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Written Answers

Tuesday, 10 January 2006.

Airports: Car Parking

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The following figures have been sourced from both the relevant airport master plans and the airport operators. Please note some of the figures are only approximate.
Designated Parking Spaces
AirportPlanningActualNotes
BAA Heathrow42k cap19,564 public 15,343 staff
BAA Gatwick49,000 total
BAA Stansted26,750 public
Luton8,479 public
Birmingham13,555 - Including 1,700 for staff345 for car hire companies.
LiverpoolApprox. 6,250
Manchester21,200 total, of which 5,700 staff
BristolApprox. 8,000
BAR Glasgow5,531 public 1,382 staff1,640 additional spaces recently approved by local planning authority, but not implemented as yet.
BAA Edinburgh6,400
NewcastlePlanning permission exists for a multi-storey which will add approx. a further 550 spaces6,680 spaces
East Midlands7,573 spacesSoon to increase for final figure see master plan, expected to be published in January.
Aberdeen2,020 staff,
1,853 public
Cardiff3,896 spaces730 to be added next year.
Belfast InternationalApprox. 9,000
Belfast City2,575 spacesNot incl. 300 for car hire companies.

Airports: Competition

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The economic regulation of airports in the south-east of England is a matter for the CAA, as airports regulator, and the competition authorities.

Armed Forces: Guidance to Young Recruits

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): During the recruit selection process the staffs at the Armed Forces Careers Offices (AFCO) provide comprehensive written and verbal guidance to all potential recruits, in particular those under 18 years of age and their parents, regarding their terms of service and rights to discharge. Parents/guardians of applicants aged under 18 are required to complete a formal written consent form which has to be witnessed by someone of standing in the community, before the applicant can enter service. In addition:

After arrival at HMS "Raleigh" each naval recruit is again briefed on the terms of the engagement and conditions of service. They are also required to make a declaration that they understand that they have the right to claim discharge, giving 14 days' notice, during the first six months of service, before being asked to enlist by signing the engagement form.

The Army is currently in the process of producing a publication aimed at parents/guardians which aims to answer concerns in relation to their child joining the Army. The publication is due to be available by the end of March 2006. Also, job profiles given to new recruits explain the nature of their employment group in operations.

Twice during the enquiry/application process, RAF applicants receive an RAF form which sets out the terms and conditions of enlistment, their right to terminate their service and a statement that they may be required to serve worldwide.

The Tri-Service AFCO Form 5, Application Form Information and Guidance Booklet, outlines the Armed Forces attitude towards bullying and harassment and the areas in which the service way of life differs from that of civilian society. These messages are reinforced during Armed Forces recruiting presentations which are open to applicants and their parents/guardians.
 
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Aviation Health: Contaminated Air

Lord Tyler asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The CAA has no record of an air contamination incident involving a Boeing 757 aircraft registered G-BIKI on 9 November 1998.

Lord Tyler asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) received a report regarding an incident involving a Boeing 757 aircraft registered G-BPED on 23 June 2003. The CAA's Mandatory Occurrence Report database states:

Appropriate repair procedures were initiated by the operator.

Department for Transport: Ten Year Plan

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: In December 2002 the Department for Transport published Delivering Better Transport: Progress report which outlined progress on Transport 2010: The Ten Year Plan. The department's strategy has subsequently been revised and The Future of Transport: a network for 2030 was published in July 2004.

The department's key activities and achievements over the past 12 months, taking forward the policy commitments and targets contained in the Future of Transport White Paper, are set out in the department's annual report 2005 and autumn performance report 2005. These reports are available on the DfT website.

EU: Budget

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord McKenzie of Luton: The figure of £3.9 billion for the United Kingdom's net contribution to the EC Budget in 2004–05 which was published in the Pre-Budget Report (Cm 6701) consisted of a gross contribution of £12.2 billion less abatement of £3.7 billion less public sector receipts of £4.6 billion.

Details of the breakdown of the net contribution estimates for 2005–06 to 2007–08 can be found in Table 3.2 (page 15) of the European Community Finances White Paper (Cm 6580).

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McKenzie of Luton: The United Kingdom makes its contributions to the EC Budget as a whole and not to individual programmes within it. There is, therefore, no specific UK contribution to the common agricultural policy. This contribution, together with the UK abatement and receipts from the EC Budget which are channelled through the public sector, make up the net contribution estimates which were published in the Pre-Budget Report (Cm 6701). Her Majesty's Government do not have a detailed breakdown of those receipts which are paid direct to the private sector but an estimate of their total current value can be found in paragraph 3.8 (page 13) of the European Community Finances White Paper (Cm 6580).


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