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This table can also be found on the Department’s website at the following address:

Information on whether or not drivers involved in accidents failed a drugs test is not collected by the Department.

Driving: EC Action

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the written ministerial statement of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 38WS, on drivers' hours (derogation for reservists), whether the Minister has received a response from the European Commission to the request for a derogation from regulation (EC) 561/2006; and if she will make a statement. [180872]

Jim Fitzpatrick: There has been ongoing dialogue with the European Commission officials dealing with our request. A response is expected shortly. I will inform the House of the Commission's decision at that time.

Enterprise and Economic Development

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her Department’s planned expenditure on business support, promotion of enterprise and economic development is from 2007-08 to 2010-11; and which elements of this expenditure are planned to be funded through the regional development agencies’ single pot. [179276]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport has, as one of its four departmental strategic objectives for the period 2008-09 to 2010-11, the goal

and much of its total spending will contribute towards the achievement of that objective. However, it does not plan any expenditure that is directly for business support, promotion of enterprise or economic development. The DFT does not contribute any funding to the regional development agencies’ single pot.

Eurostar: Ebbsfleet International

Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers have travelled from Ebbsfleet via Eurostar since the inauguration of that service. [179779]

Mr. Tom Harris: This is an operational matter for Eurostar. The hon. Gentleman should contact the company for an answer to his question at the following address:

Eurostar: Fares

Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what surcharge was applied to passengers taking weekend breaks in Paris and travelling by Eurostar from (a) Ebbsfleet and (b) Paddington. [179780]

Mr. Tom Harris: This is a matter for Eurostar who advise that it imposes no surcharges for travellers taking weekend breaks from any of its UK stations including Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International and St. Pancras International. Eurostar does not serve London Paddington.

Inland Waterways

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of waterways and canals have been lost for transportation purposes in each year since 1997. [178146]

Jonathan Shaw: I have been asked to reply.

None. On the contrary, the network of canals and waterways managed by our sponsored navigation bodies (British Waterways, the Environment Agency and the Broads Authority) has expanded by 150 miles since 1997. This is largely due to British Waterways' involvement in a number of restoration schemes. It is also currently involved in the restoration of a further 50 miles of canals.

We have no information on waterways managed by other navigation bodies.


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London and South Eastern Railway: Fares

Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Strategic Rail Authority's Integrated Franchise Agreement Briefing Document, what the agreed ceiling for fare increases was for South Eastern Railway. [179759]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Stakeholder Briefing Document for the Integrated Kent Franchise, published by the Strategic Rail Authority in January 2005, stated that bidders had been asked to prepare proposals which anticipated either a continuation of the present fare structure (annual increases of 1 per cent. above the retail price index) or a fares regime that allowed tickets to be priced at 3 per cent. above the retail price index for the first five years of the franchise. Government would then decide which to proceed with once bids had been returned and a measure of the cost and affordability of each proposition was known.

Southeastern regulated fares have an overall cap of an annual average increase of 3 per cent. above the retail price index, or 6.8 per cent. for 2008.

Individual regulated fares can increase by more than the average and for Southeastern fares, the maximum is 8 per cent. above inflation. Therefore, individual regulated fares on South Eastern were permitted to rise by up to 11.8 per cent. for 2008, provided average increases were limited to RPI+3 per cent.

London and South Eastern Railway: Finance

Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much subsidy South Eastern Railways received from her Department as a percentage of the income from the franchise in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [179781]

Mr. Tom Harris: It is not possible to provide figures regarding the percentage of subsidy to income. Franchise income is commercially sensitive information.

The amount of subsidy paid to London and South Eastern Railways can be found on the Department's website at:

Motor Vehicles: Testing

David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to reduce the number of vehicles being driven on UK roads without a valid MOT certificate. [180722]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The ‘new style’ MOT certificates issued by testing stations come with a sticker setting out the expiry date of the MOT to help motorists comply with the requirement to have a valid MOT certificate. We are also exploring the potential for issuing reminder notices about MOT expiry dates as a further measure to support compliance.

We provide the police with access to the computerised record of MOT test results so that police officers can—for example during roadside enforcement operations—identify vehicles without a valid MOT using ANPR cameras and then take action.


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David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of vehicles on the road with no valid MOT certificate. [180723]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The most recent on the road survey was undertaken in March 2006 this showed that around 4.2 per cent. of vehicles in use on the road did not have a valid MOT. When applied to the whole vehicle fleet this would relate to around 1.2 million vehicles. The exercise is expected to be repeated this year.

Network Rail: Repairs and Maintenance

Mrs. Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what input she intends to have in the inquiry now being carried out by the Office of Rail Regulation into the January 2008 overruns of engineering works on the west coast route modernisation. [180491]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has launched an urgent investigation into Network Rail's management of engineering projects, including the overrun of works on the west coast main line over the new year. It has sought representations from a number of interested parties, including the Department for Transport. The Department is happy to answer any questions of the ORR where this can be helpful to its investigation.

Road Length

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of (a) roads and (b) cycle lanes were constructed in England in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area. [178136]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Data on lengths of roads constructed are not collected centrally.

The Department does make annual estimates of total road lengths by local authority and by road class. These are for total lengths only, so any change between years can be due to reclassification and closure of roads as well as new construction. It is not possible to identify how much of the change is due to construction only. The latest figures are published online at:

Information on the length of new cycle lanes constructed in England, outside London, for the financial years from 2001-02 to 2006-07 is set out in the tables, which have been placed in the Libraries of the House. These data have been collected only since 2001-02 and are provided in kilometres.

The information is provided by local authorities on an annual basis as part of their annual performance report on their local transport plans. It is not verified by the Department. Responsibility for the accuracy of the data rests with individual authorities. The data are incomplete and include some estimates.

Figures are not available for London boroughs but Transport for London report that around 550 km of the London Cycle Network+ were completed by April 2007 with a target of 900km due for completion by end 2010.


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Roads: Lighting

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government has taken to encourage local councils to fund improved street lighting. [178468]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Over the 10-year period covered by the first and second Local Transport Plan rounds, the Department for Transport is providing more than £6.5 billion for highways maintenance to English highway authorities outside London, to cover a range of investment in the network including street lighting. In addition, we have allocated £1.4 billion in credits for street lighting PFI schemes, including £64.3 million recently announced for the Coventry Street Lighting PFI project. Revenue support grant can also be used to operate street lighting.

In a range of guidance and advice, the Government have encouraged local councils to consider how good street lighting adds to the character of an area, and can make an important contribution to, for example, reductions in accidents, crime or the fear of crime, or increased night-time mobility.

In addition, the Department is represented on the UK Lighting Board, which brings together national and local government, and which contributes to the dissemination of best practice in street lighting. The Department also endorses and promotes the board’s code of practice on highway lighting management, “Well-lit Highways” (TSO, 2004).

Ministers and officials take many opportunities to engage with local authorities in this area. Most recently, I spoke to the 11(th) annual Institution of Lighting Engineers/Surveyor street lighting conference in December 2007.

Roads: Taxation

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motor vehicles have been crushed for non-payment of road tax since the relevant provisions came into force. [179580]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The number of vehicles scrapped in the UK since 1997 is as follows:

Number

1997 to 2001

39,304

2002

19,450

2003

34,024

2004

32,889

2005

39,181

2006

34,369

2007

46,126

Total vehicles scrapped

245,343


Safety Belts: Death

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers aged 17 or under who died as a result of road traffic accidents were (a) wearing a seatbelt and (b) not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident in each of the past 10 years. [180130]


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Jim Fitzpatrick: The information requested is not available.

Research reported in the published “Second Review of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy” and “Road Safety Research Report No. 76: Trends in Fatal Car-occupant Accidents” both published on 26 February 2007, estimates that about a third of fatally injured car occupants were not wearing their seatbelts. For 2005 figures, it represents about 565 people, and it is estimated that about 370 people might have survived if they had been properly restrained. This research also reported that higher proportions of fatally injured car occupants were not wearing seatbelts in cars driven by young drivers. These reports are available at the following links and have also been deposited in the Libraries of the House:

A research report giving further details on seat belt wearing has also been published by TRL limited:

Speed Limits: Driving Offences

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people in Lancashire were referred for speed awareness courses in the most recent period for which figures are available; and how many people in Lancashire are due to take speed awareness courses. [180508]

Jim Fitzpatrick: This information is not held by the Department. The decision to offer a speed awareness course as an alternative to prosecution, is entirely a matter for the local police. The number of people referred for speed awareness courses or due to take them in Lancashire will therefore be a matter for the Lancashire police.

Trade Unions

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings she had with trade unions officials since 1 July 2007; on what dates; and with which trade unions. [179867]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Ministers meet many people as part of the process of policy development. It is not normal practice to disclose details of such meetings.


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