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Ministers' Private Offices

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997. [191379]

Charlotte Atkins: I refer the hon. Member to the answer my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, East (Mr. McNulty) gave to the hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Mr. Flight) on 15 July 2003, Official Report, column 170W. The final outturn for the running costs of Ministers' private offices in 2003–04 is £1.4 million.

Motor Traders

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what security measures have been taken to protect the public from terrorist use of vehicles passed between motor traders. [195777]


 
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Charlotte Atkins [holding answer 3 November 2004]: Motor traders are not currently required to be recorded as vehicle keepers on the DVLA records. They generally sell vehicles on quickly and do not want to devalue them by adding additional keepers to the record.

One of the recommendations of the Home Office-led Vehicle Crime Reduction Action Team (VCRAT) report was that the movement of vehicles between motor traders, as well as in and out of the trade, should be recorded. An electronic system for this purpose will be introduced by DVLA in 2005. This will ensure that DVLA will have details of where such vehicles are at any time, and which traders are involved. The new system will make vehicles in the hands of the motor trade less attractive to criminals and terrorists.

Sustainable Energy (CHP Provisions) Order

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures his Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake to comply with the Sustainable Energy (CHP Provisions) Order 2003. [194429]

Charlotte Atkins: The only combined heat and power plant on the DfT estate is operated by the DVLA at their Morriston site in Swansea and has been operational since June. It generates about 50 per cent. of the electricity needed at the large site accommodating some 4,500 staff and as a consequence is likely to make a major contribution to the Department achieving the framework target of obtaining 15 per cent. of electricity form CHP by 2010. DVLA was awarded the Energy Management/Environmental Award from the Energy Industries Council Utilities Awards 2004 for the organisation that has invested in energy management initiatives to take into account their impact on the environment.

Elsewhere in the Department we will be looking to OGC buying solutions to assist in sourcing and procuring energy from CHP generators in the energy market using their expertise and significant buying power.

Temporary Staff

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many agency temporary staff have been working for the Department or its predecessors in each of the last five years, excluding those working for agencies for which no data is kept centrally. [196057]

Charlotte Atkins: The Department for Transport was formed on 29 May 2002. Due to machinery of Government changes, information on temporary agency staff who have worked or who are currently working for DfT (C) is only available from December 2002, broken down as follows:
Number
December 200235
January 2003 to December 200393
January 2004 to date80









 
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Train Fares

Mr. Laxton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will investigate the level of unregulated train fares; and what measures are in place to control such fares; [195035]

(2) by how much (a) regulated and (b) unregulated rail fares have changed in each year since 1997, (i) in total and (ii) broken down by train operating company. [195036]

Mr. McNulty: Unregulated fares are a commercial matter for the train operating companies.

The average price changes in regulated and unregulated fares since 1995 are set out in the Rail Fares Index in the Strategic Rail Authority's Document "National Rail Trends Yearbook 2003–04". Copies of this publication are available in the House Library. Information on fare changes by individual train operating companies is not available.

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

Commercial Property Leases (Consultation)

Matthew Green: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many responses the Government received to the recent Office of the Deputy Prime Minister consultation paper, "Commercial Property Leases: Options for Deterring or Outlawing the Use of Upward Only Rent Review Clauses"; and if he will break down the number of responses by (a) representative organisations, (b) landlords and (c) property occupiers. [195433]

Keith Hill: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has received 87 responses to its consultation on options for deterring or outlawing the use of upward only rent review clauses in commercial property leases. We are currently analysing the responses and a breakdown of respondents by category will be available when the results of consultation are published next year.

Departmental Publications (Accessibility)

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many and what proportion of publications issued by his Department are available in (a) Braille, (b) autoprint, (c) large print and (d) easy read format. [194294]

Phil Hope: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister complies with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, 1995. All current publications in (a) Braille, (b) print-on-demand, (c) large print and
 
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(d) easy read formats are available on request and contracts are in place to ensure that such requests can be satisfied within a short time period.

Within the last 12 months the following specific requests have been made:

Employment (Greater London)

Tom Cox: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had on the use of European structural funds to create employment in the Greater London area. [195375]

Phil Hope: My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister has held no recent discussions on the use of European structural funds in London, but Ministers receive regular reports on progress with the delivery of European structural funds programmes in London and elsewhere.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is just over midway through the 2000–06 Objective 2, Objective 3 and Urban II structural funds programmes in London. These provide over £600 million to support economic development and tackle barriers to labour market participation. Targets over the lifetime of the three programmes include the creation of over 23,000 jobs.

Land Reclassification

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many hectares of land were reclassified from (a) agricultural and (b) industrial-commercial use to land for residential use in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [195134]

Keith Hill: Proportions of land changing to residential use by previous use in England between 1999 and 2003 are tabled as follows.

Agriculture accounted for 40 per cent. of land changing to residential use in 1999, but this has decreased to 30 per cent. in 2003. The proportion of land changing to residential use from industrial and commercial land has remained at about 12 per cent. throughout the period. A further 29 per cent. of land changing to residential use in 2003 was from vacant and derelict land and much of this will at one time have been industrial and commercial land.

Estimates for absolute amounts changing in any one year are not reliable. Over the last few years the average amount of land changing to residential has been about 5,500 to 6,000 hectares a year.
Previous use of land changing to residential use in England: 1999–03 1, 2

Previous uses1999 32000200120022003 4
Agriculture4039323030
Other not previously-developed1414141312
All not previously-developed land5453464342
Industry and commerce1210121312
Vacant and derelict land2021242529
Other previously-developed land1416182017
All previously-developed land4647545758
All land changing to residential use100100100100100


(15) Information relates to map changes recorded by Ordnance Survey as at the end of 2003, where the year of change has been estimated by surveyors from available information.
(16) Percentages for the most recent years may have a margin of error of 2 per cent. as new data are added.
(17) 1999 estimates subject to some uncertainty due to incomplete data.
(18) Provisional.



 
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