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Motor Vehicle Accidents (Private Land)

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for reducing deaths from motor vehicle accidents on private land. [32281]

Dr. Ladyman: We are aware that the use of motor vehicles on private land causes nuisance from time to time. However, we are not aware that there is a significant number of deaths involving motor vehicles on private land. The road accident statistics we collect are for on road use of motor vehicles. We do not collect data on accidents that occur on private land. There are sufficient powers to regulate the use of motor vehicles off road. It is for the police to enforce them.

National Minimum Wage

Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many employees in his Department were affected by the rise in the national minimum wage on 1 October. [28977]


 
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Ms Buck: The rise to the National Minimum Wage on 1 October did not affect any of the Department's employees.

Northern Rail Services Review

Mrs. Riordan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Review of Northern Rail Services has been completed. [32586]

Derek Twigg: The Review of Northern Rail services is still in progress, and I expect to receive recommendations early in 2006.

Parliamentary Questions

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will reply substantively to the questions tabled by the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside for answer on 8 November, reference (a) 26246 and (b) 26249. [32422]

Derek Twigg: I have replied to both of my hon. Friend's questions. Ref 26246 was answered on 24 November 2005, Official Report, column 2218W and ref 26249 was answered 29 November 2005.

Pedicabs

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Transport for London about the safety of pedicabs. [31466]

Ms Buck: I discussed the question of regulation of pedicabs, including with respect to safety, with representatives of Transport for London on 4 October. The Department is very willing to hold further meetings with interested parties but of course Transport for London are in the lead on the introduction of a licensing regime.

Rail Infrastructure

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what extra security measures have been taken along the (a) Hastings to London Victoria, (b) Hastings to Charing Cross and (c) Brighton to London Victoria train lines since the 7 July terrorist attacks in London. [29817]

Derek Twigg: Following the attacks on 7 July the threat to the whole UK rail network was re-assessed, resulting in additional security requirements. It would be inappropriate to go into detail for obvious security reasons but the situation is kept under review to ensure that these measures are commensurate with the risk.

Railways

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on the National Train Passenger Survey in each year from 1997–98 to 2004–05; and what funding is planned for future financial years. [25615]

Derek Twigg: The National Passenger Survey was set up in 1999. The following table outlines how much has been spent on the survey in each financial year since then, inclusive of VAT.
 
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Cost
1999–2000251 ,475
2000–01466,768
2001–02507,515
2002–03582,840
2003–04642,396
2004–05681,192

The contract for the National Passenger Survey is open to competition. It would therefore be inappropriate to make future funding figures available to potential bidders.

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans Network Rail has to increase funding for rail infrastructure along the Bexhill to London Victoria line. [33127]

Derek Twigg: This is an operational matter for Network Rail, who will be responding directly to the hon. Member.

Road Accidents

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatal and (b) serious road accidents there were in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many in each year involved (i) drunk driving, (ii) a stolen vehicle, (iii) a driver without a valid driving licence, (iv) a foreign national driver and (v) a combination of these factors. [30592]

Dr. Ladyman: The estimates for the number of fatal and serious accidents involving illegal alcohol levels for 2000–04 are in the table. The total number of fatal and serious accidents in GB for 2000–04 is also given in the table.
Drink drive
All road accidents
FatalSeriousFatalSerious
20004501,9503,10832,499
20014702,0203,17631,588
20024802,0503,12430,521
20035001,9703,24728,913
2004(38)530(38)1,7902,97826,748


(38) Provisional data. The sample of fatality data from coroners for 2003 has now been finalised but 2004 estimates are based on a reduced sample of coroners' returns and may be biased. They remain provisional until more complete information for 2004 is available.


The number of fatal accidents where a driver or rider had an illegal alcohol level is estimated from coroners' and procurators' fiscal data which become available a year later than the main road accident data. As a result, the estimates for 2004 are provisional.

Information on stolen vehicles involved in personal injury road accidents is not currently available. However, from 2005, the reporting police officer may note where the fact that a vehicle was stolen, or being driven in the course of a crime influenced the driver or rider's behaviour and contributed to the accident. This will not be available for accidents reported to the police at the police station. Information on drivers without a valid driving licence involved in personal injury road accidents is not collected because of the inability in linking accident data with prosecution data.
 
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Road Traffic (London)

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many traffic lights there were in London in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2004–05. [31884]

Ms Buck: Traffic signals in London are the responsibility of the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL). Before 3 July 2000, traffic signals in London were the responsibility of the Traffic Control Systems Unit, a body which was subsumed into TfL, and the London boroughs.

The total number of Traffic Signal sites 1 in Greater London was (a) , on 31 March 2000, 4,236 and (b) , on 31 March 2005, 4,978.

For further information please contact:

1 A traffic Signal site is defined as a separate junction or pedestrian crossing

Walking

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to develop a strategy to promote walking since publication of the discussion paper 'On the move: by foot'. [33472]

Derek Twigg: In response to the discussion paper 'On the move: by foot', the Department published 'Walking and cycling: an action plan' on 16 June 2004, which outlines the Government's walking (and cycling) strategy for the next five years. There are a number of actions which are being taken forward in conjunction with interested walking groups. Progress reports of the action plan are regularly published on the walking home page of the Department's website following quarterly meetings with walking stakeholders. A copy of the Action Plan is available in the House Library.


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