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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): We announced in A New Deal for Transport (Cm 3950) that we will prepare a UK airports policy looking some 30 years ahead and that in doing so we will take account of the inspector's report on the Heathrow Terminal 5 inquiry. After the Secretary of State has received the inspector's report, the Government will need to consider it carefully before we can come to decisions on his recommendations and can publish the new airports policy. In the meantime we are pressing ahead with preparatory studies needed for the review of airports policy.
Lord Whitty: The Government have allocated £18.6 million over the three year period 1999-2002 and have committed to providing sufficient long-term funding for the SMarT training support scheme to meet forecast demand in key training categories. They are also committed to ensuring appropriate funding for the expansion of the current Crew Relief Costs Scheme and to extending the Freight Facilities Grant Scheme to include coastal and short-sea shipping which will require an increase in government funding, although the requirement has yet to be established. In addition, fiscal options which are currently being considered have the potential for an increased cost to government.
Lord Whitty: Targets will be developed for each appropriate action point within the next few months by the catalyst groups which have been established to take forward the implementation of the 33 action points set out in the Government's shipping policy paper.
Lord Whitty: Integrated transport is defined in the transport White Paper A New Deal for Transport as: integration within and between different modes of transport, so that each contributes its full potential and people can move easily between them; integration of transport with the environment, so that our transport choices support a better environment; integration of transport policy with land use planning--so that transport and planning work together to support more sustainable travel choices and reduce the need to travel; and integration of transport policy with our policies for education, health and wealth creation so that transport contributes to a fairer, more inclusive society.
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