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Roads: M25

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty’s Government:



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Lord Bassam of Brighton: The following tables show information which is readily available for the past five years, excluding times when flows would be affected by long-term road works.

The average daily volumes of traffic on the M25 (a) between junctions 26 and 27, and (b) between junctions 27 and 28 are shown in Table 1.

Table 1
YearJ26-27(A carriageway)J27-26(B carriageway)J27-28 (A carriageway)J28-27 (B carriageway)

2003

63,500

58,500

66,100

65,700

2004

64,200

64,900

64,800

2005

63,800

57,400

65,800

65,200

2006

63,100

50,600

63,100

62,200

2007

62,400

54,800

62,900

(c) Volumes of traffic entering and exiting the M25 at junction 27 are shown in Table 2 and (d) for junction 28 in Table 3.

Table 2
YearJ27 Entry (A Carriageway)J27 Entry (B Carriageway)J27 Exit (A Carriageway)J27 Exit (B Carriageway)

2003

26,600

20,000

25,900

2004

26,800

21,400

2005

26,400

21,100

23,300

2006

28,500

19,200

19,000

27,000

2007

28,800

21,500

20,100

27,000

Table 3
YearJ28 Entry (A Carriageway)J28 Entry (B Carriageway)J28 Exit (A Carriageway)J28 Exit (B Carriageway)

2003

18,500

2004

17,800

18,000

17,800

16,100

2005

19,900

18,400

19,900

15,900

2006

17,700

15,900

2007

15,500

Where data are missing, the Highways Agency will investigate other sources and any further information will be placed in the Library of the House during the Summer Recess.

Sierra Leone: Fishing

Lord Jones of Cheltenham asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: DfID currently provides financial support for the operations of the joint maritime authority, which polices the waters off Sierra Leone, and the British military forces in IMATT—the International Military Assistance Training Team—continue to provide

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capacity development through training. This national institution is at the frontline of tackling illegal fishing in Sierra Leone.

The Government of Sierra Leone will set out their priorities in a forthcoming poverty reduction strategy paper (first draft expected July 2008). Depending on the weight given to the fisheries sector, DfID may engage the Government in further support. The fisheries programme is still subject to approval and thus no funding has yet been disbursed.

On product tracking, the Government, through DfID and Defra, are working closely with major UK and European processors and retailers in the development of traceability systems for fish products entering European Union markets. We recognise that the ability to trace products from hook to fork is an effective means of ensuring fish are sourced legally and sustainably, although consideration needs to be given to ensuring that any new measures do not act unintentionally as barriers to legitimate trade for developing countries.

Suicide

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): A coroner will consider all the available evidence in determining whether a death was as a result of suicide. Where the facts surrounding a death are not clear the coroner may hold an inquest. It is normal practice for the coroner to consult the family of the deceased before reaching a decision on whether to hold an inquest.

Where an inquest is held and the cause of death is found to be suicide the finding will be recorded as “deceased died by his own act” and the medical cause of death will also be recorded. In reaching a decision on whether a death was as a result of suicide relevant factors are whether the act of the deceased was voluntary, what his or her intention was, and whether the death was in fact a consequence of his or her act.

Coroners’ findings are recorded and can be released on the authority of the coroner.

Telecommunications: Fibre-optic Ducting

Lord Taylor of Holbeach asked Her Majesty’s Government:



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Lord Bassam of Brighton: The trial installation on the A14 is to develop a new telecommunications solution for delivering transmission services to roadside devices. The trial includes investigating a range of technologies and installation practices, including new standards for cable ducting, fibre-optic cable installation, cable jointing and the use of new types of active transmission equipment. The trial aims to deliver a cost-effective telecommunications solution for the all-purpose trunk road network.

Terrorism: Proscribed Organisations

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty’s Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The UK informed EU partners of the POAC and Court of Appeal judgments, and of the courts’ view that the PMOI was not concerned in terrorism. The UK also informed the Council of the European Union when the PMOI was deproscribed on 24 June, and invited the Council to consider the implications of the UK deproscription on the current EU listing under Common Position 931/2001.

The Council has subsequently adopted a new decision (Common Position 586/2008 of 15 July), on the basis of a different national competent authority decision not associated with the UK proscription, to continue to list the PMOI. The Council has written to the PMOI, setting out in a revised statement of reasons why it has been retained on the list.

Tourism: Cruise Ships

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Baroness Vadera):

RDATotal amount spent (£k) over past five years

AWM

Nil (No Cruise liner Ports)

EEDA

Nil

EMDA

Nil

LDA

Nil

NWDA1

9,960

ONE

227

SEEDA

100

SWERDA

50

YF

Nil


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