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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2005, Official Report, column 127W, on EU discussions, if he will make a statement on measures to be introduced under the planned Directive on driving licences. 
Dr. Ladyman: The proposed Directive on driving licences was discussed at the Transport Council on 27 June but no agreement was reached. However, informal indications from both the European Parliament and the member states remain generally favourable to the proposal in its entirety. It is the Government's intention to seek political agreement from Ministers at the 5 December Transport Council.
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many applications were approved for a waiver under Article 8.3 of the European Council Regulation 2407/92 between 1 January 2001 and 1 May 2005; to whom they were issued; and by whom the Government have been approached for a waiver under the same scheme since 1 January. 
|Air Atlanta Europe||16|
|Airtours International Airways||15|
|Aurigny Air Services||8|
|BAC Express Airlines||11|
|British Airways Citiexpress Ltd.||23|
|British Midland Commuter||1|
|British Midland Regional Ltd.||1|
|Cabair Helicopters Ltd.||1|
|CHC Scotia Limited||22|
|Cougar Leasing Limited||4|
|European Aviation Air Charter||5|
|First Choice Airways Ltd.||11|
|Global Supply Systems||2|
|Gold Air International Ltd.||1|
|Heavylift Cargo Airlines||4|
|McAlpine Aviation Services||1|
|My Travel Airways||42|
|Pool Aviation Ltd.||1|
|Suckling Airways Ltd.||4|
|Woodgate Executive Air Charter||9|
|Air Atlanta Europe||19|
|Airx Ltd. T/A Rockhopper||1|
|British Airways Citiexpress Ltd.||6|
|CHC Scotia Limited||12|
|First Choice Airways Ltd.||8|
|My Travel Airways||14|
|Suckling Airways Ltd.||1|
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many air miles were accrued through departmental ministerial travel in his Department in 200405, broken down by Minister; how many were (a) foregone and (b) donated to charity, broken down
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by charity; and whether air miles accrued by officials were required to be (i) foregone and (ii) given to charity. 
Ms Buck: No Ministers in the Department for Transport accrue Air Miles in undertaking official travel. Ministerial travel is conducted in accordance with the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers. Guidance for Ministers on the use of Air Miles is set out in the Ministerial Code. The guidance makes clear that Air Miles should be used only for official purposes or else foregone. However, if it is impracticable to use the benefits for Government travel, there is no objection to Ministers donating them to charity if this is permissible under the terms of the airline's scheme and the charity is one chosen by the airline.
Details of Air Miles accrued by officials in the Department could not be ascertained without disproportionate cost, but officials are encouraged to offset them against subsequent official travel. Where this is not possible, the benefits are foregone.
Dr. Ladyman: There are no plans for a trial use of the hard shoulder as a running lane on the M65. The Highways Agency are planning to trial the use of hard shoulder running as part of the M42 Active Traffic Management Pilot and this will inform any further roll out.
Dr. Ladyman: Both carriageways of the M25 between junctions 23 and 30 are to be widened as part of schemes that entered the targeted programme of improvements in April 2004. At present there are no proposals to widen junction 31.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pedestrians have been (a) killed and (b) injured through being hit by cars or other vehicles in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
| Hit by a car||Hit by another vehicle|
|Lancashire county council nature of funding|
|Integrated transport block||Targeted bus grants(15)|
The integrated transport block funding can be used for local highways or public transport capital projects. It has been for Lancashire to determine how that allocation has been spent, in line with its local transport plan and its priorities. On average councils spend about one third of this block on public transport schemes.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of the new West Midlands franchise on rail services between Leighton Buzzard and London Euston, with particular reference to the (a) speed and (b) frequency of services; and if he will make a statement. 
[holding answer 25 October 2005]: The announcement by the Secretary of State on Tuesday 18 October determined the new franchise map, including the creation of a new West Midlands franchise.
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Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what performance measures his Department has in place to monitor the (a) quality and (b) reliability of service provided by the company awarded the East Coast Mainline Franchise. 
Derek Twigg: GNER's Franchise Agreement contains a number of measures whereby the Department for Transport is able to monitor both the qualitative and quantitative delivery of services. GNER's obligations include targets for the number of minutes delay caused to passengers as well as the number of services cancelled. GNER also has a punctuality target for 90 per cent. of services to arrive within 10 minutes by 1 January 2010. The quality of GNER's service is measured predominantly through a Service Quality regime, whereby its stations, trains and depots are periodically surveyed to ensure that standards are being maintained. The quality of its delivery is also reviewed and benchmarked twice a year as part of the industry-wide National Passenger Survey.
Derek Twigg: The Government's spending plan for rail were originally set out in Transport 10 Year Plan document published in July 2000. These spending plans were updated in Department for Transport Progress Report published December 2002.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations his Department has received on the proposed Railfreight terminal at Radlett Aerodrome; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: My Department is not aware of any formal representations about this proposal. A number of informal discussions were held with the Strategic Rail Authority before the freight functions were transferred to the Department in June this year.
Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Strategic Rail Authority regarding the future of train services in (a) Sole Street, (b) Gravesend, (c) Higham and (d) Meopham. 
The future train services at Sole Street, Gravesend, Higham and Meopham were developed, through consultation with stakeholders, by the Strategic Rail Authority in specifying the new Integrated Kent Franchise. These proposed train services for the new
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franchise were approved by the Secretary of State for Transport before being included in the Invitation to Tender.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who is responsible for the pension deficit on South West Trains; what would happen to the pension liabilities in the event that a new franchisee was chosen; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: Most employees of South West Trains are members of the South West Trains Shared Cost Section of the Railways Pension Scheme. South West Trains, as franchise holder, is responsible for managing the terms and conditions of service of its staff, including pension arrangements, in accordance with general Employment Legislation and the specific legislation relating to Railway pensions.
In the event of a shortfall in this Section, the rules of the Scheme allow the employer and trustee six months after the valuation is signed to agree arrangements to make good the shortfall. The valuation as at 31 December 2004 is expected to be finalised by 31 December 2005 and so the six months will expire on 30 June 2006. If no agreement is reached within the six months there are default provisions in the rules that basically would increase both the members and employer's contributions.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers use (a) Westcliff-on-Sea and (b) Leigh-on-Sea stations at (i) morning peak, (ii) evening peak and (iii) off-peak hours. 
Westcliff-on-Sea station is used by approximately 700 people in each weekday peak. Off-peak travel from this station is also used by approximately 700 passengers, although spread over a larger time period.
[holding answer 24 October 2005]: Representations have been received from local organisations, Members of Parliament, local councils and members of the public. Proposals for future train services on the Hastings to London Victoria route have been developed by the Strategic Rail Authority, through consultation with stakeholders, in developing the Brighton Mainline Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS). A final strategy will be published in due course.
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