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Gillian Merron: The noise preferential departure routes from Stansted have not changed; nor have there been any changes to the arrangements for aircraft approaching Stansted airport from the ABBOT and LOREL holding stacks towards the final approach tracks. Two new Standard Arrival Routes (STARs)ABBOT 1B and ABBOT 1Cfor use by some aircraft routeing from the North sea towards the ABBOT stack, were introduced as part of the Clacton airspace change, which came into effect on 18 March 2004.
Gillian Merron: The Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme provides a confidential reporting process for aviation personnel, including pilots. It is an independent charitable trust sponsored by the Civil Aviation Authority.
The trust operates in accordance with the standards and recommended practices of the Charity Commission. All the trustees and employees are required, under Charity Commission rules, to declare relevant interests.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he last met the Secretary of State for Wales to discuss the review of the British Transport police; what the level of involvement of the Wales Office has been in the review; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what estimate he has made of the possible costs that may fall on Welsh police forces in the event that the British Transport police is merged with or linked to the Metropolitan police or other home county forces; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) what estimate he has made of the costs to (a) Welsh police forces, (b) the National Assembly for Wales and (c) Welsh local authorities in the event that the review of the British Transport police results in the policing service being operated by the industry itself. 
Derek Twigg: The review of the British Transport police is ongoing and its conclusions will be reported in due course. During the course of the review, the review team have had discussions with the Welsh Assembly on a number of issues.
When my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced the review he confirmed that the Government remain committed to the principle that
the costs of policing the railway should remain largely funded by the industry itself.
Gillian Merron: The Building Research Establishment (BRE) is a private commercial consultancy and research organisation. It receives its income from a variety of clients, which include private companies, Government Departments, national Governments, independent public organisations, and the European Commission. BRE receives no general funding from any commercial organisation.
Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what he estimates the total public spending will be (a) per head of the population and (b) per passenger on bus services (i) including and (ii) excluding spending on concessionary travel in (A) London, (B) each passenger transport executive area and (C) the rest of England in (1) 2006-07 and (2) each of the next five years. 
Gillian Merron: Expenditure on bus services and concessionary travel is largely met by local authorities from their revenue support grant. Information on the budget estimates for spending by local transport authorities outside London in 2006-07 on these items is due to be published in June. Estimates by local authority area of spend on bus support and concessionary fares in future years have not yet been made.
Levels of expenditure on bus support and concessionary travel within London are controlled directly by the Mayor of London. Transport for London's plans include, provision for the extension of free travel on London buses to cover 16 to 17-year-olds who are in full-time education from September 2006.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus services have been (a) withdrawn and (b) added to service in Tamworth constituency in each financial year since 1 April 1998. 
Gillian Merron: The data kept by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency on registered bus services do not differentiate between Tamworth and the rest of the Wales and West Midlands Traffic Area. For tables showing the number of bus services added and withdrawn in each traffic area since 1 April 1998, I refer the hon. Member to the answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2406W.
Gillian Merron: There are no plans at present. The Department is keen that bus operators and local authorities work together to find practical ways of improving the punctuality and reliability of bus services, using the Punctuality Improvement Partnership model developed by the Bus Partnership Forum.
Ms Diana R. Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus services have been (a) withdrawn and (b) added to service in (i) England and (ii) Kingston upon Hull in each financial year since 1 April 1998. 
Gillian Merron: The data kept by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency on registered bus services does not differentiate between Kingston upon Hull and the rest of the North Eastern Traffic Area. For tables showing the number of bus services added and withdrawn in each traffic area since 1 April 1998, I refer the hon. Member to the answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2406W.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the percentage of households owning (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four or more cars in each region of the United Kingdom in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005 and (iv) to date in 2006. 
Figures for Great Britain are based on combined data from the National Travel Survey, the Family Expenditure Survey and the General Household Survey. Data for Northern Ireland are based on the Travel Survey for Northern Ireland.
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