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Dog Fouling

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will discuss with HM Treasury methods by which local authorities could keep the proceeds of fines relating to dog fouling. [50826]

Angela Eagle: Section 4(2) of the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 currently requires local authorities to surrender the proceeds of fines relating to dog fouling to the Secretary of State. The Government will consider whether this should be changed when the next legislation opportunity presents itself.

Packaging Waste Regulations

Dr. Whitehead: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many companies registered under the terms of the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations by 1977 (a) 1 August 1997 and (b) 1 April 1998; what income was received by the Government agency in respect of companies registering in each period; and how many prosecutions there were in each period of non-registering companies. [50753]

Angela Eagle: The first deadline for registration with the Environment Agency (the "Agency") as required by the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997 was 31 August 1997 and the second 1 April 1998.

By 1 August 1997 records indicate a total of 581 businesses registered with the Agency and subsequently a total of 3,613 businesses registered for the period 31 August 1997 to 1 April 1998. Fees recovered on 1 August 1997 were £720 and subsequently increased to £1,650,600.

By 1 April 1998 records indicate a total of 2,323 businesses were registered with the Agency for the registration period 1 April 1998 to 31 March 1999 and subsequently a total of 3,376 businesses were registered by the end of June 1998. Fees recovered on 1 August 1998 were £1,497,250 and subsequently £1,482,750.

No prosecutions for non compliance have yet taken place.

Eurostar

Mrs. Brinton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 9 June 1997, Official Report, column 317, if he will estimate when Peterborough will be served by direct Eurostar services. [51148]

Ms Glenda Jackson: As my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister announced on 3 June 1998, Official Report, columns 367-84, London and Continental Railways, which are responsible for the operation of the Eurostar service, have decided to award a management contract for the service to a consortium comprising British Airways, National Express and the national railways of France and Belgium. This consortium has been asked to

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review urgently the feasibility of regional Eurostar services, and to report to the Government before the end of the year. We cannot prejudge the outcome of that report.

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if his Department's negotiations for the construction of the CTRL will be concluded before LCR's review of the feasibility of regional Eurostar services is completed. [51170]

Ms Glenda Jackson: Negotiations for the construction of the CTRL and the review of the feasibility of regional Eurostar services are being taken forward in parallel. Negotiations for the construction of the CTRL are being progressed with a view to allowing construction to start later this year. The consortium selected to operate Eurostar have been asked to review urgently the feasibility of regional services and report by the end of this year.

National Air Traffic Services

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many companies have expressed an interest in taking a stake in the National Air Traffic Services. [51182]

Ms Glenda Jackson: One organisation has so far expressed an interest.

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the names of (a) consultants and (b) legal advisers currently employed or to be employed by (i) his Department, (ii) the Civil Aviation Authority and (iii) National Air Traffic Services to provide advice on the public-private partnership for National Air Traffic Services. [51181]

Ms Glenda Jackson: The Department is in the early stages of appointing consultants and legal advisers to provide advice on the public-private partnership for National Air Traffic Services. Neither the Civil Aviation Authority nor the National Air Traffic Services currently employ consultants or legal advisers for this purpose, but are considering their need for such services.

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many additional staff have been or are planned to be employed by (a) his Department, (b) NATS and (c) the CAA to deal with the proposed public-private partnership for the National Air Traffic Services. [51215]

Ms Glenda Jackson: The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions intends to staff the work relating to the proposed public-private partnership for National Air Traffic Services from existing resources. Neither NATS nor the CAA employ or plan to employ additional staff for this work.

Airports (South-east England)

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what work (a) his Department and (b) the Civil Aviation Authority are carrying out to assess the possibility of (i) RAF Northolt and (ii) Redhill Aerodrome being used as feeder or reliever airports for Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. [51175]

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Ms Glenda Jackson: Neither my Department nor the Civil Aviation Authority are carrying out work to assess the possibility of RAF Northolt or Redhill Aerodrome being used as feeder or reliever airports for Heathrow or Gatwick.

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the working groups established by (a) his Department and (b) the Civil Aviation Authority to discuss airport capacity in the South East of England. [51190]

Ms Glenda Jackson: No working groups have been established for this purpose by either my Department or the Civil Aviation Authority in the last few years.

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what estimate he has made of when Stansted Airport will become slot constrained. [51167]

Ms Glenda Jackson: Stansted Airport Ltd. notified the Department on 7 July that in its opinion conditions are such that Stansted Airport should be fully coordinated for slot allocation purposes under Article 3 of EC Regulation 95/93 with effect from Summer 1999. The Government will consider if the airport should be so designated following consultation with airlines and other relevant organisations on a capacity analysis in accordance with the Regulation.

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what work BAA plc has carried out recently at his Department's request on a scheme for a close parallel runway at Gatwick. [51377]

Ms Glenda Jackson: BAA plc is not currently undertaking any work at the request of my Department in relation to the possibility of developing a close parallel runway at Gatwick Airport. The work which the previous Administration asked BAA to undertake into this concept following publication of the report on Runway Capacity in the South East (RUCATSE) is not yet complete. We have asked BAA to put the work on hold so that we can consider how to take this issue forward in the light of the Integrated Transport White Paper.

Transatlantic Air Service

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the transatlantic routes that are currently served only by British Airways or American Airlines services. [51198]

Ms Glenda Jackson: The UK/US routes that are served only by British Airways are:








The UK/US routes that are currently served only by American Airlines are:



    Manchester--Chicago


    Glasgow--Chicago.

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In addition to those routes London--Dallas is served by both British Airways and American Airlines, but no other airline.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what percentage of driver and vehicle records have been found to be accurate in each of the last five years. [51200]

Ms Glenda Jackson: The information is not available in the form requested. However, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has since 1994/95 been set targets for the accuracy with which it captures the data provided by its customers.

The table shows the targets and the results:

Percentage of output without error

Vehicle registration documents1994-951995-961996-971997-98
New vehicle
Target98989898
Actual98.398.498.598
Changes
Target93939697
Actual92.394.396.497
Drivers licences
Target95969798
Actual95.496.69798

These percentages apply to the 13 million registration documents and 7 million driving licenses issued annually.

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many (a) driver licence and (b) vehicle registration applications were received by the DVLA for each of the last five years. [51199]

Ms Glenda Jackson: The volumes of driver licences and vehicle registration applications received by the DVLA for each of the last five years are:

million

YearDriver licencesVehicle registrations
1993-946.413.4
1994-956.313.7
1995-966.414.3
1996-976.714.7
1997-986.815.6

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when the computer system used by the DVLA was last upgraded; and what proposals he has for future developments to it. [51172]

Ms Glenda Jackson: The DVLA drivers computer system has recently been upgraded to permit the issue of photocard licences. The vehicle system is currently being upgraded and this will be completed by the end of the year. A number of other amendments and improvements

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are in hand including ensuring that all systems are year 2000 compliant and are responsive to customer requirements.


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