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The right hon. Member for North-West Norfolk (Mrs. Shephard) DL MP takes up appointment as the Conservative Party nominee in succession to the right hon. Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market OBE. Baroness Maddock takes up appointment as the Liberal Democrat Party nominee in succession to Lord Goodhart QC. Both appointments are for three years in the first instance.
The right hon. Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market and Lord Goodhart are both stepping down from the Committee on completion of their second terms of appointment. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them both for the valuable work they have undertaken on the Committee over the last six years, and the significant contribution they have made to improving standards in public life.
Mr. Flight : To ask the Prime Minister how much was spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by the Prime Minister and officials in each year since 1997. 
The Prime Minister: For running costs and the cost of maintenance, renovation and council tax of residential properties in Downing street, I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave to the hon. Member for Lewes (Mr. Baker) on 22 July 2002, Official Report, column 804W, and on 28 February 2002, Official Report, columns 144344W.
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Prime Minister (1) with whom he has communicated to try to find a way in which he can disclose certain information given to him and the Prime Minister of the Irish Republic by General de Chastelain; and what the responses have been; 
(3) whether during his conversation with the Prime Minister of the Irish Republic and General de Chastelain he obtained from the latter facts which were not in the General's press conferences and statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: Section 144 of the Transport Act 2000 enables regulations to be made so that local authorities outside London can enforce bus lanes using cameras to detect vehicles being driven in them illegally. The work on the preparation of the regulations including resolving relevant legal points has taken longer than expected but the Department for Transport and the Department for Constitutional Affairs hope to be able to make the relevant regulations later this year.
Mr. Jamieson: Nonethere is no evidence to suggest that there is a shortage of qualified MOT testers. Currently there are around 19,500 MOT testing stations with 50,000 testers. There is no restriction on the number of garages that can apply to become MOT testing stations and, once designated, garages can employ as many MOT testers as they wish.
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Mr. McNulty [holding answer 4 November 2003]: It is expected that the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line will enable train services, including those from London to Liverpool, to travel at speeds of up to 125 mph from the autumn of 2004.
Mr. Jamieson: On 11 February 2003 the Department published an independently produced evaluation report of the two-year trial of the safety camera cost recovery system. This showed a 35 per cent. reduction in those killed or seriously injured at camera sites, equating to around 280 people and a 4 per cent. reduction in those killed or seriously injured across the pilot areas, equating to around 530 people.
Mr. Jamieson: We have an on-going research programme into fitness to drive, the results of which will help inform the Secretary of State's Honorary Medical Advisory Panels in relation to their advice on the driver licensing standards.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he is introducing to reduce the numbers of children under the age of 16 who are killed or receive a serious head injury as a result of a cycling accident. 
Mr. Jamieson: We have produced a large body of material on cycle safety aimed at younger children promoting the use of cycle helmets as well as other cycle safety messages such as conspicuity and training. We have also developed a Cycle Sense campaign aimed at teenagers that was launched on 21 May this year. The campaign encourages teenagers to wear cycle helmets and consists of posters and a new cycle sense website.
Mr. Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will comply with the Cabinet Office's guidance on consultation when consulting on the detailed regulations which accompany the Traffic Management Bill. 
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force if necessary, without the knowledge or consent of the passenger; and how many times they have been exercised in the past 12 months. 
Mr. McNulty: Aerodrome managers and aircraft operators are directed through secondary legislation, made under the Aviation Security Act 1982, to examine passenger baggage to a standard sufficient reasonably to ensure that no prohibited articles are taken into a restricted zone or onto an aircraft. Where passengers refuse to permit such an examination, the baggage is not allowed to pass beyond the point of search. If the baggage is not accompanied by its owner, and x-ray screening of a bag has not resolved all doubts, the aircraft operator is permitted by direction to search the bag by hand. Searching unaccompanied hold baggage by hand is therefore rarely necessary.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prosecutions there have been by British Transport Police for acts of vandalism on (a) on tube trains, (b) in tube stations and (c) on tube lines in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. McNulty: Vandalism is not classified as a crime group but the offence of criminal damage is the closest equivalent. Prosecutions are a matter for the Crown Prosecution Service. However, the BTP have provided the information in Table 1 regarding the number of people arrested, summonsed or charged with criminal damage in the past six years which is the maximum period for which reliable data are available. Table 2 shows the total number of criminal damage offences reported and cleared for the last 10 years. Table 3 gives a breakdown for criminal damage offences reported and cleared, split between tube stations, tube lines and tube trains for the last four years, the maximum period for which reliable data are available.
|Time period(1 October30 September)||Number of persons Arrested/Charged/Summonsed for criminal damage offences|
|Criminal Damage Offences(1 April31 March)||Reported||Cleared|
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|Criminal Damage Offences(1 April31 March)||19992000||200001||200102||200203|
|Offences at tube stations:||376||340||366||361|
|Offences on tube lines:||46||26||65||125|
|Offences on tube trains:||295||292||302||426|
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