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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will encourage Network Rail to respond to requests for information held as if they were subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport does not collect information on the total numbers of foreign vehicles entering the United Kingdom. However quarterly figures are published on the number of road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe and these are broken down by whether the vehicles are registered in the UK or not. These figures include vehicles travelling by ferry and through the Channel tunnel and exclude traffic across the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish republic. The web link to the latest figures is:
|Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe|
|Thousands of vehicles|
|Quarter||UK registered||Foreign registered||Unknown|
Paul Clark: The Association of Train Operating Companies issued a press release citing the average fares rises for January 2009. This was published in November 2008 and is available from their website:
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to encourage Network Rail to release to the hon. Member for Lewes the information he has requested from the company in respect of trains arriving at their scheduled destination at least one minute after the scheduled arrival time but within the timescale that allows them to be classified as on time. 
Paul Clark: This is an operational matter for Network Rail as the owner and operator of the national rail network. The hon. Member should contact Network Rail's chief executive at the following address for a response to his question:
90 York Way
London, N1 9AG.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the information his Department holds on very seriously delayed and cancelled trains in the last 12 month period for which figures are available, broken down by train operating company. 
Paul Clark: The latest period for which cancellation figures are available for England and Wales is 9 December 2007 to 6 December 2008. The number of franchised passenger trains cancelled for their whole journey is given by train operating company in the following table:
|Train operating company||Number of cancellations|
The total number of trains cancelled represents 0.9 per cent. of those scheduled to operate over the period in question. This is a reduction on the equivalent period the previous year when 1.2 per cent. of scheduled services were cancelled.
The Department for Transport does not have information on very seriously delayed trains. This is collected and processed by Network Rail. The hon. Member may wish to contact the chief executive of Network Rail at the following address:
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of (a) serious and (b) fatal road accidents involved (i) foreign and (ii) UK road hauliers in the latest period for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The number and percentage of (a) serious and (b) fatal reported personal injury road accidents in 2007 involving at least one (i) foreign and (ii) UK registered heavy goods vehicle (HGV) are given in the table.
|Number of accidents|
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many reported deaths as a result of road traffic accidents there were in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each year since 1997. 
|Number of fatalities|
|Eastbourne||East Sussex( 1)|
|(1) Includes Brighton and Hove UA|
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of disabled people who used (a) the Severn Bridge and (b) the Second Severn Crossing who qualified for exemptions from tolls in the last 12 months; what estimate he has made of the level of exemptions fraudulently claimed in that period; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Clark: UK and EU Disabled Badge users are exempt from charges on the Severn bridge tolls. In 2008, it is estimated that the number of disabled badge holders passing through (a) the Severn bridge was 119,663 and (b) the Second Severn Crossing was 329,957.
Severn River Crossing plc who operate the tolls do not keep records of fraudulently claimed disabled badges, however checks on the validity of disabled badges, held by users, are made by toll collectors at toll booths.
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