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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment has been made of the environmental impacts of the forthcoming A1 upgrade in North Yorkshire; if he will place copies of related documentation in the Library; and if he will make a statement; 
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(3) what assessment has been made of the impact on businesses and economic development in the (a) north- east and (b) Yorkshire and Humber regions of the forthcoming A1 upgrade in North Yorkshire; if he will place copies of related documentation in the Library; and if he will make a statement; 
(4) what assessment has been made of the impact on (a) traffic growth, (b) freight volume, (c) car journey numbers, (d) delays and (e) congestion of the forthcoming A1 upgrade in North Yorkshire; if he will place copies of related documentation in the Library; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the letter of agreement of 27 June relating to the Government's undertaking to make sufficient funds available to ensure that the amount receivable by Railtrack group by way of consideration in respect of the disposal of the shares in Railtrack Plc on an after tax basis is equal to £500 million. 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 2 July 2002]: The details of this letter, and the contingent liability contained within, are set out in paragraphs 24 and 25 of the non-statutory contingent liability Minute laid before the House of Commons on 27 June.
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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many applications for membership of the board of the SRA were received in response to the most recent advertisements; and when resulting appointments to the board will be announced. 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 9 July 2002]: The SRA's statutory powers are set out in the Railways Act 1993 and the Transport Act 2000. The SRA will be represented as a member of Network Rail and would have certain special rights as a member (e.g. the right to appoint an SRA non-executive director to the board).
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the EU Technical Adaptation Committee on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents at work is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes he plans to make to his policy on road user charging for inter-urban motorway and trunk roads in response to the prospective opening of the M6 toll road in 2004. 
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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what evaluations have been conducted on the efficacy and value-for-money provided by the Driving Standards Agency's schools liaison programme; 
(3) what Driving Standards Agency expenditure was on their schools liaison programme in each of the past five years; and what financial provision is being made for future development of such programmes; 
(4) how much was spent (a) per school and (b) per school that actively took part by the Driving Standards Agency on their schools liaison programme in each of the past five years; 
(5) what funding requests his Department is planning for the Driving Standards Agency's schools liaison programme; 
(6) if he will make a statement on the selection procedure for schools to take part in the Driving Standards Agency's schools liaison programme; 
(7) if he will list the schools that took part in the Driving Standards Agency's schools liaison programme. 
Mr. Jamieson: In our road safety strategy "Tomorrow's RoadsSafer for Everyone" we gave the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) an expanded remit to contribute to improvements in road safety for young and novice drivers by establishing, developing and disseminating high standards and best practice in driving and riding on the road. We committed DSA to boosting road safety education in schools by expanding its programme of presentations to schools and colleges. Copies of the "Strategy" are available in House Libraries, and I am arranging for copies of the "Arrive Alive" material to be placed there too.
The schools programme was recently renamed "Arrive Alive" to reflect the wider target audience that has developed since the scheme was launched in 1996. Driving examiners now visit and make presentations to a wide range of organisations including schools and colleges, the armed forces, agricultural colleges, youth football teams, probation services and young offender units. There is no rigid procedure for DSA selecting schools, colleges or other institutions in which to carry out the presentations. In some cases a local Road Safety Officer will ask DSA to take part in a road safety presentation. In other cases, interest might be generated by a visit to the "Arrive Alive" website.
Independent research carried out in 1997 by the British Institute of Traffic Education and Research (BITER) concluded that the schools programme had proved effective in promoting key safety messages and in moulding attitudes among potential drivers.
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The Department has funded the programme since 2000. Prior to that, DSA obtained funding from private business and from surpluses generated by DSA's non-statutory commercial activitymostly the sale of books. DSA spent £65,000 in 199798, £94,000 in 199899 and £25,000 in 19992000. In 200001 funding by the Department amounted to £250,000 and in 200102 to £500,000. We plan to increase funding so that as many young learners and novice drivers as possible can benefit from the important road safety messages that the programme conveys£750,000 for 200203 and £1 million for 200304.
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