Written Answers 19 to 23 July 2010
Monday 19 July 2010
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many children aged (a) 11 years and under, (b) 15 years and under and (c) 16 years and under (i) received serious head injuries and (ii) died as a result of accidents involving bicycles in (A) 2009 and (B) the first quarter of 2010. 
Mike Penning: The Department for Transport collates information on the number of people killed, seriously injured or slightly injured in reported personal injury road accidents. However, information on the nature of the injury is not collected by the Department, but is available from the national health service information centre.
The latest year for which data are available is 2009. 2010 road accident and casualty figures will be published in summer 2011.
The number of casualties, in the age groups 0-11, 0-15 and 0-16, killed or seriously injured in reported personal injury road accidents involving at least one pedal cycle in 2009 is shown in the following table.
Tuesday 20 July 2010
Speed Limits: Cameras
Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will issue guidance to local authorities and Transport for London on the implementation of his policy not to fund additional speed cameras; and if he will make a statement. 
Mike Penning: On 24 June I wrote to all local authorities in England and Wales, including Transport for London, setting out the Government’s position on speed cameras. My letter confirms that central Government will no longer fund new fixed speed cameras and encourage authorities to consider the full range of local road safety interventions, including educational and engineering solutions. I want to work with local authorities and the police on ways of making local partners accountable to local voters for the decisions they take on the location of cameras and the scale of camera operations, and for the financial consequences of those decisions. A copy of the letter has been placed in the Libraries of the House.
Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to require that his Department is consulted on any proposals to introduce average speed camera checks; and if he will make a statement. 
Mike Penning: There are no plans to compel authorities to consult the Department for Transport prior to introducing average speed cameras. The use of cameras is a matter for highway authorities who are able to use their own resources to fund them if they wish to do so. However, I am keen to improve the transparency of camera operations and will ask authorities to make data about effectiveness and impact of individual cameras available to local people.
Roads: Animal Accidents
Question asked by Lord Mancroft
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many accidents involving deer there have been on primary roads in the most recent year for which figures are available.[HL1315]
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been killed or injured in accidents involving deer on primary roads in the most recent year for which figures are available.[HL1316]
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many badgers are killed on primary roads each year. [HL1317]
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many accidents occur each year on primary roads as a consequence of farm livestock on the road.[HL1319]
Earl Attlee: The Department for Transport collates information on animals identified as carriageway hazards in reported personal injury road accidents. However, information on the types of animals involved in accidents and whether they are killed or injured is not available.
It is not recorded whether the road on which an accident occurred was a primary road. The number of reported personal injury road accidents on motorways and A roads in 2009 involving animals in the carriageway and casualties in these accidents is shown in the following table.
Asked by Lord Mancroft
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many traffic accidents occur each year as a consequence of pedestrians crossing primary roads.[HL1318]
Earl Attlee: The number of reported personal injury accidents on motorways and A roads involving at least one pedestrian casualty who was crossing the road in each of the past five years is shown in the following table. It is not recorded whether the road on which an accident occurred was a primary road.
Wednesday 21 July 2010
Mr Spencer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent reports he has received on the safety record of the A614 in Nottinghamshire. 
Mike Penning [holding answer 15 July 2010]: The Department for Transport routinely receives reports from police authorities into all road accidents involving personal injury. I am aware of a number of fatal and serious injury accidents on the A614 in recent years and I know that the county council is working closely with Nottinghamshire police within the county’s Road Safety Partnership to identify and implement measures to improve the safety record of the route.
Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent encouraging cyclists to wear cycle helmets in each of the last five years. 
Mike Penning [holding answer 12 July 2010]: Over the last five years the Department for Transport has spent some £2.489 million on Think! Child road safety campaigns which encouraged, among other things, children to wear cycle helmets. Additionally, The Highway Code, which is a priced publication but can be viewed free online, advises cyclists to wear a cycle helmet.
Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent assessment his Department has made of the safety of electric personal assistive mobility devices; 
(2) if his Department will bring forward proposals to allow the use of electric personal assistive mobility devices in cycle lanes. 
Mike Penning: The Department for Transport has recently conducted three public consultations about possible changes to legislation affecting:
small electric personal vehicles,
electrically-assisted pedal cycles and
mobility vehicles (known in law as “invalid carriages”).
A wide range of issues were covered, including safety and the use of cycle lanes and cycle tracks.
The findings of all three consultations will be considered carefully before any decisions on next steps are taken
Thursday 22 July 2010
Mr Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths there were in work-related road traffic incidents in each year from 1997 to 2009. 
Mike Penning: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 12 July 2010, Official Report, columns 471-2W.