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regulatory approval has been sought by BAA to impose a public transport levy on users of car parks at its airports; 
(3) what future regulatory approval is required by the BAA to (a) vary a public transport levy on users of car parks at their airports and (b) ensure the money raised is invested in the most cost-effective way; 
(4) if the imposition of a public transport levy on people using car parks at BAA airports will be part of the regulatory review being undertaken by the CAA; 
(5) what regulatory requirements exist to ensure that there is competition among car park operators at airports owned by BAA; 
(6) what monitoring is conducted by (a) his Department and (b) the CAA to ensure that the revenue from the levy imposed on car park users at south-east airports benefits the users paying the charge. 
Mr. Spellar: Car parking charges at BAA airports are a matter for the BAA and do not require any specific regulatory approval. They are, however, subject to general competition law and are open to investigation by the Office of Fair Trading under the Competition Act 1998. In addition, as part of its periodic review of the BAA London airports, the Competition Commission could investigate whether car parking charges levied by the airports give rise to public interest concerns.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the (a) contracts and (b) meetings between Ernst and Young LLP and his Department in relation to rail transport in the last 12 months. 
Dr. Whitehead: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Environment on 30 October 2001 Official Report, column 592W. Within DTLR we continue to take energy efficiency seriously through implementing our greening operations policy and monitoring and reporting progress against cross-government targets. We raise awareness of energy efficiency, and other greening operations issues, through regular advice and information for our staff. A recent example is the foyer displays of environmental performance at our headquarter buildings in London.
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Mr. Jamieson: The three short-listed counterparties have been invited to re-submit their proposals for the TransPennine Express franchise. The Strategic Rail Authority anticipates and will encourage investment in new rolling stock as part of these proposals.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to reclassify bifuel vehicles representing a manufacturer's standard option, according to their carbon dioxide emissions, for road tax purposes. 
Mr. Jamieson: The European Commission are proposing to make a negotiated agreement with car manufacturers, which will require new cars to have fronts which are less harmful to pedestrians. This proposal is due to be discussed by Ministers at the Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Tourism Council on 26 November.
(3) if he will publish the departmental correspondence, including e-mails, leading to the announcements (a) on councillors' allowances and (b) on councillors' pensions on 12 September; 
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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will set out the process that would be followed in his Department if (a) a member of staff other than a special adviser and (b) a special adviser applied to leave their job through ill health. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if a personal reprimand from the Secretary of State is a formal part of the disciplinary procedure applying to special advisers in his Department; and if such a reprimand is included on the personnel record of these special advisers. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what changes he has made to the selection criteria for special advisers in his Department since 9 October. 
Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the presidential election held in The Gambia on 18 October; and if he will make a statement on relations with The Gambia. 
Mr. Bradshaw: We consider the result of the presidential election of 18 October, in which the incumbent President Jammeh was re-elected with 52.9 per cent. of the vote, to have been a fair reflection of the views of the Gambian people on the day.
The United Kingdom and The Gambia have a long standing relationship and there are close ties between us. While the unwarranted expulsion of the British Deputy High Commissioner in August has caused some tensions, the United Kingdom will continue to work closely with The Gambia to promote democracy, good governance and the rule of law.
Mr. Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will make a statement regarding the objectives and criteria for evaluation of the UK/China human rights dialogue. 
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Mr. MacShane: The Government have identified a set of working objectives towards which we expect the dialogue process to work. They cover issues relating to the rule of law; engagement with UN mechanisms, political and religious rights; economic and social rights and the situation in Tibet.
Mr. Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what issues the Government intends to raise with China regarding Tibet in the UK/China dialogue on 19 November. 
The agenda for the dialogue has not yet been finalised. But we will express our concern over human rights conditions in Tibet and will continue to urge the chinese to open a dialogue with the Dalai Lama.
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