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Mr. Hurst: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many miles were travelled by buses in the county of Essex on scheduled passenger journeys which were in receipt of the rural bus subsidy grant in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001. 
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(6) First services started in January 1999.
Local authority annual returns to DTLR.
Mr. Hurst: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many miles were travelled by buses on scheduled passenger journeys in the county of Essex in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001. 
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Ms Keeble: The information has been estimated from the DTLR's annual survey of bus and coach operators for the financial years 199899 to 200001. The figures show estimated total vehicle miles operated on scheduled commercial and subsidised local bus services in the county of Essex, excluding the unitary authorities of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea.
|Financial year||Scheduled local bus service vehicle miles|
DTLR annual survey of PSV operators.
Mr. Spellar [holding answer 11 January 2002]: The scope and options for delivering the project, if powers are granted under the TWA Order, will influence the final cost. These matters are the subject of continuing discussions between Railtrack and the Strategic Rail Authority following the Procurement Review announced on 2 April. Although it is clear that project costs will be higher than previously estimated, until the outstanding matters have been resolved a meaningful estimate cannot be given.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what roads on the Isle of Wight and in Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire are the responsibility of his Department; what (a) agency and (b) other arrangements exist for the maintenance of those roads; and what consultation agents undertake with his Department on works and traffic management schemes affecting those roads. 
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Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions since November Lord Falconer has had with representatives of Merton borough council, concerning the former Wimbledon football club site. 
Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent changes there have been in the arrangements for the stacking of aircraft before landing at Heathrow; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Civil Aviation Authority is responsible for approving the arrangements for the stacking of aircraft before landing at Heathrow and it has confirmed that there have been no recent changes to the arrangements that exist.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will ensure that home sellers' packs include information on (a) a flooding history of the property and (b) whether the property entails riparian ownership. 
Ms Keeble: Under the Government's proposals for sellers' packs, prospective buyers will be provided with key information about homes being marketed for sale. We are planning to go out to consultation in the spring to seek views on the contents of the sellers' pack. Information concerning flood risk and obligations that will transfer with the ownership of the property are among the items to be covered by the consultation.
In the meantime, the Environment Agency is currently engaged in discussions with the Law Society on making an 'Environment Agency Property Search Report', a standard part of the domestic and commercial conveyancing process in England and Wales. A pilot trial is running in North Wales and work is under way to extend this. Each Environment Agency report will include information on flood risk as well as other environmental data for which the agency has responsibility.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the revenue support grant paid to smaller district authorities in the recent statement. 
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Dr. Whitehead: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush (Mr. Soley) on 18 December 2001, Official Report, column 137.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what provision he has made in his road-building programme for additional costs arising from the aggregates levy. 
Mr. Jamieson: We estimate that the aggregates levy will add less than one per cent. to the cost of the 50 schemes in the Targeted Programme of Improvements. That estimate is likely to be high because of the increasing use of recycled aggregates which the levy was designed to encourage.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress with the renewal of the Chiltern line franchise; and when he expects a final agreement to be reached. 
Mr. Jamieson: The new franchise agreement has been presented to the Strategic Rail Authority's board for their approval. If approval is granted the Secretary of State's consent is then required to enter into a new agreement.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce a decision on the request of Central Railway plc for a hybrid Bill to implement their scheme. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Government are considering carefully Central Railway's proposals for a hybrid Bill. We will take a view on the issues raised by proposals and respond to Central Railway in due course.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what inquiries he has received from Ernst and Young as to the level of Government funding to the rail network over the next (a) one year, (b) five years and (c) 10 years. 
Mr. Byers: Ernst and Young, in their work on administration of Railtrack plc preparing for the transfer of the business out of administration, have asked my officials for information about the future funding of the railway industry.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received from Ernst and Young on the level of future Government funding of the rail network. 
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