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Stephen Hammond: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2009, Official Report, columns 611-2W, on Network Rail: directors, whether he has identified criteria on which he would consider appointing a special director to Network Rail. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the effects on his Department's priorities and plans of the re-allocation of funding announced in the White Paper, Building Britain's Future, Cm 7654; 
Andrew Stunell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding his Department has allocated for the purposes of improving public transport (a) in each local authority area in Greater Manchester and (b) in England in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Khan: The Department for Transport allocates integrated transport block funding to local transport authorities outside London for capital investment in transport. Funding is not generally ring-fenced and local authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities, including support of public transport. The following table shows funding support in Greater Manchester and England between 2005-06 and 2009-10:
|Integrated transport funding|
|(1) GMITA-Greater Manchester integrated transport authority|
Revenue expenditure on transport is generally supported through the Department for Communities and Local Government's formula grant, but the Department provides support for public transport through rural bus subsidy and special grant funding to meet the additional cost of the new, England-wide concessionary bus travel. The figures are as follows:
|Rural bus subsidy|
|Concessionary fares funding|
|Greater Manchester ITA||England|
|Major project allocations in England (£ million)( 1) *|
|(1) The England figures cover local transport authorities outside London and include funding to improve highways as well as public transport schemes.|
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department (a) is funding and (b) plans to fund any projects included in the rail Control Period Four programme. 
Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what consultation with passengers took place before the introduction of the recent changes in terms and conditions for Network Railcards. 
Consultation on any proposed changes to the terms and conditions for the Network Railcard are a matter for the participating Train Operators acting together through their industry body, the Association of Train Operating Companies.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much the Exchequer received from (a) GNER and (b) National Express East Coast in each year that each held the East Coast Main Line franchise; and what profits each reported to his Department in respect of its operation of the franchise in each such year. 
Chris Mole: Details of subsidy paid and premiums received from all Train Operating Companies are published by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) in National Rail Trends on an annual basis. This document is available in the Library of the House and on the ORR's website at:
Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what mechanisms are in place to ensure the continuity of rail services in the event of the default of a franchisee; and what estimate he has made of the cost of such provision. 
Chris Mole: Section 30 of the Railways Act 1993 (as amended by the Railways Act 2005) places a duty on the Secretary of State for Transport to ensure passenger services are maintained in the event that a franchise is not in place.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the (a) punctuality and (b) reliability of the rail service on the Wimbledon loop line (i) before and (ii) after the award of the franchise to First Capital Connect. 
Chris Mole: The Department for Transport holds information on punctuality and reliability for each train operator for routes as a whole. The service on the Wimbledon Loop is assessed as part of the Thameslink route and not broken down into specific sections.
The Public Performance Measure Moving Annual Average (PMM MAA) for performance before the start of the First Capital Connect Franchise (April 2006) was 86.2 per cent. The latest PPM MAA performance figure is 89.2 per cent. on the Thameslink route.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to Chart 5 of his Department's publication, Franchise Evaluation Process Charts, May 2008, Selection of winning bid, whether the National Express East Coast bid for the Inter City East Coast franchise awarded in 2007 had a greater than 2.5 per cent. advantage in the delivery plan score against the next best bid, after an assessment of the affordability, compliance and deliverability of the bid had been as completed. 
National Express East Coast bid for the Inter City East Coast franchise had a greater than 2.5 per cent advantage in its deliverability score over the lead risk adjusted net present value bidder. Both bids were within the risk adjusted net present value materiality threshold.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to Chart 4 of his Department's publication, Franchise Evaluation Process Charts, May 2008, categorisation of financial risk, what category of financial risk was awarded to the National Express East Coast bid financial for the Inter City East Coast franchise. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects on his Department's plans for transport schemes of the return to public ownership of the East Coast mainline franchise. 
Chris Mole: The temporary transfer of operation of the east coast main line train services to a public sector company will, in itself, have no impact on the plans for long term development of those services or other transport schemes.
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