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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the ability of main line trains to operate on the sub-surface lines in London. 
Mr. Jamieson: Studies were undertaken by both Railtrack and London Underground Limited in 1999 when they were discussing Railtrack's proposals for the sub-surface infrastructure company under the PPP. It was concluded that: such a proposal would provide no additional net capacity; it would give rise to substantial costs in restructuring infrastructure and rewriting contracts; and, the interworking of mainline and existing tube rolling stock would give rise to technical and operational difficulties. Railtrack's proposals were subsequently abandoned.
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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how the Government's target for reducing overcrowding on the railways has changed since the publication of the 10-year plan. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason Crossrail was (a) included in the 10-year plan and (b) excluded from the SRA Strategic Plan. 
Crossrail is also identified in the SRA's Strategic Plan as one of the major rail projects which are currently under development. Options for taking Crossrail forward are being developed by the SRA/Transport for London joint venture Cross London Rail Links Ltd.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in how many PPP agreements an accounting allowance for social cost benefit similar to that used by London Underground has been made. 
Mr. Jamieson: The relevant guidance from the Office of Government Commerce and Her Majesty's Treasury explain that, where appropriate, the factors captured by this allowance should be allowed for when evaluating the value for money of PPP-type schemes.
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the estimated level of capital investment by NATS is for (a) 200102 and (b) 200203; and what the figures were in (i) 199697 and (ii) 19992000. 
Mr. Spellar: The level of capital investment by NATS for 200102 is £72.8 million and is estimated at £90.7 million for 200203. The figures for 199697 and 199900 are £56.5 million and £52.0 million respectively.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of the anticipated investment by NATS over the next 10 years will come from the public sector. 
Mr. Spellar: NATS' investment over the next decade will be in excess of £1 billion, all of which will be financed by the private sector. I also refer the right hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 807W.
Mr. Jamieson: There are no current plans. The Strategic Rail Authority's preliminary studies suggest that the cost of enhancement of rail freight routes to permit the passage of lorry semi-trailers on flat railway wagons would not represent value for money.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent discussions he has had with the French Government regarding the SNCF Channel Tunnel restrictions. 
Mr. Jamieson: In the light of continued disruption to cross channel rail freight operations, more goods may have to be transported by road, so it is likely that road freight movements will marginally increase. There is no evidence to date that this is having any significant impact on congestion on UK roads.
Mr. Jamieson: The Government recognise that the disruption caused by would-be illegal immigrants is causing severe hardship to many businesses in this country who depend on reliable freight services through the Channel Tunnel.
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We are pressing the French Government at the highest levels to ensure that sufficient policing resources are applied to address the problem so that normal freight services can resume as soon as possible.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2002, ref. 40023, on motor vehicles, if data are available for the Drylaw, Inch and Mayfield wards. 
Mr. Jamieson: Motor vehicle data for Drylaw, Inch and Mayfield wards are available under the pre-1996 definition of Scottish wards only. The number of motor vehicles registered to keepers with addresses in the wards is shown in the table. The totals include vehicles registered to companies and other entities as well as to individuals. The volume data are for December 2000.
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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what is the average response time for the fire services to reach an accident on (a) a motorway and (b) an A-road, in each of the last three years; 
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what duties the fire services have to carry out before an accident site can be cleared from (a)an A-road and (b) a motorway. 
Mr. Byers: Under section 1(1) of the Fire Services Act 1947, it is the duty of the fire authority to make provision for fire-fighting purposes and, in particular, to secure for its area the services of a fire brigade and equipment to meet efficiently all normal requirements. Fire-fighting purposes is defined in the Act as "the purposes of the extinction of fires and the protection of life and property in case of fire". Under section 3(1)(e) of the Act the authority also has the power to use its brigade and equipment for purposes other than fire-fighting (which are commonly known as "special services"). Brigades attend road traffic accidents primarily for firefighting and rescue purposes. Operational procedures for dealing with road accidents are matters for fire authorities to determine locally in consultation with the relevant police authority.
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