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Mr. Jamieson: The information requested is not available. Final figures for road accidents and casualties in Great Britain in 2004 will become available in June 2005. However, in 2003 there were 10 fatalities in crashes on hard shoulders on English motorways.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many passengers departed from London Paddington on (a) First Great Western and (b) First Great Western Link services in the latest month for which figures are available, broken down by (i) morning peak time, (ii) afternoon peak time and (iii) off-peak time; 
(2) how many passengers arrived at London Paddington on (a) First Great Western and (b) First Great Western Link services in the latest month for which figures are available, broken down by (i) morning peak time, (ii) afternoon peak time and (iii) off-peak time. 
|(i) morning peak time||(ii) afternoon peak time||(iii) off-peak time|
|FGWL arrivals at Paddington||10,874|||||
|FGWL departures from Paddington||||9,627|||
|FGW arrivals at Paddington||9,484||||11,040|
|FGW departures from Paddington||||9,761||9,021|
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of First Great Western Link's latest passenger survey conducted on the route from London Paddington to (a) Maidenhead and (b) Twyford; 
Mr. Jamieson: The Highways Agency plans to spend £143 million on major road improvements in the region in 200506. Funding allocations of £35 million for 200506 have been made to local authorities to progress major road improvement schemes. In addition allocations totalling £65 million for 200506 have been made for local authorities to progress lesser transport (including road improvement) capital schemes. It is up to the local authorities to decide how much of this £65 million is spent on road improvements. Allocations have not yet been made for 200607 and 200708.
Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the projected cost is for the proposed scheme to upgrade the section of the A11 between the Fiveways Roundabout at Barton Mills in Suffolk and Thetford. 
Mr. Jamieson: The scheme budget costs for the A11 Fiveways to Thetford Improvement is currently £60 million. This scheme has been remitted for regional priority setting and that the Highways Agency will be continuing to progress the preparation of the scheme to proceed to construction in 200809. The Agency will review the scheme costs as part of that process.
[holding answer 13 January 2005]: The Secretary of State's statutory powers of intervention to regulate shipping in UK territorial waters can be found
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in Schedule 3A of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, the Marine Safety Act 2003 which amends the 1995 Act and extends his powers, and the Dangerous Vessels Act 1985.
This gives the Secretary of State for Transport the function of giving direction for, or co-ordinating, measures to reduce risks to life or safety of a ship or ships or prevent, reduce and minimise the effects of marine pollution. The Secretary of State's Representative (SOSREP), or an officer of the Department's Maritime and Coastguard Agency acting on SOSREP's behalf, may exercise these functions, including the Secretary of State's intervention powers.
The UK implements the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, which, among other things, obliges ships to comply with Traffic Separation Schemes, as exists in the English Channel, which have been adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Enforcement of these requirements is carried out by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Other recommendatory routeing measures, for example Areas to be Avoided and Precautionary Areas, are in place to assist safe navigation around the shores of the UK.
Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to develop a tram network that would cover the Greater London area in co-operation with London local authorities and the Greater London assembly; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: Following the creation of the Greater London authority, Transport for London (TfL), under the Mayor, is responsible for drawing up London's transport strategy and the development of tram schemes in London.
The annual tonnage of freight transported on UK inland waters, including canals, from 1997 to 2003, the latest year for which information is available, was as follows.
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|UK inland waters freight traffic (million tonnes)|
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of how many additional tonnes of freight have been transported by road rather than on waterways and canals as a result of development of waterways and canals for non-transportation purposes in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Brady: To ask the Leader of the House by what procedure he intends that the UK Parliament should arrive at a reasoned opinion (1) as to whether a draft European legislative act fails to comply with the principle of subsidiarity, within six weeks of the receipt of the draft as proposed in article 6 of the second protocol to the proposed EU Constitution; 
(2) on compliance of a European draft legislative act with the principle of subsidiarity within six weeks of its transmission to the UK Parliament where that transmission occurs either during or immediately prior to a parliamentary recess. 
Mr. Hain: It is for the two Houses of Parliament to decide what parliamentary procedures would be most effective to implement the subsidiarity early warning mechanism. The matter is currently under consideration by the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons, and by the House of Lords European Union Committee. Evidence submitted by the European Scrutiny Committee to the Modernisation Committee's inquiry on this point has been published on the Parliament website. The Committees are addressing the question of how the mechanism would operate when Parliament is in recess. The Government awaits the two Committees' recommendations with interest.
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