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Lord Whitty : We have received nearly 2,000 responses to the consultation paper Improving Rights of Way in England and Wales. We will consider the noble Baroness's suggestion in the context of these responses.
Lord Whitty: The Government are aware of no prosecutions under the Environment Protection (Restriction on the use of lead shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170). The Government will be looking at various methods of monitoring the impact on all those affected by the legislation.
Lord Whitty: The Government have not yet issued any guidance to police forces in England in relation to S.I. 1999/2170. If any guidance is issued, the Government will place a copy in the House Library.
Lord Whitty: The King's Cross Partnership has been successful in exceeding the expected public and private match-funding levels. Overall, progress against key performance indicators has been strong, particularly in respect of jobs created.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): The duty of the railway industry, under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, continues to be to reduce risks to a level that is as low as is reasonably practicable. Several new sets of regulations, intended to ensure the maintenance and,
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: We have planned to consult on the draft regulations to be made under Section 37 of the Disability Discrimination Act as part of the larger package of accessibility regulations covering taxis. Since that package is still some way from being finalised, and we are aware of the increasing concern being expressed about the carriage of guide dogs in taxis, we now intend to consult separately on the Section 37 provisions early in the new year.
The draft regulations to be introduced under Section 37 will only apply to taxis. To apply similar provisions to private hire vehicles (PHVs or minicabs) would require primary legislation and at this stage we have no plans to introduce any amendment in respect of PHVs.
However, there is a power available to licensing authorities outside London under Section 51(2) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 enabling them to attach such conditions to the grant of a PHV driver's licence as they consider reasonably necessary. Bearing in mind that this power is subject to an appeals procedure, it would be up to individual councils in their capacity as licensing authorities to consider whether it could, or should, be applied in respect of guide dogs.
With regard to the situation in London, we are currently implementing provisions to regulate PHVs. The carriage of guide dogs will be considered when we consult jointly with the Public Carriage Office on proposals to regulate PHV drivers.
Buses: when any significant changes are proposed to bus services, such as rerouting, renumbering, new services, withdrawals or major revisions to frequencies, London Transport is required, under Section 36 of the Transport Act 1985, to consult local authorities (as elected representatives of local people), the police and the London Regional Passengers' Committee (LRPC). In addition to these statutory consultees, Members of Parliament, Area Health Authorities and Community Health Councils are also consulted.
Underground: London Underground, on a voluntary basis, consults the LRPC and relevant local authorities when proposals are under consideration for significant changes to advertised service frequencies, changes to times of first and last trains (other than minor detailed adjustments), changes to train routing patterns, changes to station opening or closing times (also total destaffing of a station or total closure of a secondary station entrance/exit), and public toilet closures.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston : These are matters for London Transport. But I understand that London Transport (LT) consulted the London Regional Passengers' Committee (LRPC) on the full detail of the new fares. A presentation was given by LT to the LRPC in early August. There were subsequent exchanges of correspondence.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Railtrack manages its property portfolio on a commercial basis but subject to oversight by the Rail Regulator to protect the public interest. Railtrack is prohibited under the terms of its network licence from disposing of land
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: As part of his current review of Railtrack's access charges, the Rail Regulator is considering how best to reflect the value of Railtrack's property portfolio and the proceeds from its management and development.
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