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Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what action he has taken in respect of reports of sleepers and other debris being left by contractors beside the main east coast railway line in Arlesey, Bedfordshire; and if he will make a statement; 
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(3) what information he has received from the Chief Executive of Railtrack about an initiative designed to ensure contractors clear debris from areas surrounding railway tracks whilst work is in progress; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 21 May 2002]: I understand that Railtrack have in hand a national programme to ensure that the lineside is clear from surplus engineering material by October 2002; and that systems are in place by the following month to prevent future build-up of such material.
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities included proposals for home zones in their annual progress reports 2001 finance forms; how many were proposed in each case; what the total length of these roads is; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: The table shows the information provided within the local transport plan Annual Progress Reports submitted in August 2001 of those English authorities outside London which included proposals for the designation of areas as home zones. Length of road within each proposal is not recorded centrally.
|Bath and North East Somerset||2||3||3||3||3|
|Isle of Wight||1||2||2||2||2|
|Stoke on Trent||0||0||1||0||1|
|Telford and Wrekin||0||0||1||1||1|
|Windsor and Maidenheaad||1||0||0||0||0|
LTP Annual Progress Report 2001
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains of each train operating company arrived late by (a) more than five minutes and (b) more than 10 minutes in each month from November 2001 to June 2002; and how many trains in each train operating company were cancelled in each month from November 2001 to June 2002. 
Mr. Jamieson: I refer the hon. Member to the Strategic Rail Authority Publication 'On Track' which contains the rail performance information he seeks. The document is published every six months, the last one on 6 June and was placed in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 2 July 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the statement about Network Rail made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport on 27 June 2002 Official Report, columns 971973.
Mr. Jamieson: The Department may wish to engage consultants for a wide variety of purposes, including policy development (and implementation), administration, research and development, and the provision of specialist services. I would not want to prejudge who are appointed to undertake such work.
Mr. Jamieson: Performance figures for each of the train operating companies are published by the Strategic Rail Authority in their quarterly publication "National Rail Trends", and in more detail in their six monthly
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Mr. Jamieson: The law does not require passengers to wear seat belts in the rear seats of coaches but advice in the Highway Code is that they should be worn where available. Unlike the case of drivers of cars, goods vehicles and the smaller minibuses, it would be unreasonable and potentially unsafe for drivers of these larger vehicles also to be responsible for seat belt wearing by passengers under 14 years.
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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 25 June to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Carmichael), Official Report, column 768W, on national air traffic services, what actions with regard to software and equipment have been taken to prevent a recurrence of the problems experienced on 27 March, 10 April and 17 May. 
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