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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 192W, what practical changes will be required in the UK rail network as a result of Directive 2001/16/EC. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Directive requires that all projects relating to the construction, upgrading, renewal and operation of the trans-European conventional rail system conform to European Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs). This system includes all the main rail lines in the UK. These TSIs will set out the detailed technical requirements that must be met, at both component and overall system levels.
(3) what plans the Government have to encourage manufacturers to make LPG cars. 
Mr. Jamieson: The changes I announced recently to my Department's PowerShift programme, following consultation with vehicle manufacturers, fuel suppliers and others, indicate the Government's strong continuing commitment to supporting the wider introduction of vehicles running on LPG, natural gas and electricity, reflecting their contribution to improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Availability of production-line LPG vehicles will help consumers to take up the gas option, and the Government have introduced an additional 20 per cent. grant for production-line LPG vehicles. I am pleased that several manufacturers are already introducing such vehicles.
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Mr. Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to issue revised guidance on factors affecting the imposition of speed restrictions on roads. 
Sir Sydney Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason teachers in further education are not eligible for the Starter Home Initiative. 
Ms Keeble: The Starter Home Initiative assistance available for teachers is being targeted on the compulsory education sector where the most severe recruitment and retention problems for teachers, which the Initiative aims to help alleviate, are being experienced.
We recognise that other key workers, including teachers in further education, need to be able to find affordable homes within a reasonable distance of their workplace. Our wider housing policies to increase the supply of affordable homes, particularly in areas where demand is high, will benefit other groups of key workers. By 200304 capital investment in housing will have risen to more than £4 billion compared with planned spending of £1.5 billion in 199798. We plan to provide 100,000 new or improved homes for low cost renting or home ownership over the next three years.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the financial position of National Air Traffic Services; and if it is seeking new public finance. 
Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has received an application for additional funding from the National Air Traffic Services; and what effect additional funding would have on the proposed National Air Traffic Control Centre at Prestwick. 
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what application he has received from the Port of London Authority under section 14 of the Harbours Act 1964 concerning (a) changes to the Act and (b) proposals for a statutory instrument; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Port of London Authority (PLA) applied in February this year for a Harbour Revision Order under section 14 of the Harbours Act 1964. The order contains a number of provisions for amending existing legislation, mainly relating to the licensing and registration scheme for craft and boats for hire. Following advertisement of the order the PLA are currently engaged in discussions with relevant parties in an attempt to resolve objections that have been made to the order.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will estimate the number of trucks of food which have been transported into Afghanistan (a) in the last week, (b) on average on a daily basis since 7 October and (c) since 11 September. 
Clare Short: In the week ending 28 October, which is the latest information received from WFP in the field, a total of 8,048 tonnes of food were dispatched to Afghanistan. The table shows the daily breakdown.
|Week ending 28 October 2001||Tonnes despatched|
|22 October 2001||104|
|23 October 2001||1,857|
|24 October 2001||2,729|
|25 October 2001||946|
|26 October 2001||1,469|
|27 October 2001||0|
|28 October 2001||943|
Data from WFP, 29 October. Further confirmed data not yet available from the field.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid projects in Papua New Guinea are supported by her Department (a) bilaterally, (b) from EU sources and (c) multilaterally; what is their value for each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
Clare Short: We do not provide direct bilateral assistance to Papua New Guinea, but it benefits from our contributions to multilateral agencies, including the European Union, Asian Development bank and World
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bank, all of which have substantial programmes in PNG totalling some £8 million per year. PNG also benefits from the UK's support to Pacific regional organisations and a small gifts scheme of some £70,000 per year. The details we have available are as follows:
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|Asian development bank||Total value||OCR(3)||ADF(4)||TA(5)|
|Health Sector Development Programme||50 million||45 million||5 million|||
|Health Sector Development Project(6)||13 million||||10 million|||
|Improving Provincial Agricultural Support Services(7)||150,000||||||150,000|
|Development Strategy Workshop||62,000||||||62,000|
|Strengthening Financial Management of the Health Sector||600,000||||||600,000|
|Restructuring Plan for the Department of Agriculture and Livestock||150,000||||||150,000|
|Smallholder Support Services Pilot Project(6)||11.49 million||7.6 million|||||
|Fisheries Development(6)||9.3 million||6.5 million|||||
|Financial Management (Supplementary)(7)||72,500||||||72,500|
|Social and Environmental Studies(7)||150,000||||||150,000|
|Road Upgrading and Maintenance(7)||750,000||||||750,000|
|Road Asset Management System||1.0 million||||||1.0 million|
|Review of Foreign Aid Management||115,000||||||115,000|
|Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council||50,000||||||50,000|
|Employment-Oriented Skills Development(6)||39 million||||20 million|||
|Road Maintenance and Upgrading(6)||114.7 million||63 million|||||
|Rehabilitation of Navigation Aids system(7)||500,000||||||500,000|
|Provincial Towns Water Supply and Sanitation(7)||908,000||||||908,000|
|Governance and Public Sector Reform Programme(7)||600,000||||||600,000|
|Microfinance and Employment(7)||150,000||||||150,000|
|Road Sector Cost Recovery Improvement||350,000||||||350,000|
|Financial Management Strategic Framework||500,000||||||500,000|
|Provincial Road Asset Management System||581,000||||||581,000|
|Rehabilitation of Maritime Navigation Aids System(6)||30.12 million||20.6 million|||||
|Microfinance and Employment(6)||20.51 million||||9.6 million|||
|Provincial Towns Water Supply and Sanitation(6)||23.3 million||||15.34 million|||
|Governance and Public Sector Reform Programme (Supplementary)(7)||381,000||||||381,000|
|Coastal Fisheries Management and Development(7)||340,000||||||340,000|
|Community Water Transport Project(7)||580,000||||||580,000|
|Strengthening Financial Management of the Health Sector (Supplementary)||186,000||||||186,000|
|Review of Mining and Hydrocarbons Tax Regimes||325,000||||||3250,000|
|Review to Constraints to Informal Sector Development||225,000||||||225,000|
|Rehabilitation of Maritime Navigation Aids System||800,000||||||800,000|
(3) Ordinary Capital Resources
(4) Asian Development Fund
(5) Technical Assistance
(6) Project Preparatory TA
(7) Total project cost includes financing by the ADB, governments, borrowers, beneficiaries, sub-borrowers; co-financing from official, export credit, and commercial sources; equity sponsors; and local participating private companies and financial institutions.
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