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Register of Driver Training

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to date is of the development of the new Integrated Register of Driver Training system; and how much of the expenditure went to Capita. [87841]

Dr. Ladyman: The software development cost to date for the Integrated Register of Driver Trainers is £1,140,000 including VAT.


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We are negotiating the costs of other variations to existing requirements and the additional costs arising from the extension of the project timescales and expect the total software development cost to be £2,400,000 including VAT.

All of this expenditure will go to Capita.

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) change of control notices and (b) variation orders have been issued by the Driver Standards Agency in the development of the new Integrated Register of Driver Training system; and what the cost of each is. [87842]

Dr. Ladyman: 16 change control notices (CCNs) have been approved to date at a total cost of £332,470 including VAT. We are negotiating the costs of other variations and will issue further CCNs. The following table lists the cost and the number of individual variations covered in each of the CCNs agreed to date:

CCN Change Requests/Variations (Number) Cost (excluding VAT) (£)

1

21

83,687

2

3

25,097

3

23

15,015

4

7

4,620

5

7

7,095

6

1

4,950

7

1

4,785

9

1

2,250

10

2

5,940

11

1

17,490

12

(1)

14,450

15

8

33,568

16

3

8,279

17

7

26,338

18

1

2,008

19

5

27,381

Total

282,953

(1) Various security-related variations.

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) estimated cost of and (b) timetable for developing the Integrated Register of Driver Training is; and whether each has changed since the project was established. [87843]

Dr. Ladyman: The estimated software development cost for the Integrated Register of Driver Trainers is £2,400,000 including VAT. The initial estimate when the project was established was £1,090,000 including VAT but this was based upon a very basic definition of the system. This definition changed significantly as the detailed requirements were identified during the course of the project.

The system was initially expected to be go live in August 2005. The first three registers, ADI, LGV and Pass Plus actually went live in March 2006. We expect the ORDIT and Fleet registers to be completed during quarter 3 and the remaining CBT register in quarter 4 of this year.


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Road Schemes

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) original estimated cost of and (b) most recent cost estimates are for (i) Highways Agency schemes in the Targeted Programme of Improvements and (ii) all local authority schemes approved through the local transport plans. [86139]

Dr. Ladyman: For Highways Agency schemes, I refer the hon. Member to my answer today to the hon. Member for Brent, East (Sarah Teather).

I have placed information relating to major local authority schemes (generally those over £5 million) in the Library.


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Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which road schemes were commenced by the Highways Agency in the Eastern Region in each year from 1999-2000 to 2005-06; and what the (a) original estimated cost, (b) final outturn cost, (c) original completion date and (d) actual completion date was of each project. [87432]

Dr. Ladyman: The following table lists all major road schemes, located in the Eastern Region, that have started works each year since 2000-01. In addition to the major projects detailed, the Highways Agency delivers many maintenance and smaller scheme improvements costing less than £5 million. The Highways Agency does not hold information for these schemes in the requested format.

Scheme TPI entry cost (£ million) Total estimated (£ million) Projected completion date at TPI entry Actual/latest estimated completion date

Schemes starting construction in 2000-01

A6 Clapham Bypass

31

44

2002-03

December 2002

A11 Roudham Heath-Attleborough improvement

27

50

2002-03

March 2003

Schemes starting construction in 2001-02

A120 Stansted-Braintree improvement

92

105

2004-05

July 2004

Schemes starting construction in 2002-03

A10 Wadesmill-Colliers End

24

40

2003-04

October 2004

Schemes starting construction in 2003-04

None

Schemes starting construction in 2004-05

A14 Rookery Crossroads

5

14

2004-05

March 2006

A47 Thorney Bypass

15

25

2008-09

December 2005

A421 Great Barford Bypass(1)

25

58

2004-05

August 2006

Schemes starting construction in 2005-06

A11 Attleborough Bypass(1)

14

29

2007-08

2006-07

M1 J6A-10 Widening(1)

241

289

2007-08

2008-09

A428 Caxton Common to Hardwick improvement(1)

22

55

2006-07

2007-08

(1 )Under construction


This information is not available for the A1 Tempsford Junction improvement as it is not a scheme within the Targeted Programme Improvements. It was, however, the only other major scheme in the Eastern Region, to have started works since 1999-2000. This scheme was completed in October 2001.

Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) harbours and (b) oil handling facilities are subject to the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention) Regulations 1998; and what proportion are located within statutory harbour authority areas. [87811]

Dr. Ladyman: There are 167 Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention) Regulations 1998 Oil Spill Contingency Plans approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

159 of the 167 plans are harbour authority plans.

Eight of the 167 plans are stand alone oil handling facility plans within a harbour authority.

The majority of the 167 harbour authority plans incorporate oil handling facilities plans within their area.

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how proposals to regulate Ship-to-Ship Transfers of oil and other cargoes in UK territorial waters will be implemented in harbour authority areas. [87813]


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Dr. Ladyman: My officials are working on draft legislation which would control bunker transfers and Ship to Ship Transfers (STS) of oil or other hazardous and noxious substances carried as cargo in the UK's territorial sea and internal waters. It is not intended to apply the regulations to cover operations in statutory harbour areas.

Stopping Distances

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he next expects to review the stopping distances quoted within the Highway Code; and if he will make a statement. [88153]

Dr. Ladyman: The Department is currently considering major revisions to the Highway Code, following the public consultation which ended on 12 May 2006. We intend to publish the new edition of the code in spring 2007, subject to parliamentary approval. Stopping distances quoted in the code will be considered as part of the revision.

Street Lighting

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of electricity for street lighting on national roads supervised by the Highways Agency was in the most recent year for which figures are available. [86966]

Dr. Ladyman: For the financial year ending 31 March 2006 the gross spend, including VAT, on street lighting on the roads for which the Highways Agency is responsible, was £9.1 million.

Thameslink 2000

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of the Thameslink 2000 project. [88157]

Dr. Ladyman: The Department for Transport and the Department for Communities and Local Government are currently considering the Inspector's report of the public inquiry held last year into the Thameslink 2000 project. Decisions on the various applications made by Network Rail in relation to this project will be announced as soon as is reasonably possible.

Traffic (Peterborough)

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total volume of traffic in the Peterborough city council area was in each year since 2001; and what the percentage change has been over that period. [88198]

Dr. Ladyman: The following table gives the information requested:

Estimates of traffic volume, and year-on-year percentage change, in the Peterborough city council area: 2001 to 2005
All motor vehicles (million vehicle kilometres) Year on year percentage change (percentage)

2001

1,658

2002

1,705

2.8

2003

1,731

1.5

2004

1,775

2.5

2005

1,760

-0.8


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