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The Department for Transport does not maintain the requested information on aircraft that have
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operated to any UK airport. Such information would be found from the aircraft movement logs that are maintained by individual airports.

Railways: Bicycles

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of train services permit rail-users to take bicycles on board trains. [128164]

Mr. Tom Harris: All train operating companies (TOCs) permit the carriage of bikes. The Stansted Express carries only folding bikes and bikes flat packed for air travel. All other TOCs carry bikes though most have restrictions either on the number of bikes that can be carried or only carry folding bikes on some peak services.

This is in line with the Department's advice to TOCs that they carry bikes whenever possible in line with the cycling policy document first published by the former Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) in 2004 and since adopted by this Department.

We have asked Cycling England, our advisory body on cycling to carry out a review of how we might further improve the integration of bike and rail journeys in England.

Railways: Disabled

Anne Moffat: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been allocated for the Railways for All accessibility strategy; and if he will make a statement. [127998]

Mr. Tom Harris: £370 million has been allocated, up to 2015, to improve access at railway stations in Great Britain as part of the Railways for All strategy.

Railways: Taunton

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the reliability of (a) all train services from Taunton to Paddington and (b) the 7.07am train service from Taunton to Paddington in the last 12 months. [127845]

Mr. Tom Harris: In the year to 3 March 2007, the public performance measure moving annual average (PPM MAA) for First Great Western (FGW) train services as a whole was 83.3 per cent.(1) which is an increase of 0.6 per cent. on last year's performance. The Department for Transport does not keep separate records on the reliability of trains running from Taunton to Paddington.

A meeting has been held with FGW and Network Rail to assess performance and reliability. Joint action plans are in place between Network Rail and FGW to address performance trends and train reliability and these are monitored monthly.

Road Traffic

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many major trunk road schemes there have been to improve safety and improve traffic flow at junctions since 1997. [125988]


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Dr. Ladyman: There have been eight major (i.e. over £5 million) trunk road schemes to improve safety and traffic flow at junctions since 1997. These are as follows:

Scheme Scheme objective

A34 Chieveley/M4 Jct 13 Improvement

Congestion relief, safety improvement

A1 Stannington Junction

Safety improvement

A64 Colton Lane Grade Separated Junction

Safety improvement

A14 Rookery Crossroads Grade Separated Junction

Safety improvement

A63 Melton Grade Separated Junction

Safety improvement, congestion relief

A500 City Road and Stoke Junction Improvement

Improving journey times, congestion relief, safety improvement.

A30/A382 Merrymeet Junction

Congestion relief, safety improvement

A419 Commonhead Junction

Congestion relief, safety improvement


Shipping: Registration

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library the report for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency by Mr. Geoff Adam on the re-launch of the UK Shipping Register. [127964]

Dr. Ladyman: The report is a commercially sensitive document. At this time we do not consider it appropriate to release it publicly.

South West Trains: Overcrowding

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent research he has (a) initiated and (b) evaluated on (i) the level of overcrowding on key routes operated by South West Trains (main line) and (ii) projected levels of overcrowding in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement. [127603]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Department only has access to data covering passengers in excess of capacity (PIXC), which applies to weekday commuter trains arriving in London between 7 am and 9.59 am and those departing London between 4 pm and 6.59 pm. Within the terms of its franchise agreement, Stagecoach South West Trains is measured against total capacity provided and not the PIXC measure.

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) publishes PIXC figures in its National Rail Trends publication, the most recent version covering 2005 was published on 5 July 2006.

The document is on the internet at the following address http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/upload/pdf/294.pdf and has been made available in the Library of the House.

With regard to future demand, the Network Rail route utilisation strategy assumed a growth of 20 per cent. over 10 years. The Department, in letting the new South Western franchise, asked bidders to develop innovative means to manage the expected increase in demand.


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Tolls

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects the road pricing or congestion charging pilots funded by the Transport Innovation Fund (a) to involve the use of CCTV and (b) to be integrated with the Police’s National Auto Number Plate Recognition Data Centre. [124340]

Dr. Ladyman: The choice of systems and technology to be used for road pricing or congestion charging schemes funded by the Transport Innovation Fund will be a matter for local authorities implementing the pilot schemes. The Department has published “Guidance for Local Authorities TIF partnership”, which advises local authorities on different technologies available and how they might deploy them. We expect schemes to be focused on tackling congestion.

Sir Paul Beresford: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that rural issues are taken into account when decisions are made on any new road charging system. [128033]

Dr. Ladyman: No decisions have been taken on the introduction of a national road pricing scheme, or indeed on the design of any scheme. We are asking local authorities, in preparing proposals for local road pricing schemes, to assess the impacts on all groups so as to inform the scheme design.

Treasury

Bank Notes

Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of £5 notes in circulation; and what plans he has to increase the supply. [128438]

Ed Balls: The Bank of England is responsible for issuing banknotes in England and Wales. It estimates that on 28 February 2007 there were 220 million of its £5 notes in circulation with a total value of £1,100 million.

The Bank's policy is for supply of new notes each year to meet the banking system's demand. Therefore the Bank will increase supply in response to demand from the banking system.

Bank Notes: Greater London

Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) £5, (b) £10 and (c) £20 notes are being stored in London by the Bank of England. [128437]

Ed Balls: The Bank of England's stocks of new notes stored in the UK on the 28 February 2007 are shown in the following table. For completeness, the figure for £50 notes is also included.


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£ million
Denomination Value Number of notes

£5

1,014.3

202.9

£10

3,697.9

369.8

£20

8,553.9

427.7

£50

908.4

18.2


For security reasons the Bank does not disclose the locations of the notes in storage.

Birth Rate

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of (a) the effect of fluctuations in birth rates on economic growth over the past 40 years and (b) the likely effect of such fluctuations on growth over the next 40 years. [127991]

John Healey: The Government set out their assessment of the effect of demographic factors on economic growth over past cycles, and their projection for the medium term, in each Budget and pre-Budget report. The Government published long-term employment and GDP projections covering the period up to 2055 in the 2006 ‘Long-term public finance report’.

The Government’s forward projections take into account previous demographic trends, including fluctuations in birth rates. In addition, the Government’s long-term projections take into account future birth rates as given by the Government Actuary’s Department’s latest set of principal population projections.

Mr. Baron: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projection he has made of the number of births in England in each year until 2012. [128855]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 20 March 2007:

Child Tax Credit: ICT

Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child tax credit claims are currently unpaid because of software problems. [128858]

Dawn Primarolo: In circumstances where HM Revenue and Customs is unable automatically to pay claimants their full entitlement it will arrange for manual payments to be made.

Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the software problem is which has prevented
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payment of child tax credit from April 2006 to Mr. and Mrs. Symons of Verwood; [128859]

(2) when he expects to pay the child tax credit due to Mr. and Mrs. Symons of Verwood. [128860]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the statement I laid before the House on 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 14-15WS.

HM Revenue and Customs will contact the hon. Member's constituents to discuss alternative arrangements to pay their child tax credit.


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