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The national average personal injury accident rate for motorways in England for the last two years is 8.43 per hundred million vehicle kilometres. The corresponding accident rate for the M6 between Junctions 14 and 18 is 7.8 per hundred million vehicle kilometres, which is below the national average.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information. 
Mr. Hoon: Under the Disability Equality Duty introduced by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, the Department and its public sector bodies are required to publish and implement disability equality schemes. These are plans setting out how they will carry out the Disability Equality Duty, monitor, and report on progress. In particular this includes their arrangements for gathering information on the effect of their policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of their disabled employees, including those with mental health conditions, and making use of that information.
The Department for Transport has set out in its Disability Equality Scheme (2006-09) specific actions to meet its obligations under the Disability Equality Duty. The Department is currently reviewing its progress against these actions and intends to report publicly in 2009.
In line with the Disability Equality Duty, a report is published every three years to show: progress towards disability equality in my policy sector; and proposals for co-ordination of future work by relevant public authorities within my policy sector. These reports will show what impact, if any, policies have had on the recruitment and retention of disabled people including those with mental health condition, and set out proposals to address any gaps identified when establishing the progress made across the policy sector. The first report must be published by December 2008.
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 28 October 2008]: The most recent estimate is that 1.6 per cent. of all drivers use a motor vehicle on the road without a valid driving licence. This figure was published in a joint DfT/DEFRA/ACPO report, Roads Policing Operation V79National Driver and Vehicle Compliance Check. The report, published on 8 September 2006, was placed in the House of Commons Library and is also available at:
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year. 
Mr. Hoon: The Department for Transport publishes guidance for staff on writing in plain English. The number of documents formally submitted to the Plain English Campaign (PEC) for approval for Crystal Mark status since 2005 is given in the following table.
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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2008, Official Report, column 423W, on railways: EU law, what recent correspondence he has received from the European Commission on implementation of the First Railway Package; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Clark: The UK received a letter of formal notice dated 26 June 2008 for alleged non-conformity with the First Railway Package from the European Commission. In our reply to the Commission of 8 August 2008, the Government stated their belief that our procedures are fully consistent with Directive 2001/14/EC.
Paul Clark: The Department for Transport does not hold this information. However the Office of Rail Regulation tracks fares nationally and publishes these by sector and whether fares are regulated or unregulated. This is available from the ORR website at:
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average price of a peak rail fare from London to (a) Birmingham, (b) Manchester, (c) Newcastle, (d) Cardiff and (e) Glasgow was in each year since 1997. 
Paul Clark: The Department for Transport does not hold this information. However, the Office of Rail Regulation tracks fares nationally and publishes these by sector (long distance, South East and Regional) and by whether fares are regulated or unregulated. This is available from the ORR website at:
John Penrose: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) new carriages and (b) additional trains there will be in the South West under the Governments proposed rolling stock strategy. 
Paul Clark: The Department for Transports rolling stock plan of January 2008 stated that 52 additional Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) vehicles would be allocated to the First Great Western Franchise covering the Thames Valley and the Bristol area, the latter to receive vehicles transferred from London Midland. It noted that these plans were not prescriptive and were subject to a development process within the industry. Discussions with First Great Western are still at an early stage.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Hope Cove lifeboat is to be taken out of service on 2 November; for what reasons there was no local consultation with Marlborough parish council and others prior to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's decision to take the boats out of service; and if he will instruct the agency to defer decommissioning the boat until such local consultation has taken place. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 29 October 2008]: In the interest of the safety of the volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officer crew and those they could be called upon to rescue, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency boat at Hope Cove has been available only for use under strict operational limits. Now, with the onset of the autumn season and the associated weather conditions and sea states, although the boat will remain in Hope Cove, it is unlikely that it would be able to operate in compliance with those limits over the next few months.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what role his Department has in the co-ordination of volunteer (a) sea and (b) mountain search and rescue operations; how many such organisations are affected by his Department's co-ordination; and if he will make a statement; 
[holding answer 27 October 2008]: Responsibility for civil aeronautical and maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) policy rests with the Department for Transport. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency provides a response and co-ordination service for maritime SAR,
counter pollution and salvage. This includes the mobilisation, organisation and tasking of adequate resources, including volunteers, to an incident.
In respect of volunteer organisations co-ordinated, the MCA can call upon 3,500 Voluntary Coastguard Rescue Officers (comprising 390 Teams) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution has 4,500 lifeboat crew and 4,000 shore side staff at over 230 lifeboat stations. In addition, there are a number of small local organisations who are part of the declared facility system that can also be utilised.
While the MCA records information on the assets it tasks in any civil maritime search and rescue incident, it does not allow for easy retrieval of statistical information on the organisations involved.
The Police Service, through its command infrastructure, co-ordinates land based SAR operations. Voluntary inland Search and Rescue organisations including the mountain rescue volunteers are formed to provide SAR services on land. Operationally, each team is responsible to, and works under the aegis of a co-ordinating authority. This will normally be the police, who collate their own statistical records.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 to take account of technological developments; and if he will make a statement. 
The SI is reviewed from time to time in the light of technological and other developments, and amendments are made as necessary. A review has recently taken place and public consultation on a series of amendments, including for example new requirements regarding the fitment of retro-reflective material, concluded on 9 October. We aim to have the revised Regulations in place by 10 October 2009.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what instructions have been given to (a) the North West Leaders Forum and (b) the Highways Agency on capping costs on the Mottram-Tintwistle bypass at £270m; and what other road schemes have been similarly capped in the last 12 months. 
Paul Clark: The Highways Agency has not been instructed to cap the costs of the A57/A628 Mottram-Tintwistle Bypass scheme or any other road schemes in the last 12 months. In July 2008, the Secretary of State published new cost estimates for the Highways Agency major schemes and the range estimate for this scheme was stated to be between £223 million and £315 million, which gives a central estimate of £270 million.
This scheme, which is designated as a regional scheme, was prioritised by the North West region in the 2006 Regional Funding Allocation process. Earlier this year,
all regions were asked to review the prioritisation and affordability of their schemes and to submit their advice in early 2009 and I look forward to receiving that advice.
11. Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much capital spending was drawn down at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston in each of the last three years; and how much is planned to be drawn down in 2008-09. 
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