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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving public service vehicles and minibuses carrying school children there were in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The numbers of reported personal injury road accidents involving at least one school pupil casualty on their way to or from school on a public service vehicle or minibus in Scotland and Wales in 2003 to 2007 are given in the table.
It is not possible to identify the number of accidents involving vehicles carrying school pupils where there was no school pupil casualty. The Department does not hold road accident data for Northern Ireland. This is the responsibility of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
Bill Etherington: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish business cases submitted by the Nexus PTE in the last two years in respect of the future of the Tyne and Wear Metro. 
Bill Etherington: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made in respect of value for money for the future of the Tyne and Wear Metro in respect of (a) keeping the Metro as an integrated railway and (b) separating train and station operations from infrastructure maintenance and renewals. 
The Department for Transport believes that the funding it intends to provide for the renewal of major capital assets on the Tyne and Wear Metro represents value for money as a capital investment. The Department believes that this value for money is most likely to be secured by retaining the capital infrastructure of the system within public ownership and under the direct control of Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive. However the Department believes that a market test, such as Nexus are intending to undertake, for the running of train services and station
operations, should provide an effective way to secure best value for money in the ongoing operation of the system.
Paul Clark: The Department for Transport announced, on 31 July 2008, its intention to provide funding to Nexus (the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive) to support a programme of asset renewal on the Tyne and Wear Metro and the continued operation of the system until 2019.
The funding was approved on the basis of Nexus' procurement plans, which involved a proposal to tender for the operation of the system. Final approval of the funding will be considered only once the tender process has been completed to the Department's satisfaction.
James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been raised by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency from the sale and auction of registration marks in each of the last four years. 
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Mr. Kevan Jones: Since January 2006 a total of 138 UK service personnel have been seriously injured or wounded and 470 have been admitted to field hospital as wounded in action in Afghanistan. A further 1,289 were admitted to a field hospital with disease or non-battle injuries over the same period. The following table provides a breakdown by year and month of these figures.
|Number of UK troops wounded in Afghanistan( 1,2,3,4,5,6,7) 1 January 2006 to 15 September 2008|
|Casualties (excluding natural causes)( 8)||Field hospital admissions( 9)|
|Month||Total||Very seriously injured or wounded||Seriously injured or wounded||Total||Wounded in action||Disease or non battle injury|
|(1) These data are provisional and subject to change.|
(2) The admissions data contain UK personnel admitted to any field hospital, whether operated by UK or Coalition Medical Facilities.
(3) The personnel listed as VSI or SI may also appear in the UK field hospital admissions and Aeromed Evacuations data.
(4) The 2006 disease or non battle injury figures are non battle injuries only until 27 October, disease is included from 28 October to be consistent with Op Telic reporting.
(5) 2006 field hospital admissions data starts 1 March 2006.
(6) The VSI and SI injury data includes records classified as other causes. This classification is used when there is insufficient information to attribute a casualty to injury or natural cause.
(7) The 2006 data may include civilians, service numbers were not provided until the end of 2006.
(8) Source: NOTICAS
(9) Source: UK and Coalition Medical Facilities
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