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Table 1 of annex B sets out the summary of possible monetised impacts of additional capacity. It is estimated that a third runway at Heathrow would generate monetised net benefits to society of £4.4 billion-£5.2 billion.
Table 1 of Annex B sets out the summary of possible monetised impacts of additional capacity. It is estimated that a third runway at Heathrow would generate monetised net benefits to society of £4.4 to £5.2 billion.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much debt was owed by the Humber Bridge Board in each year between 1982 and 2008; and what the rate of interest charged each year was. 
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Prior to 1998, debt was due to both the Public Works Loan Board and to the Secretary of State. It has not been possible, in the time available, to establish the rates that applied in all years up to 1998, but in 1998 the effective rate was 11.62 per cent.
Under the provisions of the Humber Bridge (Debts) Order 1998, the Government agreed to repay loans outstanding with the Public Works Loan Board amounting to £62 million. Interest on the remaining loan of £359.307 million was fixed at 7.75 per cent. p.a. with interest charges being suspended on £240 million of the debt.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 894W, on motor vehicles: taxation, how many people are forecast to renew their vehicle tax (a) online and (b) at their local post office in each of the next five years. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The current forecast based on existing trends of the number of people who will pay their vehicle excise licence (tax discs) via the Post Office¬(r) or the Electronic Vehicle Licensing (EVL) facility are shown in the following table:
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research the Government has carried out on the length of time taken to clear a motorway after a collision and reopen it for traffic. 
Paul Clark: The Highways Agency has conducted research aimed at assessing and reducing the duration of incidents occurring on the strategic road network which result in temporary motorway or lane closure.
The Highways Agency has also undertaken research in collaboration with the emergency services to establish a range of typical incident timelines allowing the examination of the different phases of incident management. The outputs from this research can be found in the Highways Agency's Research Compendium published on the internet at
Paul Clark: In the period of the first round of local transport plans, from 2001-02 to 2005-06, local transport authorities implemented 86 new park and ride schemes and 112 extensions to existing park and ride schemes.
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Paul Clark: The Department for Transport has recently consulted on possible changes to bus subsidiesparticularly Bus Service Operators Grantbringing them more in line with our environmental objectives and improving services for passengers. These changes include steps to incentivise the use of fuel efficient vehicles, including low carbon buses.
[holding answer 21 October 2008]: We have no plans at present to extend the statutory minimum bus concession to all children, so there have been no formal talks with local authorities about doing so. However, local authorities can use their existing powers
to offer local concessionary travel to children and many do offer some form of concession. Such discretionary concessions are not funded centrally but by each local authority, from its own resources.
From September 2008 the Education and Inspections Act 2006 extends entitlement to free school transport for pupils entitled to free school meals or whose parents are in receipt of maximum working tax credit.
At secondary school age, pupils attending one of their three nearest schools that is between two and six miles from their home, and those attending their nearest school preferred on grounds of religion or belief between two and 15 miles, will be entitled to free school transport.
Paul Clark: The Department for Transport does not have the information requested. However, the Office of Rail Regulation collates passenger data in the National Rail Trends document, a copy of which has been placed in the House Library.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his Departments implementation of the EU First Railway package, with specific reference to the implementation of Directive 2001/14. 
Paul Clark: The UK transposed the First Railway Package, which comprised three directives (2001/12/EC, 2001/13/EC and 2001/14/EC), in November and December 2005, principally through two sets of regulations implementing the Directives for Great Britainthe Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/3049) and the Railway (Licensing of Railway Undertaking) Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/3050).
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average increase in annual rail season ticket costs has been in each year since the cap on regulated fares of RPI plus one per cent. was introduced. 
Paul Clark: The Department for Transport does not hold this information. The Office of Rail Regulation records statistics for regulated and unregulated tickets and publishes these in National Rail Trends, available at
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