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Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what restrictions on night flights at Heathrow airport apply; what information he has collated on the rules that apply at other European hub airports; and what assessment he has made of the effect of such restrictions on Heathrow's competitive position. 
Mr. Jamieson: The present night restrictions for Heathrow are as we announced on 10 June 1999, Official Report, columns 378380. These restrictions came into effect on 31 October 1999 and apply until the end of the summer season 2004. Information on assessments made prior to the introduction of these restrictions and a comparison of the principal night flight restrictions at major international airports were published in "Night Restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted: Second Stage Consultation Paper" in November 1998, of which copies were placed in the Libraries of the House, Official Report, columns 492493.
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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has sole responsibility for drafting and presentation of certificates of registry; and which office within the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has authority to draft certificates of registry. 
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has made regarding the proposed EU directive on minimum conditions of service and wages for seafarers on intra-community ferry services. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans his Department or its agencies have for the improvement of transport links between the Isle of Wight and the mainland of Great Britain. 
Mr. Jamieson: Improvements to the transport links between the island and the mainland are primarily for the Isle of Wight council to consider as part of their local transport plan work and in liaison with mainland local authorities and private sector ferry and hovercraft operators. My Department has frequent discussions with the council about its local transport plan, including recent proposals to improve interchange facilities at Ryde.
Mr. Jamieson: The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) will make recommendations regarding the future of the rail network on the Isle of Wight in due course. The current franchise will expire in September 2003, and the SRA is currently working to define what it would expect a new franchise agreement to deliver.
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to encourage the provision of services facilitating the carriage of passengers or goods by rail from Scotland to the continent by way of the Channel Tunnel, pursuant to the provisions of the Transport Act 2000. 
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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many lorries overturned on British roads in each of the last five years; and how many overturned on the (a) A12, (b) A14, (c) A140 and (d) B1113 in each of the last five years. 
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Jane Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the status of the 100 new bypasses outlined in the 10-year Transport Plan; and if he will list the (a) start and (b) completion date for each. 
Mr. Jamieson: The 10-year plan provided funds for up to 30 trunk road bypasses and up to 70 bypasses on local roads over the 10-year plan period. 24 schemes which bypass settlements were in the Targeted Programme of Improvements (TPI) when the plan was published. Nine further such schemes have been added to the TPI since then and 17 more trunk road bypasses are subject to on-going multi-modal and other studies. Of these schemes 16 have started.
|Scheme||Actual/Estimated Date of Start of Construction||Estimated Date Available For Use|
|A27 Polegate Bypass||October 2000||200203|
|A43 Silverstone Bypass||February 2001||200203|
|A43 Whitfield Turn-Brackley Hatch Improvement||February 2001||200203|
|A6 Great Glen Bypass||April 2001||200203|
|A66 Stainburn and Great Clifton Bypass||July 2001||200203|
|A6 Clapham Bypass||May 2001||200304|
|A500 Basford, Hough, Shavington Bypass||June 2001||200304|
|A650 Bingley Relief Road||July 2001||200304|
|A120 Stansted-Braintree Improvement||July 2001||200304|
|A41 Aston Clinton Bypass||August 2001||200304|
|A63 Selby Bypass||October 2001||200304|
|A5 Nesscliffe Bypass||March 2002||200304|
|A6 Rothwell-Desborough Bypass||200203||200304|
|A6 Rushden and Higham Ferrers Bypass||200203||200304|
|A46 Newark-Lincoln||October 2001||200304|
|A10 Wadesmill-Colliers End||200203||200405|
|A21 Lamberhurst Bypass||200203||200405|
|A5 Weeford-Fazeley Improvement||200304||200405|
|A421 Great Barford Bypass||200405||200607|
|A1(M) Ferrybridge to Hook Moor||200203||200607|
|A30 Bodmin-Indian Queens||200405||200607|
|A66 Temple Sowerby Bypass||200405||200607|
|A595 Parton-Lillyhall Improvement||200506||200708|
|A38 Dobwalls Bypass||200506||200708|
|A11 Fiveways to Thetford||200506||200708|
|A419 Blunsdon Bypass||200607||200708|
|A47 Thorney Bypass||200607||200809|
|A483 PantLlanymynech Bypass||200607||200809|
Of the 76 local road schemes approved (or approved subject to statutory procedures) through the local transport plans process, 33 are bypasses. Start and completion dates are subject to the satisfactory completion of statutory procedures which are currently being taken forward by the relevant local authorities.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if it is his policy to prevent new buildings being erected adjacent to motorways to ensure that the costs of future motorway widening are kept to a minimum. 
Ms Keeble: Where the Secretary of State intends to build a new road, or improve an existing one, he has powers to require the relevant local planning authority to notify him of any planning application affecting the line of that road.
To avoid unnecessary blight, these powers are exercised on behalf of the Secretary of State by the Highways Agency usually when the preferred route is announced. He then has a further power to direct that planning permission shall not be granted if the proposed development would prejudice the road proposal.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals he has to reduce congestion on the northbound carriageway of the M1 Motorway at its junction with the M25. 
Mr. Jamieson: The London to South Midlands Multi Modal Study is examining current and future travel problems between London and the South Midlands, including congestion on the southern section of the M1 Motorway.
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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what is the average length of time per day, in hours per car, that cars are stationary on each road of the trunk road network; 
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of the closure to through traffic of roads in London on congestion levels since 1992. 
Mr. Jamieson: My Department does not collect such information centrally. Assessment of the traffic impacts of road closures is a matter for the relevant highway or police authorities in each particular case.
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