§ Mrs. Curtis-Thomas
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2002,Official Report, column 959W, on railways, how the figures in the baseline period compared to (a) the previous quarter, (b) the average for the previous year and (c) the average for the previous five years. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
Figures on punctuality are available in "National Rail Trends", copies of which are in the Libraries of the House.
The Department's rail performance indicators publication of 18 February contained information on serious Signals Passed at Danger (SPAD) in the first, second and third quarters of 2001–02 plus the rolling annual total at the end of each of these quarters. Information on serious SPADs for earlier periods is provided in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) SPAD reports available on the HSE website.
Information on average age of rolling stock at the end of the first, second and third quarters of 2001–02 was published in the second rail performance indicators report on 18 March. Average age of rolling stock is a new measure and information for earlier periods is not available.
§ Chris Grayling
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has received a completed report from Mercer on the proposed future structure of regulation in the rail industry. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
Mercer Management Consulting have been commissioned, to carry out a wide-ranging consultation of the rail industry stakeholders to gather views about all aspects of the UK railways. This work is not yet completed.