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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 817W, on waste electric and electronic equipment, if he will place in the Library the results of research sponsored by his Department and the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs into the levels of waste disposal due to switchover. 
Dr. Ladyman: No. The advice on using cycle facilities, including cycle ways, in both the current and the proposed revised Highway Code is not a legal requirement. It does not place any compulsion on cyclists to use any kind of cycle facilities and it remains their decision whether or not they follow this advice. The distinction between legal requirements and advisory rules is made clear in the introduction to the code.
Road traffic legislation already places responsibility on all drivers to have proper control of their vehicles. Any motorist who fails to do so, for whatever reason, such as smoking, eating, drinking, using a hands-free mobile phone, etc. is liable to prosecution.
Rule 126 of the current edition of the Highway Code highlights the need to concentrate and avoid distractions while driving. The proposed revised Highway Code, as laid in Parliament on 28 March 2007, proposes the addition of smoking in the list of potential distractions to be avoided.
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost has been of the UK Governments commitment to the Galileo project; what further commitments have been entered into since the original agreement with the EU; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Ladyman: The European Union (EU) and member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) jointly fund the design and development programme for Galileo. To date the UKs subscription to the ESA element of the programme has been €142 million. This includes an additional UK commitment made in August 2006 to meet cost increases to the development phase.
The EUs contribution to the design and development programme is made from the EC budget and is estimated by the Commission to be €790 million. The UKs contribution to the EC budget is around 17 per cent. of the total, before the UK receives any abatement.
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many communication satellites are envisaged for the Galileo project; what timescale is provided for its completion; and what changes in funding and organisation have resulted from the decision of the private sector partners not to honour future funding provisions. 
The Commission has reported that there has been a breakdown in the public private partnership (PPP) contract negotiations. The immediate cause of the breakdown is an ongoing disagreement about industrial work-share between the partners in the bidding consortium.
The March Transport Council gave the bidding consortium a deadline of 10 May 2007 to resolve their differences and take the necessary measures to allow the resumption of effective negotiations. At the same time the Commission was requested to prepare an analysis of the consortium's response and to develop alternative options for taking forward the Galileo project. A more detailed discussion on these issues will follow at the June Transport Council, where it is likely that Ministers will be asked to decide whether to continue with the current negotiations, or to end them and to request the Commission to explore in further detail the alternative options for proceeding with the project. Governance of the project will also be considered.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles are registered in the road tax band (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E, (f) F and (g) G; and how many vehicles are registered as historic. 
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have been fined for failing to comply with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency regulation relating to vehicle disposal since the introduction of changed responsibilities and procedures in 2004. 
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value is of fines collected by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency relating to incorrect vehicle keeper information since 1 January 2004. 
Dr. Ladyman: A total of 2,829,000 has been collected in fines by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency during the period January 2004-April 2007 in relation to incorrect vehicle keeper information (The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002).
Dr. Ladyman: In January 2004, a wide-reaching publicity campaign was launched to advise motorists of new registration requirements whereby the registered keeper remains liable for licensing a vehicle until DVLA is notified of its sale or transfer. Failure to comply results in the registered keeper incurring an £80 late licensing penalty if the vehicle remains untaxed.
An information leaflet inserted in all V11 renewal reminders from January 2004 for 12 months
A television advertisement was broadcast from February 2004 to June 2004
Specific radio advertisements were broadcast from March 2004 to July 2004
Online advertisements were featured on buying and selling pages of well known motoring websites from August 2004 to March 2005
Advertisements were featured in specialist motoring magazines from August 2004 to March 2005
2 public information television fillers were produced by COI and marketed to television stations from January 2004 for a minimum 12 month period
A public relations campaign was used to highlight the messaging in the national and regional press throughout 2004.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans (a) to introduce bi-annual MOTs and (b) to increase the age of new cars to four years before the first MOT becomes due; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Ladyman: We will be consulting shortly on options for the future conduct of the MOT schemeand specifically about the frequency of testingfollowing a recommendation that we do so in the Davidson Review of the implementation of EU legislation. This consultation will include a full discussion of the potential advantages and disadvantages of making any change to test frequency.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the (a) availability, (b) reliability and (c) accuracy of garage forecourt equipment to inflate tyres; and if he will make a statement. 
The Department for Transport requested information in 2005 from the Petroleum Retailers Association who advised that over 50 per cent. of garage forecourts have tyre pressure inspection/inflation equipment. This equipment is checked on a regular basis under
maintenance contracts. The equipment is not required under any legislative provision and there are no plans to regulate for this.
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many software houses successfully verified their subcontractors electronically under the revised Contractors Industry Scheme by 30 April 2007. 
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with which (a) organisations and (b) companies his Department's central accounting unit holds a contract; on what date each was contracted; and what the value is of each contract. 
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John Healey: Information on payments made prior to 2002-03 could be provided only at disproportionate cost due to a change in accounting system. Total spending by HM Treasury on both branded and unbranded stationery in 2002-03 was £363,000. For details of spending since then, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answers I gave to the hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr Francois) on 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 1022W and 1 May 2CJ07, Official Report, column 1615W.
John Healey: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such meetings. For details of the Government's policy in this area, I refer the right hon. Gentleman to the Governments Energy White Paper published today.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the occasions on which the Economic Secretary to the Treasury has attended ECOFIN meetings; and what matters were discussed at each of those meetings. 
Ed Balls [holding answer 9 May 2007]: Ministerial attendance and the outcome of each ECOFIN have been reported either by written ministerial statement, written answer or, occasionally, by letter to the Chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee.
(3) what the (a) average, (b) maximum and (c) minimum turnover of cultural and heritage organisations registered as charities in the United Kingdom making use of the Gift Aid scheme was in each year since its introduction. 
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