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|Table B: Proceedings and average fines imposed at magistrates courts for the offence of driving without a licence( 1) , England and Wales 1997-2006|
|Total proceedings||Average fine (£)|
|(1.) Offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 87 (1) and (2) as amended.|
1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences is less than complete.
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.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made towards increasing rail use by 50 per cent. by 2010 as referred to in his Departments Transport Ten Year Plan of 2000; what the baseline year is against which this target is being measured; and how many passenger kilometres were travelled in each year since 2000. 
|Great Britain 2000-01 to 2007-08|
|Passenger kilometres (billions)|
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria his Department relied upon when the decision was made to redefine to 10 people standing for every 100 seats what constitutes overcrowding on the railways. 
Paul Clark [holding answer 27 October 2008]: No decision was made to redefine the Department for Transports planning criteria for train crowding. It remains unchanged from the earlier Strategic Rail Authority national criteria for crowding which, with the exception of CENTRO services before 2007, has been in place nationally since 2002.
The previous Centra standard was based on traditional compartment-style slam door trains with no designed standing space for passengers. These trains have now been replaced with modern sliding door trains.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made towards achieving the target of widening 5 per cent. of the strategic road network by 2010, as stated in the Transport 10 Year Plan of 2000 issued by his Departments predecessor; against what baseline this target is measured; and what percentage of the strategic road network was widened in each year since 2000. 
Paul Clark: The 10-year plan published in July 2000 set out a broad package of measures for improving transport. Over the 10-year period, individual projects in the Highways Agencys programme would flow from the outcome of multi modal studies and decisions taken through regional transport strategies. Although the plan gave an indicative figure for widening the strategic road network, this is not a target that the Government monitors performance against.
|Year opened to traffic||Scheme||Total scheme length ( k ilometres)|
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of car occupants killed in road deaths were in the (a) front and (b) rear seats (i) wearing and (ii) not wearing seatbelts in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 3 November 2008]: In 2007, there were a total of 1,432 car occupant fatalities in reported personal injury road accidents. Of these, 1,256 (88 per cent.) were front seat occupants and 175 (12 per cent.) were rear seat occupants.
Research reported in the published Second Review of the Government's Road Safety Strategy and Road Safety Research Report No. 76: Trends in Fatal Car-occupant Accidents, both published on 26 February 2007, estimates that about a third (34 per cent.) of fatally injured car occupants were not wearing their seatbelts. A further 50 per cent. of cases involved a fatality wearing a seatbelt and in 16 per cent. of cases seat belt use was either unknown/unrecorded or non applicable.
85 per cent. of fatalities not wearing a seat belt were driving or travelling in the front passenger seat; fatalities were not wearing seat belts in 58 per cent. of accidents involving a rear seat death.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what projections his Department has made of the level of (a) private investment in and (b) public spending on (i) the railways, (ii) roads and (iii) other forms of transport infrastructure between 2009 and 2014. 
Paul Clark: The long-term funding guideline (LTFG) for transport, announced as part of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review in October 2007, sets out indicative plans for total spending within the Department for Transports departmental expenditure limit of some £73 billion over the five years from 2009-10 to 2013-14. Of this total, some £19 billion is expected to be spent on railways (including DfTs grant contributions towards the costs of Crossrail). £19 billion is expected to be spent on roads, along with a significant proportion of a further £4 billion identified as capital funding within regional funding allocations (RFAs). The balance of the RFAs, plus the remaining £31 billion of the LTFG is planned to be spent on other transport services and infrastructure.
These figures do not include spending by Transport for London funded through its use of farebox revenues or Prudential Borrowing. The figures also exclude other local authority revenue funded through general grant (paid by CLG) and council tax, and any investment funded through Prudential Borrowing.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2008 to my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr. Davey), Official Report, column 946W, on Waterloo station, whether the train operating company operating longer trains will be required to pay proportionately greater track access charges to Network Rail. 
Paul Clark [holding answer 3 November 2008]: Train operating companies operating longer trains will be required to pay proportionately greater track access charges to Network Rail. This is due to the track access agreement variable charges being calculated by vehicle mileage.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits. 
Until recently, age requirements for appointment to the civil service were that appointees should have reached the age of 16 on or before 1 July prior to the date of appointment, and be less than 65 years of age at the date of appointment. This policy has recently been reviewed and, with effect from 1 September 2008, there is no longer an upper age limit for appointees.
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