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Motorways

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new motorway service areas were opened in each of the last eight years. [218651]

Mr. Jamieson: Since February 1997 16 motorway service areas have opened:
Service areas
1997
M20Maidstone
1998
M40Oxford
M56Chester
1999
M1Tibshelf
MlDonnington Park
M5Cullompton (north bound)
M6Stafford (south bound)
M42Hopwood Park
M5Bridgewater
2000
A1(M)Doncaster North
2001
A1(M)Peterborough
A14Cambridge
A1(M)Baldock
M3Winchester
2003
M54Castle Farm (Telford)
2004
M6 (toll)Norton Canes

 
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Rail Safety

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action (a) his Department and (b) Network Rail plan to take to promote rail safety in the forthcoming 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [218143]

Mr. McNulty: The actions the Department will take include the simplification of the regulatory structure, the coming into operation of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch and the making of regulations to transpose the European rail safety directive.

Network Rail will continue its systematic improvement of the control of key risks, reduction of business loss, compliance with new legislation (including European directives) and work with industry partners to improve the safety and performance of Britain's railway.

Road Safety

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many traffic accidents took place in (a) Essex and (b) Southend in each year since 1997. [218278]

Mr. Jamieson: The information requested is shown in the following table.
Accidents in Essex: 1997–2003

EssexSouthend-on-Sea
19976,886692
19986,821698
19996,843717
20006,985745
20016,773686
20026,408656
20036,182612

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to extend the provision of road safety cameras. [218957]

Mr. Jamieson: Road safety cameras are operated by local partnerships of police forces and highway authorities, which are provided with additional resources from fine receipts, through the national safety camera programme. Two further partnerships are to join the programme for 2005–06, Surrey and Merseyside. Following the issue of the Handbook of Rules and Guidance for the National Safety Camera Programme for England and Wales for 2005–06" in
 
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November 2004, partnerships have submitted their bids for the 2005–06 programme. Partnerships' bids are now being assessed, and I shall announce the results when the assessment is completed. Copies of the Handbook are in the Libraries of the House.

Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Tiredness Kills" signs there are on motorways in England; and where they are located. [217713]

Mr. Jamieson: The number of Tiredness Kills" signs on motorways in England and their locations are:

MSA

Carriageway
Number of Signs
A1(M) Blyth(Southbound only)1
Ml Leicester Forest East2
Ml Toddington(Northbound only)1
Ml Trowell2
Ml Woodall2
Ml Wooley Edge2
M2 Medway2
M4 Reading2
M4 Chieveley2
M5 Cullompton(Northbound only)1
M5 Exeter2
M5 Sedgemoor Services2
M5 Frankley2
M6 Burton2
M6 Hilton Park2
M6 Knutsford2
M6 Sandbach2
M6 Southwaite2
M6 Stafford2
M6 Tebay2
M6 Killington2
M6 Forton2
M18 Doncaster North2
M20 Maidstone(Eastbound only)1
M23 Pease Pottage2
M25 Thurrock(Southbound only)1
M40 Cherwell Valley2
M42 Tamworth2
M62 Ferrybridge2
M62 Hartshead Moor2
M69 Leicester Forest East(Southbound only)1
Ml80 Doncaster North(Westbound only)1
Total number of Signs at MSAs57

These signs, which are usually worded Tiredness Can Kill, Take a Break", are generally provided on the approaches to Motorway Service Areas.

Staff Identity Passes

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997. [215094]

Charlotte Atkins: The Department for Transport was formed in May 2002.

In DfT's London Headquarters in 2004–05 to date we have replaced some 76 passes but this also includes replacing damaged passes as well as those lost or stolen. Information from earlier years is not available. The cost of replacing each pass is £13.52.
 
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For elsewhere on the DfT estate we do not have comprehensive information to be able to provide a definitive standard cost of producing staff identity pass because of the large number of buildings and various access arrangements. From the information available the estimated average cost is between a £1–£15.30 depending on what the pass is used for and its method of production. The figures we have available about the numbers of passes lost or stolen indicates that there were 233 in 2002–03 and 228 in 2003–04.

A303 (Stonehenge)

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) the Stonehenge visitor centre and (b) the A303(T) Stonehenge tunnel project and Winterbourne Stoke bypass of his decision to delegate the funding decisions to south-west regional bodies. [214174]

Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 4 February 2005]: TheSecretary of State for Transport, jointly with the First Secretary of State, is currently considering the Inspector's report of the inquiry into the A303 Stonehenge Improvement scheme.

There are no plans to delegate decisions on transport schemes or their funding to regional bodies. Under the proposals in the consultation document Devolving decision making: a consultation on regional funding allocations" the region would be invited to advise Ministers on the relative priority of transport investment proposals on the basis of long-term regional funding guidelines. Copies of the consultation document are available in the House Libraries.

Tyre Pressure Gauges

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the responsible authority for inspecting the calibration and accuracy of tyre pressure gauges on garage forecourts is; and if he will make a statement. [218624]

Mr. Jamieson: The calibration and accuracy of tyre pressure gauges is not routinely checked by local authorities or departmental agencies. The National Weights and Measures Laboratory have responsibility for issuing type approvals to new types of mechanical tyre pressure gauges in accordance with European Directive 86/217/EEC. If EEC-verified mechanical gauges are placed on a UK garage forecourt they can be inspected by a local authority Trading Standards Officer and can be disqualified if found to be inaccurate or not in compliance with the approval.

ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Aquariums

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the animal welfare implications arising from the operation of aquaria, with particular reference to (a) the showing of abnormal and stereotypic behaviour, (b) the incidence of deformities and (c) the incidence of infections. [216349]


 
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Mr. Morley: All zoos including aquaria are regulated under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, under which they are subject to a comprehensive licensing and inspection regime. The aims of the regime include maintaining appropriate standards of animal welfare and a suitable environment for the animals, as set out in the Secretary of State's Standards for Modern Zoo Practice.

In addition, the Zoos Forum, the Government's advisers on zoo matters, have set up a working group which will be looking at developing possible research proposals in all aspects of the keeping of animals in zoos, including aquaria.


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