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Aviation

Mark Hunter: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many premium economy tickets were purchased for flights leaving the UK in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009. [309759]

Paul Clark: The Department for Transport does not hold this information.

Aviation: Security

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has conducted a recent investigation into the practices of (a) the Slovakian authorities and (b) relevant authorities of other EU member states in placing test packets of explosives into passenger baggage for the purposes of testing airport explosive detection systems; what information his Department holds on whether such practices are in use on (i) flights to the UK and (ii) flights with UK carriers; whether the issue has been placed on the agenda of the Council of Ministers for consideration; and if he will make a statement. [310272]

Paul Clark [holding answer 11 January 2010]: European regulations on aviation security require each member state to apply a national quality control programme to monitor compliance with and ensure the effectiveness of its aviation security programme.


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The UK does not hold details of the Slovakian quality control programme nor those of other member states. The monitoring of these programmes at a Community level is undertaken by the European Commission.

Department for Transport officials have been in touch with the European Commission in respect of the recent incident in Slovakia and the Commission has indicated that it will be writing to the Slovak authorities to ask for a detailed explanation on what happened in order to determine whether further action is necessary.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Databases

Bob Russell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much was received in payments from private companies for information from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency database in each of the last five financial years; and how much he estimates will be received from such payments in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11. [309721]

Paul Clark [holding answer 11 January 2010]: The following table shows the income received from private companies for information from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's Databases.

£ million

2004-05

4.7

2005-06

6.2

2006-07

7.0

2007-08

8.1

2008-09

8.7

2009-10

9.2

(1) Estimated forecast to year end
Note:
Figures are not currently available for 2010-11

Driving under Influence

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what timetable has been set for the (a) publication of and (b) Government response to the review by Sir Peter North of proposed changes to the legislative regime for drink and drug driving. [309461]

Paul Clark: Sir Peter North has been asked to report by 31 March. The Department for Transport will then consult on his findings and will then publish the final road safety strategy. The date for publishing the report and the strategy will be decided in light of Sir Peter's findings.

Roads: Safety

Mr. Soames: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will issue guidance to local authorities on best practice in dealing with the effects of extreme weather conditions on UK roads. [310505]

Mr. Khan: The Government endorse the UK Roads Liaison Group's (UKRLG) code of practice on highways maintenance management, "Well-maintained Highways",
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which already includes recently-updated guidance on winter service and other extreme weather events. The code is available free from:

On the specific issue of managing salt distribution for keeping local roads clear, we are working with salt suppliers, the Local Government Association and the Highways Agency to prioritise the use of salt, to ensure salt reaches those most in need.

It is up to local highways authorities to decide what measures to take in response to the severe weather conditions.


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Trans-European Network Transport Programme

Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport for which (a) rail and (b) road projects his Department has bid for funds under the Trans-European Network Transport programme in each year since 1997; and how much was (i) requested and (ii) allocated in each case. [309628]

Mr. Khan [holding answer 11 January 2010]: The following tables list the projects submitted for funding from the Trans-European Network Transport (TEN-T) programme:

Rail p rojects
€ million

Title Requested Allocated

1997

Modernisation of the West Coast main line, between London and Scotland

n/a

1.6

1997

Channel Tunnel Rail Link

n/a

24

1997

Feasibility study and associated design work for the modernisation of the West Coast main line

n/a

7

1998

Channel Tunnel Rail Link

16.6

25

1998

West Coast main line

6.9

10

1998

Manchester airport interchange

11.2

0.5

1998

Luton airport-railway station-airport people mover

0.4

0.6

1999

Channel Tunnel Rail Link

35

29.5

1999

West coast main line-studies

15

13

1999

Manchester airport ground transport Interchange-phase 2

3.8

0.8

1999

London Luton airport surface access (people mover)-phase 2

0.7

0.714

1999

Birmingham airport people mover and multi-modal interchange

1.39

1.39

2000

Channel Tunnel Rail Link

40

30

2000

West Coast main line

20

16

2000

Manchester airport ground transport interchange

0.59

0.50

2001

Cross London routes study

1.2

1

2001

Feasibility study for trans-Pennine and North Wales-improved links to Manchester airport

5.0

1.5

2001

Stanstead airport-improved rail link study

3.0

0

2001

Manchester airport ground interchange

5.7

0

2001

Birmingham airport people mover and interchange

1

0

2001

East Coast main line freight (study)

1

0

2001

East Coast main line passenger study

5

0

2001

East Coast main line passenger project

5

0

2001

High speed line study

1.2

0

2002

Feasibility study for Southampton to West Coast main line (Liverpool and Manchester) gauge and capacity enhancement works for rail freight

2.5

1

2003

Southampton to WCML rail freight upgrade (study)

1

1

2003

Manchester airport ground interchange phase 3a

1.07

1.07

2003

Reconstruction of Bleach Green to Whitehead section of TENs route rail project

2.15

2.15

2004

Reading station

1.14

1

2005

Edinburgh airport rail link study

3.56

2

2005

Rail freight capacity and gauge improvement Haven Ports to South Yorkshire terminals

1.82

0

2006

Glasgow airport rail link study

3.3

1.7

2006

Edinburgh airport rail link study

3.95

0

2006

Heathrow airtrack study

1.37

0

2006

Eurotunnel-ERTMS-GSM-R study (joint bid with France)

6.63

0

2006

SMART (Solent-Midlands advancement of rail transport for freight)

8.5

0

2007

Manchester airport 3rd rail platform

2.07

1.64

2008

Ballymena-Derry: track life extension

1.58

1.58

2008

Forth replacement crossing

6.6

0

2009

Felixstowe-Nuneaton route work

14.9

9.2

2009

Birmingham New Street Gateway-improving access and capacity

2.45

0

2009

Reading station area redevelopment-for the period 2009-2010

17.39

0

2009

West Coast stations

7.46

0

2009

Manchester hub study

0.65

0

2009

Edinburgh Glasgow improvements programme (EGIP)

3.98

0

2009

Forth replacement crossing, Scotland, United Kingdom

9.3

0

2009

Reading station concourse and interchange design and planning application

0.87

0

n/a = Not available.

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