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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many working days have been lost due to sickness among employees for which her Department and its predecessor were responsible for each year since 1997. 
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2008 to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet, Official Report, columns 399-400W, on departmental travel, if she will break down the spend on travel by body. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Five of the Departments seven agencies (DVLA, GCDA, HA, VOSA and MCA) do not record taxi spend separately from other travel costs, and the information could be only provided at disproportionate cost. Figures for the remaining two agencies, DFT(c) and for DFT (Rail) are included in the following table:
DSA did not record taxi costs separately before 2006, and the information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Figures for DFT(c) for 2006-07, and 2007-08 are not currently available, but we expect that they will be by the end of July.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with her European colleagues on the possibility of penalty points given to foreign drivers by UK authorities being recognised in other European countries. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: I have had discussions with my Irish and Northern Ireland colleagues. We announced on 26 June the decision of the UK and Ireland to work together towards the mutual recognition of one another's penalty points for motoring offences, including the mutual recognition of penalty points between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps have been taken to make low carbon travel a priority in (a) local transport plans, ( b) local area agreements and (c) local development frameworks. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Developing low carbon travel is becoming increasingly important at the local level. Guidance published in 2004 on the second round of Local Transport Plans (LTPs1) encouraged local transport authorities to consider measures to tackle climate change. The Local Transport Bill currently before the House includes a new duty on local authorities to have regard to the protection or improvement of the environment in developing and implementing policies to be included in local transport plans. We expect to publish draft guidance on future plans towards the end of the year.
In recently agreed local area agreements 100 local authorities have adopted a target relating to indicator NI186Per capita reduction in CO2 emissions in the LA area. The Department will work closely with authorities and other Departments concerned to help meet the agreed targets.
The Department has also supported the development of PPS1Planning and Climate Change (which supplements the main Planning Policy Statement). This was published in December 2007 and provides guidance to authorities preparing local development frameworks.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what volume of goods was transported within the UK by (a) road, (b) rail, (c) aeroplane and (d) waterway in each of the last five years. 
|Table 1: Domestic freight transport: by mode: 2002 to 2006|
|Goods lifted (million tonnes)|
|Road (GB)||Rail( 1) (GB)||Aviation( 2 ) (UK)||Total (UK)||O f which : I nland waters (UK)|
|(1 )Figures for rail are for financial years.|
(2 )Domestic cargo handled at UK airports adjusted to eliminate double counting and excluding mail and passengers luggage.
(3 )Includes coastwise traffic and one port traffic (sea dredged aggregates and traffic with offshore installations) as well as inland waterway traffic. The component of this traffic using inland waterways is shown separately.
(4 )Break in the series, increase largely due to changes in coverage
(5 )Figures from 2005 onwards include some of the tonnes lifted by GB railfreight.
Department for Transport, Office of Rail Regulation, Civil Aviation Authority
HM Revenue and Customs estimates the impact of a change in fuel duty on the distance travelled by vehicles using historic data. Other things being equal, an increase in fuel duty leads to a reduction in distance travelled, although the effect is not one-for-one because many road transport journeys are non-discretionary.
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency Search and Rescue helicopter provision is managed through a commercial contract. They expect that to be the case over the next 10 years. The contract specifies the service provision required. The physical number of helicopters to meet that service provision is a matter for the contractor.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when she informed Network Rail that they had to consider the possibility of introducing new high speed lines in the United Kingdom; 
Mr. Tom Harris: In the Towards a Sustainable Transport System document of October 2007 we proposed the generation of a broad range of options, which is why the Secretary of State invited Network Rail to begin work to develop longer-term options for the railway network in March 2008. In response to this on 23 June 2008 Network Rail announced, a strategic review of the case for new rail lines. Network Rail has developed its own remit for this work. The costs of the study will be borne by Network Rail reflecting their network planning function.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the capacity which could be created on the (a) West Coast Main Line and (b) East Coast Main Line by the formation of a new high-speed rail line in addition to the current tracks along those routes. 
Mr. Tom Harris: Any new rail line would create significant additional capacity on both new and existing lines. On 23 June 2008 Network Rail announced a strategic review of the case for new rail lines, including the additional capacity that would be created. It will consider five of Network Rails strategic routes, north and west of London: Chiltern, East Coast West Coast, Great Western and Midland Main Lines.
Mr. Tom Harris: The Secretary of State invited Network Rail to begin work to develop longer-term options for the railway network in March 2008. In response to this, on 23 June 2008 Network Rail announced a strategic review of the case for new rail lines.
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