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Driving Licences

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many registered provisional driving licence holders there have been in the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by category. [38652]


 
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Dr. Ladyman: The information requested can be found in the following table:
With motorcycleWithout motorcycle
1997358,0094,600,085
1998330,8254,675,719
1999393,3664,880,572
2000413,8245,079,817
2001405,5805,162,910
2002417,4265,363,537
2003442,8475,690,181
2004449,3695,773,971

The figures provided are for GB and do not include Northern Ireland.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many registered driving licence holders there have been in the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by category. [38653]

Dr. Ladyman: The total numbers of substantive licence holders for the requested periods are as follows:
Substantive licence holders
199732,329,228
199832,532,217
199932,668,988
200032,746,422
200132,940,330
200233,189,863
200333,771,687
200434,268,993

DVLA does not collate statistics on categories of entitlement for the time periods requested. Instead, snapshot information is gathered at specific points in time. The last such snapshot was taken in May 2002 and showed the following entitlement holdings:

Category
Entitlement holders
MotorcyclesA1,845,291
A17,280
A251,159
TricyclesB1159,393
Private/Light GoodsB33,111,394
BE113,645
Medium/Large Goods VehicleC629,497
CE1,030,043
C120,662
C1E26,173
BusD322,451
DE319,223
MinibusD123,871
D1E717
TractorF72,188
Road RollerG468,938
Tracked VehicleH397,180
Mowing MachineK1,356
Electrically Propelled VehicleL5,450
Duty Exempt VehicleN177,203
MopedP23,982,819




Note:
The figures provided are for GB and do not include Northern Ireland.




 
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Eddington Review

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State forTransport what meetings he has attended in the pasteight months where the Eddington Review was discussed; and what work his Department has carried out as part of the review. [37871]

Ms Buck [holding answer 15 December 2005]: SirRod Eddington was asked by the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Transport to provide advice on the long term links between transport, productivity, growth and stability. His work is being supported by a joint team from the Department for Transport and HM Treasury. The Secretary of State has regular meetings with Sir Rod and his team, and their work is also discussed in the context of other meetings.

Fatal Road Traffic Accidents

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal road traffic accidents occurred in Stroud constituency in each year since 1994. [38281]

Dr. Ladyman: The number of fatal personal injury road accidents in Stroud constituency from 1994 is given in the table.
Fatal accidents

Number
19945
199514
199610
19976
19988
19998
20006
200112
20023
20037
20045

The accidents in the table are those which occurred within the 2004 boundary of Stroud constituency.

Haulage Industry

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the turnover of the haulage industry was in each year since 1997. [38649]

Dr. Ladyman: Estimates are as follows:
Annual turnover of the UK road haulage industry(1)

£ billion
199718.4
199818.5
199920.4
200021.1
200121.7
200221.4
200321.7


(1)Businesses engaged in transporting goods by road for hire and reward. The turnover of operators who carry goods in the course of their trade or business, but whose main economic activity is not road haulage, is excluded.
Source:
Annual Business Inquiry (Office for National Statistics)




 
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Helicopter Contracts

Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there will be changes in manning levels at (a) Stornoway and (b) Sumburgh bases following changes in the helicopter contracts and type of helicopter used there; and whether TUPE regulations will apply following changes of helicopter contractor at these bases. [37968]

Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 15 December 2005]: No reduction in staff at either of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency bases at Stornoway or Sumburgh Search and Rescue Helicopter flights, as a result of the change in helicopter contract, is anticipated. TUPE does apply to the staff at both bases.

Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the new S92 search and rescue helicopter to be based at the Stornoway and Sumburgh bases will have the same capabilities as the S61 helicopter. [37974]

Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 15 December 2005]: The Sikorsky S92 offers an enhanced capability over theSikorsky S61 in terms of speed and endurance. The S92 also offers safety enhancements over the S61 and increased effectiveness in the search and rescue role.

Incentive Packages

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value is of (a) pay supplements, (b) bonuses and (c) other incentive packages that are payable in his Department on the basis of geographic location; how many people are in receipt of each payment; and what the total cost to his Department of each payment was in 2004–05. [35931]

Ms Buck: Within the Department for Transport, staff are paid either a London or national rate of pay, with those within the London Pay area receiving a higher rate. Regional supplements, bonuses and other incentive packages are not paid based on geographic location.

Lighthouses

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the pension fund provision of the General Lighthouse Fund is subject to external audit. [37219]

Dr. Ladyman: Pension provision is an integral part of the General Lighthouse Fund (the fund). The report and accounts of the fund for each year are examined and
 
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certified by the Comptroller and Auditor General. Copies of the fund accounts are placed in the Library of the House.

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the percentage change in revenue collected in lights dues in (a) Scotland, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) England and Wales, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) the Republic of Ireland and (f) the British Isles as a whole has been since 1 May 1997. [37220]

Dr. Ladyman: The percentage change in revenue collected in lights dues since 1 April 1997 to 31 March 2005 is as follows:
Percentage
Scotland(2.3)
Isle of Man(39.5)
England and Wales18.0
Northern Ireland(17.0)
Republic of Ireland8.4
Total15.0




Note:
Figures in parenthesis represent a reduction over the period.



Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the names are of the Lights Commissioners for (a) Scotland, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) England and Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the Republic of Ireland; and what remuneration each receives. [37221]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is published in the Report and Accounts 2003/2004 of the General Lighthouse Fund. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House.

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many port calls attracted light dues in (a) Scotland, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) England and Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the Republic of Ireland in each of the last 10 financial years. [37222]

Dr. Ladyman: A light dues payment is required when a merchant vessel begins or finishes a voyage in a UK or Irish port. A certificate is issued that allows further voyages into Irish and UK ports for a rolling month. The maximum number of payments is seven in one year.

The number of certificates issued is given in the following table. The information is not held in this format before 2000–01.
Certificates issuedScotlandIsle of ManEngland and WalesNorthern IrelandRepublic of IrelandTotal
2000–013,3103619,6515821,94125,520
2001–023,2053719,2976381,83225,009
2002–033,1966518,8825741,84624,563
2003–042,7665918,9475761,94124,289
2004–052,9665618,2565771,70423,559

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the decision-making process is for the raising or lowering of light dues. [37257]

Dr. Ladyman: Light dues rates are reviewed annuallyand determined following consideration of the expenditure proposals of the three General Lighthouse Authorities and the overall liabilities of the General
 
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Lighthouse Fund. The Lights Advisory Committee, representing light dues payers, plays an active role in this process.

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the members are of the (a) Lights Advisory Committee and (b) the Lights Finance Committee; and how the appointments for each were made. [37258]

Dr. Ladyman: The Lights Advisory Committee is a group, convened by the UK Chamber of Shipping, comprising payers of light dues. It includes shipowners from all parts of the British Isles and most sectors of the shipping industry and representatives of the fishing industry. Port operators and cargo interests who are affected by light dues are also represented.

The Lights Finance Committee meets annually to evaluate the income and expenditure of the General Lighthouse Fund. It is chaired by a Department of Transport official, and also comprises representatives of the following organisations:

There is no formal appointment process for the Lights Advisory Committee or the Lights Finance Committee.

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the holiday homes maintained by (a) Trinity House, (b) the Northern Lighthouse Board and (c) the Commissioners of Irish Lights. [37259]

Dr. Ladyman: Trinity House Lighthouse Service does not maintain any holiday homes. 30 former lighthouse keepers' cottages have been leased to Trinitas Services Limited, a subsidiary company of The Corporation of Trinity House. The cottages are maintained under a commercial contract with Rural Retreats, a holiday letting company specialising in unusual high quality properties. Profits from this venture are passed to the General Lighthouse Fund.

The following table lists the properties maintained as holiday homes by the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) and the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL).
Number
Northern Lighthouse Board
Covesea Lossiemouth, Morayshire(2)2
Mull of Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway(2)3
Mull of Kintyre, Argyll(2)2
Stoer Head, Sutherland(2)2
Commissioners of Irish Lights
Inishowen, Donegal(3)2
Castletownbere, Cork(3)1
Youghal, Cork(3)1


(2)Cottage.
(3)House.



 
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Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Pension Fund arrangements are of (a) Trinity House, (b) the Northern Lighthouse Board and (c) the Commissioners of Irish Lights; and what recent financial advice he has sought regarding the arrangements for each. [37260]

Dr. Ladyman: The pension arrangements for the three General Lighthouse Authorities are determined by the Secretary of State under Section 214 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. The Secretary of State has determined that the rules of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme shall apply.

We are working with the General Lighthouse Authorities on revising the structure of the three pension schemes to determine the most effective approach to meeting future pension liabilities.

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the reserves of the General Lighthouse Fund are invested. [37261]

Dr. Ladyman: The Secretary of State for Transport is responsible for the administration of the General Lighthouse Fund (the fund) under Section 211 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. Two investment houses have been appointed, HSBC Investments and Morgan Stanley Quilter, to manage the fund's investments, which include the fund's reserves. In addition to the investment portfolio, Morgan Stanley Quilter also manages the fund's cash reserve. All light dues income is paid into the cash reserve.

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the statutory basis was for the payment to the Commissioners for Irish Lights of an Irish subsidy for navigational aids in the waters of the Republic of Ireland. [37262]

Dr. Ladyman: Section 211(2) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 requires the Secretary of State to meet the expenses incurred by the Commissioners of Irish Lights, as a General Lighthouse Authority, in respect of discharging their functions in the Republic of Ireland. Section 211 (3)(a) provides that light dues collected in Ireland are paid into the General Lighthouse Fund.

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the statutory basis is for the collection of light dues. [37263]

Dr. Ladyman: Section 205(2) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 empowers the General Lighthouse Authorities to collect light dues. These are paid into the General Lighthouse Fund. The Secretary of State is empowered to set the amount under Section 205(5) of the Act.


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