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Baroness Taylor of Bolton: The table below provides the actual flying hours flown by the RAF VC-10 fleet for the past 12 months and the activity currently planned for the next seven years. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
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The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Lord Adonis): The following tables provide this information for all stations in England, showing that just over half of weekday rail travellers are most likely to walk to the station at the beginning of their journey, and from the station on arrival at their destination. This information is not available for weekend travel.
Survey information and a report of findings (published March 2008) is available on the Department for Transport website at www.dft.gov.uk.
|Journey purpose by main mode used to travel to station of origin on a typical weekday1: England|
|Journey Purpose by main mode used to egress first rail station on a typical weekday1: England|
The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Lord Adonis): Passenger Focus is responsible for managing the national passenger survey (NPS). The NPS provides a network-wide picture of customers satisfaction with rail travel. Passengers opinions of train services are collected twice a year from a representative sample of passenger journeys.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 4 November (WA 45), whether allowing increased times and margins in train timetables affects the speed of railway services or the utilisation of available rail tracks. [HL6181]
Lord Adonis: Where timetables are adjusted to reflect better the time required to complete any rail journey, there may be changes in the average speeds of services, and in the way that track capacity is utilised.
From April 2008 permits came into force allowing authorities, if approved by the Secretary of State for Transport, to operate a proactive regime that requires those working in the highway to have a permit. Local authorities may require a fee for that permit, to cover the cost of operating the permit scheme. No permit schemes are yet in operation, although we are currently considering applications from Transport for London and 14 London boroughs.
Whether the penalties for businesses whose vehicles fail checks carried out by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency are sufficient to prevent accidents and safeguard the interests of compliant businesses. [HL6103]
The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Lord Adonis): The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) conducts inspections of vehicles at operators premises and at the roadside to check the roadworthiness of vehicles and that safety rules for vehicle use are complied with (including drivers hours and vehicle weight).
The GB operator licensing system provides a robust method of dealing with operators who systematically disregard the law. Problems that are found by VOSA at its checks are reported to the traffic commissioners, who are responsible for regulating GB operators. Traffic commissioners have the power to require certain undertakings from vehicle operators to provide confidence that they can operate safely. Where problems are reported the traffic commissioner has the power to issue warnings, suspend, curtail or revoke a licence.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Abuja was not specified as the visa issuing post for Equatorial Guinea citizens. Yaounde in Cameroon was, and remains, the designated post for such applications, though UKBA advises that applications may be made at our posts in Nigeria, Ghana, or indeed any full service visa post if it is more convenient.
In July 2008 the visa office in Yaounde ceased to take decisions on visa applications with this work transferred to Accra. The office in Yaounde, however, remains open for the submission of visa applications. These are collected in Yaounde along with fees and biographic and biometric data, and are couriered to Accra where the application is considered. The decisions are returned to Yaounde for handing back to the applicant.
The hub and spoke method of working is well established in the overseas visa network with the majority of posts in southern Africa, for example, already working this way. The decision to move decision-making work to Accra from Yaounde was taken in order to ensure consistency in our decision-making, to provide greater management oversight, and to achieve cost savings.
During the 12-month period to date, a worldwide total of 223 UK visa applications made by Equatorial Guinea nationals were lodged in 12 different countries. Among these, the top three were Yaounde (109), Madrid (68) and Abuja (12).
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