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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress in delivering the new rules governing the release of vehicle keeper information by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority from the UK vehicle registers. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passes providing free bus travel for pensioners have been issued by each local authority in Hampshire including Southampton and Portsmouth since the scheme's inception. 
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) hair gel, (b) toothpastes, (c) lip balm, (d) water, (e) liquid cosmetics, (f) other liquids, (g) nail clippers, (h) lighters, (i) corkscrews and (j) other sharp items are permitted to be carried within the hand luggage of passengers on flights departing foreign airports for destinations within the UK. 
[holding answer 19 October 2006]: International civil aviation security is framed by the principle of host state responsibility, whereby each state is responsible for the security of flights from its territory. It is for the relevant authority in each state to
determine what items are prohibited at its airports from being carried in passengers' hand baggage. The International Civil Aviation Organisation offers advice to contracting states in this regard, and the UK and other states are working with ICAO to update that advice. Within the European Union there is a common list of prohibited items which applies at EU airports. This list, available at http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/04/59&format=HTML&aged=0%3Cuage=EN&guiLanguage=en is presently being amended in light of the recent aviation security alert in the UK. It includes pointed or bladed articles capable of causing injury. ICAO's common list of prohibited items also includes pointed or bladed articles capable of causing injury.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which information technology projects are being undertaken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies; what the (i) start date, (ii) original planned completion date, (iii) expected completion date, (iv) originally planned costs and (v) estimated costs are of each; and if he will make a statement. 
|Dept/ agency||Project name||Start date||Original planned completion date||Expected completion date||Originally planned costs||Estimated costs||Note ref.|
|(1) Over 10 years.|
Notes explaining any variance in planned vs. expected data or divergence from information contained in PQ 2324 03/04:
1. The Shared Services programme is currently being replanned, so the estimated costs provided are likely to change in the near future.
2. The scope of the portal project has increased since original approval to include new elements such as the adoption of sophisticated data integration and management applications.
3. The scope of E-test bookings has increased since original approval to include a multi-channel solution.
4. The difference in completion date is due to an increase in project scope to include fixed penalties.
5. Original planned costs for Mobile Compliance did not include staff costs however, estimated costs to complete include staff costs from April 2005.
6. The previous PQ (2324 03/04) only relates to phase 1. The cost of £37 million with a delivery date of December 2005 was achieved within approved funding. These details have been updated to include phase 2.
7. The estimated completion date is currently subject to change pending a current re-scoping exercise.
|Number of personal injury road accidents involving a bus( 1) striking a bridge( 2) : GB 2003-05|
|(1) Buses and coaches equipped to carry 17 or more passengers, regardless of use.|
(2) Includes accidents where the side or roof of the bus struck the bridge.
Gillian Merron: All central Government ministerial and official air travel is being offset from 1 April 2006. Departmental aviation emissions are calculated on an annual basis and subsequently offset through payments to a central fund. The fund purchases Certified Emissions Reductions credits from energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with sustainable development benefits, located in developing countries.
Carbon dioxide emissions arising from 32 (Royal) Squadron flights are included in the Government's carbon offsetting commitment. Carbon emissions arising from the use of these flights will be recorded and offset in the same way as the use of scheduled flights.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether provision is made for the compensation of providers of motor vehicle maintenance services for (a) loss of earnings and (b) additional costs in circumstances of technical difficulties with the MOT IT system. 
Dr. Ladyman: In the event of disruption to the MOT computerisation service, there are currently two business continuity procedures which are available to garages to ensure that they can continue to test vehicles. One militates against a failure of the local garage computer equipment whilst the other militates against a large scale database or telephone outage. There should therefore be very few circumstances under which garages incur either (a) loss of earnings or (b) additional costs as a result of technical difficulties with the MOT computerisation system. The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) would, however, consider claims for compensation where a garage could demonstrate that it had suffered financially as a result of these business continuity procedures being unavailable.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2006 to question 98374, on the security screening at
Northern Ireland airports, whether members of the judiciary are included in the category of certain passengers. 
Gillian Merron: The Chief Justice (or occupant of the highest judicial office in each country) is included in the category of passengers that are exempt from screening at UK airports. However, other members of the judiciary are not included.
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