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Transport: Consultants

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what allocation (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency has made for consultancy fees, excluding technical transport related consultancy, in relation to (i) roads, (ii) railways and (iii) administration in 2008-09. [220614]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department does not break down its budget for consultancy into technical and non-technical transport related consultancy. The requested information could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.

For the Highways Agency, I refer the hon. Gentleman to my answer of 8 July 2008, Official Report, column 1452W, on transport: consultants.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2008, Official Report, column 1452W, on transport: consultants, what consultancy services are budgeted for by her Department in relation to (a) roads, (b) railways and (c) other matters in 2008-09. [220615]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The types of consultancy services that the Department purchases are Information Technology, Finance, Transport, Human Resources, Management Consultancy, Property Construction and Estates, Legal and some types of research. However, to provide budget information for each type of service for the current year could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Transport: Fuels

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1195-6W, on transport: fuels, if she will place in the Library copies of the most recent sensitivity analyses produced for a high oil price scenario. [218813]

Ms Rosie Winterton: [holding answer 14 July 2008]: Copies of the following reports have been placed in the Libraries of the House:

Transport: West Sussex

Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what spending her Department has provided to improve the transport infrastructure of West Sussex in the last 10 years. [219966]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Since the introduction of local transport plans in 2000, West Sussex has received around £120 million for local transport improvements and maintenance schemes on local roads, as well as approximately £23 million for local major transport schemes and supplementary funding.

Investment by the Highways Agency in smaller scale trunk road improvements has been in the order of £7 million, while further major scheme investment is currently being developed as part of the regional funding allocation, for the A27 at Chichester and the A23 at Handcross and Warninglid.

West Sussex has also benefited from new trains and associated, power supply and depot upgrades delivered as part of the Mark 1 "slam door" stock replacement programme—the total value of the investment (benefiting West Sussex and other parts of London and the south-east) is in the region of £2 billion.

Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to reduce traffic congestion in (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid Sussex. [219967]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The regional element of Towards a Sustainable Transport System (DfT's Response to Eddington) is still at the stage of identifying key challenges to be delivered post 2014. This will need to include mechanisms for, inter alia, barriers to productivity including addressing congestion and climate change.

Steps currently being taken in West Sussex to reduce traffic congestion on trunk roads include:

Operational m anagement

Infrastructure improvement (in current regional funding allocation)


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Local Transport Improvements

Traffic Management

Travelling People: St. Leonards

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department will take steps to remove the unauthorised encampment at the Avon Heath lorry park off the A31 at St. Leonards. [220807]

Mr. Tom Harris: Since learning of the unauthorised encampment at Avon Heath lorry park on 19 May 2008, the Secretary of State has followed procedures under the relevant Acts to remove the Travellers. Steps to date have included all necessary site visits and welfare reports, serving a notice to vacate on the 16 June 2008 and preparing for a court hearing which is scheduled for 21 July at Bournemouth county court.

West Coast Main Line

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the consequences for the delivery to schedule of the West Coast Main Line upgrade of any failure by Network Rail to meet each of the 25 milestones agreed with the Office of Rail Regulation, broken down by milestone. [219645]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has reviewed Network Rail's delivery plan for the West Coast Main Line and concluded that the plan is achievable, provided Network Rail robustly and diligently manages the delivery of the work against the revised programme.

In its Network Rail Monitor for 2007-08 published 5 June 2008, the ORR stated its intention to monitor 25 delivery milestones to certify that Network Rail remains on target to deliver the West Coast Main Line improvements. Two significant milestones were achieved on 5 and 29 May with the successful commissioning of new infrastructure on the Trent Valley four tracking project (Stages 1 and 3) and between Rugby and Nuneaton (Stage G).

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will provide a monthly report on progress towards the 25 milestones for the West Coast Main Line upgrade agreed between the Office of Rail Regulation and Network Rail. [219683]


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Mr. Tom Harris: The Department for Transport and Network Rail meet regularly to monitor progress on the West Coast Main Line. The 25 milestones are, however, matters between the Office of Rail Regulation and Network Rail.

Justice

Antisocial Behaviour

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions have been brought and (b) fixed penalty notices have been issued by (i) police and (ii) local authorities for (A) fly-tipping, (B) graffiti, (C) dog fouling, (D) the dropping of litter and (E) parking offences in each year since 2006. [219139]

Maria Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Jonathan Shaw) on 23 January 2008, Official Report, columns 2053-2055W.

Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.

Court proceedings data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Information held by DEFRA on fixed penalty notices for local authorities for 2007 will be available in the winter of 2008.

Bail

Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many suspects have been granted conditional bail in courts in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; [220263]

(2) how many suspects were granted bail for indictable offences in courts in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; [220264]


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(3) how many suspects granted bail in courts in England and Wales in each of the last five years were subsequently convicted and received a custodial sentence of (a) up to 12 months, (b) between 12 months and four years, (c) over four years and (d) an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection. [220265]

Mr. Straw: Data showing the number of defendants remanded on bail, for all offences including indictable offences, by all courts in England and Wales for the years 1997 to 2006 can be found in the following table. The data include those held in custody at any stage during proceedings. The bail data supplied relate to the offence at the outcome of court proceedings, which may differ from the original charged offence. These data are taken from the 'Criminal Statistics, England and Wales' publications, 1997-2006. Data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform do not distinguish between those released on conditional and unconditional bail.

The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

My Department does not collect data in a form that enables identification of the number of defendants granted bail in courts in England and Wales in each of the last five years who were subsequently convicted and received a custodial sentence of (a) up to 12 months, (b) between 12 months and four years, (c) over four years and (d) an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection.

Estimated number of persons remanded on bail at magistrates' or the Crown Court, England and Wales, 1997-2006( 1)
T housand
Total number bailed at all courts( 3, 4)
Offence group( 2) 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Indictable

383.9

393.2

373.7

390.6

387.4

376.8

357.5

369.1

331.2

316.1

Summary (other than motoring)

116.1

147.0

126.6

113.9

129.6

127.3

138.0

153.0

154.0

155.2

Summary motoring

101.5

100.0

93.4

78.6

81.8

81.4

103.3

111.0

104.7

91.1

Total

601.4

640.2

593.7

583.1

598.7

585.5

598.7

633.0

590.0

562.3

(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(2) The offence is that which the defendant is acquitted or convicted of, which may differ from the original offence the defendant was charged with.
(3) Includes those also held in custody at some stage and those failing to appear to bail.
(4) Excludes defendants reported as failing to appear to a summons although some of these cases, having been initiated by a summons may have resulted in the defendant being remanded on bail.
Notes
1: Totals may not sum due to rounding.
2: Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Source:
Court Proceedings Database.

Community Orders

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether time spent travelling to unpaid work appointments counts towards an offender’s community sentence. [220646]

Mr. Hanson: In general, offenders are expected to travel to Unpaid Work appointments in their own time. If, however, they live in a location that requires them to spend more than 30 minutes travelling in each direction, the time over 30 minutes is credited against their sentence. The total amount of time credited in this way, however, must not exceed 10 per cent. of their sentence. Once they have reported for work, any time spent travelling to, or between, work sites is counted as part of their sentence.


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Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether hours in which an offender is available to perform unpaid work but work cannot take place count towards an offender’s community sentence. [220647]

Mr. Hanson: The current normal practice is that when an offender has reported for Unpaid Work but work cannot take place, the offender is allowed to go home and is credited with one hour. This is in accordance with a recommendation from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. When it is necessary to terminate a work session early, normal practice is to credit the hours to the point at which the offender is discharged from work for the day. Guidance will be issued by the National Offender Management Service in respect of both of these points.


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