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These data will be produced in accordance with the Department's New Approach to Appraisal (NATA) and Post Opening Project Evaluation (POPE) methodologies. The carbon emissions will be calculated in line with the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges environmental assessment guidance.

This exercise is due to completed by the end of March 2008 following which the information will be published on the Agency's website and placed in the Libraries of the House.

Rolling Stock

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 30 January 2008, Official Report, columns 18-20WS, on rolling stock, what the timetable is for (a) production and (b) the allocation to the train operating companies of the additional units; and if she will ensure that the introduction of new rolling stock improves passenger comfort, with particular reference to the Portsmouth Mainline Express service using Desiro 440 units; and if she will make a statement. [185012]

Mr. Tom Harris: The timing of the introduction of the new rolling stock is one of the issues that will be agreed with the train operating companies (including South West Trains) and Network Rail.


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New rolling stock brings additional capacity and comfort to address the growing demand on Britain’s railways.

Sea Rescue: Iceland

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will hold discussions with her counterpart in Iceland to improve bi-lateral coastguard co-operation. [183326]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is actively working with their counter parts in Iceland to improve coastguard co-operation in the North Atlantic. The Icelandic Minister with responsibility for the Icelandic Coast Guard is visiting Dover Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre in February as part of this process.

Tolls: Road Signs and Markings

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what (a) sign designs and (b) broad principles of sign location for the Central London congestion charging scheme have been agreed between her Department and Transport for London; [184955]

(2) what designs of sign relating to the Central London congestion charging scheme have been authorised under sections 64 and 65 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984; and when such authorisations were granted. [184956]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has authorised the design of 28 traffic signs and road markings for the Central London congestion charging scheme under sections 64 and 65 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. These designs have been placed in the Libraries of the House. The following table shows when these authorisations were provided:

Traffic signs (numbers) Date authorised

1-18

7 August 2002

19-21

29 November 2002

22

6 January 2005

23

14 November 2005

24-28

1 November 2006


In addition, the Department authorised:

There are no drawings for these signs.

The authorisations provided to Transport for London require that the relevant traffic signs be placed on or near roads entering and exiting the scheme; that advanced signs are placed on the main routes in surrounding counties and at 21/2miles and 1/2mile from the boundary; and that repeater signs can be placed within the scheme.


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Trains: Taunton

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many train carriages were used by each train operating company for trains stopping at Taunton in (a) 2007, (b) 2006 and (c) 1997. [178992]

Mr. Tom Harris: Franchised train operators serving Taunton in 2007 were Cross Country (Virgin Trains) and First Great Western (FGW). Most Cross Country trains stopping at Taunton were formed of either four or five carriages and most FGW trains of between one and eight. The position would have been broadly similar after March 2006. The Department does not hold comparable figures for 1997.

Justice

Bail

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department’s most recent guidance on bail. [184625]

Maria Eagle: The most recent guidance relating to bail is Probation Circular 33/2007—New Accommodation And Support Service For Bail and Home Detention Curfew. A copy has been placed in the Library.

It is not for Government to provide guidance to the courts on issues which touch on judicial discretion. Training is provided by the independent Judicial Studies Board, however as the decisions on bail are judicial matters, guidance on how to implement bail is provided in the form of decision of superior courts and The Practice Directions of the Lord Chief Justice.

Circumcisions: Females

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what average sentence was handed down for a person found to have been carrying out female circumcision in each of the last five years. [184845]

Maria Eagle: There were no sentences handed down for the offence of female genital mutilation in the last five years for which annual published sentencing statistics are available.

Figures for 2007 will be available from autumn 2008.

Departmental Advertising

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of his Department’s expenditure was on advertising in each year since establishment. [182985]

Maria Eagle: The Ministry of Justice came into existence on 9 May 2007. Since then it has spent £1.5 million on advertising, representing 0.02 per cent. of its total budget of £9.16 billion for 2007-08.


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Departmental Assets

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what departmental assets are planned to be sold in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; what the (a) description and (b) book value of each asset is; what the expected revenue from each sale is; and if he will make a statement. [164155]

Bridget Prentice: The table details the asset description and the book value of each asset that the Ministry of Justice has disposed or plans to dispose of from 2007-08 to 2010-11. The expected revenue is detailed as an annual figure due to the commercial sensitivities attached to the expected revenue of each individual asset.

We are developing our asset management strategy and a property asset management plan to improve our use of property assets and achieve a better fit with our service delivery model. Those properties that represent poor value, do not fit the business or service delivery model, or are surplus to requirement will be reviewed with a view to disposal and re-use of any receipt to provide facilities that are more efficient and better located. Current disposal plans include the phasing out of quarters previously used to house prison staff and some rationalisation where we have courts or tribunals in the same vicinity. Local consultation is required before closure of courts where this would remove the facility from a town.


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Ministry of Justice planned disposals 2007-08 to 2010-11
Asset description Book value (£000)

2007-08

Land and Building, Wellingborough

Land and Building, Grendon

145.00

Land and Building, Parkhurst

125.00

Land and Building, Rochester

165.00

Land and Building, Kingston

200.00

Land and Building, Feltham

215.00

Land and Building, Longlartin

Land and Building, Reading

195.00

Land and Building, Ashwell

110.00

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

395.00

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

360.00

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

350.00

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

335.00

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

365.00

Land and Building, The Mount

245.00

Land and Building, The Mount

265.00

Land and Building, Styal

320.00

Land and Building, Longlartin

Land and Building, Birmingham

155.00

Land and Building, Eastwood Park

185.00

Land and Building, Dover

115.00

Land and Building, Pentonville

400.00

Land and Building, Erlestoke

160.00

Land and Building, Pentonville

495.00

Land and Building, Wandsworth

615.00

Land and Building, Feltham

185.00

Land and Building, Coldingley

240.00

Land and Building, Brixton

180.00

Land and Building, Brixton

150.00

Land and Building, Brixton

140.00

Land and Building, Gartree

Land and Building, Blaenau Gwent

Land and Building, Flax Bourton

Land and Building, Blackwood

Land and Building, Newtown

Land, Aldington

Land, Onley

Land, Fetherstone

Land, Stocken

Land, Tudworth

Land, Rochester

Land, Wandsworth

Land, Frankley Farm

250.00

Land, Standford Hill

295.00

Received revenue for 2007-08

9,884

2007-08

Land and Building, Reading

198.00

Land and Building, Gartree

165.00

Land and Building, Dartmoor

88.00

Land and Building, Liverpool

150.00

Land and Building, Lindholme

100.00

Land and Building, Hindley

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

335.00

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

360.00

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

340.00

Land and Building, Highpoint

Land and Building, Highpoint

125.00

Land and Building, Haverigg

Land and Building, Chelmsford

235.00

Land and Building, Wayland

Land and Building, Norwich

165.00

Land and Building, Leeds

220.00

Land and Building, Winchester

260.00

Land and Building, Onley

130.00

Land and Building, Brixton

250.00

Land and Building, Highdown

390.00

Land and Building, Feltham

225.00

Land and Building, Feltham

230.00

Land and Building, Pentonville

255.00

Land and Building, Brixton

265.00

Land and Building, Brixton

Land and Building, Brixton

Land and Building, Brixton

Land and Building, Brixton

Land and Building, Brixton

Land and Building, Brixton

Land, Stocken

Land and Building, Barnet

988.00

Land and Building, Barnet

1,149.00

Land and Building, Bristol

10,676.00

Land and Building, Cheltenham

708.00

Land and Building, Epsom

1,496.00

Land and Building, Epsom

1,003.00

Land and Building, Gravesend

297.00

Land and Building, Manchester

2,096.00

Land and Building, Salisbury

1,399.00

Land and Building, London

10,042.00

Land and Building, Maidstone

1,340.00

Land and building, Sleaford

718.00

Land and Building, Bedford

Land and Building, New Mills

100.00

Land, The Mount

Land, Wayland

Land, Hewell Grange

Land, Shrewsbury

Land, Exeter

Land, Leyhill

1,325.00

Land, Cannock

Land, Channings Wood

Land, Channings Wood

Land, Portland

Land, Huntercombe

Land, Full Sutton

Land, Full Sutton

Land, Camphill

Land, Ranby

Land, Aylesbury

Land, Aylesbury

Land, Onley

Land, Parkhurst

Land, Onley

Land, Birmingham

Land, Coldingley

Land, Send

Land, Sudbury

Land, Gringley

Land, London

1,025.00

Expected revenue for 2007-08( 1)

63,373

2008-09

Land and Building, Chelmsford

265.00

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

420.00

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

215.00

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

215.00

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

215.00

Land and Building, Pentonville

500.00

Land and Building, Pentonville

2,275.00

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

Land and Building, Wormwood Scrubs

Land and Building, Durham

3,330.00

Land and Building, Land Sales

Land and Building, Stoke Heath

Land and Building, Everthorpe

Land and Building, Everthorpe

Land and Building, Standford Hill

Land and Building, Guys Marsh

Land and Building, Eastwood Park

Land and Building, Erlestoke

Land and Building, Rochester

Land and Building, Fetherstone

Land and Building, Usk

Land and Building, Lindholme

1,000.00

Land and Building, Stocken

Land and Building, Deerbolt

Land and Building, Shrewsbury

Expected revenue for 2008-09

11,322

2009-10

Land, Warrington

Land, Huntercombe

Land, Lowdham Grange

Land and Building, Edinburgh

613.00

Land and Building, Edinburgh

1,276.00

Land and Building, Sheffield

688.00

Expected revenue for 2009-10

4,745

2010-11

Land, Littlehey

Land, Littlehey

Expected revenue for 2010-11

430

(1 )One surplus property in Bedford, with an asset value of £101,000 is to be leased.
Note:
Not all the entries include book values. Where we are selling land and that land is only part of a single asset e.g. a parcel of land that forms only a small part of a farm, the land being sold will not have an independent asset identity or value. When sold we will offset some value against the main asset for accounting purposes. If we retain land to be sold, for whatever reason, longer than a year, it will go on our surplus schedule and will be valued at market value whereupon it will take on an asset identity of its own.

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