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Department of Transport Expenditure

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The Department for Transport expenditure limit (DEL) for 2002–03 is £8,928,473,000. Latest estimates of expenditure show that by the end of November the department had spent approximately 68 per cent of its DEL. The department is currently forecasting to spend close to budget this year.

Pedal Cycles: Rear Lamps

Lord Freyberg asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Research carried out for the Department for Transport concluded that flashing lamps offer no conspicuity benefits over steady lamps but they could help provide a special light characteristic that would be associated with vulnerable users. As there is currently no standard for them, the Government are currently only proposing to allow them as optional lamps to be used in conjunction with steady lamps, which are required to conform to the British Standard.

The Department for Transport is intending to carry out a public consultation exercise in early 2003 on proposals to amend the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 which would allow the use of flashing red rear lamps on pedal cycles.

Strategic Rail Authority Personnel

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 18 December (WA106), whether they will provide the names of personnel in each position shown on the organisation chart of the Strategic Rail Authority.[HL912]

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The names of the Strategic Rail Authority's (SRA's) executive directors can be found in the SRA's Annual Report 2001–02, copies of which are in the Library of the House. It is not considered either appropriate or necessary to attach names to other posts, as all communications are handled centrally by the SRA's Parliamentary and Public Communications Team, which consults with colleagues as required.

MV "Prestige"

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How often MV "Prestige" called at Spanish ports in the last five years; at which ports it called; and when such visits were made.[HL923]

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Commercial records of ship movements indicate that the MV "Prestige" called at Algeciras on 16 March 1998 and Las Palmas on 20 March 1998.

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