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Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the recent occasions on which (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) officials of the Department have met Clive Soley on departmental business. 
Ms Buck: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport met Clive Soley at the Future Heathrow event on Monday 23 May. No other Department for Transport Ministers have recently met Clive Soley on departmental business. It is not known whether any officials from the Department for Transport may have met Clive Soley recently since no central record is kept of meetings officials attend.
Ms Buck: There are no specified flying hours per month necessary for pilots of commercial aircraft to retain their skills and competence. Commercial pilots are however required to complete a minimum of three take-offs and three landings as pilot flying (i.e. handling the aircraft) in the previous 90 days prior to operating a public transport flight, and a programme of recurrent training and checking requires them to demonstrate high levels of competency.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what derogations the Government have (a) sought and (b) secured from (i) Article 4, (ii) Article 7 and (iii) other articles of Directive 2002/15/EC. 
Dr. Ladyman: Directive 2002/15/EC allows for various derogations from Articles 4 and 7 under certain conditions. There is no requirement to seek approval for such derogations from the European Commission.
Dr. Ladyman: Three sections of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane are presently in operation. In Leeds two lengths totalling 1.5 km have been installed along a 2 km stretch of the A647 Stanningley Road. South Gloucestershire council has three sections of HOV lane on the A4174 Avon Ring Road totalling 1.79 km. North Somerset council has a 1.425 km length of HOV lane on the A370 Long Ashton Bypass.
Leeds city council plans to include HOV lane operation on the East Leeds Link. South Gloucestershire council plans a further 220 metre length for the A4174 and North Somerset council is considering an HOV lane on the A369 as part of a showcase bus route. I understand a number of other local authorities are also considering HOV lanes.
In addition the Highways Agency has recently carried out a study that assessed the feasibility of introducing HOV lanes on sections of the motorway network. As a result of this study it is planned to introduce an HOV lane in both directions on the M1 junctions 710 when that section of motorway is widened in 2008. If this scheme proves successful the HOV lane could be extended as far as junction 13 (Milton Keynes) when that section of motorway is widened in 2011. The length of HOV lane to be provided between junction 710 is approximately 12.5 km in both directions. If the HOV is extended to junction 13 the total length will be about 36.25 km in both directions.
The Agency is also looking into the feasibility of introducing HOV lanes on other sections of the motorway network. Locations being actively considered include sections of the M25 to be widened, M61 junctions 63 on the approach to Manchester and M62 junctions 2527 on the approach to Leeds. This feasibility work is yet to conclude.
Dr. Ladyman: The Department is in touch with the highway authorities who have installed high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. The Highways Agency has commissioned reviews of international knowledge and experience on high occupancy/toll (HOT) lanes, a development of HOV lanes.
South Gloucester council can provide data on the performance of their HOV lane and there is some information on their website at http://www.southglos.gov.uk/SouthGlos/TransportAndRoads/TrafficAndRoads/CalmingAndManagement/CarShareLanes.htm
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will (a) withdraw the Complete Official Learner Driver Pack published by The Stationery
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Office, (b) amend the inaccurate information it contains and (c) refund the cost to learner drivers and others who have purchased the Pack. 
Dr. Ladyman: We have identified an error concerning information about a road sign in the DVD in our Complete Official Learner Driver Pack. We are taking steps to withdraw the incorrect packs from sale. We shall consider sympathetically any requests for a refund.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many successful prosecutions were carried out against passengers for dropping litter at (a) train stations and (b) tube stations in London in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason a traffic survey was being carried out east of junction 37 on the M62 motorway on 4 June; and who was carrying out the survey. 
Dr. Ladyman: A traffic survey was carried out east of junction 37 on the M62 motorway on 4 June to look at traffic flows in preparation for the removal of cones to be undertaken. The cones were in place to allow the installation of safety barriers. The survey was carried out by Balfour Beatty on behalf of the Highways Agency.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why speed cameras are being erected on the M62 motorway east of junction 37; upon whose authority the cameras were erected; for how long the cameras are expected to remain; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Ladyman: Speed cameras have been erected on the M62 motorway east of junction 37 as part of the M62 Gilberdyke to Newport concrete resurfacing scheme to improve safety for the travelling public and the work force during the works. The cameras have been erected by the Highways Agency in agreement with the Humberside Camera Partnership and Humberside police. The cameras will be in place for the duration of the works. The works started on 9 June and are expected to last 10 weeks.
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