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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library copies of the documents on the Central Railway project that were released by his Department to Central Railway plc following an application under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the cost to South Gloucestershire council of implementing the national half-fare concessionary travel scheme; and what additional resources he will be allocating to South Gloucestershire council in respect of the proposed extension of the concessionary travel scheme. 
Ms Buck: The Government will provide an extra £350 million in 200607 which will be sufficient to fund the cost to local authorities. A decision on how the extra funding will be distributed will be made in due course.
The Highways Agency currently has three pieces of agricultural land in its portfolio, which fall in the Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency. These pieces of
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land are at Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury and together amount to 17.69 acres. Two pieces of land are to the east of the A5 and the third piece of land is to the west of the A5.
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of the Eurotunnel Working Group in addressing issues surrounding the process of Eurotunnel's audit system. 
Derek Twigg: The Channel Tunnel Safety Authority's (CTSA's) Annual Report for 200405 notes, in paragraph 75, that the Health and Safety at Work and Human Factors Working Group will be considering, among other things, the process of Eurotunnel's audit system in the course of 200506. I expect that the CTSA's Annual Report for 200506 will cover the results of that consideration.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what systems are in place to ensure that there is consistency and national co-ordination of policy across regional offices of the Highways Agency; and whether he plans to make changes to the systems. 
Dr. Ladyman: The Highways Agency is a national executive agency reporting to Ministers, with annual objectives agreed by Ministers and set out and published in its business plan each year. The chief executive of the Highways Agency is responsible for ensuring consistency of application of policy and co-ordination across its regional offices. He reports to me on a regular basis.
Dr. Ladyman: The choice of safety barrier in a motorway central reserve is controlled by the Highways Agency Interim Advice Note 60/05The Introduction of a New Highways Agency Policy for the Performance Requirements for Central Reserve Safety Barriers on Motorways. The implementation of this advice requires future barriers to be of concrete unless there are over-riding circumstances.
Detailed guidelines for the construction of safety barriers are contained in the manufacturer's product specifications and in the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works, Volume 1, Specification for Highway Works, Clauses: Series 0100, 0400, Appendices: A, C and E
Ms Buck: Section 35 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 allows local authorities to charge for the use of off-street car parks, while section 46 allows them to charge for the use of designated on-street parking places. The determination of the levels of charges is a matter for individual authorities.
Dr. Ladyman: There are over 500 port facilities in the United Kingdom that are compliant under the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. The names of the facilities have been lodged in the Library in the document titled ISPS Compliant Port Facilities in the UK".
The ISPS Code applies to port facilities serving passenger ships and cargo ships over 500 Gross Tonnes engaged on international voyages and domestic Class A ferries which travel more than 20 nautical miles from the UK coastline.
Derek Twigg: The letting of franchises since 1997 has been successively undertaken by the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising, the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority, the Strategic Rail Authority and since July 2005, the Department for Transport.
Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department plans to publish the consultants' final report on the review of the Northern Rail franchise; whether its recommendations will be incorporated into the 2006 rail timetable planning conference; and if he will make a statement on the implications of the review for the Northern Way" initiative. 
Derek Twigg: Work on the review of the Northern Rail franchise is proceeding, and I expect to announce proposals for consultation early next year. The consultation will seek the views of organisations involved in the Northern Way" initiative.
Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date his Department plans to publish the final regional planning assessment for North East England; and whether its recommendations will be incorporated into the 2006 rail timetable planning conference. 
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