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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority on its decision to increase its charges, with particular reference to pilots' services. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of each civil service grade in his Department is located in each
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(a) region and (b) nation of the UK; what the average salary is for each grade; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Buck: My hon. Friend, the Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office (Mr. Murphy) will write to the hon. Member with details for the civil service of the percentage of staff in post by region and grade responsibility and the median salary of staff in post by region and grade responsibility as at 1 April 2004. Copies of his letter will be placed in the Library.
For (b) buses, those who currently qualify for schemes run by local authorities in England include residents aged 60 and over, as well as an unknown number of disabled people. Until April 2003, the qualifying age for men was 65. The following table shows the resident older population in England qualifying for concessionary fares in each year since 1997.
|Resident eligible population in England (thousand)|
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many secondees there have been to his Department from consultancy firms, including the big four accountancy firms, in each of the last three years; and what areas of the Department they have worked in. 
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) salary bill was and (b) administrative costs were for his Department in (i) each (A) nation and (B) region of the UK and (ii)London in 200405. 
Ms Buck: The Department for Transport is subject to an administrative budget control system, overseen by the Treasury, which relates to Whitehall Departments only. Figures for estimated administration costs, including paybill, for the Department for Transport in 200405 are set out in Appendix A of its Annual Report 2005 (Cm 6527), which is available in the Library of the House. Final outturn figures for total administration costs are contained in the Department's Resource Accounts 200405 (HC 476). No separate regional breakdown of these figures is available.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a Minister in his Department is planned to be nominated to take responsibility for liaison with the Office for Disability Issues; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Buck: Anne McGuire, the Minister for Disabled People, has overall responsibility for the Office for Disability Issues (ODI). The Minister for Disabled People chairs a cross-Government steering group which includes ministerial representatives from the Department of Health, Department for Education and Skills, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Department for Transport, and Department of Trade and Industry. I am the Minister in this Department who has been nominated to take responsibility for liaison with the ODI.
Ms Buck: Capacity on the core routes of the DLR network will be increased by 50 per cent. with the introduction of longer trains from 2009. Frequencies on the DLR will also be increased to serve the Olympics in 2012, including services on the planned Stratford International Extension which will link a number of Olympics venues. It is anticipated that with committed capacity enhancements and extensions which are planned to be in place by 2010 that approximately 90,000 passengers could be carried per hour on the entire DLR network during the Olympics.
Mr. Scott: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road deaths were attributable to drink driving in the last year for which figures are available; and in how many of those cases the driver was above the drink drive limit by a factor of two or more. 
Dr. Ladyman: The estimated number of fatalities from accidents in Great Britain involving illegal alcohol levels for 2003 is 580. The number of fatalities in accidents where a driver or rider had an illegal alcohol level is estimated from coroners' and procurators' fiscal data which becomes available a year later than the main road accident data. As a result, the estimates for 2004 are provisional. The provisional estimate of deaths in drink drive accidents in Great Britain in 2004 is 590. Information is not available on the number of casualties resulting from accidents involving drivers with blood alcohol levels in excess of the drink drive limit by a factor of two or more.
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