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Ms Buck: The Secretary of State for Transport is responsible for the UK National Aviation Security Programme (NASP) which is administered by the Department for Transport (DfT). The NASP allocates legal responsibility for individual security measures to specific elements of the aviation industry and DfT inspectors monitor and enforce their compliance. The NASP is maintained in co-ordination with, and in addition to the work of, other control authorities particularly the Police, HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Immigration Service.
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the ruling by the European Court of Justice in the case of Altmark Trans, with particular reference to its implications for (a) lifeline ferry services and (b) competitive tendering; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Ladyman: Our assessment is that the Altmark ruling does not affect the requirement for competitive tendering of these ferry services. We consider that the ruling would apply only where there is no specific EU legislation applying to the services in issue. The requirement to tender ferry services in Scotland stems from Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3577/92 on Maritime Cabotage which does apply to these ferry services.
Peter Law: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how he intends to implement Paragraph 3.12 of the White Paper, Better Government for Wales" (Cm 6582), in respect of any bill he introduces in the current Session of Parliament. 
Derek Twigg: We intend to implement the Government's policy as stated in paragraph 3.12 of the White Paper Better Governance for Wales" Cm 6582. We are in discussion with the Assembly Government on the issues concerned.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Government's response to the EU Commission's decision to start infraction proceedings against the UK in relation to the use of biofuels. 
Dr. Ladyman: We are confident that we have implemented the biofuels directive properly and in full. We will be responding to the European Commission shortly with a robust justification of our approach. As a result of Government support, sales of biofuels in the UK are now running at some 10 million litres a month, a 500 per cent. increase since this time last year.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost per mile of operating bus services outside London has been in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the cost for the next five years. 
Annual surveys of the bus and coach industry for each financial year show the cost per mile of operating local bus services in Great Britain outside London and the latest available data are given in the following table. There are no forecasts for future years.
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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money his Department has given to each local authority outside London towards the costof subsidising local bus services in each of the last three years; and what the budget is for the next three years. 
Derek Twigg: The Department's main grant to local authorities for the support of local bus services is Rural Bus Subsidy Grant (RBSG). Annual allocations of that grant to each authority are shown as follows:
|Bath and NE Somerset||208,878||216,957||225,464|
|Blackburn with Darwen||58,239||59,986||62,338|
|Brighton and Hove||||24,367||25,322|
|Isle of Wight||237,681||244,811||254,410|
|Redcar and Cleveland||84,311||86,840||90,245|
|Telford and the Wrekin||113,487||116,892||121,475|
|Tyne and Wear||122,439||128,645||133,689|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||75,487||95,812||99,569|
In addition to RBSG, we have awarded a total of £163million to some 400 local authority projects following success in Bus Challenge competitions held between 1998 and 2003. Many of these projects are still in receipt of funding. A full list of all Bus Challenge awards, showing the local authority involved, is available on the Department's website.
We will also be awarding a further sum, provisionally set at £20million over three years, to projects successful in a Kickstart" bus funding competition which is currently under way this summer. The authorities successful in this competition will be announced in the autumn.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of subsidised bus services for each (a) route and (b) miles for each local authority outside London in each of the last three years; and what forecast he has made of the cost of subsidising bus services in each of the next two years. 
Derek Twigg: The Department for Transport does not make annual estimates, or forecasts, of the costs for each local authority of subsidised bus services. However, in 2001 we commissioned a three-year research study of overall trends in the provision of such services, including changes in contract prices. The research report is on the Department's website.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) commercially operated bus services and (b) subsidised routes have been operating in each local authority area outside London in each of the last three years; and what estimate he has made of the number which will operate in each of the next two years. 
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