Adam Price: To ask the Prime Minister whether the Government provided information to the Butler inquiry team relating to his meeting with President Bush and his advisers held at the White House on 31 January 2003. 
Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cases involving (a) near miss incidents and (b) contraventions of International Collision Prevention Regulations there have been in the Channel in each year since 2000, broken down by flag. 
|Antigua and Barbuda||||1||3||4||3||1|
|British Virgin Islands||||||||||1|||
|French Antarctic Territories||1||||||2||1|||
|Hong Kong China||||||||||||3|
|Isle of Man||1||||||||||3|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines||||||||3||2|||
Ms Buck: The following table shows the number of new bus services registered in the North Western Traffic Area in each financial year since 1 April 1998. The number of services registered before this date cannot be recovered without disproportionate cost.
|Financial year||New bus services registered|
Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether there is a potential conflict of interest between the chairmanship of his Commission for Integrated Transport and the role of Transport for London Commissioner. 
Ms Buck: The role of the Commission for Integrated Transport (CfIT) is focussed on future strategic issues and best practice at a national level, so I am satisfied that there is no general conflict of interest. I believe CfIT benefits from the added value of such a senior figure as Chair. However, in the event that CflT's work was to impinge on TfL's responsibilities the Chair has made it clear that he would declare an interest and if necessary excuse himself from that work. There are many other commissioners and a Vice Chair of CfIT who in that case would have no conflict.
Dr. Ladyman: The Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS 1974) requires passenger roll-on roll-off ferries to be fitted with a type-approved, fixed pressure water spraying system to extinguish fires on the vehicle decks.
The convention also requires drainage or pumping arrangements sufficient to ensure that the water from the spraying system will be discharged rapidly from the ship, to avoid the serious loss of stability that could arise due to water accumulating on the vehicle decks.
Mr. Marshall-Andrews: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of night flights into Heathrow operated on (a) a westerly and (b) an easterly flight path (i) in 2004 and (ii) in 2005. 
Ms Buck: The Department does not hold detailed information on this, which is an operational matter for National Air Traffic Services Ltd. (NATS). I understand that they are willing to assist in collating this information and suggest my hon. and learned Friend directs his inquiries to the chief executive of NATS.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much the trial of hydrogen powered fuel cell buses in London cost; and how much of this amount was met by (a) his Department, (b) the European Union, (c) the Energy Saving Trust and (d) other sources; 
Ms Buck: Three hydrogen-powered buses have been in operation in London since January 2004 as part of a European demonstration programme supported by this Department and a number of other stakeholders. No other hydrogen-powered buses have been in operation in the UK during the years in question.
The trial was due to finish in December 2005, but London and a number of other European cities taking part in similar trials are currently in discussions with the European Commission about extending the project for a further year. A report summarising the lessons learned from the trials across Europe is due to be published shortly.
We estimate that the total costs of the London trial have amounted to over £3 million. Costs have been shared among a number of partners. The European Commission provided just over £1 million of support, and the UK Government provided just under £500,000 through the Department for Transport's New Vehicle Technology Fund programme, administered by the Energy Savings Trust. The trial was overseen by Transport for London and a number of other project
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partners provided financial and other support. These included London Bus Services Ltd., FirstGroup, Daimler-Chrysler, Ballard, and BP.
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