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year between 1992 and 2002; how many workless households there were in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
|March to May||Economically inactive people of working age(23) seeking employment (seasonally adjusted)||Number of workless households (not seasonally adjusted)|
(23) Men aged 1664 and women aged 1659.
Due to questionnaire routing error, figures for 1992 are incorrect and therefore are not shown.
Those for workless households have not yet been subject to this adjustment.
Labour Force Survey (ONS)
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many single (a) women and (b) men in 2003 will reach the age of 60 years after the qualifying week for Winter Fuel Payment eligibility, but before 25 December. 
Malcolm Wicks: It is estimated that around 23,000 single women and 18,000 single men will reach the age of 60 after the qualifying week of 15 to 21 September 2003 but before 25 December 2003 in Great Britain.
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Malcolm Wicks: It is estimated that around 36,000 single women and 12,000 single men will reach the age of 80 after the qualifying week of 15 to 21 September 2003 but before 25 December 2003 in Great Britain.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are being implemented to prevent the Continuous Registration system of cars being circumvented, with regard to the End of Life Vehicles Directive. 
Mr. Jamieson: The End of Life Vehicles Directive requires member states among other thing, to put in place measures to ensure that end of life vehicles are disposed of cleanly. In most cases initially, this will be by vehicle keepers and after 2007, by producers.
The purpose of continuous registration is to maintain an accurate vehicle register entry for every vehicle in use. In the event that it is disposed of by scrapping, the last keeper will be issued with a certificate of destruction by the DVLA. Under continuous registration the keeper is continuously responsible for licensing or declaring a Statutory Off Road Notice on their vehicle every year until transfer to another keeper or disposal.
Mr. Jamieson: The Highways Agency will be conducting a safety study on this section of the A449 within the next three months to develop a package of measures to improve safety. Any recommendations from this study will be added to the programme of safety improvements.
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Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of technological improvements in aircraft which will be available to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide by 2010. 
Mr. McNulty: The Government keep abreast of emissions technology developments and future prospects through direct contact with the industry and through international regulatory discussions. Significant advances are forecast for reducing emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) for engines due to enter service before 2010.
Mr. McNulty: The areas that would be affected are set out in Chapter 7 of the consultation document "The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: South East, Second Edition", published in February 2003, pages 56 and 57.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the level of increase in noise that residents living under and around the flight path would experience following the possible construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport. 
Mr. McNulty: The level of increase in noise would depend on the distance of individual residents from the proposed runway and its flight paths and the level of other existing noise sources. Illustrative noise contours, and the areas and populations contained within them at 3dBA intervals from 54dBA Leq up to 72dBA Leq are set out in Chapter 7 of the consultation document, "The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: South East, Second Edition", published in February 2003, pages 56 and 57.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he would take to mitigate the effects of aircraft noise on residents living under or around the flight path if a third runway at Heathrow Airport was constructed. 
Mr. McNulty: We asked for views on noise mitigation and compensation measures in Chapter 16 of the consultation document, "The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: South East, Second Edition", published in February 2003, pages 144 to 149. Having considered the responses carefully, we will set out our conclusions in the White Paper to be published shortly.
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limitations on noise set out in the package of measures imposed by the Inspector for the Terminal 5 Inquiry as a condition for construction of a fifth terminal. 
Mr. McNulty: The planning conditions for construction of Terminal 5, which were imposed by my right hon. Friend the Member for Tyneside, North (Mr. Byers) included a restriction, to apply from 2016, on the area enclosed by the 57dBA Leq 16-hour (07002300) noise contour to 145 square kilometres. Information illustrating the likely noise impact of a third runway was set out in Chapter 7 of the consultation document, "The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: South East, Second Edition", published in February 2003, page 56.
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action his Department is taking to reduce the level of noise pollution caused by (a) aircraft flying into and out of Heathrow airport (b) surface access routes into and out of Heathrow airport; and whether these measures would be affected by a further runway. 
Mr. McNulty: Noise from aircraft flying into and out of Heathrow airport is regulated by Notices made under section 78 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982. These include night restrictions, departure noise limits, noise preferential routes and approach procedures. Noise from surface access modes is treated essentially as for those sources on non-airport routes or journeys. The noise implications of a further runway at Heathrow were set out in the consultation on the "Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom (South East)".
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total (a) area and (b) population affected by aircraft noise was within (i) 57 Leq Contour, (ii) 63 Leq Contour and (iii) 69 Leq Contour and above at (A) Gatwick, (B) Stansted and (C) City airports in each of the last five years. 
Mr. McNulty: The information for Gatwick and Stansted airports is provided in the following tables. London City airport produces maps showing the 57dBA Leq contour and 60dBA Leq contour but the information is not available in the form requested.
|Area (sq. kms) within:|
|57 Leq contour||76.8||71.4||71.9||55.9||45.2|
|63 Leq contour||28.2||26.4||26.4||19.6||15.8|
|69 Leq contour||9.7||8.9||9.0||6.0||4.6|
|Population (thousand) within:|
|57 Leq contour||9.0||7.8||8.7||5.2||3.5|
|63 Leq contour||1.4||1.4||1.4||0.8||0.5|
|69 Leq contour||0.3||0.3||0.2||0.1||0.1|
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|Area (sq. kms) within:|
|57 Leq contour||64.5||52.3||52.4||32.1||31.7|
|63 Leq contour||22.3||20.5||20.4||11.6||11.3|
|69 Leq contour||8.7||7.9||7.6||3.6||3.4|
|Population (thousand) within:|
|57 Leq contour||7.6||4.4||5.7||2.3||2.0|
|63 Leq contour||1.3||1.4||1.3||0.4||0.3|
|69 Leq contour||0.3||0.2||0.2||0.1||0.1|
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