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John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many civil servants in his Department have (a) been relocated and (b) been agreed for relocation in the last 12 months; and to which areas of the United Kingdom. 
Mr. McNulty: DfT are working on the implementation of the original proposals made on Lyons relocation. These relate to civil service posts not individual civil servants. The proposals have now been developed further. Our current position is that 61 posts have been identified with 25 going to Derby, 23 to Hastings, three to Swansea and the rest to other locations outside London and the South East.
Since 1 October 2004 six general statutory instruments for which the Department for Transport has responsibility have been repealed in their entirety. In addition, it is likely that numerous instruments have been partially repealed but details could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the date is for the commencement of the works to upgrade the Dishforth-Barton road to motorway status; and what the estimated duration of the works is. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Al Dishforth to Barton Improvement is scheduled to start construction in April 2008, subject to the completion of statutory procedures and the availability of funds. Construction works are programmed for a period of three years.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding has been proposed for the upgrading of the A1 between Dishforth and Barton to motorway status; and from which budget the costs of the work will be met. 
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many EU (a) regulations and (b) directives covering matters within the responsibility of his Department have been repealed since 1 April 2004. 
Mr. McNulty: The Department does not hold central records of the number of EU legislation that has been repealed. The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost. The Commission publishes figures for European legislation repealed or expired in its annual general reports on the activities of the European Union, the latest figures published are for 2003.
Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 346W, on roadside advertising, (1) if he will make a statement on the methodology used to evaluate whether roadside advertisements are a cause of road accidents; 
(2) whether (a) car drivers, (b) bus drivers and (c) drivers of heavy goods vehicles were consulted as part of the research into whether roadside advertisements contributed to road accidents; 
Mr. Jamieson: Studies have been carried out into the effect of the presence of roadside advertisements and other potential distractions to road accidents. It is, however, difficult to derive a direct causal relationship because accidents are often the result of several factors. Studies have also monitored the duration of drivers' eye movements from the road to roadside distractions, including signs, which provides an indicator of accident potential. I am not aware of any specific consultation with drivers that has been undertaken as part of the research. I do not propose to commission a study on the potential for distraction of temporary wheeled billboards placed next to motorways. It is for local planning authorities to use their enforcement powers to remove unlawfully displayed advertisements.
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to close airfields; what assessment he has made of the impact of reductions in the number of airfields on Air Training Corps gliding activities; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Caplin: We have announced that the airfield at RAF Coltishall will close in 2006 and the airfield at RAF Lyneham will close when the Hercules aircraft based there transfer to RAF Brize Norton. There is no Air Training Corps gliding activity at either of the above airfields.
Additionally, RAF Sealand is scheduled to close in 2006. The relocation of 631 Voluntary Gliding School is under consideration and full account will be taken of the impact on Air Training Corps gliding activity.
Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the implications applying the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Decent Homes Standard to the homes of members of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedural time limits apply for the issue of a decision by the Army Board in respect of a complaint under Army redress procedures relating to (a) sexual harassment, (b) racial harassment, (c) parental leave directive, (d) pay and (e) religion. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he will write to the hon. Member for Perth with the information on (a) fines and (b) pay
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levels for soldiers of 1st Battalion Black Watch, as indicated in the answer of 18 November 2004, Official Report, column 1809W; 
(2) when he will write to the hon. Member for Perth with information on (a) fines and (b) pay levels for soldiers of 1st Battalion Black Watch, as indicated in the answer of 18 November 2004, Official Report, column 1809W. 
Mr. John Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether DARA, Fixed Wing St. Athan, have confirmed their intention to participate in the competitive tender process to become a manpower service provider to BAE Systems for the (a) Tornado CMU and (b) Harrier Jump programmes. 
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of civilian employees, including civil servants employed by his Department, has been in each year since 1998. 
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