuswaySouth Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive||1|
|South Bradford Integrated Transport SchemeBradford city council||1|
|Cambridge Guided BusCambridge county council||1|
|Cambridge Guided BusCambridge Rapid Transport System (Commercial)||1|
|Chester Deeside Transport SchemeChester city council||2|
|Doncaster BusSouth Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive||4|
|Crawley FastwayWest Sussex county council||3|
|Kent FastrackKent county council||2|
|Leeds A65West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive||1|
|Luton-Dunstable TranslinkBedfordshire county council and Luton borough council||5|
|Workshop on monitoring processes for light rail schemes in operation||29 June 2001||Approximately 45 attended from various promoters.|
|Workshop on light rail appraisal||21 February 2002||Approximately 45 attended from various promoters.|
|Workshop on other major public transport schemes including guided bus||1 March 2002||Approximately 50 attended from various promoters.|
|'Surgery' on funding/appraisal issues before submission of annual progress reports (31 July 2002)||19 and 20 June 2002||Attendance included one guided bus scheme.|
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