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However, extensive research published by Professor Stephen Stradling, Napier university, Edinburgh in May 2006 on behalf of the Midlands Partnership Group, found that drivers who have been detected speeding by cameras are almost twice as likely to have had a collision as those who have not, regardless of age or mileage. Three quarters of drivers reporting four or more points on their licence also reported collision involvement, compared with 42 per cent. of drivers with a clean licence.
Furthermore, the four-year independent evaluation report of the National Safety Camera Programme, published in December 2005 and covering the period 2000 to 2004, confirms that there is an association between changes in speed and casualties. This found that there had been a reduction of 6 per cent. in average speeds, a 42 per cent. reduction in killed and serious injuries and a 22 per cent. reduction in personal injury collisions at camera sites.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Kirklees Metropolitan borough council is responsible for local transport in Huddersfield. Since 1997, Kirklees has not submitted any requests for funding to this Department for new local major road schemes. However, in September 2007, Ministers agreed to provide £15 million for a scheme to repair nine bridges and 3.5 km of retaining walls on the highway maintained by Kirklees metropolitan borough council.
The following table shows the funding through the Local Transport Plan (LTP) settlement that has been allocated to Kirklees metropolitan borough council since 1997. It is for Kirklees metropolitan borough council to determine how its LTP allocation is spent, in line with the LTP for West Yorkshire and local priorities.
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The major scheme total for 2006-07 includes expenditure incurred by the authority prior to the approval of their scheme which is to be reimbursed to the authority. The 2007-08 figure is the current forecast expenditure.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Expenditure data on highways in England are provided in table 8.2 of the National Road Maintenance Condition Survey (NRMCS) report for 2006, published in May 2007 and available in the Library of the House. The figures distinguish between structural and routine maintenance rather than between maintenance and improvement.
Jim Fitzpatrick: This information is not held by the Department. Since 1 April 2007 the deployment of safety cameras has been the responsibility of individual local partnerships. The number of cameras in place in Huddersfield will therefore be a matter for the West Yorkshire Road safety partnership.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress she has made on the publication of draft guidance for local licensing authorities on the impact of the repeal of private hire vehicle contract exemption. 
Mr. Tom Harris: The Department is working closely with Network Rail and Stagecoach South West Trains (the train operating company) to finalise the design and costs associated with the use of one extra platformplatform 20at Waterloo International by some domestic passenger services from December 2008.
Des Browne: The role of ISAF forces is to assist the Government of Afghanistan in the maintenance of security, to facilitate the development of government structures, extend government control and assist reconstruction and humanitarian efforts. The force with primary responsibility for border security is the Afghan Border Police.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much monetary compensation was paid to service personnel who had personal belongings stolen en route to Afghanistan as referred to in the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 940W, on Afghanistan peacekeeping operations; to whom the compensation was paid and in respect of which incidents; and what his Departments policy is on paying compensation in such circumstances. 
Des Browne: All personnel are provided with clear guidance prior to deploying on operations that they should ensure property in transit is adequately insured, as liability is not routinely accepted by the Ministry of Defence and the department does not pay compensation as a matter of course. An insurance allowance is payable towards the cost of insurance.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what definition of (a) military equipment and (b) military property was used in the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 940W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations. 
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF personnel are based in (a) each state of the USA, (b) Ascension Island, (c) the Balkans, (d) Cyprus, (e) Diego Garcia, (f) the Falklands and (g) Gibraltar. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The strength of RAF personnel posted outside the UK is available in Table 1.1 of Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 10: UK Regular Forces Stationed Location. TSP 10 is published quarterly. The most recent publication shows figures at 1 April 2007 and can be found at:
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel were stationed in (a) Gibraltar, (b) the Falklands, (c) Belize, (d) Brunei and (e) Cyprus on 1 October 2007. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The strength of UK Regular Forces stationed outside the UK is available in Table 1.1 of Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 10: UK Regular Forces Stationed Location. TSP 10 is published quarterly. The most recent publication shows figures at 1 April 2007 and can be found at:
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Deployment figures are currently provided at aggregate levels based on manual returns which do not record the gender of personnel. The information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Derek Twigg: The number of female and male recruits joining the armed forces in the last five years can be found in Table 3 of Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 1Strength, Intake and Outflow of UK Regular Forces. TSP 1 is published monthly. The most recent publication shows figures for the 12 months to 1 September 2007 and can be found at http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/tspl/intake.html. Copies of TSP 1 are available in the Library of the House and are also available at:
Figures for the number of women currently serving in the armed forces can be found in Table 1 of Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 1Strength, Intake and Outflow of UK Regular Forces. TSP 1 is published monthly. The most recent publication shows figures for the 12 months to 1 September 2007 and can be found at http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/tspl/gender.html. Copies of TSP 1 are available in the Library of the House and are also available at:
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Service Families Accommodation (SFA) and Single Living Accommodation (SLA) is assessed by Grade for Charge, while some SFA is also assessed by standard for Condition. Grade for Charge is an assessment of the physical condition of the accommodation and other factors such as location and closeness to amenities.
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