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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated construction cost is of the (a) M25 and (b) M1 widening Design Build Finance and Operate contracts; what the expected total cost of each contract is to public funds; and by what year all such costs are expected to have been paid in each case. 
Dr. Ladyman: On current assumptions of scope, design, operation and inflation, both widening schemes have an approximate capital estimate of £2 billion, but this is subject to change as the full details of the schemes are finalised.
The procurement strategy for the M1 widening between junctions 21 and 30 is currently under review but the working assumption is that it will now be procured as a series of early contractor involvement contracts. The project will be delivered in two parts with completion expected in 2014.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has held since July with Direct Rail Services on security arrangements for the transport of (a) irradiated spent nuclear fuel and (b) other nuclear materials. 
The security arrangements for the transport of civil nuclear material are kept under regular review by the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS). This involves regular discussion with carriers of nuclear material concerning all aspects of compliance with the Nuclear Industries Security Regulations 2003 (NISR). DTI officials have therefore had many discussions with Direct Rail Services since July, as would be expected. It is not Government policy to disclose details of these discussions.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by his Department on private finance initiative projects postponed pending further consideration, or stopped, in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes were made to the new Cross Country Railway Franchise proposals following the consultation procedure that closed on 7 August. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many extra train services he expects
between Birmingham New Street and Scotland as a result of the transfer of responsibility for that route from the Cross Country Franchise to the West Coast Franchise. 
Mr. Tom Harris: There will be the same number of services operating between Birmingham New Street and Scotland, although the deployment of a standard tilting fleet, together with the West Coast Route Modernisation programme, will allow journey times to be improved from December 2008.
Mr. Tom Harris: The Department has access to data covering Passengers in Excess of Capacity (PIXC), which applies to weekday commuter trains arriving in London between 07:00 and 09:59 and those departing London between 16:00 and 18:59.
The PIXC measure does not apply to rail and metro services within Passenger Transport Authorities in the UK and such information cannot be provided, due to the disproportionate cost in resource required to extract this in the format requested.
Mr. Tom Harris: The Department has access to data covering Passengers in Excess of Capacity (PIXC), which applies to weekday commuter trains arriving in London between 07:00 and 09:59 and those departing London between 16:00 and 18:59. PIXC counts are carried out once a year, on a typical weekday during the autumn (when there are maximum loadings).
Dr. Whitehead: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage the use of reused and recycled materials in capital procurement projects for which his Department is responsible. 
Gillian Merron: The Departments procurement procedures are consistent with the Office of Government Commerce and DEFRA Joint Note on Environmental Issues in Purchasing and with EU Procurement legislation. This means that only where it is relevant to the subject matter of the contract may environmental aspects be incorporated. A blanket approach to using reused and recycled materials is therefore not permissible but guidance is made available to all staff to enable them to consider such issues at the outset and incorporate them where it is appropriate and relevant to do so.
The Department includes a clause in its standard conditions of contract that requires contractors to comply with the Departments environmental policy, part of which is to conserve energy, water and other resources and reduce waste.
Trunk road construction and maintenance by the Highways Agency;
The extension of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch building at Farnborough;
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agencys (VOSA) Estates Modernisation programme;
All new vehicles purchased by the Government Car and Despatch Agency; and
The Channel Tunnel Rail Link construction project (being delivered through Development Agreements between the Secretary of State for Transport and London and Continental Railways and London Underground).
|(a) Child casualties aged 0 to 15 inclusive|
|(b) All pedestrian casualties|
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