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Prime Minister's Delivery Unit

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers work in the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, broken down by salary bracket. [180536]

Mr. Alexander: As at 1 June 2004 31 civil servants and no special advisers were working in the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit. The information is based on headcount. The number of civil servants broken down by salary bracket is shown in the table.
Salary bracketNumber of staff by headcount
£51,250 and above12

(4) This incorporates two pay ranges.
(5) This incorporates two ranges.

Refurbishment Costs

Mr. Cameron: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the total cost of refurbishments to the fabric of buildings owned by his Office has been since May 1997. [185238]

Mr. Alexander [holding answer 19 July 2004]: Costs of renovation and refurbishment of freehold buildings on the Cabinet Office's estate (excluding the Civil Service College's site at Sunningdale Park) since 1997–98 to 2003–04 are shown in the table:
Cost (£)

The period from 1998–99 to 2003–04 includes costs associated with the major redevelopment of the previously vacant and highly dilapidated Admiralty Arch, 22 and 26 Whitehall buildings.
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A PFI/PPP partnership in relation to the Civil Service College's Sunningdale Park site commenced on 13 May 2002. From that date, the college's private sector partner has spent around £12 million on an overall investment plan. This has included expenditure on renovation, refurbishment and new build projects.


Road Congestion

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made with reducing road congestion. [185420]

Mr. Jamieson: Significant progress has been made putting measures in place to tackle congestion. 100 road schemes have been completed since 2000, 22 of these delivered since June 2002. This includes the M6 Toll, which opened in December 2003. A further 12 strategic road schemes are currently under construction, including widening of the M25 between Junctions 12 to 15 around Heathrow. The London congestion charge has delivered significant benefits. Traffic Officers are already being deployed on the motorway network starting in the West Midlands, to improve the clearing of incidents, and new technologies are being introduced to help improve traffic flow. The Traffic Management Act gives new powers to the Traffic Officers, and to local authorities to improve the management of local roads.

Road Schemes

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what European Union financial support has been given for major inter regional road developments in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years. [185342]

Mr. Jamieson: The following table shows all the road projects and telematic schemes in the UK that have been awarded Trans-European Network (TENs) funding since the TENs fund was established in 1996.

At the current exchange rate this means that the UK has been awarded €30.618 million (equivalent to £20.413 million at present exchange rates). This is subject to confirmation from the Commission for two 2004 awards.

While TENs projects are awarded funding there can be a number of reasons as to why the payment could be less than the original award, including exchange rate fluctuations, changes in the scope of a project, or the Commission deciding that some costs are ineligible. It is therefore not possible to translate the awards into annual financial support.
ReferenceProject titleAward € millionAward £ million
UK/96/88 UK—Ireland—Benelux road link 1.7001.133
UK/96/90Study on Newry—Dundalk cross border road link 0.3250.217
UK/97/282 A75 Stranraer to Gretna Trunk Road 1.3000.867
UK/97/283 UK—Ireland—Benelux road link 1.7001.133
A14 route strategy studies
M6/M11 capacity studies
Bridge assessment study
UK/00/1503 Northern Ireland transportation infrastructure 20000.5000.333
UK/01/1302 UK—Ireland—Benelux road link 5.0003.333
A120 Stansted to Braintree road upgrading
UK/02/1302 UK—Ireland—Benelux road link 2.5001.667
A120 Stansted to Braintree road upgrading
UK/03/1302 UK—Ireland—Benelux road link 5.0003.333
A120 Stansted to Braintree road upgrading
UK/04/ Loughbrickland to Beech Hill road(6) 2.5001.667
UK/04/ UK—Ireland—Benelux road link(6) 2.4001.600
A120 Stansted to Braintree road upgrading
Total(7) 22.92515.283
Telematic schemes 0.3000.200
UK/96/91 Study of National RDS-TMC implementation in the UK and its interconnection across national frontiers 0.3000.200
UK/96/92 Study on road link network-real time traffic information 0.4000.267
UK/97/275 Studies for traffic management and traffic information in Wales 0.4000.267
UK/98/164 Study of National RDS—TMC implementation in the UK and its interconnection across national frontiers 1.0000.667
UK/98/182 Telematics and traffic management on the TERN
UK/01/4001 Streetwise
Studies 0.9000.600
Works 0.9000.600
UK/02/4001 Streetwise
Studies 1.1500.767
Works 0.6510.434
UK/03/4001 Streetwise
Studies 1.1100.740
Works 0.5820.388
Total 7.6935.130
Grand Total 30.61820.413

(6) Awaiting confirmation from the Commission.
(7) Total subject to confirmation from Commission.
Exchange rate used £1 equals €1.5.

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Mr. Cameron: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road schemes have been started in (a) the Thames Valley area and (b) Oxfordshire in each year since 1992. [186005]

Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 22 July 2004]: On the strategic road network construction has started on two major road schemes, since April 1998, in the Thames Valley area. These are as follows:
SchemeStart of worksActual/estimated
A41 Aston Clinton BypassAugust 2001October 2003
A34 Chieveley/M4 J13 ImprovementMarch 20032004–05

Work has not started on any major strategic road schemes, Oxfordshire, since 1998. This information is available only for major road schemes costing in excess of £5 million starting after 1998 when the new Targeted Programme of Improvements was introduced.

On local roads there have been no starts on major schemes in the Thames Valley or Oxfordshire since 1998. For these roads the Department only make decisions about schemes over £5 million which are approved individually through the LTP process. Smaller schemes are funded by the local authorities out of their block allocations and the Department does not hold records of how that funding was used. We do not have records on major scheme starts before the new LTP system was introduced in 1999–2000 and getting it would be difficult, particularly since there have been
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changes to local authority structures. Trying to find the information would take time and be at a disproportionate cost.

Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how his Department measures his target to maintain the strategic road network at optimum level; and what the level of the strategic road network was estimated to be at 1 April. [186166]

Mr. Jamieson: The Department sets the Highways Agency an indicator to measure its performance in maintaining the network in a safe and serviceable condition. A new way of measuring the performance was introduced in the 2004–05 Highways Agency Business Plan, with a target to "achieve a road surface condition index score of 100l".

In consultation with the Department the Agency has developed an index that measures road surface condition. This is a major improvement on the previous indicator that was based on the percentage of the network that required investigation. The measure of road surface condition is based on a wider range of surveys covering rutting, unevenness, cracking and skid resistance. The target takes account of the fact that it is not practical or sustainable to maintain the whole road network in an as-new condition. The condition of the network is established, using the principles of minimising whole life costs taking into account disruption to road users. The condition at which the road network is to be maintained has been equated to a road surface condition index score of 100 and is the target level at which the road network will be
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maintained year-on-year. To allow for variability/uncertainty in annual condition scores, a tolerance of 1 is allowed in the target.

We estimate that the level at 1 April was within the parameters set out i.e. an index of 1001. The actual figure will be calculated and the result audited during 2004–05.

Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government is on track to achieve its target of widening 360 miles of strategic road network by 2010; and if he will list the schemes involved in the widening programme indicating the (a) miles of road widened, (b) construction cost, (c) scheduled start of construction, (d) expected completion date and (e) status at 1 April. [186167]

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Mr. Jamieson: The Government are on track to deliver 360 miles of widening of the strategic road network by the end of 2010–11 (within the period of the 10 Year Plan).

The following table provides a list of current and completed major schemes that are expected to contribute 387 route miles of widening by the end of 2010–11. Alongside each scheme is detailed: the miles of route widened; the Stage Reached or 2004–05 Key/Critical Event as at 1 April 2004; the latest estimated outturn cost; and the anticipated dates of completion for those schemes that have already started works, or are expected to start works in 2004–05

Firm decisions have yet to be made on start of works for the remainder of the current programme so no forecast dates of opening are possible.

Stage reached or 2004–05
key/critical event
(as at 1 April 2004)
Latest estimated outturn cost (£m) Route miles Estimated dates of completion
A1 Willowburn-Denwick ImprovementCompleted Scheme9.02.6
A11 Roudham Heath- Attleborough DuallingCompleted Scheme50.06.2
A43 Towcester to M40 Dualling (including A43 Whitfield Turn-Brackley Heath Improvement and A43 M40 to B4031 Dualling)Completed Scheme97.06.9
A46 Newark-Lincoln ImprovementCompleted Scheme41.08.1
A1033 Hedon Road Improvement, HullCompleted Scheme85.04.2
A2 Bean-Cobham Widening Phase 1Road Open20.03.82004–05
A34 Chieveley/M4 J13 ImprovementRoad Open76.01.32004–05
Al (M) Wetherby to WalshfordNo Event-Already on Site34.03.72005–06
M25 J12–15 WideningNo Event-Already on Site105.06.82005–06
M5 J17 to J18A Northbound Climbing Lane (Hallen Hill)Start of Works6.00.92005–06
A1 (M) Ferrybridge to Hook MoorNo Event-Already on Site161.010.22006–07
A249 Iwade-QueenboroughStart of Works81.03.32006–07
A500 City Road and Stoke Road JunctionsNo Event-Already on Site60.01.02006–07
M60 J 5–8 (formerly M63 J6–9 Widening)No Event-Already on Site117.04.72006–07
A120 Stansted BraintreeRoad Open130.015.0Open July 2004
A2 Bean-Cobham Widening Phase 2Publish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement101.02.5
A2/A282 Dartford ImprovementSecretary of State's decision announced80.02.1
A303 StonehengeNo event-public inquiry already started223.05.8
A11 Attleborough Bypass ImprovementPublic Inquiry29.03.0
All Five ways to Thetford ImprovementPublish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement60.09.1
M6 Carlisle to GuardsmillPublish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement69.026.6
A3 Hindhead ImprovementPublic Inquiry236.05.1
A38 Dobwalls BypassPublish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement36.02.5
A595 Parton -Lillyhall ImprovementPublic Inquiry25.03.2
A46 Newark-Widmerpool ImprovementPreferred Route Announcement186.016.9
A30 Bodmin Indian QueensWorks price reviewed/confirmed69.07.2
A483 Pant-Llanymynech BypassECI Tenders Invited41.01.6
A66 Temple SowerbyECI Contract Awarded23.03.1
A1 Dishforth-Barton (2 schemes-Dishforth Leeming, Leeming Barton)No Event-ECI Contract already awarded325.024.5
Al Bramham-Wetherby (including Wetherby Bypass)Publish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement62.03.8
A47 Blofield to North BurlinghamNo Event-ECI Contract already awarded15.01.8
A66 Greta Bridge to Stephen Bank DuallingECI Tenders Invited9.03.0
A66 Scotch Corner to Carkin Moor DuallingECI Tenders Invited11.03.8
A428 Caxton Common to Hardwick ImprovementSecretary of State's decision announced44.04.8
M5 J19 to J20 Southbound Climbing Lane (Naish Hill)Environmental Statement Published8.01.0
M5 J19 to J20 Northbound Climbing Lane (Tickenham Hill)Environmental Statement Published8.00.8
A57/A628 Mottram-Hollingworth-TintwhistleECI Contract Awarded103.00.8
Ml J6A to J10 WideningECI Contract Awarded241.08.2
Ml J10 to J13 WideningECI Contract Awarded382.07.9
Al Morpeth to Felton DuallingECI Tenders Invited84.07.8
Al Adderstone to Belford DuallingECI Tenders Invited14.01.3
A505 Dunstable Northern Bypass (aka Ml -A5 Link Road)ECI Contract Awarded48.02.8
A421 Bedford to Ml Junction 13Preferred Route Announcement171.07.5
A21 Tonbridge Bypass to Pembury DuallingECI Contract Awarded65.02.6
A590 High and Low Newton BypassECI Tenders Invited22.02.7
A30 Garland Cross to Chiverton CrossPreferred Route Announcement125.08.5
A30 Temple to Higher Carblake ImprovementECI Contract Awarded41.01.5
A27 Southerham-Beddingham ImprovementPublish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement19.01.6
Ml J21 to J30 WideningAwaiting TPI Entry (achieved)1915.039.8
M25 J1b to J3 WideningAwaiting TPI Entry (achieved)66.03.1
M25 J16 to J23 WideningAwaiting TPI Entry (achieved)496.017.6
M25 J23 to J27 WideningAwaiting TPI Entry (achieved)419.013.6
A23 Handcross to Warninglid WideningAwaiting TPI Entry (achieved)41.02.1
A453 Widening (M1 J24 to A52 Nottingham)Awaiting TPI Entry (achieved)89.09.7
M6 Toll RoadCompleted Scheme*27.0
A2/M2 Cobham to Junction 4 WideningCompleted Scheme280.010.6

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Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government achieved its target of delivering 100 major trunk road junction schemes by 2003. [186169]

Mr. Jamieson: 97 out of 100 small trunk road improvements to tackle safety and congestion, announced in June 2000, have been completed. The remaining three will be completed during 2004–05.

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