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Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons Mr. Andy Hurdle moved from his post in 2002 in the Department for Education and Skills into his subsequent posts. 
The previous Principal Private Secretary left the Home Secretary's office in October 2004 on promotion to Director of Performance and Planning, Office of Criminal Justice Reform, following a cross Whitehall and external competition.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons Ms Denise Maguire moved from her post in the Department for Education and Skills to each of her subsequent posts. 
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether Cabinet Office special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary Select Committees in their official capacity since May 1997. 
Details on the names and number of special advisers by pay band by department are published on annual basis. For information for the financial year 200304, I refer the hon. Member to the statement given by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, on 22 July 2004, Official Report, column 466W.
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Mr. Miliband [holding answer 20 December 2004]: Departmental expenditure for the financial years 19972002 for the Better Regulation Task Force (BRTF), an advisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Cabinet Office, is published in the annual publication, 'Public Bodies' which is available in the Library of the House.
11. Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contingency plans he has prepared for the outcome of the judicial review of the consultation process on airports in the south east. 
Charlotte Atkins: Department for Transport officials and lawyers are evaluating the risks and potential impacts of the Judicial Reviews on the Air Transport White Paper and will provide advice to Ministers following the judgment. We do not expect a judgment until spring 2005.
South Eastern Trains performance has improved over the last year rising from an annual average of 78.7 per cent. of trains arriving on time at September 2003 to 82.2 per cent. at September 2004.
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14. Mr. MacDougall: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what efficiency savings his Department expects to make in respect of its responsibilities for the railways; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Darling: This Government have committed record investment in the railwayssome £73 million per week (£3.8 billion per annum). The 2004 Periodic Review by the Rail Regulator ties Network Rail into achieving 31 per cent. efficiency gains by 2009 and we need to make similar efforts in relation to the franchise elements of the railway, and also in the transfer of SRA functions into my own Department.
Mr. Darling: The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) has just completed consultation on its Route Utilisation Strategy for the Brighton Main Line including Gatwick Express services. An announcement on the future pattern of services on the line will be made once all the responses have been considered.
Mr. Jamieson: The Government recognise that even small ports have the potential to play a significant role in their local and regional economies. Our ports policy provides a basis for all ports to exploit opportunities for development. Government Office and the Regional Development Agencies have a proven track record in working with ports in their regions.
Mr. Jamieson: There has been a considerable amount of research looking into the effects of mobile phones on driving. The Department commissioned RoSPA to review the evidence and the report they published in 2002 provides evidence that using any type of mobile phone while driving impairs driving performance and significantly increases the risk of a crash, as highlighted in our publicity campaigns.
The Highways Agency's Press Release 079/04 classifies the A3 Hindhead scheme as a Regional Scheme to be progressed for future construction (beyond March 2008). The main works are programmed to start in the financial year 200809 but it would be the
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Highways Agency's intention to make a start on advance works in 200708 subject to the availability of funds.
Mr. Jamieson: The Secretary of State recently considered the relative priority of the A3 Hindhead improvement alongside other national and local transport schemes in the South East region. The conclusions from these discussions were set out in the press notice issued on 1 December, which confirmed the progression of the scheme subject to the outcome of the current public inquiry.
Mr. Jamieson: The Public Inquiry has recently been adjourned to 15 February 2005 although it is hoped that it can be concluded soon after it reconvenes. It is hoped that the Inspector's Report will be received in Spring/Summer 2005 with a joint decision of the First Secretary of State, the Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs later in 2005.
Virginia Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public expenditure has been (a) made in the past 10 years and (b) planned for the next three years for the A3 Hindhead Tunnel scheme. 
Mr. Jamieson: No work was undertaken on the scheme between 1994 and 1999. From 1999 to date the cost is approximately £12.3 million. £16.5 million is forecast to be spent in the next three years to get the scheme ready to commence main works in 200809.
Virginia Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the traffic volumes on the A3 at Hindhead were in (a) 1984 and (b) the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will estimate volumes in 10 years time. 
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