|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which spending programmes by his Department where the corresponding functions in Scotland are devolved are classified as non-identifiable in the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses; and what the allocated expenditure on each is for the 200506 financial year. 
The following table sets out the Department's spending programmes which are classified as non-identifiable in the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses and where corresponding functions in Scotland are devolved, and the 200506 allocated expenditure for these programmes.
19 Dec 2005 : Column 2316W
|DfT programme||200506 allocated expenditure|
|Powershift and cleaner vehicles programmes||20|
|Transport research: sustainable development||2|
|Transport Technology Standards Research|
|Transport Analysis and Economics Research||6|
|Transport Technology Consultancies||0|
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value was of (a) public opinion research and (b) public relations contracts awarded by his Department in 200405 in (i) each (A) nation and (B)region of the UK and (ii) London. 
Ms Buck: For details of how much the Department for Transport spent on public opinion research in 200405, I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 5 October 2005, Official Report, column 2857W, which lists the research and the costs.
For details of how much the Department for Transport spent on public relations contracts in 200405 I refer the hon. Member to a reply to the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) on 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 146W, which lists the spend on public relations contracts.
Ms Buck: We have introduced accessibility planning" into the local transport planning process to encourage local authorities and other agencies to assess more systematically whether people can access transport services in their areas. This process covers all forms of transport from buses, coaches and taxis to cycling and walking networks. Making provision for disabled people is a condition against which the resulting Local Transport Plans (LTPs) are assessed.
At a national level there has been significant progress in making public transport accessible to disabled people through regulations made under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA 1995). We made the Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (RVAR) in 1998 and many of the trains calling at Stroud station comply with these.
More generally, disabled people in Stroud as elsewhere in the country will also benefit from the provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA 2005). We have already laid regulations which will, from 4 December 2006, lift the transport exemption in Part 3 of the DDA 1995 for land-based public
19 Dec 2005 : Column 2317W
transport, vehicle hire, breakdown services and vehicles used on leisure and tourism transport services. We will also be consulting shortly on draft regulations to set an end date" of no later than 1 January 2020 for when all trains will have to meet RVAR and to apply those regulations to older trains when they are refurbished.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which railway stations in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Greater London and (e) England and Wales do not meet the standards required by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Buck: Compliance with Part 3 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 is a matter for station operators. Where disabled people would find it impossible or unreasonably difficult to access a station, then the station operator is under a duty to take reasonable steps to remove or alter physically the obstacle(s), find a way to overcome them, or provide the service by a reasonable alternative means. What is considered reasonable will depend on the circumstances of each case and that is something which ultimately only the courts can determine.
The rail industry has, however, improved the availability and quality of station information and this has enabled the train operating companies to keep it up to date. Disabled people can get station information at nationalrail.co.uk or by telephone through the National Rail Enquiry Service on 08457 484950.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the value of road fuel
19 Dec 2005 : Column 2318W
sales to the road transport sector in each financial year since 199798, broken down by (a) petrol, (b) diesel and (c) biofuel sales. 
Ms Buck: The Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1999 give local authorities powers to construct road humps without the consent of the Secretary of State as long as they meet the requirements of the regulations.
Further advice on the design and implementation of road humps is given in the Department's Traffic Advisory Leaflets (TALs). TAL 2/05 Traffic Calming Bibliography", lists those relevant to road humps, and a copy is already available in the Library of the House.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|