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Mr. Scott: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what percentage of postal services provided for his Department and its agencies were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (iv) after 1 July 2009. 
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what (a) review, (b) consultations and (c) taskforces his Department is (i) responsible for and (ii) scheduled to undertake; on what date each such
initiative that is underway (A) started and (B) is expected to be completed; what the purpose is of each; and what the estimated cost of each is. 
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many driving licences were suspended following the accumulation of penalty points in each of the last five calendar years. 
Paul Clark: No such estimate has been undertaken but the Department for Transport undertakes an annual observational survey of drivers using mobile phones. The results of the most recent survey in September 2008 are summarised in the answer provided to the hon. Member by my predecessor the hon. Member for Poplar and Canning Town (Jim Fitzpatrick) on 24 March 2009, Official Report, columns 203-4W.
Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what decisions his Department has made on what technology to use to facilitate the forthcoming hard shoulder running projects. 
Chris Mole: The technology used for hard shoulder running Managed Motorway schemes will be based on standard proven technology including variable message signs (type MS4 for text and pictograms), advanced motorway indicators (type Advanced Motorway (lane) Indicator for mandatory speed limits and other signs), digital safety speed enforcement cameras and CCTV. All early schemes will use a proven fixed camera solution for monitoring the hard shoulder prior to opening. These solutions will be similar to those used for the M42 Active Traffic Management pilot.
John McDonnell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what plans he has to review his policy on airport public safety zones with particular reference to (a) their boundaries and (b) the buildings which are allowed within them; 
(5) what buildings are located in the public safety zones area to be established if a third runway at Heathrow Airport is constructed; and what the estimated cost of the compulsory purchase of these buildings by the airport operator is under existing legislation. 
Paul Clark: The Department for Transport currently has no plans to review its Public Safety Zone (PSZ) policy, which is set out in the DFT circular 1/2002 on "Control of Development in Airport Public Safety Zones".
The Department only establishes PSZs for existing airport runways. For proposed new runways it would be a matter for the airport operator-BAA in the case of Heathrow-to produce draft Public Safety Zone contours as part of any future planning application and to identify any properties that might be affected. This would then be subject to consultation as part of the normal planning process.
In relation to the decision to support a third runway at Heathrow airport, reference was made to PSZ policy both in the consultation document and in the safety section of the "Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport" impact assessment (available on the DFTwebsite at:
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has to use private goods vehicle testers in Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency in
place of the goods vehicle testing centre operated by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency. 
Paul Clark: The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has no plans to use private goods vehicle testers in Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency in place of the goods vehicle testing centre operated by the VOSA.
John Howell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of treatment by specific surface preservation treatments in reducing surface noise levels on motorways. 
Chris Mole: The Highways Agency is currently investigating a number of different surface preservation treatment processes for existing road pavements on the trunk road network. The treatments are intended to increase the service life of the pavement before the existing surface requires replacement due to surface disintegration or unacceptable reduction in skidding resistance. Investigations on the overall performance of these treatments is ongoing, to examine all aspects of their effectiveness. Initial assessment suggests that the treatments are likely to be either neutral or result in slight reductions in traffic noise levels over the lifetime of the treatment when compared with the current surfacing.
Figures for 2010-11 and beyond are subject to indexation with reference to the retail price index. In addition, these figures do not include any contracted payments in respect of the rail network in Scotland which are subject to separate arrangements between Network Rail and Scottish Ministers.
Network Rail also receives income from other sources including passenger train operators, freight operators, retail and property. It also accesses further funding via borrowing. Its total revenue requirement for England and Wales, as determined by the independent Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) is as follows:
Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of volume of mail which has been transported by (a) road, (b) rail, (c) air and (d) sea in each year since 2002. 
|UK registered road hauliers|
|Tonnes lifted (thousand)|
Only includes road goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, therefore mail carried in vans under this weight are not included.
Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport, DFT
|Tonnes set down and picked up (thousand)|
Includes mail carried on both domestic and international flights to/from UK airports.
Civil Aviation Authority
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