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Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated cost is of resurfacing the A30 between Honiton and Exeter as a priority under the criteria announced on 17 October 2001; and whether the cost will be borne by his Department. 
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress of the implementation by the Highways Agency of the recommendations made in the Hyder Route Management Study of the A31/A35, with particular reference to Morecombelake, Chideock, Winterbourne Abbas and Bridport. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Route Management Study carried out between 200204 recommended that more detailed studies be carried out in a number of communities along the A30/A35/A31 to develop proposals to address community issues, including safety, severance, accessibility, noise and air quality. The studies covering Morecombelake, Chideock, Winterbourne Abbas and Bridport have now been completed.
The detailed studies recommended numerous minor improvement works and the design of these is progressing. Works have already been completed at Sea Road South in Bridport and a pedestrian crossing is due to be installed at Chideock in the new year. Design work on further improvements at Sea Road South, Bridport is underway with a view to commencing work in 200506.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies he has commissioned of the (a) capacity of the A34, (b) projected traffic volumes and (c) case for adding additional lanes. 
Mr. Jamieson: A scoping study to review the key issues affecting the A34 North of Southampton Corridor and assess the case for further study work was completed earlier this year. This work did consider the capacity of the A34 and projected traffic volumes, as well as issues of rail capacity and the planned distribution of land uses.
The Highways Agency is also carrying out a Route Management Strategy for the A34 which is looking at general management of the A34 trunk road in the short to medium term, and to identify small scale solutions to capacity issues over a 10 year time frame. The final report is expected to be published in spring 2005.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has commissioned of the (a) capacity of the A40, (b) projected traffic volumes and (c) case for extending dual carriageways in heavily used sections. 
Mr. John Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the Civil Aviation Authority will classify as a major defect all instances of smoke or fumes in the aircraft cabin that adversely affect the quality of cabin air. 
Charlotte Atkins: The Civil Aviation Authority does not use the term "Major Defect" in its classification of occurrences. Reported instances of smoke or fumes in the cabin vary from a transitory, unidentified smell to visible smoke and fumes. The Authority has no plans to classify all such occurrences as high severity.
Mr. John Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory tested the engine oil Exxon Mobil Jet Oil II for a complete analysis of its ortho isomers of the organophosphate trichloropyridinol present in the oil when conducting research for the Civil Aviation Authority Safety Regulatory Group's Cabin Air Quality Paper 200404. 
Charlotte Atkins: The Civil Aviation Authority, when commissioning the analysis of engine/APU oil constituents by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, did not ask it to check for the presence of ortho isomers of the organophosphate trichloropyrindinol.
Charlotte Atkins: The Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley Bypass was provisionally approved in 2001 under the Local Transport Programme. As part of the Spending Review 2004 and in light of our proposals for devolved decision making, as set out in the consultation document "Devolving decision making: A consultation on regional funding allocations", we have decided this bypass should be one of the schemes remitted to the region for advice on its priority for funding within the available resources.
Under the proposals in the document, the North West Regional Assembly and the North West Development Agency would advise on the relative priority of this
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scheme alongside other transport proposals in the region in the light of long term regional funding guidelines. These bodies would be expected to consult widely within the region, including with local transport authorities, in framing their advice on priorities. A final decision on the timetable for funding the scheme will be made in the light of this advice.
However, the safety of these and other vehicles, including other types of large passenger-carrying vehicles, continue to be monitored through ongoing studies which collect data on injuries sustained by casualties of road traffic accidents.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last two years; giving the (i) title, (ii) purpose, (iii) date and (iv) cost of each. 
Charlotte Atkins: The Department communicates where appropriate with organisations through conferences, seminars, workshops and exhibitions and holds internal events in the course of normal management. A table which lists events held on non-departmental premises during the period from the formation of the Department in May 2002 to the end of March 2004, has been placed in the Libraries of the House.
|Cards||Cost (£)||Postage||Staff time||Staff||Charity||Percentage|
|Central Department(33)||1,650||2,114||Not separately|
|Highways Agency(34)||No card|||||||||||||
|Maritime and Coastguard|
|Vehicle and Operator Services|
|5 hours||1||Cystic Fibrosis|
|Vehicle Certification Agency(34)||No card|||||||||||||
|Driver and Vehicle Licensing|
|Driving Standards Agency||1,000||1,034||210||14 hours||1||Multi-charity||100|
|Central Department(33)||1,300||2,055||Not separately identified|
|Maritime and Coastguard Agency||13,750||4,865||Not separately identified|
|Vehicle and Operator Services Agency||230||282||Not separately identified|
|Vehicle Certification Agency||150||174||Not separately identified|
|Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency(36)||Not available|||||
|Driving Standards Agency||1,500||2,009||300|
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