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Arthur Andersen

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on how many of his Department's PFI contracts Arthur Andersen has been an adviser; and if he will make a statement. [31718]

Dr. Whitehead: Andersen has not advised my Department on any of its PFI contracts.

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what dates since 7 June 2001 (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers in his Department have met employees of (i) Andersen and (ii) Accenture on official business; and if he will make a statement. [32100]

Dr. Whitehead: Ministers and civil servants meet many people as part of the process of policy development and analysis. All such contacts are conducted in accordance with the Ministerial Code, the Civil Service Code and Guidance for Civil Servants: Contacts with Lobbyists. Some of these discussions take place on a confidential basis, and in order to preserve confidentiality,

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it is not the normal practice of Governments to release details of specific meetings with private individuals or companies.

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many contracts have been let to Arthur Andersen by his Department since 1997 on (a) matters relating to the railways and (b) other matters; [33045]

Mr. Byers [holding answer 4 February 2002]: Individual Government Departments are responsible for taking decisions on the goods and services they acquire, whether through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) or other procurement routes, taking into account the Government's policy of seeking value for money for the taxpayer. The public sector as a whole has signed hundreds of contracts, covering the delivery of a range of services.

The number of contracts that have been let to Arthur Andersen since 1997 are as follows;

(a) Two—on accountancy and taxation issues relating to the administration process and on the restructuring of Railtrack plc;

(b) Three—two are framework agreements (framework agreements do not guarantee work; each firm on the agreement has to bid for individual tenders). One housing research project was also completed in 1999.

Rail Passengers

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, columns 534–55W, on measurement of passenger overcrowding, in what year the Strategic Rail Authority, or its shadow predecessor, began publishing annual results of "Passengers in Excess of Capacity"; for what reasons annual "Passengers in Excess of Capacity" information published on the SRA website is available only for selected years; and if he will place in the Library all available annual statistics on "Passengers in Excess of Capacity". [32416]

Mr. Jamieson: These figures are available on the Strategic Rail Authority's website, except those for 1997 which were the first to be published and which pre-date the launch of the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising (Opraf) website. The figures for 1997 are:

Percentage

CompanyPIXC
Chiltern2.0
Connex South Central4.8
Connex South Eastern3.0
Great Eastern3.3
LTS0.6
Silverlink1.9
South West Trains3.8
Thames Trains2.1
Thameslink4.4
WAGN0.6

These figures have been published in Opraf and SRA annual reports, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.


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Rail Safety

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 11 December 2001, Official Report, column 789W, on rail safety, if he will list those industry representatives with whom officials have had discussions, and their suggestions for action. [32695]

Mr. Jamieson: As part of continuing action to track progress with the recommendations in the Southall action plan, officials from the Health and Safety Executive have had contact with Railtrack plc (in administration), Railway Safety and the Association of Train Operating Companies. The Health and Safety Commission will be publishing the action reported by industry in its next progress report.

Rail Franchise Operators

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 529W, on the rail industry, with what frequency the Strategic Rail Authority is required to publish its regular bulletin describing the performance of franchise operators; and what performance indicators the bulletin is required to describe. [32418]

Mr. Jamieson: The draft directions and guidance which were put out for consultation on 29 June 2001 require the authority to


Rail Track Conditions

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the inspection schedule used by Railtrack in their assessment of track conditions; what progress had been made towards completing the schedule since October 2000; and if he will make a statement. [32523]

Mr. Jamieson: This is an operational matter for Railtrack, who say that all of their track has been inspected during 2001; and will be inspected in the current year. The frequencies and methods of inspection reflect the speed and annual tonnage of trains using the track and are set out in Railway Group Standard GC/RT 5021.

Transport Investment

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will provide a breakdown of the (a) public investment expenditure, (b) public resource expenditure, (c) private investment, (d) public expenditure supporting private investment and (e) public spending from local charging revenue planned for each year 2001–02 to 2010–11 as adjusted for changes in spending as a consequence of the publication of the Strategic Rail Authority Plan, subdivided between (i) strategic roads, (ii) rail, (iii) local

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transport, (iv) London, (v) other transport areas and (vi) unallocated at (A) outturn prices and (B) 2000–01 prices. [32297]

Mr. Jamieson: The breakdowns requested are shown in Tables A to D, expressed in outturn prices, and in Tables E to H, expressed in 2000–01 prices.

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No decision has been made on the allocation of spending from local charging revenues, however a year by year breakdown for the period 2001–02 to 2010–11 is shown in Tables B (outturn prices) and F (2000–01 prices).

10 year plan public expenditure and private investment—Table A: Public investment
£ million outturn prices

2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–112001–02 to 2010–11
Strategic Roads1,0001,1351,1501,2391,1321,2911,4621,6821,7251,74513,560
Rail6251,4482,5212,4382,9342,6712,2121,3121,2211,24518,627
Local Transport1,3261,5171,6581,9231,9072,0852,1802,1892,2022,23119,218
London1,0157629328947306897006876987157,822
Other119626262626262626263681
Unallocated0007071596591,5461,9782,3016,685
Total4,0854,9246,3236,6266,8376,8587,2757,4787,8878,29966,592

Table B: Public resource expenditure excluding revenue support for private investment
£ million outturn prices

2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–112001–02 to 2010–11
Strategic Roads4154334795365504995225135055254,975
Rail1,5891,3611,3821,4011,3331,1501,0051,03585678811,900
Local Transport2,7332,8642,9322,9963,0443,0953,1353,1913,2393,29330,521
London6136897277577607677727817887777,431
Local Charging Revenue0001533133593994525025082,686
Other1321281351491511531551571591611,480
Unallocated00000000000
Total5,4825,4755,6565,9916,1506,0225,9886,1286,0486,05158,992

Table C: Private investment
£ million outturn prices

2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–112001–02 to 2010–11
Strategic Roads1732232421503254254003002002002,638
Rail3,6553,7473,7873,9563,1583,1473,1163,1683,2543,35934,347
Local Transport5596757818629531,0491,0581,0459959958,971
London7227046576101,0471,4401,6321,4751,25182510,364
Other00000000000
Unallocated00000000000
Total5,1095,3495,4675,5785,4836,0616,2055,9885,7005,37956,320

Table D: Revenue support for private investment
£ million outturn prices

2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–112001–02 to 2010–11
Strategic Roads2062202392613534474545176046093,910
Rail012501011873374305316337263,007
Local Transport00827571021622373123871,292
London00028292930334850246
Other00000000000
Unallocated00000000000
Total2062322974176269151,0761,3181,5971,7728,455

Table E: Public investment
£ million outturn prices

2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–112001–02 to 2010–11
Strategic Roads9761,0801,0681,1221,0001,1131,2301,3801,3811,36311,714
Rail6101,3782,3412,2092,5932,3031,8611,07797897316,322
Local Transport1,2941,4441,5401,7421,6861,7981,8341,7971,7631,74316,639
London9907258658096455945895645595596,900
Other116595856555453515049601
Unallocated0006363515551,2691,5841,7975,382
Total3,9854,6875,8726,0026,0435,9136,1216,1386,3156,48357,559

Table F: Public resource expenditure excluding revenue support for private investment
£ million outturn prices

2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–112001–02 to 2010–11
Strategic Roads4054124454854864304394214044104,337
Rail1,5501,2951,2831,2691,17899284584968561610,564
Local Transport2,6672,7262,7232,7142,6902,6692,6372,6192,5932,57226,610
London5986566756866726616506416316076,476
Local Charging Revenue0001392773103363714023972,230
Other1291221261351331321301291271261,289
Unallocated00000000000
Total5,3495,2115,2525,4285,4365,1935,0375,0304,8434,72751,506

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Table G: Private investment
£ million outturn prices

2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–112001–02 to 2010–11
Strategic Roads1692122251362873663372461601562,294
Rail3,5663,5663,5173,5842,7912,7142,6212,6002,6062,62430,189
Local Transport5466427257818429058908587977777,762
London7046706105539261,2421,3731,2111,0026448,935
Other00000000000
Unallocated00000000000
Total4,9855,0915,0775,0534,8465,2265,2204,9154,5644,20249,180

Table H: Revenue support for private investment
£ million outturn prices

2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–112001–02 to 2010–11
Strategic Roads2012092222363123853824244844763,332
Rail01146921652913624365075672,477
Local Transport0082450881361952503021,053
London00026252525273839205
Other00000000000
Unallocated00000000000
Total2012212763785537899051,0811,2791,3847,067


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