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Dr. Ladyman: The Department's Traffic Calming Bibliography", Traffic Advisory Leaflet 2/05 published in January this year, lists the main items of published advice and research into the design, use and effectiveness of traffic calming measures. Copies of this leaflet have been placed in the House Library.
In addition, a Local Transport Note on traffic calming is being drafted. This will summarise existing information on the design and effectiveness of traffic calming measures. The Department plans to publish this Local Transport Note early next year.
Dr. Ladyman: Information about personal injury road accidents in Great Britain is collected by the police. There are no plans to establish the nationality of every driver involved. However, from 1 January 2005, the information collected about each vehicle involved in such an accident includes whether it is a foreign registered vehicle, and whether it is left or right hand drive. Results will become available in the summer of 2006.
Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was raised in fines as a result of detection by (a) mobile and (b) fixed speed cameras in each year for which figures are available. 
The Department's information on fines following offences detected by safety cameras relates to the totals for safety camera partnerships, and not to camera types. The following table shows income available for netting-off in England and Wales for each year for which figures are available since the inception of the programme.
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David Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the rule that the traffic commissioners do not accept representations made on behalf of constituents by elected representatives. 
Dr. Ladyman: I have no plans to review the categories of persons who may object to, or make representations against, the issue of a goods vehicle operator's licence by a traffic commissioner. These persons include county, district and unitary authorities and individuals who own or occupy land in the vicinity of a proposed operating centre for goods vehicles. The existing arrangements provide adequate opportunity for persons who may be affected by the issuing of a licence to have their views considered.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has issued to local authorities on the timing of the pedestrian phase of traffic lights; what monitoring takes place to ensure that such guidance is adhered to; and if he will take action to prevent the length of the pedestrian phase of traffic light sequences being set so high as to cause unnecessary traffic congestion. 
Ms Buck: The Department has issued guidance in Traffic Advisory Leaflet 5/05, Pedestrian Facilities at Signal-Controlled Junctions. I will arrange for a copy to be placed in the House of Commons Library.
Tackling congestion through effective management of a local authority's road network is a statutory duty under Part 2 of the Traffic Management Act 2004. Within this context, authorities are responsible for determining traffic light timings, taking account of local traffic conditions. Traffic light timings are not monitored centrally.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2005, Official Report, column 252W on health services, whether he discusses the delivery of health services in Wales in Cabinet as the voice of Wales. 
Mr. Hain: Yes, when the health service is an agenda item and even when it is not; I may also on occasions have discussions with the Secretary for Health, if there is a specific issue I need to raise with her. Two examples being the NHS Redress Bill and the Health Bill, both of which include powers for Wales.
However, it does encourage staff to attend training courses and on-the-job training relevant to their posts and identified in their performance development plans. Such training can include elements of literacy and numeracy training but it is not possible to quantify this directly.
The Wales Office is a small Department which recruits most of its staff from other Government Departments and the National Assembly for Wales. Literacy and numeracy are tested as appropriate during the recruitment process.
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Individual staff training requirements are assessed as part of the performance management process. If national tests in literacy or numeracy were identified for staff members, they would be encouraged to sit the tests.
The Wales Office does not collect information on staff qualifications. Recruitment to the Wales Office is based on competence and hence there may not be a specific requirement for staff to have particular qualifications.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what methods of assessment of (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills are used as part of the recruitment process by employees of his Department. 
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