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Transport: Sustainable Development

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many representations he has received in response to the draft guidance to regions on his Department's Delivering a Sustainable Transport System programme. (325444)

A number of responses to the consultation on Delivering a Sustainable Transport System in spring 2009 referred to the draft guidance to regions, including two specifically relating to the guidance. The Department for Transport published a response to the consultation on 28 April 2009 at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/archive/2009/planning/consultresponses/

The final guidance issued to the regions last July may be found at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/strategy/dasts/guidance/

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of progress in his Department's Delivering a Sustainable Transport System programme; and if he will make a statement. (325445)

Details of the regional study programme for Delivering a Sustainable Transport System are on the Department for Transport website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/strategy/dasts/

and details on the national studies are at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/about/strategy/transportstrategy/nationalnetworksstudy?view=Standard

The Department is monitoring progress closely through representation on all study steering groups. It is anticipated that a full interim assessment of the work to date will be reported to Ministers in the summer of 2010.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) Shropshire council and (b) Advantage West Midlands on his Department's review, “Delivering a Sustainable Transport System”. (325490)

I meet the chair of Advantage West Midlands (AWM) from time to time to discuss “Delivering a Sustainable Transport System” and other matters.

Officials from my Department and from Government offices also meet regularly with representatives of both AWM and Shropshire council.