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Ms Buck: The Civil Aviation Authority completed its consultation on this study on 13 May, and we expect that it will submit the final version of the study to the Department shortly. The response will follow in due course after we have carefully considered the content of the study.
Mr. Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the fencing being erected north of junction 11 alongside the southbound carriageways of the M1 motorway are not being set back to allow for future planned widening to take place. 
The fencing at junction 11 is being erected inside the highway boundary to give the residents of Luton relief from severe noise problems. The construction of the fence allows the infill panel to be re-used at a later date, should the widening scheme proceed.
Dr. Ladyman: Under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and the Motor Cycles etc. (EC Type Approval) Regulations 1999, motor powered two wheeled vehicles must be constructed to meet the following maximum noise levels (dB(A)) when subjected to a drive-by noise test.
|Date of first use||Mopeds||Motor cycles|
|Pre 1 April 1983||No requirement||No requirement|
1 April 1983 to
|Up to 80cc=79dB(A)|
|31 March 1991||74dB(A)||126350cc=84dB(A)|
|1 April 1991 to||Up to 80cc=78dB(A)|
|16 June 2003||75dB(A)||81175cc=80dB(A)|
|Up to 25km/h=66dB(A)||Up to 80cc=75dB(A)|
|From 17 June 2003||Over 25km/h=71dB(A)||81175cc=77dB(A)|
Measures are also in place to ensure that these standards are maintained as far as possible in service by ensuring that inappropriate after-market/replacement silencers that would make motorcycles significantly noisier should not be sold or fitted and by enforcement of such measures at MOT, at the roadside and at point of sale.
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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list areas where studies are being undertaken on sites of (a) historical, (b) environmental and (c) archaeological importance that are being considered as possible new motorway and trunk road routes. 
Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 23 May 2005]: The Highways Agency undertakes environmental impact assessment studies for all proposed new motorway and all-purpose trunk road schemes. All sites of historical, environmental and archaeological importance that may be affected by route options will be subject to an appropriate level of assessment. The areas where these assessment studies are being undertaken are those associated with the Targeted Programme of Improvements listed at Appendix 5 in the Highways Agency's Business Plan 200506 which is available in the House of Commons Library.
Dr. Ladyman: The average cost of building one mile of new (a) motorway: £23 million per mile (b) Dual lane carriageway: £12 million per mile. In considering the cost of a new road there is a vast array of variables, not least the difference between urban or rural areas, new route or existing network. Factors such as quality of land, site geology, drainage, environmental mitigation, traffic management or restricted access can all have a large impact on cost.
Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 23 May 2005]: Last summer's consultation exercise, "M6: giving motorists a choice" sought views on whether the Department should develop the option of an M6 Expressway between Birmingham and Manchester as an alternative to the current option to widen the M6 between junctions 11a and 19. The Government are considering the response to the consultation and will respond in due course.
The Government are introducing a Lorry Road User Charge (LRUC) to ensure that all hauliers, regardless of nationality, pay their fair share towards the costs they impose in the UK. Responsibility for implementing LRUC has been laid to HM Revenue and Customs.
In line with their manifesto commitment, the Government are examining the potential of moving away from the current system of motoring taxation towards a national system of road pricing.
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24. Miss Begg: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will take steps to provide a single point for citizens to register change of details with all Government agencies through the e-government system. 
Mr. Murphy: The Strategy Unit has not undertaken any work on e-democracy. The e-Government Unit in the Cabinet Office was taking this work forward, however, responsibility has now transferred to the Department for Constitutional Affairs.
We plan to put the Task Force on a permanent footing and give it additional responsibilities, including providing independent scrutiny of departmental plans for simplification, in becoming the Better Regulation Commission.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list civil servants seconded to European Union (a) institutions and (b) working committees, broken down by post occupied; and what the appointment criteria were in each case. 
Mr. Hutton: 118 UK civil servants are seconded to the European institutions as "Seconded National Experts" as at 23 May 2005. This figure is subject to change. The distribution of these secondees in the European Union is shown in the following table.
Selection by the institution is generally on the basis of presentation of a curriculum vitae for each candidate, usually followed by interviews, based on the requirements of each vacancy. UK Departments will submit details of only those civil servants whom they
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consider suitable for the posts and who will enhance their expertise during the secondment to the longer-term benefit of the Department or civil service as a whole.
At any time a further 10 to 14 UK civil servants are on short-term traineeships ("stages") to the European Commission. Other UK civil servants may visit the Commission for short-term work experience visits but these would not be centrally recorded.
The majority of UK staff who sit on Council or Commission working groups or management committees are serving UK civil servants, employed in the UK permanent representation to the European Union in Brussels or working in UK Departments and travelling to Brussels or Luxembourg for meetings.
|Institution/area of work or Directorate-General||Number of secondees|
|DG Agriculture and Rural Development||2|
|Humanitarian Aid Office||1|
|DG Economic and Financial Affairs||5|
|DG Education and Culture||2|
|DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities||7|
|DG Transport and Energy||6|
|DG Enterprise and Energy||3|
|DG External Relations||10|
|DG Fisheries and Maritime Affairs||1|
|DG Health and Consumer Protection||8|
|DG Information Society and Media||1|
|DG Internal Market and Services||8|
|Joint Research Centre||2|
|DG Justice Freedom and Security||4|
|DG Personnel and Administration||1|
|DG Regional Policy||3|
|DG Taxation and Customs Union||7|
|European Commission total||108|
|Council of Ministers|
|Data Protection Secretariat||1|
|External Economic Relations||1|
|CUEMC(Euro Military Staff Council Secretariat||1|
|Council of Ministers total||5|
|European Maritime Safety Agency||3|
|European Parliament/Budgetary Control Committee||1|
|European Parliament/Internal Policies||1|
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