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Comprehensive Spending Review

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff have contributed to his Department's input to the Spending Review. [68693]

Mr. Jamieson: A range of staff make a contribution to the Spending Review process.

Significant Accidents

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how he defines a significant accident in the context of MAIB investigations. [68749]

Mr. Jamieson: The Secretary of State for Transport is guided by the criteria laid down in the Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) Regulations 1999. These define "accidents" but do not categorise them in degrees of severity. There is no definition of "significant" accident.

Urban Bus Challenge

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 1 July 2002, Official Report, column 104W, on the Urban Bus Challenge Fund, if he will list the wards served by the projects which were given awards as part of the Urban Bus Challenge. [69181]

Mr. Jamieson: Over 120 wards will benefit from projects to be supported following success in last year's Urban Bus Challenge competition. The information on wards served contained in the bids submitted is as shown in the table. In some cases, as indicated, the area to be served is not specified in terms of ward boundaries.

AuthorityTitle of bid approvedWards specified
BlackpoolLifestyle linePark, Clifton.
BristolLawrence Weston Transport GroupKingsweston.
EssexHarlow Community Transport dial a riden/a
Greater ManchesterWythenshawe demand response serviceBaguley, Benchill, Brooklands, Sharston, Woodhouse Park.
Call centren/a
Oldham bus serviceWerneth, Hollinwood.
HaltonDaresbury Park bus servicen/a
Accessible Transportn/a
HampshireLeigh Park LinksWarren Park.
HartlepoolImproved transport and infrastructureSt. Hilda, Brus, Hart, Dyke House, Stranton, Rosmere, Jackson Brinkburn, Rift House, Seaton.
LancashireSkelmersdale demand responsive transitTanhouse, Digmorr, Moorside.
LeicesterCommunity service for BraunstoneBraunstone North.
Merseyside Atlantic Gateway demand response service; Huyton/Prescot demand response service; Kirby/Gillmoss demand response serviceCantril Farm, Cherryfield, Halewood East, Halewood South, Halewood West, Kirkby Central, Kirkby Park, Knowsley Park, Longview, Northwood, Prescot East, Prescot West, Princess, Roby, St. Gabriels, St. Michaels, Tower Hill, Whiston North, Whiston South, Allerton, Anfield, Arundel, Breckfield, Childwall, Church (Liverpool), Clubmoor, County, Croxteth, Dovecot, Everton, Gillmoss, Granby, Kensington, Melrose, Netherley, Picton, Pirrie, Smithdown, Speke, St. Mary's, Tuebrook, Valley, Vauxhall, Warbreck, Church (Sefton), Derby, Ford, Linacre, Litherland, Netherton, Orrell, St. Oswald, Rainhill.
Norfolk(Joint proposal with Suffolk) Lowestoft corridor busn/a
NorthumberlandConnecting BlythCowpen, Plessey, Kitty Brewster, Croft.
NottinghamshireMansfield access to employmentForest Town, Lindhurst, Oak Tree, Ravenscroft.
PlymouthEast/West corridor linkCity Centre, Cattedown, Hoe.
South YorkshireParson Cross community bus serviceSouthey Green, Owlerton, Nethershire.
Stoke on TrentHealth demand responseBurslem Central, Burslem Grange, Turnstall North.
Telford and WrekinIntegrated Taxi Networkn/a
ThurrockDemand response serviceTilbury Riverside, Tilbury St. Chads, Grays Riverside, Grays Thurrock, Ockendon, Corringham West, Corringham and Fobbing, Belhus, West Thurrock, Chafford Hundred, Stanford-le-Hope East, Stanford-le-Hope West, Little Thurrock Blackshots, Little Thurrock Rectory.
Transport for LondonImproved access for staff, patients and visitors to Hammersmith, Queens Charlotte and Charing Cross HospitalsNorth Fulham, White City and Shepherds Bush.
Tyne and WearWest Newcastle better access to employment opportunitiesElswick, Newburn, Blakelaw.
WarwickshireCamp Hill provision to employment opportunitiesCamp Hill.
West MidlandsBirchfield provision of community busAston.
Community transport for prison visitorsn/a
Dudley, provision of school mini bus serviceCastle and Priory, St. Thomas's, Netherton and Woodside.
West YorkshireEast Leeds access to employment opportunitiesRichmond Hill, Hunslet, Seacroft, Whinmoor.
Leeds Buddying schemen/a
WorcestershireHigh frequency cross-city bus service and demand responsive orbital minibusn/a

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Bus Services, London

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average frequency of buses in London during (a) peak, (b) off-peak and (c) night bus services was in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999. [69182]

Mr. Jamieson: Bus services in London are now the responsibility of the Mayor and Transport for London

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(TfL). I understand from TfL that the information regarding average service frequency is not available in the form requested.

Car Tax

Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people whose cars were untaxed had enforcement action taken against them in each of the last five years. [69175]

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Mr. Jamieson: The table details the number of vehicle excise duty evaders against whom enforcement has been taken in each of the last five years. The table breaks down the enforcement action into three categories—those who have settled out of court, those who have been prosecuted, and those who have been encouraged to relicense as a result of enforcement action.

YearOut of court settlementsProsecutionsVoluntary relicensingTotals

Search and Rescue Helicopter, Portland

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what risk assessment has been made regarding the safety of sub-aqua divers from Portland and Weymouth should the search and rescue helicopter at Portland be moved to Lee-on-Solent. [69072]

Mr. Jamieson: The Maritime and Coastguard agency has carried out an operational risk assessment with regard to the possibility of moving the Coastguard helicopter based at Portland to Lee-on-Solent.

This analysis has demonstrated that the national criteria for response to all incidents, including sub-aqua divers, would still be met for the very high, high and medium risk areas within the Portland and Weymouth area. However, no decisions have been made about the future location of the helicopter.

Vehicle Registration (Data Access)

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes have been recently made to restrictions on public access to the personal details of the registered owner of a vehicle; and if he will make a statement. [69428]

Mr. Jamieson: No recent changes have been introduced. The vehicle register remains a semi-open record.

The law allows keeper details to be made available to the police, to local authorities, for enforcement activities and to anyone who can demonstrate 'reasonable cause' for their request. All 'reasonable cause' applications must be in writing and be supported by witness details, police crime numbers, insurance claim details and repair bills.

Road Safety

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities have carried out child road safety audits as part of their road safety plans; and what measures have been taken to implement them. [69384]

Mr. Jamieson: We do not have information from local authorities categorically stating that they conduct child safety audits. However, it is unlikely that many do not conduct the principles of audit. At its simplest, it means that local authorities should know where their child casualties are occurring, take measures to address the problem and monitor the results. Authorities are required

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to set local casualty reduction targets which should reflect the national targets. How they meet those targets are for local determination and the precise measures employed will depend upon local circumstances.


Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans exist for a relief road between the A1055 and the M11 extension near Leyton; and if he will make a statement. [69122]

Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 11 July 2002]: There is a proposal for such a scheme, the Lower Lea Valley Spine Road. This is the London borough of Newham's responsibility, not the Government's. Further information may be obtained from:

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