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Lord Bradshaw

Liberal Democrat - Life peer

5 APPG memberships (as of 17 Nov 2021)
Bus and Coach Industry, Crossrail, Rail, Transport Safety, Waterways
Draft Civil Contingencies Bill (Joint Committee)
11th Jul 2003 - 28th Nov 2003


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Division Votes
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
Armed Forces Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 58 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 0 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 210 Noes - 190
Speeches
Monday 19th July 2021
Transport Decarbonisation

In view of what is likely to be a chronic shortage of HGV drivers that will persist for years, will …

Written Answers
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
Railways
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make rail travel more attractive.
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During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Bradshaw has voted in 158 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
(58 debate interactions)
Lord Callanan (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(14 debate interactions)
Lord Bethell (Conservative)
(10 debate interactions)
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Department for Transport
(59 debate contributions)
Home Office
(9 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
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130 Written Questions in the current parliament

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22nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of the development of a hydrogen strategy on employment in the UK.

The Government is committed to exploring the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier, alongside electricity and other decarbonised gases. As such we are currently developing our strategic approach to hydrogen and its potential to deliver against our net zero goals. In November 2019 we published the Energy Innovation Needs Assessment (EINA) for hydrogen and fuel cells. This identified that the future market for all hydrogen technologies could yield around £5.3bn of GVA and create nearly 50,000 jobs by 2050 to meet demand in export and domestic markets.

We are already investing up to £121m in innovation to support a range of projects exploring and developing hydrogen across the value chain, unlocking jobs and growth. We are developing further policies to grow the UK hydrogen sector and will assess the impact of these in due course, including the positive impact this could have on clean growth and jobs.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish a strategy for the development of hydrogen as a means of reducing atmospheric pollution and reaching net zero targets; and if so, when.

The Government is committed to the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier for the UK. We are currently developing our strategic approach to hydrogen and its potential to deliver against our net zero goals. We will set out our plans in due course.

In order to inform our approach we are undertaking extensive stakeholder engagement as we develop new policy to help bring forward the technologies and supply chain we will need to grow the UK hydrogen economy. This includes business models to support the deployment of, and investment in, low carbon hydrogen production and a £100m Low Carbon Hydrogen Production Fund to stimulate capital investment. We will be further engaging with industry on both schemes throughout the year.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on the economy of using hydrogen as an energy source.

We are exploring hydrogen’s potential to deliver against our clean growth goals – meeting our decarbonisation needs and capturing the commercial opportunities of the global low carbon shift.

In November 2019 we published the Energy Innovation Needs Assessment (EINA) for hydrogen and fuel cells. This identified that the future market for all hydrogen technologies could yield around £5.3bn of GVA and create nearly 50,000 jobs by 2050 to meet demand in export and domestic markets.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of private capital that might be available to support a hydrogen-based economy.

While Government does not have a formal assessment of all private capital that might be invested in the hydrogen economy, it is clear that there is growing interest in this area and we are in regular discussions with businesses about their investment plans for hydrogen projects, including those that are ready for very near-term deployment.

We are undertaking extensive stakeholder engagement as we develop new policy to help bring forward the technologies and supply chain we will need to grow the UK hydrogen economy. As part of this we are looking to formalise regular engagement between Government and industry to discuss and drive development if the UK hydrogen economy. This will consider how we can best work together to encourage increased private sector investment in hydrogen projects, growing the hydrogen supply chain and providing clean growth and new jobs across the UK.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the plans of other countries to develop hydrogen strategies of their own.

The Government is committed to the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier.

We are closely monitoring international hydrogen developments and participate in a range of international fora, including the International Partnership for Hydrogen for Fuel Cells in the Economy, Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial. These offer opportunity to discuss and other countries’ domestic hydrogen strategies in detail. This contributes to understanding of, for example, respective drivers for interest, levels of ambition, innovation priorities and policy support frameworks. This is informing our own strategic approach to the development of hydrogen in the UK context, including opportunities for partnership and economic benefit.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative cost of (1) peat free compost, and (2) compost incorporating peat; and what steps they are taking to reduce the cost of peat free materials to gardeners.

In the recently published England Peat Action Plan we have committed to undertake a full consultation in 2021 on banning the sale of peat and peat containing products in the amateur sector by the end of this Parliament. As part of that consultation, we will be considering opportunities to reduce both the costs and availability of alternatives to peat in growing media.

As outlined in the Action Plan, the Government is committed to working with the industry to understand the implications of our proposals, identify blockages and to working with the private sector to develop and enact solutions, thus making the transition to peat alternatives as seamless as possible.

The England Peat Action Plan is attached.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
9th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 29 January (HL608), whether the Environment Agency has prosecuted Thames Water in relation to incidents of polluting the River Thames or its tributaries since the beginning of 2020.

There have been no prosecutions of Thames Water for pollution to the Thames or its tributaries in 2020.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 29 January (HL608), what powers exist to curtail housing developments in the Thames Valley until sufficient capacity for treating sewage has been developed by Thames Water.

The Water Industry Act 1991 places a duty on water and sewerage companies to provide, maintain and extend a system of public sewers to ensure that the area is and continues to be effectually drained. Water and sewerage companies and the Environment Agency are statutory consultees on local authority development plans, which provide the primary means of determining where future development should be located, including in respect of wastewater infrastructure. Local councils in their role as local planning authorities adjudicate on individual planning applications which, under planning law, must be decided in accordance with the development plan, subject to other material planning considerations. Water and sewerage companies can comment on individual applications and their representations should be taken into account by the planning authority where they raise material planning considerations.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions the Environment Agency has prosecuted Thames Water for illegal discharges of untreated sewage into the River Thames or its tributaries in the last five years for which figures are available; and in what instances a penalty was imposed as a result of any such prosecution.

The table below shows the prosecutions of Thames Water Utilities Limited by the Environment Agency during the five calendar year period (from 2015 to 2019) for illegal discharges of sewage to the River Thames and its direct and indirect tributaries.

Each row of the chart represents one prosecution. The watercourse related to the prosecution is shown in the centre column, and the type of penalty which resulted from the prosecution is shown in the right-hand column.

Table title: Prosecution of Thames Water Utilities Limited by the Environment Agency, 2015 to 2019, for sewage discharges to direct and indirect tributaries to the River Thames

Date of Prosecution
[appeal hearing dates in brackets]

Name of Water Course

Outcome

16/02/2015

River Blackwater

Fined

29/08/2014 [03/06/2015]

River Enborne, Chase Brook and nearby watercourses

Fined

04/01/2016

Grand Union Canal

Fined

07/03/2016

Horsenden Stream

Fined

22/03/2017

Fawley Court Stream

Fined

22/03/2017

River Thames

Fined

22/03/2017

River Thames

Fined

22/03/2017

Moor Ditch

Fined

22/03/2017

River Thames

Fined

22/03/2017

Barkham Brook

Fined

10/07/2019

Maidenhead Ditch and River Cut

Fined

21/12/2018 [26/07/2019]

Idbury Brook

Fined

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times OFWAT has fined Thames Water for illegal discharges of untreated sewage into rivers; and what penalties were imposed on each occasion.

Ofwat has not fined Thames Water for illegal discharges of untreated sewage into rivers. Regulation of discharges of untreated sewage to the water environment is the responsibility of the Environment Agency (EA) and not Ofwat.

In March 2017, Thames Water was ordered to pay fines of almost £20 million following a series of significant pollution incidents on the River Thames and its tributaries in 2012 to 2014. The fine, for six separate cases, was a record as the highest ever set by the courts in a prosecution brought by the EA. More recently, in July 2019, Thames Water was ordered to pay costs and fines of about £700,000 for pollution from Maidenhead Sewage Treatment Works.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
24th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 23 July (HL6931), what plans they have to ensure that the UK’s road vehicle environmental and safety standards will apply to vehicles which are subject to any free trade agreement negotiated with the government of the United States.

British environmental and safety standards will apply to all vehicles operating on British roads. This is as true of vehicles imported under a free trade agreement as it is to vehicles that have been manufactured here.

Vehicles exported to the United States will similarly need to adhere to the environmental and safety standards that are in force there. This is true of both federal and state level standards / regulations.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed vehicle safety standards during negotiations on any free trade agreement; and if so, what agreement has been made.

British vehicle safety standards are amongst the best in the world. HM Government welcomes input from industry and we share their view that our standards should not be compromised as part of future free trade agreements.

Due to their sensitive nature, it is not appropriate to discuss the details of ongoing free trade agreement negotiations.

Continuity trade agreements that have been completed are published in full on GOV.UK at: gov.uk/guidance/uk-trade-agreements-with-non-eu-countries. Each completed agreement includes a Parliamentary Report, which provides further details.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to have an objective in negotiating a free trade agreement with the government of the United States that (1) that government will accept vehicle type approval certification by the UK, and (2) UK exporters will not have to comply with the vehicle certification regulations set by individual states of the United States.

The Government published its objectives for UK-US Free Trade Agreement negotiations on gov.uk on 1st March 2020. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-uks-approach-to-trade-negotiations-with-the-us

Due to their sensitive nature, it is not appropriate to provide further detail while negotiations are ongoing.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government with which countries they are pursuing free trade agreements on matters which include the automotive sector; and on which agreements the negotiations are furthest advanced.

The United Kingdom is currently in negotiations with the USA, Australia and New Zealand to establish new Free Trade Agreements, and with Japan based upon the existing Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and the EU. The UK intends to pursue accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). We are also undertaking ongoing discussion with partners with whom we have not yet finalised continuity agreements transitioning existing EU Free Trade Agreements to bilateral agreements.

1.3 million cars were produced across the United Kingdom in 2019, of which 81% were exported. According to SMMT this represents £42.4 billion of exports, or 13% of the United Kingdom’s total exported goods. The industry is clearly an important exporter for Britain and is a significant consideration in all free trade agreements that the Department is pursuing.

It would not be appropriate to comment on progress while negotiations are ongoing.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the views of the UK automotive industry regarding vehicle safety standards in future free trade agreements.

British vehicle safety standards are amongst the best in the world. HM Government welcomes input from industry and we share their view that our standards should not be compromised as part of future free trade agreements.

Due to their sensitive nature, it is not appropriate to discuss the details of ongoing free trade agreement negotiations.

Continuity trade agreements that have been completed are published in full on GOV.UK at: gov.uk/guidance/uk-trade-agreements-with-non-eu-countries. Each completed agreement includes a Parliamentary Report, which provides further details.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, (1) what criteria will be used to assess bids for funds available in the Bus Strategy for England, (2) whether those criteria will include the relief of congestion, and (3) what plans they have, if any, to increase the funding available.

All Local Transport Authorities in England outside London have published Bus Service Improvement Plans, setting out local visions for transformed bus services. These plans will be assessed against the expectations that we set out in the National Bus Strategy and supporting guidance, including that there should be significant increases in bus priority to tackle congestion and speed up bus services. At the Budget we announced £1.2 billion of new dedicated funding for bus transformation deals and we will say more about how this funding will be allocated in due course.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 10 November (HL3612), what additional schemes they are establishing to support rail freight to counteract the shortage of HGV drivers.

Pursuant to the answer of 16/11/2021 to question HL3612 “To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken in the last six months to make it easier for railways to replace trips made by Heavy Goods Vehicles”: Government continues to work closely with Network Rail (NR) and the rail freight industry to maximise the sectors role in supporting resilient supply chains. The Government will continue to explore the potential to increase freight capacity and capability on the rail network and is supportive of modal shift of freight from road to rail wherever possible.

We will continue to manage NR delivered rail enhancements, including freight schemes, within the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP).

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, given the decreased demand for rail travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have, if any, to change flexible season tickets to increase uptake.

The Department will conduct a 12 month review of the flexible season tickets to evaluate their impact. We expect the review to report in the Summer of 2022.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the most recent rise in rail fares affected profits from ticket sales; and what assessment, if any, they have made of recent changes in demand for rail travel.

No assessment has been made of the proportion of industry revenues which can be attributable to the March 2021 fares changes. While fares changes impact total industry revenue there are also a number of other elements that impact it, including most notably at the moment the pandemic’s impact on passenger travel.

Passenger demand fell during the pandemic and is slowly recovering. We are working with the rail industry to develop a number of recovery initiatives, for example we have introduced new flexible season tickets across England this year to help encourage passengers to return to the railway.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make rail travel more attractive.

The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, published May 2021, contains a number of passenger-focused reforms that will bring in improved services and encourage the use of rail. The Spending Review 2021 confirmed £5.7bn of funding over three years to support essential rail services, and will see Government investing £360m in modernising ticketing and retailing systems, delivering a major overhaul to the way in which rail travel is bought and paid for.

We are also working with the rail industry to develop a number of recovery initiatives, for example we have introduced new flexible season tickets across England this year to help encourage passengers to return to the railway.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in the last six months to use trains to transport freight (1) to compensate for the shortage of HGV drivers, and (2) to reduce the emissions caused by HGVs.

Pursuant to the answer of 16/11/2021 to question HL3612 “To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken in the last six months to make it easier for railways to replace trips made by Heavy Goods Vehicles”: Government continues to work closely with Network Rail (NR) and Freight Operating Companies (FOCs) to maximise rail freight’s role in supporting resilient supply chains. The Government has recently added £0.5 million more to the existing £20 million Mode Shift Revenue Support (MSRS) grant scheme for 2021/22. This will reduce the total number of HGV journeys by an additional 29,000.

The Government recently published the Transport Decarbonisation Plan (TDP) – the first such plan in the world – which sets out our plans to deliver a Net Zero transport system by 2050. The TDP has clearly outlined the Government’s support for the growth of the rail freight sector as well as modal shift of freight from road to rail. In addition, we are committed to introducing a rail freight growth target, but this should not become a ceiling. Through the 2021 First of a Kind competition, we are funding an ongoing project which is focusing on providing better and more accurate location information to make the transition of freight between modes more efficient at terminals.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend off-peak travel on Fridays to encourage leisure travel.

We are working with the rail industry to develop a number of recovery initiatives, focused on restoring passenger confidence in travelling by rail.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in the last six months to make it easier for railways to replace trips made by Heavy Goods Vehicles.

Government remains committed to unlocking the benefits rail freight can deliver, including its role in supporting resilient supply chains. Working alongside Network Rail (NR) and Freight Operating Companies (FOCs), we have taken several urgent steps to increase rail freight capacity to help reduce pressure on HGV driver shortages over the last six months.

NR has recently increased the number of train paths available from Felixstowe Port by addressing level crossing risks and made additional paths available from Liverpool Port and London Gateway. NR and FOCs are currently running longer and heavier freight trains, and we are exploring with them whether there is scope to increase this to ensure that capacity is maximised, as well as increase the flow of rail freight on key routes from major ports. Work remains ongoing to secure further opportunities for this.

Furthermore, the £8.3 million upgrade of the ‘Bootle Branch’ railway line serving the Port of Liverpool was completed in September 2021. The 400-metre section of track will allow for an increase from one, to two trains, per hour in each direction.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the yield resulting from the last regulated increase in rail fares; and what assessment they have made of this estimate.

No assessment has been made of the proportion of industry revenues which can be attributable to the March 2021 fares changes. While fares changes affect total industry revenue there are also a number of other impacts that affect it, including most notably at the moment the pandemic’s impact on passenger travel.

The department has not conducted any studies following the fares changes in March 2021 to separate out the impact of these changes from other factors influencing industry revenues.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make rail travel at the weekends more attractive.

The rail leisure market is showing strong levels of recovery post-COVID, showing that off-peak and weekend travel remains highly attractive to passengers.

There are also a number of railcards available that offer discounts against most rail fares, valid for weekend travel. The Department has saved a generation of passengers at least a third off their fares through the 16-17 and 26-30 railcards and went even further in November 2020 by extending these savings to former servicemen and women through a new Veterans Railcard. Industry partners are collaborating to develop attractive timetables that are reliable, deliver excellent performance for passengers, and offer good value for the taxpayer.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to revisit the flexible season ticket to attract more potential rail travellers.

The flexible season ticket is a national product, priced to provide better value and convenience for commuters travelling two to three days a week. For most 2 and 3 day a week commuters, the flexible season ticket offers savings against buying daily tickets or traditional seasons, provided that they are following this commuting pattern. For those with different commuting patterns, existing tickets such as traditional seasons or dailies may be the best choice.

The Department will conduct a 12-month review of the flexible season tickets to evaluate their impact. We expect the review to report in the Summer of 2022.

Independent research conducted by Transport Focus published on 3 November indicates that flexible season tickets have been well received among commuters on their Transport User Panel. More than one in three passengers surveyed who expected to commute two or three days per week said they would use the flexi season at least to some extent.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 12 October (HL2828), how much of the £20 million allocated to the mode shift freight grant schemes has been (1) allocated, and (2) allocated and spent; how many grant applications have been turned down; and what plans they have, if any, to increase the grant allocation in future.

The Mode Shift Revenue Support (MSRS) budget for 2021/22 is £20m. The budget has been allocated.

By September 2021 the Department accepted 56 grant applications for funding. Four grant applications were rejected as they did not meet the minimum criteria in relation to securing value for money.

The Government continues to be strongly supportive of the MSRS grant to encourage modal shift from road to rail. There are no specific, current plans to increase the levels of the MSRS grant, however the Government keeps this under review.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to re-instate the Freight Facilities Grant in England to help reduce heavy goods road traffic.

The Department for Transport currently has no plans to re-instate the Freight Facilities Grant in England. However, Government remains strongly committed to modal shift and continues to operate two freight revenue grant schemes (£20m allocated in 2021/22). This supports the Mode Shift Revenue Support scheme for modal shift to rail and inland waterways; and Waterborne Freight Grants for coastal and short sea shipping.

Government has also announced in the Transport Decarbonisation Plan and Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail its intention to set a rail freight growth target and will continue to consider further incentives – working closely with the rail freight industry - to encourage modal shift from road to rail.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the effect on train operating companies' revenues of increasing the cost of regulated rail fares, and (2) whether, since the ending of travel restrictions introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, (a) rail companies have introduced more unregulated fairs, and (b) customers have purchased more unregulated fairs.

Fares revenue fell drastically during the pandemic compared with pre-pandemic levels and is yet to recover. Fare rises help fund crucial investment in maintaining railway services and support our economic recovery.

No assessment has been made on the regulated fares for 2022 and a range of options around the timing and level of the increase are being considered. We will confirm these arrangements in due course.

In a major enhancement to their product range train operating companies have introduced flexi season tickets and continue to keep their range of unregulated fares under review. No assessment has been made of how sales of unregulated fares have changed since the ending of travel restrictions.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Local Transport Authorities committed to establishing Enhanced Partnerships across their entire areas under the Bus Services Act 2017 by the end of June.

By the end of June 2021, 77 Local Transport Authorities issued a notice of their intention to prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and accompanying Enhanced Partnership Schemes.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 June (HL1509), whether they are now in a position to publish the research commissioned into potential interest in flexible rail season tickets; and what assessment they have made of long-term elasticities of demand for such tickets based on (1) the commissioned research, and (2) the public reaction to their introduction.

The Department for Transport commissioned quantitative and qualitative research to assess potential interest in flexible season tickets amongst rail users and non-users.

This research is planned to be published in due course.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money is allocated in the current financial year to the Mode Shift Revenue Support Grant; and what plans they have, if any, to increase this allocation in view of the benefit of reducing demand for lorry drivers and the associated reduction in pollution.

The Government is providing £20m through its mode shift freight grant schemes in 2021/22 to support rail and water freight services on routes where they deliver environmental benefits over road haulage but are more expensive to operate.

The Government is supportive of modal shift of freight from road to rail wherever possible and is exploring the potential to increase rail freight capacity on the rail network to help reduce carbon emissions from the freight sector.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money is allocated in the current financial year to the Freight Facilities Grant; and what assessment they have made as to whether an increase would help relieve the shortage of HGV drivers.

The Department for Transport has not allocated funds in England for Freight Facilities Grant and hence no assessment has been made whether it could relieve the HGV driver shortage. The Freight Facilities Grant in England closed in 2011.

The Government has already taken firm action to bring new drivers into the industry as soon as possible. These measures include training up to 6,000 new HGV drivers through skills bootcamps and the adult education budget, using MOD examiners to increase testing capacity by thousands over the next 12 weeks, sending nearly one million letters to all drivers who currently hold an HGV driving licence to encourage them back into the industry and offering time-limited visas to 5,000 HGV drivers.

The Government is also providing £20 million through its mode shift freight grant schemes in 2021/22 to encourage modal shift from road to rail or water.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to announce new infill rail electrification schemes ahead of COP26.

Announcements on future rail electrification schemes will be informed by the outcome of the ongoing Spending Review.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to improve the single track section of railway line between Soham and Ely; and what assessment they have made of the effect on trade of that single track line.

The ‘Soham Area Capacity Enhancement’ scheme is at an early stage of development. Addressing this pinch-point will be a key enabler for growing the number of freight trains on the nationally important corridor from Felixstowe to the Midlands and North and will support the nation’s capacity for growing international trade in a sustainable way.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether their Great British Railway reforms will (1) lead to a rationalisation of the demands on timetable space, and (2) end speculative bids from franchisees for timetable space.

A new public body, Great British Railways, will run and plan the rail network, own the infrastructure, and receive the fare revenue. It will procure passenger services and set most fares and timetables, contracting with private companies to operate trains to the timetable and fares it specifies. Great British Railways will draw up contracts and the service plans that underpin them in line with its mandates to grow the railways and improve efficiency. Great British Railways will not design services that the infrastructure cannot support, or that are based on unworkable timetables, as happened repeatedly under franchising.

There will also be the potential for new open access services to be explored in the future where spare capacity exists to make best use of the network and grow new markets for rail.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish their plans to de-carbonise the railways before 22 July; and whether those plans will include further electrification of the railways.

We will publish the Transport Decarbonisation Plan shortly. The Plan will cover how we will support further electrification of the railways.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
29th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the introduction of the flexible season ticket for commuters, what market research they undertook to inform this policy; whether they sought any guidance from marketing experts; what plans they have to publish this market research; and what assessment they have made of the impact of reducing the number of cars commuting into towns and cities on decisions about future rail fare levels.

The Department for Transport commissioned quantitative and qualitative research to assess potential interest in flexible season tickets amongst rail users and non-users.

The Department plans to publish the research in due course.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
29th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter to the Chief Executive of National Rail from the Department for Transport on 8 October 2020 commissioning a review of the way capacity is allocated on the East Coast Main Line, when they will publish this review; what are the reasons this review has not already been published; and whether the review offers timetable options for (1) passengers, and (2) taxpayers, that are preferable to those proposed in London North Eastern Railway's 2022 timetable consultation.

The Chief Executive of Network Rail has provided a draft final report which is under review and contains commercially sensitive information that was provided in good faith by private companies on condition that it is not published. The report considers the full range of passengers and markets along the East Coast route and identifies two key options. Once finalised we will request that the main findings be published.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
28th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what cost-benefit analysis they have made of (1) the access improvements to London King's Cross Railway Station, (2) the rail modifications at Werrington Junction, and (3) the upgrading of the power supplies on the East Coast Main Line, with particular reference to journey times.

Cost-benefit analysis of the individual upgrades has not been made. However, an assessment of the wider package of enhancements on the East Coast Mainline (ECML), of which the improvements at King’s Cross and Werrington and the power supply upgrades are contributary components, was conducted in 2018. This presented a benefit-cost ratio (BCR) of 3.6. This BCR will be reappraised once the content of the new ECML timetable, planned for introduction in May 2022, has been finalised.

This major timetable uplift will provide faster journey times across the route, with improvements of 15 minutes between London and Edinburgh, and 5 minutes between London and Leeds.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement that DP World will operate 775-metre long freight trains between Southampton and London Gateway, whether they have asked Network Rail to make similar adjustments elsewhere in the interests of higher productivity.

The Government supports increasing the productivity of the rail freight sector, including by investing in infrastructure enhancements to enable Freight Operating Companies to run longer trains, to enhance rail freight’s competitiveness and in turn lead to modal shift of freight from road to rail, delivering significant environmental and economic benefits.

Between 2014-2019 the Government invested over £235 million in the Strategic Freight Network and continues to make investments, to improve its capability and capacity for freight users, including facilitating longer freight trains. In addition to the longer services operating from the Port of Southampton, as a result of the recently completed Southampton Freight Train Lengthening project, the Department has also funded several infrastructure enhancements which have enabled other longer services to operate. These include upgrading the Ipswich Railway Chords (Bacon Factory Curve) to allow 700m length freight trains to run to and from the Port of Felixstowe and the extension of the Darlington sidings, which concluded in December 2020, to allow longer intermodal freight trains to operate from Teesport to access the East Coast Mainline.

Furthermore, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Network Rail (NR) has worked alongside the rail freight industry, with the support of the Department, to allow longer and heavier trains to run on the network whilst the number of passenger services has been lower. As a result of the reduced passenger timetable, NR implemented a number of timetable alterations to allow, for example, 775m trains to run between Southampton and Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester, and between Daventry and Grangemouth. NR is actively looking at opportunities to continue scheduling such services and to further opportunities to run longer trains, to continue driving higher efficiency and productivity for the Freight Operating Companies and their customers.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 28 April (HL15243), what plans they have to improve rail journey times to improve the competitiveness of rail compared to road journeys.

Midlands Connect are currently developing a proposal for line speed improvements between Lincoln and Nottingham, as part of their role promoting strategic transport investment across the Midlands region.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any scheme to encourage freight traffic to use the Channel Tunnel and HS1 rail link in order to reduce pressure on (1) the short sea crossing routes, and (2) the roads of Kent.

The Government supports the growth of the rail freight sector, both domestically and through the Channel Tunnel, and remains committed to unlocking the economic and environmental benefits rail freight can deliver through its better environmental performance and contribution to alleviating congestion on Britain’s roads.

The Mode Shift Revenue Support Scheme (MSRS) supports the carriage of freight by rail and water on routes where road haulage has a financial advantage, incentivising modal shift. In 2020/21, the Department allocated up to £20m to mode shift grants, a 28% increase in funding compared to 2019/20. These grants help to remove around 900,000 HGV journeys off the road each year.

It is ultimately a commercial decision for rail freight operators as to whether to facilitate new services, but the Government is open to engaging with industry-led proposals and potential new operators where there is a commercial proposition.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any proposals for a scheme to double the single railway line between Soham and Ely on the line between Felixstowe and the north of England.

The ‘Soham Area Capacity Enhancement’ scheme is at an early stage of development as part of the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline. Addressing this pinch-point is a key enabler for growing the number of freight trains on the nationally important corridor from Felixstowe to the Midlands and North.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 21 April (HL14705), what assessment they have made of the impact that additional stops at Swinderby train station will have on journey times between Lincoln and (1) Leicester, (2) Derby, and (3) Birmingham; and whether they consider reducing those train journey times to make them competitive with the equivalent journeys by car to be a strategic priority.

The maximum impact of additional services calls at Swinderby is 2 minutes onto the journey times; Midlands Connect are currently developing a proposal for line speed improvements between Lincoln and Nottingham, as part of their role in promoting strategic transport investment across the Midlands region. This aims to reduce journey times for passenger services by up to two minutes between Lincoln and Newark, although even with these journey time savings and the removal of Swinderby calls, the relative competitiveness of journeys by train versus car would remain broadly unchanged.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport on 20 April of new safety measures for smart motorways, (1) how these measures will be funded, and (2) what impact there will be, if any, on other road safety schemes.

Since 1995, with the first Controlled Motorway, smart motorways have been progressively introduced to the Strategic Road Network (SRN). After a trial commissioned in 2001, the first Dynamic Hard Shoulder (DHS) motorway opened in 2006 and the first All Lane Running (ALR) motorway opened in 2014.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) was given the responsibility for monitoring and enforcing the performance and efficiency of Highways England in April 2015, after the development of all three forms of smart motorway. The latest safety evidence drawn from data and analysis of the 2019 STATS19 official statistics is contained in Highways England’s Smart Motorways Stocktake First year progress report 2021, published on 20 April 2021. The Secretary of State has commissioned the ORR to independently review the data to provide further analytical assurance and ensure that the conclusions arrived at are robust.

The Transport Secretary has committed £500 million to smart motorway safety through the improvements set out in the Stocktake Action Plan, published in March 2020. Highways England is accelerating measures through existing contracts and final costings are yet to be confirmed, as they continue to plan and develop the programmes. No investment in smart motorway safety threatens funding to make roads safer on other parts of the road network.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Office of Rail and Road assessed the safety of smart motorways when they were introduced.

Since 1995, with the first Controlled Motorway, smart motorways have been progressively introduced to the Strategic Road Network (SRN). After a trial commissioned in 2001, the first Dynamic Hard Shoulder (DHS) motorway opened in 2006 and the first All Lane Running (ALR) motorway opened in 2014.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) was given the responsibility for monitoring and enforcing the performance and efficiency of Highways England in April 2015, after the development of all three forms of smart motorway. The latest safety evidence drawn from data and analysis of the 2019 STATS19 official statistics is contained in Highways England’s Smart Motorways Stocktake First year progress report 2021, published on 20 April 2021. The Secretary of State has commissioned the ORR to independently review the data to provide further analytical assurance and ensure that the conclusions arrived at are robust.

The Transport Secretary has committed £500 million to smart motorway safety through the improvements set out in the Stocktake Action Plan, published in March 2020. Highways England is accelerating measures through existing contracts and final costings are yet to be confirmed, as they continue to plan and develop the programmes. No investment in smart motorway safety threatens funding to make roads safer on other parts of the road network.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when approval was granted for the introduction of smart motorways.

Since 1995, with the first Controlled Motorway, smart motorways have been progressively introduced to the Strategic Road Network (SRN). After a trial commissioned in 2001, the first Dynamic Hard Shoulder (DHS) motorway opened in 2006 and the first All Lane Running (ALR) motorway opened in 2014.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) was given the responsibility for monitoring and enforcing the performance and efficiency of Highways England in April 2015, after the development of all three forms of smart motorway. The latest safety evidence drawn from data and analysis of the 2019 STATS19 official statistics is contained in Highways England’s Smart Motorways Stocktake First year progress report 2021, published on 20 April 2021. The Secretary of State has commissioned the ORR to independently review the data to provide further analytical assurance and ensure that the conclusions arrived at are robust.

The Transport Secretary has committed £500 million to smart motorway safety through the improvements set out in the Stocktake Action Plan, published in March 2020. Highways England is accelerating measures through existing contracts and final costings are yet to be confirmed, as they continue to plan and develop the programmes. No investment in smart motorway safety threatens funding to make roads safer on other parts of the road network.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of delivering the 4,000 new zero emission buses they committed to in the National Bus Strategy.

The cost of individual vehicles, and accompanying infrastructure, will depend on a number of case by case factors including the types of vehicles chosen, the scale of individual projects and the associated infrastructure requirements. On 30 March 2021 the Government launched the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas scheme. Under this scheme local transport authorities will be able to bid for up to £120 million to introduce zero emission buses and associated infrastructure. The funding from this scheme could assist with the introduction of up to 500 zero emission buses and associated infrastructure.

In addition, £50 million has been provided in through the All-Electric Bus Town or City scheme. This funding could assist with the introduction of up to 300 zero emission buses and associated infrastructure. Together, Government funding currently could support the purchase of 800 zero emission buses and the infrastructure needed to support them.

The Department is continuing to review how to support the introduction of zero emission buses and associated infrastructure in future years.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the expected increase in passenger numbers at Swinderby train station resulting from the forthcoming additional train services; and what evidence this estimate is based on.

The additional train service formed part of the wider passenger service enhancements for the East Midlands outlined when the East Midlands Franchise started in August 2019, and consideration focused on the route benefits rather than at a specific station.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many heavy goods vehicles subject to roadside checks between 2018 and 2020 had major defects; and how many of those were registered (1) in the UK, and (2) abroad.

For the period 1 January 2018 up to and including 31 December 2020, the number of heavy goods vehicles found to have a major defect (Category 1) when subjected to a roadside check was 9,008.

5,044 of those vehicles were registered in the UK, and 3,964 were registered abroad.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
28th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to include a review of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme in their forthcoming National Bus Strategy; and what steps they will take to ensure that the Scheme is fair (1) to operators, and (2) to local authorities.

The Government remains committed to the Concessionary Travel System and the National Bus Strategy we are developing. The strategy will be launched in the coming weeks and will include an approach to thinking about how the scheme will best serve users in the future. We will continue to work closely with Local Authorities and bus operators as further details are developed and once the Strategy is published.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
28th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make (1) regulatory, or (2) licensing, changes to improve the viability of community transport.

The Government believes that community transport operators provide vital services that encourage growth and reduce isolation by linking people with their communities, helping take them to shops, work, school, and medical appointments. The Department appreciates and supports the continued efforts to provide these vital services, especially during such unprecedented times.

The Government recognises this vital work and has provided £30 million of funding to improve current services and restore lost services affected by Covid-19.

We committed to pay existing Bus Service Operator Grant funding at pre-Covid level to services run under section 19 and section 22 permits even though not all services may run during the outbreak.

The Government is set to publish its National Bus Strategy. The Strategy will focus on the needs of passengers so that more people have access to bus services that meet their needs. The Government recognises the importance of good transport links for the sustainability and independence of communities, particularly in rural areas, and the Strategy will set out how national and local government, and the private sector will come together to support this.

The Government will continue to work closely with local authorities and the community transport sector when lockdown measures start to be lifted to understand what issues and risks are raised, and how these could be addressed.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide facilities for drivers delayed awaiting customs proceedings in Kent.

Currently traffic is flowing well through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. However, should there be significant delays, the Department of Transport has included the provision of adequate and Covid-secure welfare in our plans for the lorry holding sites at Ashford-Sevington and Manston Airfield. Our sites include catering, medical and sanitation facilities for HGV drivers to use. If required, these facilities can be adjusted to respond to different levels of congestion.

The Kent Resilience Forum (which includes Kent County Council, Kent Police and other organisations working in Kent) has a driver welfare plan that will provide reasonable and proportionate distribution of welfare to both passenger and freight traffic during significant congestion. It covers the deployment of food, water, medicine, warmth and sanitation.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with EU member states about their enforcement of the Drivers’ Hours and Tachographs (Amendment) Regulations 2020, and in particular cases where foreign operators are found to be exceeding drivers’ hours limits in the UK.

The UK and EU have agreed provisions for the enforcement of drivers’ hours and tachographs within the UK/EU trade and co-operation agreement (TCA). The 2020 Regulations therefore provide for the enforcement in the UK of drivers’ hours and tachographs for those international journeys carried out under the (TCA). The UK remains an active member of Euro Control Route (ECR) and the Confederation of Organisations in Road Transport Enforcement (CORTE), both of which are concerned with co-operation in this technical area. Both organisations help DVSA to maintain valuable contacts with most EU Member States, and communicate regarding drivers’ hours and many other traffic enforcement issues.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with Eurotunnel and Eurostar about using surplus capacity and rolling stock for the conveyance of freight by rail.

The Government engages regularly with the international rail sector to discuss a range of issues, including freight traffic flows and proposals to operate additional intermodal rail freight services through the Channel Tunnel, similar to those already operating.

It is ultimately a commercial decision for rail freight operators as to whether to facilitate new services, but the Government is open to engaging with industry-led proposals and potential new operators where there is a commercial proposition.

There is currently sufficient capacity through the Channel Tunnel to run additional, conventional rail freight services similar to those already operating. Running additional services would be dependent on commercial demand for such services, which has always been a key challenge to the sector.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Williams Rail Review will include consideration of upgrading Oxford railway station.

The Government is committed to bringing forward vital sector-wide reforms and commissioned Keith Williams to carry out the first root and branch review of the rail industry in a generation. Over the course of his review, Keith Williams found that many stations are not optimised for passengers, and fail to meet their social or economic potential. Keith Williams has made a number of recommendations which Ministers are considering, though I do not anticipate recommendations in relation to specific stations. The Government will publish a White Paper with details on the Government's plans for rail reform once the course of the pandemic becomes clearer.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accommodate heavy lorries travelling between the A36 and A46 during repair works to Cleveland Bridge in Bath.

A weight restriction of 18 tonnes has been placed on Cleveland Bridge, which is to remain in place for the duration of the repair works. A 7.5 tonne weight restriction is in place on many streets in the centre of Bath so HGVs are directed to diversion routes to the east or west of the city.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 9 November (HL9762), whether they plan to put in place minimum contract arrangements for participation in HS2 construction projects to guarantee British suppliers a share of the economic benefits of HS2; and if not, why not.

There are currently no plans to set a content target for UK companies on HS2. As I set out in my response on 9 November [HL9762], HS2 Ltd has an excellent track record of supporting British businesses; over 2,000 businesses have delivered work so far on the project, 98% of these are UK-based, and 70% are SMEs. The project already has 13,000 workers in the UK employed on it and the construction of Phase One will see HS2 create and sustain a further 22,000 jobs over the coming years, with many more in businesses and factories around the country through an estimated 400,000 supply chain contract opportunities. HS2 Ltd estimate that 95% of those contract opportunities will be won by UK based businesses, with around two thirds being SMEs.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
29th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the creation of a content target for UK companies for the construction of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, what plans they have to create a similar target for High Speed 2.

There are currently no plans to set a target for UK companies on HS2. HS2 Ltd has an excellent track record of supporting British businesses; over 2,000 businesses have delivered work so far on the project, 98% of these are UK-based, and 70% are SMEs. The project already has 13,000 workers in the UK employed on it and the construction of Phase One will see HS2 create and sustain a further 22,000 jobs over the coming years, with many more in businesses and factories around the country through an estimated 400,000 supply chain contract opportunities. HS2 Ltd estimate that 95% of those contract opportunities will be won by UK based businesses, with around two thirds being SMEs.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
29th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown in (1) money, and (2) tonnes of steel, awarded to (a) British suppliers, and (b) non-British based suppliers, of the contracts awarded for constructional steel products for High Speed 2 to date.

Whilst HS2 Ltd does not currently have any plans to directly buy steel, it does apply a strategic and transparent approach to the sourcing of steel for the HS2 Programme through its Tier 1 contractors and their supply chains. HS2 Ltd ensures a fair procurement process which complies with UK procurement law and the Government policy for the procurement of steel. The contractors involved in the delivery of HS2 have only recently commenced their procurement of steel for the HS2 programme and therefore very little of the 1.3 million tons needed for Phase One has so far been procured.

UK produced and fabricated steel already delivering for HS2:

  • Cleveland Bridge in Darlington for the design, production and installation of 1,130 tonnes worth of steel girders, for modular bridges near our Interchange station site in Solihull.
  • Caunton Engineering in Nottinghamshire for 2,400 tonnes of structural steel
  • Celsa Steel in Cardiff for 1,800 tonnes of loose steel and rebar.

Other Contracts:

  • Eiffage Metal have a contract for fabrication of viaduct plate sections (9000 tonnes), the source of the actual steel for this contract is yet to be determined.
Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
28th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many responses there were to the roads policing review: call for evidence which closed on 5 October; and when they expect to publish their response to any such evidence received.

There have been 149 responses to the Roads Policing Review call for Evidence. We are planning to publish our response in Spring 2021.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to improve the air quality inside public transport vehicles.

Improving air quality is a top priority for this Government. We have put in place a £3.8 billion plan to deliver cleaner transport that includes £130 million already invested to support the purchase of over 1,700 low emission buses and supporting infrastructure and a further £5 billion announced by the Prime Minister to deliver a further 4,000 new zero emission vehicles and improve services.

Actions we take to cut pollution from transport will improve air quality for users of public transport. In light of COVID-19, the Department’s Safer Transport guidance for operators encourages consideration of how to increase ventilation and air flow inside public transport vehicles. Where possible, transport operators should ensure that a fresh air supply is consistently flowing through public transport vehicles. The guidance is available online.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to modify railway fares in the light of changing demand.

The Government remains committed to modernising rail fares and ticketing and, despite the impact of COVID-19, recognises that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a fundamental change in working patterns which could have long-term effects on commuter behaviours. We are actively considering how we can modernise our fares and retailing offer, to develop more convenient and better value options for passengers.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific evidence supports their advice to “avoid using public transport” in certain situations as part of their COVID-19 mitigation measures.

The evidence indicates increased risks of transmission at close quarters in enclosed spaces. SAGE advice has provided evidence of an enhanced risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 for both transport workers and passengers.

Due to indoor contact between a high number of users from different households, the overall weight of evidence across the board is towards a significant risk on public transport when social distancing is not possible. Mitigations to reduce the risk on the public transport network include:

  • face coverings;
  • social distancing, such as reduced capacity of vehicles and out-of-service seats;
  • hand sanitation provisions in stations and on vehicles;
  • regular cleaning and ventilation.

However, given the many variables to each physical setting and environment there is insufficient evidence on the extent to which these measures fully mitigate the risk in any given specific transport context. We have been clear that it is the responsibility of individual transport operators to ensure they are taking necessary mitigations to ensure they comply with health and safety regulations, for the wellbeing of both their passengers and their staff.

We are also asking members of the public to follow safer travel guidance to minimise the risk of transmission to themselves and others, which includes only travelling to access work, education or open amenities and services in areas subject to enhanced local intervention and guidance to avoid travelling into and out of Local Alert Level Very High areas unless for education, work or caring responsibilities.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Hegelmann Transporte's activities in the UK have broken the law; and what steps they (1) have taken, and (2) plan to take, to address any such breaches of the law.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has no record of any offences committed by Hegelmann Transporte Activities in the last three years. Where the DVSA receives reports of any breaches of the law it will assess, prioritise and undertake the necessary and appropriate enforcement action.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, when considering the use of e-scooters, they plan to look at the experience of other countries where wider use has been permitted; and what plans they have to review the safety implications for other road users, in particular disabled people.

The Department is considering the evidence available from international organisations, published reports and the experience of other Governments and city authorities in regulating e-scooters. We are running trials of e-scooters to gather evidence of their impacts on our roads and the plans for trials were developed taking account of the experiences abroad.

We are establishing a monitoring and evaluation programme for the trials that will assess the safety implications of e-scooters. ?This will?assess?the safety risks presented by e-scooters, the mode shift?to e-scooters from other forms of transport,?public perceptions around their use?and identify other impacts that should be considered for any?potential?future legalisation of e-scooters. Research with the local community will specifically seek to include vulnerable groups (including disabled people) to ensure that their views and experiences are understood.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any consultation took place with (1) the Health and Safety Executive, and (2) the Office for Rail and Road, before the decision was made to increase the basic speed limit at which motorists can drive through roadworks; and what assessment they have made of the ability to enforce speed limits at such sites.

Whilst no specific consultation took place with the Health and Safety Executive, Highways England did engage throughout the trials with the Office for Rail and Road (ORR) to update them on the progress and outputs of the trials.

The enforcement of speed limits will be undertaken in the same way any speed limit through roadworks is enforced, by using average speed camera systems.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 10 July 2020 (HL6210), for what reasons they rejected the view of the majority of respondents to the East Midlands Rail franchise consultation who opposed splitting the Liverpool–Norwich service at Nottingham.

On June 2018, the DfT published the East Midlands Rail Franchise Stakeholder Briefing document, which set out the Department for Transport’s reasons for its decision, following a review of all the feedback received by respondents. In reaching such decisions, the balance of consultation responses received is one of many elements that has to be considered when weighing up the arguments.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase demand for the (1) bus, and (2) rail, sectors as the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic are eased.

We are working closely with operators, Network Rail, TfL, the British Transport Police and Trade Unions to ensure robust plans are in place to meet demand and support safer travel. The Department has issued guidance to ensure people stay safe while using public transport.

We are fully supportive of encouraging people back on to public transport at the right time.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
29th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 March (HL2045), how many of the 2,300 responses to the East Midlands Rail Franchise consultation supported the proposal to split the Norwich-Liverpool services at Nottingham.

Out of the 2,300 total responses, 1,148 expressed a view on this question, of which 398 supported the proposed change (with 750 opposed).

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
29th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 March (HL2045), on what evidence the claim is made that splitting the Norwich-Liverpool rail services at Nottingham will improve reliability.

Recent cross industry work on performance in the North West looked at the impact on Manchester’s Castlefield Corridor of trains heading to Manchester from Sheffield and found that “while the Norwich and Cleethorpes services generally depart their origin on time, by the time they depart Sheffield around 30% of trains are more than 5 minutes late”.

This confirms that the Norwich to Liverpool services lose time crossing the different congested corridors and key stations along its route. As a result, the trains then transmit further delay to the rest of the network. Industry data from the second half of 2019 on which individual trains cause the most delays to other trains, show that three of the worst eight trains on the whole GB network for transmitting delay are in this service group.

Therefore, both Network Rail and East Midlands Railway are firmly of the view that splitting these services at Nottingham will not only improve the performance of the respective halves of the split service, but also the performance of many other trains across the country.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on the economy of using hydrogen to power transport.

Government’s approach to delivering greener transport is technology neutral and we have provided support for hydrogen as a transport fuel where the market favours its use. For road transport this includes support through the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, the £23m Hydrogen for Transport Programme, £2m Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle support scheme and funding for the purchase of 62 hydrogen fuel cell buses. Across road, rail, maritime and aviation Government is supporting research and development into hydrogen technologies recognising its potential to be a key fuel on the pathway to zero emissions.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of increased information sharing between agencies responsible for road safety, including the police ,the Health and Safety Executive, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Highways England and the Traffic Commissioners, as well as private sector bodies such as the Motor Insurers’ Bureau; whether any such collaboration is inhibited by the Data Protection Act 2018 and other data protection concerns; and, if so, how they are mitigating these data protection concerns.

Data Protection legislation already allows for proportionate sharing of personal data for law enforcement purposes. The legislation also provides mechanisms to do this.

In the Refreshed Road Safety Statement in July 2019 we announced the most comprehensive review of roads policing and this reflects our commitment to continuing to reduce the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. The exchange of data pertinent to road safety between agencies and organisations is being explored as part of the review.

We will also shortly be launching a Call for Evidence to help us further investigate the link between enforcement, collisions, congestion and crime. Respondents will have the opportunity to outline their views on what could be done to better enable and equip those charged with enforcing traffic laws.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of people (1) killed, and (2) seriously injured, in road accidents in each of the last ten years.

The number of killed and seriously injured casualties in reported road accidents as reported by the police to DfT, in Great Britain, between 2009 and 2018 can be found in the below table:

Reported road casualties, by severity, Great Britain, 2009-20181,2

Severity

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Killed

2,222

1,850

1,901

1,754

1,713

1,775

1,730

1,792

1,793

1,784

Seriously injured (unadjusted)

24,690

22,660

23,122

23,039

21,657

22,807

22,144

24,101

24,831

25,511

Source: DfT, STATS19

1. Figures for serious injuries are as reported by police. Since 2016, changes in severity reporting systems for a large number of police forces mean that serious injury figures, and to a lesser extent slight injuries, are not comparable with earlier years. Adjustments to account for the change have been produced for high level series. More information on the change and the adjustment process is available in the 2018 annual report.


2. The data includes all motor vehicles, cyclists and horse riders.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they had made of proposals by Spanish bus and coach builder Irizar to modify air-conditioning systems to reduce passengers' inhalation of air-born droplets or micro-particles by ionising the air entering each system, and to use increased levels of oxygen in such systems to combat viruses via oxidisation; and in particular, whether such methods could be used on trains or trams to tackle pollen, fungal spores, bacteria and other microbes, as well as COVID-19 and other viruses.

We have not made any assessment of the proposals made by Spanish bus and coach builder Irizar to modify air-conditioning systems. However, we are aware that the industry is looking at various options around modifying air conditioning to give greater protection.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 27 May (HL4331), what assessment they have made of the case for decriminalising some moving traffic offences outside of London to reduce the burden on police forces.

The Government recognises that the impact on the resources and other priorities of local police forces is one of several considerations to be borne in mind in looking at whether to decriminalise enforcement of moving traffic offences. This is a longstanding and complex issue which we are looking at carefully. No decisions have yet been taken.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commission an independent survey of the views of (1) Great Western Railway, and (2) East Coast Main Line, passengers on (a) comfort of seating, (b) adequacy of luggage space, (c) ride quality, (d) ease of boarding and disembarkation, (e) noise and vibration levels, and (f) clarity of view from windows.

The National Rail Passenger Survey carried out by Transport Focus already covers most of these questions and gives scores at individual train operator as well as national levels, including for both Great Western Railway and London North Eastern Railway. Transport Focus is independent of the Government and the train operators.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 5 May (HL3178), what steps they are taking to prevent the use of unsuitable roads by HGVs where highway maintenance standards have also declined.

Local authorities are best placed to manage traffic on local roads and consider the needs of local residents. The powers given to local traffic authorities under Sections 1 & 2 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 allow for the restriction or prohibition of the use of HGVs on any road, for a wide range of safety and environmental reasons. These measures can be implemented by making Traffic Regulation Orders without reference to the Department for Transport.

The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 provide various signs for authorities to consider if they choose to do this, including signs informing motorists that certain roads are unsuitable for HGVs or if a weight limit is in place. The restrictions are then enforceable by the police.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to extend the civil enforcement powers contained in the Transport Management Act 2004?(section 6) to authorities outside London to better enforce moving traffic offences, in order to protect cyclists and pedestrians.

We are giving thought to the role these powers could play in helping councils to deliver their transport recovery plans. Meanwhile, the police retain the necessary moving traffic enforcement powers outside of London.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure bus and train services can operate safely when lockdown restrictions are lifted, in particular in relation to (1) social distancing, and (2) personal protective equipment for staff.

Keeping transport workers and passengers safe is of paramount importance. Working closely with other Government Departments, Public Health England, the Health and Safety Executive and the transport sector, we have produced guidance for organisations and transport users. The guidance sets out how passengers and staff can be as safe as possible when on the transport system, including by complying with social distancing guidelines. Where social distancing is difficult to maintain, we are recommending the use of face coverings for passengers and staff.

Where operators already use PPE to protect against non-COVID-19 risks, they should continue to do so. Additional PPE beyond this is not beneficial for managing COVID-19 risks. COVID-19 is best managed in the workplace through changes such as social distancing and enhanced hygiene rather than PPE.

We will keep all our guidance under review and update it based on emerging evidence, including from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), and the experience of the relaxation of lockdown restrictions.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 28 April (HL3179), when they intend to publish the updated version four of the Specification for the Reinstatement of Openings in Highways.

The Department for Transport intends to publish the updated version of the Specification for the Reinstatement of Openings in Highways on 14 May.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
28th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to asking Network Rail to convene a meeting with an independent chairman with wide operating experience to identify ways of improving performance in railway movements in the North of England, particularly in relation to the bottleneck between Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations, without major infrastructure investment.

The Department recognises the importance of improving the performance of rail services around Manchester and last year Richard George, a railway industry leader with wide operating experience, looked at this subject. Since January, his work has been taken forward to be developed in detail by a Task Force co-ordinated by Network Rail and involving train operators, Transport for the North and other stakeholders. This Task Force is working up options for improving performance through timetable changes without infrastructure investment, as well as considering the appropriate infrastructure investment in the longer term.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) review the process by which utilities open road surfaces so as to better manage traffic during on-going roadworks, and (2) put in place procedures to govern the lasting re-instatement of such roads once works have been completed.

The Department issues statutory guidance covering the process by which utility companies open road surfaces. The ‘Specification for the Reinstatement of Openings in Highways’ was reviewed and updated during 2019. The Department for Transport plans to publish the updated version 4 of the technical specification later this year. It will improve the quality and performance of utility reinstatements once it comes into force.

The Department has spent over £10 million developing a new digital service for planning and managing street works. It will be used by all local authorities and utility companies from 1 July 2020. The service, known as Street Manager, will also record all reinstatements, inspections and any defects that are noted from such inspections. This will enable all those involved to monitor the quality and performance of reinstatements and use the data to ensure this is improved.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the (1) enforcement measures, and (2) penalties, used to prevent HGVs using unsuitable roads.

London has the necessary powers to enforce moving traffic contraventions and the penalties are a matter for the Mayor. Outside London, apart from bus lane contraventions, moving traffic offences remain a matter for the police. Local authorities may wish to work with the local police services where targeted enforcement could address a specific problem.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to assign new work to those working on railway electrification to ensure that experienced teams are not disbanded.

The Government expects electrification to play a significant role in the decarbonisation of the railway and to deliver other benefits for rail users. A strong supply chain will be necessary to deliver those benefits and value for money for taxpayers as part of a sustainable decarbonisation programme. Maintenance of a skilled workforce will therefore be one criterion in considering future electrification.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to re-open any of the routes closed in the Beeching cuts, as pledged in the 2019 Conservative Party manifesto; and if they have any such plans, when they intend to do so.

We have pledged £500m to reopening railway lines and stations. We invited MPs to come forward with proposals. The deadline for these proposals was 16 March. A panel comprising Ministers and rail and community experts are looking at these and we will be writing to applicants on next steps. A second round is planned for June.

Some projects, such as the Ashington Blyth line, have been accelerated and are already in development.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accelerate the procedure for the re-opening of closed railway routes.

We have pledged £500m to reopening railway lines and stations. We invited MPs to come forward with proposals. The deadline for these proposals was 16 March. A panel comprising Ministers and rail and community experts are looking at these and we will be writing to applicants on next steps. A second round is planned for June.

Some projects, such as the Ashington Blyth line, have been accelerated and are already in development.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 March (HL1918), what assessment they have made of the case for urgently decarbonising the transport network; and what discussions they plan to have with the Rail Safety and Standards Board about prioritising that Board's work on the risks involved in expanding third rail electrification in order to complete such work by the end of 2020.

The Government believes that we must accelerate rail decarbonisation to respond to the challenge of climate change. We will consider exploring some decarbonisation schemes as priorities as we develop our strategy.

Officials regularly discuss with the Rail Safety and Standards Board its research to reduce the railway’s environmental impact, including work on third rail electrification. The Government will consider the findings of that work as they emerge during 2020.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address any potential staff shortages in (1) the road haulage, and (2) the bus transportation sectors, resulting from immigration removals.

All employers in the UK have a responsibility to prevent illegal working by conducting simple right to work checks before they employ someone, to ensure the individual is not disqualified from working by reason of their immigration status.

The EU Settlement Scheme allows EU citizens to apply to continue to live and work in the UK after 30 June 2021. Applications are free of charge and require the completion of three steps: proving their identity, showing that they live in the UK and declaring any criminal convictions.

We therefore do not expect immigration removals to have an impact on transport.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the practice of train operating companies terminating trains before they reach their advertised destinations, what steps they are taking to prevent such a practice except in exceptional circumstances.

When trains are terminated before they reach their advertised destination, for contractual purposes, this is considered to be a part or full cancellation depending on how much of the planned journey is completed. If performance falls short of an operator’s contractual obligations, the Department can require them to incur expenditure to improve. Whilst terminating trains early clearly impacts passengers, train operating companies say it is sometimes necessary to prevent more significant delays or potential further cancellations for a larger number of passengers, or if calling at a specific station would be unsafe or the line is blocked.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their reasons for splitting the trains on the Norwich to Liverpool rail service at Nottingham; what assessment they have made of the impact of this arrangement on passenger numbers on this service; and what consultation they undertook with passenger groups prior to this change.

The reasons for the in-principle decision to split this service were explained in the East Midlands Franchising Stakeholder Briefing Document published in June 2018. The benefits principally arise from being able to recognise the completely different characteristics and patronage levels of the services either side of Nottingham (87% of journeys are now within the Liverpool – Nottingham section) and then being able to develop the service offer accordingly, rather than simply perpetuating the linking of two separate services undertaken in the 1980s when the railway and its markets were very different.

No quantified assessment of the impact on passenger numbers has been made but will form part of the final implementation decision. However, we expect that the improved focus on the two different markets either side of Nottingham, together with improved reliability that splitting should bring, to grow passenger numbers overall.

This change was consulted on as part of the East Midlands re-franchising process in July – August 2017 which received 2,300 responses and featured several public meetings including in Liverpool, Nottingham and Norwich.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether splitting the trains on the Norwich to Liverpool rail service at Nottingham has improved or reduced the reliability of service on that line.

The splitting of these trains has not yet taken place, so such an assessment is not possible. It is currently planned to take place from December 2021.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the number of train crew that are required as a result of splitting the trains on the Norwich to Liverpool rail service at Nottingham.

This will be assessed as part of the final implementation decision. We expect the overall numbers to be broadly similar.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the additional £2.5 million investment made available to CrossCountry trains will result in more seats on services on the routes between the north east and north west, and the south coast and west of England via Birmingham; and when any such improvements will be in place.

As part of the recent announcement, a capacity uplift is being planned for Cross Country intercity routes on services on the routes between the north east and north west, and the south coast and west of England via Birmingham. The aim is for this uplift to take place from December 2020.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comparative risks posed to the public by (1) a limited amount of extension of third-rail electrification for which a commercial case exists, and (2) continuing with the existing alternative arrangements of using diesel trains or carrying heavy freight traffic by road.

The Government is taking a holistic approach and our Transport Decarbonisation Plan will coordinate action across modes to deliver UK transport’s contribution to net zero. We are also supporting work to understand and reduce the railway’s contribution to air pollution.

We will take an evidence-based approach to identifying solutions, including taking account of the efficacy of past interventions and of new technological developments. We are supporting work by the Rail Safety and Standards Board to report in 2021 that will consider both the risks of extending third-rail electrification and the risks of not doing so.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to sanction further extensions to the electrified network in the near future to ensure a continued workload for the skilled labour involved in present railway electrification schemes.

Electrification will play a significant role in the government’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Network Rail’s Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy (TDNS) will help to inform decisions about a deliverable and affordable programme of electrification and use of other technologies.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 25 February (HL1519), whether they plan to initiate a further upgrade of power supply to cater for any increase in the demand for rail freight or passenger services.

The development of the Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the north will identify whether further upgrades of the power supply, beyond those already planned within the £1.2 billion East Coast Main Line Enhancement Programme, are needed to support extra rail freight or passenger services on the route.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the enhancement of the power supply on the East Coast Main Line will provide sufficient power to allow for electrically hauled freight trains.

The upgrade of the East Coast Main Line’s power supply will enable more electric trains to run in each hour. At some times of the day, passenger trains will use all of the available capacity but at other times there will be sufficient power to allow electrically hauled freight trains to run.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
5th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 3 February (HL551), whether the Rail Network Enhancement Pipeline takes into account the Government's net carbon emissions target for 2050 and its effects on heavy road haulage.

This year we will publish a Transport Decarbonisation Plan, which will set out a credible and ambitious plan to ensure transport, including rail, delivers its contribution to net zero. The Government takes account of such wider strategies when upgrade schemes are appraised through the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
5th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 3 February (HL547) and in the light of their target of zero net emissions by 2050, whether they plan to cease the practice of counting the loss of fuel duty, including VAT, as a disbenefit to the transfer of heavy freight from road haulage to an electric railway.

When assessing the impact of transferring road freight to rail, the differences in both costs and benefits are calculated to provide the full picture of the net impact. The appraisal framework in the Department considers the emissions savings that would result from switching transport types, taking into account the relative emissions efficiency from each form of transport mode. The Department’s appraisal framework is continually kept under review to keep up to date with latest approaches to valuing environmental benefits, as well as improvements in technology.

DfT is embarking, through the Transport Decarbonisation Plan, on the biggest piece of work it has ever done on decarbonising transport. It will be working openly in 2020 to produce a Plan that puts transport on a path to delivering its contributions to carbon budgets and net zero.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many railway vehicles which do not comply with the “Persons with Reduced Mobility, Technical Specifications for Inter-operability” remained in service after the deadline for their withdrawal expired on 1 January 2020.

There are no vehicles in scheduled passenger service which are fully exempted from the requirements of the PRM-TSI. There are around 1,300 vehicles (9%) in the national fleet with short term, time-limited dispensations against a range of non-compliances with standards in the PRM-TSI. As these vehicles are upgraded and replaced the number in service diminishes throughout the coming months.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assess any non-compliance with the Persons with Reduced Mobility, Technical Specifications for Inter-operability after 1 January 2020; and whether any such assesment will (1) include the effect of late orders of new vehicles and modifications to existing vehicles, and (2) the management of the cascade programme by the Department for Transport.

A number of operators have been issued with strictly time-limited dispensation notices against non-compliances with the Persons with Reduced Mobility Technical Specifications for Interoperability. As part of these limited dispensations, operators are required to provide evidence that the introduction of new or refurbished stock remains on track. It remains the responsibility of the operator to ensure they meet the requirements for compliance with accessibility legislation.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their plans to improve East-West rail links, whether the Liverpool to Norwich service will split at Nottingham; if so, why; and what assessment they have made of this decision, in terms of both costs and revenue.

An in-principle decision to split the Norwich to Liverpool service at Nottingham was taken as part of the East Midlands franchising process and was included in the financial assessment of that project. This will be re-assessed prior to a final decision being taken.

The reasons for the decision were explained in the East Midlands Franchising Stakeholder Briefing Document published in June 2018. The benefits principally arise from being able to recognise the completely different characteristics and patronage levels of the services either side of Nottingham (87% of journeys are now within the Liverpool – Nottingham section) and then being able to develop the service offer accordingly, rather than simply perpetuating the linking of two separate services undertaken in the 1980s when the railway and its markets were very different.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic and environmental benefits of an electrified rail-freight network between (1) major ports and inland terminals, and (2) major quarries and city centre terminals, in order to reduce (a) pollution and congestion on the trunk road network, and (b) mileage by heavy lorries.

The Government is committed to reducing air pollution created by transport and more broadly, ensuring the railway plays its part in delivering our ambition of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. We will continue to explore potential options, including electrification, as well as using other low emitting fuels.

The Government will develop a multi-modal freight strategy, to include a response to the National Infrastructure Commission’s report ‘Better Delivery: The Challenge for Freight’. This strategy will be developed alongside the Department’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan to cover the decarbonisation of freight across all transport modes

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether current forecasts for rail freight potential take account of the need to reduce heavy lorry mileage by 2050.

The rail freight forecasts do not explicitly consider the need to reduce heavy lorry mileage.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the (1) current, and (2) future, haulage capacity of freight locomotives; and whether they include any such estimate in plans for the future development of the rail network.

Haulage capacity of freight locomotives are a matter for Freight Operating Companies (FOCs). FOCs are private sector companies and receive no state funding for the procurement of rolling stock. However, the July 2019 report by the Rail Industry Decarbonisation Taskforce and RSSB – “Final Report to the Minister for Rail” - estimate that there are currently around 850 freight locomotives in regular service, moving around 19 billion net tonne kilometres of freight per year (2016-2017).

Network Rail published a rail freight forecast for 2033/34 and 43/44 in July 2019. This study analysed the existing haulage capacity of freight locomotives. In addition, one scenario considered the impacts of an increase of 2.2m square metres of warehousing capacity and a 5% increase in train length by 2033/34. These scenarios and forecasts are used when appraising freight infrastructure upgrades through the Rail Network Enhancement Pipeline (RNEP).

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for a Scotland to the West Country Sleeper service to improve inter-regional connectivity.

No assessment of such a service has been made, but my Department would be happy to discuss the case with the Scottish Government.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government who they have contracted to operate the Nottingham to Liverpool railway service from December 2021; and what estimate they have made of the financial implications of the decision to end the Norwich to Liverpool railway service at Nottingham from December 2021 in terms of (1) cost, and (2) revenue.

No decision has been made to date on which train operator will provide the Nottingham to Liverpool railway service from December 2021. The financial implications of ending the Norwich to Liverpool service at Nottingham were considered as part of the competition for the new East Midlands franchise.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the percentage of weekday journeys completed by LNER with the required number of Hitachi coaches to operate services compared to the total number of scheduled weekday journeys.

The Department does not hold the data requested. The noble Lord may wish to request this information from LNER, who can be contacted at East Coast House, 25 Skeldergate, York, YO1 6DH.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the percentage of weekday journeys for which Hitachi provided the required number of units to operate the scheduled train service between Lincoln and London since they were introduced on 21 October 2019, compared to the total number of scheduled journeys.

The Department does not hold the data requested. The noble Lord may wish to request this information from LNER, who can be contacted at East Coast House, 25 Skeldergate, York, YO1 6DH.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the percentage of train cancellations between Leeds and London in both directions in 2019.

The Department does not hold the data requested. The noble Lord may wish to request this information from LNER, who can be contacted at East Coast House, 25 Skeldergate, York, YO1 6DH.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 4 May (HL3177), what was the total fuel duty received from hydrocarbon oils used in inland transport in each year from 2010 to 2019.

Total Fuel Duty received from 2010 to 2019 was as follows. As HM Revenue and Customs does not request usage information within traders’ returns to avoid unnecessary admin burdens to business it is not possible to break these down by inland transport.

2010: £27.0 billion

2011: £26.9 billion

2012: £26.7 billion

2013: £26.7 billion

2014: £27.1 billion

2015: £27.4 billion

2016: £28.0 billion

2017: £28.0 billion

2018: £27.9 billion

2019: £27.8 billion

Total Fuel Duty revenue statistics are published within HM Revenue and Customs Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin published every March, June, September and December at HMRC’s ‘UK Trade Info’ online portal.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any impact in the reduction of vehicles running on diesel and petrol on tax revenue.

Any fall in demand for road fuels impacts fuel duty revenue. Fuel duty is an important source of revenue, and the government keeps receipts under review. HMRC publish fuel duty statistics as part of the Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin.

This contains data up to February 2020 and data up to May 2020 will be published here in June. The work of the last ten years in bringing borrowing and debt back under control has ensured that the public finances are well placed to deal with the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
20th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have given new policy guidance to the National Infrastructure Commission following the Government's decision to implement a target for net-zero emissions by 2050.

Infrastructure will be central to meeting the UK’s 2050 zero-emissions targets, and so decarbonisation will be one of the central objectives of the National Infrastructure Strategy (NIS), due to be published alongside the Budget.

The NIS will also provide the Government’s formal response to the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC’s) 2018 assessment of the UK’s infrastructure needs, which included a range of recommendations relating to decarbonising the UK economy.

As per the NIC’s framework document, the NIC must already take account of the Government’s legal obligations, including carbon reduction targets or assessments of environmental impacts.

Earl of Courtown
Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)
16th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 9 July (HL5647), which items of equipment related to the prevention or reduction of road accidents have been awaiting type approval for longer than 18 months; and in each case, why such items have not yet been approved.

Six items of equipment originally sought type approval more than 18 months ago (i.e. before 20th January 2019). Of these, four items are awaiting manufacturer information, decision or action as follows:

  • Awaiting results to evaluate following supplier testing
  • Waiting for the supplier to provide sufficient clarity on the changes made to a currently type approved product
  • Outstanding action on supplier to implement necessary changes to comply with the requirements for type approval

In a further case the manufacturer has now made the necessary changes required for type approval and a report to the Home Office is undergoing technical review.

In the final case, a previously withdrawn aspect of an otherwise type approved product was resubmitted with improvements in April 2019 and a report to the Home Office is currently undergoing technical review.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received the recent report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services on roads policing; and when they expect that report to be published.

The government have received a draft report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on roads policing. The date for publication will be decided by HMICFRS.

The HMICFRS consultation on its proposals for a new framework for future PEEL inspections is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will respond to these proposals as and when the consultation process is resumed.

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are responsible for the totality of policing within their force area. This includes ensuring the Chief Constable delivers an effective and efficient police service to meet the priorities of the local community. PCCs are required to set out their strategic objectives in a Police and Crime Plan following consultation with the public and local partners.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include an assessment of roads policing in their annual assessments of the efficiency of police forces.

The government have received a draft report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on roads policing. The date for publication will be decided by HMICFRS.

The HMICFRS consultation on its proposals for a new framework for future PEEL inspections is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will respond to these proposals as and when the consultation process is resumed.

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are responsible for the totality of policing within their force area. This includes ensuring the Chief Constable delivers an effective and efficient police service to meet the priorities of the local community. PCCs are required to set out their strategic objectives in a Police and Crime Plan following consultation with the public and local partners.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the annual reviews by Police and Crime Commissioners include significant sections dealing with the effectiveness of their forces’ road policing obligations; and what plans they have to make inclusion of roads policing in those annual reviews mandatory.

The government have received a draft report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on roads policing. The date for publication will be decided by HMICFRS.

The HMICFRS consultation on its proposals for a new framework for future PEEL inspections is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will respond to these proposals as and when the consultation process is resumed.

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are responsible for the totality of policing within their force area. This includes ensuring the Chief Constable delivers an effective and efficient police service to meet the priorities of the local community. PCCs are required to set out their strategic objectives in a Police and Crime Plan following consultation with the public and local partners.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect that all police forces will adopt the use of the CRaSH road collision and casualty reporting system.

The government have received a draft report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on roads policing. The date for publication will be decided by HMICFRS.

The HMICFRS consultation on its proposals for a new framework for future PEEL inspections is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will respond to these proposals as and when the consultation process is resumed.

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are responsible for the totality of policing within their force area. This includes ensuring the Chief Constable delivers an effective and efficient police service to meet the priorities of the local community. PCCs are required to set out their strategic objectives in a Police and Crime Plan following consultation with the public and local partners.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
15th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of time specialist roads policing officers spend investigating accidents, compared to time spent on enforcement aimed at accident prevention.

The Home Office collects and publishes data annually on the primary function of police officers, as part of the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletins, which can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-workforce-england-and-wales .

These data include 4415 Full Time Equivalent officers whose primary function is “Road Policing”, and officers with multiple responsibilities are recorded under their primary function.

This government is fully committed to giving the police the powers and resources they need to fight crime. The Chief Officer will decide how to deploy available resources in dealing with all the issues for which the force is responsible, including roads policing, taking into account any specific local problems and demands with which they are faced.

The Home Office collect and publish arrests data (available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2019), however, information on the officer making the arrest is not collected.

Manufacturers have 15 devices that are currently seeking product type approval from the Home Office, with varying timelines to approval ranging from a few months to 3 years.

Differing timeframes for the approval process are influenced by a number of complicating factors, for example improvements identified by the type approval process that are required for meeting approval requirements, the submission of valid test reports or the provision of manufacturer’s data.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
15th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many arrests have been made by road policing units in each of the last five years; and what proportion of arrests for serious crime were made by road policing units in each of the last five years.

The Home Office collects and publishes data annually on the primary function of police officers, as part of the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletins, which can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-workforce-england-and-wales .

These data include 4415 Full Time Equivalent officers whose primary function is “Road Policing”, and officers with multiple responsibilities are recorded under their primary function.

This government is fully committed to giving the police the powers and resources they need to fight crime. The Chief Officer will decide how to deploy available resources in dealing with all the issues for which the force is responsible, including roads policing, taking into account any specific local problems and demands with which they are faced.

The Home Office collect and publish arrests data (available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2019), however, information on the officer making the arrest is not collected.

Manufacturers have 15 devices that are currently seeking product type approval from the Home Office, with varying timelines to approval ranging from a few months to 3 years.

Differing timeframes for the approval process are influenced by a number of complicating factors, for example improvements identified by the type approval process that are required for meeting approval requirements, the submission of valid test reports or the provision of manufacturer’s data.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
15th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact their plans to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers will have on resources available for road policing.

The Government has committed to increasing the number of police officers by 20,000 over the next three years. An additional 20,000 officers sends a clear message that we are committed to giving police the resources they need to tackle crime and keep our communities safe.

The Home Office has confirmed the allocations for every force in England and Wales in the first year of the uplift. 6,000 additional officers have been allocated to forces across England and Wales by the end of March 2021 and over 3,000 have already been recruited.

We are working closely with policing leaders to ensure the additional resource will have the right impact. Chief Constables remain operationally independent, and the deployment of officers is an operational matter for local Chief Constables.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
15th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many items of equipment related to the prevention or reductions of road accidents are currently awaiting type approval; and how long each such item has been awaiting approval.

The Home Office collects and publishes data annually on the primary function of police officers, as part of the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletins, which can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-workforce-england-and-wales .

These data include 4415 Full Time Equivalent officers whose primary function is “Road Policing”, and officers with multiple responsibilities are recorded under their primary function.

This government is fully committed to giving the police the powers and resources they need to fight crime. The Chief Officer will decide how to deploy available resources in dealing with all the issues for which the force is responsible, including roads policing, taking into account any specific local problems and demands with which they are faced.

The Home Office collect and publish arrests data (available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2019), however, information on the officer making the arrest is not collected.

Manufacturers have 15 devices that are currently seeking product type approval from the Home Office, with varying timelines to approval ranging from a few months to 3 years.

Differing timeframes for the approval process are influenced by a number of complicating factors, for example improvements identified by the type approval process that are required for meeting approval requirements, the submission of valid test reports or the provision of manufacturer’s data.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist on 9 March (HL1921), whether a housing development is allowed to proceed before additional wastewater infrastructure has been provided.

The developer is responsible for providing effective drainage to serve their development and agreeing this with the local planning authority. There is also statutory provision for developers to fund additional sewerage infrastructure required to accommodate flows from a proposed development. If there are concerns arising from a planning application about the capacity of wastewater infrastructure, applicants can be asked to provide information about how the proposed development will be drained and wastewater dealt with; and if they build their development in breach of the permission, they may face enforcement action by the local planning authority.

Earl of Courtown
Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)
26th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 18 February (HL1314), whether local councils in their capacity as local planning authorities making decisions can refuse a planning application on the basis that the water and sewage company has not provided a system of waste water that satisfies the Environment Agency; and whether the Planning Inspectorate would be bound to uphold any such refusal.

A local planning authority, as the decision maker in the first instance, may refuse an application, having weighed up all the material planning considerations in accordance with the development plan for the area, unless other material considerations indicate otherwise. This decision may be appealed and allows the judgement of the local council to be tested independently by the Planning Inspectorate. Inspectors may come to a different view from the local planning authority and uphold an appeal, this does not mean that they have disregarded the views of the local authority or local residents – rather that they have attributed different weight to the issues in reaching their decision.

In coming to a decision, the local planning authority and an inspector will take into account the views of all parties submitted within the relevant timescales, along with local and national planning policy and guidance. Our planning practice guidance is clear that if there are concerns arising from a planning application about the capacity of wastewater infrastructure, applicants can be asked to provide information about how the proposed development will be drained and wastewater dealt with. There is also statutory provision for developers to fund additional sewerage infrastructure required to accommodate flows from a proposed development.

Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 16 June (HL4922), what plans they have to enable the submission of photographic evidence by (1) local authorities, and (2) local action groups, of any abuse of weight restriction orders.

Cases on Weight Restriction Orders are heard in the Magistrates Courts. Prosecutors are entitled to submit photographic evidence to the court, provided it is relevant and its source can be proved. This is in accordance with existing rules of evidence of long standing. It is a matter for the individual prosecutors (whether police forces or local authorities) whether they choose to call witnesses to present photographic evidence to a court of trial.

2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 5 May (HL3178), how many offences related to the abuse of weight restriction orders have been enforced by the police through the courts in the last year for which figures are available.

The Ministry of Justice has published information on prosecutions, convictions and sentencing outcomes, up to December 2019, which is available in the Home Office principle offence code data tool, available here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/888344/HO-code-tool-principal-offence-2019.xlsx

Offences specifically relating to vehicle weight restriction offences are not specifically identifiable from within existing offence categories. This information may be held on court record but to be able to identify these cases we would have to access individual court records which would be of disproportionate cost.