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Ms Hewitt: Since August 2001 when the current planning regulations on mobile telecommunications masts came into force there have been eight planning applications and six applications for prior approval to site mobile telecommunications masts on land owned by the Department.
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what briefing was provided by her Department's Press Office to the media in advance of her announcement on 14 July on the expansion of offshore wind capacity. 
Ms Hewitt: Invitations to a press briefing were issued to media representatives in advance of the announcement on the expansion of offshore wind capacity on 14 July. No other briefing material was released in advance of the announcement.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether wind farms built on unpopulated islands and islands with populations of less than 1,000 people are entitled to support under the offshore wind capital grants programme. 
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Onshore wind farms are not eligible for capital grants, since onshore wind is close to becoming commercially competitive. However, onshore wind farms (wherever situated) would be eligible for support under the Renewables Obligations.
|Total visits made||218|
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I have met the Chairman of the Liaison Committee to discuss pre-legislative scrutiny, among other matters, and I hope to meet the members of the Liaison Committee in the autumn. The Government seek to facilitate pre-legislative scrutiny as far as is possible and has placed great emphasis on producing more bills in draft. However, the way in which committees perform their core duties is a matter for Parliament, not Government.
Mr. Hain: The following information requested is as follows: nine draft bills were laid before Parliament this Session. The table indicates in each case the Committee which has undertaken, or will undertake, pre-legislative scrutiny.
|Draft Bill||Pre-legislative scrutiny by|
|Electricity (Trading and Transmission)||Trade and Industry Committee|
|Corruption||Joint Committee on the draft Corruption Bill|
|Housing||Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister|
|Public Audit (Wales)||Welsh Affairs Committee (and the National Assembly for Wales)|
|Civil Contingencies||Joint Committee on the draft Civil Contingencies Bill|
|Nuclear Sites and Radioactive Substances||Trade and Industry Committee|
|Mental Incapacity||Joint Committee on the draft Mental Incapacity Bill|
|Gender Recognition||Joint Committee on Human Rights|
|Gambling (part 1)||Joint Committee on the draft Gambling Bill|
Mr. Flight: To ask the Leader of the House how many (a) special advisers, (b) press officers, (c) civil servants, (d) advisers to civil servants and (e) permanent staff were working for the Leader of the House in each year since 1996. 
|From||Civil servants||Special advisers||Press officers|
The post of Deputy Leader of the House of Commons was created in July 1999.
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Mr. Norman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) Grade I, (b) Grade II* and (c) Grade II buildings have been identified for demolition as a result of his response to the 11 multi modal studies announced on 9 July; and where they are located. 
Mr. Jamieson: There are no Grade I or Grade II* listed buildings identified for demolition due to road schemes that entered the Targeted Programme of Improvements on 9 July. The Grade II Burgess Hill Farmhouse and Barn are on the proposed route of the A21 dualling between Tonbridge and Pembury. No decision has been taken on whether to demolish or relocate these buildings.
Mr. McNulty: Due to organisational changes in 1999 (London Transport becoming part of Transport for London, and restructuring of London Underground to reflect "shadowing running" in anticipation of the Public Private Partnership), it is only possible to provide comparable figures over the last three years.
|Advertising & Customer Information (£ million)||Public Relations(£ million)|
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prosecutions of London Underground Ltd. there were in each of the last six years for breaches of health and safety regulations. 
Mr. McNulty: This information is freely available on Health and Safety Executive's Website, www.hse.gov.uk. The number of prosecutions against London Underground for health and safety breaches over the last six years is as follows:
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Mr. McNulty: The information is not available in the format requested. LU has strict guidelines about station and train cleanliness and they form a key part of the PPP contracts. London Underground are working very closely with their Infraco partners to achieve improvements. The PPP contracts sets benchmarks for performance and Infracos have incentives to achieve these or suffer financial penalties for failure.
Mr. McNulty: Station and train cleanliness are a key element of the PPP contracts. Therefore, the responsibility for employing staff to clean trains and stations is the responsibility of each of LU's Infraco partners. The number of cleaners employed is a matter for them.
|Line||Carriages in service|
|Waterloo & City||16|
|Hammersmith & City||84|
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|Waterloo & City||2.8|
|Metropolitan/Hammersmith & City||106.6|
Mr. McNulty: London Underground, for reasons of security, do not publicly disclose the number of stations with CCTV coverage. They can confirm that 96 per cent. of stations possess CCTV facilities. Under the PPP, improving security of customers and staff is a key priority and LU and their partners are committed to delivering these improvements.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) lowest and (b) highest salary was for London Underground (i) station staff, (ii) drivers and (iii) board members on 14 July 2003. 
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|Lowest Salary||Highest Salary|
|Station staff (From Customer Service Assistant to Station Supervisor)||18,932||34,044|
|Train Operators (drivers)(8)||31,274||31,274|
|London Underground Board Members||98,291||154,500|
(8) Train operators are paid at a flat rate
Mr. McNulty: Setting of Underground fares has been an operational responsibility for Transport for London and the Mayor of London since the summer of 2000. The cheapest adult tickets on London Underground are (i) 1.00 single and (ii) 2.00 return. The most expensive adult tickets they sell are (i) £3.70 single and (ii) £7.40 return.
Mr. McNulty: Setting of Underground fares has been an operational responsibility for Transport for London and the Mayor of London since the summer of 2000. The cheapest adult season tickets on London Underground are (i) 35 monthly and (ii) 364 annual. The most expensive adult season tickets they sell are (i) £142.90 monthly and (ii) £1,488 annual. The cheapest monthly and annual season tickets cover only one Travelcard Zone (a choice of zones 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 but not 1). The most expensive monthly and annual season tickets cover all Zones (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6).
|Earliest train||Latest train|
|Hammersmith and City||04.40||00.59|
|Waterloo and City||06.15||21.52|
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Mr. McNulty: According to London Underground's latest figures, (four weeks to 21 June) the average waiting time at ticket offices was 66.4 seconds. This is the lowest average waiting time attained for four years.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many acts of aggression against staff there were on each London Underground line in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
Mr. McNulty: Following a major programme aimed at improving staff protection, physical assaults fell by 4 per cent. in 200203, the first time in many years. The figures requested are provided as follows.
|Line||Instances of aggression|
|Circle and Hammersmith||14|
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many London Underground employees there were on 14 July, broken down by (a) train drivers, (b) station staff, (c) HQ staff and (d) other categories of staff. 
|Train operators (drivers)||3,189|
|HQ staff (Central Directorates)||1,668|
|Other categories of staff(9)||2,045|
(9) Personnel supporting train operators and station staff in the Trains and Stations Directorates.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) train cancellations and (b) delays of more than 10 minutes to London Underground train services there were on each line in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
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|Line||Delays greater than 15 minutes||Peak cancellations|
|Waterloo and City||79||254|
|Circle and Hammersmith||289||1,743|
1. Cancellation figures given are for M-F peaks (09:00 and 18:00 'snapshots').
2. London Underground's key performance indicator for delays is based on 15 minutes
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the level of fare evasion was on the London Underground in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many people were prosecuted for fare evasion on each line during that period. 
Mr. McNulty: In the 12 months to November 2002, 3.54 per cent. of passengers were unable to produce a ticket, or carried an incorrect ticket. Between 1 July 20021 July 2003, LU submitted 2,042 prosecutions for fare evasion. LU carries out regular ticket irregularity surveys, and not all instances of passengers using incorrect tickets are an attempt to avoid paying the correct fare.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average number of passengers carried at peak times on each London Underground line was during the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
|Hammersmith and City||44,570||395|
|Waterloo and City||17,806||14,577|
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