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TRANSPORT

Children's Car Seats

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what duty there is for car hire firms when providing children's car seats to ensure that the seats meet current safety standards; and what requirements there are for car hire firms to ensure that children's car seats are properly fitted and appropriate to the weight of the intended child passenger. [119166]

Mr. Darling: Under seat belt wearing legislation, the driver of a vehicle is responsible for ensuring that children under 14 years use child restraints or adult belts, as appropriate, in accordance with the regulations. There is nothing in this legislation to require hire companies to provide appropriate child restraints for customers or ensure that they are properly fitted. The provision and fitting of appropriate child restraints is a matter between a hire company and their customers.

A46 and A453

Mr. Kenneth Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects construction work to begin on the planned dualling of the A46 Fosse Way between Widmerpool and Newark-on-Trent; [119171]

Mr. Darling [holding answer 13 June 2003]: I have asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Tim Matthews, to write to the right hon. Member.

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Letter from Tim Matthews to Mr. Kenneth Clarke, dated 18 June 2003:






Air Accidents Investigation Branch

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average length of time is for the publication of reports by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch following the air accident under investigation. [119707]

Mr. Jamieson: The average length of time taken to publish a report following an AAIB investigation is 28 weeks.

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many reports have been published by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (a) within 12 months of and (b) more than 12 months after the accident under investigation in each year since 1996. [119710]

Mr. Jamieson: The information requested is as follows:

Number of field and AARF (Form to Pilot) investigations conducted within the UK, broken down by time taken to publish report

Less than 12 monthsMore than 12 months
19963357
199731716
199836027
199933128
200027111
200126131
2002(3)23921

(3) In addition, there are 29 investigations to be published that are less than 12 months old.


John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were employed in the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in each year since 1996. [119711]

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Mr. Jamieson: The number of staff employed by the AAIB by year since 1996 is in the table.

Number
199642
199744
199846
199944
200044
200146
200250
200346

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many personnel, broken down by grade, are employed in the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. [119875]

Mr. Jamieson: The number and grades of staff employed by the AAIB on 16 June 2003 is in the table.

GradeNumber
SGB 12
Divisional Secretary1
Personal Secretary1
Administration Officer5
PGSE1
Executive Officer3
HPTO1
Higher Executive Officer1
G7 (Inspectors)25
G6 (Principal Inspectors)4
G5 (DCIAA)1
G4 (CIAA)1
Total46

Congestion

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what his Department's policy is on exempting motorcycles, scooters and mopeds from further congestion charging schemes; and if he will make a statement; [119927]

Mr. Jamieson: With the help of the Advisory Group on Motorcycling the Government are currently exploring a number of important issues relating to the role of motorcycling in an integrated transport policy, including congestion. The key workstreams should be completed by 2004, when we aim to determine a strategy for motorcycling.

We will consult on the scope of a uniform minimum standard of exemptions and concessions once we have had an opportunity to take into account the experiences gained from road user charging schemes in London and Durham. In the meantime it is a matter for those local authorities developing charging schemes to decide how to manage such vehicles within their schemes.

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Motorways

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment the Government have made of the (a) availability and (b) accessibility of designated rest areas on motorways; and how many rest areas there are on each motorway. [119858]

Mr. Jamieson: Motorists wanting to take a break in the course of their journey can stop at motorway service areas, which are available at approximately 30-mile intervals on most of the motorway network in England. I am arranging for a map showing the location of existing motorway service areas, from which may be deduced the number of rest areas on each motorway, to be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Network Rail

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list (a) Network Rail's rail land disposals, broken down by (i) date and (ii) value, and (b) the occasions on which the Rail Regulator has intervened to block rail land sales, in each of the last five years. [119317]

Mr. Jamieson: The Office of the Rail Regulator advises that the regulatory accounts of Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (and formerly Railtrack PLC) show income from land being £73 million for the financial year 2001–02. The unaudited figure for 2002–03 is £51 million. A breakdown of income per land case is not available. Data are not available prior to 2001–02.

Since the introduction of the land disposal licence condition by the Rail Regulator in November 2001, the Regulator has received 58 requests for consent from Network Rail (and formerly Railtrack plc). The Regulator has consented to 40 of these requests, refused consent on nine occasions, with nine requests awaiting a decision.

This information is set out in the following table.

CaseOutcome
1. LeeConsent granted 14 March 2002
2. NetherfieldConsent granted 14 March 2002
3. SalfordConsent granted 20 March 2002
4. Castle BromwichConsent granted 20 March 2002
5. GrimethorpeConsent granted 27 March 2002
6. Bristol ParkwayConsent granted 30 April 2002
7. Plymouth Intercity HouseConsent granted 3 May 2002
8. Cardiff Virgil StreetConsent granted 3 May 2002
9. Preston Strand Level CrossingConsent granted 3 May 2002
10. SalisburyConsent refused 7 June 2002
11. BirkenheadConsent granted 21 June 2002
12. BorehamwoodConsent refused 27 June 2002
13. StoneConsent granted 27 June 2002
14. East KilbrideConsent granted 19 July 2002
15. Henley-in-ArdenConsent granted 25 July 2002
16. Rufford & ClipstoneConsent granted 09 August 2002
17. Bristol EastConsent refused 13 August 2002
18. HeightenConsent granted 27 August 2002
19. St. Mary CrayConsent granted 29 August 2002
20. Beckenham JunctionConsent granted 29 August 2002
21. Penge EastConsent granted 29 August 2002
22. HoveConsent refused 5 September 2002
23. HastingsConsent granted 19 September 2002
24. DunfermlineConsent granted 7 October 2002
25. Kirkby-in-AshfieldConsent granted 11 October 2002
26. BredburyConsent granted 11 October 2002
27. HexhamConsent granted 18 October 2002
28. SalisburyConsent granted 24 October 2002
29. WoodleyConsent granted 22 November 2002
30. FrattonConsent granted 22 November 2002
31. BarkingConsent refused 2 December 2002
32. Shildon SouthConsent granted 11 December 2002
33. HeatonConsent refused 20 December 2002
34. Harwich TownConsent granted 20 December 2002.
35. East GrinsteadConsent refused 20 December 2002
36. FormbyConsent granted 19 December 2002
37. Sutton-in-AshfieldConsent granted 24 January 2003
38. BarryConsent granted 29 November 2002
39. IpswichConsent granted 21 February 2003
40. NorwichConsent refused 21 February 2003
41. HethersettConsent granted 21 February 2003
42. BedfordConsent granted 7 March 2003
43. ChesterConsent refused 23 March 2003
44. WiganConsent granted 18 March 2003
45. BraintreeConsent granted 21 March 2003
46. BostonConsent granted 7 April 2003
47. WolvertonConsent granted 22 April 2003
48. WembleyConsent granted 29 April 2003
49. St. AlbansConsent granted 22 May 2003
50. RutherglenPending
51. Glasgow HayburnPending
52. EdinburghPending
53. CranmorePending
54. SankeyPending
55. CarnoustiePending
56. HeatonPending
57. Cardiff Saunders RoadPending
58. Bognor RegisPending

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