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David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of the privatised bus network in rural areas on access to public services; and if he will make a statement. 
Charlotte Atkins: It is primarily for local authorities to assess whether the bus network is meeting the access needs of local communities and to decide in particular cases whether to subsidise a bus service under their duty in the Transport Act 1985 to secure a service where a public transport requirement would in their view not otherwise be met.
The Department has recently issued guidance to local authorities on accessibility planning, which sets a framework for local authorities to carry out an assessment of accessibility needs in their area and the setting of access priorities and targets.
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Since 1998 Government have provided significant new funding for rural transport, including Rural Bus Subsidy Grant for local authorities which totals £51 million this year and is supporting 2,200 new and enhanced rural bus services. A large number of local authorities in rural areas are now helping to meet accessibility needs by supporting demand-responsive and community transport services.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made with the introduction of the comprehensive integrated national public transport information system, referred to on 20 July, Official Report, column 784. 
Jane Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the Strategic Rail Authority to provide him with the business case for a major scheme at Reading station; and when he expects to publish the business case. 
Mr. McNulty: The Strategic Rail Authority has considered possible upgrade options for Reading station, but is not in a position to undertake further development of this scheme within its currently funded investment programme.
Jacqui Smith: As an equal opportunities employer, my Department regularly monitors its personnel procedures to ensure that there is no discrimination. The Department aims to be fair to all staff, and potential staff, and ensure that no-one receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age.
We are working with the Employers Forum on Age to further develop initiatives and to share best practice with a range of public and private sector employers. We also held a number of focus groups in 2004 to discuss age issues with staff as part of a CIPD study and are currently considering the outputs.
Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average earnings for (a) males and (b) females working within the Greater London area was in the latest period for which figures are available. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what the average earnings for (a) males and (b) females working within the Greater London area was in the latest period for which figures are available. (201651).
Average earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings and are provided for employees on adult rates of pay whose pay was unaffected by absence during the pay period, by their place of work. This is the standard definition used for Annual Survey of Hours and Earning tables. The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings does not collect data on the self employed and people who do unpaid work.
The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, carried out in April of each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It has a one per cent sample of all employees.
Claire Ward: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the organisations and businesses in Hertfordshire that have received funding from (a) the Department and (b) its arm's length bodies in (i) 200203 and (ii) 200304. 
Jacqui Smith: Most departmental funding for Hertfordshire is made available through arm's length bodies. The following table shows a list of Hertfordshire based businesses and organisations in receipt of DTI funding through the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and the Small Business Service (SBS). The list includes Business Link for Hertfordshire whose primary funding is channelled through the regional SBS team based in Cambridge.
Because the Department's Finance and Resource Management Directorate does not hold information at county level it would not be possible, without disproportionate expense, to provide a comprehensive list of businesses and organisations in Hertfordshire that have received funding from centrally delivered initiatives.
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|Organisation name||Funding agency||200203||200304|
|3D Experience Ltd||SBS||Yes||Yes|
|A and O Consultancy Ltd.||SBS||Yes||Yes|
|Advanced Visual Technology Ltd.||SBS||Yes||Yes|
|Apsley Paper Trail||EEDA||Yes||Yes|
|Ashe Morris Ltd.||SBS||Yes|||
|Borehamwood Community Partnership||EEDA||Yes||Yes|
|Broadband for AllLittle Gaddesden||EEDA||||Yes|
|Business Link Hertfordshire||EEDA||Yes|||
|Business Link Hertfordshire||SBS||Yes||Yes|
|Chiltern Microwave Ltd.||SBS||Yes||Yes|
|DXG (UK) Ltd.||SBS||||Yes|
|EEC (Europe) Ltd.||SBS||||Yes|
|ETAG Solutions Ltd.||SBS||||Yes|
|European Technology for Business Ltd.||SBS||Yes||Yes|
|Fairclough Hall Farm||EEDA||Yes|||
|Food Business Development Consultancy||SBS||||Yes|
|Hatfield Heath Broadband||EEDA||||Yes|
|Hatfield Regis Grange Farm||EEDA||Yes||Yes|
|Hertfordshire Business Incubation Centre Ltd.||EEDA||Yes||Yes|
|Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry||EEDA||Yes||Yes|
|Hertfordshire County Council||EEDA||||Yes|
|Hertfordshire Enterprise Alliance||EEDA||Yes|||
|Hertfordshire Prosperity Forum||EEDA||||Yes|
|Hexton Manor Farm||EEDA||Yes||Yes|
|Innovation Society for the East of England||EEDA||Yes||Yes|
|Intelligent Personal Security Ltd.||SBS||||Yes|
|Lamerholm Fleming Ltd.||SBS||Yes|||
|Lee Valley Regional Park Authority||EEDA||Yes|||
|MGM Mills-Rose Farm||EEDA||Yes|||
|Naviguide Search Technology Ltd.||SBS||Yes||Yes|
|New Media Services||SBS||||Yes|
|Optical Metrology Centre||SBS||Yes||Yes|
|PE Mead and Sons||EEDA||||Yes|
|Quadro Healthcare Ltd.||SBS||||Yes|
|Raitzen Technologies Ltd.||SBS||Yes||Yes|
|SB Electronic Systems Ltd.||SBS||Yes|||
|Screen East (Leavesden)||EEDA||||Yes|
|Software for People Ltd.||SBS||Yes||Yes|
|South West Herts Business Partnership Limited||EEDA||||Yes|
|Stevenage Partnership Group||EEDA||Yes||Yes|
|The Waltham Cross SRB6 Partnership||EEDA||Yes|||
|The Zap Corporation Ltd.||SBS||||Yes|
|Trestle Theatre Company||EEDA||Yes|||
|University of Hertfordshire||EEDA||Yes||Yes|
|University of Hertfordshire Business School||EEDA||Yes||Yes|
|Ware Museum Trust||EEDA||Yes||Yes|
|Watford Borough Council||EEDA||||Yes|
|Welwyn Hatfield Area Regeneration Partnership||EEDA||Yes||Yes|
|West Watford and South Oxhey Area Partnership Board||EEDA||Yes||Yes|
|Xennia Technology Ltd.||SBS||||Yes|
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