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Joyce Quin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list, at constant prices, the spending on public transport support for buses for each year since 1985 in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, (d) English metropolitan areas outside London, (e) shire counties and (f) London. 
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Joyce Quin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has collated on the change in the number of passenger journeys by bus for each year since 1985 in each English metropolitan area outside London. 
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Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list in respect of each motorway the number of occasions in each of the last five years when a carriageway has been closed for more than two hours as a result of (a) an accident and (b) an incident other than an accident. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the availability of overnight parking facilities for commercial vehicles in each region of the UK. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 confers powers on local authorities to make provision for on and off street parking facilities, including facilities for commercial vehicles if these are considered necessary. We have not commissioned any research to
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evaluate the availability of overnight parking facilities for commercial vehicles. However, the Highways Agency is engaged in a pilot study in conjunction with the road haulage industry aimed at providing dedicated rest areas for lorry drivers away from the motorway network.
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment his Department has made of the benefits of relocation of staff to North Staffordshire; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) what assessment his Department has made of the effect of possible relocation of staff in his Department to North Staffordshire on (a) job creation, (b) sustainable development, (c) the local economy and (d) tackling regional economic disparities; and if he will make a statement; 
(4) what plans he has to establish procedures for assessing the impact of possible re-location of staff in his Department to the regions; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the Government intends to consult interested parties on next steps when the lane rental trials in Camden and Middlesbrough end. 
Mr. Jamieson: The lane rental trials in Camden and Middlesbrough are due to end on 31 March. Any decision on whether to roll out lane rental more widely will need to be taken in the context of changes to the existing legislative regime for utility street works resulting from the Traffic Management Bill, including the introduction of permit schemes. We intend consulting widely with utilities, local authorities, utility
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Mr. Jamieson: Resurfacing schedules are established on an annual basis, based upon an assessment of surface condition and availability of funds. Next year's resurfacing will be determined as part of the Highways Agency's business plan development.
The 10 Year Plan for Transport includes a commitment to use quieter surfacing materials where possible during routine resurfacing. Other noise reduction measures, such as noise fencing, are considered on an individual basis.
Mr. McNulty: Details of the subsidy paid to each train operating company, in each year, are set out in the Strategic Rail Authority's annual report, copies of which have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. McNulty: Network Rail's June 2003 Business Plan sets out £1.6 billion of investment in maintenance and renewals for Scottish routes (excluding the West Coast Main Line and East Coast Main Line in Scotland) over the period 200405 to 200809. The Business Plan is currently being reviewed to take into account the Rail Regulator's Final Conclusions on the Interim Review of Track Access Charges, which were published on 12 December 2003. The SRA's investment proposals are set out in the Strategic Plan. The latest edition was published last year and is available in the House Library. In addition, the Scottish Executive may facilitate the development and improvement of passenger rail services.
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