Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Race Equality Impact Assessments his Department completed between (a) April 2004 and March 2005 and (b) April 2005 and November 2005; and how many assessments in each period resulted in a change of policy. 
Ms Buck: The Department for Transport is committed to valuing diversity and promoting equality. The Department's Race Equality Scheme 200508 covers the activities of the Department and its executive agencies as an employer as well as a policy maker and service provider.
Race Equality Impact Assessments are being completed across all areas of our business. From April 2004 to March 2005 the Department for Transport has completed eight Race Equality Impact Assessments, two of which have resulted in policy changes.
No centrally co-ordinated figures are yet available for the period April 2005 to November 2005 as we collect statistics on an annual basis. These figures will be collected as part of our next race equality data monitoring exercise and published in our 200506 Race Equality Report.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will take steps (a) to re-establish and (b) to improve rail services between Leeds City Centre and the towns and villages in the outlying areas of Leeds metropolitan district council; and if he will make a statement; 
There are no plans to re-establish rail services between Leeds city centre and the outlying areas of Leeds metropolitan district council or East Ardsley. The Department nevertheless continues to work with West Yorkshire passenger transport executive which has responsibility for rail services in this area, to secure improvements, based on proposals that show value for money and affordability.
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Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the impact of the returned rolling stock to the c2c Fenchurch Street line on the availability of seats for commuters entering the line at Benfleet Station; and if he will make a statement; 
Derek Twigg: Of the five units transferred away in May 2004, three returned to service on c2c in September. This allowed capacity increases on three morning and three evening peak services, all of which call at Benfleet. The other two units are due to return to c2c by the end of this month.
The Department is committed to managing sick absence effectively and to putting in place the recommendations of the 'Managing Sickness Absence in the Public Sector' report. The DfT Board takes an active interest in the issue of attendance management, and a number of steps have already been taken.
The Department is on course to meet the target in the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate to source at least 10 per cent. electricity from renewable sources by 2008, and a range of actions are currently under way in our HQ buildings, including the commissioning of a Carbon Trust energy audit, to minimise our energy usage. Our executive agencies are undertaking similar actions to meet the energy targets contained in the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many statutory instruments introduced by his Department had to be (a) withdrawn, (b) amended by a further statutory instrument and (c) reprinted because of defective drafting in each session since 1997; and what steps he (1) is taking and (2) plans to take to prevent this. 
The Department's records reveal that in that period 16 statutory instruments have been amended by a further instrument in order to correct defective drafting in an earlier instrument. This number breaks down by parliamentary Session as follows:
The Department endeavours to keep the number of defective instruments to a minimum through the provision of training for officials involved in this work and a system involving checking by two lawyers in addition to the principal drafter. The present arrangements are being reviewed.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when rail passenger partnership funding for the reopening of the Newcastle-Blyth-Ashington freight line to passenger traffic will be made available. 
Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions since 2001 US-registered aircraft tail number (a) N44982, formerly N8068V and N379P and (b) N313P has landed in the United Kingdom; and at which airports. 
Ms Buck: The Department for Transport has no record of these aircraft landing at UK airports, which indicates that if these aircraft landed in the UK they were either not involved in civil commercial transport or that they were stopping for technical purposes, for example, to refuel. As such they would not require the Secretary of State for Transport's permission.