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Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total cost of running the Department's press office was in (a) 199697 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what the difference was between the price offered in reaching preferred bidder stage and the final contract price for the five largest PFI contracts let by his Department in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement; 
Dr. Whitehead [holding answer 25 March 2002]: My Department has let six public private partnership (including PFI) contracts in the last four years: National Air Traffic Services PPP, Vehicle Inspectorate MOT Computerisation, Highways Agency A13 Thames Gateway (which has transferred to Transport for London), Highways Agency Traffic Control Centre, Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust and Waltham Forest Housing Action Trust.
Information about bid prices and contract values in respect of the first four of these contracts cannot be provided for reasons of commercial confidentiality. It is not possible to provide the information for the Housing Action Trust PPPs because of their contract structure.
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many members of staff were employed by his Department on secondment from non-Governmental organisations in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001. 
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Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the names of the unpaid advisers appointed by him and his predecessor since June 1997, stating in each case (a) the date of their appointment, (b) the duration of their appointment and (c) the project or projects on which they have been engaged. 
For details of unpaid appointments made by this Department to task forces, review groups and other ad hoc advisory groups, I would refer the right hon. Member to the answer provided by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office on 16 November 2001, Official Report, columns 895W-96W.
Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the administrative manuals and internal guidance which his Department has made public as required by Part 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information; and which of these were first made available after May 1997. 
Dr. Whitehead: No administrative manuals or internal guidance are currently published though certain material is available on request. Details of the Department's policy for handling public inquiries and the complaints procedure are published on the DTLR website.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) whether the Permanent Secretary of his Department had received (a) oral and (b) written prior permission from Martin Sixsmith to refer to information which would ordinarily be exempt from disclosure under Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information in his statement of Monday 25 February; 
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(3) which aspects of his statement to the House on 26 February 2002, Official Report, column 563, would ordinarily be exempt from disclosure under Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information; 
(4) whether he received (a) oral and (b) written prior permission from Martin Sixsmith to refer to information which would ordinarily be exempt from disclosure under Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information in his oral statement to the House of 26 February 2002, Official Report, column 563. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the cost has been of criminal damage to his Department's buildings in each of the last four years. 
Dr. Whitehead [holding answer 19 March 2002]: Very few posts within DTLR(C) require Chartered Engineer status. Where this is the case, individuals are recruited on a job specific basis and the information is not collated centrally. There may be individuals with Chartered Engineer status employed in generalist jobs within DTLR(C).
The Highways Agency employs 541 engineers at the grades shown in the table. They may not all have chartered status as some may be graduates who are working towards it. For engineers who have achieved chartered status, the Agency does not pay professional fees and therefore has no record of whether the status has been retained.
|Pay Band 3||Pay Band 4||Pay Band 5||Pay Band 6||Pay Band 7||Pay Band 8||SCS||Total|
|Building & Civil Engineer Technician||0||1||6||12||1||0||0||20|
|Civil Engineer Design Technician||0||1||3||8||0||0||0||12|
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|Principal Housing and Planning Inspector||5|
|Senior Housing and Planning Inspector||10|
|Housing and Planning Inspector||7|
|Flexible Housing and Planning Inspector||1|
Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA)
Vehicle Inspectorate (VI)
VI has this year launched a graduate mechanical engineer programme in line with the Institution of Mechanical Engineer's Monitored Professional Development Programme which takes new graduates through four years structured training and leaves them qualified for Chartered Status, should they wish to apply. VI will be taking on two this year following a recruitment campaign for which there were 90 applicants. 16 candidates will attend assessment centres in mid-April and successful candidates will take up post in September.
Systems and Engineering Manager. Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
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