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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


    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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