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Valuation Office Agency

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Valuation Office Agency has spent on foreign travel, including subsistence, for staff in each year since 1997–98. [60101]

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Dawn Primarolo: Regarding the cost of foreign visits, I refer the right hon. Member to the answers given to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) on 19 January 2006, Official Report, column 1502W, and 28 February 2006, Official Report, column 685W.

For clarification it should be noted that the costs quoted for foreign travel are exclusive of subsistence. Subsistence for foreign trips is included within the figures quoted for the Agency as a whole. Separate figures for subsistence claimed for foreign trips are not readily obtainable and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

VAT Relief

Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is permitted under EU VAT rules to extend the zero rates applied to the services of providing, extending or adapting a bathroom or washroom and those areas covered in section 6 of VAT reliefs for disabled people (HMRC Reference: Notice 701/7, August 2002) to other areas in the private residences or residential accommodation of disabled people. [62593]

Dawn Primarolo: Under agreements with our European partners we can keep our existing zero rates of VAT but we are not able to extend them or introduce any new ones.

Women Entrepreneurs

Barbara Follett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Department for Trade and Industry on developing micro-finance programmes tailored to the needs of women entrepreneurs. [62342]

John Healey: HM Treasury Ministers and officials have regular meetings with counterparts in the Department of Trade and Industry and other departments, and with other organisations in both the public and private sectors, to discuss a wide range of issues as part of the normal processes of enterprise policy analysis and development.

Youth Volunteering

Mr. Flello: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the funding he has allocated for youth volunteering. [62344]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer the Chancellor of the Exchequer gave on the Floor of the House earlier today to the hon. Member for North Durham (Mr. Jones).


Cargo Transfers

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the status is of the draft regulations covering ship-to-ship transfer of oil and other chemicals in UK territorial seas; and when he expects to introduce the final regulations. [60304]

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Dr. Ladyman: The secondary legislation which will regulate ship-to-ship transfers within the limits of the UK's territorial sea is in draft. The Department expects to consult on it in the summer, with a view to its coming into force later in the year.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of the last five years on (a) television, (b) poster, (c) radio, (d) newsprint and (e) other advertising. [61736]

Dr. Ladyman: Specific publicity costs are available only for the categories noted in the following table:

2005–06 (current forecast)(6)4,7241 ,4949191,130

(5) The other category includes online advertising and outdoor advertising i.e. buses, bill boards etc.
(6) The current forecast for 2005 includes 11 months actuals and one month's forecast.

Flight Paths

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flight paths to major UK airports which serve international carriers take aeroplanes over built-up areas. [59793]

Derek Twigg: [holding answer 21 March 2006]: The Civil Aviation Authority only approves flight profiles that are safe and avoid over-flight of densely populated areas as far as is possible. However, flight profiles must be compatible with international route design requirements and this inevitably results in some over-flight of built-up areas by flights servicing major UK airports.

Greater Manchester PTE

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive on congestion charging in Greater Manchester. [62202]

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Dr. Ladyman: I refer my hon. Friend to my answer of 17 March 2006, Official Report, columns 2510W-11W given to the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Mr. Leech).

Level Crossings

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many incidents have been reported at level crossings in each of the last eight years in each police force area; [61282]

(2) how many (a) pedestrians, (b) road vehicle users, (c) train passengers and (d) other members of the public have been (i) injured and (ii) killed at level crossings in each police force area in each of the last eight years; [61283]

(3) how many level crossings there are in each police force area in England and Wales. [61406]

Derek Twigg: Details on the number of different types of level crossing and number of different types of incidents are given in the Health and Safety Executive's annual reports on rail safety, copies of which are in the House Library. Information on the number of different types of crossing is broken down into Network Rail's regional territories but information on incidents is given only for Great Britain. Neither HSE nor the rail industry record data by police force area.

Local Transport Plans

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent changes have been made to the formula for local transport plans; and if he will make a statement. [61741]

Dr. Ladyman: Following consultation, the Department is introducing a formula for the distribution of the Integrated Transport block progressively over five years from 2006–07. Details are published on the Department's website at 610731.pdf


Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) vehicles and (b) heavy goods vehicles travel between junctions 11A and 20 on the M6 on average each day in the last period for which figures are available. [61189]

Dr. Ladyman: The following table provides the average number of vehicles and heavy goods vehicles using the M6 on each weekday in 2005 for each junction to junction link between junction 11 A, north of Birmingham and junction 20, south of Warrington.
2005 Average 24 hour traffic flow


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Traffic Flows are combined flows ie both directions

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated delivery date was of the widening reported by the Midlands to Manchester multi-modal study. [61288]

Dr. Ladyman: The West Midlands to North West Multi-Modal Study report was published on 3 May 2002. A copy of this report was placed in the Library of both Houses at the time of publication. Chapter 7 of this report provides an implementation programme for the Study's recommendations.

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