§ Mr. Drew
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to monitor reliability and punctuality on train performance into Paddington station, with specific reference to the performance of First Great Western, in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
Project Financial Financial year started Government funding (000) Outcomes St. Helens Bus Station 1992–93 2,200 Quality Bus Corridor St. Helens Linkway 1992–93 8,037 Transport Corridor Improvements Earlestown Station 1993–94 180 Refurbishment St. Helens Subway Design 1994–95 8 Design for subway to industrial development IT St. Helens Bus Station 1995–96 132 IT equipment to provide information at bus stations St. Helens Rail Station 1995–96 38 Refurbishment/upgrade St. Helens Junction Study 1996–97 114 Study of useage St. Helens Junction 1998–99 599 Developing major scheme Lea Green New Station 1997–98 2,293 New Station Construction St. Helens Corridor Appraisal 1999–2000 73 Assessment of Bus Corridor outcomes Corridor Q 2001–02 2,188 Smart bus route Centre 6 2001–02 651 Town centre highway and environmental improvements Capital Challenge 1998–99 858 Town centre transport improvements Newton 21 1998–99 93 SRB Environmental Improvements
§ Mr. Woodward
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what central Government expenditure has been allocated by his Department in(a) St. Helens and (b) Merseyside in each year since 1992. 
§ Mr. McNulty
The following table shows allocations to St. Helens and across all five Merseyside authority areas since the 1997–98 financial year:
£000 Financial year Allocations to St. Helens Allocations to five Merseyside authorities 1997–98 934 8,752 1998–99 1,055 8,134 1999–2000 1,533 11,310 2000–01 2,378 15,618 2001–02 3,890 29,364 2002–03 3,974 32,098 2003–04 4,508 39,501
Comparable information is not available for the period prior to 1997.438W
§ Mr. McNulty
The Strategic Rail Authority monitors the performance of all train operating companies and publishes statistics in its quarterly "National Rail Trends" publication, copies of which are placed in the Library of the House. The next edition covering performance to the end of September 2003 will be published later this month. Information is provided for the services of each operator in aggregate, not by specific destination stations.