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Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) cameras and (b) other equipment are installed on the gantries recently erected in the vicinity of junction 9 of the M1 motorway; what purpose each piece of equipment serves; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Tom Harris: (a) There are currently no cameras mounted on gantries in the vicinity of M1 junction 9. Close circuit television (CCTV) cameras used by the Eastern Regional Control Centre (ERCC) are located, one northbound and two southbound, on 15 m high masts adjacent to the gantries. ERCC use the images from CCTV to monitor local traffic conditions and to direct Highways Agency Traffic Officers to incidents and breakdowns.
Advanced Motorway Indicators (AMI)Located over every lane and used to control speeds.
Enhanced Message Sign (EMS)Located over the hard shoulder and used to notify drivers of traffic conditions, weather messages, campaign messages etc.
Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance her Department issues to UK-registered ships operating in or passing through areas where there is a risk of piracy on (a) intervention in and (b) taking active steps to prevent acts of piracy. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: UK registered vessels are issued with advice by the Department for Transport on taking active steps to counter piracy, armed robbery and other acts of violence against merchant shipping. This is set out in maritime guidance note MGN 298(M), a copy of which has been placed in the Library.
In addition to this advice, the Department issues specific tailored advice regarding particular piracy hot spots. This is based on intelligence and threat assessment, and is of a sensitive nature. The Department has regular dialogue with the industry to consider further practical measures, where appropriate.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what her Departments definition is of a pothole with reference to roads maintained by (a) the Highways Agency and (b) local authorities; 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Statistics on the condition of roads in England and Wales are published annually in the National Road Maintenance Condition Survey Statistics Bulletin. Abrupt changes in the level of the road such as potholes are only one component of the overall condition of the highway and are not separately defined.
[holding answer 1 May 2008]: The Department for Transport only holds information about the number of safety camera sites (covering both fixed and mobile camera enforcement) operating within the national safety camera programme for England and Wales which ended on 31 March 2007. The following table shows the number of speed camera sites operating within the national programme within
each year using the date established supplied by the safety camera partnerships. Different areas entered the national programme on different dates, and in many cases had established camera sites before joining the programme which are not shown in the table.
Since 1 April 2007, the deployment of safety cameras has been the responsibility of individual local partnerships. The number of cameras in place since then will therefore be a matter for each individual partnership.
|Camera sites by area and year|
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