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Mr. Jamieson: The franchise will include all local and regional passenger services within Wales, and some cross-border services. Its terms will reflect the outcome of negotiations with bidders, among other things.
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Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) new, (b) improved and (c) withdrawn bus services there were in (i) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (ii) Shropshire in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Jamieson: My Department does not collect this information. However, I am informed by Shropshire County Council that since 1998 the total number of commercial bus journeys in the county withdrawn by operators is 1,936. In the same period the county council has provided subsidy for 2,500 new additional bus journeys some of which replaced those commercial ones that have been withdrawn.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received since 1977, other than from hon. Members, that the Government should subsidise cross-solent fares. 
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce legislation to compel cyclists to wear personal protective equipment; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: We have no current plans to make the wearing of personal protective equipment by cyclists compulsory. The Highway Code advises cyclists to wear clothing which will make them visible and which is
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appropriate for cycling. It also advises them to wear helmets. We have engaged TRL to monitor wearing rates. The latest study shows that in 1999 the overall wearing rate was 22 per cent. on major built up roads. That is not a high enough level of public acceptance to introduce compulsory wearing. There would be enforcement difficulties and it could have adverse effects on the levels of cycling. However, we will continue to monitor wearing rates and will review the option of compulsory wearing from time to time.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the benefit to (a) his Department, (b) taxpayers and (c) road users of the value of each external consultant used by his Department since its inception. 
Mr. Jamieson: Guidance on the use of consultants by my Department requires that each consultancy project should have a sound business case which sets out the deliverables and benefits expected to accrue . Details of individual consultancies and supporting business cases are not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much freight was carried by water in and around the UK in (a) May 1992, (b) May 1997 and (c) September 2002 by (i) all flagged ships and (ii) UK flagged ships; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: The available information relates to UK coastal shipping. The statistics are compiled on an annual basis only. Coastal freight traffic carried (i) in all flagged ships and (ii) in UK flagged ships for years 1991, 1996 and 2001 (the latest available year), in terms of goods lifted (tonnage) and goods moved (tonne-kilometres), were as follows:
|Goods lifted (million tonnes)||Goods moved (billion tonne-kilometres)|
|Year||All flagged ships||UK flagged ships||All flagged ships||UK flagged ships|
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the impact of increasing the minimum wage (a) in line with average earnings, (b) to £4.17 per hour, (c) to £4.87 per hour, (d) to £5.00 per hour and (e) to £5.30 per hour, on the cost of salaries of departmental employees (i) in total and (ii) for each nation of the United Kingdom in the next financial year. 
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many official breaches of security have taken place at UK ports in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) region, (b) port and (c) type of breach. 
Mr. Jamieson: Since 1997 my Department has recorded a total of 20 breaches of port security, ie instances where individuals have gained unauthorised access to Restricted Zones at ports. It is not appropriate to give a detailed breakdown of either the specific port or region where these breaches took place for obvious reasons.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) court actions and other prosecutions have taken place and (b) fines or other actions have been imposed, against (i) UK ports and (ii) other marine organisations and activities in response to breaches of security which have taken place at UK ports in each year since 1997; and what the nature of the breaches were in each case. 
Mr. Jamieson: No court actions and/or other prosecutions have taken place. From 1 January 1997 until 31 December 2002 a total of seven Enforcement Notices (ENs) have been served on UK harbour authorities and harbour operators. The ENs were served under the provisions of the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990 and related to failings to meet the requirements of that Act. Details are as follows:
|Year||Number of ENs||Failings|
|1997||1||Restricted Zone(RZ) access control|
|2000||1||RZ access control|
|2001||4||Pass display (2); lack of suitably trained search staff; RZ access control|
|2002||1||RZ access control|
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received about new measures to protect the safety of people using public transport, with particular reference to women. 
Mr. Jamieson: We receive representations from a number of different organisations, including some regarding personal safety on public transport. For example, last year we received a representation by the Rail Safety Task Force of Soroptomist International of south east England regarding improving safety in rail travel.
Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the occasions on which Ministers in his Department have met representatives of Redhill Aerodrome Ventures Ltd. since 7 June 2001. 
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Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made by his Department of the number of (a) accidents associated with heavy commercial vehicles in each year since 1997 and (b) the associated fatalities. 
(1) Total number of fatalities in accidents involving at least on HGV.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) pedestrians and (b) cyclists were (i) killed, (ii) seriously injured and (iii) slightly injured in road accidents in each year since 1997; and how many were under the age of 18 years in each category. 
|Road user type/severity||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001|
|Casualties under 18|
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