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EU Directives

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to his Department that have been implemented in each of the last two years, specifying (a) the title and purpose of each, (b) the cost to public funds of each and (c) the cost to businesses of each. [202425]

Mr. McNulty: The information is as follows:

(a) This information is not held centrally and could be assembled only at disproportionate cost.

(b) Information is not held in the form requested, and could be assembled only at disproportionate cost.

(c) Departments are required to produce regulatory impact assessments (RIAs) for proposals, including those originating in European legislation, likely to impose costs on business, charities or voluntary organisations. Copies of these are placed in the Library, and on departmental websites.

European Constitution

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the effect of the coming into force of the European Constitution on the operation of his Department, with reference to (a) changes in legislative competence, (b) the extension of qualified majority voting, (c) the increased legislative role of the European Parliament, (d) the cost of implementation of regulations, (e) the requirements of adherence to the Charter of Fundamental Rights and (f) the quantity of legislation originating in the EU institutions. [200175]

Mr. McNulty: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 29 November 2004, Official Report, columns 10–11W, by my hon. Friend the Minister for Europe.
 
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Grantham-Skegness Branch Line

Mr. Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on the economic viability of the Grantham to Skegness branch line; [201979]

(2) how many passengers have travelled on the Grantham to Skegness branch line in each year since 1995. [201980]

Mr. McNulty: The Skegness line forms part of a network of rail services operated by Central Trains. Subsidy per passenger kilometre for these services in aggregate is set out in the Strategic Rail Authority's National Rail Trends (copies of which are in the House Library). Information on the number of passengers that have travelled on the Grantham to Skegness line each year since 1995 is not held centrally.

Highways Agency

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will break down the budget of the Highways Agency for 2004–05 by major category. [200641]

Mr. Jamieson: The indicative Capital and Resource budgets of the Highways Agency are identified, in total and by main categories of expenditure, in the Agency's published Business Plan for the year 2004–05, which is available in the Libraries of the House.

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the frequency and schedule under the 30 year contract is between the Highways Agency and Highway Services (UK) Limited for contract review. [200643]

Mr. Jamieson: The Secretary of State does not have any contract with the company mentioned but the M40 DBFO contract is with UK Highways (M40) Ltd. Performance of the contract is reviewed on an ongoing basis but there are no provisions for formal contract review.

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms there are under the 30 year contract between the Highways Agency and Highway Services (UK) Ltd. for cost recoveries through changes to the per vehicle charge. [200644]

Mr. Jamieson: The Secretary of State does not have a contract with the company mentioned but the M40 DBFO contract is with UK Highways (M40) Ltd. The Shadow Tolls payments in the 30-year contract between the Secretary of State and UK Highways (M40) Ltd. are calculated annually and indexed to protect the contractors against inflation using the Retail Price Index as the basic factor.

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what environmental terms were in the initial 30 year contract between the Highways Agency and Highway Services (UK) Ltd. [200645]

Mr. Jamieson: The Secretary of State does not have any contract with the company mentioned but the M40 DBFO contract is with UK Highways (M40) Ltd. The contract required the company to incorporate into the construction work all of the environmental features included in the approved design. The attached extract from the Design, Build, Finance and Operate Contract
 
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between the Secretary of State for Transport and UK Highways (M40) Ltd. details further general and specific environmental terms.

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what environmental issues have been negotiated in reviews of the 30 year contract between the Highways Agency and Highway Services (UK) Ltd. [200646]

Mr. Jamieson: The Secretary of State does not have any contract with the company mentioned but the M40 DBFO contract is with UK Highways (M40) Ltd. There are no provisions in the Design, Build Finance and Operate Contract between the Secretary of State for Transport and UK Highways (M40) Ltd. for any formal review of environmental issues.

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the Highways Agency is able to agree additional works with contractors under the terms of its 30 year contract with Highway Services (UK) Ltd. [201822]

Mr. Jamieson: The Department for Transport does not have a contract with the company mentioned but the M40 DBFO contract is with UK Highways (M40) Limited. All the Department's DBFO contracts make provision for Additional Works and other Additional Services. Where the Department through its Highways Agency proposes Additional Works to be carried out it notifies the DBFO Company of such an intention by means of an Additional Works Notice:

Road Accidents (A303/A30)

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in road accidents on the A303/A30 between Ilminster and Honiton in each of the last seven years. [202163]


 
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Mr. Jamieson: The numbers of people killed or seriously injured on this section of the A303/A30 for each of the last seven years are set out as follows:
Number of fatalitiesNumber of seriously injured
199835
1999212
200027
200128
2002210
2003010
2004 (until end September)20
Total1352


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