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Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The Department for Transport expenditure limit (DEL) for 200203 is £8,928,473,000. Latest estimates of expenditure show that by the end of November the department had spent approximately 68 per cent of its DEL. The department is currently forecasting to spend close to budget this year.
Further to the Written Answers by Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 9 December (WA89) and 16 December (WA84), whether the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 will be amended to permit the use of flashing red lamps to the rear by cyclists, as recommended in their research into motor vehicles and pedal cycle conspicuity.[HL860]
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Research carried out for the Department for Transport concluded that flashing lamps offer no conspicuity benefits over steady lamps but they could help provide a special light characteristic that would be associated with vulnerable users. As there is currently no standard for them, the Government are currently only proposing to allow them as optional lamps to be used in conjunction with steady lamps, which are required to conform to the British Standard.
The Department for Transport is intending to carry out a public consultation exercise in early 2003 on proposals to amend the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 which would allow the use of flashing red rear lamps on pedal cycles.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The names of the Strategic Rail Authority's (SRA's) executive directors can be found in the SRA's Annual Report 200102, copies of which are in the Library of the House. It is not considered either appropriate or necessary to attach names to other posts, as all communications are handled centrally by the SRA's Parliamentary and Public Communications Team, which consults with colleagues as required.
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