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John Howell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what consultation arrangements will be made with regard to the Highways Agency's report into its estimates of the cost of noise barrier improvements on the M40 at Milton Common; and whether the data used in the production of the report will be published; 
(2) when the Highways Agency will publish the report requested in March 2008 by the Department of Transport on the Agency's estimates for noise barrier improvements on the M40 at Milton Common. 
Paul Clark [holding answer 13 November 2008]: The findings of the Highways Agency's study into noise barrier improvements on the M40 at Milton Common should be available by the end of December and we aim to publish them early in 2009.
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Maritime and Coastguard Agencys (MCA) current plans, activities and priorities are set out in the Agencys Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08, including its plans for 2008-09 and beyond. Current projects with defined start and end dates using project management methodology are:
Automatic Identification System (AIS) Service provision
Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR-H) Harmonisation with the Ministry of Defence
Radio Equipment Replacement
Consolidated European Reporting System (CERS) development
Seafarer Records System development
Direction Finding replacement
Security accreditation for migrating to the Public Sector network
Estate Management and maintenance.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency plans to provide a substantive response to the letters from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 30 June and 20 August 2008 on his constituent, Ms J. Wood of Great Leighs, Chelmsford. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 12 November 2008]: The Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has not received any correspondence dated 30 June or 20 August from the hon. Member on behalf of his constituent, Ms Joanne Wood. He did receive a letter dated 23 June and a reply was sent on 8 July. If the hon. Member would care to re-submit his letter of 20 August to DVLA, its content will be given full consideration and a reply provided.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department did not achieve an acceptable assessment grade in their annual report in the latest reporting year for which figures are available. 
|2007-08||Total number bottom ranked in annual report.|
|(1) The Vehicle and Operator Service (VOSA) do not have box markings within their performance management arrangements and could not provide information.|
Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents of piracy affecting UK-flagged merchant vessels his Department has been made aware of in each of the last five years. 
|Ships flagged in UK|
Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much capital has been spent on each central London overground passenger rail terminal in each year since 1997; and what the projected capital spend for each terminal is for the next five years. 
Paul Clark: I am advised that this information does not exist in the format requested. However, Network Rail has indicated that it should be able to work out the figures for the period from 2004 to 2014. The hon. Member should therefore contact Network Rails chief executive at the following address for a response to his questions.
90 York Way
London N1 9AG
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on charges to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for the use of very high frequency communications; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The issues that have been raised about the charges for the use of the very high frequency communications by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution have been brought to the attention of the appropriate authority, the Office of Communications (Ofcom). Ofcoms consultation, Applying spectrum pricing to the Maritime and Aeronautical sectors, finished at the end of last month and they will now evaluate these responses.
Mrs. Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) men and (b) women aged between 17 and 21 were killed in road traffic accidents in (i) Gateshead and (ii) Sunderland in each of the last three years. 
|Number of fatalities|
[holding answer 5 November 2008]: National legislation, brought in during 1998, requires
that all coaches and minibuses irrespective of their age, that carry groups of children aged three to 15 years on organised school trips, including dedicated home-to-school transport, are equipped with seat belts.
Since 1 October 2001, seat belts have been required to be installed in each forward and rearward facing seat in all new buses. There is derogation from these requirements for buses specifically designed for urban use with standing passengers, when used for scheduled commercial services, whether or not school children are being carried.
The decision not to require the retrospective fitting of seat belts to urban buses was taken primarily on technical grounds. A review of the design of buses and of the materials used in their construction concluded that seat belts could not be easily installed in such a way as to be effective without very significant changes being made to the vehicles construction.
Paul Clark: The Highways Agency has interrogated its Highways Agency Lands IT system (HAL), which is the tool for recording and managing all land compensation business, including financial management.
In the meantime, local authorities have powers to introduce local speed limits on their roads, and the Department for Transport issued guidance on this in August 2006, asking local authorities to review the speed limits on all of their A and B roads, and implement any necessary changes, by 2011.
All Government office regions have established committees or boards responsible for considering regional transport strategy. However not all of the regions use the term regional transport boards, and the particular arrangements vary, for example on
membership, to fit with other regional structures. There is no statutory requirement to establish a regional transport board.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Leader of the House how many hon. Members are not eligible for any additional salary granted for a Ministerial or other position in the House above the basic hon. Member's salary. 
31 Select Committee Chairmen
32 Members of the Chairmen's Panel
one Chairman of Ways and Means
two Deputy Chairs of Ways and Means
The Leader of the Opposition and the Opposition Chief Whip.
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