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Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list (a) the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU advisory committee for the application of legislation on the development of the Community railways, (b) the number of times, and the dates, on which it has met since January 2002, (c) the agenda items it has considered since January 2002, (d) the decisions it has made since January 2002 and (e) the means used to communicate the decisions to the House. [110299]

The information is as follows:

  • The official currently sitting on the Developing European Railways Committee is the Grade 7 Head of Economic Regulation Branch, in the Department's Railways Directorate.
  • The Committee met on 21 July 2002 and 31 January 2003.
  • The agenda comprised mainly reports from the regulatory bodies working group and other working groups dealing with particular topics.
  • The Committee proposed for adoption by the Commission an amendment to Annex III of Directive 2001/14, which concerns the process for allocating train slots in the annual timetable.
  • This amendment will be reflected in regulations that are in preparation to transpose the directives.
  • To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list (a) the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU committee on the development of trans-European transport networks, (b) the number of times, and the dates, on which it has met since January 2002, (c) the agenda items it has considered since January 2002, (d) the decisions it has made since January 2002 and (e) the means used to communicate the decisions to the House. [110300]

    The information is as follows:

  • The official currently sitting on the trans-European transport network Committee is the Grade 7 Head of the Department's European Transport Policy Branch or the SEO deputy.
  • The Committee met on 16 May and 26 November 2002, and on 4 March 2003.
  • The meetings discussed progress towards completion of the transport network, and preparatory work in connection with a forthcoming proposal to revise to the guidelines governing its development. There were also information updates on a number of other network related issues.
  • (d) and (e) The Committee functions in an advisory capacity only.
  • To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list (a) the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU committee on the transfer of ships from one register to another within the Community, (b) the number of times, and the dates, on which it has met since January 2002, (c) the agenda items it has considered since January 2002, (d) the decisions it has made since January 2002 and (e) the means used to communicate the decisions to the House. [110298]

    Since January 2002, this committee has met once▀×on 16 December 2002. The UK was represented by a Principal Surveyor from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Permanent Representatives were invited by the European Commission to attend a consultation meeting, to consider a possible revision to regulations. No decisions were taken at the meeting.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU committee on the development of trans-European transport networks, the number of times and the dates on which it has met since January 2002, the agenda items it has considered since January 2002, the decisions it has made since January 2002 and the means used to communicate these decisions to the House. [110490]

    I refer the hon. Member to the answer I have given today [ref 110300], at column 829W.