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Charlotte Atkins: The cost of criminal damage in DfT for 200203 was £27,423. In 200304 the cost was £74,080 although this included £13,127 for the cost of security guarding at a DVLA Local Office which was an additional cost arising from criminal damage.
We are unable to be specific about the costs of furniture or furniture hire alone as the costs are often recorded in a general furniture and fittings budget which includes the provision of other accommodation supplies. To specifically identify cost information for just furniture across the Department's large estate would involve disproportionate cost. However, DfT Central comprising DfT HQ in London and Hastings, the Air Accidents and Marine Accidents Investigation Branches and the Mobility Advice and Vehicle Information Service spent £0.073 million on furniture and fittings in 200203 and £1.519 million in 200304. The six DfT agencies together spent £2.016 million in 200203 and £2.659 million in 200304.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of refurbishments in his Department was in each year since 1997; and what the planned expenditure is for 200506. 
For details on refurbishment costs for 200203 and 200304, I would refer the hon. Member to my answer of 20 December 2004, Official Report, column l355W, to the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow). The forecast outturn for 200405 and estimated spend for 200506 are set out in the following table but figures are subject to change depending on priorities and budget allocations.
|DfT Unit||Refurbishment cost outturn 200405|
|Refurbishment costs estimated spend 200506 (£ million)|
|Air Accidents Investigation Branch||0||0.025|
|Driving Standards Agency||0.396||0.200|
|Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency||4.211||(33)3.850|
|Marine Accident Investigation Branch||0.045||0|
|Maritime and Coastguard Agency||1.100||0.260|
|Vehicle and Operator Services Agency||0.199||0.400|
|Vehicle Certification Agency||0||0|
Charlotte Atkins: This information is not collected centrally and is not available without disproportionate cost. The costs of providing the lighting equipment are often undifferentiated from other mechanical and electrical service costs and are not accounted for separately in the individual finance systems. The energy consumption used by lighting is not measured specifically and therefore the costs are not identified separately from the general energy costs of electrical equipment across the DfT estate.
Charlotte Atkins: Neither the records kept by the Department for Transport, nor those of its Executive Agencies, differentiate between first class and standard class travel. The information can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
All travel undertaken by Ministers and civil servants in the Department for Transport complied with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers, and the Civil Service Management Code.
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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many properties are held by the Department; what total floor space these properties provide; how many properties are vacant; and how much floor space vacant properties comprise. 
|Department for Transport Unit||No of Properties||Total Floor Space ALA (m(35))||No. Vacant Properties||Vacant Floor Space ALA (m(35))|
|Department for Transport HQ||3||19,002||0||0|
|Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)||1||4,836||0||0|
|Marine Accidents Investigations Branch (MAIB)||1||820||0||0|
|Mobility Advice and Information Vehicle Service|
|Driving Standards Agency (DSA)||460||43,828||1||185|
|Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)||55||90,491||1||385|
|Highways Agency (HA)||546||51,700||76||Not Recorded|
|Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA)||501||41,795||3||552|
|Vehicle and Operator Service Agency (VOSA)||111||113,500||0||0|
|Vehicle Certification Agency (VGA)||2||2,160||0||0|
Charlotte Atkins: The Department for Transport is committed to valuing diversity and promoting equality. We published our first Race Equality Scheme on 31 March 2003. The Scheme covers the activities of the Department and its Executive Agencies as an employer as well as a policy maker and service provider.
Race Equality Impact Assessments are being completed across all areas of our business to inform the preparation of a departmental action plan which will feature as part of the revised Departmental Race Equality Scheme for the period 2005 -08. This will be available on the departmental website from April 2005.
In addition to this, the DfT and its Agencies follow Cabinet Office guidelines on consultation to ensure policies meet the needs of ethnic minorities in the first instance and for employees we make use of in-house staff networks to monitor policies/practices which have been implemented.
Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the Strategic Rail Authority will take account of the actions of First Group in the United States when deciding on the franchise of the east coast line; 
(2) whether it is within the remit of the Strategic Rail Authority to take into account the poor punctuality and reliability of First Group's buses when deciding on the franchise of the East Coast Line. 
Mr. McNulty: The Directions and Guidance to the SRA set out the factors to be considered when letting a franchise. However, the SRA are not specifically required to take into account any non-rail operations undertaken by bidders. The SRA issued formal Invitations to Tender for the ICEC franchise on 6 October 2004 and are currently evaluating the bids.
Mr. Jamieson: The First Group yellow school buses that are currently being trialled are required to comply with the same safety regulations as any passenger service vehicle operating on the public highway.
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