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charges in Middlesbrough and the London Borough of Camden will end; and when the conclusions will be published. 
Mr. Jamieson: The pilots are scheduled to continue until March 2004. My Department has appointed consultants, Halcrow, to carry out a study monitoring the effect of the pilot schemes. I expect to receive their first report shortly and copies will be placed in the House Libraries in due course.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) kilometres of local roads, (b) bridges and (c) footways have been restored by local authorities using money in the Local Transport Plan settlement for capital maintenance work on local highways for (i) 200102 and (ii) 200203, (A) in total and (B) for each local authority. 
Local road condition is monitored through the National Road Maintenance Condition Survey. The latest results for 2001 showed that there was a possibility that deterioration in their condition may have been arrested, but this could not be confirmed until the results of subsequent years were available.
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Bob Russell : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will report on the findings of the consultations into introducing legislation to regulate the use of hands-free telephones in motor vehicles; when he intends the legislation will take effect; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: Consultation on a proposal to prohibit the use of hand-held mobile phones when driving ended on 25 November 2002. Some 1,000 responses have been received and the Department is now considering these. An announcement on the results of consultation will be made as soon as possible.
Mr. Jamieson: XThe Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom (South East)" main consultation document summarises in chapter 12, paragraphs 12.112.10, the analysis undertaken as part of the SERAS Study relating to Norwich Airport.
Further details of the appraisal of the impacts of, and constraints upon, development at Norwich Airport are reported in the XSmall AirportsDemand and Impact Appraisal" (August 2001) and XSmall Airports Optioneering" (January 2002) reports.
Mr. Jamieson: We believe that it is vital to reduce the unnecessary disruption which works on roads cause to road users, and are taking a range of measures to achieve this. The use of trenchless techniques can help reduce this disruption, although there will be many occasions whenfor technical reasonsthese will not be suitable. My Department has recently set up a working party, involving representatives of local authorities and utility companies, to look at ways in which greater use can be made of trenchless techniques when works are carried out in the street.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to local authorities was of roads maintenance and repair in each financial year since 200001 in respect of (a) flood and (b) other damage (i) in total and (ii) for each local authority. 
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Mr. Jamieson: Information on flood damage is not collected centrally on a regular basis. However, local highway authorities were asked in 2001 about the damage caused to highways by the severe flooding in the previous winter and spring. Their responses are shown in the table:
|Reported flood damage|
|Brighton and Hove||510|
|Redcar and Cleveland||430|
|Transport for London||300|
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles used each of the roads built or operating using the design, build, finance and operate contracting method, in each month of operation; who the contractor was in each case; how much was paid under each contract; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: The table shows the traffic figures (in vehicle kilometres) for each financial year for each of my Department's design build finance and operate projects since these were opened to traffic. Providing figures for each month would be disproportionately expensive.
|Project||Company||Length of road (km)||199899||19992000||200001||200102|
|M1-A1||Yorkshire Link Ltd.||30||||640||676||716|
|A69||Road Link (A69) Ltd.||84||489||494||488||505|
|A19||Autolink Concessionaires (A19) Ltd.||118||||1,565||1,611||1,637|
|A50||Connect (A50) Ltd.||57||||675||731||793|
|M40||UK Highways M40 Ltd.||122||||3,844||3,859||3,932|
|A1(M)||Road Management Services (Peterborough) Ltd.||21||||405||416||429|
|A417/A419||Road Management Services (Gloucester) Ltd.||52||544||574||582||604|
|A30/A35||Connect (A30/A35) Ltd.||102||||||591||634|
Figures are given in millions of vehicle kilometres
|Financial Year||# million|
The A13 DBFO scheme is operated by CountyRoute (A130) plc under a contract let by Essex county council. I am unable to advise on the detailed information requested as that is a matter between Essex county council and their contractor.
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