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Paul Clark: There is no connection between the Governments firm commitment to Crossrailas demonstrated by the funding package announced in October 2007 and the securing of Royal Assent to the Crossrail Billand any decision about expansion of Heathrow.
|Hotel accommodation expenditure (£)|
The figures for HA comprise of the cost of accommodation booked through their central booking contract. Any additional costs of accommodation booked direct by travellers could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will provide incentives for people
wishing to register their vehicle for statutory off-road notification status to do so at post offices. 
Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the children killed or seriously injured in cars in (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006 and (d) 2007 were wearing (i) no type of restraint, (ii) an adult seat belt and (iii) an appropriate restraint. 
Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment his Department has made of levels of parental awareness of legislation on child car seats; what steps he is taking to ensure that parents are aware of the requirements of legislation on child car seats; and if he will make a statement; 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Data from October 2006 following a departmental publicity campaign showed that awareness of the legal requirements was 92 per cent. The requirements are summarised on the THINK website at www.dft.gov.uk/think and in leaflets distributed by the Department, around 700,000 of which are ordered annually. There is no specific child car seat campaign running at the moment but the topic is covered in the current THINK parents campaign.
There is no research specifically on the behaviour of parents in relation to the use of the appropriate child restraint. However, the regular surveys for the Department to observe adult seat belt wearing also include the use of child restraints, as far as is possible from roadside observation points. Results are publishedthe latest survey in October 2007 (TRL leaflet 2102) is available on-line at:
|GB percentage child restraint v. seat belt wearing: observational survey|
|Front seat passengers||Rear seat passengers|
|1 to 4 years||5 to 9 years||1 to 4 years||5 to 9 years|
|Child seat/booster||Seat belt||Child seat/booster||Seat belt||Child seat/booster||Seat belt||Child seat/booster||Seat belt|
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the proposed reduction in funding to Network Rail in respect of its engineering possessions strategy, advocated by the Office of Rail Regulation, and his policy of driving Network Rail towards a 24 hour, seven days a week service. 
As part of the Periodic Review 2008 process, Network Rail effectively bid for a certain amount of funding over and above that which was committed in the White Paper. On 30 October this year, the independent Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) published its Determination of Network Rails outputs and funding for 2009-14, concluding that the funding committed by the Government was sufficient to allow Network Rail to deliver the outputs we have specified.
The Office of Rail Regulation has set Network Rail targets to reduce the disruption to passengers from planned engineering works and to ensure that the level of disruption experienced by freight operators does not increase.
In addition, the Office or Rail Regulation has provided Network Rail with funding for £160 million of capital expenditure and £60 million of additional maintenance and renewal costs in Control Period 4 (2009-14) to help the company meet these targets. It has explained in its determination why it believes the amount Network Rail requested was overstated.
Train services from Newport are included in the Department for Transport's assessment of possible additional rolling stock for First Great Western under the Department's High Level Output Specification programme.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he has visited (a) Sipson and (b) Harmondsworth on official business since his appointment as Secretary of State for Transport; and whether he intends to visit (i) Sipson and (ii) Harmondsworth with reference to his Department's policy on Heathrow Airport; 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport uses oil price projections from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), which will in future be published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the research underpinning his assumptions on future oil prices contained in the 2003 Aviation White Paper. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The assumptions concerning future oil prices used to estimate passenger demand for the 2003 Air Transport White Paper are set out in the Air Traffic Forecasts for the United Kingdom 2000 document published by the then Department for the Environment, Transport and Regions, p. 30. This is available at:
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there have been any national programmes aimed at checking compliance with driver and vehicle requirements since Operation V79 in 2006; and what plans he has to initiate future such programmes. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: In March the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) carried out the national drivers and vehicles compliance check (Operation V79) for 2008. The report of the 2008 compliance check, which shows significantly improved levels of compliance, was published on 10 November and is available on the Department for Transport website at:
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which his Department is responsible have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Hoon: During the last 12 months (for the period August 2007 to July 2008) the Department for Transport has received fewer than five official complaints of racial abuse. Therefore the details are withheld on grounds of confidentiality.
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