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Mr. Jamieson: Of the 51 trust ports that fall within my Department's area of responsibility (England and Wales), so far 12 have achieved full compliance and 15 have prepared draft orders that are either with the Department for comment or about to be made. We are working with the remaining 24 trust ports in the preparation of their implementation plans and draft orders.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the elements of the 10-year plan which are running behind schedule, as set out in the memoranda published by his Department in 2000. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of the timetable steps outlined in the Delivery of Improvements over the Life of the Plan memorandum published at the time of the publication of the 10-Year Plan have been met. 
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Mr. Jamieson: Negotiations between the Strategic Rail Authority and Stagecoach are in progress. In June of this year they reached agreement on an interim deal costing #29 million up to February 2003 that will deliver early passenger benefits, including the replacement of Mark 1 trains.
Mr. Jamieson: The camera visibility rules for those areas in the safety camera netting off came into force on 1 July 2002. It is too early to judge their effectiveness although initial feedback from the participant areas suggests that compliance is improved at the yellow fixed camera sites.
Mr. Jamieson: The South East Consultation Document on the Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom invites views on whether new airport capacity should be provided in the South East over the next 30 years and, if so, how much; and on where any additional runway capacity should be provided. The Secretary of State will consider all consultation responses before taking decisions in the air transport White Paper which we plan to publish next year. The consultation document includes a chapter on the implications of growth for the safety of our airspace.
Mr. Jamieson: As the hon. Member will be aware, on 19 August I announced that we intend to accelerate this scheme by including it in our Targeted Programme of Improvements. Subject to the satisfactory completion of the necessary procedures, works are programmed to start in 2005. I am pleased to announce that the Highways Agency has now placed a Contract
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Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are taken to prevent a distortion of competition between existing ports in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic when applications are submitted for funding to the European Union and Her Majesty's Government from port authorities in the United Kingdom. 
Mr. Jamieson: Where port authorities in the UK seek public funding, we undertake an assessment of the potential impact on traffic flows at other UK ports. Funding of ports in the Irish Republic is a matter for the Irish Government.
|As at 31 December||UK Owned Fleet (All vessels)||UK Owned Fleet (*Trading vessels)|
|2002 (as at 30 June)||1,754||593|
|As at 31 December||UK Registered Fleet (All vessels)||UK Registered Fleet (* Trading vessels)|
|2002 (as at 30 June)||1,562||451|
* ''Trading'' vessels are those which carry cargo or passengers for commercial purposes. The remainder of the fleet consists of vessels, which are deemed to be ''non-trading''. Examples of non-trading vessels are dredgers and trawlers, but vessels which were constructed for ''trading'' purposes can also come into this category, if they have been converted to a non-trading use, e.g. storage or a floating restaurant.
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Mr. Jamieson: The Government have introduced tonnage tax. Together with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency's registration reforms, this has resulted in a substantial increase, of around 90 per cent., in the amount of UK-flagged tonnage in the merchant shipping industry.
Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions have taken place with NUMAST on (a) the health and safety of British seafarers and (b) the state of the UK shipping industry. 
|Year||Total Active Seafarers|
The Government recognise the concern about the lack of a comprehensive, consistent approach to estimating the number of people resident in the UK with maritime skills, based on agreed definitions and assumptions. This includes information on those with maritime skills in posts ashore. My Department is therefore examining, with the industry, means of improving estimates of data.
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