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in its full local transport plan and first annual progress report where funding is not being sought in the Local Transport Settlement 2001. 
Mr. Jamieson: Not all local authorities have included in their full local transport plans or first annual progress reports information on those road schemes for which they are considering making a bid for LTP funding in future years. In many cases they have yet to make decisions on whether to make such a bid. We know of a number of schemes where the authority has forewarned us that they may be making a bid and in some cases has provided us with some information. These include:
A19 Shipton/Beningbrough Bypass
A24 Ashington to Southwater Route Safety Strategy
A228 Leybourne and West Malling Bypass
A228 Ropers Lane (Phase 2)
A260 Hawkinge Bypass
A38/A390 Link Dobwalls
A418 improvements including a Rowsham Bypass
A418 Wing Bypass
A605 Stanground Bypass
Chickenhall Lane Link Road
East Kent Access (Phases 2 and 3)
Newhaven Port Access Road
North-West Relief Road, Shrewsbury
Tunstall Northern Bypass.
HeyshamM6 Link Road
Wylye Valley Relief Road.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when (a) English Nature, (b) the Countryside Agency and (c) English Heritage (i) were and (ii) will be consulted on local road schemes being considered for funding in the Local Transport Settlement 2001. 
Mr. Jamieson: Local authorities bidding for road schemes under the Local Transport Plan system are required to consult the four statutory bodiesEnglish Nature, English Heritage, the Countryside Agency and the Environment Agencybefore submitting their bids. In addition, once the bid documents were received by my Department in August the Appraisal Summary Tables for all road schemes were sent to the four bodies to seek their further views on the schemes. The bodies have been kept informed of alterations to the tables.
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he is presented with appraisal summary tables for each of the options before deciding whether to approve a major road scheme; 
Mr. Jamieson: Before major local road schemes can be accepted for funding, local authorities need to demonstrate that they have considered alternative approaches. Submission of appraisal summary tables for each alternative is not required but decisions will only be taken once we are satisfied that these have been subject to proper consideration. Decisions are based on all of the evidence available to the Department.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the major new road schemes submitted by local authorities for funding (a) by 31 July and (b) after 31 July. 
A1198 Papworth Everard Bypass
A182 East Durham Link Road
A228 Main Road to Ropers Lane (Phase 1)
A24 Horsham-Capel Improvement
A34 Alderley Edge Bypass
A350 Westbury Bypass Town Centre Scheme
A36 Codford-Heytesbury Improvement
A52 Grantham East-West Bypass
A57(T) M1 Junction 31-Todwick Crossroads
A6096 Ilkeston Awsworth Link
A612 Gedling ITP Scheme
A628 Cudworth and West Green Bypass
Aston Northern Bypass (Phase 2)
Central Route, Sunderland
Central Somerset Access Package
East Middlesbrough Corridor
Kiln Lane Link, Surrey
Markham Employment Growth Zone
Northern Gateway Stage 2, Newcastle
Poole Bridge Regeneration Initiative
Roscommon Way Extension, Essex
Selly Oak Relief Road and (b) after 31 July
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the New Approach to Appraisal applies to (a) national and (b) local major road schemes which are financed by private capital. 
Mr. Jamieson: The New Approach to Appraisal (NATA) applies to all trunk and local major road schemes that have some element of public funding. For developer- funded trunk road highway works, the principles of NATA apply, though the form of application may vary. For developer-funded local road schemes, local highway authorities have scope to decide on the appropriate approach and may apply NATA.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to reach a final decision on the renewal of the Chiltern line franchise; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information he has collated on the annual number of pensioner journeys (a) by train, (b) by coach, (c) by underground, (d) bus and (e) as foot passengers on ferries. 
The number of annual journeys made by pensioners, averaged over the years 1998 to 2000, were (a) 46 million by train, (b) 790 million by bus, (c) 26 million by coach, and (d) 30 million by London Underground. No data are available on journeys by ferry.
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Mr. Jamieson: The Government are providing £30 billion for local road maintenance over the next 10 years, not £10 billion as I stated in my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for The Wrekin (Peter Bradley) on 23 October 2001 Official Report, column 136.
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received from councillors concerning housebuilding targets for Hertfordshire. 
Ms Keeble [pursuant to the reply, 23 October 2001, c. 132]: My right hon. Friend has received no representations from individual councillors since comments were invited in December 2000 (and not November 2000 as originally stated) on the proposed changes to housing distribution, although local authorities made representations.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what is the target, in tonnes, of the delivery of food to Afghanistan; by what means the food is being delivered; and what obstacles have to be overcome to increase the supply of food to Afghanistan. 
Hilary Benn: The World Food Programme's monthly target for food delivery into Afghanistan is 52,000 metric tonnes. WFP is trucking food to Afghanistan by land routes from neighbouring countries. It continues to make progress on increasing the supply of food to Afghanistan, but obstacles do remain.
In addition to the physical challenges of distributing food to distant villages on poor roads, obstacles include: a lack of hauliers willing to undertake the work; local NGO staff unable to show up for work to oversee secondary distribution; limited communication with local staff; and the fact that case load lists are becoming outdated due to further population displacement. The fear of harassment and looting of supplies by some elements of the Taliban is further compounding an already difficult situation.
We are doing all we can to support WFP in overcoming these obstacles, so that food delivery can continue to increase now and over the winter. WFP is looking into all options for delivering food, including opening up new land routes from the north, as well as air operations, to support the people of Afghanistan in the coming weeks and months. We have already allocated £3 million to WFP for its response to the Afghan crisis.
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Hilary Benn: The food being dispatched to Afghanistan by the World Food Programme (WFP) to feed vulnerable people is primarily made up of wheat and wheat flour. This is being supplemented in some areas by other foodstuffs provided by local and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), such as pulses, oils, and fresh foods where available. Individual agencies are responsible for assessing the dietary content of the food that they dispatch. Availability of food stocks and logistical constraints play a large part in determining what they are able to deliver.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on humanitarian relief to Afghanistan and Afghan refugees in Pakistan and the surrounding regions. 
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