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RAF units operate differently from those of the Army. While a unit might be deployed for four months, RAF personnel can rotate through the unit rather than remain with it throughout. Therefore unit and personnel tour intervals are not necessarily the same.

Unit RAF unit Previous deployment Tour interval between previous and current deployment

1 Force Protection Wing

TELIC May to September 2005

Eight months

3 Sqn RAF Regiment

Northern Ireland until February 2006

four months


Transport

Airline Passengers

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers were carried between Glasgow airport and (a) London Gatwick, (b) London Stansted and (c) Luton airport in the last 12 months, broken down by economy and business class. [111491]

Gillian Merron: The estimated number of passengers carried between Glasgow airport and London Gatwick, London Stansted and Luton airports in 2005 were as follows:

Number (nearest thousand)
Class
Glasgow to/from: Business( 1) Economy( 2) Other( 3) Total

London Gatwick

20,000

324,000

28,000

373,000

London Stansted

422,000

12,000

435,000

Luton

442,000

8,000

451,000

Total passengers

20,000

1,188,000

48,000

1,259,000

(1) Includes business, club and first class tickets.
(2) Includes Economy (full fare and other), frequent flier scheme, inclusive/package tour, charter seat only and standby tickets.
(3) Includes other and non-response.
Source:
CAA passenger survey (Glasgow airport survey, 2005)

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Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers were carried between Prestwick airport and London Stansted airport in the last 12 months, broken down by economy and business class. [111496]

Gillian Merron: The estimated number of passengers carried between Prestwick airport and London Stansted airport in 2005 were as follows:

Prestwick to/from Stansted
Class Number (nearest thousand)

Business(1)

1,000

Economy(2)

489,000

Other(3)

7,000

Total passengers

497,000

(1) Includes business, club and first class tickets.
(2) Includes economy (full fare and other), frequent flier scheme, inclusive/package tour, charter seat only and standby tickets.
(3) Includes other and non-response.
Source:
CAA passenger survey (Prestwick airport survey, 2005)

Airport Runway Capacity

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Government expect to decide on the provision of extra runway capacity at the three main London airports owned by the successor company to BAA. [110627]

Gillian Merron: The White Paper “The Future of Air Transport”, published in December 2003, sets out the Government’s support for the development of two new runways in the south-east. This approach is reiterated in the Progress Report on the White Paper published in December 2006. The Government support the development of a second runway at Stansted Airport, and a third runway at Heathrow, provided that stringent environmental conditions can be met.

We expect BAA to make a planning application for a second runway at Stansted later this year. In addition, we expect to consult this year on further expansion of Heathrow in the light of the outputs of environmental assessment work. Following the outcome of the consultation, it will, however, be for BAA, as the airport operator, to bring forward any development proposals for Heathrow for consideration through the planning system in the normal way.

Motorway

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of motorway there are in the UK; and what estimate he has made of the number of miles of motorway in (a) Germany, (b) France and (c) the USA. [111561]

Dr. Ladyman: The lengths of motorways in the UK and other countries requested are published in Table 10.2 of ‘Transport Statistics Great Britain 2006’. A copy of this report, published on 2 November 2006, was placed in the House of Commons Library and is available at:


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MSC Napoli

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) who authorised the salvage operation for the MSC Napoli; and if he will make a statement; [111769]

(2) who directed the MSC Napoli away from Cherbourg and to a British port when her condition was first reported to coastguards. [111770]

Dr. Ladyman: In accordance with the Anglo-French Joint Maritime Contingency Plan (Mancheplan), the Secretary of State's representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP) and the French maritime authorities made an on-scene assessment of the condition of the MSC Napoli, and the French authorities assessed a number of possible locations for a place of refuge in French waters. The conclusion arising out of these assessments was that the least environmentally risky option was to tow the vessel to a place of refuge in UK waters. The south coast of England provided better options for a place of refuge than the French coast, where there were no suitable places of refuge within reasonable distance.

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will provide financial assistance for local authorities that incur costs as a consequence of the pollution caused by the beaching of the MSC Napoli. [111771]

Dr. Ladyman: The Department does not provide financial assistance for local authorities that incur costs as a consequence of pollution from ships. Local authorities and others who have incurred costs as a result of pollution from a ship-source pollution incident may seek to recover their costs by lodging a claim in court in accordance with the domestic law which applies in the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976 (LLMC).

Olympic Park

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will urgently convene a meeting of the prospective funding partners for the lock and water-control structure on the Bow Back Rivers required to allow water freight access to the Olympic Park site in order to secure agreement that it will be built; and if he will make a statement. [111759]

Dr. Ladyman: British Waterways is leading on this project and convened a meeting of the major funding partners last week. Discussions are continuing.

The Department has offered to contribute to the costs of the lock through the Freight Facilities Grant scheme. Our contribution is based on the environmental, congestion and safety benefits expected to be achieved by the transfer of Olympic construction traffic from road to water.

Petrol Duty

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much tax the Government receives from 1 litre of petrol sold for 90 pence at the pump. [110730]

John Healey: I have been asked to reply.


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Information on current and historic duty rates for petrol and diesel can be found in Table 4 of the HM Revenue and Customs ‘Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin’, which can be found on the HM Revenue and Customs website:

The standard rate of VAT, 17.5 per cent., is charged on main road fuels.

Seat Belts

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatalities and (b) casualties there were in road crashes in each of the last five years where failure to wear a seat belt was recorded as a contributory factor to the injuries caused. [111185]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is not available.

Taxis: Disabled People

Mr. Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to improve the accessibility of taxis for disabled people. [111738]

Gillian Merron: The Government recognise the vital role taxis play in the transportation of disabled people, and is committed to bringing forward requirements for accessible taxis. Consideration is currently being given as to how best this might be achieved.

Trust Ports

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trust port board members have served (a) two, (b) three, (c) four, (d) five, (e) six, (f) seven and (g) eight or more terms of office. [111263]

Dr. Ladyman: The Department holds information only for those appointments made by the Secretary of State, the details of which are as follows:

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trust port board members were (a) nominated or (b) appointed by trade unions, broken down by trust port. [111306]

Dr. Ladyman: The Department holds information only for those appointments made by the Secretary of State. Of these, none are made by nomination or directly by trade unions, although one appointment to the Milford Haven Port Authority is made, as set out in the Milford Haven Port Authority Act 2002, after consultation with such persons appearing to the Secretary of State to be representative of organised labour in Wales.


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Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many members of each trust port board are nominated by local authorities. [111308]

Dr. Ladyman: The Department holds information only for those appointments made by the Secretary of State. Of these, none are made by nomination by local authorities, although two appointments to the Milford Haven Port Authority are made, as set out in the Milford Haven Port Authority Act 2002, after consultation with Pembrokeshire county council.

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trust port board members there are. [111309]

Dr. Ladyman: This information is not held centrally by the Department. Each of the 51 trust ports in England and Wales is governed by its own local legislation which stipulates the number of board members.

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps (a) local authorities and (b) trust ports are required to take to ensure that appointments of councillors to trust board boards are made through transparent and competitive process. [111680]

Dr. Ladyman: Our guidance issued to Trust Ports, “Modernising Trust Ports — A Guide to Good Governance”, did not lay down any additional regulatory requirements in respect of appointments of local authority councillors. It set out a basic set of standards around which individual ports could build an appointment process tailored to their specific requirements.

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library copies of the plans received from trust ports for achieving compliance with the corporate governance as required by “Modernising Trust Ports”. [111681]

Dr. Ladyman: Yes. The plans, which will need collating, will be placed in the Library by mid February.

Vehicles

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars are registered in the UK; and what estimate he has made of numbers of registered cars in (a) Germany, (b) France and (c) the USA. [111560]

Dr. Ladyman: The number of licensed cars in the UK and the other countries requested is published in Table 10.3 of ‘Transport Statistics Great Britain 2006’. A copy of this report, published on 2 November 2006, was placed in the House of Commons Library and it is also available at:


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Vessels in Distress

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is on responding to vessels in international waters requesting assistance from UK coastguards. [111772]

Dr. Ladyman: In accordance with the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR), 1979, the UK has declared a maritime SAR region which—in broad terms—covers half the North and Irish seas, half the English channel, and much of the north eastern Atlantic. This includes large areas of international waters. The UK has specific bilateral agreements with neighbouring states about mutual support in SAR incidents. HM Coastguard co-ordinates the response to civil maritime emergencies within this region and will also support any SAR incident internationally if requested.


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