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(2) what plans he has to (a) improve and (b) increase car parking provision at railway stations. 
The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) does not require train operators, as part of franchise agreements, to provide car parking facilities at stations. It is for train operators to decide and to make a commercial judgement on the cost of providing car parking facilities. Local authorities can also consider supporting the provision of car parking facilities as part of their integrated transport strategies.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the results of
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his announcement in January this year of the appointment of regional rail czars to oversee parts of the railway system. 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 8 July 2004]: The total number of deaths that occurred in 2003 resulting from road traffic accidents as reported by the police on the trunk road and motorway network operated by the Highways Agency was 625.
The total number of deaths that occurred on the passenger rail network reported by the Health and Safety Executive in the financial year 2002 to 2003, the latest date for which information is available, was 306. (Including a total of 256 deaths resulting from trespass and suicide.)
During 200203, 50 people died in incidents on the passenger rail network. This figure includes train incidents (eg derailments), incidents resulting from train movements (eg fatalities at level crossings) and incidents not involving trains (eg falling down steps at station).
John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of trips to school were (a) on foot, (b) by bus, (c) by car, (d) by other modes of transport, (e) by five to 10-year-olds, (f) by 11 to 16-year-olds and (g) by five to 16-year-olds in the last period for which figures are available; and what percentage of each were (i) under three miles and (ii) three miles and over in that period. 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 13 July 2004]: The data requested are shown for 19992001. Data for 2002 are available, but are not shown as it is believed that walks under one mile were under-recorded that year due to changes in survey practice.
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Ms Hewitt: 23 per cent. of UK's MEPs and 18 per cent. of the Members of this House are women. 37 per cent. of Labour MEPs, 50 per cent. of Liberal Democrat MEPs and 7.4 per cent. of Conservative MEPS are women. All UKIP MEPs are men. In the House of Commons women make up 23 per cent. of Labour MPS, 8.6 per cent. of Conservative MPs and 11 per cent. of Liberal Democrats.
In 2002 we introduced the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act which allows political parties to take positive measures towards women's increased participation. The Labour Part has already taken advantage of this new law to use positive action to increase the number of women candidates in both local and national elections, and in elections to the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament.
Mr. Boateng: Small businesses will benefit from the Government's investment in work force skills, science, innovation and business support in this Spending Review. In particular, additional devolved funding will go to the Regional Development Agencies as they adopt, next April, responsibility for the delivery of business support services for small businesses in every region.
John Healey: As the Chancellor announced in the 2004 Spending Review statement, by 200708 total UK development assistance will reach nearly £6.5 billion, equal to 0.47 per cent. of Gross National Income. The Government wishes to maintain those rates of growth in the overseas aid ratio, which on this timetable would rise beyond 0.5 per cent. after 2008 and reach 0.7 per cent. by 2013.
90 per cent. of the increased resources will be spent in the world's poorest countries, including £1.25 billion each year in Africa by 200708. The UK will also spend £1.5 billion on HIV/AIDS related work over the next three years.
15. Mr. Pike: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had on increasing the share of overseas development assistance by 2008 in line with the UN target of 0.7 per cent. of gross national income. 
John Healey: The Chancellor has received over 15,000 representations on the subject of development spending from a variety of organisations, including churches, faith groups and NGOs. As he announced in the 2004 Spending Review statement, by 200708 total UK development assistance will reach £6.5 billion, equal to 0.47 per cent. of gross national income. We wish to maintain those rates of growth in the overseas aid ratio, which on this timetable would rise beyond 0.5 per cent. after 2008 and reach 0.7 per cent. by 2013.
17. Mr. Truswell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the timetable for reaching the target of spending 0.7 per cent. of gross national income on aid by 2008. 
John Healey: As the Chancellor announced in the 2004 Spending Review statement, by 200708 total UK development assistance will reach 0.47 per cent. of Gross National Income. We wish to maintain those rates of growth in the overseas aid ratio, which on this timetable would rise beyond 0.5 per cent. after 2008 and reach 0.7 per. cent by 2013. I can also state that if Britain's planthe new International Finance Facilityis agreed internationally, the objective of 0.7 per cent. could be achieved earlier, by 200809.
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