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Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the Government's assessment of the viability of regional Eurostar rail services following the responses received to his consultation on future aviation policy. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) has a duty under S206(4) of the Transport Act 2000 to consider the introduction of regional Eurostar services. The SRA have said that they will soon publish a strategy relating to services in various parts of Great Britain for facilitating the carriage of passengers or goods by rail by way of the channel tunnel.
Mr. Jamieson: Buses and coaches have consistently been one of the safest forms of passenger transport. Since 2001 we have introduced requirements to improve their very good safety record such as the fitment of anti lock braking systems, seat belts in coaches and improved designs of buses to cater for disabled passengers. In the longer term we are working with others to improve the European standard for the protection of coach passengers in the event of a roll over accident. The revised standard is not expected to be applied to new coaches until after 2004.
Mr. Jamieson: The Highways Agency is progressing the 61 schemes in the Targeted Programme of Improvements (TPI) which are either under construction or proceeding through their remaining statutory procedures. A full list of schemes in the TPI has been placed in the Libraries of the House.
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work on the following schemes, with a view to adding them to the TPI once a more detailed design has been agreed:
I will place in the Libraries of the House a list of improvements currently under consideration that have been either formally recommended to us by multi modal studies or for which local authorities have made formal bids under the Local Transport Plan process.
Mr. Jamieson: While not included in the study corridor identified in the 1998 White Paper XA New Deal for Trunk Roads in England" the Isle of Wight was included in the area of influence agreed by the study Steering Group for the south coast multi-modal study. Throughout the study steps were taken to ensure consultation with the wider reference group, this included representatives from the Isle of Wight.
Mr. Jamieson: The Department has issued and will continue to issue guidance in the form of Traffic Advisory Leaflets. These provide information on the design of traffic calming measures and their impact, including public attitudes to calming schemes.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) national and (b) regional transport and traffic studies have been undertaken since 1997 which include the Isle of Wight. 
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent assessment he has made of the performance of (a) Trinity House Lighthouse Service and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority, including details of performance targets; what reports are published on their performance ; and if he will place copies of such reports in the Library; 
|Average number of employees (inc. part-time)||Part-time|
|200203||(10) 436||(10) 16|
(10) Average for the year to 30 September 2002
The role of Trinity House Lighthouse Service is to provide and maintain aids to navigation around the coastline of England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar and to deliver a reliable and economical service that enable all classes of mariner to navigate safely within its area of responsibility.
Trinity House Lighthouse Service (THLS) measures the availability of the aids to navigation against the service standards set by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). These performance indicators are set out in the Report and Accounts of the General Lighthouse Fund 20002001, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House. They indicate that most aids to navigation provided by THLS exceed the IALA standards for availability for use.
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On 31 March 2002, the Strategic Rail Authority employed 463 staff (including BRB (Residuary) Limited and Rail Passengers' Council staff, but excluding the British Transport Police). The Authority's purposes and strategies are set out in sections 205209 of the Transport Act 2000, together with the manner in which the Authority is to exercise its functions. Directions and guidance under sections 206(3) and 207(5) of the 2000 Act were issued to the Authority on 26 September 2002.
The Authority was established on 1 February 2001 with a budget of #329,555,000 for the last two months of 200001. Its budgets for 200102 and 200203 were, respectively, #1,796,749,000 and #2,149,998,000. The Authority's main predecessor body was the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising (OPRAF). The table shows OPRAFs annual budgets from 199798 onwards.
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(11) Of the #1,032,889,000 total, #321,555,000 was used to help fund the SRA in February(March 2001.
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