PQs 18th – 22nd March

Aviation: Wind Power
 
Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents there have been in the UK of wind turbines causing a flight safety hazard to air traffic controllers and aircraft. [148715]
Mr Simon Burns: The Civil Aviation Authority, the UK’s independent aviation safety regulator, has not received any mandatory occurrence reports relating to a flight safety hazard caused by a wind turbine.
It is well established that wind turbines can degrade the quality of aviation radars. The aviation industry will object, therefore, to any wind turbine that may pose a risk to air safety, the maintenance of which is paramount.
NATS, the UK’s national en-route air traffic service provider, takes wind turbine development seriously and has a strong track record in being able to identify suitable mitigations—its success rate is about 95%.
Cycling: Pedestrian Areas
 
Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to prevent cyclists riding illegally on the pavement. [148245]
Norman Baker: The enforcement of cycling offences is an operational matter for the police. The police can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £30 or if pursued through the courts the maximum fine is £500.
Great Western Railway Line
John Howell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what date he expects all railway stations on the Great Western route to have step-free access to platforms. [148714]
Norman Baker [holding answer 18 March 2013]: There is no programme for all stations on the Great Western route to have step free access. We do however take improving access at stations seriously and have therefore continued with the national Access for All programme, launched in 2006. This includes eight projects on Great Western worth around £17 million, and five of these are these are now complete. We have also announced £100 million to extend the programme until 2019 and further Great Western stations will be considered for this funding.
Prime Minister’s Questions
 
Q14. [148846] Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk) (Con): Is the Prime Minister aware that seven people have died on Norfolk’s roads in the past week? Furthermore, eight have died on the A47 in the past 10 weeks. Does he share my concern about this tragic loss of life? Is he aware of the campaign being run by me and other hon. Members, such as my hon. Friend the Member for Broadland (Mr Simpson), to improve the A47? Norfolk people understand the current budgetary constraints; they simply want a fairer share of resources.
The Prime Minister: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for bringing me up to date with this important campaign that he and others are leading in Norfolk. We have a much better record on road safety than we have had in recent years, but we should never be complacent and should continue to work on it. Money has been made available for road schemes in Norfolk, the A11 chief among them. I can see from the Minister of State, Department for Transport, the right hon. Member for Chelmsford (Mr Burns) nodding vigorously behind my hon. Friend that there may be more to come.
Driving Instruction: Qualifications
 
Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what professional qualifications people trading as driving instructors are required to have. [148956]
Stephen Hammond: Approved driving instructors (ADIs) are required to pass a three-part qualification process consisting of a theory test, a test of driving ability and a test of instructional ability. If this is successfully completed their name may be entered into the ADI register. They must also complete a periodic reassessment of their instructional ability at least once every four years.
Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what NVQs are awarded by the Driving Standards Agency to qualified driving instructors who are nationally registered with the Association of Driving Instructors. [148957]
Stephen Hammond: The Driving Standards Agency does not award NVQs to approved driving instructors.
Cyclists: Speed Limits
 
Question
 
Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 7 March (WA 413) concerning cycling speed limits, whether, in the light of the ability of cycles to exceed speeds of 20 miles per hour, they will review the law to make it an offence for cyclists to exceed speed limits.[HL6332]
Earl Attlee: We currently have no plans to amend the law. Although speed limits do not apply to bicycles, a cyclist can be prosecuted for riding dangerously or carelessly.
Most cyclists travel under 15 mph and because of the effect of air resistance, cycling over 20 mph soon exceeds the aerobic maximum output of most cyclists.
Roads: Accidents
 
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were killed in road traffic accidents on (a) motorways, (b) A roads and (c) B roads in each of the last 10 years. [148499]
Stephen Hammond: In each of the last 10 years in Great Britain, the number of people killed in reported personal injury accidents on (a) motorways, (b) A roads and (c) B roads were as follows:
Fatalities
Road Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Motorways

224

217

164

204

187

183

158

132

118

106

A roads

2,005

2,024

1,824

1,797

1,815

1,611

1,408

1,267

1,050

1,109

B roads

458

506

465

442

416

454

359

330

265

271

Data for the year 2012 will be available in June 2013.
A303: Accidents
 
Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured on the A303 in each of the last 10 years. [148958]
Stephen Hammond: The number of people that have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured on the A303 in each of the last 10 years is given in following table:
Casualties
(a) Killed (b) Seriously injured

2002

11

51

2003

6

46

2004

15

47

2005

6

         33

2006

8

         47

2007

11

        40

2008

9

        37

2009

4

        25

2010

7

        46

2011

5

        38

Data for the year 2012 will be available in June 2013.
A590 and A595: Accidents
 
John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many accidents were recorded on the A590 in each of the last five years; and how many such accidents led to (a) fatalities and (b) injuries; [148984]
(2) how many accidents were recorded on the A595 in each of the last five years; and how many such accidents led to (a) fatalities and (b) injuries. [148985]
Stephen Hammond: The Department does not collect information on damage only accidents.
The number of reported personal injury road accidents on A590 and A595 in each of the last five years that led to (a) fatalities and (b) injuries is given in the following table:
Reported personal injury road accidents on A590 and A595: 2002-11
Accidents(1)
A590 A595
Fatal Injured(2) Fatal Injured(2)

2007

0

95

3

137

2008

3

75

3

110

2009

1

63

2

116

2010

1

71

6

104

2011

3

57

3

91

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