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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles by her Department in each of the last three years. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The requested information, where recorded, is in the following table.
This excludes spend on new furnishings by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency; such costs are not recorded as specific cost categories within the accounting systems in use at these organisations and the requested data could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of overseas visits by each Minister in her Department has been since 1997. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Since 1999 the Government have published the total cost of all overseas travel by Ministers and a list of all overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500. Information for the last financial year was published on 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 1112W. Details for the financial year 2007-08 will be published before the summer recess and will include details of overseas visits undertaken by all Ministers. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code.
The Department for Transport was formed in May 2002.
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to bring forward proposals for a police trial of electric personal assistive mobility devices as part of the roadmap process to regulatory approval. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department for Transport has no plans for such trials, whether with or without police involvement.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flights were (a) cancelled and (b) delayed at Heathrow Airport as a result of the recent arrival of President Bush; and what the average time of delay was. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 30 June 2008]: We have been advised by BAA that 68 flights in total (32 arrivals and 36 departures) were cancelled on 15 and 16 June, which were the dates of the Presidents arrival and departure.
NATS have advised that they are unable to provide detailed information on the average time of delay to affected aircraft without further analysis. As this is an operational matter for NATS, I suggest the hon. Member directs his inquiry to the Chief Executive of NATS.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2008, Official Report, columns 952-53W, on Great Western Trains, whether First Great Westerns four-weekly reports on its Joint Performance Improvement Plan will be (a) published on her Departments website and (b) placed in the Library. 
Mr. Tom Harris: These documents are commercially confidential and, as a result, not able to be published.
All train operators performance can be viewed on the Network Rail website. This shows that Public Performance Measure for First Great Western in period 1 moved up to 90.6 per cent. and 89.3 per cent. in period 2 which ended 24 May, up from 87.9 per cent. in period 9, the four week period to 8 December 2007.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of flights (a) arriving at and (b) taking off from Heathrow Airport were late in each year since 1997; and what the (i) maximum and (ii) average delay in each category was in each year. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 30 June 2008]: The following tables show the percentage of flights (a) arriving at and (b) taking off from Heathrow Airport which were late in each year (1997-2007) and the average delay. Information relating to maximum delay is not available.
|Number of flights matched||Percentage late||Average delay (minutes)|
|Number of flights matched||Percentage late||Average delay (minutes)|
1. The airline industry standard for on-time departures/arrivals is within 15 minutes of the advertised time. Percentage late is therefore flights departing/arriving 15 minutes or more after the advertised time
2. n/aAverage delay data are not available prior to 2000.
CAA punctuality statistics
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of progress in planning the proposed (a) western route and (b) northern route of the M6-Heysham link road. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Lancashire county council decided to progress the northern route rather than the western route. The Department for Transport saw no grounds to depart from this conclusion. The proposed northern route was granted planning permission in February 2008. The business case is currently being assessed by DFT officials in accordance with existing guidance for major transport schemes.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will examine the introduction of a system of registration for foreign registered vehicles brought to Great Britain to prevent avoidance of (a) parking and (b) traffic offence fines; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
The Government have no plans to consider an additional registration system for the purpose of preventing avoidance of parking penalties and other civil penalties. The Government recognise
that further action needs to be taken at European level to enable more effective enforcement of civil road use contraventions and is considering how best to achieve this. The European Commission has recently published a draft Directive on Facilitating Cross Border Enforcement in the Field of Road Safety, aimed at more effective cross-border enforcement of penalties for certain criminal offences.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect on the UK car manufacturing sector of policy on cars designated for ministerial use, with particular reference to the proportion of such cars manufactured (a) in and (b) outside the UK. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government Car and Despatch Agency is responsible for providing official cars and drivers to Ministers and senior officials. It has made no assessment on the effect that its purchasing patterns have on the UK car manufacturing sector.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effects of the 2012 Olympic Games on transport around and to (a) Hampden Park Stadium, Glasgow, (b) St James Park Stadium, Newcastle, (c) Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, (d) Villa Park Stadium, Birmingham, (e) the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, (f) Weymouth and Portsmouth, (g) Broxbourne and (h) Eton Dorney in the period the Games will take place. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is responsible for planning and delivering transport for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The ODA is already working with stakeholders to develop transport strategies for venues at Weymouth and Portland, Broxbourne and Eton Dorney. There is ongoing engagement between the ODA and stakeholders at regional Olympic football stadia and detailed transport planning and strategy development will be undertaken later this year.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Minister in her Department has responsibility for non-London transport to and from the 2012 Olympic Games. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: I am the departmental Minister responsible for the Games.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice she plans to issue to national rail passengers in relation to the period of the 2012 Olympic Games. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is responsible for planning and delivering transport for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The
ODA will work with all Train Operating Companies and Network Rail to ensure that information is provided to meet the needs of all passengers during the games.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she has made of the effect on capacity of the national rail network of demand during the 2012 Olympic Games; 
(2) what assessment she has made of the effects of holding the 2012 Olympic Games on peak hour commuting journeys across the national rail network to and from London during the period of the Games. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is responsible for planning and delivering transport for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The ODAs Olympic Transport Plan, which was published in October 2007 sets out a number of infrastructure improvements to support the delivery of Games-time transport. The ODA is working with train operating companies and Network Rail on developing Olympic Service Delivery Plans based on Games-time demand forecasts provided by the ODA. These delivery plans will include transport on peak hour commuter services.
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