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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has of the current number of unlicensed (a) cars, (b) vans, (c) lorries and (d) motorcycles, broken down by make; and if he will make a statement. 
|Taxation class||Estimated number of unlicensed vehicles (thousand)||Rate of unlicensed vehicles in active stock (percentage)|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many unlicensed (a) cars, (b) vans, (c) lorries and (d) motorcycles were (i) clamped and (ii) crushed in each of the last three years for which information is available, broken down by make; what legislation authorises the (A) clamping and (B) crushing of unlicensed vehicles; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: A breakdown of the total number of vehicles clamped and crushed under Department for Transport legislation for the last three years is given in the following table. The figure for each year includes cars, vans, lorries and motorcycles. The statistical data held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency are not held in such a way to allow figures to be broken down by make.
|Calendar year||Vehicles clamped||Vehicles crushed|
Over the last three years 19 major maintenance schemes, each costing between £1 million and £5 million, have been completed; and one major project costing more than £5 million is under construction. These include resurfacing of carriageways and substantial
repairs to the structures of the elevated sections of motorway within Birmingham and the Black Country.
Active traffic management on the M42 east of Birmingham, which is now being extended northwards and introduced on the M40 and M6, with hard shoulder running on the M6 between junction 4 and 5, and junction 8 and 10a;
Four lengths of MIDAS (motorway incident detection and automated signalling) on the M6 and M42;
Increased capacity at the junction of the M42 and M6 toll road by adding an additional lane; and
Traffic light signalisation of several junctions on the M5 and M6 to smooth flow during peak periods.
In the Secretary of State's announcement Britain's Transport Infrastructure Motorway and Major Trunk Roads on 15 January 2009, the following schemes that benefit the west midlands were identified as being expected to enter construction by 2015:
Hard shoulder running on the M6 from junction 5 to 8 around Birmingham
Hard shoulder running on the M6 from junction 10a to 13 north of Birmingham
Improvement of M1 junction 19, the key intersection of the M6, M1 andA14.
In addition, as part of our longer term plans to roll out hard shoulder running across the core motorway network over the next 10 to 15 years, this innovative technique is planned to be implemented on the following parts of the motorway network relevant to the west midlands:
M6 from junction 2 to 4, between Coventry and Birmingham
M6 from junction 13 to 19 in Staffordshire
M5 from junction 4a to 6, south of Birmingham
M1 junction 13 to 19, south of Rugby.
Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he next plans to meet the management of National Express to discuss the (a) level of their fares, (b) quality of their service and (c) morale of their staff. 
Paul Clark: In addition to regular general meetings with the Association of Train Operating Companies and representatives of the train operators, Department for Transport Ministers meet senior representatives of all GB train operators every four weeks specifically to discuss rail industry operational performance.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1135W, on Newhaven Marine railway station, on what date the passenger train service was last delivered by rail. 
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many sets of snow chains the Government Car and Despatch Agency held for use on the Government car fleet on 2 February 2009; 
Jim Fitzpatrick: On 2 February 2009 ministerial transport movements were kept to a minimum, in line with advice given by the emergency services and the Highways Agency. The Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) was able to fulfil all its essential ministerial transport obligations on that day.
Paul Clark: Since 1997 two park and ride locations have opened in York, at the Designer Outlet in 2000 and at Monks Cross in 2004. These are in addition to those opened at Askham Bar in 1990, Grimston Bar in 1994 and Rawcliffe Bar in 1996. Two new park and ride faculties planned on A59 and at Clifton Moor with openings anticipated in 2011-12.
Paul Clark: The Local Transport Act 2008, which secured Royal Assent in November 2008, will give local authorities enhanced powers to deliver better bus services and a more integrated transport system tailored to local needs.
We are also investing heavily in improving both bus and rail services. Local and central Government now provide £2.5 billion in supporting the local bus network, double the level of spending a decade ago. This includes £1 billion for free off-peak bus travel anywhere in England for older and eligible disabled people and £57 million through the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant.
We have also launched a new Kickstart bus funding competition which offers local transport authorities the chance to bid for a share of £25 million to pump-prime new or enhanced bus services in partnership with bus operators.
The Government are putting record investment in rail as part of their strategy to give people an alternative to travelling by road and meet our environmental obligations on CO2 emissions. Over £10 billion will be invested in enhancing capacity between 2009 and 2014, with overall Government support for the railway totalling £15 billion.
Paul Clark: The Government introduced the statutory minimum bus concession in England in 2001 giving half fare local bus travel at off-peak times to older and eligible disabled residents. In April 2006 this was improved to give free off-peak bus travel in a resident's local area.
The Government are providing around £1 billion each year to support the England-wide concession. An extra £212 million has been made available to local authorities from 2008-09, through a special grant, to fund the increased cost of the new statutory minimum bus concession. The funding allocation was approved following debate in the House on 25 March 2008.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria his Department set for determining whether South West Trains be allowed to close ticket offices within the terms of its franchise agreement; and what criteria will be applied in decisions on First Capital Connects proposed closures of ticket offices. 
Paul Clark: South West Trains (SWT) submitted its proposals as a major change under the procedures of the Ticketing and Settlement Agreement (TSAthe approved industry process for such matters), which sets the procedures that operators use to change ticket office hours.
the change represents an improvement on current arrangements in terms of quality of service and/or cost-effectiveness; and
that members of the public will continue to enjoy widespread and easy access to the purchase of rail products
The Secretary of State reviewed the proposal against the criteria set out in the Ticketing and Settlement Agreement, taking into account the views of Passenger Focus, London TravelWatch and SWT. No SWT ticket offices were closed completely.
First Capital Connects proposals are currently under consultation. It would therefore be inappropriate for me to make any comment on them at present as that may fetter the discretion of the Secretary of State if the proposals are referred by the operator for arbitration. However, should this arise the same criteria will be applied.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) injuries and (b) deaths have occurred in accidents on railway crossings in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire in each year since 1998. 
The following data, relating to Hertfordshire, are based on incidents reported to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR 95). Figures for 2008 are provisional and may change with the receipt of coroners findings for inquests that are currently outstanding.
|Level crossing accidents in Hertfordshire 1998 to 2008( 1)|
|(1 )Provisional figures.|
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