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Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the suitability of Milford Haven for liquid natural gas tanker shipments; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Department has not made any assessment of the suitability of Milford Haven for liquid natural gas shipments. Comprehensive risk assessments have, however, been undertaken by the statutory undertaker, the Milford Haven Port Authority.
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the Health and Safety Executive's quantitative risk assessment of the liquid natural gas tankers proposed for Milford Haven; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: Neither the Department nor the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the UK's competent authority for regulating shipping, are aware of any risk assessment of natural gas tankers undertaken by the HSE.
The HSE has assessed the risk associated with storage and transport of liquefied natural gas at Milford Haven, and it is for the Harbour Authority to draw on this in producing its own comprehensive risk assessment. The Department for Transport has not made any assessment of the suitability of Milford Haven for liquid natural gas operations.
Linda Gilroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what grants local authorities in the South West Region have been allocated for transport for the spending period (a) SR02, (b) SR03 and (c) SR04. 
Charlotte Atkins: The total amount of supported transport capital funding and targeted transport revenue grants provided to the 15 local transport authorities in the South West Region between the years 200203 to 200405 was approximately £514 million. Capital maintenance and integrated transport schemes (each costing less than £5 million) are supported through Revenue Support Grant. Funding support for major schemes (each costing more than £5 million) has been provided through a combination of direct grants and borrowing supported through Revenue Support Grant.
Nature of funding
|Integrated transport block||59.15||58.8||61.598|
|Targeted bus grants(47)||15.980||12.374||9.855|
Mr. McNulty: There are no current plans for the expansion of rail freight movements through Bassetlaw on the existing coal freight line network, or for the re-opening of the railhead at Manton Colliery.
Mr. Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change is planned in the roads budget over the next five years; and which road improvement projects are projected to be (a) started and (b) completed during that period. 
Mr. Jamieson: We announced last year investment funding for the next three years (200506, 200607, 200708) of £4.6 billion. This funding covers transport schemes delivered by local authorities, including local authority major road and public transport schemes, and planned investment funding for regionally important schemes delivered by the Highways Agency. This funding is in addition to the £l billion programme of major improvements to strategic roads of national importance over the next three years announced by the Highways Agency in December 2004. Funding from 200809 onwards will be subject to the next Spending Review.
Under the regional and national funding allocations for 200506 to 200708 announced in November and December 2004, the following table lists the road schemes that are either under construction and will be complete, or are currently projected to commence, by April 2008, subject to completion of all necessary statutory procedures and compliance with conditions of funding approval.
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