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Mr. Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Government's policy is on whether to support within the EU the inclusion of a requirement for countries to privatise their water delivery under the terms of GATS. 
It is for this reason that DFID believes that there is an important role for the private sector to play in helping meet these targets (and the Millennium Development Goals) through providing investment and sharing technical expertise and more efficient management practices.
The GATS negotiations are a request and offer process hence there is nothing under the GATS that compels countries to liberalise the water sector if it is not in their national interest. Governments remain free to, and should, regulate to address market failures and national policy objectives.
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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who signed Council Decision 2004/804/EC L356 volume 47 of 1 December on behalf of the Government of Zimbabwe; where the signing took place; and whether sanctions were lifted to enable this procedure to take place. 
Mr. Gift Punungwe, the Zimbabwean ambassador in Brussels, signed Council Decision 2004/804/EC L356 volume 47 of 1 December on behalf of the Government of Zimbabwe. EU sanctions were not lifted to enable this procedure to take place, and did not need to be lifted. Mr. Punungwe is not on the EU's visa ban list.
Mr. Darling: There have been no formal negotiations between the Highways Agency and Balfour Beatty on the future of the A3 Hindhead Road Tunnel. However, discussions have started on the programming and delivery of the scheme, following the outcome of the 2004 Spending Review announcement.
Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd, South constituency, the effects on Clwyd, South of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. 
The Department has put in place a considerable programme of improvements across a wide range of transport policy areas since 1997. I am confident that the Clwyd, South constituency will have benefited from these. For example, the injury totals for all road casualties in Great Britain fell from 327,803 in 1997 to 290,607 in 2003, and the numbers of children aged under 16 years killed or seriously injured on our
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roads fell from 6,452 in 1997 to 4,100 in 2003. On our railways, passenger kilometres have increased from 32.1billion in 199607 to 40.9 billion in 200304, a rise of 27 per cent. In terms of improvements to air quality, emissions of the UK's two main pollutantsnitrous oxides and particlesfell by 31 per cent. and 27 per cent. respectively between 1997 and 2002.
Responsibility for a number of transport functions has been devolved to the Welsh Assembly Government. For example, it is the Assembly that provides funding to local authorities in Wales in support of their local transport plans,
Charlotte Atkins: Information on regional distribution of staff is available in the Libraries of both Houses, and also at http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management_information/statistical_information/statistics/contents_forcivilservice_statistics_2003_report/index.asp.
Mr. McNulty: The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions commissioned Arthur D. Little to make a comprehensive analysis of the costs and benefits of the options for Regional Eurostar services and their report, Review of Regional Eurostar Services" was published on 17 February 2000. It concluded that there was not a positive economic business case for any of four options for direct regional services to Paris, including from Glasgow or Edinburgh. The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) has reviewed the market for direct international regional services, including demand from Glasgow via Edinburgh and the east coast main line, and has concluded that in terms of likely demand the position has if anything worsened.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government's priorities for the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union will be; and if he will make a statement. 
Ongoing work includes; the Third Railway package"; the framework for charging heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures; and the European satellite radio navigation system Galileo". New legislative proposals may also be brought forward by the Commission, possibly including: airport slot allocation; extension of scope of the European Aviation Safety Agency; access to air transport for passengers with reduced mobility; and maritime safety proposals (Erika III").
In the telecoms part it is expected that the e-Europe strategy up to 2010 will be taken forward and concluded, and that the future direction of the existing Universal Services Directive will be discussed. In the energy part of the TTE Council it is expected that the End Use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive and the revised Energy Labelling Framework Directive will be taken forward, and any new proposals and communications put forward by the Commission ahead of the December TTE Council might be discussed.
The final agenda for the UK presidency cannot yet be decided. It will be determined to a large extent by the agenda we inherit from the current presidency, and when specific Commission proposals are published.
Mr. Ian Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will enable the Eurostar platforms at Waterloo Station to be made available to serve South West Trains passengers after April 2007; 
Mr. McNulty: Officials are working with the Strategic Rail Authority on a review of the possible future uses of Waterloo International station and associated infrastructure after Eurostar transfers its operations to St. Pancras. An announcement will be made in due course.
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