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Chinook Helicopter Accident

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): We have seen no evidence about the reliability of the computer software on Chinook ZD576 that either causes us to doubt the integrity of the verdict of the RAF Board of Inquiry or would prompt us to hold a new Inquiry.

The wreckage of Chinook ZD576 remains in storage at the Defence Aviation Repair Agency Fleetlands, and will be retained for a long as necessary.

National Parks and AONBs in Multi-Modal Study Areas

Baroness Hamwee asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): The Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks which fall within the Multi-Modal Study areas or may be affected by the outcome of the Multi-Modal Studies are:

Tranche 1:

Name of Multi-Modal StudyArea of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) National Park
Access to HastingsHigh Weald; Kent Downs.None
London OrbitalChilterns; Surrey Hills; Kent Downs.None
West Midlands to North WestCannock ChasePeak District
South and West Yorkshire Motorway BoxNonePeak District (Dark Peak)
Cambridge to HuntingdonNoneNone
North/South Movements in the East MidlandsNonePeak District NB: The study area does not include the park but journeys to and from the park account for some of the traffic movements in the corridor.
South East ManchesterNonePeak District NB: Study area borders on to the park.
London to South West & South WalesNorth Wessex Downs; Cotswolds; Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs; Mendip Hills; Blackdown Hills; East Devon; South Devon; Tamar Valley; Cornwall (Coastal)Dartmoor
Tyneside AreaNoneNone
West Midlands AreaNoneNone
A453 (M1 to Nottingham)NoneNone

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Tranche 2:

Name of Multi-Modal StudyArea of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)National Park
A1 (North of Newcastle)Northumberland CoastNone
London to IpswichDedham Vale; possibly Suffolk Coast and Heaths.None
London to South MidlandsChilternsNone
Southampton to Folkestone (South Coast)Sussex Downs; High Weald; Kent Downs; Chichester Harbour; South Hampshire Coast.None
Hull East to West CorridorNoneNone
West Midlands to NottinghamNoneNone
M60 Junction 12-18 (West to North Manchester)NoneNone
London to ReadingNoneNone

Tranche 3:

Name of Multi-Modal StudyArea of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)National Park
A34 (North from Southampton)North Wessex Downs; Chilterns.None
A47 (West of Norwich)NoneNone



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