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Bob Russell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many vehicles in each category were registered with a statutory off road notification classification in each of the last three years. 
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Paul Clark: A detailed valuation study of the Government's freehold interest in motorway service areas was commissioned by the Highways Agency in April this year. This is being undertaken by property consultants with specialist sector knowledge and their report is expected in October.
Paul Clark: There are 67 Motorway Service Areas (MSA) across the Strategic Road Network in England. The Secretary of State wholly owns the freehold of 20 sites as listed. The Secretary of State has no partial ownership in any MSA.
Leicester Forest East
Paul Clark: No such assessment has been made. The Department for Transport is supportive of the objective of the recent Digital Britain report to provide ubiquitous mobile coverage throughout the transport networks. This is a commercial matter for rail franchisees and bus operators a number of whom have chosen to provide Wifi services to their customers.
James Duddridge: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how long on average elapses between the installation of an average speed camera and it becoming operational; and what percentage of such cameras installed in the last 12 months have not become fully operational within this period. 
Paul Clark: This information is not held by the Department for Transport. Since 1 April 2007 the deployment of safety cameras has been the responsibility of individual local road safety partnerships. The partnerships are entirely responsible for the installation and operation of all cameras within their area.
James Duddridge: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of (a) average and (b) fixed speed cameras installed in England and Wales on (i) motorways, (ii) A roads and (iii) B roads in the last 12 months. 
Paul Clark: The Department for Transport does not routinely assess the effectiveness of speed cameras, although the Department's guidance does recommend that speed and collision data are collected by road safety partnerships and the contribution cameras make to casualty reduction monitored and reviewed, at least annually. Cameras that operated under the National Safety Camera programme, which ended on 31 March 2007 proved to be very effective. Fatal casualties reduced by an average of 43 per cent. at fixed camera sites and killed or seriously injured casualties reduced by an average of 51 per cent. At mobile camera sites fatal casualties reduced by 42 per cent. and killed or seriously injured casualties reduced by an average of 22 per cent.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport on what occasions highways authorities have been found in breach of the duty to ensure the expeditious movement of traffic under the Traffic Management Act 2004 since the legislation came into force. 
Paul Clark: Section 20 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 enables the Department for Transport to issue an intervention notice to a local traffic authority in England, giving an opinion that the authority is failing to perform its Network Management Duty under Sections 16 and 17 of the same Act. No such intervention notices have been issued.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many resurfacing notices have been issued under the Traffic Management Act 2004 since the legislation came into force. 
Willie Rennie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of bankruptcy claims arising from the application of the provisions of section 58 of the Finance Act 2008; 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Section 58 of the Finance Act 2008 will apply to a small number of individuals who have used a highly artificial tax avoidance scheme seeking to avoid paying UK tax on their UK income.
Section 58 clarifies understanding of the law to give taxpayers certainty in completing their tax returns. It puts beyond doubt that the scheme users are chargeable to UK tax on their share of the partnership income. The Government believes its action was entirely justified and fair to the majority of taxpayers.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The ABS guarantee scheme was made available at Budget 2009, extending funding options open to banks and building societies alongside other Government support schemes, including the existing Credit Guarantee scheme. Demand for the guarantees will depend on eligible institutions' access to alternative sources of funding and demand for mortgage credit in the economy.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The announcements made in February and March set out an in-principle agreement with the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Lloyds Banking Group with regard to their participation in the Asset Protection scheme. These agreements were subject to further due diligence, negotiation on the details of the scheme terms, and state aid and shareholder approval. The final agreements remain under negotiation.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: For some people approaching state retirement age, mortgages can be an appropriate way of helping to manage their finances. The Government are determined, however, that lenders treat all customers fairly.
In 2004, the Government extended the scope of Financial Services Authority (FSA) regulation to include mortgages. The FSA's regime requires lenders to treat customers fairly, and offers consumers protection by requiring that, for example, firms satisfy themselves that a mortgage commitment is affordable.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Goldman Sachs were engaged in autumn 2007 to work for HMT on issues surrounding Northern Rock. To date, Goldman Sachs have been paid £3.8 million in respect of this contract. There are no other contracts in place with Goldman Sachs.
Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions (a) Ministers in his Department, (b) officials in his Department and (c) representatives of HM Revenue and Customs have had with (i) Members of the Scottish Parliament and (ii) the Scottish Executive on options for the replacement of council tax in Scotland with a local property tax following the publication of the Burt Review of local Government finance; and if he will make a statement 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of holiday lets in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) England which will be affected by the decision to reclassify income from holiday lets as unearned income; 
Mr. Timms: The estimated taxable profit for those who made a net profit on furnished holiday lettings was £90 million, which would be subject to taxation at the marginal rate of the taxpayer. This estimate relates to 2006-07 which is the latest year for which full data is available; estimates for the preceding year are thought to be similar. An impact assessment for the withdrawal of the furnished holiday lets concession will be published at the pre-Budget report, alongside the draft regulations. HM Revenue and Customs do not have information on the number or location of furnished holiday lettings.
Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for West Derbyshire of 21 April 2009 on Kaupthing Bank and its effect on his constituent, Mr. Stephen Nix. 
Ian Pearson: HM Revenue and Customs' policy is to follow the commercial accounts as prepared under generally accepted accounting practice (GAAP). It is normal accountancy practice as part of GAAP to draw up accounts on the accruals basis. Under this practice, credit purchased by consumers that remains unused and is not repaid is a taxable trade receipt.
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