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London Underground PPP

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the (a) Tube Lines and (b) Metronet consortia have spent on bid costs as part of their PPP bids for London Underground projects. [93397]

Mr. Jamieson: The total costs of all of the bidders, successful and unsuccessful, are estimated to be around £270 million. As my reply of 13 January 2003 Official Report, column 398 W to the hon. Member for Tatton (Mr. Osborne) explained, the PPP amounts to modernisation of the entire underground network over the next 30-years. The level of bid costs reflects this and also the lengthy duration of the bidding process, which commenced in October 1999. Nonetheless, the level of bid costs represents only an extremely small proportion of the value of investment that will be delivered over the life of the contracts.

Motorway Tolls

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the introduction of motorway tolls, other than on the M6, on (a) reduction of congestion and (b) encouragement of use of public transport. [93103]

Mr. Jamieson holding answer 23 January 2003: The 'Background Analysis' published in July 2000 as part of the Ten Year Plan For Transport contained an illustrative scenario for charges on the trunk road network by 2010 at times and places where congestion was highest. That indicated an overall reduction of 9 per cent. in congestion compared with levels in 2000, though with variations between areas, including increases of congestion in some places. The effect on public transport was not calculated.

The Government's report on 'Modernising the Taxation of the Haulage Industry: Progress Report One' published in April 2002 reported analysis of a distance-based lorry road-user charge applying only to motorways, which suggested a reduction of lorry traffic of 25 per cent. on motorways but increases in congestion elsewhere.

Network Rail

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much Network Rail has lost since its establishment. [93607]

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Mr. Spellar: As with any other private company, Network Rail will publish accounts in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Acts. These will show the profit or loss for the relevant reporting period.

Publicity and Advertising

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) his Department and (b) each agency and non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department spent on (i) publicity and (ii) advertising in each year from 1995–96 to 2002–03 (estimated); and if he will make a statement. [92247]

Mr. Jamieson: For details of how much my department has spent on publicity and advertising in each year since 1995/96 to 2002/03,1 refer the hon. Member to replies to the hon.Members for:-

Figures provided in these replies refer to expenditure by the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) and the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR). Breaking out the transport element for the years 1995/96 to 2000/01 could only be done at disproportionate cost.

In 2001/02, the Department for Transport spent £15 million on publicity of which £9.85 million was spent on advertising.

For the current year, 2002/2003 the Department for Transport's estimated spend for publicity and advertising is £17.9 million of which approximately £10.6 million is currently allocated to advertising.

My Department's main publicity relates to Think! which promotes road safety messages to adults and children and is a vital part of the Government's strategy to reduce road deaths and injuries.

Figures for Department Agencies and NDPDs are not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Publicity Campaigns

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what promotional and public information campaigns his Department is (a) running and (b) planning to run during the next six months; and for each campaign, (i) how much it will cost, (A) in total and (B) to his Department, (ii) what agencies or bodies are undertaking the work and (iii) what is its planned duration. [93807]

Mr. Jamieson: My Department is currently running three publicity campaigns:

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Think! road safety:

My Department's main publicity campaign, where we intend over the next six/12 months to concentrate on messages covering child road safety, child restraints, teenage road safety, speed, seatbelts, fatigue, mobile phones, drink drive and motorcycle safety. Details of the Think! campaign calendar are regularly updated and can be viewed at The Think! advertising and publicity budget for 2003–04 should be just over £14 million, £6 million of which should be spent in the next six months.


Promotion of a public transport information service where expenditure of £570k is anticipated between December 2002 and July 2003 covering advertising in directories, merchandising material and posters/leaflets.

Airports Consultation:

Publicity to raise awareness of the current national consultation on the future development of air transport in the United Kingdom. The latest consultation will run from February to May at an estimated cost of £260,000.

In developing these campaigns we use a range of external agencies to help take our campaign strategies forward. The creative work for the Think! campaign is currently provided by two advertising agencies—Leo Burnett and AMV with media planning/buying arranged through Carat. Two external agencies—QBO and Fishburn Hedges are also employed to extend campaign messages to lifestyle magazines and other media; while on traveline, Grasshopper have been employed to secure wider promotional opportunities.

In addition the Department uses a range of companies on frameworks covering research, design, typesetting, paper and print, and storage/distribution. Details of fees paid to each company are commercial in confidence.

Railtrack (Administration)

Mr. Redwood:: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much the Administration for Railtrack claimed in fees and expenses. [93605]

Mr. Spellar: To date, total costs incurred are £49.5 million. Under the Railway Administration Order Rules 2001, the administrators intend to apply the High Court to seek approval for their fees and expenses. Network Rail will then reimburse the Department for Transport for those costs that were properly an expense of the administration. Only when the High Court has made a decision on the application will the total costs of administration be known.

Regional Air Services

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport from which organisations and corporate entities he has received representations on the South East and East of England Regional Air Services study and future airport policy in the South East, since 30 November 2002. [94447]

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Mr. Jamieson: The following information lists responses to "The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom (South East)" received from the main organisations and corporate entities dated 30 November 2002 or later. It includes responses submitted both in hard and electronic copy, but does not include responses to the NOP questionnaire.

The consultation period throughout the UK remains open until we have consulted on Gatwick runway options. We hope to issue a revised South East consultation paper next month. The consultation period will then run for four months after the date of publication of the new material. Those who have already responded to the consultation will be able to amend, add to, or replace their response having considered the new material, if they wish to do so.

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All responses to the consultation will be considered and analysed carefully before final decisions are taken. These will be set out in an air transport White Paper, which we aim to publish towards the end of the year.

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