25. Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on progress in removing unnecessary burdens on small businesses through the better regulation agenda; 
26. Gordon Banks: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on progress in removing unnecessary burdens on small businesses through the better regulation agenda. 
We have launched a major exercise to measure and then reduce the administrative burdens faced by business and we are on track with a major rationalisation of regulators. These changes will benefit small business.
10. Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the transport infrastructure improvements required in and around Adur in West Sussex to facilitate the proposed expansion of facilities at Shoreham airport and Shoreham harbour. 
Ms Buck: Any proposals to expand Shoreham airport or harbour would be for the owners of those facilities to bring forward, alongside, as appropriate, proposals to address associated landside transport issues.
Mr. Darling: The great majority of airports in the UK are operated on a commercial basis, but the Air Transport White Paper makes clear there may be a case for limited public funding to support small airports operated by local authorities and those in objective 1 and 2 areas. We have facilitated the use of route development funds and fifth freedom rights to attract new services at regional airports, and development agencies can provide support where it would help to deliver regional economic objectives.
Ms Buck: The balanced strategy set out in The Future of Air Transport White Paper required that we did more to reduce and mitigate the environmental impacts of air transport. It included a range of measures at national and international level to address noise, local air quality and climate change issues. These are supplemented by specific environmental controls and appropriate mitigation action at individual airports.
Dr. Ladyman: I have been discussing with the Highways Agency, it's contractors and stakeholders at the highest level, proposals to bring about a step change in the approach to health and safety for road workers to achieve a lasting reduction in the risks for this vulnerable group.
15. Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars per day used junction 16 of the M4 in the last year for which figures are available; and what his estimate is of the capacity of the junction. 
Derek Twigg: The most recent assessment of the regional rail network in the East Midlands was made as part of the SRA Midland Mainline/East Midlands Route Utilisation Strategy which was published in March 2004. This work reviewed the usage of existing services and made recommendations around their future development.
Derek Twigg: The Department is currently examining the business case for direct rail services between Shrewsbury, Telford and London. The work is being carried out in conjunction with local authorities in the area and other interested bodies.
Derek Twigg: Network Rail and train operators have measures in place to address the operational risks presented by severe weather in the autumn and winter. The details are an operational matter for Network Rail.
Ms Buck: The Milton Keynes South Midlands sub-regional spatial strategy was published on 17 March 2005. This provided the area with a framework for delivery of its spatial strategy including an assessment of transport capacity issues and requirements.
The draft spatial strategy for the East of England which takes in London/Stansted/Cambridge/Peterborough growth area and parts of the Thames Gateway is current being tested through its examination in public. This draft contains a regional transport strategy.
Dr. Ladyman: Several sources of information have been used to determine existing traffic flows and vehicle movements at Junction 12; these include travel surveys, vehicle origin/destination data, and several vehicle surveys undertaken from 200304. This information has been used in traffic modelling work, which will forecast future traffic flows. The A5120 is the responsibility of Bedfordshire county council and we have no information about congestion in the vicinity of junction 12. However further studies will be undertaken as the M1 widening junctions 1013 scheme is developed.
Proposals to widen the M1 motorway between Junctions 10 and 13 (including improvements to junctions 11,12 and 13) were displayed at public consultation exhibitions from November 2004 to January 2005. A preferred route announcement for this scheme is planned for later this year.
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