Susan Kramer: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of enacting the proposed special administration regime in the event of a major airport owner going into administration. 
Paul Clark: As part of a consultation on proposals to reform the economic regulation of airports, the Department for Transport sought views on a package of proposed measures to strengthen the financial resilience of airports. The Department is currently considering responses to the consultation and will make an appropriate assessment of special administration following analysis of those consultation responses.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport who is responsible for setting the charges for (a) the Severn Crossing, (b) the Dartford Crossing and (c) the Humber Crossing. 
Mr. Khan: For the Severn Crossing, Severn River Crossing plc is responsible for setting the toll charges. The Severn Bridge Act 1992 sets out the formula to increase toll charges in line with RPI. Under this Act the Secretary of State for Transport is required to make an Order in December each year fixing the toll amounts for the following calendar year.
For the Dartford Crossing, Le Crossing Company Ltd (who operate the tunnel) are responsible for setting the road user charge. The Secretary of State for Transport is responsible for approving this using powers under the Transport Act 2000.
For the Humber Bridge, the Humber Bridge Board is responsible for setting the toll charges. Under the Humber Bridge Act 1971, the Secretary of State for Transport is responsible for approving any proposals for toll increases submitted by the Board.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much capital funding has been allocated to the links to schools cycling programme in (a) North West Cambridgeshire constituency, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) Huntingdonshire and (d) Peterborough in each year since the inception of the programme. 
Between 2005 and March 2008, Sustrans (Sustainable Transport Charity) has on the Department for Transports behalf made available £511,531 in grants
for the Eastern region to deliver a Links to Schools programme working with local authorities. Of this amount, £170,281 has been made available to Cambridgeshire county council. More detailed information is not available without incurring disproportionate cost.
Mike Penning: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding his Department has allocated to encourage bicycle usage in (a) Hemel Hempstead, (b) Dacorum and (c) Hertfordshire in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Khan: Between 2005 and March 2008, Sustrans (the Sustainable Transport Charity) has on the Department for Transports behalf made available £782,667 in grants for local authorities in the East of England region to deliver a Links to Schools programme to encourage more children to cycle to school. Of this amount, £32,436 has been made available to Hertfordshire county council.
We have also been awarding cycle training grants to local authorities since 2006-07 to encourage cycling to school and the Links to Schools programme referred to above. The grants awarded each year to Hertfordshire county council are set out in the following table.
|Local authority cycle training grants to Hertfordshire county council|
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether consultants acting as interim managers in his Department may (a) dismiss civil servants and (b) initiate formal procedures against civil servants on the grounds of (i) poor performance, (ii) attendance and (iii) discipline. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many employees of his Department have been posted to work in offices of hon. Members of each political party in each of the last five years. 
Tim Farron: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of a third runway at Heathrow on the Governments ability to meet the requirements of EU legislation for levels of (a) nitrogen dioxide and (b) particulate matter. 
Paul Clark: Our assessment of the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM10) impacts of adding a third runway at Heathrow was set out in the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation document and the relevant technical reports, published in November 2007.
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2009, Official Report, columns 611-12W, on
Network Rail: directors, in what circumstances his Department may appoint directors to private companies. 
Chris Mole: The only circumstances where the Department for Transport may appoint directors to private companies is where something is written in law or the constitution of a company which would permit the Department to appoint a director. The Secretary of State for Transport may appoint a special director to the Board of Network Rail at his discretion.
Chris Mole: The Department for Transport regulates certain rail fares, particularly where people have little alternative to rail to make necessary journeys (such as season tickets used by commuters). Regulated fares account for in excess of 60 per cent. of all rail journeys made.
Train operators are free to apply commercial pricing to unregulated fares, which means charging higher fares at peak times when trains are full but lower fares to price-sensitive passengers in the off-peak to attract additional passengers. This helps achieve value for money in terms of both passengers carried and subsidy required.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how much revenue was taken from each charging category on each of the two Severn crossings in each of the last five years; 
Mr. Khan: Tolls are levied on the westbound carriageways only from England to Wales. The following table sets out the annual revenue on the Severn Crossing for each class of vehicle (charging category) from 2004-08:
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