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Smuggling

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many scanners to detect tobacco smuggling in freight containers are deployed by HM Customs and Excise; at which ports the scanners are located; and if he will make a statement. [9042]

Mr. Boateng: Customs have seven scanners in operation, another three will come into operation soon and a procurement exercise is in process to obtain more. It is Customs policy not to provide details of precise operational deployment. All Customs scanners are mobile and are deployed flexibly throughout the UK to ensure Customs can react to, and tackle, the smuggling threat as it changes.

Revenue Evasion

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total United Kingdom revenue evasion prevented by HM Customs and Excise was in 2000–01. [9179]

Mr. Boateng: The total United Kingdom revenue evasion prevented by HM Customs and Excise in 2000–01 will be published in the Department's annual report that will be laid before Parliament in due course.

Savings Ratio

Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the savings ratio has been for each quarter since May 1992; [9751]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from John Kidgell to Mr. Howard Flight, dated 25 October 2001:




TRANSPORT, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND

THE REGIONS

Signals Passed at Danger

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he

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will publish the location of the five signals most often passed at danger in the last year for which figures are available. [7449]

Mr. Jamieson: The details of all signals passed at danger (SPADs) are contained in the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE's) monthly SPAD reports, copies of which are placed in the House Library and are also available on HSE's website at www.house.gov.uk/ railway/spad/index.htm.

Unadopted Alleyways

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will introduce targets for the condition and safety of unadopted alleyways; and if he will make a statement; [7383]

Ms Keeble: Recent figures are not available for the number of unadopted streets or alleyways. In 1972 there were some 40,000 private streets throughout the country.

Whether or not a street should be adopted is a matter for individual local authorities. They have the power to adopt such streets and to contribute towards the cost of making them up to an adoptable standard, where they deem that to be appropriate. An authority can also carry out urgent repairs to unadopted areas to prevent or remove danger to persons or vehicles, using powers conferred on them by section 230 of the Highways Act 1980, but without necessarily committing themselves to adoption. Any decision about whether to carry out urgent repairs is for the authority to make.

Transport Journeys

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in each year since 1995, in each region and nation of the UK, what the percentage change in the number of journeys undertaken by (a) car, (b) train, (c) bus, (d) light railways, (e) trams, (f) underground and (g) other forms of transport was; what estimates he has made of trends in journeys undertaken by each category until (i) 2010, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2030; and if he will make a statement. [6949]

Mr. Jamieson: Figures for Great Britain are set out in the tables. Information is not available for all modes in the format requested. However, some greater detail for bus, rail, underground and light rail can be found in Transport Statistics Great Britain 2001 in the Library.

(a) Journeys by car

Great Britain trips (million)Percentage change
199435,500
199535,0000
199636,5003
199737,1002
199837,2000
199937,0000
200036,600-1

Source:

National Travel Survey


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(b) National Rail

Great Britain passenger journeys (million)Percentage change
1994–95735
1995–967614
1996–978015
1997–988466
1998–998925
1999–20009314
2000–019573

Source:

Strategic Rail Authority


(c) Bus

Great Britain passenger journeys (million)Percentage change
1994–954,420
1995–964,383-1
1996–974,350-1
1997–984,3300
1998–994,248-2
1999–20004,2791
2000–01(22)4,3141

(22) Provisional

Source:

DTLR annual survey of PSV operators


(d) Light rail

Great Britain passenger journeys (million)Percentage change
1994–9563.2
1995–9667.8 7
1996–97 73.3 8
1997–98 798
1998–99 85 8
1999–2000 93.910
2000–01119.527

Source:

DTLR survey of light rail operators


(e) Underground

Great Britain passenger journeys (million)Percentage change
1994–95778.7
1995–96798.3 3
1996–97785.7-2
1997–98846.1 8
1998–99880.6 4
1999–2000941.7 7
2000–01984.45

Source:

London Underground, Strathclyde PTE


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(f) Other modes (including walking)

Great Britain trips (million)Percentage change
199420,400
199519,500-4
199619,100-3
199718,900-1
199818,900-0
199918,200-4
200017,400-5

Source:

National Travel Survey


Central Railway

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) when he will make a statement on the Central Railway proposal; [8332]

Mr. Jamieson: The Strategic Rail Authority has carried out, with the help of consultants, a high level review into Central Railway's proposals and has forwarded its report to my Department. The Government will take a view on the issues raised by the report and respond to Central Railway in due course.

All-Wales Rail Franchise

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the timetable is for the establishment of a single all-Wales rail franchise; and if he will make a statement. [8643]

Mr. Jamieson: An announcement will be made in due course.

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the Government's policy is on the establishment of a single all-Wales rail franchise; and if he will make a statement. [8644]

Mr. Jamieson: The draft Policy Statement on Passenger Rail Franchising issued on 16 July recognises that different approaches will be necessary to achieve the benefits we are looking for from different franchises.

The Strategic Rail Authority has proposed the creation of a single franchise for Wales. It is considering this alongside the other options for delivering benefits to rail passengers on Welsh routes.

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the effect of Railtrack's financial problems on the establishment of a single all-Wales rail franchise; and if he will make a statement. [8642]

Mr. Jamieson: We would not expect the establishment of a Welsh franchise to be affected by the High Court's decision to place Railtrack plc in railway administration.


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