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New Road Schemes

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the local authority road schemes which have been provisionally accepted by his Department for funding. [70619]

Mr. Jamieson: The following local authority road schemes (listed by region) have been fully or provisionally approved by my Department under the local transport plan process:

North East




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North West









Yorkshire/Humber














East Midlands














West Midlands






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Eastern















South East



(Buckinghamshire)






South West











Traffic Forecasts

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his reply of 10 July 2002, Official Report, column 975W, on traffic forecasts, from whom his Department has commissioned work; what the scope of this work is; what the cost of work commissioned is; and what the timetable for this work is. [70640]

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Mr. Jamieson: Work on different aspects of a multi-modal modelling and forecasting capability has been commissioned from:


This work has included:


The resulting modelling system incorporates elements of the forecasting framework previously used to inform development of the 10-year plan. Work has included developing interfaces between various model components, and general integration and testing.

The total value of the contracts awarded is of the order of £1.38 million.

An initial version of the new framework is operational and being tested. Certain further improvements are being incorporated, and a programme of longer-term development has been identified.

Dangerous Substances

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the EU Advisory Committee on the Control and Reduction of Pollution Caused by the Discharge of Hydrocarbons and other Dangerous Substances at Sea 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. [70576]

Mr. Jamieson: The Advisory Committee on the Control and Reduction of Pollution Caused by the Discharge of Hydrocarbons and other Dangerous Substances at Sea (known as ACPH) no longer exists and has been replaced by the Management Committee on Marine Pollution, which was established under Decision No. 2850/2000/EC of 20–12–2000 of the European Parliament and the Council. This set up a Community framework for co-operation in the field of accidental or deliberate marine pollution.

The committee is scheduled to meet on 4 October 2002 in Brussels. Officials from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), part of my Department, represent the UK on the committee. However, my officials consult the Scottish Executive on agenda items in which it might have an interest in accordance with our concordat with the devolved Administrations.

Roadworks

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a full set of

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roadworks in 2002–03 area maps published by the Roadworks and Traffic Information Unit of the Highways Agency. [70778]

Mr. Jamieson: The Highways Agency does not have a Roadworks and Traffic Information Unit.

The Highways Agency provides, fortnightly, an electronic Current Roadworks Information Bulletin on its website. This is a listing of planned roadworks on England's strategic road network. This information is not provided in any other format. Road users are given advanced warning of major road works by a variety of methods.

Departmental Reorganisation

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library his Department's last accommodation requirements review. [70770]

Mr. Jamieson: The Department for Transport is assessing its future accommodation requirements in the light of the machinery of Government changes in June 2002 and will be reviewing the position in the autumn. No documents are currently available.

Highways Agency

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent changes (a) have taken place and (b) are planned relating to (i) the organisation of the Highways Agency and (ii) the Highways Agency website; and if he will make a statement. [70748]

Mr. Jamieson: The information is as follows:






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