Mrs. Gillan: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the House of Commons Commission plans to carry on the annunciator system a feed of proceedings from the chambers of the devolved assemblies. 
Nick Harvey: It is not possible for Members to view proceedings of the devolved assemblies on the Parliamentary annunciator system as there are no broadcast links available. The proceedings can however be viewed via the internet using the following sites:
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions his Department had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the (a) new Arriva Trains Wales North to South Wales Express service and (b) merits of that service including a stop in Hereford. 
Chris Mole: This is a devolved matter for the Welsh Assembly Government. The Department for Transport has not had any detailed discussion about this service with the Welsh Assembly Government, apart from clarification of the contractual status of this service.
Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of the revised London City Airport standard instrument departure procedures on the number of aircraft flying over areas of Waltham Forest; and which areas of Waltham Forest have been affected by such changes. 
Paul Clark: London City Airport's standard instrument departure (SID) routes passed over parts of Waltham Forest before the recent changes and under the revised SIDs, still do. The Civil Aviation Authority, as the independent regulator of airspace, will assess the full impact of the changes 12 months after their introduction.
Mr. Khan: The annual percentage change in local bus fares in London was 5 per cent. in 2007-08 and 0 per cent. in 2008-09, at current prices. The equivalent figures for England were 6 per cent. in 2007-08 and 5 per cent. in 2008-09.
These statistics are derived from the bus fares index maintained by the Department for Transport and are calculated as the annual percentage increase in the average value of the relevant index across the whole financial year.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department is taking to increase internet access speeds on passenger rail services operating on the East Coast Main Line. 
Chris Mole: The franchise requirements with respect to wi-fi internet access on the East Coast route have transferred from National Express East Coast to the East Coast Main Line Company trading as East Coast. I understand that East Coast is reviewing the service that is provided.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what requirements his Department makes of cars registered abroad to have (a) road tax and (b) insurance when being driven on UK roads; and if he will make a statement. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has for future operational arrangements for the two rail franchises currently held by National Express; and if he will make a statement. 
Chris Mole [holding answer 30 November 2009]: I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Transport on 26 November 2009, Official Report, column 100WS.
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he plans to create a dual track railway line on the North Cotswold Line between Ledbury and Hereford; and if he will make a statement. 
Chris Mole: There are no Government plans at present for re-doubling the North Cotswolds Line between Ledbury and Hereford, although Network Rail is currently reviewing the requirements of the line as part of its West Midlands Route Utilisation Strategy. The outcome from this and other route utilisation strategies will guide rail investment from 2014.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) on how many occasions trains or rolling stock used on the Norwich to London railway line failed routine safety inspections in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 to date; 
(2) how many instances have been identified of employees (a) operating vehicles and (b) managing infrastructure on the Norwich to London railway line without the appropriate safety certificate or authorisation during (i) 2007, (ii) 2008 and (iii) 2009 to date; 
Chris Mole: The Department for Transport does not hold the information requested. The Office of Rail Regulation is responsible for safety regulation. The hon. Member may wish to contact the Office of Rail Regulation at the following address for such information:
Office of Rail Regulation
1 Kemble Street
Dan Rogerson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will bring forward measures to amend the terms of the CrossCountry franchise agreement to include a requirement for the train operating company to provide catering facilities between Penzance and Plymouth. 
Chris Mole: The obligations upon CrossCountry to provide catering between defined points on its network were based upon market research conducted by the successful bidder (Arriva). The Department for Transport has no plans to amend the terms of the Franchise Agreement to include a requirement to provide catering facilities between Penzance and Plymouth.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what projects his Department plans to fund from the Transport Innovation Fund in Tyne and Wear as a result of the work of the Tyne and Wear People in Motion Partnership. 
There are also two statutory instruments relating to regulations for penalty fares: the Railways (Penalty Fares) Regulations 1994 (Statutory Instrument 1994 No. 576) and the Railways (Penalty Fares) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 1095).
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Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the fuel consumption of the proposed bi-mode Intercity Express train per mile when running (a) under the wires and (b) on diesel; and what percentage of fuel consumed when running under the wires will be attributable to the transportation of the vehicle itself. 
Chris Mole: Based on "flat out"(1) running, the fuel consumption of a 10-car bi-mode Super Express train is approximately (a) 30 kWh per mile when on an electric-powered journey from London to Edinburgh (same as for the bi-mode train running on electric) and (b) 7.3 litres per mile when on a diesel-powered journey from Edinburgh to Aberdeen.
When either a bi-mode train or an electric train is running London to Edinburgh, the percentage of power attributable to transportation of the train is estimated to be approximately 80-90 per cent., with the remainder providing power to air conditioning, lighting and other onboard 'hotel' services. This proportion will vary depending on the route being operated, dwell times, turn around times, etc.
(1) Reflecting maximum acceleration and braking, and station stops (zero dwell times).
John Penrose: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of progress on the West of England Partnership's Weston Package bid; and when he expects it to be granted programme entry. 
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