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Online Sales/Purchases

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) products, (b) goods and (c) services were (i) bought and (ii) sold online by his Department in each of the last five years. [97441]

Mr. Jamieson: The Department buys the following commodities online:

Travel TicketsYesYes
IT EquipmentYesYes
IT ConsumablesYesYes

The Department sells the following services online:

Driving Theory TestYesYesYes

Rail Services (Bedfordshire)

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 7 January 2003, Official Report, columns 105–06W, on Sandy-Bedford rail link, what estimate he has made of the levels of (a) lottery grant, (b) landfill grant and (c) other public money that would need to be made available to (i) bring into operation and (ii) maintain (A) the Sandy-Bedford Rail link and (B) the Bedford-Milton Keynes canal link. [97667]

Mr. Jamieson: The London to South Midlands Multi-modal Study issued its report on 4 February 2003. Copies will shortly be placed in the Libraries of the

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House. The regional planning bodies in the study area will now consider the recommendations, over the next few months. They will be consulting key stakeholders and the general public on the measures identified.

Railways (External Consultants)

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total value was of (a) technical and financial contracts, (b) technical consultants used on a call-off basis and (c) financial consultants used on a call-off basis by (i) the Rail Delivery Directorate, (ii) the Railways Restructuring Directorate and (iii) other directorates within his Department carrying out work relating to the railways, in each year since 1992. [93231]

Mr. Jamieson: The following table gives expenditure by this Department and its predecessors on all rail consultancies since 1992–93.

£ million(9),(10)

(9) Rounded to nearest million

(10) Cash prices

(11) Estimate

It is believed that only a very small proportion of this expenditure relates to call-off contracts. The figures include expenditure on contracts for legal and other advice. The majority of the increase in expenditure in 2001–02 and 2002–03 is due to the costs of advice relating to Railtrack's administration.

Road Freight

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the amount of freight he expects to travel by road rather than rail as a result of the withdrawal of (a) freight facilities grants and (b) track access grants. [97340]

Mr. Jamieson: Freight facilities grants and track access grants have not been withdrawn. New applications have been suspended temporarily by the Strategic Rail Authority. Grants already agreed will continue to be honoured. Expenditure on freight grants is expected to be in the order of £40 million in 2003–04.

Road Schemes

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the road schemes (a) approved and (b) provisionally approved in (i) the targeted programme of improvements, (ii) multi-modal studies and (iii) the local transport settlements between 1997 to 2002, where the primary objective is economic regeneration. [97479]

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Mr. Jamieson: The information is in the following table. We have, in total, added 72 schemes to the targeted programme of improvements and approved or provisionally approved 87 local transport schemes between 1997 and 2002, many of which will also promote economic regeneration although that may not be the primary objective.

All major road schemes where the primary objective is economic regeneration—targeted programme of improvements—accepted and provisionally accepted LTP road schemes

Road schemes
North East
A66Long Newton Junction
DarlingtonDarlington Eastern Transport Corridor
MiddlesbroughNorth Middlesbrough Accessibility Improvements
DurhamA19 Dawdon Link Road
DurhamSeaham Town Centre Link Road
North West
M60J 5–8 (formerly M63 J 6–9 Widening)
M62Junction 6 Improvement
A74(M)Carlisle—Guardsmill upgrading to motorway
A500Basford, Hough, Shavington Bypass
A595Parton—Lillyhall Improvement
A5117/A550Deeside Park Junctions Improvement
CumbriaCarlisle Northern Development Route
A1033Hedon Road Improvement, Hull
BarnsleyCoalfields Link Road Phases 2 and 3
West Yorks—LeedsEast Leeds Link Road
South Yorks—BarnsleyCudworth Bp
South Yorks—SheffieldSheffield IRR Phase 2
West Yorks—WakefieldHemsworth—A1 Link
West Yorks—WakefieldGlasshoughton Link Road
East Midlands
A46Newark-Lincoln Improvement (03/04)
NottinghamshireA617 Mansfield Ashfield Reg. Route
DerbyshireMarkham Employment Growth Zone (MEGZ)
NorthamptonshireA43 Corby Link Road
West Midlands
A5Weeford-Fazeley Improvement
A500City Road/Stoke Road Junctions
StaffordshireBiddulph Bp
BirminghamA3 8 Selly Oak Link Road
StaffordshireRugeley Bp
StokeHanley-Bentilee Link
WM—BirminghamA3 8 Northfield Regeneration Scheme
WM—SandwellCradley Heath Town Centre
A11Roudham Heath-Attleborough Dualling
A11Fiveways to Thetford Improvement
LutonEast Luton Corridor
NorfolkNar-Ouse Regeneration Project—King's Lynn
ThurrockWest Thurrock Riverside Regeneration Scheme
South East
M25J 12–15 Widening
A2Bean-Cobham Widening Phase 1
A2Bean-Cobham Widening Phase 2
A2/A282Dartford Improvement
A27Polegate Bypass (open)
A34Chieveley/M4 J13 Improvement
A249Iwade—Queenborough Improvement
KentEast Kent Access Phase 1
Milton KeynesBletchley Link
South West
A30Bodmin-Indian Queens Improvement
CornwallA39 Camelford Bp
PoolePoole Harbour Bridge

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Communications Bill

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport during the Committee Stage of the Communications Bill, how many (a) clauses and (b) schedules were (i) fully debated, (ii) partly debated and (iii) not debated. [97789]

Dr. Howells: In its debates on the Communications Bill, Standing Committee E sat for 65 hours over 26 sittings. The original programme resolution for the Committee's proceedings was agreed by the Programming Sub-Committee at its meeting on 9 December 2002. This was approved without division at the beginning of the Committee's first session on 10 December 2002.

On two occasions during the Bill's passage through Committee, Programming Sub-Committee resolutions to move knives were agreed. This enabled hon. Members to focus on clauses of the Bill that they felt merited more detailed discussion. As a result of the agreed programme, the knives led to 101 clauses and five Schedules being moved forthwith by the Chair. It is worth noting, however, that, just because a clause was not reached by the Committee, it does not mean that substantive points on that clause were not raised and debated in full during earlier debates.

Domestic Violence

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to increase awareness of domestic violence in the British media. [97747]

Dr. Howells: None.

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