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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of (a) the reasons for the change in the numbers of public accidental fatalities on the railways since 2004 and (b) the projected figures for future years produced by the Office of the Railway Regulator. (113500)

Numbers of fatalities and the causes for 2004 and 2005 are given in the annual reports on rail safety published by the Health and Safety Executive for 2004 and the Office of Rail Regulation for 2005. Copies are in the House Library. The annual report for 2006 will be published by ORR in the spring of 2007.

ORR does not publish indicative trends for the future.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) location, (b) value and (c) purchaser of land are of buildings that (i) Network Rail and (ii) Railtrack has sold since May 1997. (113342)

The disposal of Network Rail’s land and property is an operational matter for Network Rail, in accordance with the licence condition introduced by the rail regulator in November 2001. The hon. Member should contact Network Rail’s chief Executive at the following address for a response to his question.

John Armitt

Chief Executive

Network Rail

40 Melton Street

London NW1 2EE

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his Answer of 30 November 2006, Official Report, column 10W, on railways, if he will bring forward plans to run 24-hour train services (a) on lines that serve major cities and (b) on other lines. (112966)