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Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what objections his Department has made to Lancashire county council's proposals to build a link road to the motorway south of Lancaster. 
Dr. Ladyman: In 2001 the Department for Transport considered the western bypass, a major scheme proposal to link Heysham with the M6. The Department's view, as expressed in the local transport capital expenditure letter, was that the proposal should be compatible with the Lancaster local plan. I understand that Lancashire county council are preparing new proposals as part of the local transport plan process. It would be inappropriate to comment further until the Department has received the authority's proposals and considered the scheme in accordance with our major scheme guidance.
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Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of households east of the M1 between junction 10 and junction 11 adversely affected by noise, broken down by decibel levels; and if he will make a statement on the acoustic screening on that stretch of motorway. 
In a report completed in 2000, the Agency's consultants identified 772 properties in an area chiefly concentrated around Junction 11 with noise levels of 68 dB(A) or more. Of this number, 523 properties are located on the eastern side of the M1. The noise level ranges for the properties on the eastern side are as follows.
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In September 2003 the Highways Agency completed the first phase of a scheme to provide acoustic fences on both sides of the M1 at Junction 11 at Luton. Phase 2 began in January 2005 and is due for completion in August 2005.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many nights there were disruptions or delays sufficient to cause an increase in flights above the scheduled number taking off between 23.30 and 06.00 from London Heathrow in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Ms Buck: The arrangements under which aircraft may be granted dispensations from the night restrictions have applied for many years. They were confirmed as part of the present night restrictions regime at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted announced on 10 June 1999, Official Report, columns 37880. Information on dispensations is given in the following table in the form in which it is held, showing the number granted each season. Some dispensations were for a single additional flight (either landing or take-off) on a particular night while on other occasions several dispensations have been granted on a single night for the same reason, eg delays resulting from widespread and prolonged air traffic disruption. The number of nights where there were 10 or more additional departures is also given.
|Night restrictions season(18)||Dispensations for delays(19)||Dispensations for VIPs/ emergency relief etc(20)||Emergencies(21)||Nights with 10 or more additional departures|
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) appeals against parking penalty charge notices and (b) successful appeals there were in each local authority in England in the last five years for which figures are available. 
Ms Buck: This information is collected by the National Parking Adjudication Service (NPAS) outside London and by the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service (PTAS) inside London and published by them in their annual reports. The latest NPAS report is for 2003 and PTAS report is for 200304 and can be downloaded from the following addresses:
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on levels of expenditure on (a) maintenance and (b) repair of public highways by highways authorities between 200304 and 200506. 
In addition, revenue provision of £2,005 million for 200304, £2,055 million for 200405 and £2,053 million for 200506 has been made to local authorities, for highway maintenance through local authorities' formula for standard spending.
Funding provided to local authorities for road maintenance is not ring fenced. It is for the authorities themselves to decide upon their spending priorities, across the whole range of services that they provide.
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