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However, the Department for Transport does make annual estimates of total road lengths and these are split into trunk and non-trunk groupings. The statistical series on road lengths was last published in Section 4 of Road Traffic Statistics: 2005. A copy of this report, published in July 2006, was placed in the House Library and it is also available at: www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/roadstraffic/traffic/rtstatistics/roadtrafficstatistics 2005int5419

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Annual figures on the number and cost of grade-separated junctions added to the trunk and non-trunk road network are not collected centrally and are therefore not available.

However, the Department for Transport does make annual estimates of total road lengths and these are split into trunk and non-trunk groupings. The statistical series on road lengths was last published in Section 4 of Road Traffic Statistics: 2005. A copy of this report, published in July 2006, was placed in the House Library and it is also available at: www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/roadstraffic/traffic/rtstatistics/roadtrafficstatistics 2005int5419



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Details of Highways Agency schemes, including junction improvements, can be found on the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk.

Royal Mail: Compensation

The Earl of Dundee asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence & Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Lord Drayson): This is a matter for the postal regulator, Postcomm, and interested parties should make representations to it.

Smoking: Nicotine Replacement

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: We have been committed to widening the take-up and accessibility of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) since the Choosing Health White Paper in 2004.

The department has made sustained efforts to identify and remove barriers to access to nicotine replacement therapies for smokers wishing to quit.

To this end, the department has worked with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and the pharmaceutical industry and has revised the licensing rules on the use of NRT. This means that young people from 12 to 18 years of age, pregnant women, people with heart, kidney or liver disease and diabetics are now instructed that they can now use NRT and get it free on prescription from the National Health Service in line with the rest of the smoking population.



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Restrictions on long-term use of NRT or in combination with smoking while trying to quit have also been relaxed.

The majority of NRT products are available from non-pharmacy outlets and work is in progress that may increase this number.

Although the best option is to quit smoking abruptly, if this is not possible, smokers may use some NRT products to cut down before stopping smoking altogether. In addition, some NRT products are also available to manage cravings in situations where smoking should be avoided such as:

where second-hand smoke may damage others, especially children, eg in enclosed spaces such as private vehicles or in the home;before surgery; andon a flight or during hospital stay.

We expect the take-up of NRT to rise significantly following 1 July when the “smoke-free” law took effect in England, as it did in Scotland when “smoke-free” was introduced there last year.

In addition, HM Treasury has reduced the VAT on NRT products from 17.5 per cent to 5 per cent for a period of one year from 1 July 2007 to encourage great use of this proven aid to successfully stopping smoking.

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government keep all taxes under review.

Trees

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): There are no plans to ensure that all urban streets with pavements have planted trees. The planting and maintenance of trees is a matter for each local and highway authority to consider in the light of local circumstances and taking account of the needs of the local environment. Local authorities are encouraged to produce tree strategies to promote the management and enhancement of the trees in their area.


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