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Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much income was derived from parking by each local authority in 200405; how much such income has been derived by each authority in 200506; how much of that income came from (a) charges and (b) penalties in each year; and how much expenditure each authority incurred on parking in each year. 
Ms Buck: Figures supplied to Office of the Deputy Prime Minister by local authorities showing the total income and expenditure on parking by local authorities in England in 200405 are in the following table.
|Net current expenditure||-455,651|
Ms Buck: Vehicle Re-licensing (car tax renewal) and a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) service is provided over the counter in approximately 4,600 branches. Postal applications are handled in 120 of these offices.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it a condition of the next rail franchise for the line operated by C2C Rail Ltd. that the successful company reintroduce (a) flexitime and (b) early bird season tickets; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: No. C2C Rail Limited's flexitime and early bird season tickets are both unregulated fares; such fares may be set by the train operator on a commercial basis, and discontinued (or new fares introduced) as the operator sees fit.
Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the future viability of the Stalybridge-Stockport railway line for local passenger rail services. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many obstructions of railway track by road vehicles have occurred as a result of (a) misadventure and (b) vandalism in each year since 1997; and how many of these have led to a train striking the vehicle. 
Derek Twigg: The data in the following table is extracted from notifications to the Health and Safety Executive under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995. RIDDOR data does not break down the cause of obstructions on a line.
|Line obstructed by a road vehicle. Excludes level crossings.||27||37||39||31||30||31||22||25||21|
|Train colliding with a road vehiclevandalism. Excludes level crossings.||2||1||3||2||3||3||0||3||4|
|Train colliding with a road vehicleother causes. Excludes level crossings.||2||1||3||0||5||2||1||2||1|
|Train colliding with a road vehicle(45) at level crossing||20||32||26||24||15||16||29||20||20|
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the contribution that the railway industry is making towards (a) relieving road traffic congestion and (b) economic regeneration; how this contribution to these objectives is assessed; what criteria he uses for determining which railway infrastructure projects should proceed; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: The contribution that the railway industry makes towards relieving road traffic congestion and economic regeneration is assessed each time a decision is made on whether to implement a railway investment project or major service enhancement. This is done using social cost benefit analysis techniques, as defined in the Department's New Approach to Appraisal (NATA). Projects which proceed are those which yield the highest net social benefit per pound of public sector support. Where benefits or costs cannot be monetised, they will be taken into account using the approach set in the NATA. Further details are on the Department's website.
Dr. Ladyman: The Government announced on 10 November 2005, Official Report, column 29WS, that the renewable transport fuel obligation (RTFO) will be introduced in April 2008, and that the level of the obligation will be 5 per cent. in the financial year 201011. We hope to be in a position to consult by the end of this year on the draft regulations that will bring the RTFO into effect.
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list constituencies in the South West region in which there are non-motorway trunk roads passing through areas of outstanding natural beauty. 
The Department views any failings in security procedures seriously. We follow up at the time with the organisation concerned and take corrective action where that is necessary. It would not be appropriate to set out the steps we may take as a result of alleged breaches in security.
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Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will investigate the safety practices of Ryanair and their compliance with Civil Aviation Authority standards and procedures; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Buck: Foreign airlines operating to the UK are required to meet the international standards and recommended practices established by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. In addition, EU airlines also have to meet more detailed European safety requirements.
The CAA has discussed the recent allegations about Ryanair's safety standards with the Irish Aviation Authority. As a result of these discussions together with information from the ramp inspections, the CAA concluded that issues covered in these allegations do not give rise to any concerns about the safety of Ryanair that would merit any action against the airline.
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