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Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many freight trains carrying (a) nuclear products and (b) hazardous material have travelled through (i) East Dunbartonshire and (ii) Scotland in each year since 1997. 
Dr. Ladyman: The Department does not hold or maintain such records. The transport of dangerous goods by rail, including radioactive material, is subject to strict regulation, based upon internationally agreed provisions, to minimise the risk to members of the public, workers and the environment.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the research report commissioned by his Department entitled Representing the Housing Market in Land Use/Transport Modelsphase 1. 
Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the conclusions of his Department's most recent review of the powers available to the parking adjudicator; and if he will make a statement. 
Gillian Merron: The Government have not undertaken a review of the powers available to the parking adjudicator. Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 gave the Lord Chancellor the power to make a number of regulations dealing with the notification, adjudication and enforcement of penalty charges. Draft regulations were consulted on by the Department for Transport in July. A summary of the responses will be published and the regulations put before Parliament, it is hoped, early in 2007.
Mr. Tom Harris: Typically in the development of the Regional Planning Assessments we have held a series of workshops which have included officers from regional planning and development bodies, local authorities and statutory rail passenger bodies. The Regional Planning Assessments have benefited from this constructive engagement which has been used to shape the findings. Where hon. Members have requested meetings then we have welcomed the opportunity to have these discussions. Where priorities have been identified for further development they will be considered in the Network Rail Route Utilisation Strategies and in the development of franchises and will then be subject to formal consultation.
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish submissions received from (a) elected councils, (b) passenger transport authorities and (c) regional assemblies before the publication of regional planning assessments for the railways. 
Mr. Tom Harris: Although we routinely discuss regional planning assessments as they develop with regional and local interests, there have been no formal consultation exercises and therefore no formal submissions.
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what opportunities elected members of local authorities on regional assemblies have had to contribute to consultations on regional planning assessments for railways. 
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what response he has made to the finding in TRL report number 595 (table 3.18) commissioned by the Highways Agency regarding the effect of the presence of fixed speed cameras on personal injury accidents near motorway road works. 
Dr. Ladyman: TRL report 595which is one of a regular series examining the safety performance of traffic management at major motorway worksfound no significant difference in the overall personal injury accident (PIA) rate between the 17 sites with cameras and the 12 sites without cameras. There was a 1 per cent. decrease in the proportion of fatal and serious PIAs recorded at the sites with cameras when compared to the without works period at the same locations. The report also explains that sites with cameras had a non-works PIA rate significantly (5 per cent. level) higher than the rate for sites without cameras, illustrating that the two types of sites had different characteristics.
Overall, TRL report 595 showed that road works are becoming safer. Motorway road works sites previously had a much higher accident rate than motorways without road works. The report shows that we are now approaching a point where the risks are almost equal.
In 2005, five workers were killed and 12 were seriously injured in incidents on Englands motorways and major A roads. The Highways Agency shall therefore continue to take appropriate steps, such as using cameras to enforce temporary speed restrictions, to minimise the risks faced by the workforce as they carry out their difficult and essential work.
A more comprehensive evaluation of safety cameras, which examined some 4,000 sites, was published in December 2005, and found that there had been a significant reduction in casualties at camera sites overall.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the level of support from (a) Hampshire county council, (b) Southampton council and (c) Portsmouth council for securing travel plans and safe routes to schools for schools in Hampshire; and if he will make a statement. 
Gillian Merron: Local authorities have been required to report on the number of school travel plans implemented and the number of schools implementing first safe routes to schools schemes as part of the local transport plan annual progress reporting process.
In addition and as part of the Travelling to School project, the Department receives information from the Department for Education and Skills on the number of schools with approved school travel plans in each authority area. It is the published objective of the project for all schools in England to have an approved travel plan in place by March 2010 and there is an interim milestone for 10,000 schools (approximately 40 per cent.) to have a travel plan in place by the end of March 2006. 39.7 per cent. of schools in Hampshire, 55.5 per cent. of schools in Southampton and 61.5 per cent. of schools in Portsmouth had an approved travel plan in place at that date and all three authorities are therefore on course to achieve 100 per cent. coverage by March 2010.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial contribution his Department has made to the Sustainability of Land Use and Transport in Outer Neighbourhoods research project. 
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the extra costs to British business of congestion on the road and motorway network. 
Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 19 October 2006]: The Secretary of State for Transport is in regular contact with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on a range of issues. Sir Rod Eddington is currently studying the long-term impact of transport decisions on the UK's productivity, stability and growth, within the context of the Government's commitment to sustainable development.
Dr. Ladyman: The seven West Midlands Metropolitan districts are jointly looking at congestion problems in the conurbation and the role that demand management, and specifically road pricing, could play in addressing them. They published a report of their initial findings on 22 September and are working with officials from the Department in taking this forward.
The Department for Transport has also been working with the Metropolitan districts to develop a five year Urban Congestion Target to reduce the impact of traffic growth on the Metropolitan network, which includes targeting routes within Coventry. In the period up to 2011, the Metropolitan districts will receive over £230 million in Local Transport Plan settlements and were allocated over £90 million through the Regional Funding Allocations for major schemes that will deliver improved public transport.
The Government will convene the first Coal Forum on 14 November to bring together coal-fired generators, coal producers and suppliers, power plant suppliers, trade unions and small businesses, in order to help them find solutions to secure the long-term future of coal-fired power generation and coal production in the UK.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost was of the Government Social Research Service in his Department in each of the last five years; how many projects have been completed by the service in that period; and how many people are employed in the service in his Department. 
Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 12 October 2006, to question 93595, how many patients were waiting for an NHS operation at a hospital in Wales for longer than 26 weeks in the last three years. 
Mr. Hain: I have had discussions with both the chief executive of Corus and the chairman of Tata Steel regarding the proposed acquisition of Corus by Tata, and have sought assurances regarding Coruss commitment to Wales and the status of Corus workers and pensioners in Wales. I remain in close contact with both companies and will closely monitor the progress of the proposed takeover.
Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many, and what proportion of girls in care became pregnant in each local authority area in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Dhanda: Information on the proportion of girls in care who became pregnant in each local authority is not collected centrally. However information on the number and proportion of girls in care who are mothers at 31 March 2005 is shown in the following table.
|Mothers aged 12 and over who are looked after at 31 March 2005( 1,2)|
|Number and percentage|
|All females looked after aged 12 and over( 3)||All mothers aged 12 and over( 4)||The percentage of females looked after aged 12 and over and who were mothers|
|(1) Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements.|
(2) This is the first year of data collection and some authorities have reported difficulties in recording this information.
(3) All females in care aged 12 and over.
(4) All mothers in care aged 12 and over.
(5 )Small numbers suppressed to preserve confidentiality. Normally this will be a number between 1 and 5 inclusive, or a percentage where either the Numerator is between 1 and 5 or the Denominator is between 1 and 10 inclusive.
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