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Jacqui Smith: Swan Hunter (Shipbuilders) Ltd went into receivership in 1993 and all records related to DTI contact with them have been archived. Consequently, information on financial support to that defunct company could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Swan Hunter (Tyneside) Ltd was established in 1995. Since then, DTI has awarded just one grant of £1.2 million in September 2000 under the Regional Selective Assistance programme.
Mr. Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) which international trade and industry conferences have been attended by members of the Government in the past 12 months; on what occasions Labour Members have attended such conferences as part of the official delegation; and what places she has made available to Opposition parties to attend these conferences as part of the official delegation; 
The range and format of international trade and industry conferences is broad. Attendance at such conferences by members of the Government, Labour hon. Members and opposition party members is on the basis of business need and meeting international obligations. The Government does not collate data on the range of trade and industry conferences, the
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allocation of invitations and the acceptance figures for delegates attending. Full details could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Darling: The proposed A628 Mottram to Tintwistle Bypass is a trunk road scheme promoted by the Highways Agency. Subject to successful completion of statutory procedures, the scheme is expected to commence construction in 200708.
The proposed Glossop Spur is a local road scheme promoted by Tameside Metropolitan borough council. This scheme was provisionally approved for funding through the local transport programme in December 2000. Final funding approval will be considered following completion of the necessary statutory processes and value for money assessments and in the light of discussions with the region about the prioritisation of schemes and the availability of resources.
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with British airline operators with regard to concerns expressed by insurance companies over the costs of potential damage arising from the use of a radioactive dirty bomb on an aircraft. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations the Government has
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received from (a) industry and (b) the public regarding options for restoring a Concorde aircraft to flying condition; and if he will make a statement. 
Charlotte Atkins: The Government has not received any representations from industry about restoring a Concorde aircraft to flying condition. Between April 2003 and December 2004, the Department for Transport received 164 letters from the public on this subject, including a 20,000 signature petition from the 'Save Concorde Group'.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many conferences were (a) attended by officials from his Department, (b) cancelled by and (c) facilitated by his Department in each year since 1997; and what the (i) cost to the Department and (ii) location was in each case. 
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government plans to publish annual figures on levels of congestion in the UK following the publication of the new congestion measure and accompanying target in 2005. 
Charlotte Atkins: Progress against all Public Service Agreement targets is reported every spring in departmental reports, with updates provided in autumn performance reports. We also intend to publish annual long-term projections of congestion.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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. 
The Department aims to reply to all letters as soon as possible and has a target time for replying to letters from hon. Members of 15 working days from their receipt. Information on the departmental handling of correspondence from Members of Parliament/Peers is published annually by the Cabinet Office. The 2003 annual report is available in the Library of the House.
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There is currently no target time for replying to letters received by the Central Department from members of the public. The Department's executive agencies do have target times for replying to such letters, which are:
|Number of working days|
|Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency||10|
|Driving Standards Agency||10|
|Vehicle and Operator Services Agency||15|
|Vehicle Certification Agency||5|
|Maritime and Coastguard Agency||10|
Mr. Darling: At Cross London Rail Links Ltd. (CLRL) 101 staff are employed on the Crossrail project. A number of consultancy firms provide expertise to CLRL to plan the railway and develop bill documentation. The number of consultants employed from time to time is dependent on the volume of work being undertaken. Currently, there are 90 consultants employed on the project.
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