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A303: Stonehenge

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated cost was of the proposed northern route to divert road traffic from Stonehenge. [174378]

Mr. Tom Harris: The estimated cost of the Northern Route option for improving the A303 past Stonehenge was £317 million, assuming a start of construction in 2010 and a forecast inflation rate of 4.5 per cent. per annum beyond a price base of 2006. This information is available in the Scheme Review—Stage 2 Report, published on the Department for Transport website.

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost has been to (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency of preparatory work on the A303 Stonehenge improvement scheme since July 2005. [174382]

Mr. Tom Harris: Since July 2005, the Department of Transport and the Highways Agency have incurred costs of £2.5 million in undertaking further work related to the A303 Stonehenge Improvement scheme. This figure excludes the time of departmental officials which cannot be separately identified.

Airports

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to bring forward secondary legislation to make (a) Luton airport and (b) other airports designated airports. [174842]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Independent Review of Airport Policing completed last year, concluded that the current system of designation of airports for police purposes was outdated and unfit for purpose. The Government fully accepted this finding. We are working with
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stakeholders to deliver a solution which ensures that airports and the police can work together to identify where a police presence might be required and how industry will pay for this. This will require a legislative solution.

Airports: Heathrow

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely economic effects of the proposed expansion of Heathrow on (a) BAA airlines and aviation-related industries, (b) businesses working on the expansion of the airport, (c) London residents and (d) people outside London. [171790]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The economic assessment of additional capacity at Heathrow is set out at Annex B of the consultation document ‘Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport’ (November 2007). The current approach does not take into account the benefits to airlines of additional capacity over and above the welfare benefits to its passengers. It also excludes benefits to businesses working on the expansion of the airport.

The analysis suggests that a third runway at Heathrow would generate around £17.1 billion worth of economic benefits in terms of net present value. We have not separately quantified how the benefits are distributed between Londoners and people outside London.

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the proposed Heathrow expansion would result in an increase in the number of night flights. [171804]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The existing night flights regime lasts until 2012. This provides for no increase in the number of movements and a gradual reduction in noise as quieter aircraft are introduced. Decisions on the night regime to apply beyond 2012 will be subject to separate consultation and do not depend on the capacity of runways.

Aviation

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the contribution made to the UK economy by transit passengers using UK airports in the last period for which figures are available. [168666]

Jim Fitzpatrick: This information is not available.

Aviation: Noise

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is considering to improve the reliability of measurement of aircraft noise. [170697]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Annual aircraft noise contours—which connect points having the same average noise exposure—are produced for the Department by the Environmental Research and Consultancy Department (ERCD) of the Civil Aviation Authority. Contours are generated by a computer model validated against actual noise measurements in line with latest internationally recommended guidance.


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Future predictions, such as the contours for various possible scenarios in the Adding Capacity at Heathrow airport consultation, rely on assumptions about the likely fleet mix and are therefore necessarily indicative. I am nevertheless satisfied that ERCD's noise modelling, whether historical or prospective, is reliable and robust.

Aviation: Railways

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect on the demand for domestic flights of constructing new high-speed rail lines in the UK. [170713]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Department has made no detailed quantitative assessment of the effect on the demand for domestic flights of constructing new high speed rail lines in the UK.

The Government recognise that rail can provide a useful alternative to air travel especially over shorter distances. But many domestic flights provide connections into the international network at airports such as Heathrow, providing benefits to the UK regions and helping to maintain UK competitiveness.

Cars: Exhaust Emissions

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government has taken to encourage more people to buy environmentally friendly cars since 1997. [170282]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Incentives to encourage the purchase of cleaner vehicles include:

and

These incentives relate to running costs rather than purchase cost but they have a direct effect as considerations when purchasing a vehicle. In March 2007 the Department for Transport launched the Act On CO2 communications campaign providing information to consumers on purchasing new cars including the 'Best on CO2' top 10 rankings in association with What Car? This reinforces the introduction of more informative labelling in car showrooms in 2005.

Christmas

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is her Department’s policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises. [173494]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport has no specific policy on this matter. However, where use is permitted all such items must be subject to portable appliance testing. In addition, items must be fixed securely, switched off overnight and should not have trailing wires.


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Crossrail Line

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what effect the decision to fund Crossrail has had on the status of other (a) road and (b) rail projects. [163301]

Mr. Tom Harris: Crossrail has formed a key element of the Department for Transport’s infrastructure investment plans for several years. As such, confirmation of the funding package has not affected plans in other areas.

Crossrail Line: Maidenhead

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the cost of extending Crossrail from Maidenhead to Reading; whether the upgrade of Reading station has had an effect on that cost; and what estimate she has made of the cost of adapting Maidenhead as the station at the end of the Crossrail line. [174384]

Mr. Tom Harris: The current capital cost estimate of extending Crossrail from Maidenhead to Reading is approximately £360 million in outturn prices.

The effect of the Reading upgrade project, which also includes re-signalling from Maidenhead to Reading, would be to reduce the cost of extending Crossrail to Maidenhead by approximately £50 million in outturn prices. The vast majority of that cost reduction would stem from the re-signalling works; only a small part of it relates to works at Reading station itself.

The current capital cost estimate of the Crossrail works at Maidenhead station is approximately £70 million in outturn prices.

Cycling

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action the Government have taken to encourage more people to ride bicycles to work since 1997. [170283]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Government remain firmly committed to increasing cycling as it is a healthy, environmentally friendly transport mode.

We have taken many initiatives to encourage increases in cycling including some specific measures to increase cycling to work since 1997. These include encouraging local authorities who are responsible for the roads on which most cycling takes place to develop local cycling strategies and improved cycle networks through increased Local Transport Plan settlements. Local authorities outside London increased their spend on cycling, from £29.5 million in 2001-02 to £36 million in 2005-06. A report for Cycling England in 2004 showed over 80 per cent. of local authorities had improved their performance in providing facilities for cyclists.

We have doubled Cycling England's budget to £10 million last year and launched the new national cycle training standard in England ‘Bikeability’.

Cycling England have established the six cycling demonstration towns and many of them are working with employers to encourage cycling to work.

Employers also have a part to pay in encouraging their staff to cycle to work. Secure cycle parking, showers and changing facilities can support Government initiatives such as the group consumer
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credit licence we have made available to all UK businesses to enable employers to purchase cycles for their employees to cycle to work and take advantage of tax savings. Around 70,000 people are already participating in the scheme.

Departmental Aviation

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months. [171252]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport (central) and five of its agencies currently do not record travel expenditure by class of travel. The information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The two agencies which do record this information between them spent £12,291 on Business Class air travel and nothing on First Class air travel in the last 12 months.

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by her Department on international flights in each year since it was established. [174353]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Since 1999 the Government have published a list of all overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500. Information for the last financial year was published on 25 July 2007. Details for the current financial year will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year. From next year, the list will include details of overseas visits undertaken by all Ministers. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the ministerial code.

Information in respect of flights taken by officials could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many air miles were travelled by Ministers in her Department in each year since 2000; and what estimate she has made of the total amount of carbon dioxide emissions produced as a result; [172266]

(2) how many air miles were travelled by (a) the Secretary of State and (b) Ministers in her Department on short haul flights over the last year; and what estimate she has made of the total amount of carbon dioxide emissions produced as a result of these flights. [172453]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Since 1999 the Government have published a list of all overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500. Information for the last financial year was published on 25 July 2007. Details for the current financial year will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year. From next year, the list will include details of overseas visits undertaken by all Ministers. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the “Ministerial Code” .

All central Government ministerial and official air travel has been offset from 1 April 2006. Departmental aviation emissions are calculated on an annual basis and subsequently offset through payments to a central fund. The fund purchases certified emissions
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reductions credits from energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with sustainable development benefits, located in developing countries.

A list of Government Carbon Offsetting Fund members, their emission figures and what activities they have offset through the fund is available online at:

Departmental Disclosure of Information

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what data her Department (a) shares, (b) is in discussion to share and (c) has been approached in the last 12 months to share with other Government Departments; and which Departments have requested information. [163299]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport takes the issues of privacy and data security extremely seriously, and keeps its policies on data sharing under active review.

The Department for Transport shares the following main categories of data with Government Departments (for reasons of national security, some data may not be included):

The Department has arrangements to share the a for e mentioned categories of data as applicable and relevant with specific Government Departments in the following list (again, for reasons of national security, some data may not be included):


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