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Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from the Sustainable Development Commission regarding the sustainability of the Government's aviation policies; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Buck: The Sustainable Development Commission have recently requested a meeting to discuss the proposals in their input to the Climate Change Programme Review. Their proposals include transport issues. A meeting will take place shortly.
Provision for a power to inspect blue badges has been made through Section 94 of the Traffic Management Act 2004. We will be consulting on the guidance for enforcement officers and badge holders during the
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summer. The new power will be introduced later this year by commencement order once the necessary guidance is in place.
Two other changes have been included in the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. One to change the term 'institution' used in existing blue badge legislation to 'organisation' and another to allow for reciprocity with European Union member states and other countries. These measures are due to be introduced by commencement order at the end of June.
We are working on the recommendations requiring changes to regulations (including extending the scheme to children under the age of two and those with temporary disabilities) and we will consult on the draft regulatory package during the summer this year.
Looking into the independent mobility needs of certain groups of people (e.g. those with autism or mental health problems) to determine whether there is a need for extending the eligibility for a badge; and
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many laptop computers have been used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many have been (i) lost and (ii) stolen in that period; what the cost of the use of laptops in that period was; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Buck: The information requested on the use of laptop computers by officials in each year since 1995 is not available centrally or in the form requested, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The number of laptop computers available for use by Ministers, special advisers and their offices since the establishment of the Department for Transport on 29 May 2002 is as follows:
|Department for Transport||4||7|
|Driving Standards Agency||||11|
|Maritime and Coastguard Agency||6||5|
|Vehicle Certification Agency||||2|
|Vehicle and Operator Services Agency||||13|
Derek Twigg: The Office of Rail Regulation is examining an application from Grand Central Railway to operate a direct rail service from Sunderland to London Kings Cross calling at Thirsk and will announce its findings in due course.
Mr. Darling: There is no general policy in relation to sleeper services. When considering the specification for each new franchise the value for money and affordability of all services currently provided by that franchise will be considered.
Mr. Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money his Department has spent on preparatory work on light rail projects in (a) Manchester, (b) Liverpool, (c) Leeds and (d) Portsmouth. 
Mr. Darling: My Department has provided £119 million to Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive towards the scheme costs for Phase III of Manchester Metrolink. An additional £80 million has been provided to allow GMPTE to buy out the concession for Metrolink.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on (a) capital projects, (b) maintenance and (c) improvement schemes on (i)motorways and (ii) trunk roads in (A) West Sussex,
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(B) Kent, (C) Durham, (D) East Riding of Yorkshire and (E) each English county in each of the last eight years. 
Dr. Ladyman: The following table provides information on by-passes that have been fully approved through the Local Transport Plan programme or have entered the Highways Agency's Targeted Programme of Improvements. Information is not held on trunk road by-passes prior to 1997 and prior to 2000 for major local road schemes.
|Derby Southern By-pass and Derby Spur||Derbyshire||19.8|
|Blackburn Southern By-pass Contract I||Lancashire||66|
|Blackburn Southern By-pass Contract II||Lancashire||80|
|Stratton By-pass (DBFO)||Wiltshire/Gloucestershire||(3)104.6|
|Latton By-pass (DBFO)||Wiltshire/Gloucestershire|
|Market Deeping/Deeping St. James By-pass||Lincolnshire||7.6|
|Puddleton By-pass (DBFO)||Devon/Dorset||(4)135.1|
|Derby Southern By-pass Contract B||Leicestershire||9.6|
|Polegate By-pass||East Sussex||28.9|
|Silverstone By-pass (including costs relating to A43 Whitifeld Turn-Brackley Hatch Improvement and M40-B4031 Dualling)||Northamptonshire||107.1|
|Stainburn and Great Clifton By-pass||Cumbria||12.5|
|Great Glen By-pass||Leicestershire||20.9|
|Basford, Hough, Shavington By-pass||Cheshire||54.3|
|Rushden and Higham Ferrers By-pass||Northamptonshire||15.7|
|Aston Clinton By-pass||Buckinghamshire||44.4|
|Bingley Relief Road||Bradford MBC||90.5|
|Selby By-pass||North Yorkshire||66.1|
|Wadesmill Colliers End||Hertfordshire||40.1|
|Skelton Brotton By-pass||Redcar and Cleveland||16|
|A4146 Stoke Hammond/Linslade Western By-pass||Buckinghamshire||53.8|
|Denaby Main Diversion||Doncaster||9|
|Barnsley Coalfields Link Road||Barnsley||6.5|
|A57 Cadishead Way (Brinell Drive to City Boundary)||Salford, Greater Manchester||19.9|
|Carlisle Northern Development Route||Carlisle, Cumbria||(5)78.8|
|Partney By-passscheme part of 3 phases||Lincolnshire||15.5|
|Gloucester South West By-pass||Gloucestershire||35.7|
|Barnstaple Western By-pass||Devon||39.9|
|Great Leighs By-pass||Essex||17.1|
|A142 Fordham By-pass||Cambridgeshire||12.5|
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