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Of the 16 shipments of large sealed sources which were notified to the DfT: six originated from Argentina, six from Canada, three from Russia and one from France.

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 41W, on aviation: radioactive materials, what the destination of each of the shipments leaving the UK was. [191709]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The destinations of those shipments notified to the Office of Civil Nuclear Security were as follows (the numbers of shipments are in parenthesis):

The destinations of the large sealed source shipments notified to the DfT were:

Note that the total number of shipments was less than the 34 reported in my answer of 28 January, Official Report, column 41W. This was due to some double counting when compiling the earlier figures.

Of the nine shipments of radioactive waste authorised by the Environment Agency, six were to Sweden and three to the USA.

Crossrail: Consultants

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department has spent on (a) legal advice, (b) banking and financial consultants and (c) other consultants for work on Crossrail. [191690]

Mr. Tom Harris: The amount spent by the Department on legal, banking and financial consultants and other consultants in support of Crossrail is shown in the following table. The figures include spend incurred since financial year 2003-04. They represent actual costs to date.

Type of consultancy Amount (£)

Legal

8,598,195

Finance/Banking

1,287,265

Other

2,775,904


Departmental Pensions

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of staff in her Department were making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions in each of the last two years. [193557]


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Jim Fitzpatrick: The numbers of staff in the Department for Transport making additional voluntary contributions to their pension in each of the last two years are as follows:

2006-07 2007-08

Number of staff

886

912

Percentage of staff

4.6

4.7


Departmental Travel

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1415W, on departmental travel, if she will provide the figures on departmental travel (a) within the UK and (b) overseas for the financial year 2006-07. [191388]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Travel arrangements in the Department for Transport and its agencies are made in the most efficient and cost-effective way, and all official travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in staff handbooks.

The central Department and two of its agencies (MCA and VCA) spent £6,007,819 on UK travel and subsistence, and £3,575,487 on overseas travel and subsistence in 2006-07.

Four agencies (DSA, DVLA, GCDA, and HA) were unable to differentiate fully between UK and overseas travel, but spent a total of £14,486,503 on all travel-related expenses.

The remaining agency, VOSA, could provide the information only at disproportionate cost.

Heathrow Airport

Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the consultation on Adding Capacity at Heathrow, what research her Department has evaluated on the effects of levels of efficiency in slot utilisation at Heathrow airport on the economy. [193679]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Slots at Heathrow are allocated to airlines in accordance with the EU slot allocation regulations. They are currently very highly utilised; for the summer 2008 season, 98 per cent. of available day time slots have been allocated. Airlines are required to use slots allocated 80 per cent. of the time in order to maintain rights to use them in future. A system of monitoring and legally enforceable sanctions is also in place to help ensure airlines do not abuse allocated slots. Further, a number of airlines at Heathrow exchange slots with each other, including with financial consideration, which should lead to a more efficient use of slots.

M1

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to bring forward the development of Junction 11a of the M1. [188300]

Mr. Tom Harris: The proposed A5—M1 Link Dunstable Northern Bypass scheme which includes the development of a new junction 11a on the M1, is
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currently planned for completion by 2014-15, subject to the satisfactory conclusion of the necessary statutory process and availability of funding from the Regional Funding Allocation (RFA) for major transport schemes in the East of England.

We have informed the East of England regional assembly that the Highways Agency is preparing the scheme on the basis that an earlier delivery timetable would be feasible if the region decided to prioritise the delivery of the scheme to an earlier timetable.

Motor Vehicles: Registration

Christopher Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars brought into the UK by owners from other European Union countries were registered through (a) mutual recognition/commission notice schemes and (b) other methods in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005, (iv) 2006 and (v) 2007. [195035]

Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 18 March 2008]: The number of mutual recognition/commission notice certificates issued for cars from 2003 to 2007 are as follows:

Issued

2003

3.257

2004

3.195

2005

3.374

2006

3.578

2007

3.581


Motor Vehicles: Sales

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department and its agencies has spent on promoting the requirement on vehicle sellers to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of change of ownership in each of the last five years; and what steps have been taken to promote public awareness of the requirement on sellers over this period. [193943]

Jim Fitzpatrick: This following table provides details of amounts spent during financial years 2002-03 and 2005-06. No specific amount has been allocated for this purpose since then.

£

2002-03

24,607

2003-04

194,443

2004-05

202,817

2005-06

238,050

Total

659,917


Publicity campaigns ranged from radio advertising, poster and leaflet campaigns and articles in relevant magazines and perimeter advertising during an England football match.

Network Rail

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will assess the benefits and disbenefits that would arise should the non-executives on the
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board of Network Rail be appointed to that position other than by Network Rail. [192962]

Mr. Tom Harris: Network Rail is a private sector company. Changes to Network Rail's corporate governance arrangements are matters for the company's board and members.

Operation Stack

Dr. Ladyman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in identifying a long-term, off-road solution for Operation Stack; what discussions have been held with Kent county council in respect to its location and funding; and if she will make a statement. [193326]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Department and the Highways Agency have undertaken work to assess the viability of a multi-purpose lorry park in Kent which would have included an area that would be used for Operation Stack purposes. However, the initial findings suggest that there is a large gap between potential income and costs.

Separately there have been discussions with Kent county council over the short and longer term solutions to the problems around Operation Stack. The council are in the process of investigating potential off-road sites for parking up lorries and will be advising me of their conclusions in due course.

Railway Stations: Access

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints her Department has received from (a) individuals and (b) organisations on railway stations without adequate disabled access. [193610]

Mr. Tom Harris: Since 2005, when the Department for Transport took over responsibility for station access from the Strategic Rail Authority, we have received 20 complaints from individuals, and 10 complaints from organisations, about the level of access to railway stations for disabled people.

Railways: Felixstowe

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration has been given to upgrading the railway between Felixstowe and the Midlands; and what the latest cost estimate was. [190521]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Department for Transport announced in October 2007 the provision of Productivity TIP funding of £80 million for the enhancement of the route from Peterborough to Nuneaton. In addition, as part of a S106 agreement, Hutchinson Ports UK agreed to fund improvements to the route from Felixstowe to Peterborough.

Further enhancements to the line from Felixstowe to the Midlands are potential candidates for funding from the £200 million Strategic Freight Network provision announced in the summer 2007 Rail White Paper. Network Rail is developing the schemes concerned and project estimates are a matter for it.


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Railways: Greater London

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with Transport for London and train operating companies on the provision of Oyster facilities at London mainline train stations; and if she will make a statement. [194155]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Department for Transport, Transport for London and train operators are working together on the acceptance of Oyster Pay as You Go at London train stations and the acceptance of ITSO Smartcards on Oyster equipment.

Railways: South Central

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what period she plans that the next South Central franchise to run. [192961]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Department for Transport is currently considering the matter of franchise length as part of development of the franchise specification for South Central. We hope to make an announcement shortly.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons she has decided that bidders for the next South Central franchise will be required to bid in accordance with a train operating timetable constructed by her Department. [194540]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Department for Transport will not be constructing any timetables for the South Central franchise.

Network Rail is currently engaged in a process of developing timetables to facilitate the delivery of the East London line extension in mid 2010, and the construction of the Thameslink project, particularly works at London Bridge, from 2012. These industry developed timetables will be provided to bidders.

Given the complexity of the South London network and the fact that the East London Line timetable will come into force around six to nine months after the new franchise starts it is prudent that planning for such events begins in advance of the new franchise. Network Rail is leading this process.

Roads: Accidents

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal road traffic accidents involving vehicles driven by people who had not passed a driving test and were unaccompanied by a qualified driver there were in each of the last five years. [195417]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Information requested is not available.

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal road traffic accidents there were involving the offence of taking and driving away in each of the last five years. [195420]


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Jim Fitzpatrick: The number of reported fatal road accidents in which a police officer attended the scene of the accident and a ‘stolen vehicle’ was recorded as a contributory factor for 2005 and 2006 is shown in the following table.

Number of accidents
Contributory factor 2005 2006

Stolen vehicle

22

40


Information on contributory factors is not available prior to 2005.

The ‘stolen vehicle’ code is used only where the fact that the vehicle was stolen influenced the driver/rider’s behaviour and contributed to the accident. Information on contributory factors to personal injury road accidents is published in ‘Road Casualties Great Britain: the annul report’ available in the Libraries of the House and on the Department’s website at:


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