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Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will reply to the letters of 24 February and 14 March from the hon. Member for Maidstone and the Weald regarding a meeting to discuss the Strategic Rail Authority's proposals for the Integrated Kent Franchise. 
Charlotte Atkins: The council expects phase 1 of the works to be substantially complete by the end of April 2005. Further phases of the project are planned as funds become available. Cornwall county council is responsible for the development and implementation of the North Close Home Zone scheme and has received a grant of £460,000 from the Challenge fund.
In submitting their bid for the scheme, Cornwall county council underestimated the scale of the project. It has therefore only been possible to implement the first phase of the project from the grant funding available. The county council are planning to implement further phases from other funding streams in future years.
Charlotte Atkins: The Department has received a small number of representations from people living on unadopted roads on new housing estates. In addition, I met with my hon. Friend the Member for North Durham (Mr. Jones) last December to discuss unadopted roads in other areas.
Nottingham East Midlands Airport (NEMA) has indicated that it will address possible enhancements to its existing environmental mitigation measures in preparing its master plan. I understand that
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NEMA will go out to consultation on its draft master plan in the summer, with a view to publishing the final document around the end of the year.
Charlotte Atkins: This is a matter for the airport operator. We expect the airport operator to outline its proposals in its draft master plan, which is expected to be published for consultation in the summer.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effects of decriminalised parking enforcement on the numbers of (a) traffic wardens and (b) parking enforcement officers in England. 
Charlotte Atkins: The Government have encouraged local authorities to take over responsibility for parking enforcement from the police and police traffic wardens. This allows authorities to provide more effective enforcement and to match that enforcement to their local transport objectives. Over 150 local authorities are now responsible for decriminalised parking enforcement, with parking attendants carrying out the enforcement on the street. This policy of transferring responsibility to local authorities is reflected in Home Office figures for the number of traffic wardens in England and Wales for the years 19992000 to 200304 (the most recent year for which figures are available), which are as follows:
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the proposed introduction of regional transport funding allocations; how many miles of (a) motorway and (b) trunk roads will be reduced from national to regional importance; what representations he has received on this proposal; and what discussions he has had with the (i) Chancellor of the Exchequer, (ii) Deputy Prime Minister and (iii) Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on these proposals. 
In December 2004, the Government launched a consultation on proposals to establish regional funding allocations for transport, housing and economic development. As part of that consultation a number of routes have been classified as being of regional rather than of major national and international importance. This amounts to 520 miles of motorway
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and 2,185 miles of all-purpose trunk roads. The categorisation is being used to assist the identification of regional priorities for transport investment and does not represent a reduction in the status of these routes. Representations about the classification of routes have been received so far from some local authorities as well as the RAC Foundation, the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association.
The deadline for responses to the consultation was 10 March 2005. The Government are currently considering the responses received and will set out how it intends to proceed in due course. HM Treasury, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department for Transport have been working closely together at both ministerial and official level on the development of these proposals.
Network Rail is taking a range of actions to prevent disruption to train services in cold weather. Network Rail holds a winter preparation conference every summer to review performance during the previous winter and to start planning for the winter ahead.
Through these and other efforts, Network Rail has reduced the delays it causes to the network by 16 per cent. over the year ending 31 December 2004, compared to the preceding year. Delays in the autumn period (the 10 weeks from beginning of October to early December 2004) were reduced by 42 per cent. compared to the same period in 2003.
We have produced detailed guidance on the working time arrangements provided for in the Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations 2005 (which implement EU Directive 2002/15/EC). We consulted on a draft version of the guidance last October and the finalised version is now posted on our website at www.dft.gov.uk/freight/rtd.
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