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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. [206901]

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.

Integrated National Public Transport Information System

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. [204628]

Mr. Darling: Column reference 784, from the Official Report of 20 July does not exist. If the hon. Member cares to re-table his question with the correct Official Report reference, I will answer it.

Reading Station

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. [207751]

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.


Age Discrimination

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's policy is towards age discrimination. [202381]

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 have equality proofed recruitment and internal postings policies and procedures and all staff below the senior civil service now have the same retirement 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.

Average Earnings (Greater London)

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. [201651]

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Mr. Timms: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 12 January 2005:

Departmental Funding (Hertfordshire)

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) 2002–03 and (ii) 2003–04. [207574]

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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Hertfordshire companies and organisations receiving funding through DTI agencies in financial years ending 31 March 2003 and 2004

Funded in
Organisation nameFunding agency2002–032003–04
3D Experience LtdSBSYesYes
A and O Consultancy Ltd.SBSYesYes
Advanced Visual Technology Ltd.SBSYesYes
Apsley Paper TrailEEDAYesYes
Ashe Morris Ltd.SBSYes
Borehamwood Community PartnershipEEDAYesYes
Broadband for All—Little GaddesdenEEDAYes
Business Link HertfordshireEEDAYes
Business Link HertfordshireSBSYesYes
ChemAdd Ltd.SBSYes
Chiltern Microwave Ltd.SBSYesYes
Cytofluidix Ltd.SBSYes
EEC (Europe) Ltd.SBSYes
Enterprising CommunitiesEEDAYes
ETAG Solutions Ltd.SBSYes
European Technology for Business Ltd.SBSYesYes
Fairclough Hall FarmEEDAYes
Food Business Development ConsultancySBSYes
Hatfield Heath BroadbandEEDAYes
Hatfield Regis Grange FarmEEDAYesYes
Hertfordshire Business Incubation Centre Ltd.EEDAYesYes
Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and IndustryEEDAYesYes
Hertfordshire County CouncilEEDAYes
Hertfordshire Enterprise AllianceEEDAYes
Hertfordshire Prosperity ForumEEDAYes
Hexton Manor FarmEEDAYesYes
Innovation Society for the East of EnglandEEDAYesYes
Intelligent Personal Security Ltd.SBSYes
KeCrypt Ltd.SBSYes
Lamerholm Fleming Ltd.SBSYes
Lee Valley Regional Park AuthorityEEDAYes
MGM Mills-Rose FarmEEDAYes
Naviguide Search Technology Ltd.SBSYesYes
New Media ServicesSBSYes
Omnagen Ltd.SBSYes
Optical Metrology CentreSBSYesYes
PE Mead and SonsEEDAYes
Photonics ConsultancySBSYesYes
Quadro Healthcare Ltd.SBSYes
Raitzen Technologies Ltd.SBSYesYes
Realife TrustEEDAYes
Rothamsted ResearchEEDAYes
SB Electronic Systems Ltd.SBSYes
Screen East (Leavesden)EEDAYes
Software for People Ltd.SBSYesYes
South West Herts Business Partnership LimitedEEDAYes
Stevenage Partnership GroupEEDAYesYes
Syrris Ltd.SBSYesYes
The Waltham Cross SRB6 PartnershipEEDAYes
The Zap Corporation Ltd.SBSYes
Trestle Theatre CompanyEEDAYes
University of HertfordshireEEDAYesYes
University of Hertfordshire Business SchoolEEDAYesYes
Ware Museum TrustEEDAYesYes
Watford Borough CouncilEEDAYes
Welwyn Hatfield Area Regeneration PartnershipEEDAYesYes
West Watford and South Oxhey Area Partnership BoardEEDAYesYes
Xennia Technology Ltd.SBSYes

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