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Strategic Rail Authority

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government guarantee the borrowings of the SRA. [61278]

Mr. Spellar: Paragraph 10 of schedule 14 to the Transport Act 2000 gives the Secretary of State the power to guarantee the repayment of any sums borrowed by the SRA temporarily, by way of overdraft or otherwise, from another person. The SRA has not exercised its powers to borrow money.

Commuters

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time was spent commuting (a) predominantly by rail and (b) predominantly by road, in minutes per person, in each of the last six years in each nation and region. [61285]

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Mr. Spellar: The average time spent travelling to work is available from the Labour Forces Survey. The table shows the average time (in minutes) for trips to work (a) by predominantly rail and (b) by predominantly road for the autumn of the last six years by region of workplace.

Average time travelling to work by Government office region and country of workplace
Minutes per trip

Autumn
199619971998199920002001
By rail
North East374243424540
North West484449505550
Yorkshire and the Humber566053545658
East Midlands627344576163
West Midlands625853565860
East of England545157576051
London596059596161
South East525958586056
South West765858736965
England585958596059
Wales504950523843
Scotland584255535248
Great Britain585858585959
By road
North East212121212222
North West222323232424
Yorkshire and the Humber232323222324
East Midlands212221212122
West Midlands232323232424
East of England222222222323
London343435353635
South East232424242424
South West212121222222
England232424242525
Wales202120212120
Scotland232423232424
Great Britain232424242424

Ordnance Survey Contracts

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what restrictions are placed on EU, but non-UK companies in subcontracting Ordnance Survey contracts to non-EU companies. [63155]

Mr. Jamieson: This matter is commercially confidential.

Meetings

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Ministers and officials had meetings with representatives of (a) the Confederation of British Industry, (b) the Engineering Employees Federation, and (c) the Engineering Marine Training Authority during the last year; who they met; and what the subjects and outcomes of their discussions were. [62207]

Mr. Spellar: Ministers and civil servants have meetings with a wide range of organisations and individuals as part of the process of policy development and analysis.

As with previous Administrations it is not this Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings. All such contacts are conducted in accordance with the Ministerial Code, the Civil Service Code and Guidance to Civil Servants: Contacts with Lobbyists.

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Departmental Restructuring

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) timetable and (b) terms of reference are for the review of the appropriate institutional structure and departmental responsibilities for transport safety and other health and safety at work issues deemed necessary as a result of departmental restructuring; and if he will make a statement. [61266]

Mr. Darling: Further details will be announced shortly.

Illegal Fuel

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many roadside tests were carried out on motor vehicles to test for illegal petrol and diesel in each year since 1995. [62947]

John Healey: I have been asked to reply.

Roadside checks do not include risk-targeted checks made at premises. They are therefore only part of Customs activity to test for illegal petrol and diesel.

The decline in the number of tests made reflects a move to more risk assessed challenges. This makes better use of Customs' resources and results in a greater hit rate than for fully random testing. Figures for 2000 show hit rates of approximately 4.5 per cent. for random tests and 45 per cent. for risk-assessed challenges.

Customs figures for roadside checks do not go back as far as 1995. However, the table shows the number of roadside checks carried out from financial year 1996–97.

YearNumber
1996–9739,087
1997–9835,603
1998–9934,963
1999–200030,405
2000–0117,158
2001–0211,012

Red Diesel

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what restrictions exist on the use of red diesel in the United Kingdom; and whether these regulations were changed following shortages in fuel supplies in September 2000. [62939]

John Healey: I have been asked to reply.

Restrictions on the use of red diesel and other 'rebated oils' are contained in the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979, and published in Customs and Excise Public Notice 75 "Fuel for Diesel Vehicles".

This legislation was not changed after the shortages in fuel supplies that occurred in September 2000, though for a brief period at the time motorists were permitted to use red diesel, provided that duty at the full, road fuel, rate was paid.

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EDUCATION AND SKILLS

Youth Services

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the average amount spent on youth services is by local authorities per 13 to 19-year-old per year in each of the last three years; [57595]

Mr. Miliband: The information requested is contained in the following tables:

NCE per head of population, real terms (2000–01) prices

Unit costs per head of population (£)
LEA name1997–981998–991999–20002000–01
City of London380400960260
Camden140150180240
Greenwich100110130130
Hackney8070100
Hammersmith and Fulham150110160150
Islington310240400300
Kensington and Chelsea350240350350
Lambeth1009090120
Lewisham100100110130
Southwark220230140170
Tower Hamlets230210200210
Wandsworth190190190180
Westminster200150130110
Barking and Dagenham1001008070
Barnet60709060
Bexley70809090
Brent120120100110
Bromley40505050
Croydon707080110
Ealing40405070
Enfield40505050
Haringey709080100
Harrow40404040
Havering60707080
Hillingdon808070 70
Hounslow60705050
Kingston upon Thames60506060
Merton40405050
Newham110808080
Redbridge60707090
Richmond upon Thames70705060
Sutton90909080
Waltham Forest110130110120
Birmingham80909040
Coventry90708080
Dudley50506070
Sandwell50506060
Solihull40404040
Walsall60609050
Wolverhampton140130140160
Knowsley301010
Liverpool160160140130
St. Helens60607070
Sefton70707070
Wirral70708070
Bolton60606060
Bury50508080
Manchester60707070
Oldham1201308070
Rochdale80706070
Salford60606080
Stockport60607070
Tameside1009070120
Trafford60808070
Wigan50505050
Barnsley809010090
Doncaster70807070
Rotherham130160160170
Sheffield10010090100
Bradford909010080
Calderdale140120120130
Kirklees40404050
Leeds90200100120
Wakefield70606070
Gateshead60707070
Newcastle upon Tyne110120150
North Tyneside20203050
South Tyneside807050110
Sunderland20406060
Isles of Scilly101020
Bath and North East Somerset901009090
City of Bristol80808080
North Somerset60606050
South Gloucestershire50506050
Hartlepool110110100100
Middlesbrough20408080
Redcar and Cleveland909090100
Stockton-on-Tees70606060
City of Kingston-upon-Hull100100100100
East Riding of Yorkshire50506050
North East Lincolnshire50507080
North Lincolnshire80908080
North Yorkshire40304030
York60707070
Bedfordshire50405040
Luton70605070
Buckinghamshire60506060
Milton Keynes80808080
Derbyshire80807060
Derby60706080
Dorset70707070
Poole70607070
Bournemouth9090100110
Durham90907040
Darlington70705050
East Sussex50405050
Brighton and Hove40604040
Hampshire30303040
Portsmouth
Southampton40504040
Leicestershire60707060
Leicester90908070
Rutland40606050
Staffordshire100908080
Stoke on Trent50407080
Wiltshire80506050
Swindon90708080
Pre LGR Berkshire80
Bracknell Forest809090
Windsor and Maidenhead505050
West Berkshire505060
Reading18090100
Slough90100100
Wokingham405010
Pre LGR Cambridgeshire50
Cambridgeshire504040
Peterborough104070
Pre LGR Cheshire50
Cheshire505050
Halton708070
Warrington505050
Pre LGR Devon40
Devon404040
Plymouth105050
Torbay404040
Pre LGR Essex70
Essex606060
Southend605060
Thurrock10080100
Hereford and Worcester40
Herefordshire404060
Worcestershire404040
Pre LGR Kent40
Kent404050
Rochester and Gillingham404050
Pre LGR Lancashire90
Lancashire707070
Blackburn808090
Blackpool606060
Pre LGR Nottinghamshire90
Nottinghamshire808090
Nottingham City120120120
Pre LGR Shropshire70
Shropshire607060
The Wrekin909090
Cornwall56505070
Cumbria42404040
Gloucestershire68606060
Hertfordshire70606070
Isle of Wight1091009090
Lincolnshire47504050
Norfolk55504040
Northamptonshire58606050
Northumberland51405050
Oxfordshire52504050
Somerset61606070
Suffolk4050
Surrey57606070
Warwickshire24303050
West Sussex62606060
England71707070
Min.
Max.380400960350
Median70707070
25 per cent. LEAs90909090
75 per cent. LEAs50505050

Notes:

All figures are in £s, rounded to the nearest £10.

All figures are in real terms (2000–01) prices based on GDP deflators published on 18 April 2002.

Unit costs are calculated using net current expenditure after recharges.

Expenditure data for 1999–2000 is taken from section 52 outturn statements completed by local education authorities and returned to DfES.

Data for previous years is taken from DTLR's revenue outturn returns.

Population data relate to ages 13 to 19 and are estimates produced by the DfES, using data from the ONS and Government Actuaries Department (GAD).


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