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Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) petrol cars and (b) diesel cars there were in each vehicle excise duty band for private vehicles in each of the last four years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Table 1 outlines the number of cars whose keepers pay graduated VED. Graduated VED was brought into effect in March 2001. Cars attract a rate of VED dependant upon their CO2 emissions per kilometre driven. There have been a number of changes to the banding system since it was introduced. These are outlined in table 1.
Table 2 outlines the number of cars whose keepers pay VED by the old system. Cars that were purchased before March 2001 attract VED according to their engine size. A car with an engine capacity above 1549cc pays the higher rate. Those with engines under 1550cc pay the lower rate.
|Table 1: GRAD VED registered cars|
|VED Band||Emissions (gCO 2 /km)||Total petrol cars||Total diesel cars|
|Table2: pre GRAD VED registered cars|
|VED Band (by engine capacity)||Total petrol cars||Total diesel cars|
John Healey: As announced in Budget 2000, from 1 March 2001 a graduated VED system for new cars was introduced. Under this system, all new cars first registered from that date have the rate of VED payable determined according to their rate of carbon dioxide emissions.
Within each band, there is a £10 discount for cars using cleaner fuels and technology, including those
powered by road fuel gas, bi-fuel and dual fuel, and cars using hybrid technology. Within each band, there is also a supplement for diesel cars to reflect their higher emissions of particulates and other pollutants which damage local air quality.
Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans his Department has to bring into force the European Union legislation on applying the 11-hour rule to bus drivers shifts; 
Dr. Ladyman: There are two sets of rules governing drivers hours in the UK. Many bus drivers operate under domestic drivers hours rules rather than the EU drivers hours rules. This is because buses on routes less than 50 kilometres are specifically exempted from the EU Regulations.
A new EU Regulation on drivers hours has recently been adopted by the EU institutionsit was published in the Official Journal in April 2006 and will, for the most part, come into force in April 2007. We expect to consult later this year on any necessary consequential amendments to existing UK legislation.
We will keep under review the need to bring the domestic rules into line with the EU rules, but will not be in a position to consult on any such changes before the bulk of the new EU Regulation comes into force next year.
Derek Twigg: Of the £154 million allocated in 2001, Cross London Rail Links Ltd. (CLRL) had spent £140 million by the end of May 2006. This supported development of the scheme set out in the Hybrid Bill. The most substantial costs have been incurred employing staff, and carrying out transport, engineering and environmental studies.
Dr. Ladyman: The salary information for Highways Agency board directors for the financial year 2004-05 is published in the Highways Agencys annual report and accounts, a copy of which is available from the House Libraries and at: http://www.highways.gov.uk/aboutus/documents/annl_rept 2004 05.pdf.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to consult Colchester residents about the transportation by rail through the town of nuclear waste from Sizewell Power Station; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Ladyman: The Department for Transport has recently taken over responsibility for making regulations covering the transport of radioactive materials by rail from the Health and Safety Executive. In November 2004 the Department undertook a consultation on the proposals for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2005, SI 2005:1732. These regulations include provisions for the control of the carriage of radioactive materials by rail.
The consultation document was sent out to over 800 addresses across the U.K. and it was published on the Departments website. There were three responses from addresses in Colchester but none of these were concerned with the transport of radioactive materials.
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