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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to argue, in his discussions with the Government of Kazahkstan, that a charter service from Uralsk to Amsterdam cannot be considered as a replacement for a service from Uralsk to London; what recent discussions he has had on this matter; and if he will make a statement. 
We are pursuing this matter with the Kazakh Government. Our objective is to ensure that the services offered by airlines meet passenger demands and that no unreasonable obstacles are put in the way of those services.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) why he has initiated a regulatory impact assessment on the funding of his Lower Airspace Radar Service; and if he will make a statement; 
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Mr. McNulty: The Secretary of State has not initiated a regulatory impact assessment on this matter as funding of the Lower Airspace Radar Service (LARS) is the responsibility of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) through its Directorate of Airspace Policy.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the proportion of congestion on roads in England and Wales which is caused by poorly planned and lengthy street works carried out (a) by utilities and (b) by or on behalf of highway authorities. 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 5 January 2004]: The Department does not hold figures for the proportion of congestion cause by street works that are poorly planned or lengthy, whether carried out by utilities or highway authorities. However, Transport Research Laboratory figures indicate that all types of road and utility works cause around 10 per cent. of congestion on the Highways Agency's Trunk Road and Motorway system. The proportion of this carried out by Utility Companies is under 2 per cent.
The Department does not hold equivalent figures for local roads. Relatively little utility apparatus is located under motorways and trunk roads. Therefore, congestion caused by utility works on local authority roads will be significantly higher than the equivalent figure for Highways Agency roads given above.
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A120 StanstedBraintree Improvement (under construction)
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A590 High and Low Newton By-pass
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how sums of money raised in fines from speed cameras in Essex which have exceeded the totals spent on purchasing and operating speed cameras in Essex have been spent in each of the five years prior to 200102; and whether these sums have been allocated to another Department. 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 20 January 2004]: Prior to the start of the cost recovery system to fund safety camera activity in 200001 all revenue from speeding fines was passed to the Consolidated Fund at HM Treasury.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answers of 6 January 2004, Official Report, columns 215W and 216W, and his answer of 13 January 2004, Official Report, columns 6767W, how the £520,357, that was collected in fines from speed cameras that was not spent in purchasing and operating speed cameras in Essex in 200102, was spent; and whether this sum was allocated to another Department. 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 20 January 2004]: Under the netting off scheme the amount returned to the safety camera partnership can only cover the cost of purchasing and operating safety cameras. The rest is passed to the Consolidated Fund at HM Treasury.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has made representations to Transport for London regarding (a) reliability and (b) comfort, under each of the PPP contracts for the London Underground. 
Mr. McNulty: The Department for Transport has not made specific representations to Transport for London on either of these issues. I have regular meetings with the Mayor for London, London Underground and Transport for London. At these meetings a wide range of issues are discussed, including the operational performance of the Underground and the delivery of improvements to the network.
9. Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary on the devolution of higher education funding for students to the National Assembly for Wales. 
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Cells are normally used only to accommodate people who need to be held in custody by the police. Occasionally, prison inmates are held overnight because they cannot reach their prison by a reasonable time, or to facilitate their return to court the next day.
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