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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the accident cluster sites are in (a) the St Edmundsbury Borough Council area and (b) the Mid Suffolk District Council area. [187605]


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Jim Fitzpatrick: There is no standard definition for an accident cluster site. The assessment of local accident cluster sites is a matter for the relevant local highway authorities.

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities occurred on the A14 in Suffolk between the hours of 8pm and 8am in each year since 1997; and how many road traffic (i) accidents and (ii) fatalities occurred in Suffolk between the hours of 8pm and 8am in each year since 1997. [187612]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The numbers of reported personal injury road accidents and the resulting fatalities on the A14 in Suffolk, and in Suffolk, between the hours of 8 pm and 8 am in each year from 1997 to 2006 are given in the table.

A14 in Suffolk Suffolk
Accidents Fatalities Accidents Fatalities

1997

29

3

519

15

1998

23

1

526

4

1999

26

1

518

22

2000

33

4

502

21

2001

39

5

553

18

2002

50

3

543

19

2003

36

1

566

20

2004

37

3

518

16

2005

42

2

530

19

2006

37

2

484

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Roads: Finance

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which road building projects will be (a) cancelled and (b) delayed due to the budget overrun at the Highways Agency; and if she will make a statement. [186152]

Mr. Tom Harris [holding answer 18 February 2008]: The Highways Agency (HA) is currently re-estimating the costs of its roads programme following the recommendations of the Nichols Review. The Department for Transport and the Highways Agency are also studying the scope for more advanced traffic management solutions.

We will consider the national element of the HA major roads programme up to 2014 once this work is completed, and an announcement will be made in the spring. Until then it is not possible to say what the implications will be for particular schemes.

Regional HA major roads schemes and their timings are considered within the regional funding allocation process.

Rolling Stock

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Written Statement of 30 January 2008, Official Report, columns 18-20WS, on rolling stock, how many of the 1,300 extra carriages referred to in the White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Railway, will be (a) new rolling stock and (b) a re-deployment of existing rolling stock. [184194]


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Mr. Tom Harris [holding answer 4 February 2008]: There will be a net increase of 1,300 new train carriages. The rolling stock plan, published on 30 January details indicative figures for the number of additional carriages each train operating company will receive. Some of these train carriages will be new; some will be freed up from other train operating companies (TOCs). Some TOCs will order more trains so that they can move some of their existing carriages to other TOCs. The table at appendix B of the Rolling Stock Plan shows how many extra carriages each TOC will receive as a result of these moves.

The final mix between new and cascaded stock will be determined after detailed discussions with individual TOCs.

Shipping: Equality

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the Government to respond to its recent consultation on proposals to amend Section 9 of the Race Relations Act 1976. [187214]

Jim Fitzpatrick: A summary of the responses to the consultation has been published on the Department for Transport website and has been placed in the Libraries of the House. During the course of the consultation, further issues for consideration were raised. We will be in a position to announce the Government position and timetable for amendment as soon as we have analysed the options in the light of these new points.

Transport

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had or plans to have on the causal processes and mechanisms responsible for (a) past and (b) potential future modal shifts between air transport and other modes of transport for (i) passengers and (ii) freight on (A) domestic and (B) international flights; and what representations have been received on this matter. [181617]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport regularly has discussions with and receives representations from stakeholders on matters relating to air transport. The Department also examines a range of evidence to inform its policymaking, and it is aware of a number of reports of particular relevance to modal shift between air transport and other modes, including:


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Leader of the House

Members: Pay

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Leader of the House which Back-Bench Members receive pay and emoluments from the Members’ vote in addition to their basic salary. [188087]

Helen Goodman: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Leader of the House on 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2144W. A total of 65 hon. and right hon. Members are currently paid an additional salary from within the Members estimate. This total comprises 31 select committee chairmen, 31 members of the Chairmen’s Panel (a reduction of one from the figure applicable at the time of the answer of 24 January) and three Deputy Speakers. (The total excludes Members in receipt of a salary under the Ministers and Other Salaries Act 1975.)

Members: Training

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Leader of the House if she will make it her policy to make available to hon. Members training in correlation, significance and statistical analysis. [186955]

Helen Goodman: Members may use their Incidental Expenses Provision to pay for appropriate training. Members are responsible for setting up and organising such training, and may submit claims accordingly.

A procurement exercise is currently being undertaken to re-let the contract for this service, which has to date been provided by WWP Training Ltd.

No such training is currently provided, although if there were sufficient demand it would be possible to investigate provision of such training under the terms of the contract.

Parliamentary Questions: Members Interests

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Leader of the House if she will bring forward proposals for a mechanism by which oral and written parliamentary questions can be asked and answered in relation to the rules on the declaration and registration of hon. Members’ interests; and if she will make a statement. [186858]

Helen Goodman: I have no plans to do so. Within the overall framework set by the House, the content and interpretation of the rules relating to the declaration and registration of hon. Members’ interests are matters for the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and the Committee on Standards and Privileges.

International Development

Departmental Carbon Emissions

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the total volume of carbon emissions from his Department's estate in each year since 2005. [185464]

Mr. Malik: The Department for International Development has made the following estimates of carbon emissions from the UK estate since 2005:


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Carbon emissions CO 2 (tonnes)

2005-06

4,072

2006-07

4,082


Fairtrade Foundation: Finance

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department gave to the (a) Fairtrade Foundation and (b) the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation in each of the last three years; how much funding he plans to allocate to these organisations in the next three financial years; and if he will make a statement. [184483]

Mr. Thomas: Over the last five years DFID has committed nearly £1 million to the Fairtrade Foundation (FTF). The annual breakdown is shown as follows:

Commitment to the Fairtrade Foundation (£)

2005-06

264,169

2006-07

296,795

2007-08

413,103


We have not provided any funding directly to the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO).

We are currently discussing future funding with the FTF and FLO as the international umbrella organisation for fair trade labelling. We remain committed to expanding the fair trade sector and will consider favourably proposals that arise as a result of the strategic review.

Nicaragua: Overseas Aid

Mr. Pope: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK gave in (a) bilateral aid and (b) contributions to EU aid to Nicaragua in each of the last three yeas; and how much is planned to be given in the next three years. [187135]

Mr. Malik: Information on UK aid to Nicaragua is available in the DFID publication “Statistics on International Development 2007”. This publication is available online at www.dfid.gov.uk. Relevant figures are reproduced in the following tables.

Table 1: UK total bilateral gross public expenditure (GPEX) on development to Nicaragua: 2004-05 to 2006-07
Total GPEX (£000)

2004-05

7,582

2005-06

4,160

2006-07

5,098


Table 2: Imputed UK share of multilateral official development assistance (ODA) 2003 to 2005
£000
EC UN World Bank Other multilateral Total

2003

5,845

373

15,668

1,392

23,278

2004

5,862

466

3,053

460

9,841

2005

4,682

481

4,822

-185

9,800


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Although Nicaragua will be classed a middle income country in 2008, we will maintain our programme at £4 million per year, switching from funding to the Government to providing support through other channels, including civil society.


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