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Written Answers

Wednesday, 25 May 2005

Scotland: Application of Bills

The Earl of Mar and Kellie asked the Leader of the House:

The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos): A note summarising the likely application to Scotland of Bills announced on 17 May has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses, as referred to in the Written Ministerial Statement made by my noble friend Lord Evans of Temple Guiting, on 19 May (WS 6).

House of Lords: Select Committees

Lord Norton of Louth asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: There are no such plans.

Sudan: Arrests

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Triesman): Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, a prominent Sudanese human rights activist, was detained in Khartoum on 8 May along with two colleagues, Mr Yasir Saleem and Mr Abdallah Taha. Mr Abdallah was released without charge on 11 May. Dr Mudawi and Mr Yasir were subsequently charged under articles 53 (Espionage against the Country) and 57 (Entering and Photographing Military Areas and Works). Mr Yasir was released unharmed on 12 May. Dr Mudawi was released unharmed on 17 May.

Our embassy in Khartoum raised this case with the acting Foreign Minister on 10 May and on 14 May. We also supported representations made by the local EU Presidency on this matter. I will continue to pay close attention to this case.
 
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Parliamentary Elections: Death of a Candidate

Lord Norton of Louth asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): The Government have no plans to amend the law, which currently provides for 28 days to pass after the death of a candidate before the proceedings for the election can be commenced afresh.

Haemophilia: Recombinant Treatment

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): This is the third and final year of the recombinant roll-out programme. All haemophilia patients in England are eligible for treatment with recombinant products in this financial year. Data on the roll-out are collected by the United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors' Organisation. However, figures are not yet available on the first quarter of this financial year.

Haemophilia: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: The United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors' Organisation is currently collecting information on the number of haemophilia patients considered to be at risk. When this exercise has been completed we will be in a position to provide an estimate on the number of haemophilia patients who have been exposed to plasma products which may be implicated with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Bird Influenza

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Warner: The United Kingdom Government have ordered 14.6 million treatment courses of antiviral drugs and have been in discussion with the manufacturers to ensure that they are delivered as quickly as possible. We already have 100,000 courses of antiviral drugs and there are supplies in the National Health Service. Delivery of the stockpile will commence later this year and will be completed after an 18-month period.

Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: The way forward for the independent fund, which pays for new schemes to address alcohol misuse as set out in the voluntary social responsibility scheme for drinks producers, is currently being finalised by the Department of Health and the Home Office. There are no further details at this stage.

Crossrail Bill

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: A rigorous examination of the Crossrail business case was carried out as part of the Montague review, the results of which were published in July 2004. It was on the basis of the result of that review that Ministers announced their decision to take forward Crossrail by means of a hybrid bill.

Bus Lanes

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Our current plan is that the regulations and order, which will be made jointly by the Secretary of State for Transport and the Lord Chancellor, will come into force this summer.

EU Presidency: Transport Agenda

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: I refer my noble friend to the document entitled Draft Operational Programme of the Council for 2005 Submitted by the Incoming
 
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Luxembourg and UK Presidencies, issued as document 15503/04 on 2 December 2004 by the Council Secretariat. The specific Transport Council agenda for the UK Presidency will become clearer at the end of the current Presidency.

Road Journey Times

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Department for Transport conducts surveys of average traffic speeds on trunk roads and on roads in large urban areas. The results from these surveys are published in terms of average traffic speeds rather than average journey times.

The last three surveys of average traffic speeds on the English trunk road network show the following results by road type.
Average Traffic Speeds between 1998, 2001 and 2003 by Road Type


199820012003
mph
Motorwaysam peak52.355.055.7
Off-peak62.660.863.6
pm peak56.259.757.9
A roads—allam peak41.343.744.7
Off-peak45.546.047.3
pm peak43.344.345.0
All trunk roadsam peak46.849.450.2
Off-peak53.653.355.2
pm peak49.751.851.3




Note: These estimated average speeds relate to only parts of network covered in all three surveys.






The results from the latest surveys of average traffic speeds in English urban areas showed the following results.
Average traffic speeds between 1999–2000 and 2002 in English urban areas


1999–20002002
mph
Peak21.721.2
Off-Peak25.825.9




These statistics have been published in Traffic Speeds on English Trunk Roads: 2003, reference SB (04) 24 and Traffic Speeds in English Urban Areas: 2002, reference SB (03) 18 which are available in the Library of the House.


Note: The 2004 urban survey of traffic speeds in English urban areas is due to be published shortly.







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