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Derek Twigg: Annual payments to all train operators are set out in appendix 3 of the SRA's Annual Report and Accounts. A copy of the 200304 document has been placed in the Library of the House. For Central Trains, the annual report states that between 199697 and 200304 Central Trains received £785,665,000 in net franchise payments.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much the Civil Aviation Authority
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has spent on payments to former employees in settlement of claims (a) in total and (b) for unfair dismissal in each of the last five years; 
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Staffing is a matter for Cross London Rail Links Ltd. (CLRLL). I understand from CLRLL that it currently directly employs 75 staff. A further 38 staff work on secondment from Transport for London and four work on secondment from the Strategic Rail Authority.
Derek Twigg [holding answer 7 July 2005]: The Government have always said that Crossrail could not be completed before 2012 and that it could therefore not form part of the Olympics transport solution. That remains the case.
Crossrail construction works will be carried out at Pudding Lane station and a Crossrail tunnel portal will be constructed in that area and will therefore interact with works to construct the Olympics Masterplan.
Derek Twigg: I understand from Cross London Rail Links Ltd. that the cost of the hybrid Bill scheme was estimated to be £10.063 billion in 2003; £10.370 billion in 2004; and £10;292 billion in 2005, in first quarter 2002 prices. Comparable figures are not available for before 2003.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list public affairs consultancies that have been employed to date in connection with the Crossrail bid, broken down by (a) sums paid and (b) projects; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: This is a matter for Cross London Rail Links Ltd. I understand from them that they employ one public affairs consultancy, A.S. Biss and Co. The company is employed to promote the understanding of the aims, objectives and benefits of the Crossrail scheme amongst stakeholders. CLRLL has paid the company £550,000 since 200203.
Derek Twigg: This is a matter for Cross London Rail Links Ltd. I understand from the company that it does not have a corporate hospitality fund but that it did provide occasional hospitality at a number of Crossrail briefings during 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on measures to be taken to encourage increased efficiency in Network Rail track management on routes identified to be used by Crossrail. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 7 July 2005]: The Government have always said that Crossrail could not be completed before 2012 and that it could therefore not form part of the Olympics transport solution.
Dr. Ladyman: The nationality of full driving licence holders is not recorded. The Following figures show the number of full licences held over the last 10 years by those resident in GB who have obtained a British driving licence.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of British citizens who travelled to countries within the EU between June and September in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what estimate has been made of the number of British citizens who have travelled to countries within the EU between June and September in each year since 2000.I am replying in his absence. (10190)
Information is available for UK nationals who are resident in the UK. We do not have information for UK nationals resident overseas who may have visited countries within the EU. The attached table shows visits to the EU between JuneSeptember each year from 2000 to 2004.
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