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Mr. Jamieson: The Secretary of State has no plans to meet the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association. The UAVSA will, however, be sent a copy of the Department's consultation paper on development options at airports around the UK, to which the Association may respond. If the Association has other concerns it wishes to raise then it should make representations to the relevant departmental officials.
Virginia Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what forecast he has made of the change in the numbers of unmanned aerial vehicles over the next five years; what assessment he has made of the safety and economic benefits of unmanned aerial vehicles; and what assessment he has made of the civilian and commercial applications of unmanned aerial vehicle systems. 
Mr. Jamieson: It is difficult to forecast the change in numbers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over the next five years, but the CAA has established a framework to help ensure that any future UAV operations are integrated safely and with minimal impact on existing airspace users.
The CAA's Directorate of Airspace Policy has published a guidance document, "Guidance for UAV Operations in UK Airspace", designed to provide consolidated information for UAV operators, both military and civil. The CAA is awaiting applications from industry to fly UAVs but to date there has been little interest.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who invited the Civil Aviation Authority to participate in the investigation of the incident on flight BA 2069; on what date the Civil Aviation Authority began its investigation; and what the brief was of that investigation. 
Mr. Jamieson: British Airways notified the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the incident on the day it occurred, 29 December 2000, and immediately began its own investigation. The CAA has monitored and reviewed
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the British Airways investigation throughout as part of its ongoing regulatory oversight of UK airlines. As a result, 12 new safety requirements were issued to all UK operators on 18 September 2001.
The Government asked the CAA to keep it advised of the progress of its review and the completed review was sent to the then Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on 23 January 2002. An abbreviated version was placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his predecessor received the report of the inspector following the public inquiry into proposals by Thameslink; and what the earliest and latest dates are which he has set for a decision. 
The Inspector provided his report on the inquiry into the Thameslink 2000 scheme in January this year. He later provided two addenda reports in May and June. These reports will be published when we make an announcement on this scheme, which we expect to do shortly.
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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the baseline measures for overall compliance with the regulatory assessment process will be published; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Alexander: The Cabinet Office is currently undertaking work to calculate a baseline measure for overall compliance with the regulatory impact assessment process. Some further work remains to be done to validate the data underlying the baseline. However, it is currently expected that the Cabinet Office will be in a position to publish the baseline measure before the end of the financial year.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since 1997, indicating for each consultation (a) if copies were available online, (b) if copies were available in print, (c) the date the time period given for responses opened and (d) the date the time period given for responses closed. 
Dr. Howells: The Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultation applies to all formal national public consultation documents issued by Departments from 1 January 2001 and the information requested is not available before that date. Since 2001, the details are as follows:
|Title||Opening date for responses||Closing date for responses|
|National Gallery/National Portrait Gallery Review: stage one consultation||8 January 2001||30 January 2001|
|National Heritage Memorial Fund Review: stage one consultation||4 April 2001||25 May 2001|
|Report of the Gambling Review Body||17 July 2001||31 October 2001|
|National Museum of Science and Industry Review: stage one consultation||1 August 2001||19 October 2001|
|Geffrye Museum/Horniman Museum/Museum of London Review: stage one consultation||8 August 2000||12 October 2001|
|Consultation on the draft Digital Television Action Plan||12 October 2001||2 January 2001|
|English Heritage Review: stage one consultation||16 October 2001||11 January 2002|
|Public Lending Right. Quinquennial Performance Review: Consultation Paper||13 November 2001||1 February 2002|
|Quinquennial Review on the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art||19 November 2001||8 February 2002|
|National Maritime Museum Quinquennial Performance Review||22 November 2001||8 February 2002|
|Consultation on Media Ownership Rules||26 November 2001||25 January 2002|
|Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester: Quinquennial Performance Review||5 December 2001||28 February 2002|
|Spectrum Planning Consultation||11 December 2001||12 April 2002|
|Council of EuropeConvention on the Protection of Audiovisual Heritage*||20 December 2001||19 March 2002|
|Review of Progress toward digital switchover||14 February 2002||8 May 2002|
|Regent's Park Sports Facilities Consultations||18 March 2002||10 May 2002|
|UK's Open General Export Licensing (OGEL) Limits||19 April 2002||14 June 2002|
|Changes to Licensing Hours during All New Year's Eves||24 April 2002||19 June 2002|
|The Draft Communications Bill||7 May 2002||2 August 2002|
|Prize Competitions||23 May 2002||31 August 2002|
|National Lottery Licensing and Regulation Consultation||27 June 2002||30 September 2002|
All consultations were available in print and all were available on-line except for those indicated with a *.
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Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how long her Department allowed for consultation on each consultation document it published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form. 
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|Document name||Total time allowed for consultation|
|National Gallery/National Portrait Gallery Review: stage one consultation||3 weeks|
|National Heritage Memorial Fund Review: stage one consultation||7 weeks and 2 days|
|Report of the Gambling Review Body||15 weeks|
|National Museum of Science & Industry Review: stage one consultation||11 weeks and 2 days|
|Geffrye Museum/Horniman Museum/Museum of London Review: stage one consultation||9 weeks and 2 days|
|Consultation on the draft Digital Television Action Plan||12 weeks|
|English Heritage Review: stage one consultation||12 weeks|
|Public Lending Right. Quinquennial Performance Review: Consultation Paper||11 weeks|
|Quinquennial Review on the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art||12 weeks|
|National Maritime Museum Quinquennial Performance Review||11 weeks and 1 day|
|Consultation on Media Ownership Rules||9 weeks|
|Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester Quinquennial Performance Review||12 weeks|
|Spectrum Planning Consultation||Extended to 17 weeks|
|Council of EuropeConvention on the Protection of Audiovisual Heritage*||12 weeks and 5 days|
|Review of Progress towards digital switchover||12 weeks|
|Regent's Park Sports Facilities Consultation||8 weeks|
|UK's Open General Export Licensing (OGEL) Limits||8 weeks|
|Changes to Licensing Hours during All New Year's Eves||8 weeks|
|The Draft Communications Bill||12 weeks|
|Prize Competitions||14 weeks|
|National Lottery Licensing and Regulations Consultation||13 weeks and 2 days|
All of these were available in both electronic and printed form, except for the one marked with an *, which was available only in printed form.
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