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Paul Clark: During 2008 the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's Electronic Vehicle Re-licensing and SORN service completed 16,299,242 successful transactions, broken down into 14,141,505 re-licensing transactions and 2,157,737 SORN transactions.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions he has had with train operating companies on proposals that they take control of the railway network from Network Rail. 
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport on how many occasions Ministers in his Department travelled on the Norwich to London railway line in the course of their official duties in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many (a) road traffic accidents, (b) road traffic fatalities, (c) accidents involving motorcyclists, (d) fatalities involving motorcyclists, (e) accidents involving cyclists and (f) fatalities involving cyclists there were in (i) Berkshire and (ii) Reading East constituency in each of the last five years; 
(2) how many road traffic accidents in (a) Berkshire and (b) Reading East constituency involved motorbikes in each of the last five years; and how many of these resulted in loss of life in each of those five years; 
|Reported personal injury road accidents and fatalities in Berkshire: 2004-08|
|Reported personal injury road accidents and fatalities in Reading East constituency( 1) : 2004-08|
|(1) Based on 2004 constituency boundaries.|
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many fatal road traffic accidents there have been in Reading, East constituency where the major contributory factor was (a) speed, (b) excess alcohol and (c) failure to maintain the vehicle in each of the last five years; 
(2) how many individuals were injured as a result of road accidents attributed to (a) road surface defects, (b) road works and (c) defective road signs in (i) Berkshire and (ii) Reading, East constituency in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what statistics his Department collects on road traffic accidents involving newly-qualified drivers; and how many such accidents occurred in Reading, East constituency in the last five years. 
The Department has published research into new and learner drivers, Road Safety Research Report No. 81-Cohort II: A Study of Learner and New Drivers, part of which looked at their involvement in road accidents.
Chris Mole: The Department for Transport has awarded one contract through the Highways Agency for Regional Control Centre Operational Telephony Service Management to Siemens plc on 20 August 2009. The value of the contract on award was £3,320,000.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the number of soldiers of the Afghan national army who are fully trained; and what proportion of these are serving in Helmand province. 
Bill Rammell: The total number of Afghan national army currently stands at approximately 96,000. This total includes soldiers that have completed training and those who are still going through training.
As announced by the Prime Minister on 14 October 2009, Official Report, column 300, there were only 4,200 Afghan soldiers in Helmand last year; this year there are already an extra 50 per cent, more than 6,000, and more on the way.
As recently made clear by the Prime Minister, we will continue to work closely with the Government of Afghanistan and the International Community to build the capacity of the Afghan national security forces.
Mr. Kevan Jones: Work is in hand to ensure equipment deployed at forward operating bases in Afghanistan is configured, managed and used to minimise energy consumption as far as is practicable. This includes monitoring and analysing energy use, insulating operational accommodation, and making more efficient use of diesel generators. We are also exploring options such as the use of solar power, advanced thermoelectric generators and energy storage devices. A number of the proposals are being evaluated for potential deployment to further reduce energy use and vulnerability at forward operating bases.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will introduce groin protection plates as an addition to personal body armour for armed forces personnel deployed in Helmand province. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: We are continually seeking ways to further protect our personnel, and work is well under way to research ways of providing additional protection including for the whole of the perineal area.
Bill Rammell: The average unit tour interval for the RAF Regiment Field Squadrons, i.e. the interval between overseas deployments, is 15 months as at 3 December 2009. This figure continues to improve reflecting increased recruitment and action taken earlier this year to increase the RAF Regiment. An additional Force Protection Wing and Force Protection Squadron have been added to the Regiment's strength, bringing the total to seven Force Protection Wings and Squadrons.
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