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A47 Multi-modal Study

Mr. Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of completing the A47 Norwich to Peterborough multi-modal study. [59619]

Dr. Ladyman: The cost of the A47 Norwich to Peterborough multi-modal study funded by the Department for Transport was £0.9 million.


Mr. Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the (a) East of England Regional Assembly and (b) East of England Regional Development Agency on improvements to the (i) A47 and (ii) A11. [59628]

Dr. Ladyman: We have recently received the advice from the East of England Regional Partnership Group on their transport priorities, including improvement schemes on both the A47 and A11. The Regional Partnership Group includes both (a) the East of England Regional Assembly and (b) East of England Regional Development Agency within its membership.

Aicraft Landings

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions since 1 January 2001 registered aircraft (a) N2189M, (b) N8183J, (c) N970SJ, (d) N129QS, (e) N368CE and (f) N85VM have landedat British airports; and what their (i) origin and (ii) destination was in each case. [57681]

Mr. Darling: None of the information held by my Department provides evidence that these flights were involved in rendition. The British Government is not aware of any cases of rendition through the UK since May 1997, apart from the two cases in 1998 about which the Foreign Secretary has informed Parliament. Since before 9/11 we have worked closely with the US to achieve our shared goal of fighting terrorism. As part of that close co-operation, we have made clear to the US authorities, including in recent months:

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I refer to my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary's written ministerial statement of 20 January 2006, Official Report, columns 37–8WS and written answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 784–5W.

Foreign aircraft are required by the Chicago Convention to seek the prior permission of the state before operating commercial flights into another country. Aircraft operating commercial flights to and from UK airports need operating permits from my Department. Our database shows that three of these six aircraft have operated commercial flights in the UK since 1 January 2001. Details are given as follows.
30 June 2003Paris—Luton
23 February 2005Washington DC—Stansted—Riyadh
28 May 2005Stansted—Washington DC
27 June 2005Luton—Tel Aviv
15 December 2005Heathrow—Barbados
4 September 20–03Caracas—Luton
5 February 2004Madrid—Luton
6 May 2004Newark—Stansted
24 July 2004Liverpool—Newark

There is no requirement for operating permits for non-commercial flights. However, a flight plan must be filed for all flights that cross international borders. Flight plans are filed with Eurocontrol and I agreed that they should release data to Dick Marty, Chair of the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Council of Europe, in order to contribute to the inquiry into rendition and 'secret prisons' undertaken by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Eurocontrol released data from all its member states to the Parliament on a confidential basis on 23 January. In agreeing to release I asked for a copy of the UK data which I received in late January. The data shows that four of the six aircraft have also landed in the UK as non-commercial flights. Details are as follows.
23 March 2003Stephenville—Prestwick
24 March 2003Prestwick—Frankfurt Main
20 September 2003Genova/Sestri—Prestwick
21 September 2003Prestwick—Gander Intl
3 December 2003Goose Bay—Prestwick
4 December 2003Prestwick—Frankfurt Main
18 January 2004Gander Intl—Prestwick
19 January 2004Prestwick—Amman/Marka
25 May 2004Praha/Ruzyne—Prestwick
26 May 2004Prestwick—Gander Intl
31 May 2003Frankfurt Main—Prestwick
1 June 2003Prestwick—Gander Intl
31 August 2003Gander Intl—Prestwick
1 September 2003Prestwick—Frankfurt Main
1 January 2004Frankfurt Main—Prestwick
2 January 2004Prestwick—Gander Intl
3 May 2004Gander Intl—Prestwick
4 May 2004Prestwick—Iraklion Nikos Kazanzakis
2 November 2004Frankfurt Main—Prestwick
3 November 2004Prestwick—Gander Intl
6 April 2005Gander Intl—Prestwick
7 April 2004Prestwick—Iraklion Nikos Kazanzakis
6 June 2001Boston/Logan Intl, Massachusetts—London/Stansted
7 June 2001London/Stansted—Athens/Eleftherios Venizelos
5 August 2001New York Newark—Luton
5 August 2001Luton—Bangor Intl, Maine
4 October 2001Bangor Intl, Maine—Inverness
9 October 2001Inverness—Bangor Intl, Maine
3 September 2002Nice/Cote d'Azur—Farnborough
3 September 2002Farnborough—Nice/Cote d'Azur
4 September 2002Nice/Cote d'Azur—Farnborough
4 September 2002Farnborough—Nice/Cote d'Azur
3 September 2002Goose Bay—Birmingham
30 September 2002Birmingham—Goose Bay
11 June 2003New York Newark—Inverness
14 June 2003Inverness—Gander Intl
17 June 2003Gander Intl—Luton
18 June 2003Luton—Riyadh/King Khalid Intl
6 May 2004New York Newark—London/Stansted
9 May 2004London/Stansted—Bangor Intl, Maine
24 June 2001Teterboro, NJ—Belfast/Aldergrove
29 June 2001Belfast/Aldergrove—Teterboro, NJ
4 September 2001Connaught—Londonderry/Eglinton
5 September 2001Londonderry/Eglinton—Bedford/Laurence G. Hanscom Massachusetts Field,
16 September 2001Luton—Geneve Cointrin
14 October 2001Teterboro, NJ—Leuchars
15 October 2001Edinburgh—Leuchars
21 October 2001Leuchars—Farmingdale
26 December 2001Bedford/Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Massachusetts—Luton
28 December 2001Luton—Bedford/Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Massachusetts
12 January 2002Larnaca—London/Stansted
12 January 2002London/Stansted—Schenectady, NY
28 September 2002Farmingdale—Leuchars
28 September 2002Leuchars—Schenectady, NY
5 October 2002Schenectady, NY—Leuchars
5 October 2002Leuchars—Farmingdale
12 November 2002Dubai Intl—Luton
12 November 2002Luton—Washington
25 November 2002Kabul—Edinburgh
25 November 2002Edinburgh—Washington
3 March 2003Dubai Intl—Glasgow
3 March 2003Glasgow—Washington
20 September 2003Farmingdale—Leuchars
27 September 2003Leuchars—Farmingdale

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The information we hold on these flights does not include details of passengers or purpose of flight, as this information is not routinely collected.

Greater Manchester (Roads)

Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority and (ii) Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive on (A) congestion charging and (B)road user pricing in Greater Manchester. [58868]

Dr. Ladyman: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced on 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 3WS, that the authorities of Greater Manchester had been awarded development funding to consider how local demand management and better public transport could together improve travelling conditions for local people. As with the other six areas
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to receive this funding, local road pricing forms part of Greater Manchester's consideration of demand management options.

In this context, officials and Ministers are having regular meetings with the Greater Manchester authorities, including representatives from the Passenger Transport Executive and Authority.

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