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Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) unclaimed and (b) returned sums from each local authority's local transport plans were in the last year for which figures are available. 
Ms Buck: Since April 2002 local authorities have been able to keep the single capital pot funding allocated to them for maintenance and smaller schemes. Typically we fund major schemes by 50 per cent. borrowing approvals and 50 per cent. by grant. Before prudential borrowing was introduced, the borrowing support for major schemes was provided through Supplementary Credit Approvals (SCA), and any returned SCAs were reallocated annually.
|Region||Authority||Scheme||Returned SCAs reallocated to the same scheme||Returned SCAs reallocated to another authority|
|GO-NE||Newcastle||Scotswood Road Improvement Phase III||181|||
|GO-NE||Newcastle||Quayside Public Transport||1,230|||
|GO-NE||Newcastle||Central Motorway East||438|||
|GO-NE||Tyne and Wear PTA||For Lane Ends Interchange||23|||
|GO-NE||Tyne and Wear PTA||Stephenson Link||1,397|||
|GO-NE||Tyne and Wear PTA||Metro Track Dualling||||500|
|GO-SE||Oxfordshire||Detrunking of the A41||1,604|||
|GO-SE||Hampshire||A3 Integrated Major Public Transport Scheme||||785|
|GO-SE||Kent||Fastrack Major Scheme||||164|
|GO-EM||Derbyshire||Upper Derwent Charging Scheme||95|||
|Full reserve fed into reallocation||||6,478|
Under the prudential borrowing system a local authority is supported by the allocation of Supported Capital Expenditure (SCE). The SCAs in the final reallocation were allocated as SCEs. A local authority may carry forward unused SCEs for a reasonable period as judged by the Department.
|GONE||Tyne and Wear PTE (Nexus)||Tyne and Wear Track Dualling||500||155||345|
|GONE||Newcastle City Council||Quayside Public Transport||1,004||658||346|
|GONW||Greater Manchester PTA||Manchester Metrolink Phase 3||63,000||26,150||36,850|
|GOSE||Portsmouth CC||South Hampshire Rapid Transit||1,444||0||1,444|
|GOSE||Hampshire CC||South Hampshire Rapid Transit||1,217||0||1,217|
|GOWM||Warwickshire CC||Nuneaton Development Project||799||610||189|
|GONW||Greater Manchester PTA||Northern Orbital Quality Bus Corridor||1,600||712||888|
|GONW||Greater Manchester PTA||South East Manchester Quality Bus|
Sir John Stanley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the study into the provision of lighting at the convergence of the M26 and M20 at junction 3 has commenced; when it is expected to be completed; and what its anticipated cost is; 
Over the last 10 years there have been 165 accidents on the M20 starting at Trottiscliffe Road Bridge at junction 3 down to the on and off slips at junction 5. The table shows the number of accidents broken down by degree of seriousness of personal injury.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for the introduction of the MOT computerisation programme; and what it was when the contract to run the system was awarded. 
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in the testing of the MOT computerisation system by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and Siemens Business Systems. 
Dr. Ladyman: MOT computerisation underwent three phases of test and trials; one stage of office based user acceptance testing followed by two phases trialing the system in garages. The test and trials have now concluded; the system went live on 18 April 2005.
Dr. Ladyman: The second stage of trials in autumn 2004 initially involved 37 garages. Faults were discovered that needed to be corrected and retested so the trial was extended by a further three weeks and was broadened to include 72 garages. Following completion of the extended trial it was concluded that the service should proceed to the final stage of trials which started in February 2005.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the planned installation of the MOT computerisation programme in 1,000 MOT garages is expected to be completed; when the service is due to go live; and when it will be extended to all other MOT garages. 
Dr. Ladyman: MOT computerisation went live on 18 April 2005. There are currently 2,730 garages who have conducted tests using the new system. The roll out of the system to all remaining testing stations depend on continued satisfactory performance and is planned to be completed by 31 March 2006.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was at today's prices of the original contract with Siemens Business Services to run the MOT computerisation programme; when this contract was awarded; how much has been spent to date; and what estimate he has made of how much will have been spent by the time the system is operational. 
Dr. Ladyman: The cost of the contract with Siemens Business Services (SBS) to run the computerised MOT service is £1.09 per test at today's prices. As roll out of the system to the garages has commenced, payments to SBS have also commenced.
The MOT Computerisation Contract was awarded in 2000. Expenditure on the project to the start of rollout (18 April 2005) has been £24 million. Expenditure by the time the service is rolled out to all testing stations is estimated to be £30.5 million.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of the MOT computerisation programme; and what assessment (a) has been conducted and (b) is planned of the (i) effectiveness and (ii) value for money of its implementation. 
MOT computerisation went live in garages on 18 April 2005. To date 2,730 garages have used the new system and in excess of 340,000 tests have been recorded onto the database.
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