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Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) locations and (b) reported consequences of injury crashes on (i) the eastbound and (ii) the westbound sections of the A27 west of Worthing between the 40 mph sign and the Hammerpot junction in each of the last three years. [45396]

Dr. Ladyman: The following table lists the reported consequences of the recorded injury accidents on this stretch of road.
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(2)On this stretch of road up until end of October 2005 where information has been validated.

A map detailing locations of accidents from January 2002 to October 2005 on the A27 west of Worthing to the Hammerpot junction, a distance of approximately 4.5 km, has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

A3 (Hindhead)

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will accept the recommendation of the South East of England Regional Assembly Regional Transport Board's recommendation with regard to the A3 at Hindhead; and if he will make a statement. [46379]

Dr. Ladyman: We expect to respond to the South East Region's advice on its priorities for major transport schemes, including improvement of the A3 at Hindhead, during the spring.

Airlines (Tax Treatment)

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the revenue from fuel tax that would have been received in each of the last three years by the Government if airlines had been subject to the same tax treatment as public transport bus companies. [44234]

John Healey: I have been asked to reply.

A discussion paper published jointly by HM Treasury and the Department for Transport in March 2003, entitled 'Aviation and the Environment: using economic instruments', considered the role of economic instruments and the environmental costs of aviation. This was also considered in 'Air Transport White Paper, The Future of Air Transport', published on 16 December 2003 and in chapter 5 of 'Aviation and Global Warming', published by the Department for Transport on 10 February 2004.

The Air Transport White Paper set out the conclusions of the Government's analysis, including our view that aviation should be brought within the ED emissions trading scheme by 2008, as the most effective way of tackling the climate change impact. Along with other measures to tackle local environmental impacts, this will help to ensure that the air transport sector meets its environmental costs.

Under the terms of the Chicago convention, it is illegal to tax fuel for international flights, and so the Government have not undertaken an analysis of the potential revenue implications that would result from taxation of fuel used on international flights. Also, figures for aviation turbine fuel consumption for specific flight services are not collected. It is therefore not possible to estimate the potential revenue effect of applying the same tax treatment to the domestic aviation industry as to public transport bus companies. The Government anyway does not accept such direct
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comparisons as valid as they assume no change in demand or to the working practices of the aviation industry.


Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which airports in the UK do not have airbridge facilities; and what steps he is taking to reduce the number of such airports. [44790]

Ms Buck [holding answer 24 January 2006]: The CAA has advised that, of the 143 UK aerodromes currently licensed by the CAA, 12 have airbridge facilities.

The provision of airbridges is not a licensing issue. It is a matter for each airport operator itself to determine whether to invest in this equipment.

The 12 airports with airbridge facilities are:

Borough Market Site

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations his Department has made to the planning inquiry for the Borough market site. [45766]

Dr. Ladyman: None. As the Secretary of State will be jointly responsible with the Deputy Prime Minister for determining the various applications relating to Network Rail's Thameslink project, the Department wishes to avoid prejudicing these decisions. We presently await the Inspector's report.

Bus Services

Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus services were operated from (a) York, (b) Selby and (c) Tadcaster (i) in May 1997 and (ii) on the most recent date for which figures are available. [46814]

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Dr. Ladyman: The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) do not hold data which identifies the start and finish points of registered local bus services for 1997.

The current figures are:

Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus services have been withdrawn in South Manchester since 1997. [44390]

Ms Buck: The data kept by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency on registered bus services does not differentiate between South Manchester and the rest of the North Western Traffic Area.

The following table represents the number of bus services cancelled in the North West Traffic Area from 1 April 1998. Information prior to this date could not be recovered without disproportionate cost.
Financial yearCancellations

An application which is cancelled is one which has been accepted by the Traffic commissioner, commenced running and at a later date the operator has applied to cease operating.

Cabin Air Supply

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ask the Civil Aviation Authority to investigate organophosphate contamination of cabin air supply on commercial aircraft; and if he will make a statement. [46169]

Ms Buck: The House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology did an investigation, which reported in November 2000 and said:

In 2004 the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) published research into fume events by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Porton Down and the (then) Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. That concluded that

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But acids were found which could act as irritants, and as a result CAA brought in specific troubleshooting and maintenance actions to minimise the potential for fume events.

The inter-departmental Aviation Health Working Group has recently arranged for the independent Committee on Toxicity (COT) to review further evidence which the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has collected. This process is under way and should help us to specify any further research needs in an area where public funds have already been invested without finding a link between cabin air and long-term health problems.

Meanwhile, some research is starting in the USA funded by the Federal Aviation Administration. Government officials are in touch with the research team to monitor progress. In principle, we are interested to join in international research when we have a clearer idea of the needs, and we shall review our position on the American project after the COT has held a formal meeting in public in the spring.

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