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Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms are in place to assess the effectiveness of consultant-led projects in his Department; what sanctions are available to penalise consultants who run unsuccessful projects; how many projects conducted by consultants were assessed as unsuccessful in each year since 2000; and what sanctions were imposed in each case. 
Ms Buck: The Department follows Office of Government Commerce (OGC) best practice programme, project and contract management procedures. Programmes and projects are subject to OGC's Gateway process which provides assurances at critical stages of a programme or projects lifecycle, and is applicable to programmes and projects managed by both internal and external resources.
The Department's internal guidelines also stipulate that consultancy assignments should be reviewed on completion to assess whether goals and objectives have
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been achieved, and to ensure that any lessons learnt are disseminated and incorporated in the Department's management systems.
By following best practice, the Department seeks to eliminate unsuccessful projects. Where a consultant fails to deliver the specified outcomes, they may be required to pay liquidated damages, the contract may be terminated, or payment withheld. The consultant may also be required to meet any additional costs incurred in completing the project.
Details of how projects are resourced and the outcome of any assessment against project-specific success criteria, together with details of any sanctions imposed on any consultants involved, are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the 10 highest-paid employees in his Department, broken down by (a) job title and (b) salary including bonuses; and whether the individual concerned is (i) a civil servant and (ii) a contractor in each case. 
Ms Buck: The salary bands (including bonuses) and the numbers in each band for the senior civil servants inmy Department are given in the Department for Transport Annual Report 2005 Table B3. The salaries for contractors/consultants are not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure the Department's websites attain the W3C AAA standard of accessibility for people with visual and other disabilities; and if he will set a target date for this standard to be achieved by. 
Ms Buck: The Cabinet Office Government website guidelines, which govern the conduct of Government websites, specify that 'All UK Government websites are expected to achieve, as a minimum, and adhere to the single 'A' (Priority 1 items) level'.
Considerable effort is spent in improving the accessibility of all the DfT family of websites. DfT gov.uk sites comply with single 'A' and the majority are working toward achieving 'AA'. This is an ongoing process, as standards for accessibility evolve and change. As such there is no target date to achieve 'AAA'.
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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many requests for information have been received other than from the police and local authorities under Regulation 27 of the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002 (SI2002/2742) citing reasonable cause in each month since the regulations came into force; how many were (a) acceded to and (b) refused in each month; if he will list the private companies who secured information in this way; and what the total financial receipts obtained by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency from this process have been. 
A list of all the private companies that secure information this way is not available. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. However, a list of private car parking enforcement is available. A list has been placed in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the national performance targets are for Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) offices and test centres; and what the performance of DVLA offices and test centres in Devon and Cornwall has been against those targets. 
|April 2005||May 2005||June 2005||July 2005||August 2005||September 2005||October 2005||Year to date|
|Cherished Transfer. Target 95 per cent. in seven days|
|Customer complaintsto acknowledge all complaints. Target 100 per cent. in one day|
|Customer complaintsto provide substantive response to all complaints. Target 10 days|
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