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Fisheries: Finance

George Hollingbery: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much fisheries-specific funding from (a) grant in aid and (b) other sources of income the Environment Agency spent on (i) committees, (ii) enforcement, (iii) licence checks, (iv) monitoring, (v) fish rearing, (vi) regulation, (vii) fish kills or rescues, (viii) improvements or improvement projects, (ix) promotion and advice and (x) each other budget heading used by the Agency (A) nationally and (B) in each region in each of the last five financial years; and how much funding it has allocated in each category for 2011-12. [61469]

Richard Benyon: The following table gives details of where funding is allocated across national and regional units in 2010-11 and the planned budget for 2011-12.

Allocation of Environment Agency fisheries funding, 2010-11 and 2011-12
£000
    2010-11 Budget 2011-12

Department Gi A Income Total Gi A Income Total

Regional

Anglian

94

2,262

2,357

131

1,949

2,080

 

Midlands

262

2,361

2,624

550

2,222

2,772

 

North East

1,454

1,513

2,967

1,700

1,100

2,800

 

North West

1,686

1,272

2,958

1,900

1,065

2,965

 

South East

389

3,467

3,856

470

2,920

3,390

 

South West

1,510

1,339

2,849

1,600

985

2,585

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Wales

4,346

2,403

6,749

4,186

3,042

7,228

 

Subtotal

9,742

14,617

24,359

10,537

13,283

23,820

               

National

Evidence

63

898

960

192

776

968

 

Communications

7

102

109

59

238

297

 

National Operations

87

186

273

134

143

277

 

Environment and Business

232

1,026

1,258

358

1,274

1,632

 

National projects

0

2,299

2,299

0

2,105

2,105

 

CSPS

15

219

234

43

173

216

 

Subtotal

405

4,729

5,134

786

4,709

5,495

               

Once only

NMES

279

673

952

177

792

969

 

National Enforcement Service

134

2,330

2,465

445

2,158

2,603

 

Legal

0

482

482

75

304

379

 

CIS

143

1,890

2,033

650

2,832

3,482

 

Fleet ops

113

334

447

89

422

511

 

Subtotal

669

5,710

6,379

1,436

6,508

7,944

               

Support

Resources

81

1,164

1,245

411

743

1,154

 

Finance

77

1,104

1,181

114

460

574

 

Procurement

5

67

71

32

130

162

 

Facilities

96

1,367

1,463

320

1,383

1,703

 

Subtotal

259

3,702

3,961

877

2,716

3,593

               

Grand total

 

11,074

28,759

39,833

13,636

27,216

40,852

The Environment Agency undertook a full analysis of Fisheries funding in 2010 to build a detailed picture of current delivery and work programme. This review showed the current method of delivery across activities, and highlighted what activities are dependent on GiA. This approach has proved valuable in planning where changes may be made in delivery.

The following table shows the split of funding across activities undertaken within the Environment Agency regions. Fish rearing budgets are held within regional fisheries improvement budgets.

Allocation of resources to Environment Agency regions for fisheries activities, 2010-11
Activity Total funding (£000) Percentage funding

Fisheries improvement projects

7,592

31

Licence checks

2,133

9

Salmon anti-poaching

3,018

12

Coarse fish enforcement

612

3

Regulation

1,399

6

Promotion and advice

4,554

19

Committees

887

4

Incidents

2,296

9

Monitoring

1,868

8

Total

24,359

 

The following table shows allocation of fisheries funding to regions by activity for the period from 2006-07 to 2009-10.

Allocation of funding to regions for fisheries activities, 2006-07 to 2009-10
£
Activity 2006 2007 2008 2009

Committees

453

733

765

807

Enforcement

3,296

4,237

4,264

4,298

Licence Checks

2,734

1,991

1,991

2,132

Monitoring

226

1,844

1,844

1,867

Regulation

948

811

811

810

Fish Kills

1,078

1,864

1,953

2,069

Improvements

5,226

4,820

5,351

5,419

Promotion and Advice

1,514

2,686

3,864

4,096

Total

15,475

18,986

20,843

21,498

George Hollingbery: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what fisheries-specific grant-in-aid her Department provided to the Environment Agency in each of the last five financial years; and how much such funding she has allocated for 2011-12. [61420]

Richard Benyon: In 2006-07 and 2007-08, DEFRA provided £5.892 million grant in aid in each year to the Environment Agency specifically for fisheries. Since 2008-09, fisheries grant in aid has been combined with the Environment Agency's other funding from DEFRA, and the Environment Agency has continued to deliver equivalent outcomes.

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George Hollingbery: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what fisheries-specific income other than grant in aid from her Department and rod licence income the Environment Agency received in each of the last five financial years; and how much such income it will receive in 2011-12. [61421]

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Richard Benyon: The following table shows the fisheries specific income other than grant in aid and rod licence income received in each of the last five financial years as well as an estimated income for 2011-12:

Fisheries related income(excluding DEFRA grant in aid, and rod licences)
£
Source of income 2006 - 07 2007 - 08 2008 - 09 2009 - 10 2010 - 11 2011 - 12 (1)

Other fishing licences

134,487

196,467

190,880

148,415

179,906

189,000

Fish sales

12,499

22,890

20,517

30,034

47,709

18,000


           

Grants—EC

124,065

105,870

11,576

20,643

159,021

843,000

Grants—beneficiaries

79,353

33,541

10,398

31,708

80,340

(2)

Grants —lottery

26,457

(2)

Grants—other

1,217

3,760

5,081

6,972

9,879

(2)

Other income—estates

24,903

19,980

33,235

10,157

44,952

(2)

Other Income—legal costs recovered

319,574

424,710

351,122

493,798

226,951

(2)

Other income—rechargeable works

8,516

25,400

25,239

66,296

91,773

(2)

Other income—provision of information

6,258

10,148

31,369

33,533

29,082

(2)

Other income-miscellaneous

229,682

541,207

445,011

487,927

273,281

(2)








Total

967,011

1,383,973

1,124,428

1,329,483

1,142,894

1,050,000

(1) Estimated (2) Indicates brace

Food

Dr Wollaston: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to support the sale and production of local food. [62157]

Mr Paice: To meet the growing demand for more food with a local and regional provenance, our food and drink producers' access to market must be improved. We are providing funding under the Rural Development Programme for England for a range of measures aimed at supporting the availability of local food, including assistance to individual food producers and retail outlets, food hubs and farmers' markets.

I welcome the fact that retailers have put in place policies aimed at increasing the availability of regional and local food on their shelves. This provides opportunities for UK farmers to capture a greater market share by becoming more competitive.

Research shows consumers are increasingly concerned about the origins of their food, and the Government are committed to clearer origin labelling to provide consumers with the information they need to make informed choices about the food they buy.

We are also committed to ensuring that food procured by Government Departments, and eventually the whole public sector, meets British or equivalent standards of production wherever this can be achieved without increasing overall costs.

Litter: Publicity

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding her Department has allocated for the Love Where You Live campaign. [61558]

Richard Benyon: ‘Love Where You Live’ is a campaign run by the charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The coalition Government provide grant funding to Keep Britain Tidy (£4 million in 2011-12) to work for improved local environmental quality, to provide advice to local and national government on all aspects of litter prevention, management and measurement. Partners from business are also making voluntary contributions to the campaign both financially and in kind.

Meat

Mr Bain: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the (a) environmental and (b) regulatory implications of the artificial cultivation of meat in laboratories. [62044]

Mr Paice: If the artificial cultivation of meat in laboratories shows signs of becoming a realistic commercial proposition, I will assess the environmental implications. Meanwhile, I have noted that a number of research teams are carrying out their own assessments.

The production of artificial meat has so far been for experimental purposes only.

The Food Standards Agency has advised that under the EU novel foods regulation, artificial meat would require pre-market evaluation and authorisation before it could be placed on the market.

National Parks

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department expects to publish its review of governance arrangements for national parks and the broads. [61610]

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Richard Benyon: We are carefully considering the proposals for change which each of the national park authorities and the broads authority submitted following the public consultation and we will give our response in due course.

Nature Conservation: Outdoor Education

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions Ministers in her Department have had with Ministers in the Department for Education on outdoor education and young people's access to the natural environment; and on what dates such discussions took place. [61556]

Richard Benyon: I have been in regular contact with ministerial colleagues across Government throughout the development of the Natural Environment White Paper, which sets out a range of measures on outdoor education and young people's access to the natural environment. DEFRA Ministers were in regular written communication with their counterparts in the Department of Education (DfE) throughout this process.

Officials are continuing to engage with DfE on this issue as part of the development of the forthcoming Government-wide rural statement and DEFRA Ministers will follow this up with DfE Ministers as part of the implementation process.

Sonae: Pollution

Mr George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints her Department and its predecessor have received about air pollution related to the Sonae factory in Kirkby in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to the public purse was of responding to each such complaint. [61239]

Richard Benyon: Departmental records show officials were aware of concerns about the Sonae particleboard manufacturing plant back to September 2005 and have discussed emissions issues with the local environmental health officers since then. Two parliamentary questions were asked in April 2007, and there was one exchange of correspondence each with the Council Leader and the right hon. Member in November 2007. There have, however, been no official complaints to the Department from members of the public on this issue.

Mr George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential effect on (a) general public health and (b) the health of the local population of air pollution related to the Sonae factory in Kirkby; and if she will estimate the cost to the NHS of treatment of any conditions attributable to such pollution. [61308]

Richard Benyon: Regulation of pollution from the Sonae particleboard manufacturing plant is the responsibility of Knowsley metropolitan borough council under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999.

DEFRA issues guidance to local authorities on what constitutes the Best Available Techniques for minimising pollution from such factories. It would be open to the council to seek guidance from the Health Protection

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Agency (HPA) on potential or actual impacts of emissions on general public health or the health of the local population. The HPA may, as a result, be aware of whether such emissions can be linked to any increase in NHS costs.

Tyres

Karen Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations govern the use of tyre bales for land engineering. [61485]

Richard Benyon: The use of waste tyre bales requires an environmental permit (or the registration of an appropriate exemption from the need for an environmental permit) under EU legislation; this is to prevent harm to human health and the environment. The EU requirements are implemented through the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

The Environment Agency (EA) is the main competent authority responsible for determining applications for environmental permits and registering exemptions. The EA must be told the location of the site where the waste tyres bales are to be used as part of the application or registration procedure. A land engineering project may require planning permission from the relevant local planning authority.

Karen Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether tyre bales used for land engineering are classified as waste for the purposes of Article 6 (1) and (2) of Directive 2008/98/EC; [61486]

(2) whether her Department has submitted an application under the provisions of Article 6 (4) of Directive 2008/98/EC for tyre bales used for land engineering to be considered as having ceased to be waste; and if she will make a statement. [61489]

Richard Benyon: Tyres that have been discarded are waste in accordance with article 3 of directive 2008/98/EC (the waste framework directive).

We have not notified a decision under the procedures of article 6(4) of directive 2008/98/EC in respect of tyre bales having ceased to be waste.

An Environment Agency and industry project is assessing the suitability of developing a quality protocol for tyre bales. A quality protocol identifies the point at which waste has been fully recovered and may be regarded as a non-waste product or material that can either be reused by business or industry, or supplied into markets without the need for waste management controls. However, further research and investigation needs to be undertaken to develop a quality protocol for tyre bales to meet the end-of-waste criteria and cease to be waste.

Waste and Resources Action Programme: Government Procurement Card

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount, (c) supplier and (d) level three or enhanced transaction entry was of each transaction undertaken by the Waste and Resources Action Programme using the Government Procurement Card in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10. [61769]

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Richard Benyon: The Waste and Resources Action Programme does not use Government Procurement Cards.

Transport

Bus Services: Finance

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on small and medium-sized bus operators of reductions to the Bus Service Operators Grant, changes to concessionary fares and reductions in county council funding. [58260]

Norman Baker: The Department for Transport has not made any assessment of the effect on small and medium-sized bus operators of reductions to Bus Service Operators Grant or reductions in county council funding.

The Department has published its impact assessment for the changes to reimbursement arrangements on its website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/closed/2010-34/ia.pdf

A copy of the Impact Assessment for the Mandatory Travel Concession (England) Regulations 2011 has been placed in the Library of each House of Parliament. Both impact assessments consider the impact of the reimbursement reforms on different sizes of bus operators.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on small and medium-sized bus companies of changes to (a) arrangements for reimbursement of concessionary fares, (b) payment method of Bus Service Operators' Grant to the administered by local authorities and passenger transport executive groups. [58764]

Norman Baker: The Department for Transport has published its impact assessment for the changes to reimbursement arrangements on its website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/closed/2010-34/ia.pdf

A copy of the Impact Assessment for the Mandatory Travel Concession (England) Regulations 2011 has been placed in the Library of each House of Parliament. Both impact assessments consider the impact of the reimbursement reforms on different sizes of bus operators.

The Department published in 2009 an impact assessment of the impact of devolution of all bus subsidy, including Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG), to local authorities which is available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/buses/busgrants/bsog/ia-bsog.pdf

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effect on bus services and fares of changes to the payment method of Bus Service Operators Grant to be administered by local authorities and passenger transport executive groups. [58768]

Norman Baker: The Department for Transport has not made an assessment of the potential effect on bus services and fares of changes to the payment method of Bus Service Operators' Grant to be administered by local authorities and passenger transport executive groups.

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The Department published in 2009 an impact assessment of the impact of devolution of all bus subsidy, including BSOG, to local authorities which is available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/buses/busgrants/bsog/ia-bsog.pdf

The Department is working with bus operators and local government to look at smarter ways of delivering bus subsidy, and are keen to see what can be developed by consensus between local authorities and operators.

Channel Tunnel Railway Line

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the number of journeys made by freight trains travelling to and from London along the High Speed One link in each year since it opened. [62192]

Mrs Villiers: The Department for Transport does not hold this information. This is a matter for HS1 Ltd.

Crossrail: Rolling Stock

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2011, Official Report, column 574W, on Crossrail: rolling stock, how many carriages are to be allocated to the Manchester to Scotland subfleet as part of the London Midland allocation of 69 vehicles. [62462]

Mrs Villiers: The 69 London Midland vehicles are diesel trains that London Midland ordered in 2007 to replace older trains within their existing fleet, and therefore have no connection with the proposed new Manchester to Scotland electric trains.

Subject to successful completion of commercial negotiations between the parties and value for money criteria being achieved, the Department expects that later this year at least 36 vehicles will be ordered for Manchester-Scotland services in combination with additional vehicles for London Midland capacity enhancement, the number of which has yet to be finalised.

Driving Offences: Insurance

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many uninsured drivers have been issued with a fixed penalty notice for the offence in each year since its introduction; and how much accrued in fixed penalty fines in each such year. [61279]

Nick Herbert: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested on the number of fixed penalty notices for vehicle insurance offences issued (and paid), from their introduction on 1 June 2003 to 2009 (latest available) is provided in the table.

The charge imposed for these fixed penalties is £200.

Fixed penalty notices issued (1) for vehicle insurance offences, England and Wales, 2003-09

Number

2003(2)

458

2004

1,463

2005

2,688

2006

6,652

2007

12,960

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2008

16,388

2009

20,045

(1) Includes only fixed penalty notices paid. (2) Offence introduced in June 2003.

Driving Tests: Bury

Mr Nuttall: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department is taking steps to enable the driving test centre in Bury, Lancashire to re-open. [62188]

Mike Penning: The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is committed to re-opening the driving test centre (DTC) at Bury. The property suffered extensive damage from flooding in late 2010.

DSA took the opportunity presented by the temporary closure to review the design and layout of the centre to improve facilities for customers and staff. However, obtaining feasibility studies, architectural and engineering plans and costings has taken longer than expected. Building works, which will be subject to a competitive tender exercise, and the planned reopening is scheduled for late 2011.

Driving: Diabetes

John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to (a) amend the rules for issuing Group 2 medical licences to drivers with insulin-dependent diabetes in line with EU Directive 2009/113/EC and (b) permit insulin-dependent diabetics to obtain a Group 2 licence where, in the opinion of a qualified medical practitioner, their condition is properly controlled and they pose no risk to themselves or other road users. [62190]

Mike Penning: Proposals to revise the medical standards for vision, epilepsy and diabetes and driving were detailed in a public consultation which closed on 28 April. The responses made are now being analysed and further input from some of those who have responded may be necessary. The outcome of this will inform our decisions on what changes, if any, are appropriate.

The medical licensing standards currently in place contribute to the UK having some of the safest roads in the world. Any decisions about changes, which may potentially relax these standards, cannot be taken lightly.

Driving: Licensing

Yasmin Qureshi: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any changes have been made to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority form D45 in the last 10 years. [62557]

Mike Penning: The form that the hon. Member may be referring to is the D46 form which was used by drivers to renew their driving licence at the age of 70. This form was amended in March 2004 when the requirement to pay a fee for this transaction was removed. It was further amended in July 2005 to include a facility to attach a photograph of the driver. At this point, the form number was amended to the D46P.

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First Capital Connect

Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has any plans to investigate the events surrounding the train failure incident involving a First Capital Connect service near Kentish Town on the evening of 26 May 2011. [61885]

Mrs Villiers: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has confirmed that it will be conducting an investigation into the incident on 26 May 2011, and in particular, looking into First Capital Connect’s response to the train failure.

Her Majesty's railway inspectorate is also carrying out an investigation in line with its regulatory role.

I await the findings of these bodies who are responsible for investigating such incidents.

High Speed Two Railway Line

Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what date his Department is using to determine the pre-blight value of properties purchased under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme; and if he will make a statement. [62185]

Mr Philip Hammond: Valuations of properties accepted for purchase under the Exceptional Hardship Scheme are made using an independent assessment by qualified valuers. The valuers use their professional knowledge and expertise to establish the unaffected realistic open market value of the property on the date that the valuation takes place (that is, what would have been the value of the property without any adverse effect arising from proposals for a high speed rail line).

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the process is for awarding tenders to companies bidding to design trains running along the proposed High Speed Two line from London to Birmingham; and which firms have (a) inquired about submitting and (b) submitted bids. [61757]

Mr Philip Hammond [holding answer 23 June 2011]: No rolling stock procurement strategy has yet been determined, no procurement process commenced, and, therefore, no bids have been received. As the Department is currently consulting the public on the principle of High Speed Two (HS2) and is yet to seek powers from Parliament, it would be inappropriate to prepare a procurement strategy at this stage. However, the Department would ensure that any future procurement is undertaken in accordance with EU treaty principles which ensure fair and open competition and thereby value for money for the taxpayer. No inquiries have been received in relation to submitting bids for the design of rolling stock for HS2.

High Speed Two: Fares

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effects of High Speed Two on fares on (a) the west coast main line and (b) other services on similar routes. [61756]

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Mr Philip Hammond [holding answer 23 June 2011]: The business case for High Speed Two (HS2) assumes that the existing fares structure would operate on both the existing lines and on HS2. Depending on the franchise or other management and operating arrangements introduced on each respective line, it would be possible that the increase in passenger capacity would apply a downward pressure on fares. The project is currently at an early stage; subject to the outcome of the current consultation, these issues would be considered in more detail as the project is developed. Failing to provide sufficient additional capacity on the west coast and other main lines would be likely to lead to an upward pressure on fares.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Scotland

Mr MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with which bodies the Maritime and Coastguard Agency holds contracts relating to accommodation and facilities management for its offices in Scotland. [62143]

Mike Penning: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) uses 163 properties in Scotland, including volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service (CRS) accommodation and radio sites. To provide contract details for all of these properties would incur disproportionate cost.

However, the MCA currently has two main contracts relating to accommodation and facilities management for its properties in Scotland. One is with the property advisors James Barr Ltd, which provides specialist advice on building management and facilities management; and the other is with Carillion Planned Maintenance for mechanical and electrical plant maintenance and support.

Mr MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the size is of the areas covered by the coastguard centre at (a) Shetland, (b) Stornoway, (c) Aberdeen, (d) Clyde and (e) Forth. [62144]

Mike Penning: The area of coverage in terms of square nautical miles of sea for each co-ordination centre is:


Area of coverage (nm (2) )

(a) Shetland

37,430

(b) Stornoway

172,560

(c) Aberdeen

20,541

(d) Clyde

84,500

(e) Forth

2,860

Motorways: Carbon Emissions

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential change in carbon emissions attributable to any increase in the national speed limit on a motorway from 70 to 80 miles per hour. [61637]

Mike Penning [holding answer 23 June 2011]: We are undertaking some preliminary analysis of the possible effects of changing the national motorway speed limit. This includes the potential change in carbon emissions.

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Olympic Games 2012: Taxis

Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on access for London taxis to designated traffic lanes during the London 2012 Olympics; and if he will make a statement. [60247]

Mrs Villiers [holding answer 16 June 2011]: Transport for London (TfL), which leads on the implementation of the Olympic Route Network (ORN), has received a number of representations on this matter since consultation began on the designation of the ORN in 2008.

The ORN is a requirement of the host nation contract between London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is considered vital to ensure that athletes, technical officials, accredited media and others working at the Games can get to their events on time. It is being designed and implemented to seek to minimise disruption in London. For example, temporary Games Lanes for official Games vehicles, and blue-light emergency vehicles on call will only be used on the busiest parts of the ORN—less than 1% of London's roads—and where there is sufficient space for other traffic.

TfL has engaged extensively with the taxi and private hire trades in the development of the ORN plans, and is currently working on information for drivers to help them make the most of the opportunities the Games offer.

Public Transport: Vandalism

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of vandalism of public transport vehicles in each of the last five years. [55319]

Norman Baker: The Department for Transport does not hold the information requested. These services are provided by a large number of different operators and costs from vandalism form part of the operating costs and will fall to individual operators. There is therefore no direct cost to the public purse.

Railways

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the Final Independent Report of the Rail Value for Money Study, whether he plans to publish a revised version of the Delivering a Sustainable Railway White Paper. [61227]

Mrs Villiers: The Department for Transport's Business Plan sets out its commitment to publish a detailed policy statement on rail by the end of November 2011.

Railways: Franchises

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department uses a model ticketing and settlement agreement in its negotiations with train operating companies on rail passenger franchise contracts. [R] [61450]

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Mrs Villiers [holding answer 22 June 2011]:The Ticketing and Settlement Agreement (TSA) is the agreement between train operating companies (TOCs) that sets out how fares are created, honoured, and sold, and how revenue is settled. The TSA preserves through ticketing and ticket inter-availability, and provides the mechanism by which ticket retailing is regulated.

Each TOC's franchise agreement with the Secretary of State, and Passenger Licence granted by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), requires it to be a party to and comply with the TSA.

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much each train operating company holding a franchise has received from the public purse in (a) subsidy and (b) other funding since May 2010. [61453]

Norman Baker [holding answer 22 June 2011]:The Department for Transport publishes all payments to train operating companies on its website as part of the Government commitment to transparency across its operations. Details are available on the Departments website at:

www.dft.gov.uk/transparency

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to reform the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to mitigate the effects on the sustainable biodiesel industry of fluctuations in certificate prices. [62529]

Norman Baker: As part of the Government's measures to address climate change, the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) ensures a growing proportion of UK road transport fuels are from sustainable renewable sources. The RTFO includes a certificate trading mechanism to increase the efficiency of compliance. The value of individual Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs) is determined by the market and depends upon the relative cost of supplying biofuel and fossil fuels. RTFCs for the obligation period 2010-11 have sold at 15p to 24p at auction. We continue to monitor the market value of RTFCs and consider that to date the RTFO has met its objective of driving a market for renewable transport fuels in the UK.

We are currently analysing responses to proposals to amend the RTFO to implement the Renewable Energy Directive. These proposals include providing additional support for biofuels derived from waste, such as biodiesel made from used cooking oil, and advanced biofuel, so long as it meets certain mandatory standards for sustainability. This would be achieved through awarding two RTFCs to each litre of such fuel supplied.

Crop-based biofuels will continue to get one RTFC per litre, as long as they meet the mandatory sustainability standard. So the proposed change will give twice the financial support to biofuels derived from waste, and advanced biofuel, as conventional biofuels, and no support to biofuels that do not meet required sustainability standards.

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Rescue Services: VAT

Andrew Bingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made in implementing a VAT exemption for mountain rescue. [62421]

Mike Penning: I refer my hon. Friend to my response to the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron) on 5 April 2011, Official Report, columns 876-77W.

Roads: Bridges

Mr Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made on the A194/A184 Whitemare Pool Bridge improvement project. [62377]

Mike Penning: Following the serious delays to these essential maintenance works, the traffic restrictions on the A184 will be lifted on 12 July, with the remainder of the works on site completed by 10 August 2011.

Salvage

Yasmin Qureshi: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Secretary of State's Representatives for Maritime Salvage and Intervention there have been since the creation of the post; and on what date the present representative was appointed. [62500]

Mike Penning: There have been two Secretary of State's representatives (SOSREP) for maritime salvage and intervention, since the creation of the post in 1999. The present SOSREP was appointed on 1 January 2008.

Trade Unions

David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any staff of his Department are entitled to work full-time on trade union activities while receiving a departmental salary. [60252]

Norman Baker: Some staff in the Department are entitled to work full-time on trade union activities and I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 17 June 2011, Official Report, column 1024W.

Transport: Finance

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to update the High Level Output Specification Statement of Public Funds Available process to include those objectives specified in his Department's business plan. [61267]

Mrs Villiers: The High Level Output Specification and the Statement of Funds will reflect the objectives specified in the Department for Transport's business plan.

Justice

Angling: Licensing

George Hollingbery: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each region were prosecuted for not being in possession of a rod licence in each of

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the last five financial years; what the total monetary value of fines issued in respect of such prosecutions was in each year; and how much was recovered in payment of fines in each year. [61471]

Richard Benyon: I have been asked to reply.

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The following tables show the total number of prosecutions, fines given, and total costs awarded for rod licence evasion in the past five financial years. The courts award costs to the Environment Agency. The fines given go to the Treasury.

  Number  
Region Prosecutions Fines Costs (£)

Anglian

2,607

214,048

182,271

North East

3,122

250,856

236,358

North West

2,618

215,570

198,514

Midlands

2,334

197,953

177,089

Thames

4,755

422,629

340,720

South West

994

89,589

70,776

Wales

1,122

104,050

82,384

Southern

1,771

161,539

126,373

Total

19,323

1,656,234

1,414,485

Total prosecutions by region for the last five years
  Number  
Region Prosecutions Fines Costs (£)

Anglian

2,607

214,048

182,271

North East

3,122

250,856

236,358

North West

2,618

215,570

198,514

Midlands

2,334

197,953

177,089

Thames

4,755

422,629

340,720

South West

994

89,589

70,776

Wales

1,122

104,050

82,384

Southern

1,771

161,539

126,373

Total

19,323

1,656,234

1,414,485

Total prosecutions by r egion, from 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2010 inclusive
Region (Prosecutions) 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 Total

Anglian

700

681

484

465

277

2,607

North East

596

693

515

739

579

3,122

North West

506

691

564

426

431

2,618

Midlands

383

558

596

374

423

2,334

Thames

1,011

1,157

1,186

857

544

4,755

South West

320

297

219

117

41

994

Wales

265

233

273

246

105

1,122

Southern

475

459

344

272

221

1,771

Total

4,256

4,769

4,181

3,496

2,621

19,323

Region (Fines) 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-44 Total

Anglian

47,247

50,783

44,225

43,968

27,825

214,048

North East

31,085

40,366

44,959

74,887

59,559

250,856

North West

32,063

46,155

49,599

43,029

44,724

215,570

Midlands

26,059

40,976

47,807

36,904

46,207

197,953

Thames

76,805

86,945

113,088

87,858

57,933

422,629

South West

25,184

24,267

21,169

15,534

3,435

89,589

Wales

22,280

22,004

26,519

23,808

9,439

104,050

Southern

37,781

35,774

35,693

28,262

24,029

161,539

Total

298,504

347,270

383,059

354,250

273,151

1,656,234

Region (Costs) 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 Total

Anglian

42,429

43,049

34,215

33,061

29,517

182,271

North East

36,126

45,429

34,740

54,563

65,500

236,358

North West

31,611

46,423

40,664

29,794

50,022

198,514

Midlands

24,485

37,333

40,817

26,601

47,853

177,089

Thames

63,615

75,905

81,296

59,779

60,125

340,720

South West

24,675

18,463

15,085

8,165

4,388

70,776

Wales

16,915

16,390

20,309

16,630

12,140

82,384

Southern

29,800

30,125

24,172

19,051

23,225

126,373

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Total

269,656

313,117

291,298

247,644

292,770

1,414,485

Convictions

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for offences of (a) burglary, (b) sexual assault, (c) grievous bodily harm, (d) manslaughter, (e) attempted murder, (f) forgery, (g) fraud, (h) theft of a motor vehicle, (i) theft from a person, (j) robbery, (k) sexual activity with a child under 16, (l) sexual activity with a child under 13, (m) sexual assault of a female, (n) rape of a female, (o) sexual assault of a male, (p) rape of a male, (q) child abduction, (r) abandoning children, (s) cruelty or neglect of children, (t) wounding or other acts endangering life, (u) causing death by aggravated vehicle taking, (v) causing death by driving, unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers, (w) causing death of a child or vulnerable person, (x) causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink and drugs, (y) manslaughter due to diminished responsibility, (z) causing death by reckless driving, (aa) threat or conspiracy to murder, (bb) perverting the course of justice, (cc) violent disorder, (dd) kidnapping, (ee) blackmail, (ff) intent to supply a controlled drug, (gg) possession of a controlled drug, (hh) criminal damage, (ii) arson, (jj) common assault, (kk) dangerous driving and (ll) firearms there have been in each year since 1997; and what proportion of such convictions followed a guilty plea at the first instance in each such year. [61615]

Mr Blunt: Defendants found guilty at all courts for requested offences in England and Wales, from 1997 to 2010 (latest available), can be viewed in the following tables.

Plea data for specific offences, which are only available centrally for defendants tried in the Crown court, do not identify at which stage of criminal proceedings defendants entered their plea.

Defendants found guilty at all courts for selected offences, England and Wales, 1997 to 2010

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

Burglary

31,703

30,769

29,260

26,222

24,802

26,691

25,726

Grievous bodily harm(3)

6,126

6,397

6,017

5,800

5,803

6,156

5,997

Manslaughter

244

266

234

238

262

299

244

Attempted murder

70

64

70

65

46

65

94

Forgery

7,362

7,102

6,611

5,839

5,923

5,903

6,250

Fraud

14,597

17,200

17,788

16,868

15,892

15,574

15,030

Theft of a motor vehicle

1,713

1,552

1,380

1,079

1,038

1,079

1,094

Theft from a person

5,742

5,495

5,691

5,673

6,008

6,498

6,542

Robbery offences

5,589

5,542

5,626

5,891

6,822

7,711

7,303

Sexual activity with a child under 16

199

225

189

214

214

228

248

Sexual activity with a child under 13(4)

Sexual assault of a female

2,484

2,453

2,411

2,223

2,170

2,219

2,132

Rape of a male

42

43

58

41

50

44

44

Rape of a female

573

630

594

552

517

600

626

Sexual assault on a male

479

440

457

410

347

371

335

Child abduction

40

51

71

50

59

59

82

Abandoning children

1

1

1

1

1

Cruelty or neglect of children

390

390

469

448

415

444

494

Wounding or other acts endangering life

1,864

1,775

1,622

1,531

1,595

1,699

1,675

Causing death by aggravated vehicle taking offences

7

18

7

12

14

10

13

Causing death by driving unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers(5)

Causing death of a child or vulnerable person(6)

Causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink and drugs

62

63

46

53

51

66

60

Manslaughter due to diminished responsibility

27

15

22

19

20

24

24

Causing death by reckless driving

205

203

173

193

227

228

233

Threat or conspiracy to murder

503

488

457

428

383

448

543

Perverting the course of justice

1,990

2,288

2,242

2,059

2,222

2,033

1,938

Violent disorder

796

871

785

760

668

886

819

Kidnapping

398

345

377

342

348

387

408

Blackmail

180

194

166

112

110

133

126

Intent to supply a controlled drug

5,405

5,549

5,069

4,607

4,405

4,452

4,834

Possession of a controlled drug

27,577

35,782

36,616

33,845

34,958

38,134

39,633

Criminal damage

33,678

36,055

37,380

36,790

36,044

37,786

39,528

Arson

1,582

1,393

1,380

1,436

1,500

1,493

1,485

Common assault

20,636

24,109

26,405

26,260

26,609

28,947

32,281

Dangerous driving

4,535

4,413

4,008

4,090

4,174

4,915

5,451

Firearms(7)

2,740

2,784

2,302

2,123

2,148

2,177

2,290

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Total

179,539

194,965

195,984

186,273

185,845

197,759

203,583


2004 2005 2006 2007 2008(1) 2009(2) 2010

Burglary

24,251

22,951

22,955

23,821

23,882

22,983

23,909

Grievous bodily harm(3)

6,071

5,938

5,891

6,248

6,076

6,465

6,739

Manslaughter

265

260

212

226

248

219

209

Attempted murder

96

66

79

87

93

91

89

Forgery

6,008

5,771

5,073

5,579

5,408

4,297

3,393

Fraud

14,788

14,609

14,636

15,444

15,164

16,742

17,656

Theft of a motor vehicle

992

925

945

952

923

852

812

Theft from a person

6,531

6,289

6,314

6,718

6,563

5,904

6,369

Robbery offences

7,481

7,083

8,105

8,828

8,475

8,645

8,498

Sexual activity with a child under 16

306

522

670

644

722

762

844

Sexual activity with a child under 13(4)

30

123

181

206

205

200

233

Sexual assault of a female

2,252

1,949

1,831

1,871

1,892

1,867

2,194

Rape of a male

49

68

75

82

67

65

91

Rape of a female

693

727

787

790

854

932

967

Sexual assault on a male

356

289

221

232

228

203

222

Child abduction

71

80

81

64

61

55

81

Abandoning children

2

1

1

2

Cruelty or neglect of children

541

482

488

493

586

720

710

Wounding or other acts endangering life

1,897

1,872

1,721

1,913

1,879

1,886

1,905

Causing death by aggravated vehicle taking offences

11

22

9

19

4

10

5

Causing death by driving unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers(5)

1

11

22

Causing death of a child or vulnerable person(6)

2

6

6

13

4

Causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink and drugs

62

66

65

67

46

35

41

Manslaughter due to diminished responsibility

22

21

12

21

20

8

13

Causing death by reckless driving

241

255

223

233

221

225

154

Threat or conspiracy to murder

576

600

518

470

438

420

472

Perverting the course of justice

1,959

2,054

2,055

1,855

1,861

1,797

1,871

Violent disorder

921

833

618

684

634

466

631

Kidnapping

397

375

402

396

395

427

371

Blackmail

138

139

177

138

152

176

182

Intent to supply a controlled drug

4,887

5,097

5,062

5,499

6,443

6,349

7,353

Possession of a controlled drug

27,802

27,320

28,040

31,722

38,087

41,342

43,406

Criminal damage

41,719

41,327

41,317

43,070

41,328

39,576

38,547

Arson

1,512

1,486

1,573

1,550

1,573

1,461

1,478

Common assault

38,329

44,745

49,260

52,692

52,319

52,789

55,438

Dangerous driving

5,360

4,695

4,314

4,118

3,534

3,387

3,182

Firearms(7)

2,464

2,421

2,023

2,113

2,050

1,850

1,676

Total

199,078

201,460

205,937

218,852

222,439

223,232

229,767

(1) Excludes convictions data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008. (2 )Revisions have been made to 2009 figures to account for the late receipt of a small number of court records. (3) Grievous bodily harm offences form part of the offence group of malicious wounding offences. (4) Prior to 2003, it was not possible to separately identify sexual activity with a child under 16 with sexual activity with a child under 13. (5) Offence introduced by the Road Safety Act 2006. (6) Offence introduced by the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004. (7) Includes possession, certificate related and miscellaneous firearms offences. Notes: 1. The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe. 2. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. 3. Sexual assault includes indecent assault from offences prior to the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which introduced a large number of new offences which resulted in changes in the coverage of many of the offence classes shown in this table. As a result many of the figures for 2004 onwards are not comparable with those before. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.