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The UK, jointly with the Netherlands and supported by Slovakia and Cyprus, submitted a minutes statement stressing our commitment to the PPP principle for major infrastructure projects, our concerns on the potential increased costs of public procurement, the need for a
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reassessment of the business case for Galileo, competitive procurement, sound risk management, and ensuring that any extra funds are kept within the current EU financial perspective.

The Department has not made a separate estimate of the costs and merits of funding the Galileo project through public and private finance.

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the balance of risk between private and public sectors in the Galileo project is the same as that adopted by the Government in relation to domestic public private partnerships. [141150]

Dr. Ladyman: The proposed commercial public-private partnership (PPP) structure developed by the Galileo Joint Undertaking (GJU), and subsequently the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA), on behalf of the European Community aimed to obtain best value for money by placing risks with those best able to manage them. Negotiations on risk allocation had not been concluded when the heads of terms, version 1, was signed in November 2006. On 8 June the Transport Council concluded that the PPP negotiations had failed and should be ended.

There are no UK PPPs directly comparable with the Galileo project.

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of the total cost of the Galileo programme between 2007 to 2013 will be paid for by the UK. [141151]

Dr. Ladyman: The EC budget commitment for Galileo under the 2007-13 Financial Perspective will not be decided until after the summer.

The UK makes its contributions to the EC budget as a whole and not to individual spending programmes within it. Before taking account of the abatement, the UK contribution to the EC budget in 2007 is estimated to be 17.1 per cent. of the total. Over the period 2007-13, the draft EU Financial Regulation allocates €900 million, at 2004 prices, to the Galileo deployment phase.

The EU and the member states of ESA jointly fund the design and development programme for Galileo. As an ESA member state, the UK has committed €142 million to the design and development phase. This represents just under 17 per cent. of the subscription made to the programme by participating member states, and is comparable with contributions made by Germany, France and Italy. By the end of March 2007, payments to ESA amounted to just over half of the €142 million, leaving the remainder to be paid during 2007-13.

ESA has recently identified additional costs for the design and development phase. It is expected that the ESA executive will apply a rule that enables them to draw down up to 20 per cent. more than the original subscription made by the participating member state. ESA has also identified other additional requirements, the cost of which has not yet been scoped.

The principle that EU member states would not be required to fund the deployment and operational phases of the Galileo programme from national budgets was agreed at the March 2002 Transport Council. The Government remain committed to this principle.


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M3

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will provide estimates of the level of noise between junctions five and seven of the M3 motorway in each of the last 20 years for which data are available further to the answer of 27 June 2005, Official Report, column 1261W on the M3. [142773]

Dr. Ladyman: Noise data are not available to estimate noise levels between junctions five and seven of the M3 for each of the last 20 years. As explained in the answers of 27 June 2005, assessments of noise severity are made using the “Calculation of Road Traffic Noise” (CRTN model) which use distance from source, exposure, obstacles and traffic levels. Each of these factors varies significantly at any point along the road length. The range would vary between less than 60 dB to more than 72.5 dB at the road surface.

The statement in the answer of 27 June 2005 that the noise level is likely to have increased by around 4.5 dB over the last 20 years was based on the approximate increase in traffic levels over the 20-year period.

To provide retrospective assessments would require assumptions to be made about many of the variable factors which would reduce the accuracy of assessments to an unreliable level.

The Highways Agency has conducted assessments using the CRTN model at specific “noise hotspots” and implementation of a programme of local noise mitigation measures is ongoing.

Motor Vehicles: Testing

Jessica Morden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many MOT tests were carried out in each of the last three years in the UK. [144031]

Dr. Ladyman: The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) publish this information annually in an Effectiveness Report. The Effectiveness Report for 2005-06 is available on-line at www.vosa.gov.uk. A hard copy of the report for previous years is placed in the House of Commons Library, Business and Transport section.

Motorcycles: Accidents

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured in the last five years had (a) passed their test through direct access, (b) passed their test less than two years previously and (c) taken advanced training; and if he will make a statement. [143738]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is not available.

MV Derbyshire Inquiry

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of the MV Derbyshire Inquiry. [143713]

Dr. Ladyman: The total cost to the Department of the Re-opened Formal Investigation (RFI) was approximately £11 million.


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Paddington Rail Accident Inquiry

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of the Ladbroke Grove inquiry in 1999. [143706]

Mr. Tom Harris: £8.6 million.

Railways: Fares

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of total rail journeys were on tickets with unregulated rail fares for each train operating company in each year since 1998-99; and if he will make a statement. [143620]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Department for Transport does not hold this information. However, approximately 40 per cent. of train operators revenue comes from fares which are regulated.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total change in (a) regulated and (b) unregulated rail fares was for each rail franchise in England for the period 1996-97 to 2007-08 inclusive; and if he will make a statement. [143621]

Mr. Tom Harris: Figures for average increases in fares can be found in “National Rail Trends” published by the Office of Rail Regulation and available from www.rail-reg.gov.uk. Standard class tickets increased by an average of 6 per cent. between 1995 and 2006.

Railways: Grayrigg

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of the inquiry into the derailment at Grayrigg on 23 February 2007. [143615]

Mr. Tom Harris: The investigation by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is continuing. RAIB currently plans to issue a second interim report later in the summer.

Roads: Accidents

Jessica Morden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many unlicensed vehicles were involved in road traffic accidents in each year since 2000. [144029]

Dr. Ladyman: I refer my hon. Friend to my answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 589W, given to the hon. Member for Cannock Chase (Dr. Wright).

Roads: East Sussex

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding the Government has set aside for the construction of the Bexhill to Hastings link road; and if he will make a statement. [143147]

Gillian Merron: The proposed Bexhill to Hastings link road, a Local Transport Plan major road scheme, was granted Programme Entry in December 2004 with an agreed Departmental funding contribution of
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£47.120 million towards the cost of the scheme. This funding is subject to a number of provisions including the satisfactory completion of statutory procedures. In addition, we also awarded East Sussex county council £0.850 million in 2005 towards eligible preparatory costs for the scheme.

Skips

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving building skips on roads have taken place in (a) England and (b) Wiltshire in the last 10 years for which figures are available; and on how many occasions breaches of section 139 of the Highways Act 1980 have been recorded. [143335]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is not available.

Southall Rail Accident Inquiry

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of the Southall Rail Accident inquiry in 1997. [143704]

Mr. Tom Harris: £2.25 million.

Trains: Overcrowding

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on levels of rail overcrowding. [143406]

Mr. Tom Harris: The railway in recent years has been a success. Since privatisation, passenger numbers are up by 40 per cent.—driven by a strong economy, improving services, new trains and Government investment.

We will continue to increase capacity through the franchising process and in other ways. In particular, the Secretary of State announced on 14 March that the High Level Output Specification, to be published in the summer, will include a commitment to a thousand extra carriages. They will be targeted at the most congested routes on the network.

Vans: Safety Belts

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many serious injuries involving van drivers not wearing seat belts there were in each of the last five years. [142898]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is not available.

Education and Skills

Adult Education: Basic Skills

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) adults and (b) adults over 25 years received Skills for Life funding in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii) 2005-06; [138365]


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(2) how many (a) adults and (b) adults over 25 years receiving Skills for Life funding were given workplace training in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii) 2005-06, broken down by the number of hours of workplace training given. [138366]

Phil Hope: Figures for adults funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) under the Skills for Life programme can be derived from the Individualised Learner Record (ILR).

Skills for Life tends to be described as a strategy rather than a funding stream. There are aims that are funded with and without a programme weighting for Skills for Life, which can all count towards the Skills for Life PSA target.

The following table shows the number of Further Education (FE) and University for Industry (UFI) LSC-funded adult learners (aged 19 and over) and adult learners aged 25 and over who could contribute towards the Skills for Life target in 2003/04, 2004/05

and 2005/06.

Thousand
Adults Adults aged 25+

2003/04

210.7

148.5

2004/05

256.9

185.1

2005/06

308.7

223.2


The ILR cannot robustly be used to determine the incidence of workplace training.

Adult Education: Copeland

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adult learners were in further education in Copeland in 2005-06. [133488]

Phil Hope: Figures for those participating in further education (FE) funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) can be derived from the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). There were 3,436 adult learners (aged 19 and over) in FE in Copeland parliamentary constituency (based on home post code of the learner) in 2005-06.

Basic Skills

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to meet the Leitch Review of Skills' objective to eradicate low skills among the adult working age population by 2020. [142683]

Phil Hope: We have accepted the very stretching skills ambitions for 2020 that Lord Leitch recommended in his skills review. Our current plans are to publish a full response in early July which will set out the coherent package of measures we will take to meet the ambition.

Book Trust: Finance

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding his Department provided to the Booktrust charity in each year since 2001. [142753]


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Beverley Hughes [holding answer 14 June 2007]: The information requested is provided in the following table.

£
Financial year Total funding for year

2001-02

290,000

2002-03

0

2003-04

150,000

2004-05

2,074,000

2005-06

8,584,000

2006-07

9,063,000

2007-08

13,018,000

Total amount to date

32,929,500


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