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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much central Government funding for road safety improvements has been allocated to (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk in each year since 1997. 
The following tables show the funding allocated to the local authorities listed in the local transport capital settlements from 1997-98 to 2006-07. From 2000-01 to 2006-07 the figures shown are the
total integrated transport block allocation. Typically about a quarter of this is spent on road safety schemes, but it is for local authorities to determine exactly how much in the light of local priorities for transport.
|Integrated transport block funding|
|Local authority area||1997-98||1998-99||1999-2000||2000-01||2001-02|
|Integrated transport block funding|
|Local authority area||2002-03||2003-04||2004-05||2005-06||2006-07|
|(1) Between financial years 2002-03 and 2006-07 Hertfordshire and Norfolk each also received a total of £1 million in specific road safety grants associated with the Mixed Priority Route Road Safety Demonstration Project. These allocations were awarded following a bidding competition.|
Payments were also made to local authorities in respect of child pedestrian training schemes as part of the Kerbcraft child pedestrian training pilot project. All local authorities were invited to bid for schemes, which were awarded on the basis of high levels of deprivation and occurrence of child pedestrian casualties. Central Government funding for all these schemes has now ceased.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely impact on British business of the proposed EU regulation on enhancing supply chain security. 
Gillian Merron: These proposals are still under initial discussion by a presidency-chaired working group of member states. We are aware of UK industry concerns about the European Commission's cost benefit analysis and plan to conduct a full regulatory impact assessment to test its accuracy in the light of these discussions.
Mr. Tom Harris: My hon. Friend the Minister of State for Transport, announced the decision to grant legal powers and planning consents to Network Rail in respect of the Thameslink Programme on the 18 October 2006.
Thameslink is an important scheme, and will offer real benefits in terms of increased capacity on busy commuter routes to the north and south of London. However, a funding decision cannot be considered in isolation and will be considered over the next few months in the light of the emerging conclusions of the cross-government Comprehensive Spending Review and the development of the new High Level Output Specification for Network Rail.
Gillian Merron: Table 3.4 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2006 (Cm 6811) sets out total public expenditure on transport as a percentage of GDP for each year from 1987-88 to 2005-06; no separate identification is made of public transport spending. Table 3.6 of that publication provides a breakdown of total transport spending from 2000-01 to 2005-06 into various sub-functions, which include 'local public transport' and 'railways'.
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) technical and (b) administrative staff posts the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) intends to cut as a result of the VOSA Testing Transformation Project, broken down by grade. 
Dr. Ladyman: The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) Testing Transformation Project will reduce the number of administrative posts by five. I refer my hon. Friend to my answer of 18 October 2006, Official Report, columns 1237-38W, with regard to the technical posts.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2006, Official Report, column 370W to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles), on business rates, how many (a) hotels, (b) hostels and (c) bed and breakfast establishments were on the 2005 Rating List for each local authority area in Wales. 
The number of properties described as (a) hotels, (b) hostels and (c) bed and breakfasts, in the 2005 Rating List for Wales, for each local authority area, at April 2005, is shown in the following table.
|Local authority||Hotels||Hostels||Guest and boarding houses (B and B)|
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