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Globemaster Aircraft

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department is of leasing the four C-17 Globemaster aircraft from the US; and what estimate he has made of the cost of purchasing the aircraft. [149595]

Dr. Moonie: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Short Money

Mr. Peter Bradley: To ask the President of the Council what evidence has been (a) sought from and (b) produced by the Conservative party and its auditors to show that the Short money which they have received has been used exclusively for its prescribed purpose. [147801]

Mrs. Beckett: Parties in receipt of Short money have to provide an independent auditor's certificate to show that it has been incurred exclusively in relation to the Party's parliamentary business. I understand the Conservative party has submitted such a certificate.

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Explanatory Notes (Legislation)

Mr. William Ross: To ask the President of the Council when the explanatory notes for the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000, the Disqualifications Act 2000, and the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 will be available in the Vote Office; and if she will ensure that the explanatory notes will be available with future Acts at the same time that those Acts are published. [144132]

Mrs. Beckett [holding answer 8 January 2001]: All Departments have been reminded of the importance of ensuring that the Explanatory Notes to Acts are produced at the appropriate time. Because of the need to ensure that these accurately reflect the Act as passed it may, however, not always be possible to ensure that this is simultaneous with the Act. In the case of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, many amendments were made during its final stages and as a consequence it has taken time to ensure that the Explanatory Notes accurately reflect the changes which were made. These will be published shortly. The Explanatory Notes for the Disqualification Act 2000 were published on 29 January 2001, while those for the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 were published on 5 February.

ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORT AND THE REGIONS

Property Services (Ministers and Civil Servants)

Mr. Ian Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list those Ministers in his Department who (a) have interests in the letting of property and (b) use the letting and relocation company Cendant to let their properties or purchase other properties; and how many civil servants in his Ministry have used the services of Cendant (i) to relocate and (ii) to be housed. [146280]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 22 January 2001]: Under the terms of the Ministerial Code, Ministers are required to order their affairs so that no conflict arises or is thought to arise between their private interests and their public duties. Information about the personal interests of a Minister is a matter between him or her and the Department in which he or she works, as is the use of any letting company in relation to any such interests.

The Department has a contract with Cendant as one of its two relocation companies. Sixteen civil servants have used its services to relocate. None have used them to be housed.

Accidents (M5)

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the accident rate is on (a) all motorways and (b) between Strensham and Michael Wood service stations on the M5, broken down per mile of motorway, for the last five years for which figures are available. [147590]

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Mr. Hill [holding answer 29 January 2001]: Based on the most recent information available, the injury-accident rate per 100 million vehicle kilometres on all motorways in England for the period 1995 to 1999 is as follows:






On the M5 motorway, between the Strensham and Michael Wood service areas, the injury-accident rate per 100 million vehicle kilometres for the period 1995 to 1999 is as follows:






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I have asked the chief executive of the Highways Agency to write to you separately providing the more detailed information you require.

Letter from Tim Matthews to Mr. Laurence Robertson, dated 8 February 2001:




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Year 2 Way AADT
Section19991998199719961995TotalJunctionFromTo19991998199719961995
A31--127--start159,72458,08159,53655,25154,322
B3174520--1259,72458,08159,53655,25154,322
C12--1--4--2359,72458,08159,53655,25154,322
D1--3149--3459,72458,08159,53655,25154,322
E4232--11--4559,72458,08159,53655,25154,322
F3114211--5659,72458,08159,53655,25154,322
G11--114--6759,72458,08159,53655,25154,322
H3414214--7859,72458,08159,53655,25154,322
I4864224138965,29063,49444,19741,74140,940
J2121--6--91070,85568,90628,85728,23027,557
K111227--101170,85568,90628,85728,23027,557
L2234-1112111264,08262,31941,00640,22735,477
M----1124--121357,30955,73253,15452,22343,397
N12--1--4--121357,30955,73253,15452,22343,397
O113128--141557,30955,73253,15452,22343,397
P----2--13--151657,30955,73253,15452,22343,397
Q24--118--161757,30955,73253,15452,22343,397
R4--1--16--171857,30955,73253,15452,22343,397
S174331811a181959,40557,77154,43753,48448,248
T2213311--192061,50159,80955,72054,70453,099
U465362611202165,25563,46059,94658,90053,110
V2242111--212269,01067,11164,17263,09553,120
W2----125--222369,01067,11164,17263,09553,120
X133141210232472,35571,45868,40165,90559,612
Y1--1125--242575,70075,80072,63068,71466,104
Z--11316--252675,70075,80072,63068,71466,104
AA1145--11--262775,70075,80072,63068,71466,104
AB333--211--272875,70075,80072,63068,71466,104
AC43433179282970,60072,05068,91565,19962,722
AD611--19--293065,50068,30065,20061,68559,341
AE13----15--303165,50068,30065,20061,68559,341
AF3413314--313265,50068,30065,20061,68559,341
AG5323417832End73,35073,80071,00067,17264,620
Grand Total 7272686463339

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Rows highlighted in the original table are italicised.


2 Way AADTAcc rates per 108 veh km Acc rates per 108 veh km
Average AADT 95-9919991998199719961995Average 99-95
57,3838.62.90.03.16.34.2
57,3838.62.920.012.315.711.9
57,3832.95.90.03.10.02.4
57,3832.90.08.63.112.55.4
57,38311.45.98.66.20.06.4
57,3838.62.92.912.36.36.6
57,3832.92.90.03.13.12.4
57,3838.611.72.912.36.38.3
51,13210.421.423.116.38.315.9
44,8814.82.511.86.00.05.0
44,8812.42.55.912.112.47.0
48,6225.35.512.516.90.08.0
52,3630.00.03.23.37.82.9
52,3633.06.10.03.30.02.5
52,3633.03.19.63.37.85.3
52,3630.00.06.40.03.92.1
52,3635.912.20.03.33.95.1
52,36311.90.03.20.03.93.8
54,6652.920.612.59.610.611.2
56,9675.55.73.19.39.66.6
60,13410.421.514.28.719.214.8
63,3024.95.110.65.43.25.8
63,3024.90.00.02.76.42.8
67,5462.47.17.52.611.46.2
71,7902.20.02.32.55.22.4
71,7900.02.22.37.42.62.9
71,7902.22.29.412.40.05.3
71,7906.76.77.00.05.25.1
67,8979.67.19.97.88.18.5
64,00515.62.52.60.02.94.7
64,0052.67.50.00.02.92.6
64,0057.810.02.68.38.67.5
69,98811.66.94.87.610.58.3
8.88.89.29.19.1

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Rows highlighted in the original table are italicised.


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