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Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many refused claims for compensation for former Icelandic water trawlermen are awaiting (a) first appeal and (b) a decision by the independent adjudicator. 
Nigel Griffiths: At present there are 248 claims awaiting a decision on initial queries against the decision of the Watford Office. There are 71 appeals awaiting the decision of the Independent Adjudicator.
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Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many refused claims for compensation for former Icelandic water trawlermen have been overturned (a) at first appeal and (b) by the independent adjudicator. 
Nigel Griffiths: 414 queries against the decision of the Watford office have been allowed. Of these, 92 were because of the change in the rules concerning fishing after 1979. 36 appeals have been allowed by the Independent Adjudicator, a number of them because of the change in the scheme rules after the Watford Office considered them.
Mr. John Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the ultimate recommendation for the future of Birmingham airport will be drawn from and confined to the three options set out in the Government's consultation document. 
Mr. Jamieson: We are consulting on a range of development options throughout the midlands, including at Birmingham international airport. No decisions have yet been taken and no final view will be taken on any option until we have taken full account of the consultation responses.
The purpose of a proper consultation is to seek views from a wide range of stakeholders and, as part of their formal responses, different options may be brought forward. We would need to consider and assess the merits of any other option as a necessary part of the consultation process.
Mr. John Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when answers will be given to written inquiries from members of the public regarding the air transport consultation process with particular reference to questions submitted to him in writing during the first week of October. 
Mr. Spellar: The average age of the bus and coach fleet in Great Britain was 8.4 years in June 2002. The age profile of the GB fleet is published in the Department's quarterly Transport statistics bulletin bus quality indicators, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.
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Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have received hospital treatment in each of the last five years following collisions between cyclists and pedestrians. 
Mr. Jamieson: Information is not available on the number of people who have received hospital treatment as a result of road accidents. The Department's statistics of road casualties identifies those who were Xseriously injured"which includes those who were detained in hospital as an in-patient, as well as those who suffered a range of other injuries whether or not they were detained in hospital.
Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of parking enforcement notices were not paid due to inaccuracy of information provided by the DVLA in each of the last five years. 
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what review of the Strategic Rail Authority his Department has carried out which (a) was required under the terms of the Transport Act 2000 and (b) has been required by any subsequent changes to legislation. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Health and Safety Executive have provided the following list of major railway accidents since 1992. A major accident has been defined as those where either the Health and Safety Commission directed the Health and Safety Executive to produce a special report or where the Commission (with the consent of the Secretary of State) directed a public inquiry.
|15 October 1994||Cowden|
|31 January 1995||Ais Gill|
|8 March 1990||Rickerscote|
|8 August 1996||Watford Junction|
|4 February 1997||Bexley|
|19 September 1997||Southall|
|5 October 1999||Ladbroke Grove|
|17 October 2000||Hatfield|
|28 February 2001||Great Heck|
|10 May 2002||Potters Bar|
Phil Sawford: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government has taken to ensure that consumers who are considering buying an annuity have clear information about all the options available to them. 
Ruth Kelly: Since 1 September annuity firms have been required, by Financial Services Authority (FSA) rules, to draw to the attention of their customers their right to exercise the Xopen market option", that is to say to shop around among annuity providers.
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The FSA has at the same time introduced a fact sheet for distribution by firms that explains the importance of choosing the right type of annuity and shopping around for good value, and provides help with exercising those choices.
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