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Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister to how many written parliamentary questions he responded with an answer which included the formulation, 'I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave . . .' during the 200304 parliamentary session; and what percentage of answers in that session this represents. 
Mr. Brady: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 13 December 2004, Official Report, column 823, on the Working Time Regulations, how many and what percentage of officials in his private office have signed a waiver under the Working Time Regulations. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his target time is in 200405 (a) to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) for the officials in his office to reply to letters received directly from members of the public. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by the Duchy in each of the last two years; and what the cost is to public funds in each case. 
Mr. Godsiff: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) projected cost at the time of tender and (b) actual cost at the time of completion was for each IT contract commissioned by the Duchy over the last five years. 
Mr. Milburn: The Duchy of Lancaster has not entered into any major information technology (IT) projects over the last five years, save for the construction of its website, which was completed on budget.
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Mr. Jamieson: The insurance industry estimates that the average cost of car insurance for all drivers is £370. No separate estimates are available for the average costs for newly qualified drivers under the age of 25.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) new builds, (b) demolition rebuilds and (c) private finance initiative projects in his Department in each of the last two years. 
|DfT Unit||New Build||Demo Rebuild||PFI|
|New Build||Demo Rebuild||PFI|
|Driving Standards Agency||0||1.237||0||0||0||0|
|Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority||0||0||0||5.667||0||0.570|
|Maritime Coastguards Agency||0.135||0.406||0||0.331||0.007||0|
|Vehicle and Operator Services Agency||4.121||0.500||0||0.174||0||0|
|DfT Unit||Refurbishment cost 200203||Refurbishment costs 200304|
|Air Accidents Investigation Branch||0||0.071|
|Driving Standards Agency||0.264||0.217|
|Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency||(4)4.118||(4)4.665|
|Marine Accident Investigation Branch||0.137||0|
|Maritime and Coastguard Agency||4.930||2.621|
|Vehicle and Operator Services Agency||0.212||0.063|
|Vehicle Certification Agency||0||0|
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cases have been brought against his Department under the Human Rights Act 1998; and what the cost has been in (a) legal fees to defend cases and (b) compensation payments. 
Charlotte Atkins: The Human Rights Act has given rise to little specific litigation against the Department for Transport. Where HR points are taken, they are mostly taken in support of other causes of action, which makes them very difficult to count separately.
For these reasons it would not be possible to apportion costs and compensation payments as requested without reviewing all the cases handled by the Department since October 2000, which would give rise to disproportionate cost.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that emergency vehicles with activated blue light beacons are not hindered at toll booths when exiting the M6 toll road; and if he will make a statement; 
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(2) if he will make a statement on the conditions of use of the M6 toll road by official emergency vehicles. 
Mr. Jamieson: Under the statutory Order governing tolling at the M6 toll road (The Birmingham Northern Relief Road Toll Order 1998 (SI 1998/124)), police vehicles, fire engines and ambulances are exempt from toll charges.
The M6 toll road concessionaire, Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), has primary responsibility for the operation of the M6 toll road during the lifetime of the concession agreement. Therefore, it is for MEL to ensure that adequate procedures are in place so that emergency vehicles are not unduly hindered when using the toll road.
As regards the Government's policy towards the charging of emergency vehicles for using other toll roads, this generally depends on the legislation governing the tolled undertaking. However, in the consultation paper "Breaking the logjam", published in March 1999, about giving local authorities powers to bring in road user charging schemes, the Government stated that it
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is towards the charging of emergency vehicles for using (a) the M6 toll road and (b) other toll roads; and if he will make a statement. 
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