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Constitution Hill: Cycle Path
- In respect of the six-week closure of the cycleway alongside Constitution Hill, what risk assessment was made of the danger to cyclists of having to use the main carriageway; why no alternative routes have been provided; what steps are being taken to restrict the speed of traffic during this period; and whether consideration was given to offering incentives to contractors in order to complete the resurfacing of this cycleway in fewer than six weeks.[HL2395]
In the period during which the cycle track is being widened, cyclists will be expected to dismount or to cycle on the road. Many cyclists use the road even when the cycle track is available for use. The speed limit on the road is 30 mph. In the circumstances, it was not considered necessary to provide an alternative off-road cycle route for the period of the resurfacing works, nor to reduce the speed limit on the road any further.
The work on the cycle track is being carried out by Westminster City Council and paid for by a grant from Transport for London. The Royal Parks has not considered offering incentives to contractors in order to complete the works in fewer than six weeks.
- How they are promoting public access to the Molyneux globes owned by the Middle Temple.[HL2403]
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple has loaned two Molyneux globes to the National Maritime Museum, which is sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, for its 2003 exhibition commemorating the life of Elizabeth I.
Ministers' Replies to Correspondence from Members of Parliament
- Whether it is accepted practice throughout government departments that letters to Ministers from Members of Parliament must be replied to by Ministers and not by civil servants.[HL2272]
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Paragraphs 14 and 15 of the Cabinet Office document, Handling Correspondence from Members of Parliament: Guidance for Departments, sets out procedures for signing off letters to Ministers from Members of Parliament. Copies are available in the Library of the House.
Ministers and Officials: Travel and Subsistence
- What is the annual cost of travel and subsistence incurred by Ministers and civil servants attending
- meetings and events relating to European Union business.[HL2299]
Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Government publish on an annual basis details of the total cost of all Ministers' visits overseas together with a list of all overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers costing more than £500. These figures include travel on European Union business.
Information for the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 2003 has already been published and is available in the Library of the House. These costs include travel undertaken by private office and press office staff accompanying Ministers. Information for the period 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004 is currently in the process of being collected and will be published as soon as it is ready. I will send the noble Lord a copy when it is published.
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