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Mr. Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he is taking to tackle congestion on the (a) A47 and (b) A11 in Norfolk. 
Dr. Ladyman: The Highways Agency recently completed a congestion study report on the A47 between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth. The aim of the study was to identify where congestion occurs, is likely to occur in the future and to propose suitable remedial measures. A similar congestion study will be carried out next year on the A11, subject to funding.
In line with the recently published public service agreement (PSA) target, the agency is now working to improve journey time reliability by preventing and clearing incidents efficiently, providing improved information to road users and through better planning of roadworks. This is in addition to completing road improvements, such as the A11 Attleborough Bypass.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Kick Start programme in helping to establish new sustainable bus services; and whether he plans to set up further bidding rounds. 
Kickstart projects awarded funding in 2003 in the initial pilot phase of the scheme are making good progress. Local authorities and operators are now taking forward the 43 projects awarded funding in November last year. We, jointly with the Scottish Executive, have recently commissioned consultants to carry out an evaluation of the Kickstart programme. The results of this will be available early next year. No decisions have yet been taken on future Kickstart competitions.
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Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much bus subsidy has been provided in the Greater London area in each of the last 10 years. 
Dr. Ladyman: The following tables outline bus subsidy awarded in London between 199495 to 200405:
|Public transport support1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6||Concessionary fare reimbursement7, 8||Bus service operators grant(9)||Total (+ BSOG)||RPI deflator|
|At cash prices|
|Percentage change over:|
|Public transport support1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6||Concessionary fare reimbursement7, 8||Bus service operators grant(18)||Total (+ BSOG)||RPI deflator|
|At 200405 prices|
|Percentage change over:|
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether local authorities are required to spend the funding allocation for the concessionary travel scheme entirely on the provision of transport. 
Dr. Ladyman: The funding for concessionary fares is unhypothecated; therefore the funding for concessionary fares is not separately identified. It is for local authorities to decide on their overall funding priorities based on their judgment of local need and circumstances.
Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the East Coast Main Line franchise's performance indicators were met by the train operator in (a) the 12 months prior to the new franchise being awarded in March 2005 and (b) the 12 months after the awarding of the franchise. 
Derek Twigg: GNER met all its franchise obligations in the 12 months prior to the commencement of its new franchise. Three franchise commitments were carried over into the new franchise agreement at the request of the Department for Transport. Since the commencement of the new franchise agreement, GNER has met all its obligations to date.
Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of GNER's timetabled train services were cancelled in (a) the 12 months prior to the new franchise being awarded and (b) the 12 months after the awarding of the franchise. 
Derek Twigg: The number of GNER's timetabled train services cancelled in the 12 months prior to the commencement of the new franchise (29 May 2004 to 30 April 2005 was 974 cancellations.
The number of GNER's timetabled train services cancelled in the 10 months since the start of the new franchise (28 May 2005 to 4 February 2006 is 393 cancellations.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to report on the outcome of the consultation in respect of foreign registered aircraft based in the UK. 
Derek Twigg: We have received a large response to this consultation and are currently working on a summary of these responses. We hope to have this document finalised shortly. Once this is done the document will be published on the Department's website and a copy will be sent to all those who responded to the consultation. This document will give an analysis of the responses received and explain how these have informed the Department's views.
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