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Shoreham Trust Port Authority

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason he has not appointed any board members to Shoreham Trust Port Authority since their terms expired on 31 December 2001; and when he expects to do so. [26085]

Mr. Jamieson: We are currently considering candidates for these appointments and expect to be able to announce the outcome shortly.

South East Regional Air Services Study

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what preliminary findings from the South East Regional Air Services Study will be made available to county councils in the region in time for them to be taken into account when producing their drafts for county structure plans. [26084]

Mr. Jamieson: During the study, we are not going to make any comment on the options under consideration—that would be premature, would spread unnecessary concern and blight and would undermine the consultation process.

We expect the study to be completed shortly. This will be followed by full public consultation on the short-listed options, currently scheduled for spring 2002. Decisions made following the consultation will feed into an Air Transport White Paper which we aim to publish in the second half of the year.

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The West Sussex structure plan 2001–2016, currently on deposit, makes clear that the Structure Plan will not be able to take account of the SERAS study outcomes.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he anticipates the completion of the South East Regional Air Services Study; if its findings will be published in full; and how it will be made available to the public. [26083]

Mr. Jamieson: The South East and East of England Regional Air Services Study (SERAS) is nearing completion. This will be followed by full public consultation on the short-listed options for airport development.

During the consultation period, we intend to make the study findings accessible to the public in hard copy and on CD.

Traffic Management

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of measures of traffic congestion; and which measure his Department uses for the purposes of assessing the cost and benefit of road construction and traffic management schemes. [26664]

Mr. Jamieson: As part of the assessment of the costs and benefits of road schemes, an estimate is made of the expected change in journey times as a result of the scheme, compared with a forecast without the scheme. Money values are attributed to those changes in journey times.

In making an overall assessment of the merits of road proposals, this measure of congestion relief is considered alongside other impacts including environmental and safety ones and compared with the capital and maintenance costs of the scheme. In addition, a measure of the total vehicle hours saved is used to assess that scheme's contribution to the Department's target for congestion.

Transport (Isle of Wight)

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the targets agreed by the Isle of Wight Council for the delivery of transport services upon which his specific grant or borrowing permission is contingent; and what steps he takes to monitor the advertisement of those targets. [24013]

Ms Keeble: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I have given today. [PQ 26665].

Highways (Southern England)

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the targets agreed between his Department and highway authorities in the geographical counties of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Sussex for the delivery of highways and transport services, identifying those on which his specific grant or borrowing permission is contingent. [26665]

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Ms Keeble: Our guidance to authorities on Local Transport Plans (LTPs) made clear that plans must include a set of indicators for measuring performance against targets and other outputs which can be used to assess whether the LTP is delivering its stated objectives. Local authorities determine the precise package of indicators and targets which best reflect their local circumstances and although such indicators are not formally agreed by the Department they should reflect relevant national targets where they exist. Authorities are required to provide annual progress reports (APRs) in which to report on how their LTPs are being implemented and the progress in working towards the locally established objectives, national and local targets and other outputs.

The allocation of capital resources is determined through an assessment of the LTPs and APRs which authorities submitted. We announced initial capital allocations for the implementation of the first five year LTPs in December 2000 and firm allocations for 2002–03 were announced last December.

Section 109(4) of the Transport Act 2000 placed a statutory requirement upon local transport authorities as to the publication of local transport plans and bus strategies. They are required to make them available for inspection, give notice for bringing them to the attention of the public and to make copies available on request at not more than cost. It is for local transport authorities to ensure that they meet their statutory requirements in this regard.

Given the volume of data requested I will write to the hon. Member with details of the indicators and targets for the local highway authorities concerned and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 24 October 2001, Official Report, column 236W, whether West Quay road, Southampton, is a trunk road. [26663]

Mr. Jamieson: West Quay road in Southampton forms part of the A3057, which is not a trunk road.

A Roads (Taunton)

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has, as part of the London to South West and South Wales Multi-Modal Transport Study, to analyse the costs and benefits of a non-road dualling multi-modal option, including local traffic safety measures, to address traffic safety and congestion issues on the A30/A303 and on the A358 to Taunton; and if he will make a statement. [25371]

Mr. Jamieson: As part of their work, the consultants carrying out the London to South West and South Wales Multi-Modal Transport Study (SWARMMS) are addressing various issues associated with the environment, safety, the economy, accessibility and integration in relation to the A30/A303 corridor and the A358 between the A303 and the M5. A number of different options to provide solutions are being considered and non-road dualling and local safety measures are

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included. The consultants' recommendations are expected by the end of April and the costs and benefits of the various approaches will be clearly laid out in their report.

Vehicle Registration

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the cost was (a) to Government and (b) to other parties of introducing the new vehicle registration system. [26659]

Mr. Jamieson: The total cost to Government of the new registration system, including running costs to year 2011, is forecast at £2,383,000. The exact costs to other parties are not known. Estimated compliance costs are published in the Regulatory Impact Assessment, a copy of which is lodged in the Libraries of the House.

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many vehicles were registered with DL registrations in (a) the last year and (b) the last 10 years of the old vehicle registration system. [26657]

Mr. Jamieson: The number of vehicles newly registered each year with DL suffixes between 1991 and 2001 is as follows:

YearNumber
19913,733
19923,765
19932,982
19942,786
19952,807
19962,914
19974,651
19989,359
19994,695
20004,990
2001(1)3,463

(1) Up to the end of August


Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many vehicles were registered in (a) Great Britain and (b) Northern Ireland in (i) the last year and (ii) the last 10 years of the old vehicle registration system. [26658]

Mr. Jamieson: The following table shows the number of newly registered vehicles in each year between 1991 and 2000 and also for 2001 where figures are currently available.

Registrations of new vehicles
Thousand

Year Great BritainNorthern Ireland
19911,92279
19921,90278
19932,07483
19942,24991
19952,30797
19962,410104
19972,598112
19982,740121
19992,766122
20002,871120
2001(2)2,968(3)70

(2) First 11 months

(3) First six months


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