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Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the bill setting out the major changes to the enabling works required for the Crossrail project in Romford to be ready to be introduced. 
The Crossrail Bill was introduced on 22 February and received its second reading on 19 July.
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The Bill currently seeks powers to temporarily divert two gas pipelines east-west along the southern edge of the proposed Crossrail depot worksite at Romford, in order to free up working space for the period of the Crossrail works.
A revised proposal is now being prepared in consultation with the utility company concerned which would instead divert the pipelines to the south, across Crow Lane to join an existing pipeline beneath Crowlands Heath Golf Course.
Any amendment to the Bill would take the form of an Additional Provision, which would be accompanied by an environmental assessment and which would trigger a new petitioning period for those affected. It would then be for the Select Committee to decide whether to accept the proposed amendment to the Bill.
Derek Twigg: I understand from Cross London Rail Links Limited (CLRLL) that, until October 2004, all Directors were non-executive Transport for London (TfL) and Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) nominees, and were not remunerated by CLRLL. Sir Christopher Benson (who served as Chairman from 24 October 200126 October 2004), was paid £25,000 in financial year 200102, £60,000 in 200203, £60,000 in 200304 and £40,000 to October 2004.
Since October 2004, all Directors have been non-executive TfL and DfT nominees. The TfL nominee Directors and one of the DfT nominee directors are not remunerated by CLRL. Two of the DfT appointed Directors were paid £7,000 in total in the last financial year by CLRLL. Adrian Montague (who took over as Chairman on 26 October 2004), was not remunerated.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list formal consultations being sponsored by his Department and its agencies; and what the (a) commencement date and (b) deadline for responses is in each case. 
|Title of consultation||Commencement date||Deadline for responses|
|Department for Transport website address: http://www.dft.gov.uk|
|Taxis and private hire vehiclesconsultation on draft Best Practice Guidance||2 August 2005||28 October 2005|
|UK Regulatory Requirements to Foreign Registered Aircraft||1 August 2005||28 October 2005|
|Guidance to local authorities seeking DfT funding for transport Major Schemes||1 April 2005||The original deadline for this was the 30 September 2005. This was extended to 31 October 2005. A further extension will be given to coincide with the closure of the forthcoming consultation on preparatory costs for major schemes.|
|Rail Interoperability Regulations and the interface with rail safety legislation(21)||3 October 2005||15 November 2005|
|Consultation on implementation of the Bunkers Convention||2 September 2005||25 November 2005|
|Proposal for a regulation on public passenger transport services by rail and by road||21 October 2005||13 January 2006|
|Highways Agency website address: http://www.highways.gov.uk|
|Revision of Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual||1 October 2005||31 December 2005|
|Maritime and Coastguard Agency website address: http://www.mcga.gov.uk|
|Yacht Deck Officer Certificates||12 August 2005||4 November 2005|
|Destination of Vessel Traffic Services in the UK||12 October 2005||9 January 2006|
|Noise and Vibration||19 October 2005||16 January 2006|
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to require Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency driving assessment centres to make available a copy of the assessment report to those drivers who are being assessed as a result of a disability; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Ladyman: Provision exists for the driver to request from DVLA a copy of any driving assessment report or other medical reports that may be held on their personal record. DVLA considers such requests in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. Copies of assessment reports would, normally, be released.
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding was allocated by his Department to Milton Keynes for (a) capital projects and (b) revenue funding in each of the last five years. 
|Capital maintenance||Integrated block||Total|
Capital maintenance funding is allocated to local highways authorities for investment in their highway network, including its structures and street lighting. The integrated transport block is Government funding support for transport improvements schemes each costing less than £5 million and can be used for local highways or public transport capital projects. It has been for Milton Keynes council to determine how these allocations were spent, in line with their local transport plan and their priorities.
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The Revenue Support Grant (RSG) from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister provides further revenue funding for highway maintenance, concessionary fairs and subsidising bus services. However, RSG is unhypothecated and may be applied by local authorities to any services.
Derek Twigg: The number of carriages in use for regular passenger service on the main line railway network is approximately 10,800. This excludes those in use by heritage railways and heritage stock kept for occasional use on the main line network.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many railway personnel were assaulted at work in the last 12 months for which figures are available; how many arrests ensued; and how many convictions followed. 
Derek Twigg: The number of crimes recorded by the British Transport police (BTP) for railway staff being assaulted while on duty totalled 2,879 during the period from 1 October 2004 to 30 September 2005. These resulted in 516 arrests.
Derek Twigg: The British Transport Police publishes suicide figures by financial year. The total number of official verdicts of suicide on the railway network in England and Wales was 95 for the period from 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005.
Counselling is routinely offered to train drivers and rail staff in the aftermath of a railway suicide. Each train operating company is required to have provisions in place for the care of its staff under both Health and Safety and Employment rules.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what types of material are used to maintain the railway infrastructure; how much of each type was used in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: The Department for Transport is aware of the long held aspiration for the reopening of Wellington station and the inclusion of the proposed station in the Somerset County Council Local Transport Plan 200106. The case for a station needs further investigation including the development of an initial business case and assessments of its technical and operational deliverability. Such assessment and development work will need to be carried out with Network Rail. Funding sources will also need to be considered.
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