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Mr. Robert Ainsworth: Local authorities generally pool their debt across services but are required to calculate a notional credit ceiling for housing for the purposes of maintaining a separate housing revenue account (HRA). The table shows the provisional HRA figures for 2000-01.
|Authority||Mid-Year HRA Credit Ceiling|
|Barking and Dagenham||0|
|City of London||13,274,131|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||220,335,811|
|Kensington and Chelsea||130,004,049|
|Kingston upon Thames||16,844,159|
|Richmond upon Thames||0|
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Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many (a) fatalities and (b) injuries have been caused by road accidents in the United Kingdom as a result of drivers being under the influence of illegal substances, broken down by each illegal substance used. 
Mr. Hill: There are no reliable statistics available that show the number of fatalities and injuries caused by road accidents as a result of drivers being under the influence of illegal substances. However, we will shortly publish the findings of a 3-year survey into the incidence of drugs in road accident fatalities, which will provide data on this subject.
Dr. Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what representations were received by (a) him and (b) his officials from (i) other Government Ministers and (ii) their officials over (A) his decision and (B) the time scale of his decision, on whether to call in the proposal to build the Wafic Said business school in Oxford. 
Mr. Paul Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what advice he has received from the Economic Regulation Group of the Civil Aviation Authority on the economic regulatory regime for the services which will be provided in the Oceanic sector by the National Air Traffic Services Ltd. public-private partnership; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Robert Ainsworth: Air traffic services in Oceanic airspace are provided on a monopoly basis. When the National Air Traffic Services Ltd. public-private partnership is established, charges for these services will be subject to price regulation by the RPI-X method, which is the standard model for monopoly regulation in the United Kingdom. The charge cap, or "X" factor, will be set for a period of five years and will, for the first five year-period only, be set by the Government.
We received advice from the CAA in August, which set out how they proposed to approach the economic regulation of NATS and recommended that the "X" factor for NATS' Oceanic services be set at 10 per cent. for the first year and 2 per cent. for each of the next four years. We have considered the CAA's advice carefully, alongside representations from air users who will pay these charges and from NATS, who have also provided revised estimates of traffic levels and system costs which have a significant effect on the first year of the quinquennium. We have consequently decided to set a cap of 2 per cent. for each of the five years, and that there should be no delay penalty term for the present.
The Government regard investment in the Oceanic sector as important and believe that the approach to charge control should reflect this. We have therefore agreed with the CAA that they should be receptive to any
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Miss Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the outcome of the latest round of the rural bus challenge competition and on allocations to local authorities of rural bus subsidy grant for the coming year. 
Mr. Levitt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he intends to lay before Parliament proposed alterations to the code of recommended practice on local authority publicity. 
Ms Beverley Hughes: Following consultation with the Local Government Association, we have today laid before the House a draft of the proposed alterations to the code of recommended practice on local authority publicity. These proposed alterations reflect the new council constitutions and the introduction of referendums and petitions under the Local Government Act 2000.
We also intend in the future to review further the code, having regard to councils' experiences of operating their new constitutions over a reasonable period of time. This further review will also cover the code's application to those authorities--such as police authorities--which are not adopting new constitutions.
Ms Beverley Hughes: All executive agencies and non-departmental government bodies are subject to a review of their organisation every five years to examine and recommend the most appropriate organisation for delivering the functions and services currently carried out by the Department.
The last such review of Ordnance Survey reported in 1994 and recommended that Ordnance Survey should continue to deliver its functions and services as an executive agency and Government Department in its own right.
A Quinquennial Review of Ordnance Survey was due to take place in 1999. However, the Secretary of State at that time agreed that the review should be postponed until now to allow for Ordnance Survey's new trading fund status to bed in.
The review of Ordnance Survey commences today and is expected to last for three months. The review team, CMG Admiral, has been appointed following a competitive tendering process. A steering group, chaired
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by the principal finance officer of my Department, will oversee the review and recommendations will be made to me in due course. I will report back to the House on its findings before the summer recess.
The review process will provide extensive opportunities for consultation with internal and external stakeholders and will follow the procedures recommended in the guidance for the review of executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies published by the Cabinet Office.
Ms Armstrong: Legacy's preferred bidder status gave them exclusive negotiating rights up to 14 February. While their bid has made progress towards meeting the preferred bidder terms, they have not met them. Legacy's exclusivity has therefore expired and the Government have decided to terminate the existing competition.
During the period of Legacy's preferred bidder status, the Government have not sought any alternative proposals for the dome. The Government would now like openly to test the market and will therefore ask English Partnerships to invite any interested parties to lodge with them expressions of interest for the dome and the regeneration of the peninsula. The Government, like the Mayor of London and the London borough of Greenwich, believe the dome should be retained as part of the regenerated peninsula, and offers will be invited on this basis. There have been considerable expressions of interest from other parties, which have been logged by English Partnerships.
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