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John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cases of vehicle excise duty evasion have been recorded by the Stingray mobile camera system, broken down by region, since its introduction. 
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confirmed cases of vehicle excise duty evasion have been recorded by the Stingray systems. It is not possible to give details by region.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what revenue has been generated from enforcement action against vehicle excise duty evasion through detection by the Stingray mobile camera system since October 2001. 
Mr. Jamieson: Between 11 October 2001 (the national launch of the Stingray automatic number plate reader mobile camera system) and 31 October 2002, #2.08 million has been generated from enforcement action against VED evaders caught by the Stingray systems. This includes penalties, fines, court costs and relicensing revenue.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities received supplementary credit approvals related to roads maintenance and repair in each financial year since 200001; and what the total amount received was in each case for (a) flood damage and (b) other causes. 
Mr. Jamieson: All local authorities in England (outside London) received capital support in the form of supplementary credit approvals for road maintenance in 200001 and 200102. Capital support to authorities for road maintenance in 200203 is in the form of basic credit approvals except for major maintenance schemes with a gross cost exceeding #5 million. The following four authorities have received supplementary credit approvals in 200203 for major maintenance schemes:
Newcastle Upon Tyne
|Local authority names||Flood damage 200102|
|Brighton and Hove||341|
|Redcar and Cleveland||195|
|Telford and The Wrekin||401|
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the contract to run the traveline website was awarded; to whom it was originally awarded; who holds this contract; what the length and cost of the contracts (a) were at the time of award and (b) are now; what the terms of reference and expected outputs of the contract were; what assessment has been made of the delivery of the contract; what changes have been made to the original contract; and what further changes are planned. 
Mr. Jamieson: The traveline website is owned by the traveline partners not by the Department for Transport. We are not therefore in a position to comment on the contracts entered into by those bodies.
In 2001 the traveline parties, under the leadership of Buckinghamshire County Council submitted a bid to the then Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions for 58K Supplementary Credit Approval (SCA) to develop the original
The traveline parties have agreed with the owners of a site offering a comprehensive index of public transport information (pti.org.uk) to merge websites and functionality, given the complementary nature of these sites. As part of the merger, the controlling company, pt/ Website Ltd., will include representatives from transport operators and local authorities.
Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trunk road excavations there have been in each Shropshire constituency in each year since 1997, and what the cost was in each case. 
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Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of the decision to award a franchise to South West Trains on the Waterloo to Exeter line on (a) track doubling west of Salisbury, (b) car parking at Salisbury station and (c) the re-opening of Wilton station. 
Mr. Jamieson: Stagecoach's initial proposals for a 20-year franchisesubmitted in July 2000included double tracking of the line and car park expansion at Salisbury, but not the re-opening of Wilton station. The Strategic Rail Authority subsequently proposed to place the Exeter line in the Wessex franchise. Consequently, double tracking of the line and the expansion of car parks were excluded from Stagecoach's Best and Final Offer when submitted to the SRA in November 2000. The new approach to the South West Trains franchise, announced on 6 November 2002, includes the route but excludes infrastructure enhancements. Alternative means of pursuing infrastructure projects are being considered by the Strategic Rail Authority.
Mr. Jamieson: The main operator of long distance rail services on the west coast main line is Virgin trains. The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) manages this rail franchise, and all of the other rail franchises. The SRA is working with Virgin trains to ensure that an appropriate level of service is provided while the major up-grade of the west coast main line is in progress.
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costs of each Airbus 400 ordered for the RAF will change as a result of Germany's decision to reduce its Airbus 400 order. 
The cost impact, if any, of the reduction in German off take will be determined through negotiation with the prime contractor, Airbus Military. We will clearly hope to minimise any price increase to the United Kingdom.
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