Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate has been made of when the concrete surface of the A50 Doveridge bypass will (a) reach end-of-life and (b) be resurfaced; and what the cost of resurfacing will be. 
Dr. Ladyman: Roads with concrete surfaces such as the A50 at Doveridge are surveyed at regular intervals and any deterioration that is identified is used to prepare and prioritise appropriate maintenance works. The present condition of the surface of the A50 Doveridge bypass does not suggest a need for resurfacing for the foreseeable future, so no scheme is currently, programmed. Estimates of cost of any such scheme would only be made once work is programmed.
Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimated traffic volumes were used in the planning stage of the A50 Doveridge bypass; what the volume is for the A50 Doveridge bypass; and whether there are any other concrete stretches of the national trunk road network subject to similar traffic volumes. 
Dr. Ladyman: Information on the estimated traffic volumes used at the planning stage of the A50 Doveridge bypass is archived and can only be retrieved at a disproportionate cost. The annual average daily traffic flow figure for the Doveridge bypass, taken from 2005, the latest year for which figures are available, is 42,051 vehicles.
A11 Barton Mills bypass (38,100)
A14 Haughley New Street bypass (40,200)
A19 Billingham bypass (37,400)
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what strategy he has put in place for (a) the use of renewable energy and (b) meeting energy targets in his Department's buildings; and if he will make a statement. 
Gillian Merron: On 12 June 2006 my right hon. Friends, the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced new sustainable operations targets for the Government Estate. The new targets include a specific commitment on energy:
Departments to increase their energy efficiency per m(2) by 15 per cent. by 2010, relative to 1999-2000 levels.
Departments to increase their energy efficiency per m(2) by 30 per cent. by 2020, relative to 1999-2000 levels.
Government Departments are mandated within the new targets to source at least 10 per cent. of electricity from renewables (such as wind, wave, tidal, solar, thermal and photovoltaics (PVs)) by March 2008* and at least 15 per cent. of electricity from Combined Heat and Power (2010). These targets are a continuation of an existing operations targets, originally set in 2003.
In 2005-06 (the latest data available) the Department sourced 66.47 per cent. of its electricity from renewable sources. 10 per cent. of our electricity was sourced from Good Quality Heat and Power during the same period.
In order to improve further, the Department has commissioned a report to evaluate its plans for meeting this target across the estate and gain an estimate of their impact in terms of CO(2) reductions. We are also seeking specialist advice on additional common and site-specific measures which could be rolled out in order to further improve CO(2) reductions, for example setting up Energy Conservation Programmes.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the (a) merits and (b) potential effect on the incidence of road (i) injuries and (ii) deaths of introducing a minimum driver learning period of 12 months. 
Dr. Ladyman: The report on the second review of the Governments Road Safety Strategy was published on 26 February. That includes proposals for a fundamental review of the way the training of new drivers is approached so that it is more relevant to todays conditions and roads. The aim is to produce drivers who can drive safely in the broadest sense, not just know how to control a car, and how that can provide the basis for lifelong learning. There will be a consultation in due course. The review is available on-line at:
The decision in 2004 following that consultation was not to require a minimum learning period. Requiring such a period is no guarantee that it would be used as intended. In addition there was evidence that it was taking longer to learn to drive anyway following the strengthening of the driving test. Research has found that learners take on average 11 months of learning before passing the test.
Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of new arrivals to the UK applied for a British driving licence in the required time period in each of the last 10 years; and how his Department identifies (a) individuals who are required to apply for such a licence and (b) whether they have done so. 
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is unable to identify these drivers individually. Information about the cessation of the right to drive after 12 months unless a GB licence is granted is available on the DVLA website (www.dvla.gov.uk) in print form from DVLA or post offices (leaflet D100) or via DVLA's inquiry centrenumber 0870 024 0009.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, columns 1245-46W, on Heathrow Airport: noise, if he will break down the figures for the last five years by aircraft operator. 
Gillian Merron: The Department does not hold information at this level of detail although it is collected by BAA Heathrow when monitoring compliance with departure noise limits. I have asked BAA Heathrow to write to the hon. Member.
Dr. Ladyman: The average cost of a Traffic Officer patrol car in the last 12 months was £13,736.40. This includes the lease hire cost of the vehicle and the maintenance costs. Maintenance costs include servicing, out of warranty repairs and replacement tyres.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the internal review document of safety options for the maintenance work which is being carried out at junction 9 of the M6 motorway. 
Dr. Ladyman: The closure of the southbound entry slip road at junction 9 of the M6 is associated with maintenance work being carried out at junction 8, the Ray Hall Interchange. It is designed as a safety measure to reduce lane change manoeuvres on the approach to the roadworks. The closure was recommended in internal working documents on traffic management options prepared on behalf of the Highways Agency by its agents, AmeyMouchel. The documents are available from the Highways Agency at No. 5, Broadway, Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1BL.
Dr. Ladyman: The Department for Transport provides a grant for the Energy Saving Trust (EST) to run a Fleet Advice Programme. This programme provides a free Green Fleet Review consultancy for any business in England with a fleet of over fifty vehicles. This advice would include consideration of more environmentally-friendly fuel sources. EST also provides advice to all businesses on how to have a more environmentally friendly fleet through a telephone advice line and through the EST website.
James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the implications of the staging of the 2012 Olympics for decisions on the extension of c2c's franchise beyond 2011. 
Mr. Tom Harris [holding answer 6 March 2007]: No assessment or decision has yet been made on this issue. The Department is mindful of the current end date of the franchise and its relationship to 2012 Olympic Games.
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