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Litter-picking on the verges and embankments is undertaken at regular three-monthly intervals. The offside lanes and central reserves are routinely swept and litter-picked every six months, and the hard shoulders are swept every three months. Where the Agencys daily routine inspections identify a particular problem, additional litter-picking and sweeping is undertaken.
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pedestrians were (a) killed and (b) injured by vehicles in West Lancashire in each of the past 10 years for which figures are available. 
|Pedestrian casualties in West Lancashire local authority, 1996 to 2005|
|Fatal||Injured( 1)||All casualties|
|(1)Injured includes serious and slight casualties.|
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the amount by which fares would need to rise to reduce overcrowding by 10 per cent. on the 10 most overcrowded rail routes. 
Derek Twigg: We have received 43 separate bids covering 106 stations totalling £3.2 million. These bids are currently being assessed. Once this process is complete we will publish details of all the successful bids on our website.
Derek Twigg: Access for All Small Schemes funding is intended to support innovative and locally focused solutions to access problems as well as schemes that demonstrate improvements to integrated accessible transport solutions. If projects other than those at stations can demonstrate that they meet the criteria for funding, including the requirement to provide match funding, they will be considered for funding in the same way as schemes for individual stations.
Mr. Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why the match funding requirement has been introduced for the Railways for All small scheme fund; how the requirement will be operated; and whether the requirement applies to all projects. 
Derek Twigg: The match funding requirement for Small Schemes bids is intended to ensure that the funding is spread across as many schemes as possible. It also ensures that bidders are committed to the schemes and that those schemes have reached a credible stage of development.
Derek Twigg: We have received bids from 16 different organisations. These bids are currently being assessed. Once decisions on which schemes are to receive funding have been finalised, details of the successful bidders will be published on the Departments website.
We are keen to attract bids from as many sources as possible. For future bidding rounds, in addition to any publicity on the Departments website and in the press, the Department will again be writing
to a range of industry, local authority and disability organisations to advise them of the fund and the bidding process.
Martin Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that his Departments Access for All small schemes funding delivers improved accessibility for disabled rail passengers at Clapham Junction station. 
Derek Twigg: Clapham Junction is one of the first 47 stations to be targeted for Access for All funding in the first three years of the Railways for All project. Officials from the Department are working closely with Network Rail and other stakeholders to ensure that an effective design is developed to deliver a step free route that is compatible with any future developments planned for Clapham Junction.
Derek Twigg: This information is not held by the Department for Transport, in the specific format requested. However, I refer the hon. Member to my answer on this subject of 6 July 2006, Official Report, column 1267W. Information relating to assaults on railway station staff is held by the British Transport Police who can be contacted at: British Transport Police, 25 Camden road, London NW1 9LN.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people died as a result of road traffic accidents in each (a) London borough and (b) constituency in each of the last five years, broken down by age; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Ladyman: A table showing the number of fatalities in road accidents in each (a) London borough and (b) national constituency, broken down by age group in each of the past five years has been placed in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Watson: I refer the hon. Member to the answer the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Islwyn (Mr. Touhig) gave on 28 March 2006, Official Report, columns 899-900W, to the hon. Member for Wealden (Mr. Hendry).
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of Operation Mountain Thrust on the likely outcome of the NATO International Security Assistance Force mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 
Mr. Ingram: The aims of Operation Mountain Thrust are to: help stabilise the security situation in the south in advance of transfer of authority to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force; and to create conditions in which reconstruction activities can take place across the region to improve the lives of ordinary Afghans, extend the authority of the Afghan Government and extend the rule of law.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent assessment is of the adequacy of levels of personnel and equipment available to NATO forces in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 6 July 2006]: The levels of personnel and equipment have been constantly reviewed by NATO Defence Ministers since the Alliance took command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on 11 August 2003. The UK has been fully engaged with this process and has endorsed the robust force package provided.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the request for additional (a) fixed-wing aircraft, (b) helicopters and (c) personnel made by Lieutenant-General David Richards, Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan is supported by the Chief of the General Staff; when Ministers will decide what proportion of additional vehicles will be supplied by the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 6 July 2006]: Force generation for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is the responsibility of NATO. The UK responds to requests from NATO for additional resources as and when received, based on military advice, including from the Chiefs of Staff. The force package the UK has deployed to the South of Afghanistan in support of ISAF expansion was fully endorsed by all the Chiefs of Staff, as was the deployment of HQ ARRC, which Lieutenant-General Richards commands, to command ISAF. A statement will be made in the House should we decide to commit further forces to Afghanistan.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions the Prime Minister has had with (a) his counterparts in other NATO countries, (b) the NATO Secretary-General and (c) his counterparts in other non-NATO countries on force generation for deployment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in the past three months; what the outcome of these discussions has been to date; whether they are ongoing; and if he will make a statement. 
Des Browne [holding answer 6 July 2006]: My right hon. Friends and I, including the Prime Minister, have regular discussions with our counterparts in NATO and other ISAF troop contributing nations regarding the deployment of forces into Afghanistan.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there are plans for International Security Assistance Force personnel to become involved in the interdiction of narcotics production of Afghanistan. 
Mr. Ingram: International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel do not have a direct role in targeted interdiction operations or in the eradication of poppy fields. Under the terms of NATO's operational plan for Afghanistan, ISAF forces can provide, within means and capabilities, training and operational support to Afghan Counter Narcotics forces.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to negotiate with telecommunications service providers preferential rates for family members telephoning members of the UK armed forces serving abroad. 
Mr. Watson: The telecommunications market is one of the most competitive and dynamic sectors of the UK economy, with a comprehensive range of services to suit a wide variety of needs. There is no likelihood that Ministry of Defence intervention in this market in general would provide any additional flexibility. However, for service personnel, their families and the defence community in particular, the Defence Discount Directory is continuing to work with the major service providers to explore what special discounts they might be able to offer. Also, service literature and websites give advice to families on general communications issues, with contact options that include telephone, e-mail, e-bluey and the British Forces Post Office system among others.
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