HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 cc53-4W
Mr. Baron

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was raised in fines from speed cameras in Essex in each financial year since 1996–97, broken down by(a) court proceedings and (b) fixed penalties. [152475]

Mr. Jamieson

[holding answer 3 February 2004]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 27 January 2004, Official Report, columns 243ߝ44W. These are the latest figures available.

Mr. Amess

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when speed cameras were first introduced in Southend; and what the total number of speed cameras introduced was in each year since that date. [153808]

Mr. Jamieson

Fixed speed cameras were first introduced in Southend in March 1995. The number of locations introduced in each year since that date is shown in the following table:

Additional locations established
1995 14
1996 0
1997 0
1998 0
1999 0
2000 0
2001 251
2002 0
2003 213
1Fixed camera locations.
2Fixed and mobile camera locations.

The increase in sites in 2001 coincides with the Essex Partnership joining the safety camera netting off scheme.

Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government have to commission a review of speed limits according to levels of risk on each category of road [155809]

Mr. Jamieson

The Department's review of speed management policy, published in March 2000, concluded that there was no case for a general change in the present 30 mph and 70 mph limits, but indicated that we intended to update the guidance to local authorities on the setting of local speed limits. The Transport Select Committee also recommended revised guidance in their 2002 report on Road Traffic Speed policy. Copies of these documents are available in the House of Commons Library.

We plan to issue the new guidance later this year, following consultation with local authorities and other interested parties.

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