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The Department for Transport does not maintain the requested information on aircraft that have
operated to any UK airport. Such information would be found from the aircraft movement logs that are maintained by individual airports.
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.
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. 
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.
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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. 
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. 
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 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.
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 Polices National Auto Number Plate Recognition Data Centre. 
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.
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.
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.
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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. 
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 Governments forward projections take into account previous demographic trends, including fluctuations in birth rates. In addition, the Governments long-term projections take into account future birth rates as given by the Government Actuarys Departments latest set of principal population projections.
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question regarding what projection has been made of the number of births in England in each year until 2012. (128855)
The most recent projection of the number of births was published as part of the 2004-based national population projections published in October 2005. The information requested is available at:
The next (2006-based) national population projections are scheduled for publication in October 2007.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the software problem is which has prevented
payment of child tax credit from April 2006 to Mr. and Mrs. Symons of Verwood; 
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