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Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding the Government will provide to support the delivery of the Bedfordshire Local Transport Plan for 200607 to 201011; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Buck: The Government has announced indicative highways capital maintenance allocations for 200607. For Bedfordshire this figure is £6.001 million. It will announce the remainder of the 200607 settlement and finalised forward planning guidelines to 2001011 soon.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the 10 largest amounts of damages paid out by his Department in the last year for which figures are available; and what the nature of the claim was in each case. 
|HA||Personal injury Drainage flooding||1,350,000|
|MCA||Damages for costs for fix vessel stability||550,000|
|HA||Personal injury, falling tree||250,000|
|MCA||Damages to cover costs for vessel survey||226,204|
|HA||Property Damage tree roots||140,000|
|DVLA||Early termination of contract (Planned Maintenance and Helpdesk)||98,000|
|MCA||Damages for cover costs for vessel survey||66,142|
|DVLA||Early termination of contract (Catering)||65,000|
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list contractors based in other (a) EU member states and (b) states that (i) provided services to his Department between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2004 and (ii) have provided services to his Department since 31 August 2005; and what the (A) nature and (B) cost of the work was in each case; 
(2) if he will list contractors based in non-EU states that provided services to his Department between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005; and what the (a) nature and (b) cost of this work in each case was; 
Ms Buck: Lists showing details of the contracts or orders placed with contractors based in non-EU and EU member states by the central Department and each Executive agency in the period 1 September 2003 to 31 August 2005 have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many contracts were signed by the Department in (a) 200506 to date and (b) 200405 for direct mail; and what the value was in each case. 
|(a) 200506||(b) 200405|
|Agency||Number||Value (£)||Number||Value (£)|
|VCA||1||Less than 3,000||1||Less than 3,000|
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the real terms percentage increase in allocated resources for his Department (a) was for the period 199798 to 200405 and (b) is estimated to be between 200506 and 200708 (i) for each period and (ii) for each year. 
Ms Buck: The first year for which figures are comparable for the Department for Transport is 199899. The following table shows the real terms percentage changes in (a) out-turn between 199899 and 200405; and (b) plans between 200506 and 200708.
|Percentage increase between years||Percentage increase 199899 to 200405|
|199798 to 199899|||||
|199899 to 19992000||+9||+104|
|19992000 to 200001||-8|
|200001 to 200102||+40|
|200102 to 200203||+28|
|200203 to 200304||+11|
|200304 to 200405||+2|
|Percentage increase between years||Percentage increase 200506 to 200708|
|200405 to 200506||+7|||
|200506 to 200607||+13||+4|
|200607 to 200708||-8|
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which buildings and sites used by his Department and related agencies (a) have ceased to be used in the last year and (b) will be closed under current plans for relocation. 
Ms Buck: There are no buildings or sites that have ceased to be used in the last year as part of our relocation plans. The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency have reported that their occupation of Great Eastern House (Cambridge) will cease with effect from March 2006 as a result of the relocation of work to Bristol.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department have been relocated into London and the south east in each of the last five years for which records are available. 
Ms Buck: The Department for Transport follows Office of Government Commerce guidelines on ethical and fair trading, and the Office of Government Commerce and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs joint note on environmental issues in purchasing, having regard to the rules and general principles of EU law deriving from the treaty of Rome and the Single European Act. These include non-discrimination, equal treatment, transparency, proportionality and mutual recognition, and apply to all procurement by public bodies.
Specific knowledge or expertise in the environmental field can be a legitimate criterion for assessing technical capacity in the selection of tenderers, and environmental factors or requirements may be included in conditions of contract or specifications where relevant to the contracted service and subject to compliance with European Community law.
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