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Merchant Navy

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to encourage recruitment of (a) British officers and (b) cadets in the Merchant Navy. [80958]

Mr. Jamieson: In December 1998 this Government's introduction of a tonnage based corporation tax for UK tax resident shipping companies requires applicant companies to satisfy a minimum training obligation and recruit and train one British Cadet for every 15 officers. We estimate the number of cadets undergoing training for the year, as of October 2002, to be in the order of 650. The total cumulative training commitment for the training year beginning October 2002 is 660. This is an encouraging and significant increase on previous years.

Under the Support for Maritime Training Scheme the Government has made available 9.4million for merchant navy training for this financial year.

The Government appreciates that the consequence of the tonnage tax has been an increased demand for cadets. We are therefore heartened and supportive of the industry led initiative to raise the profile of the maritime industry in the eyes of the general public. This major campaign, co-ordinated by the Chamber of Shipping, has the active support of over 70 maritime organisations including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and goes under the title of XSea Vision UK". The campaign is gaining momentum and hopes to attract public attention at the London Boat Show in January 2003 and other events through the year.

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Ministerial Cars

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars are (a) owned and (b) leased by the Department for the use of Ministers and employees. [81022]

Mr. Spellar: (a) 512 (b) 26.

New Roads and Railways

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new road are under construction in London and the South-East under the supervision of the Highways Agency. [81256]

Mr. Spellar: The Highways Agency is supervising the construction of 35.2 miles of road in the counties of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and Kent. This includes the on-line widening of the A2/M2 road.

Transport for London is responsible for roads in London.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent in each year from 1990 on the construction of (a) new roads and (b) new railway lines, excluding in both cases the refurbishment of existing capacity. [81576]

Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 20 November 2002]: The information requested is shown in the table.

Expenditure on the construction of new roads and rail lines

National roadsJubilee line extension

(16) Outturn prices


Total expenditure on construction of the channel tunnel rail link to the end of 2000–01 was #1,343 million. An annual breakdown of this figure could be provided only at disproportionate cost. An additional #983 million was spent in 2001–02.

The figures for national roads are not on a consistent basis over the whole period because of a change in the way that the information was classified from 1994–95 onwards. The figures from 2002–03 are for all work on national roads other than maintenance, although actual expenditure will depend on progress on specific schemes.

The table excludes spending on the construction of new local roads because this could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The JLE figure for 1999–2000 reflects an estimated accrual in London Transport's accounts for 1999–2000 to cover Jubilee line extension works in future years.

These figures exclude spending on the construction of light rail schemes.

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Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of (a) new railway line and (b) new dual carriageway road he plans in (i) 2003–04 and (ii) 2004–05. [81027]

Mr. Spellar: The first section of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link is expected to open by the end of 2003. This is 46 miles of new railway, the first major new railway line in over 100 years. Other proposals for enhancement to the network are set out in the Strategic Rail Authority's Strategic Plan, which it is required to update annually.18.2 miles of new dual carriageway trunk road are planned to be opened in the remainder of 2002–03, 64.9 miles of new dual carriageway trunk road are planned to be opened in 2003–04 and 7.9 miles of new dual carriageway trunk road are planned to be opened in 2004–05.

Additional dual carriageway standard local authority roads are planned to be opened over these years; the timetable for their construction is in the hands of the relevant local authority.

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of (a) new dual carriageway road and (b) new railway line have been constructed in the last two years. [81028]

Mr. Spellar: 11.4 miles of new dual carriageway trunk and local road have been constructed in 2000 and 20.2 miles of new dual carriageway trunk and local road have been constructed in 2001 No new railway lines were constructed in 2000 or 2001.

New Station (Wokingham)

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the project for a new station at Wokingham will begin on the ground. [81258]

Mr. Spellar: A Rail Passenger Partnership bid has been received, and is being evaluated by the Strategic Rail Authority, which will meet South West Trains soon to discuss the matter further.

Paddington Station

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains an hour can enter Paddington from the west; and what his plans are for capacity for Paddington. [81249]

Mr. Spellar: There are approximately 28 trains per hour entering London Paddington station at peak times. The Strategic Rail Authority has invited comments on a consultation paper on its capacity utilisation policy. In order to make the best use of existing capacity at Paddington, the Authority intends to create a new Greater Western franchise out of the existing First Great Western, Wessex and Thames franchises.

Rail Projects

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those projects from the Strategic Rail Authority's Strategic Plan launched in January

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which have been (a) amended, (b) dropped and (c) added subsequently; and what the (i) timing and (ii) total cost of each project was. [81739]

Mr. Jamieson: The SRA is required to update its Strategic Plan annually. We expect a revised version to be published in early 2003.

Road Schemes

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those major road schemes in the local transport settlements for 1999 to 2001 which were (a) provisionally approved and (b) considered 'work in progress', and which have been subsequently (i) approved, (ii) 'provisionally approved' and (iii) where there is work still in progress. [81746]

Mr. Jamieson: The following are the current classifications for schemes which were Xprovisionally approved" by Ministers in the local transport settlements between 1999 and 2001. Those marked with an * were originally classified as Xwork in progress" in a previous settlement.

(i) Approved

The following five schemes are open to traffic:

Ashby Bypass Stage 2 (Leicestershire)

A131 Great Leighs Bypass (Essex)

Manchester/Salford Inner Relief Road (Regent Road/Gore Street) (Manchester/Salford)

Broome and Ellingham Bypass (Norfolk)

A6002/A6007 Coventry Lane Improvement (Nottinghamshire)

A689 Sedgefield to Wynyard Improvement (Durham)

Semington to Melksham Improvement (Wiltshire)

Biddulph Inner Bypass (Staffordshire)*

Bridgwater Northern Distributor (Somerset)

Burntwood Bypass (Staffordshire)

Baldock Bypass (Hertfordshire)

Coalfields Link Road Phases 2 and 3 (Barnsley)

Scarborough Integrated Transport Scheme (North Yorkshire)

A53 Hodnet Bypass (Shropshire)

South Stockton Link (Stockton-on-Tees)

A6023 Denarby Main Diversion (Doncaster)

(ii) Still Provisionally Approved

A617 Mansfield Ashfield Regeneration Route (Nottinghamshire)

A507 Ridgmont Bypass and Woburn Link (Bedfordshire)

Bedford Western Bypass (Bedfordshire)

Stowmarket B1115 Relief Road (Suffolk)

A142 Fordham Bypass (Cambridgeshire)

A4146 Stoke Hammond and Linslade W. Bypass (Buckinghamshire)

Nar Ouse Regeneration Project (Norfolk)

South Lowestoft Relief Road (Suffolk)*

W. Thurrock Regeneration Ring Road (Thurrock)

A1073 Spalding to Eye Improvement (Lincolnshire/Peterborough)

A607 Rearsby Bypass (Leicestershire/Leicester City)

Earl Shilton Bypass (Leicestershire)

A158/C541 Coastal Access Improvement (Lincolnshire)

Southern Radial Route (Sunderland)

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Eastern Transport Corridor (Darlington)*

A688 Wheatley Hill to Bowburn Link (Durham)

A167 Chilton Bypass (Durham)

Scotswood Road Improvement (Tyne and Wear)

Carlisle Northern Development Route (Cumbria)*

Bridgefoot Environmental Enhancement (Warrington)

Glossop Spur (Tameside)

Hall Lane Area Improvement Scheme (Liverpool)*

East Kent Access Phase 1 (Kent)

Brunel Link and Harnham Relief Road (Wiltshire)

Barnstaple Western Bypass (Devon)*

NW Taunton Package (Somerset)

A39 Camelford Bypass (Cornwall)

Weymouth Relief Road (Dorset)*

Rugeley Bypass (Staffordshire)*

Hanley Bentilee Link (Stoke-On-Trent)*

Barford Bypass (Warwickshire)

Cradley Heath Town Centre (Sandwell)

Rugby Western Bypass (Warwickshire)

Northfield Regeneration Route (Birmingham)

Owen Street Relief Road (Sandwell)

Inner Relief Road—Stages 2 and 3 (Sheffield)*

Glasshoughton Coalfields Link Road (Wakefield)

A631 W. Bawtry Road Improvement (Rotherham)*

Hemsworth—Al Link Road (Wakefield)

A1198 Papworth Everard Bypass (Cambridgeshire)

Markham Employment Growth Zone (Derbyshire)*

East Corridor South (Luton)

A612 Gedling ITP Scheme (Nottinghamshire)

A34 Alderley Edge Bypass (Cheshire)*

A228 Main Road to Ropers Lane (Phase 1) (Medway)*

Bletchley Link (Milton Keynes)*

Junction 11 M4 Improvement Proposals (Reading)

Poole Bridge Regeneration Initiative (Poole)*

Selly Oak Relief Road (Birmingham)*

A628 Cudworth and West Green Bypass (Barnsley)*

Oakham Bypass (Rutland)*

A57(T) Ml Junction 31—Todwick Crossroads (Rotherham)

Pegswood Bypass (Northumberland)

A6096 Ilkeston Awsworth Link (Derbyshire)*

Kiln Lane Link (Surrey)*

In addition to the above schemes, the following schemes which were classified as Xwork In progress" by Ministers in the Transport Settlements between 1999 and 2001


(i) Approved


(ii) Still Work In Progress (some have not been resubmitted in subsequent settlement rounds)

Inner Relief Road (Leeds)

Cadishead Way (Salford)

Integrated Transport Scheme (Wigan)

Roscommon Way Extension (Essex)

Northern Gateway Stage 2 (North Tyneside)

Central Route (Sunderland)

A24 Horsham Capel Improvement (W.Sussex)

Ashton Northern Bypass (Phase 2) (Tameside)

A36 Codford-Heytesbury Improvement (Wiltshire)

A350 Westbury Bypass (Wiltshire)

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M6 Heysham Link Road (Lancashire)

Manchester Ship Canal Crossing (Warrington)

Newhaven Port Access Road (East Sussex)

E. Kent Access Phase 2 (Kent)

A228 Ropers Lane to Grain (Phase 2) (Medway)

A418 Wing Bypass (Buckinghamshire)

A33 Interchanges (Reading)

Wylye Valley Relief Road (Wiltshire)

A4 Bath Road—Callington Road Link (Bristol)

Westbury Bypass (Wiltshire)

Town Centre Transport Package (Walsall)

City Centre Link (Stoke-On-Trent)

A244 Cross Thames Transport Corridor (Surrey)

S. Humber Bank Link Road (Stage 2) (N.E. Lincolnshire)

Birkenhead Town Link Diversion (Wirral)

Great Yarmouth A47/A149 Link Road (Norfolk)

N. Gateway Stage 3 (N. Tyneside)

Tunstall N. Bypass (Stoke-on-Trent)

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