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Jim Fitzpatrick: Regulation is routinely reviewed as part of the policy making process, including as part of simplifying regulation or preparing to consult on policy changes. The Department for Transport (DfT) Simplification Plan published in December 2007 lists over 80 proposals to simplify regulations. Since July 2007 DfT and its agencies have launched over 70 consultations. These cover the whole range of departmental responsibilities from local transport to aviation.
Current and closed consultations are available on the consultation page of the DfT website along with final impact assessments for policies that have an impact on business, the third sector and local government:
The revised impact assessment process, introduced from November 2007, includes a requirement to carry out a post-implementation review within three years of implementation of any policy that requires an impact assessment. Since the new format was introduced we have laid 19 impact assessments in the House Library with legislation.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to what premium Sky, digital terrestrial or cable television channels (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies subscribes; and at what yearly cost in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: At the Departments two main London HQ buildings CNN is received via Sky and Virgin Media (formerly NTL). Sky Sports is provided as an additional channel for Ministerial Drivers and is received via Sky. The total annual estimated cost in financial year 2007-08 was £9,357.
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The Department for Transport has reduced the volume of waste going to landfill in each of the last two years. Total waste arisings have fallen by 19.8 per cent. since the baseline year (2004-05) of the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate waste target. This has been as a result of the introduction of effective waste streaming programmes in the majority of the Departments main offices. Waste streaming has resulted in numerous new recycling initiatives being introduced, including CDs, plastic bottles, glass, food waste, furniture, spectacles, fluorescent tubes, cardboard, batteries, cooking oil and mobile phones. The Department has also introduced new initiatives such as duplex printing to reduce paper consumption and subsequent waste, think before you print campaigns so that only essential items are printed, and an IT re-use contract which results in old IT equipment being collected, refurbished and then externally re-used. In addition the Department has worked with its suppliers to reduce the amount of packaging associated with deliveries.
Mr. Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the revenue to be raised by her Department from the sale of (a) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) test stations and (b) the Driving Standards Agency; and if she will place in the Library a list of the (i) VOSA test stations and (ii) DSA test centres due for closure. 
[holding answer 8 July 20 08] : The VOSA has 89 test stations, 71 of which are full-time. The current net value asset of VOSAs test stations is £98,000,000. There are currently no VOSA test stations due for closure however, I refer the hon. Member to my statement to the House of 3 July 2008, Official Report, column 62WS, that stated that the principle for VOSAs testing stations in the future would be fewer but better. The aim is to quickly identify those sites for
which there is a continuing requirement and to develop more detailed and timetabled plans for these changes by the autumn.
Mr. Tom Harris: Officials in the Department for Transport meet Network Rail every four weeks to discuss rail performance and this meeting is normally chaired at ministerial level. As a key intercity route, all aspects of performance on the route are discussed.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many weekends First Great Western rescheduled trains along the Gloucester to Swindon line for all or part of the weekend in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07, (d) 2007-08 and (e) 2008. 
Chief Operating Officer
First Great Western
1 Milford Street
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department has recently announced a budget for the Freight Facilities Grant in the amount of £21 million over the next three years which should give potential applicants some assurance over the future availability of funding.
We will also shortly be running a campaign to publicise the FFG scheme to encourage more applications. A new leaflet has been produced, which will be mailshot to potential applicants and the new Freight Best Practice contract which was awarded to Faber Maunsel on 1 July 2008, will require them to market grants direct to businesses.
Mr. Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average daily volume of traffic (a) on the M3 motorway between junctions (i) 4 and 4A and (ii) 4A and 5 and (b) entering and leaving the M3 at junctions 4, 4A and 5 was in each of the last 10 years. 
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(b) Information on traffic entering and leaving the M3 at junctions 4, 4A and 5 is only available since 2005, when automatic traffic counting sites were established. The following tables show the record of average traffic flows entering and leaving junctions 4, 4A and 5 of the M3 motorway since 2005.
|Entering junction 4 London bound||Exiting junction 4 London bound||Entering junction 4 coast bound||Exiting junction 4 coast bound|
|Entering junction 4A London bound||Exiting junction 4A London bound||Entering junction 4A coast bound||Exiting junction 4A coast bound|
|Entering junction 5 London bound (Main NB 4 to 4a minus within J5)||Entering junction 5 London bound||Entering junction 5 coast bound (Main SB 5 - 6 minus within J5)||Exiting junction 5 coast bound|
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