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Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list meetings held between Ministers and (a) airport authorities and (b) interested groups since June; and if he will place the minutes of the meetings in the Library. 
Ms Buck: Ministers and officials have met with a wide range of aviation stakeholders, including airlines, airports and local and environmental interest groups. The matters discussed at many of them are confidential for commercial or other reasons, therefore it would not be appropriate to summarise the details of these meetings or to place the minutes in the House Library.
Mobile phone messages have been included in the THINK! campaign since 2002. Activity this fiscal year includes cinema and radio advertising and leaflets and posters which encourage drivers to switch off their mobile phones before they drive off, using captions such as switch off before you drive off" and missing a call won't kill you".
Provisions in the Road Safety Bill, presently before the House, will make the penalty for the offences of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving, and for not having proper control of a vehicle (used to deal with those who drive poorly while using a hands-free phone), endorseable with three points and a £60 fine. Subject to parliamentary consideration of the Bill, the Department will promote awareness of the increased penalties.
Dr. Ladyman: The Department is in regular discussion with the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers on all aspects of roads policing. In this context, Ministers from the two Departments and the Head of the ACPO Road Policing Business Area issued a joint Roads Policing Strategy Statement on 11 January 2005available online at www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_rdsafety/documents/page/dft_rdsafety_033749.pdf
The day to day enforcement of road traffic law is an operational matter for individual chief officers of police. They are best placed to recognise local concerns and to identify and assess the nature and cause of specific local problems. They will then determine how best to deploy their resources to address them in the light of their overall priorities.
Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age is of passenger trains on (a) the London and South East heavy rail network, (b) the local regional rail network and (c) the Northern Trains franchise. 
Derek Twigg: The average age of passenger trains, as at 1 October 2005 is approximately as follows: London and South East Network 12 years; the regional network 16 years and Northern Trains franchise 17 years.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) males and (b) females were (i)killed, (ii) seriously injured and (iii) slightly injured as a result of a motor vehicle being driven on the wrong side of the road in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost has been to his Department of (a) repairing existing and (b) building new roads in each year since 1997, broken down by category of road. 
Dr. Ladyman: The motorways and trunks roads of the strategic road network are managed by the Highways Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Transport. The reporting of the cost of these roads is notbroken down by category of road. The figures for repairing existing and building new roads on this network since 199899 are:
|Building new roads(5)||0.32||0.36||0.31||0.40||0.51||0.35||0.35|
This information includes expenditure on roads in London until the creation of Transport for London in 2000. The later numbers do not include this expenditure, which is now a matter for the Mayor of London and the Greater London Assembly.
Dr. Ladyman: The Highways Agency has served eight Article 14 Directions in North Northamptonshire since 1 January 2005. An additional direction issued in December 2004 is still in force. The Highways Agency offered no objection to a further 44 Planning Applications. Details of the directions are shown in the following table:
|LPA||Council reference||Received||Issue date|
|Wellingborough||WP/2004/0362/O||6 September 2004||7 November 2005|
|Corby||04/00240/OUT||11 March 2004||8 December 2004|
|Corby||04/00442/OUT||13 December 2004||24 February 2005|
|Corby||05/00078/OUT||6 January 2005||7 January 2005|
|Corby||05/00013/OUT||2 April 2005||3 July 2005|
|Corby||05/000119/OUT||28 April 2005||31 May 2005|
|Corby||05/00159/DPA||24 May 2005||14 June 2005|
|Corby||05/00171/OUT||26 May 2005||6 October 2005|
|Northants CC||KE/05 and WP/05||25 August 2005||19 September 2005|
|LPA||HA response||Applicant name||Development details|
|Wellingborough||Conditionstravel plan||Hampton Brook Ltd||Land Off Bourton Way, Wellingborough|
|Corby||Holding Directioninsufficient information||Corby Developments Ltd.||Priors Hall|
|Corby||Holding Directioninsufficient information||Taylor Woodrow Developments Ltd||Land South of Long Croft Road, Corby|
|Corby||Holding Directioninsufficient information||Brian Barber Associates||Land at Weldon Park, Oundle Road,|
|Corby||Holding Directioninsufficient information||Astral Developments Ltd||Eurohub, Land North of Long Croft Road, Corby|
|Corby||Holding Directioninsufficient information||Morrisons Supermarkets||Land North of Birchington Road|
|Corby||Holding Directioninsufficient information||Boden Properties Ltd||Retail Warehouse, St. Mark's Road|
|Corby||Holding Directioninsufficient information||Quadrant Estates (Corby) Ltd||Land North of Cockerell Road|
|Northants CC||Holding Directioninsufficient information||Northamptonshire County Council||A509 Isham Bypass|
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with Northamptonshire county council about the construction of new distributor road capacity around Kettering. 
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