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Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal road accidents in each year between 2000 and 2004 involved drivers that were foreign visitors, broken down by nationality of driver concerned. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Government are committed to helping local highway authorities play their part in delivering the national casualty reduction targets by 2010. The local highway authority has invested £1.1 million in road safety initiatives in Wirral, including £150,000 on traffic signal improvements in Wirral, South.
Mr. Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to improve (a) maintenance, (b) signage and (c) markings on (i) trunk roads and (ii) motorways; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: This Government have made the maintenance of trunk roads and motorways in England their first investment priority for strategic roads. The Highways Agency aims to carry out the right maintenance treatment at the right time in order to minimise costs and delays to traffic. Signage and markings are maintained in accordance with the Highways Agency's standards and guidance, which are kept under review.
Charlotte Atkins: Select committee reports are given very careful consideration by the Department's Ministers. Since 29 May 2002, when this Department was formed, several committees of both Houses have made recommendations on matters for which the Department for Transport is responsible. Select committee reports and their responses are a matter of public record.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2004, Official Report, columns 87174W, on South West Trains, what information the Strategic Rail Authority received from South West Trains concerning (a) the dates of the consultation exercise and (b) details of the representations they received; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: South West Trains (SWT) was not required to advise the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) of the dates of its consultation. SWT provided the SRA with a summary of the responses to its consultation between April and May 2004 and a copy has been placed in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. McNulty: This project requires a number of different statutory approvals from the Department and from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Following a public inquiry between June 2000 and May 2001 decisions were deferred pending the resolution of three issues identified by the Inspector relating to deficiencies in the design of the scheme in central London.
Now that Network Rail has submitted further planning and listed building consent applications to address those issues, we are considering with ODPM whether to re-open the earlier inquiry and, if so, what its scope should be.
Mr. McNulty: The payments that are made to train operating companies (TOCs) are franchise payments in accordance with their contracts. Net franchise payments to TOCs are published in the Strategic Rail Authority's annual reports, copies of which are in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much public subsidy was provided to the operator of the TransPennine Express franchise in each year since it was originally granted; and what the (a) punctuality and (b) reliability figures were for the operator of the TransPennine Express franchise in each of these years. 
Mr. McNulty: The TransPennine Express franchise commenced on 1 February 2004. Details of the subsidy payments made and due to be made to each train operating company are presented in the Strategic Rail Authority's (SRA's) Annual Reports. Punctuality and reliability figures are presented in the SRA's Quarterly National Rail Trends. Copies of both documents are in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requirements on franchisees to communicate information on delays to trains to passengers waiting at unstaffed train stations are planned. 
All franchised train operators are required by their franchise agreements to provide passengers with accurate and timely information about delays, cancellations and disruptions. Most have installed public address systems to enable this information to be provided to passengers waiting at unstaffed stations. Where these are not provided, telephone information points are available at the stations which enable passengers to ask the nearest control centre for information about train running.
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Figures on the number of people suffering from cancer at any point in time are not routinely calculated for England as a whole, or for areas within England. Available figures relate to newly diagnosed cases in each year and are for England and Government Office Regions only. The latest available figures are for the year 2001. These were published in "Cancer statistics: registrations, England 2001. Series MB1 no.32. London: The Stationery Office, 2004" on the National Statistics website at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_health/MB1_32.pdf
The attached table shows the information requested, relating to change in jobs by sector, between the closest data reference points to these dates, September 1997 and June 1999, and the latest data reference point, June 2004.
|SIC 92 sections||A-O||A-B||C, E||D||F|
|Change from September 1997 to June 2004||1,896||-163||-21||-842||338|
|Change from June 1999 to June 2004||1,292||-96||-9||-726||282|
Hotels and Restaurants
|Transport and Comms.||Finance and|
|Admin. Education and Health||Other Services|
|SIC 92 sections||G, H||I||J-K||L, N||0|
|Change from September 1997 to June 2004||383||193||826||906||277|
|Change from June 1999 to June 2004||321||104||504||728||186|
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