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Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to introduce a lesser sanction than removal of a driving licence for an individual who marginally fails the minimum standard of at least 120 degrees horizontal width in the visual field. 
Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of cars owned in (a) Kingston and Surbiton, (b) South West London, (c) London and (d) England; and what percentage of these cars he estimates are four-wheel drive. 
John Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many refunds have been given to purchasers of the Complete Official Learner Driver packs; how many more he expects to issue; and what the total cost has been. 
We do not expect demand for refunds to be significant, given that we are offering a replacement disc. DSA's publishing activities are commercially self-funding. Providing refunds and replacement DVDs represents no direct cost to the public.
Dr. Ladyman: All sales of the Learning to Drive DVD to retail outlets were suspended following the discovery of the error. DSA's publishing activities are commercially self-funding. Replacing stock represents no direct cost to the public.
Dr. Ladyman: The enforcement of drivers hours legislation is carried out by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA). The outcomes of VOSA's enforcement activities are included in an annual Effectiveness Report which is available on their internet site.
Dr. Ladyman: New measures are not necessary. It is for the courts to provide an authoritative interpretation of the law, but the Department's view is that it is already illegal to use vehicles which are not compliant with road traffic law on public highways. Powered vehicles (whether internal combustion or electric) are motor vehicles within the meaning of the Road Traffic Act 1988 as amended. Any powered vehicle used on the public highway must comply with all aspects of road traffic law, including construction requirements, registration, road tax, insurance etc. The rider/driver should hold an appropriate licence and, where required, wear a suitable helmet.
Enforcement is a matter for individual Chief Officers of Police. Powers under the Police Reform Act 2002 allow a constable in uniform, after giving a warning, to stop and seize a motor vehicle if he/she has grounds for believing that it is being used in a careless and inconsiderate manner, or being driven illegally off-road, or being used (or is likely to be used) in an antisocial manner causing harassment, alarm or distress.
I understand that that the packaging on powered items such as miniature motorcycles generally includes a warning that they are not for highway use. However it may be that, once such packaging is discarded, this is overlooked or ignored. My Department is working with the Home Office to consider how advice reminding purchasers and others of this issue might usefully be disseminated.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with motoring and road safety organisations on the impact of advertisements situated next to motorways. 
The Department has not had any recent specific discussions with motoring and road safety organisations on the impact of advertisements situated next to motorways.
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Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects existing rail services at stations on the (a) Hastings to Charing Cross and (b) Bexhill to London lines to be maintained at their current level. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 4 July 2005]: There are no current plans for significant service changes between Hastings and Charing Cross until December 2009. Bidders for the Integrated Kent Franchise have then been asked to make bids based on the service pattern set out as follows. For Bexhill passengers travelling to London Victoria via the Brighton Main Line, there is a proposal in the Strategic Rail Authority's draft Brighton Main Line Route Utilisation Strategy that would increase capacity on the Main Line, but would require passengers from Bexhill to change trains at Eastbourne or Polegate.
| Current service||Change to service in December 2009|
|Charing Cross||Cannon Street||Charing Cross||Cannon Street||Net change (all trains)|
|West St. Leonards||4||3||1||3||4|
|St. Leonards Warrior Sq.|
Derek Twigg: The box which has been built for the planned Thameslink Midland Road station is intended to be fitted out by Network Rail as part of the Thameslink 2000 project, for which statutory powers and funding arrangements have yet to be settled. The Government remains committed to completing the station, estimates the cost of the fit-out and associated track and signalling work to be around £60m, and is looking further at the options for completing the work in advance of Thameslink 2000.
The station box was financed by London and Continental Railways (LCR) as part of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project (CTRL). It is not possible to separately identify that element of Government support for the CTRL project that has been expended on the Thameslink box.
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