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Mr. Jamieson: The Highways Agency uses a variety of different forms of contract to carry out maintenance and improvement construction work on the trunk road network in England. They all incorporate a time limit to undertake the work and have contractual mechanisms to help achieve compliance with the contract duration. In addition, the Highways Agency monitors the performance of its suppliers in this respect and takes this into account in determining future opportunities.
Mr. Jamieson: No research is currently available regarding the profiles of traveline users for either the telephone or for the website. However, the Department for Transport is currently funding a research project on behalf of the traveline partners that is partly looking at existing traveline telephone customers to find out who they are, why they are calling, what information they are requesting and what they are supplied with. The results will be available in April 2003.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by (a) his Department and (b) other bodies on (i) branding and (ii) advertising the traveline (A) brand, (B) phone service and (C) website in each year since 1999; and if he will make a statement. 
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Advertising by traveline partners has included adding the traveline logo to paper timetables, on bus stop posters, to publications for example in Yellow Pages and on the backs of bus tickets. All traveline partners have been asked to include traveline branding in their publications and this is now widespread among bus operators and local authorities.
The Department has spent no monies on branding the website but has followed the traveline logo branding guidelines in devising the design of the web page. The Department has not advertised the traveline web address but this is being considered in future promotions.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many tickets have been sold through the traveline service in each year that it has been in operation (a) by telephone and (b) via the internet, broken down by mode of travel; and what the total value was of tickets sold in each case. 
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) web page impressions and (b) unique website visitors have been registered by the Traveline website in each year that it has been in operation. 
The website was launched in 2001 with links initially to local journey planners, however, several new regional journey planners have recently been launched and these are now linked to the traveline portal site.
As the traveline site is a portal or gateway to other websites, we are not aware of the number of web pages, however traveline partners are estimating the number of individual user sessions that take place each week. This has grown steadily over the year from nothing to about 3,000 individual user inquiry sessions per week. Continued growth in usage is expected over the coming months as further regional traveline journey planners are launched and linked to the portal, and as advertising of the traveline web address starts to appear.
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Any timetable beyond 200506 for reaching the UN 0.7 per cent. target would properly be a matter for future parliaments. For this reason we believe that it is more important to look at what has actually been achieved and what is firmly budgeted for, and it is this recordrather than any aspirational timetablethat should be seen as the critical test of our commitment.
Ruth Kelly: The taxation of dividend reinvestment in United Kingdom authorised unit trusts and open-ended investment companies is long established and well understood. Tax is payable on the distribution in the same way that it would be, were the dividend actually paid out. This means that for individuals, because of the tax credit rules, only higher-rate taxpayers have any additional tax to pay.
There is no capital gains tax, or corporation tax on chargeable gains, payable until investors dispose of their units or shares. And then investors can normally treat the reinvested dividends as part of their allowable expenditure in calculating the capital gains.
The Chancellor has asked the Inland Revenue to review the taxation of investment in similar overseas collective investment schemes. He emphasised in the Pre Budget Report that the Government are committed to continuing constructive dialogue with fund managers and other stakeholders on the implementation of a new regime. In taking that work forward, the Government will listen carefully to all views. A key objective is to ensure that the competitiveness of the UK fund management industry is preserved without distorting the market for savings and investment products as a whole.
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