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Mr. Jamieson: My Department's printing paper is supplied by Robert Horne Paper Company, James McNaughton Paper Company, Premier Paper and Howard Smith Paper. Copier paper and other paper products are supplied by Banner Business Supplies Ltd.
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Mr. Jamieson: In the last 15 months the MCA have trained over 80 local authority delegates on six Oil Pollution, Contingency Planning and Response courses. These delegates have come from the following councils:
Colchester Borough Council
Norfolk County Council
Swale Borough Council
Southampton City Council
West Somerset District Council
Exeter City Council
North Devon District Council
Carrick District Council
Portsmouth City Council
West Dorset District Council
Poole Borough Council
Bournemouth Borough Council
Kent County Council
South Gloucester Council
Hampshire County Council
Neath and Port Talbot County Borough Council
Argyll and Bute Council
South Ayrshire Council
Western Isles Council
The City and County of Cardiff
Vale of Glamorgan County
East Lindsey District Council
Lincolnshire County Council
Copeland Borough Council
Environment and Heritage Service
Hartlepool Borough Council
Waveney District Council
Havant Borough Council
New Forest District Council
Teignbridge District Council
North Somerset Council
Sedgewick District Council
Dorset County Council
Adur District Council
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each (a) year and (b) quarter from 199596 to 200203; and if he will make a statement. 
(a) The number of press releases issued by each relevant Department excluding agencies, is set out in the table. Those on transport issues are included in overall totals for the former Departments of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) and Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR), as separate data is not held.
|Department of Transport|
|April 199715 June 1997||38|
|Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (c)|
|16 June 19971998||817|
|Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (c)/ Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (c)|
|Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions|
|April 200228 May 2002||73|
|Department for Transport|
|29 May 200217 January 2003||121|
|29 May to end of June 2002||17|
|1 January 2003to date (17 January 2003)||4|
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the request of the Western franchise to receive a subsidy from the Strategic Rail Authority to run services on the Swindon-Cheltenham line in place of Virgin Trains. 
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Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 20 January 2003]: The minimum level of services which train operators are required to provide is prescribed in franchise agreements, primarily through the Passenger Service Requirement.
Martin Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what remedial action has been taken by train operating companies with passengers in excess of capacity as required by the terms of their franchise; how much funding is committed to this by Central Government; and how the money is distributed; 
Mr. Jamieson: Investment by train operating companies and Network Rail (formerly Railtrack) is made for a variety of reasons including tackling overcrowding. It is not possible to ascribe particular amounts to a single objective. Nor is there a single amount committed by Central Government.
Where train operators breach their 'Passengers In Excess of Capacity' limit the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) can require an action plan to be produced. The SRA now publish information on these in the June edition of 'On Track'. This is placed in the Library of the House.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 15 January 2003, Official Report, column 627W, on road deaths, whether his Department has specifically requested from the Netherlands (a) figures on accident reductions and (b) details of the effects on traffic flows and the behaviour of road users generally, where traffic lights have been removed. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Department is in touch with the official responsible for the work in the Netherlands. Accident figures and the effects on traffic flows have been discussed in general terms and we have asked for any formal figures that may be available. It is important to note that a great deal of work has been done to change the appearance of the roads concerned and reduce vehicle speeds as part of influencing drivers' behaviour. More than just the removal of traffic signals is involved and this needs to be considered when looking at accident and traffic flow figures.
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Health and Safety Executive as a result of Transport for London road works in Wandsworth between 200102. 
Mr. Jamieson: The information requested is not readily available. Reports to the Health and Safety Executive regarding hazards to pedestrians are normally recorded as complaints concerning the contractor actually doing the work, not the ultimate client. During the period 200102 HSE recorded a total of 18 complaints concerning public safety in the London borough of Wandsworth: in 14 of these it proved possible for HSE to carry out investigations. From a further search of available data there is no record of any of these complaints having concerned Transport for London roadwork's.
Mr. Jamieson: The Strategic Rail Authority is leading an industry wide Mark 1 Replacement Programme to ensure that all Mark 1 rolling stock is removed from the Network by 31 December 2004, as required in the 1999 Rail Safety Regulations. In the course of investigating this project, it has become clear that it may be necessary to provide for around 300 to 350 vehicles to operate on the network after December 2004, but the SRA expects these vehicles to be removed from the network in spring 2005.
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