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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent staff are employed in (a) the Department and (b) each of the agencies it sponsors; and what the figures were for 1997. 
Mr. Alexander: Full-time equivalent numbers for staff in all civil service departments and agencies is released twice-yearly by press notice. The latest data, for April 2002, was published on 31 October 2002. Data for April 1997 appears in the annual publication XCivil Service Statistics". Copies of the press notices and annual publication are available from the Library of the House.
It is not possible to make exact comparisons over time because of changes in the make up of the departments and agencies comprising the civil service. Not only do new organisations appear and old ones disappear, but staff changes may reflect the transfer of work between departments and agencies.
Mr. Jamieson: The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is recognised by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry as the sole national body for the accreditation, against international standards, of certification and inspection bodies, testing and calibration laboratories. My Department uses UKAS accreditation services whenever it is appropriate to do so.
Examples include our ISO 14001 environmental management systems and the certification work undertaken by the Vehicle Certification Agency in the motor trade industry and proposed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in the shipping industry. The Highways Agency also continues to work closely with UKAS to help establish benchmark standards within the industry for certification purposes.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish the Government's response to the Central Railway's proposals for a freight line; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the distribution of his Department's whole-time equivalent staff was, including the staff in agencies and other bodies reporting to him, in each Government office region and nation of the UK (a) in 1996 and (b) at the most recent available period. 
I believe this year-on-year increase in the amount of money paid in grant to be clear evidence of our continuing commitment to transferring freight from road to rail or water, wherever it is practical and environmentally beneficial to do so.
Mr. Jamieson: Approximately 7 per cent. of staff in DfT Central Units work part time. Information specifically on job sharers is not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost. Job sharing forms just one strand of a range of possible alternative and flexible working arrangements. Under DfT central posting arrangements, all posts are open to part-time workers or job sharers. In very exceptional cases where line managers consider that a post cannot be filled on a
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part- time/job share basis, they must make a case to HR setting out compelling reasons for this. The vast majority of such requests are denied.
The DfT agencies, in almost all cases, also operate a policy of advertising all posts as open to part-time workers or job sharers. All operate a range of flexible working options. Several also support part-time working or carers networks.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of expenditure by Network Rail on public expenditure commitments; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 9 December 2002, Official Report, columns 3841W, on statutory harbour authorities, which statutory harbour authorities (a) have not completed and (b) have not indicated that they have completed implementation of the Port Marine Safety Code. 
Mr. Jamieson: The following competent harbour authorities have neither (a) completed nor (b) indicated that they have completed implementation of the Port Marine Safety Code because they have not yet issued a formal statement of compliance:
Irvine Harbour Company
Porthleven Harbour and Docks Company
Canterbury District Council (Whitstable)
Carmarthenshire County Council (Llanelli/Burry Port)
Exeter City Council
Isle of Wight Council (Newport)
Waveney District Council (Southwold)
Worthing Borough Council
Crouch Harbour Authority
Looe Harbour Commission
Maryport Harbour Commission
Mousehole Harbour Commission
Sandwich Port and Haven Commission
Duchy of Cornwall (Isles of Scilly)
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Mr. Jamieson: An operational analysis of the Portland area helicopter was carried out for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) by consultants for internal purposes. The analysis is technical in nature and is considered to be commercially sensitive and is therefore exempt from disclosure under Section 13 of Part 2 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. Discussions about the future of the helicopter base are continuing.
Mr. Jamieson: The SRA's Strategic Plan, due to be published shortly, will provide some area-based information on the current use of the rail network for passenger and freight traffic throughout the country. There is no immediate plan to publish separate regional freight strategies.
Mr. Jamieson: The Department for Transport was formed on 29 May 2002. During the remainder of the calendar year 2002 it issued a total of 639 statutory instruments comprising 78 general instruments and 561 local instruments.
Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress made to meet his target of (a) an increase of 75 per cent. investment in the transport service through the Transport 2010 programme and (b) a reduction of 15 per cent.in traffic congestion. 
Mr. Jamieson: No such targets were included in the 10 Year Plan for transport. Progress against the objectives in the Plan are set out in 'Delivering Better Transport: Progress Report' which was published 17 December 2002, a copy of which has been placed in the Libraries of the House.
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