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Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much government grant per capita was allocated for concessionary fares on public transport in 200304 in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) North Yorkshire. 
Mr. McNulty: Government provision for existing concessionary travel schemes is included in the general grant for local authorities. This is distributed using formula spending shares and it is not possible to provide an allocation for each authority. It is for local authorities to decide their spending priorities in the light of their responsibilities and the wishes of their electorate.
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South Yorkshire£9.85 per head
North Yorkshire (on an aggregate of its seven district councils)£2.33 per head.
In North Yorkshire the concessionary fare schemes were funded by district councils, not the county.
Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the introduction of compulsory hazard perception tests for existing approved driving instructors; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: We have received representations from a wide variety of sources since our decision to add moving-image Hazard Perception Testing (HPT) to the supervision of existing Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) was announced in December.
HPT has been part of the qualification process for learner drivers, car, lorry and bus drivers, motorcyclists and prospective ADIs since November 2002. Our announcement followed consultation exercises in December 2001 on HPT for learner drivers and riders and prospective ADIs, and in April 2003 for existing ADIs. On both occasions, instructor interests mainly favoured introduction for drivers and prospective ADIs, but not for existing ADIs. Other interests, such as road safety bodies and the police, mainly favoured the proposals, including for existing ADIs.
The ADI registration scheme already requires instructors to have their competence periodically re-assessed. We now plan to use modern technology to assess standards objectively against the same benchmarkregardless of when ADIs were registered. This should ensure that ADIs are familiar with the nature of the tests faced by trainees.
Dr. Howells: The Government have commissioned an independent review, by Professor David Greenaway, of the UK motor insurance system with a particular focus on uninsured driving. The review will include an assessment of the merits of the introduction of insurance discs. Professor David Greenaway is expected to report in April and we will study carefully his recommendations.
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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money will be spent on the M6 (a) maintenance and (b) upgrading in (i) Lancashire, (ii) Cheshire and (iii) Staffordshire in each of the next five years; and how many miles of the M6 motorway will be affected in each of the counties. 
Subject to the availability of funds, the Highways Agency plans to invest in a Motorway Incident Detection Automatic Signalling System (MIDAS), which includes upgrading the current Variable Message Signs, on the Lancashire section of the M6.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many uniformed patrols will be set up by the Highways Agency under the Traffic Management Bill; what their annual cost will be; and how many new posts will be created. 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 7 January 2004]: The number of uniformed patrols (a liveried vehicle and uniformed Traffic Officers) will depend on day-to-day operational requirements and is currently envisaged to be about 100 when fully phased in on motorways. The annual cost is about £40 million. It is currently envisaged that the number of new posts created will be about 1,200 Traffic Officers.
The Highways Agency and Association of Chief Police Officers "Roles and Responsibilities Report" identified plans that could free up the equivalent of about 540 full-time equivalent police officers. Based on figures from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary of 6,540 designated roads police in 200102, the report estimated that a transfer of non-core police activities to the Highways Agency enabled approximately 8½ per cent. of police time to work on other key tasks. Resources will be freed up over a period of about three years as Highways Agency Traffic Officers are phased in across all motorways and some key trunk roads.
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|Authority||Number of bids|
|Staffordshire County Council||1|
|Telford and Wrekin Council||1|
|Warwickshire County Council||2|
|West Midlands PTA||7|
|Worcestershire County Council||1|
Mr. Ingram: The information is not held centrally in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, details on the current trained Regular Army manning state by Arms and Service as at 1 December 2003 are shown in the table.
|Household Cavalry /Royal Armoured Corps||5,975||5,885|
|Army Air Corps||2,105||1,820|
|Royal Army Chaplains Department||165||145|
|Royal Logistics Corps||16,205||15,200|
|Royal Army Medical Corps||2,920||2,645|
|Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers||10,370||9,635|
|Adjutant General Corps (Provost)||2,075||2,055|
|AGC (Staff Personnel Support)||4,645||4,615|
|AGC (Education and Training Corps)||315||320|
|AGC (Army Legal Service)||95||90|
|Royal Army Veterinary Corps||190||175|
|Small Arms School Corps||145||150|
|Royal Army Dental Corps||420||405|
|Army Physical Training Corps||455||425|
|Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps||1,035||800|
|Corps of Army Musicians||1,155||1,025|
= zero or rounded to zero.
1. The trained requirement for individual Arms and Service Directors is derived from the Regular Army strength requirement (excluding Gurkhas and FTRS), which is published in DASA's Tri-Service Monthly Publication (TSP) 3.
2. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 5.
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Mr. Caplin: The MOD keeps the size and location of its bases under constant review. In the estate strategy, "In Trust and On Trust" the Department set out its intention to define its mainland Great Britain sites as core' or 'non-core'. Initial classification work was conducted last year. Building on this the Department is now undertaking further work to identify where estate rationalisation may be possible. This work is consistent with the Department's contribution to the Government's Independent Review of Public Sector Rationalisationthe Lyons review. Any specific proposals arising from these studies will be subjected to full consultation in due course.
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