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Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the outcome of the noise hotspots assessment was for the (a) A38 Shobnall Road, (b) A38 Wyggeston, (c) M6 Western Downs, (d) A38 Branston and AshmoleBranston BNear A38 Junction and (e) A38 Branston and AshmoleBranston ALichfield Road. 
Dr. Ladyman: The A38 Wyggeston Road; M6 Western Downs between Junctions 12 and 13; and A38 Branston and Ashmole (sites A and B) are eligible for future funding as they meet some of the criteria. The A38 Shobnall Road received quieter noise resurfacing works as part of the Burton By-pass renewals scheme. This was completed January 2005.
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Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact on air displays of the proposed increase in fees for an Article 70 display permission; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Buck: The Secretary of State has made no such assessment. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) commenced a 12 week consultation on proposals for its safety regulation charging schemes on Friday 10 June. This covers the charging period from 1 January 2006 to 31 March 2007. In due course, the CAA Board will seek the Secretary of State's approval for the revised schemes, as required by the Civil Aviation Act 1982.
Ms Buck: The Government are committed to tackling pollution from aircraft. The measures we are taking are set out in Chapter 3 of The Future of Air Transport" White Paper. They include pressing for the inclusion of aviation in the European Union emissions trading scheme from 2008, or as soon as possible thereafter.
We have introduced the Civil Aviation Bill which clarifies and strengthens the measures available to airports for dealing with aircraft noise. This includes a greater ability to introduce and enforce noise amelioration measures beyond airport boundaries and an ability to impose penalties where aircraft stray from routes designed to minimise noise. The Bill also makes explicit the powers of airports to set charges which reflect local emissions from aircraft.
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Derek Twigg: Cross London Rail Links Ltd. (CLRLL) is not wholly owned by any one public authority, and as such is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). I understand from CLRLL that the board of directors have undertaken that the company should behave as though it has to conform to the Act.
Derek Twigg: Due to the high frequency of trains running at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour on the main lines past the proposed Crossrail depot, a grade separated crossing is required in order for Crossrail trains to enter and leave the depot and access the electric lines on which Crossrail services will operate.
Derek Twigg: The Department will be looking at a variety of options for increasing rail capacity both over the short term and the longer term. Among other options, this will include an assessment of the potential costs and benefits of using double-decker trains in the UK.
The Department has approved over £103 million of block funding to Durham county council between April 1997 and March 2005. Of this, £46.115 million was for capital maintenance, £35.697 million was for Integrated transport and £21.382 million was for major transport projects.
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Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met (a) the Strategic Rail Authority and (b) the British Airports Authority to discuss the future of the Gatwick Express; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 16 June 2005]: Officials from the Department for Transport and Strategic Rail Authority meet regularly to discuss the Brighton Mainline. They have also recently held a series of meetings with the British Airports Authority to specifically discuss the future of the Gatwick Express.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of passengers at Heathrow who were (a) UK residents on business trips, (b) overseas residents on business trips to the UK, (c) overseas residents on business trips transferring or transiting at Heathrow en route to an overseas destination, (d) UK residents on leisure trips, (e) overseas residents on leisure trips to the UK and (f) overseas residents on leisure trips transferring or transiting at Heathrow en route to an overseas destination, in each of the last five years. 
|A||Business trips by UK residents||11.7||11.0||10.4||10.3||11.5|
|B||Business trips to/from the UK by overseas residents||8.6||7.7||7.7||7.4||7.7|
|C||Overseas residents on business trips transferring at Heathrow between an overseas origin and an overseas destination||4.0||3.8||4.6||4.6||4.7|
|D||Leisure trips by UK residents||17.4||16.7||17.9||18.0||19.0|
|E||Leisure trips to/from the UK by overseas residents||12.4||10.7||10.1||11.0||11.5|
|F||Overseas residents on leisure trips transferring at Heathrow between an overseas origin and an overseas destination||9.6||9.8||11.6||11.6||12.3|
|Transit passengers (million)||0.3||0.3||0.3||0.3||0.2|
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