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Cycle Lanes

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost is of the provision is of a mile of a cycle lane. [65051]

Mr. Jamieson: Average costs are not available, but since cycle lanes use the existing carriageway of a road and are identified by markings and signs, costs are not high. The limitation in providing more cycle lanes on the carriageway will often be lack of sufficient road space to accommodate them.

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Rail Accident Investigation

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work has been conducted under HSE supervision for (a) Railtrack, (b) British Transport Police and (c) other rail industry companies and bodies in relation to accident investigation into the (i) Hatfield rail crash, (ii) Ladbroke Grove rail crash and (iii) Potter's Bar rail crash; who the contractor was in each case; what the nature of the work was; and if he will make a statement. [65368]

Mr. Jamieson: In addition to work undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) internal laboratory, HSE commissioned the following work from external contractors:

ContractorResearch
(i) Hatfield
Trimac Ltd.Specialist Photographic Support
AEA Technology RailAssistance with investigation including on-site derailment investigation, track profile measurements and examination of vehicles.
AEA ConsultancyAdvice on non-destructive testing.
Serco Rail-testPractical non-destructive testing of rails.
Sheffield Testing LabsChemical analysis of steel samples. Machine and tensile test of rails.
(ii) Ladbroke Grove
Grant Fire ConsultantsReview of existing fire standards and a review of the literature in respect of the behaviour of fires on porous ground.
Interek TestingTesting of gas/oil samples.
Forensic Science ServicesPaint analysis.
Astra ZenecaAuto ignition temperature test of samples of gas/oil.
University of SheffieldICP analysis.
Garvic DevelopmentDesign advice related to fuel tank impact test.
IC ConsultantsTechnical support in respect of the failure of fuel tanks and of the collision dynamics.
(iii) Potters Bar
AEA Technology RailAssistance with investigations.

This information relates to the principal contractors only. A complete list of all the contractors involved could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Live Firing Exercises (Aircraft Activities)

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at what (a) height, (b) latitude and (c) longitude the KLM Fokker 70 aircraft was flying on 19 June when the MoD ordered a ceasefire during a live firing exercise on Salisbury Plain below it; and if he will make a statement. [65197]

Mr. Jamieson: I am advised by National Air Traffic Services (NATS) that the KLM Fokker 70 aircraft, en route from Amsterdam to Bristol on 19 June, was at a height of 17,000 feet, and was at latitude 51o 17' north and longitude 001o 51' west when the incident occurred. NATS has assured us that at no time was safety compromised or the aircraft in danger. Nevertheless, NATS are carrying out a full investigation into the incident as are the Civil Aviation Authority, the Government's safety regulator, in order to establish what happened and what lessons may be learned for the future.

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at what time on 19 June National Air Traffic Services at Swanwick was first informed that a KLM Fokker 70 aircraft flying from Amsterdam to Bristol was passing over a live Army artillery exercise on Salisbury Plain; and what action they took. [65198]

Mr. Jamieson: The incident occurred at 10:30 hrs BST on 19 June. The Fokker 70 was detected by the MOD's Boscombe radar. On detection, Boscombe immediately invoked the Clear Range Procedure to ensure that activity in the Danger Area ceased before the aircraft penetrated the airspace, and informed NATS. As the aircraft was approaching its Bristol destination, and firing in the Danger Areas had been suspended, NATS permitted the aircraft to complete its journey. NATS subsequently initiated a full investigation into the incident which is also being examined by the CAA.

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures are in place to ensure that National Air Traffic Services are informed of (a) military flying exercises and (b) artillery firing exercises in the vicinity of Salisbury Plain. [65195]

Mr. Jamieson: Civil/military co-ordination is well established in the UK: major military flying and artillery firing exercises at Army ranges such as those on the Salisbury Plain are pre-planned with involvement from National Air Traffic Services. Such exercises are notified to airspace users by means of Airspace Co-ordination Notices issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The CAA also convey information about the activation

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of Danger Areas through the issue of British Islands Daily Nav Warnings. The two particular Danger Areas penetrated by the KLM Fokker 70 are active 24 hours a day and hence no notice of activation would be required. All Danger Areas are promulgated in the UK Aeronautical Information Publication and are shown on the aeronautical charts.

Departmental Waste

Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of waste produced in his Department was (a) recycled, (b) composted and (c) re-used, broken down into (i) paper, (ii) plastics, (iii) aluminium cans and (iv) other in each year since 1997; what plans there are to increase these proportions; and if he will make a statement. [65692]

Mr. Jamieson: My Department was formed on 29 May. Prior to 1999–2000, waste data were only available for DTLR headquarters and some other main sites. More comprehensive data have been available since.

Percentage recycled
1997–98
1998–99
1999–200044
2000–0142
2001–0251

Our policy aim is to achieve 70 per cent. rate of recovery or recycling by 2003–04.

Detailed information on waste streams is not available for the Department as a whole.

Recycling

Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of (a) paper and (b) other goods purchased by his Department was recycled paper in each year since 1997; what the annual total cost of these purchases was; what plans there are to increase these proportions; and if he will make a statement. [65763]

Mr. Jamieson: My Department was formed on 29 May. Our policy is to buy recycled paper for all work not requiring specialist papers. The proportion of paper bought by DTLR that met the policy in respect of recycled content was:

Percentage recycled
1997–9844
1998–9950
1999–200052
2000–0185
2001–0294

Information on other recycled goods and cost is not available.

Press Releases

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what occasions press releases have been released on behalf of the Department by the Government offices for the regions since 7 June 2001; and if he will place copies of these in the Library. [66319]

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Mr. Jamieson: The Government offices for the regions do not issue press releases on behalf of the Department for Transport, or previously for the former Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions.

European Transport White Paper

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) European Commissioners and (b) the European Parliament on the European transport White Paper; and if he will make a statement. [66313]

Mr. Jamieson: The European Commission published its European transport policy White Paper in September 2001. The White Paper itself has no legislative or executive force at this stage, but it indicates areas where the Commission intends to initiate action over the next few years.

There have been discussions on this White Paper at the Transport Council on several occasions, but neither I nor other departmental Ministers have had specific discussions with the European Commission or the European Parliament.

Multi-modal Studies

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how he will expedite the implementation of the findings of the 21 multi-modal studies set out in the 10-year transport plan to ensure that the infrastructure improvements identified therein are operational by 2010. [66009]

Mr. Jamieson: The multi-modal studies are developing strategies which go well beyond 2010. We will consider the recommendations of each study and agree an integrated programme of measures to be taken forward by the Highways Agency, Strategic Rail Authorities and local authorities.


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