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John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the Future Development of Air Transport-Scotland consultation documents were (a) sent out and (b) downloaded from the Department of Transport website by 10 January 2003; and how many responses have been received. 
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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on changes to the law affecting Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (ATOL); and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Jamieson: My Department has received one letter on behalf of a travel agent. However, the CAA in response to its consultation paper ("Consultation on Proposed Amendments to the ATOL Regulations") received over 90 replies.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to amend ATOL Regulations to cover firms who sell package holidays by air under separate contracts; and if he will make a statement. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received concerning the protection of individual airline passengers against schedule airline failure from whom they have bought accommodation from a listed supplier; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: My Department has received no representations concerning the protection of individual airline passengers. However we have received representations from a number of travel organisers who assert that scheduled airlines that offer accommodation via linked websites ought to be obliged to comply with the ATOL Regulations.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much producing his Department's latest Annual Report cost; how many copies were printed; how many copies of it were sold at its cover price; to whom copies of the report have been provided free of charge; and how many copies were provided free of charge. 
The DTLR Annual Report was published in June 2002 at a cost of £37,761.14. This figure represents the cost to the Department for the design, production and printing of 600 copies. Other costs of printing and publication were met by the publisher, The Stationery Office Limited (TSO). These 600 copies were distributed free of charge to members of the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee, various stakeholder groups and internally to officials within the Department. Copies were also laid before Parliament.
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Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many letters were received by his Department on the proposed policy of the Mayor of London to introduce congestion charges in London; and what percentage of the letters (a) supported the proposal and (b) opposed it. 
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the running costs of (a) the Department and (b) each of its sponsored agencies were in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Jamieson: Detailed information on administration costs for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and its transport related agencies, going back to 199899 and with projections to 200304, is set out in Table A5 of the 2002 departmental report Cm 5405. Data for years before 199899 are not available on the same basis. Provisional outturn for gross and net administration costs limits were published in Public Expenditure 200102 Provisional Outturn (Cm 5574), Tables 4 and 5. Updated information, with plans to 200506, will be published in the 2003 departmental report in the spring.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many documents were sent to DVLA as proof of identity in the last year for which information is available; and how many are known not to have been returned to their owners or holders. 
Mr. Jamieson: In the financial year 200102 DVLA returned 3.9 million identity documents to customers. In the same year the Agency met 2,704 compensation claims from customers whose documents were not delivered (0.07 per cent. of cases where identity documents were sent to DVLA). 5.9 million photocard driving licences were issued in the same period.
Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about the effectiveness of measures to ensure that foreign commercial vehicles driving on British roads are properly insured. 
Mr. Jamieson: Both UK and European law require any vehicle, including commercial vehicles, to be covered by compulsory insurance when they are used on our roads. Foreign vehicles are subject to the same random checks as UK vehicles and if one were found to be uninsured, its user would be subject to the same fines as any UK motorist.
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Mr. Jamieson: DVLA statistics do not provide a breakdown by fuel type, only vehicles that are dedicated gas or petrol/gas combinations. The following table shows the number of vehicles that are dedicated gas or petrol/gas combination. DVLA statistics also do not distinguish between Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Natural Gas vehicles.
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But this understates the number of vehicles because not all conversions to alternative fuelling are notified to DVLA.
The Energy Saving Trust estimate that there is around 75,000 LPG vehicles currently in the UK. Motorists are converting to LPG at an increasing rate, with the number expected to increase by about 25,000 per year over the next two years, prompted by the Government grants available, and the fact that low-cost LPG fuel is now available in all areas of the country.
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