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Martin Salter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has been undertaken by his Department regarding the safety of children of primary school age or below travelling as passengers on motorcycles. 
There is no minimum age limit in respect of pillion passengers on motorcycles but there
are a number of regulations with which a motorcycle rider must comply, including that: pillion passengers must be able to sit securely astride properly fixed seats with their feet reaching suitable supports or rests; they must wear a safety helmet that is securely fastened to the headan adult helmet may not be suitable for children; only motorcyclists who have passed a motorcycle test may carry passengers; and any passenger must be carried in a manner so that no danger is caused, or likely to be caused, to any person either on the vehicle or on the road.
Dr. Ladyman: The Government's Motorcycling Strategy was published in February 2005. This built on the work of the Advisory Group on Motorcycling, which was established in 1999 and produced its final report in August 2004. The work involved in the Advisory Group on Motorcycling and in producing the Government's Motorcycling Strategy formed part of normal civil service duties.
Information on the design and printing costs for the Advisory Group on Motorcyclinginterim report, April 2001 could only be provided at disproportionate cost. The costs of the other two documents are as follows:
Advisory Group on Motorcyclingfinal report to Government, August 2004, printing and typesetting, total cost £1,371.60 plus VAT
The Government's Motorcycling Strategy, February 2005, printing and typesetting, total cost £4,260.00 plus VAT
Various motorcycle research projects have been undertaken, as part of the Department for Transport's road safety research programme, which informed the work of the Advisory Group on Motorcycling and the Government's Motorcycling Strategy. The total costs for completed research is £1,295,650 plus VAT and includes the following projects:
Police fatal road accident reportsAnalysis;
Multivariate Analysis of Motorcyclist's Accident Risk Factors;
Scoping Study on Motorcycling Training;
The Older Motorcyclist;
In-depth Study of Motorcycle Accidents.
In-depth Study of Motorcycle Training;
Car Drivers' Skills and Attitudes in Relation to Motorcycle Safety;
Rider Fatigue and Accident Risk;
Analysis of OTS Data to Supplement Maids Motorcycle Study.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from passenger train operating companies regarding fare increases on recently awarded franchises. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether additional premium payments made to the Government by rail franchises under agreements reached since 2005 will be (a) returned to the Consolidated Fund and (b) made available to his Department for spending on transport. 
Derek Twigg: The Government have a manifesto commitment to look at the feasibility and affordability of a new north-south high-speed link. The Government have committed to take this forward in the development of a long-term strategy for the railways, drawing on Sir Rod Eddingtons advice on the long-term impact of transport decisions on the UKs productivity, stability and growth.
Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department first learned of First train operators plans to stop recognising cheap day returns between 4.30 pm and 7.00 pm on Mondays to Fridays; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 4 July 2006]: First Groups bid for the Thameslink/Great Northern franchise included a proposal to restrict the use of day return fares during the evening peak on certain routes. They did not give the Department any advance notification of the date they intended to implement the proposal. However, day returns are unregulated fares and it is for operators to decide whether to offer them and, if so at what price and with what restrictions.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many working days were lost to his Department and its executive agencies in each year since 1997 due to staff absenteeism, expressed as the average annual number of absent days per employee; and what the estimated total cost to the Department and its agencies of absenteeism was in each year. 
Gillian Merron [holding answer 19 June 2006]: The Department for Transport was only established following machinery of Government changes in May 2002. Each year the Cabinet Office publish an annual report Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service that contains reported sick absence data across Government Departments.
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Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual cost was to the Exchequer of the SMarT 1 funding scheme for participants in the tonnage tax scheme in each of the last five years. 
Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is not available. Some tonnage tax companies and groups contract out training to independent training providers. The SMarT 1 claims made by these training providers are in respect of the training they provide for all of their clients, and disaggregated figures are not available for those within tonnage tax only.
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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action has been taken by his Department to implement Transport Select Committee recommendations since the 2001-02 Session; and if he will make a statement. 
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Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what controls the licensing regime imposes on the sale of alcohol to minors via (a) fast food delivery outlets and (b) shopping purchases online. 
made protection of children from harm a statutory objective of the Licensing Act 2003;
introduced fixed penalty notices for selling to children, and for purchase or attempted purchase by children, and these offences apply equally to mail order or internet purchases;
increased the fines fivefold for offences of selling to children, from a maximum of £1,000 up to £5,000;
ensured that personal licences can now be lost for a first offence;
ensured that premises licences, including those for a fast food outlet or a mail order or internet company, are subject to review for such behaviour, with temporary closures, reduced hours and licence revocation if necessary;
brought forward the Violent Crime Reduction Bill with proposals for a new offence of persistent selling to children and a power to close offending retailers; and
created powers by which premises licences can be made subject to conditions restricting or prohibiting the presence of children.
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