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Telephone Helplines

Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many telephone helplines are sponsored by his Department; and which of these helplines are charged at (a) national rate, (b) premium rate and (c) local rate. [95714]

Mr. Jamieson: The Department for Transport has 134 helplines of which 66 are charged at national rate, three at premium rate and five at local rate. The details are in the following table:

Telephone numbersRates
DfT central
South East Regional Airports Study (SERAS)0845 100 5554Local
DfT executive agencies
Driving Standards Agency
Booking Enquiries0870 010 1372National
Theory Test, Enquiries and Complaints0870 241 0204National
Vehicle Inspectorate
National Enquiry Line0870 606 0440National
MOT Enquiry Line0845 600 5977Local
Police Enquiry Line0845 600 5978Local
Maritime and Coastguard0870 600 6505National
Highways Agency0845 750 4030Local
DVLA—local offices
Wimbledon0870 600 6767National
Stanmore0870 241 1269National
Chelmsford0870 241 2147National
Manchester0870 241 2146National
Reading0870 241 5161National
Leeds0870 240 3514National
Nottingham0870 241 1876National
Luton0870 240 3515National
Sidcup0870 240 3516National
Maidstone0870 240 3517National
Birmingham0870 240 3518National
Portsmouth0870 240 4730National
Bournemouth0870 240 4731National
Brighton0870 240 4732National
Exeter0870 240 4734National
Truro0870 240 6278National
Aberdeen0870 240 6279National
Northampton0870 240 8228National
Edinburgh0870 240 6281National
Dundee0870 240 6280National
Inverness0870 240 6283National
Peterborough0870 240 8229National
Oxford0870 240 8230National
Ipswich0870 240 8231National
Norwich0870 240 8232National
Carlisle0870 240 0691National
Sheffield0870 240 1315National
Preston0870 240 0692National
Stockton0870 240 0695National
Newcastle0870 240 0669National
Lincoln0870 240 0671National
Beverley0870 240 1316National
Bristol0870 240 1317National
Chester0870 240 1318National
Shrewsbury0870 240 1223National
Cardiff0870 240 1224National
Bangor0870 240 1225National
Swansea0870 240 1320National
Worcester0870 240 1319National
Drivers0870 240 0009National
Vehicles0870 240 0010National
Car Hire0906 139 3837Premium
Telephone Relicensing0870 240 2288National
Date of Liability0906 165 7585Premium
Dealerline0906 185 8585Premium
DSA0870 241 2415National
Post Office Line0870 600 0301National
Photo On Line0870 600 6661National
Motorcycle Vehicle Excise Duty0870 241 2145National
Small Islands0870 241 5674National
Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)0870 241 1878National
Heavy Goods Vehicle Rebate Line0870 607 6688National
Graduated Vehicle Excise Duty Rebate0870 241 2449National
Mandatory V50870 240 6415National
Local Office address system0870 243 0444National
Web Vault0870 241 5803National
Registration Number Plate Supplied form filler0870 240 6424National
V5 form filler0870 240 6426National
Registration Number Plate Supplied form filler documentation0870 240 6425National
Driver Medical (DM) Ordinary Drivers Licence0870 600 0301National
DM Diabetes line0870 241 5450National
DM Vocational Drivers0870 241 1879National
DM General Practitioner0870 241 1875National
Motor Cycle Consultation0870 600 1016National
Test Reminders0870 240 3052National
London Regional Transport
Customer Service Centre (Underground)0845 330 9880Local

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Underground Safety

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when London Underground were first informed of the problem of motors breaking free on high speed underground trains; what subsequent reports they received; and what action was taken. [95085]

Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 3 February 2003]: I understand from London Underground that they first became aware of problems on the Central line train fleet on 3 September 2001 during a routine maintenance check at Hainault depot, when a train was found to have a dislodged motor. London Underground carried out an immediate ultrasonic examination of the relevant area on other motors, which revealed no further instance of failure.

An independent investigation commissioned by London Underground concluded that the problem was loose bolts. A check of motor bolts on all Central and Waterloo & City line trains was immediately carried out and revealed one instance of a motor with fractured bolts, where the motor was held in place by its safety bracket.The whole fleet was initially fully checked twice, after which a regime of checking all bolts at least once every 3 months was instigated.

On 20 September 2002, a train which was not in service but was entering Loughton sidings was derailed when a motor dropped off. An investigation revealed that the motor bolts had fractured and the safety bracket had failed to retain the detached motor as it was designed to do.

Because of this, the most stringent checking regime possible was introduced with each train being checked every 5 days as a rolling programme across the fleet.

Further independent investigation was also undertaken as a result of the Loughton incident. This highlighted a new concern over the safety bracket bolts and these were specifically included within the 5-daily check regime.

The HSE are also conducting a full investigation.

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CDC Capital Partners

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the specialised funds proposed under the reorganisation of CDC Capital Partners which will manage the investment activities of CDC Capital Partners targeting private business in (a) South Asia and (b) Africa in the (i) power and (ii) SME sector. [95616]

Clare Short: CDC has recently launched three funds for the SME sector in West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa. Further funds will be launched by CDC this year.

Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the cost of cancellation of the total global debts of the heavily indebted poor countries. [95655]

Clare Short: This information is not yet available. Until the World bank has conducted Debt Sustainability Analyses for all the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC), particularly those affected by conflict, it is not possible to calculate the total cost of debt cancellation for these countries under the HIPC Initiative.

Vehicle Fleets

Rev. Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the annual rate is at which her Department renews its vehicle fleet, by (a) volume and percentage for each category of vehicle, (b) type of power unit and (c) type of fuel; and what progress has been made on the replacement of vehicles on a lower emissions basis in each of the last three years. [96560]

Clare Short: DFID does not operate a vehicle fleet. The only official cars used are the three cars hired through the Government Car Service for Ministers and

one Senior Official. All three are LPG-fuelled.


Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she next intends to meet representatives of the Zimbabwean opposition. [96156]

Clare Short: I have no plans to meet with the Zimbabwe opposition at the present time. DFID and FCO officials in Harare maintain dialogue with Government representatives where possible, political parties including the MDC, non-governmental organisations, and other civil society representatives.


Animal Welfare

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the

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Government is taking to ensure that animal welfare is a prime consideration in discussing reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. [94966]

Mr. Morley: The Government will argue for the inclusion of measures which make a genuine contribution to improving animal welfare in Council discussion of the European Commission's legislative proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, published on 22 January. We will study closely the opportunities and practical implications of the specific measures proposed by the Commission.

Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy will help to improve the EU's chances of securing a successful outcome to the WTO negotiations, including on its proposals for recognition of animal welfare measures.

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