§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many tenders for collision and avoidance systems research have been received by his Department in the past five years;
(2) how many research projects into collision and avoidance systems are currently funded by his Department.75W
§ Mr. McLoughlin
During the last five years, the Department has received and accepted tenders for three research projects into collision and avoidance systems. These were marine collision risk—mathematical models; a behavioural study of the collision avoidance task in bridge watchkeeping; and collision avoidance behaviour: a simulator study. The simulator study has recently been completed; its recommendations are being considered and further research may be proposed.