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Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average daily number of vehicles which use (a) junction 7, (b) junction 8 and (c) junction 9 of the A14; and what estimate he has made of the average daily number of vehicles which will use each junction in (i) 2011, (ii) 2021 and (iii) 2031. 
Dr. Ladyman: Junctions 7, 8 and 9 of the A14 are the three junctions on the Kettering Bypass. Following the recommendations of the London to South Midlands multi-modal study in July 2003 to widen the A14 through the East Midlands to dual three lanes, the Secretary of State asked the Highways Agency to carry out further work on the A14 Kettering Bypass section of the route.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what decisions have been taken by the Highways Agency on public consultations with representatives of interest groups related to the proposed A21 upgrade. 
Dr. Ladyman: We announced the preferred route in February 2005 having taken into account the views expressed during and following the public consultation held in 200203. Following my meeting with the hon. Member on 20 October 2005, I asked the Highways Agency to meet with representatives of interest groups and I understand they have arranged a meeting for the 28 November.
Dr. Ladyman: Whenever a road needs to be resurfaced for safety and maintenance reasons, quieter surfacing is used as a matter of course. Last year a 1 km stretch of the A27 Lewes bypass was repaired using low noise material.
The bypass is now in good condition and there are no plans to resurface the remainder in the next financial year. However a technical survey is programmed for next financial year and any works identified as a result of the survey, such as resurfacing with a quieter material, would be carried out in financial year 200809, subject to allocation of funds.
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Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of congestion on the A43 Kettering-Northampton road at peak times; and what estimate he has made of the expected level of congestion in (a) 2011, (b) 2021 and (c) 2031. 
Dr. Ladyman: The A43 between Kettering and Northampton is the responsibility of Northamptonshire county council, as local highway authority. The Department for Transport has, therefore, made no assessment of congestion on this section of road.
Ms Diana R. Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what Highways Agency funding is triggered by recognition of the A63 as a trans-European network route by the European Commission. 
Dr. Ladyman: The presence of the A63 on the European Union's trans-European transport network does not trigger Highways Agency funding for potential projects on that road. While trans-European network funding may in principle be available from the EU, it is in the first instance for the region to consider its own regional road network priorities within the framework of its regional funding allocation.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what targets his Department has set for air levels of (a) carbon monoxide, (b) lead, (c) nitrogen dioxide, (d) particles, (e) benzene and (f) 1.3 butadiene. 
The Government and Devolved Administrations air quality policies are set out in detail in the Air Quality Strategy for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland", published in January 2000. An Addendum to the Strategy was published in February 2003. Copies of both documents are available in the Library of the House.
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The strategy sets objectives for nine main air pollutants to protect human health and two objectives to protect vegetation and ecosystems. The air pollutants covered by the strategy are benzene; 1,3-butadiene; carbon monoxide; lead; nitrogen dioxide; particles (PM10); ozone; sulphur dioxide and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
Mr. Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what are the passenger use figures for each of the 43 bus schemes that will receive funding under the scheme announced by his Department on 1 November, for each year since 1997; 
The schemes are for new, or in some cases substantially enhanced, services which will begin operation in the new few months, now that funding has been announced. The question of passenger use figures in prior years for the services concerned does not therefore arise.
Dr. Ladyman: In July 2005 the Government published a new public service agreement target for urban congestion that, by 201011, the 10 largest urban areas will meet the congestion targets set in their Local Transport Plan relating to movement on main roads into city centres.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will respond to the letter of 19 October from the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle on train services from Bexhill to London Victoria. 
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many applications for driving licences had documents lost (a) by and (b) in transit to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in 200405. 
Dr. Ladyman: During the financial year 200405 the number of documents in support of driving licence applications lost by DVLA was 734 (0.01 per cent. of the 6.8 million driving licences issued last year). Holders of digitised UK passports now need only to quote the number on the application form and do not need to forward the document to DVLA.
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