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Ms Buck: Eligibility to receive Bus Service Operators Grant (formerly called fuel duty rebate) was extended to a wide range of community transport services in May 2002. A total of about 800 community transport organisations now currently receive this grant; total expenditure was £4.5 million in 200405.
Ms Buck: The Department carries out an extensive programme of aviation security compliance monitoring activity. This includes announced and unannounced inspections. We also provide appropriate advice and guidance to industry. The security arrangements at Glasgow airport are covered by this ongoing programme.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many copies of Cm 6527 were produced; how many copies were supplied free; to whom they were so supplied; and if he will make a statement. 
1000 copies of the report were printed. To date approximately 300 copies have been provided free of charge to the House Libraries, the Transport Select Committee, Department for Transport Ministers and officials, and to other Government Departments.
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Mr. Austin Mitchell:
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) cars and (b) public service
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vehicles used the Humber bridge in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what the total tax revenue was from each category of vehicle. 
|Number of vehicles|
Goods Vehicle having a maximum weight not exceeding 3.5 tonnes
|3||Goods Vehicle having a maximum weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes but not exceeding 7.5 tonnes|
Vehicle in class 2 above with trailer
Small bus (up to 16 passengers excluding driver)
|4||Goods Vehicle exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum weight with 2 axles|
Based on current bus timetables, the bridge operator, the Humber Bridge Board, estimates that scheduled bus services made approximately 16,000 journeys across the bridge in each of the three years in question.
The taxation of vehicles is a matter for the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The total amount of revenue from different forms of motoring taxation is set out in the Chancellor's Budget report every year. Copies of these reports are available via HM Treasury's website.
Dr. Ladyman: Under the agreement between the Humber Bridge Board and the Secretary of State signed in July 1998 the interest rate is 7.75 per cent. with the debt to be paid off by 2038. Current total debt stands at £334,436,987.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions the Humber Bridge Board has had with the Treasury about its proposed increase in charges; and what freedom the Board has to vary the charges between categories of vehicle. 
The Board must apply to the Secretary of State for approval if it wishes to revise the maximum tolls chargeable of all or any category of vehicle or any classification of vehicle. Below the maximum toll levels, the Board is free to decide the tolls to be charged for each category of vehicle.
Derek Twigg: On 1 April 2005, the Department published, for consultation, draft guidance to local authorities seeking DFT funding for local transport major schemes. This set out the framework which the Department will use to assess all major scheme bids, including light rail schemes.
Ms Buck: The Department for Transport does assess the quality of local transport plans but does not decide on the acceptability of local transport plans. In December 2005 it published its assessments of the provisional second local transport plans, completed by local authorities in July 2005. The final second local transport plans are being completed by local authorities by March 2006. The Department intends to complete its assessments of these plans before the end of this year.
Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department plans to designate London Luton airport under section 25 of the Aviation Security Act 1982; what representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Buck: Designation of airports for policing purposes is currently undergoing independent review. The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire has been asked to consider deferring any application for designation of Luton airport until after the review has reported.
There are no current plans to examine the potential of motorway service areas for use as interchange points for inter-city coach travel. Motorway service areas are intended to offer road users opportunities to stop and take a break in the course of their journey but should not become destinations in
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their own right. It is considered that their use as inter-city coach interchanges could breach this long-standing principle and also affect their ability to fulfil their primary function.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual expenditure on (a) fixtures and fittings, (b) general office expenses and (c) office equipment was of (i) his Department and (ii) each (A) non-departmental public body, (B) executive agency and (C) other public body for which his Department is responsible in (1) Scotland, (2) Wales and (3) each of the English regions in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 200506 in each case. 
Ms Buck: The Department for Transport and Executive Agencies comprise over 1,150 buildings, excluding those of our sponsored bodies. Information is not available in the requested format and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines his Department has issued to local authorities concerning parking in individual metered bays when the parking meter is temporarily inoperable. 
Ms Buck: The Department's Guidance on Decriminalised Parking Enforcement Outside London"a copy of which is available in the Libraries of the Housesays that the duties of a parking attendant include inspecting parking meters and pay-and-display machines to ensure that they are working prior to penalty charge notice issue. It adds that where there is a minor fault, the attendant may be able to rectify it, otherwise an out of order" notice must be put on the meter or machine and the fault must be reported. Similar guidance has been issued to the capital's local authorities by the Association of London Government.
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