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Applications rejected
Number of applications Megawatts
UK Yorkshire and Humberside( 1) UK Yorkshire and Humberside( 1)

2001

11

0

45.3

0.0

2002

13

0

179.0

0.0

2003

12

0

138.4

0.0

2004

12

0

143.6

0.0

2005

18

0

365.6

0.0

2006

15

0

410.2

0.0

2007

23

2

430.0

44.0

2008

7

1

792.0

(2)

(1 )There were three applications with no rejection dates—these are not included in the table. (2 )Figure not available.

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Wind Power: Radar

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what account his Department is taking of the effect of new wind farms on the UK's radar surveillance capability. [208498]

Malcolm Wicks: This is an issue the Department takes into account in both policy making and in its role as a consenting authority.

The CLG's Planning Policy Statement (PPS22) on renewable energy includes aviation impacts as an area to be considered in renewable energy consent decisions by this Department and also by local planning authorities. Similar guidance is in place in Scotland and Wales.

All objections, on aviation radar or other issues, are considered in the process of determining applications. The effect of wind turbines on radar is also one impact being considered under the Strategic Environmental Assessment on offshore wind announced last December. http://www.offshore-sea.org.uk/site/

In addition, a number of further activities to increase understanding of the impact of wind farms and to develop technical solutions have been and continue to be undertaken by the Department directly, or are coordinated by the Department.

For example, following on from the Prime Minister's commitment last year to find technical solutions to reduce aviation and radar objections around wind farms, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on this was announced on 13 June. This is a high level agreement between Government (including BERR, DFT and MoD) and industry that aims to deploy the renewable power we require while ensuring we maintain both a safe airspace and national security.

The MoU and its associated workstreams (laid out in an Aviation Plan) will focus on several strands, including the exploration of innovative technological solutions focused on Air Defence and Air Traffic radar, and all parties have signed up to commit to find a solution to this issue.

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost of testing UK radar systems for the impact on them of offshore wind turbines was in each year since 2001. [208506]

Malcolm Wicks: The testing of UK radar systems does not fall within BERR’s remit. The Department does not hold data on the cost on testing UK radar systems by other organisations.

A great deal of work has followed on from the Prime Minister’s commitment last year to find technical solutions to reduce aviation and radar objections around wind farms, and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was announced on 13 June, covering a high level agreement between Government (including BERR, DFT and MOD) and industry that aims to deploy the renewable power we require while ensuring we maintain both a safe airspace and national security.

The MOU and its associated workstreams (laid out in an Aviation Plan) will focus on several strands, including the exploration of innovative technological
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solutions to air traffic radar and air defence radar issues, as well as radar absorbent wind turbine technology, and all parties have signed up to commit to find a solution to this issue.

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding is being provided to assess the effect of offshore wind farms on radar systems in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11. [208507]

Malcolm Wicks: The Department has in the past funded and will continue to fund projects to develop and trial technical solutions to address this issue. Projects are funded on an individual basis according to a business case being satisfied. The Department does not hold figures on funding from other organisations.

In addition, following on from the Prime Minister’s commitment last year to find technical solutions to reduce aviation and radar objections around wind farms, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on this issue was recently announced on 13 June. The MOU is a high level agreement between Government (including BERR, DFT and MOD) and industry that aims to deploy the renewable power the UK requires while also ensuring we maintain both a safe airspace and national security. The MOU and its associated workstreams (linked together in an Aviation Plan) will focus on several areas, including the exploration of innovative technological solutions focused on air defence and air traffic radar, and all parties have signed up to commit to find a solution to this issue.

Transport

Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department plans to measure (a) the total greenhouse gas emissions and (b) the monetary costs arising from those emissions from inbound international flights to the UK. [209665]

Jim Fitzpatrick: There is no internationally agreed way to allocate to individual countries the CO2 emissions from international flights. For CO2 emissions reporting purposes, the UN framework convention on climate change requires each nation to report emissions based on aviation bunker fuel consumption, which is closely related to fuel used on departing flights.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory reports annual CO2 emissions for domestic and international aviation for the UK on this basis. The Department for Transport has no plans to measure emissions from inbound international flights to the UK, nor their monetary costs.

Aviation: Luggage

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which airports have applied to her Department for permission to relax the one bag rule since 7 January 2008; and which airports have had that permission granted. [212861]


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Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 26 June 2008]: The following airports have applied for permission to remove the one bag restriction—Aberdeen, Belfast International, Benbecula, Biggin Hill, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Blackpool, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, City of Derry, Coventry, Dundee, Durham Tees Valley, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Farnborough, Filton, Gatwick, George Best Belfast City, Glasgow, Gloucestershire, Guernsey, Hawarden, Heathrow, Humberside, Inverness, Islay, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kent International, Kirkwall, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, London City, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Newquay Cornwall, Norwich, Plymouth, Prestwick, Robin Hood, Southampton, Southend, Stansted, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree, Warton and Wick. Applications from two airports, Liverpool John Lennon and Luton, are still under consideration.

Biofuels

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 30W, on biofuels, when the Renewable Fuels Agency will be reporting on the adequacy of information contained in the sustainability reports submitted by the 16 June deadline. [213582]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Renewable Fuels Agency (RFA) is currently considering its reporting strategy, including the content and timing of reports, in liaison with stakeholders. The RFA has a statutory duty under section 14 of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations
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Order 2007 (SI 3072) to report annually to Parliament on this and other matters. In addition, the Secretary of State for Transport has asked for quarterly reports from the RFA on the sustainability of the biofuels used under the RTFO. The first of these quarterly reports is due to be submitted in the early autumn.

Cycling: Greater London

Joan Ryan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which London boroughs operate a cycle to work scheme. [213804]

Ms Rosie Winterton: We do not collect this information centrally. Neither local authorities, nor private industry companies are required to register their cycle to work scheme with this Department.

I understand from Transport for London that 15 of the 33 London councils promote the cycle to work scheme as a measure within their travel plans.

Departmental Buildings

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value of the property held by (a) her Department and (b) associated public bodies was at the most recent date for which figures are available. [212882]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The net book value of property held by the Department and its associated bodies is provided in the following table:

Total (£000) Date

(a)

Department for Transport, comprising the following organisational units(1):

£2,209,180

31 March 2007

Central Department

Executive Agency

Highways Agency

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Government Car and Despatch Agency

Vehicle Certification Agency

Advisory Bodies

Commission for Integrated Transport

Disabled Persons' Transport Advisory Committee

Tribunals

Traffic Commissioners and Licensing Authorities (Traffic Areas)

Driving Standards Agency

£29,231

31 March 2007

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

£15,137

31 March 2007

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

£92,788

31 March 2007

(b)

British Transport Police Authority

£9,152

31 March 2006

Northern Lighthouse Board

£17,159

31 March 2007

Trinity House Lighthouse Service

£15,900

31 March 2007

Passenger Focus

£219

31 March 2007

(1 )Not possible to disaggregate costs within the disproportionate cost limits.

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Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments were completed by her Department for a cost in excess of £0.5 million in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08 to which the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method or equivalent was applied; how many such buildings were
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assessed as (A) pass, (B) good, (C) very good and (D) excellent; and if she will make a statement. [213704]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The following table provides details of the new build projects and major refurbishments undertaken by the Department for Transport over the last three years.

Build projects BREEAM rating Major refurbishments BREEAM rating

2005-06

1

1 x very good

0

n/a

2006-07

9

8 x excellent 1 x very good

1

1 x excellent

2007-08

9

8 x excellent 1 x very good

1

1 x excellent


Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments for a cost in excess of £0.5 million were completed by her Department and its predecessor in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08. [213757]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The following table provides details of the new build projects and major refurbishments undertaken by the Department for Transport over the last three years.

Build projects Major refurbishments

2005-06

10

6

2006-07

10

5

2007-08

11

2


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