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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the tram schemes (a) under construction, (b) being developed and (c) being considered for funding from his Department. 
Leeds Supertrama 3 line 28km network linking the city centre to Headingley and Lawnswood; Seacroft and Whinmoor, and Tingley and Stourton Park and Ride. Detailed bids from the two short-listed consortia are due in October 2002.
South Hampshire Rapid Transit, linking Portsmouth, Gosport and Fareham. Detailed bids from three qualifying consortia to design, build, maintain, and operate the scheme are expected at the end of 2002.
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There are proposals for a new tram system in Merseyside (economic appraisal under consideration), an upgrade of the Blackpool Tramway (economic appraisal under consideration) and extensions to it. There are also longer-term plans for further extensions to the Midland Metro, Tyne and Wear Metro, Manchester Metrolink, South Yorkshire Supertram and Nottingham Express Transit and proposals in outline for new tram systems in Hull and Medway.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the Lighthouse Board over the possible closure of the Stromness Lighthouse Depot; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Department discussed strategies for support depots with the lighthouse authorities in July. The future of the Stromness depot was among the issues covered at my Department's annual bilateral meeting with the Northern Lighthouse Board on 18 October. The NLB is consulting widely on the possible closure of the depot, and the Commissioners are expected to consider their conclusions in December.
Mr. Jamieson: The Department has discussed the overall requirements for aids to navigation support facilities with the lighthouse authorities. The Department has not given the authorities any specific advice on depot maintenance.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date (a) his Department and (b) the Marine Coastguard Agency were first contacted over the proposed closure of the Stromness Lighthouse Depot. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Northern Lighthouse Board informed my Department in July of its intention to review the future of the Stromness depot. I understand from the Board that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency was included in its Consultation Exercise that began on 30 August.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 27 November 2001 from the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell, regarding Cornwall's integrated waste system; and if she will make a statement. 
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight dated 22 May on the effect of nuclear processing. 
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes of 17 June about access to inland waters for water-based sports. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 13 May, from the hon. Member for the Vale of York, on behalf of a constituent, Joan Cambage, regarding SI843. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 12 March, from the hon. Member for the Vale of York, of a constituent County Councillor John Savage, regarding BSE in sheep. 
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much expenditure her Department has incurred in each year since 1997 on employing external consultants to deal with the press or public relations of her Department. 
Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which livestock markets are identified as receiving animals infected with foot and mouth disease in 2001; how many other farms became infected as a result of the movement of (a) infected animals, (b) contaminated people and (c) contaminated vehicles from each of these markets; what the results were of the laboratory tests conducted on animals from such farms for each of the three possible sources of infection listed; and on how many such farms no laboratory tests were conducted. 
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Mr. Morley: This information is not available in the form requested. The following table shows the livestock markets which are believed to have received FMD infected animals in February 2001, and the answer to (a)the number of farms directly infected by the movement of infected animals and the results of laboratory tests on animals from these farms. These farms seeded further spread in a number of locations.
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|Market||Movement of infected animals to:|
|Market||Abattoir||Farm (includes dealers)||Total Infected Premises||Sampledpositive result returned||Samplednegative result returned|
|Longtown||0||2||9||11||7 Farms||2 Farms|
*** Believed to have received infected animals
This information is based on data available in October 2001. Figures may change if further collation of field data is undertaken. It is unlikely that the markets identified as infected will change.
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