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National Air Traffic Service

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): No. Safety is the overriding priority of the Government's proposals for a PPP for National Air Traffic Services Ltd (NATS). Establishing the PPP will make a positive contribution to aviation safety by separating safety regulation from service provision--something airspace users, the Parliamentary Select Committee and the former Monopolies and Mergers Commission have long recommended--and by ensuring that NATS has access to investment capital outside the bounds of government financial controls.

Safety regulation will remain in the public sector under the Civil Aviation Authority, which has wide-ranging powers to regulate aviation safety and ample experience of regulating private sector organisations.

Airspace Upper Limit

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston : The UK does not have a working definition of the upper limit of UK airspace, but for practical purposes the limit is considered to be at least as high as any aircraft can fly.

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston : There are a number of United Nations conventions relating to outer space, including the Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects and the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space.

The Outer Space Act 1986 (c.38) was enacted in order to secure compliance with the international obligations of the United Kingdom with respect to the launching and operation of space objects and the

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carrying on of activities in outer space by persons connected with the United Kingdom.

Homeless People: Assistance Programme

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What advice they are giving to local authorities to involve charities such as Construction Relief and Assistance for Single Homeless to ensure that help is given to homeless people over the winter months.[HL 4176]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): The Rough Sleepers Unit has been working with CRASH and with local authorities in putting together a programme of help for homeless people for the coming winter. The Government are grateful for the work CRASH has done in co-ordinating the search for buildings to be used in the programme.

Multi-modal and Road Based Studies

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    For each multi-modal and road based study:


    (a) what are the names and affiliations of the chairmen and members of steering committees supervising each study;


    (b) whether they are considering options for reducing traffic, including better public transport and more rail-freight; and


    (c) what consultation is planned with public transport and rail-freight interests.[HL4167]

Lord Whitty: The current membership of steering groups for all the first tranche of multi-modal and road based studies is set out below. There will be an opportunity for all interested parties to contribute to the studies. The exact consultation arrangements will vary between individual studies and in many, wider reference groups have been established as well as the steering group. The views of passenger transport and rail-freight interests will be particularly important in developing practical alternatives to road based solutions. Multi-modal Studies


    Access to Hastings


    GO-SE--David Andrews (Chair)


    Shadow Strategic Rail Authority (SSRA)--Stephen Taylor


    Highways Agency--David Stark


    South East England Development Agency--Mike Link


    South East Regional Planning Conference--John Barber


    East Sussex County Council--Bob Wilkins


    Kent County Council--Leigh Herington

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    Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council--Brian Gates


    Tunbridge Wells Borough Council--John Haynes


    Hastings Borough Council--Roy Mawford


    Rother District Council--Leslie Robinson


    Kent Economic Forum--John Gutteridge


    East Sussex Economic Forum--Bill Uttley-Moore


    East Sussex Transport 2000--Derrick Coffee


    Sussex Enterprise--Mark Froud


    Ten Sixty Six Enterprise--John Cosson


    London Orbital


    GO-SE--David Saunders (Chair), Charlotte Dixon, David Cooper


    GO-EAST--Caroline Bowdler


    GO-L--Tim Fairclough


    South East England Development Agency--Paul Hudson


    Eastern England Development Agency--Jane Elgar


    South East Regional Planning Conference--George Burnett (Surrey), David Humby (Herts)


    SSRA--David Smith


    Highways Agency--Jim Boud


    LPAC--Keith Gardner


    South East Forum for Sustainability--Richard Pout


    London Forum for Sustainability--Paul de Zylva (also represents Eastern Region)


    Cambridge to Huntingdon


    GO-EAST--Caroline Bowdler (Chair), John Brown


    Standing Conference of East Anglia Local Authorities--Margaret Gough


    Cambridgeshire County Council--Alison Quant


    Highways Agency--Jim Boud


    East of England Development Agency--Jane Elgar


    Huntingdonshire District Council (representing district councils)--Elizabeth Wilson


    SSRA--Carol Smales


    Railtrack--Richard Workman


    West Anglia Great Northern Railway--Julian Drury


    Huntingdon and District Buses (representing bus operators)--David Hurry


    Sustainable Transport & Environment for the Eastern Region--John Ratcliff


    Road Haulage Association--John Bridge


    London to South West and South Wales

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    GO-SW--Bryony Houlden (Chair)


    South West Regional Planning Conference--Peter Stethridge


    South West Regional Development Agency--Simon Hooton


    Highways Agency--David Ward


    SSRA--Stephen Taylor


    South West Sustainable Development Round Table--Mike Birkin


    CBI/Regional Chamber--John Wilkinson


    GO-SE--Iain Reeve


    National Assembly for Wales--Tony Carroll


    West Midlands Area Study


    GO-WM--Phillipa Holland (Chair)


    CENTRO (WMPTA)--Paul Cobain


    Worcestershire CC (representing all shire counties)--Jeff Romanis


    Birmingham Council--Colin Eastman


    Highways Agency--Gwyn Drake


    SSRA--Bob Stannard


    Sustainability Roundtable (FoE)--Gerald Kells


    Wolverhampton Council--Malcolm Read


    National Federation of Bus Users--Phil Tonks


    West Midlands to North West


    GOWM--Philippa Holland (Chair)


    GONW--Peter Styche


    SSRA--Stephen Taylor


    Regional Development Agency (West Midlands)--Bernard Hardisty


    North West Regional Assembly--Roy Newton/ Dave Colbert


    Highways Agency--Gwyn Drake


    Highways Agency (North)--Kevin Lasbury


    Regional Planning Body (West Midlands)--Alan Barnes (Staffordshire CC)


    Greater Manchester MBC--Barry King


    Transport Activist Roundtable--Lilian Burns (Council for the Protection of Rural England)


    Rail Users Consultative Committee for the Midlands--Ms Jill James


    Freight Transport Association--Roger Bird


    Travel West Midlands--David Leader


    Confederation of Passenger Transport--Mike Lambdon


    North-South Movements in East Midlands and A453 (M1 Nottingham) studies


    GO-EM--Steve Kennet (Chair), Will Wiseman, John Perkins (Sec)


    Freight Transport Association--Roger Bird


    Confederation of British Industry--Rob Boddington (Boots Co)

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    E Midlands Regional Local Government Association--Steve Calvert (Notts CC)


    E Midlands Regional Planning Forum--Julie Maxwell


    Regional Assembly--Steve Cannon (Derbyshire CC)


    Highways Agency--Gwyn Drake


    Confederation of Passenger Transport (represents major bus operators)--Melvyn Hopwood


    East Midlands Airport--Alan Johnson


    Transport 2000--Terry Kirby (E Midlands Transport Activists' Round Table)


    E Midlands Chambers of Commerce--Benita Holmes


    SSRA--Carol Smales


    Notts Coalition of Disabled People--Jim Warner


    Railtrack--Bernard Hulland


    E Midlands Development Agency--Bill Kirk


    Tyneside


    GO-NE--Andrew Johnson (Chair), Neil Raper (Project Manager)


    Association of North East Councils--Jerry Barford, Doug Hamilton


    SSRA--Laura Wren


    Highways Agency--Neil Taylor


    One NorthEast (representing Regional Development Agency)--Simon Dove


    NE“US (Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive)--Bernard Garner


    Gateshead MBC--John Johnson


    South Tyneside MBC--Doug Pigg


    City of Newcastle Council--Jim McMahon


    North Tyneside MBC--Martin Swales


    North East Combined Transport Activists' Round Table--Peter Walker



    Yorkshire Motorway Box


    GO-YH--John Jarvis (Chair), David Owen, Ben Still (Project Manager)


    Highways Agency--Kevin Lansbury, Director NCS N, John Bagley


    Regional Assembly for Yorkshire & Humberside--Mike Padgett


    South Yorkshire PTE--Richard Barlow


    West Yorkshire PTE--Graham Read


    Regional Development Agency (Yorkshire Forward)--Steve Dann


    Regional CBI--Penny Hemmings


    SSRA--Stephen Taylor


    Association of Train Operating Companies--David Campbell-Bannerman


    Confederation of Passenger Transport--Glenn Kaye

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    Freight Transport Association--Bob Cross


    Friends of the Earth (representing environmental groups)--Anthony Rae


    South-East Manchester


    GO-NW--Mike Hayward (Chair)


    Highways Agency--Neil Hewitt


    Stockport MBC--Ron Hilton


    Tameside MBC--Carol Wilgoose


    Manchester City MBC--Phil Jobling


    Greater Manchester PTE--Julian Laidle


    Cheshire CC--Brian Coppins


    Macclesfield District Council--Geoff Leary


    NW Regional Development Agency--yet to attend/nominate representative


    NW Assembly--Roy Newton (Cheshire CC)/Dave Colbert (Lancashire CC)


    SSRA--Kevin Houlton/Stephen Taylor


    Railtrack--Caroline Wilson


    Association of Greater Manchester Bus Operators--Chris Bowles (Stagecoach)


    Manchester Airport--John Twigg


    FTA--Heather Cocker


    NW Transport Activist Round Table--Stuart Murray (Greater Manchester Council for Voluntary Organisations)


    GO-NW (Secretariat)--Richard Perry, Beatrice Whipp Road Based Studies


    A1 Bramham to Barton


    GO-YH--John Jarvis (Chair), Ben Still (GO contact)


    GO-NE--Jim Darlington, Andrew Johnson


    Council for the Protection of Rural England-- Dr Jim Burton


    The Freight Transport Association--Bob Cross


    SSRA--Stephen Taylor


    North Yorkshire Police Traffic Management (Western)--Steve Ball


    North Yorkshire Police Traffic Management (Central)--Martin Hemingway


    North Yorkshire County Council--Graham Cressy, Chris Millns


    Association of North East Councils--Doug Hamilton


    West Yorkshire Police--Ian Symonds


    Highways Agency--Ms Susan Housley (Project Manager), Peter Moffatt


    A66 Safety Study


    GO-NE--Jim Darlington (Chair), Andrew Johnson

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    Association of North East Councils--Malcolm Bowes


    North West Regional Assembly--Dave Colbert


    Cumbria County Council--Tony Richardson


    Durham County Council--Doug Hamilton


    North Yorkshire County Council--Chris Millns


    Regional Assembly for Yorkshire and Humberside--Richard Kenny


    Cumbria Constabulary--Sgt Malcolm Hodgson


    North Yorkshire Constabulary--Sgt John Outhwaite


    Durham Constabulary--Insp Gordon Balderstone


    Freight Transport Association--Bob Cross


    Highways Agency--Kevin Lasbury, Peter Moffatt, Alan Ellison, Malcolm Roberts


    RTA Round Tables for Northeast, Northwest and Yorks/Humberside


    GO-NW--Peter Styche


    GO-YH--John Jarvis, Ben Still


    M40/A46 Longbridge Roundabout


    GO-WM--Ann Frost (Chair)


    Highways Agency--Gwyn Drake


    Freight Transport Association--Rodger Bird


    Warwickshire County Council (RPB)--Graeme Fitton


    SSRA--to be confirmed


    Confederation of Passenger Transport--to be confirmed


    Transport Activists' Round Table--to be confirmed


    A3 Hindhead


    GO-SE--Charlotte Dixon (Chair), Martin Tugwell


    Highways Agency--Paul Arnold, Cliff Brown


    Surrey County Council--Callum Findlay


    Hampshire County Council--Gordon Adam


    Waverley Borough Council--Steve Thwaites


    East Hampshire District Council--Steve Read


    Haslemere Town Council--Gerry Evans


    National Trust--Peter Griffiths, Jill Barton


    Automobile Association--Paul Watters


    East Hampshire Economic Partnership--Maureen Newton


    M1 Junction 19


    Same Steering Group as for North-South Movements in East Midlands MMS


    A419 Blunsden


    GO-SW--Peter Botham (Chair)

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    South West Regional Planning Conference--Ken Kemp


    South West Regional Development Agency--Chris Foley


    Highways Agency--Clive Farnham


    Wiltshire County Council--John Osborne


    Swindon Borough Council--Helen Powell

All multi-modal studies will consider a range of solutions, including options aimed at reducing road traffic by making improvements to public transport and rail freight facilities. Where appropriate, road based studies will also consider these options.


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