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Lord Onslow of Woking asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: Eradication of noxious weeds on local road verges in England is the responsibility of local highway authorities. These authorities take measures to eradicate ragwort when made aware that a problem exists. The Highways Agency's current policy on noxious weeds for the trunk road and motorway network in England is to actively seek out infestation and take appropriate control measures. The trunk and motorway network and local roads in Wales are the responsibility of the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh local authorities respectively.

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Road Signs

Lord Leigh asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is their policy on the removal of temporary road signs and in particular the increasing numbers of road signs on the streets of London which are out of date.[HL3678]

Lord Whitty: Our policy is that lawfully placed temporary signs should be removed once the conditions to which they refer no longer apply and they are no longer needed. Unauthorised signs should also be removed as soon as practicable. The Traffic Signs General Directions 1994 specify the maximum periods for which temporary traffic signs may be retained for particular purposes in England, Wales and Scotland. Responsibility for ensuring that outdated signs are removed rests with the appropriate highway or roads authority.

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Road Deaths

Lord Dormand of Easington asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the number of road deaths in each of the years 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1998.[HL3686]

Lord Whitty: The numbers of road deaths in each of the years requested are given in the table below.

No. of road deaths

YearNo. of deaths

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