|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
|With motorcycle||Without motorcycle|
|Substantive licence holders|
DVLA does not collate statistics on categories of entitlement for the time periods requested. Instead, snapshot information is gathered at specific points in time. The last such snapshot was taken in May 2002 and showed the following entitlement holdings:
|Medium/Large Goods Vehicle||C||629,497|
|Electrically Propelled Vehicle||L||5,450|
|Duty Exempt Vehicle||N||177,203|
Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State forTransport what meetings he has attended in the pasteight months where the Eddington Review was discussed; and what work his Department has carried out as part of the review. 
Ms Buck [holding answer 15 December 2005]: SirRod Eddington was asked by the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Transport to provide advice on the long term links between transport, productivity, growth and stability. His work is being supported by a joint team from the Department for Transport and HM Treasury. The Secretary of State has regular meetings with Sir Rod and his team, and their work is also discussed in the context of other meetings.
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there will be changes in manning levels at (a) Stornoway and (b) Sumburgh bases following changes in the helicopter contracts and type of helicopter used there; and whether TUPE regulations will apply following changes of helicopter contractor at these bases. 
Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 15 December 2005]: No reduction in staff at either of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency bases at Stornoway or Sumburgh Search and Rescue Helicopter flights, as a result of the change in helicopter contract, is anticipated. TUPE does apply to the staff at both bases.
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the new S92 search and rescue helicopter to be based at the Stornoway and Sumburgh bases will have the same capabilities as the S61 helicopter. 
Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 15 December 2005]: The Sikorsky S92 offers an enhanced capability over theSikorsky S61 in terms of speed and endurance. The S92 also offers safety enhancements over the S61 and increased effectiveness in the search and rescue role.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value is of (a) pay supplements, (b) bonuses and (c) other incentive packages that are payable in his Department on the basis of geographic location; how many people are in receipt of each payment; and what the total cost to his Department of each payment was in 200405. 
Ms Buck: Within the Department for Transport, staff are paid either a London or national rate of pay, with those within the London Pay area receiving a higher rate. Regional supplements, bonuses and other incentive packages are not paid based on geographic location.
Pension provision is an integral part of the General Lighthouse Fund (the fund). The report and accounts of the fund for each year are examined and
19 Dec 2005 : Column 2303W
certified by the Comptroller and Auditor General. Copies of the fund accounts are placed in the Library of the House.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the percentage change in revenue collected in lights dues in (a) Scotland, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) England and Wales, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) the Republic of Ireland and (f) the British Isles as a whole has been since 1 May 1997. 
|Isle of Man||(39.5)|
|England and Wales||18.0|
|Republic of Ireland||8.4|
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the names are of the Lights Commissioners for (a) Scotland, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) England and Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the Republic of Ireland; and what remuneration each receives. 
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many port calls attracted light dues in (a) Scotland, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) England and Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the Republic of Ireland in each of the last 10 financial years. 
Dr. Ladyman: A light dues payment is required when a merchant vessel begins or finishes a voyage in a UK or Irish port. A certificate is issued that allows further voyages into Irish and UK ports for a rolling month. The maximum number of payments is seven in one year.
|Certificates issued||Scotland||Isle of Man||England and Wales||Northern Ireland||Republic of Ireland||Total|
Light dues rates are reviewed annuallyand determined following consideration of the expenditure proposals of the three General Lighthouse Authorities and the overall liabilities of the General
19 Dec 2005 : Column 2304W
Lighthouse Fund. The Lights Advisory Committee, representing light dues payers, plays an active role in this process.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the members are of the (a) Lights Advisory Committee and (b) the Lights Finance Committee; and how the appointments for each were made. 
Dr. Ladyman: The Lights Advisory Committee is a group, convened by the UK Chamber of Shipping, comprising payers of light dues. It includes shipowners from all parts of the British Isles and most sectors of the shipping industry and representatives of the fishing industry. Port operators and cargo interests who are affected by light dues are also represented.
The Lights Finance Committee meets annually to evaluate the income and expenditure of the General Lighthouse Fund. It is chaired by a Department of Transport official, and also comprises representatives of the following organisations:
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the holiday homes maintained by (a) Trinity House, (b) the Northern Lighthouse Board and (c) the Commissioners of Irish Lights. 
Dr. Ladyman: Trinity House Lighthouse Service does not maintain any holiday homes. 30 former lighthouse keepers' cottages have been leased to Trinitas Services Limited, a subsidiary company of The Corporation of Trinity House. The cottages are maintained under a commercial contract with Rural Retreats, a holiday letting company specialising in unusual high quality properties. Profits from this venture are passed to the General Lighthouse Fund.
|Northern Lighthouse Board|
|Covesea Lossiemouth, Morayshire||(2)2|
|Mull of Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway||(2)3|
|Mull of Kintyre, Argyll||(2)2|
|Stoer Head, Sutherland||(2)2|
|Commissioners of Irish Lights|
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Pension Fund arrangements are of (a) Trinity House, (b) the Northern Lighthouse Board and (c) the Commissioners of Irish Lights; and what recent financial advice he has sought regarding the arrangements for each. 
Dr. Ladyman: The pension arrangements for the three General Lighthouse Authorities are determined by the Secretary of State under Section 214 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. The Secretary of State has determined that the rules of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme shall apply.
Dr. Ladyman: The Secretary of State for Transport is responsible for the administration of the General Lighthouse Fund (the fund) under Section 211 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. Two investment houses have been appointed, HSBC Investments and Morgan Stanley Quilter, to manage the fund's investments, which include the fund's reserves. In addition to the investment portfolio, Morgan Stanley Quilter also manages the fund's cash reserve. All light dues income is paid into the cash reserve.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the statutory basis was for the payment to the Commissioners for Irish Lights of an Irish subsidy for navigational aids in the waters of the Republic of Ireland. 
Dr. Ladyman: Section 211(2) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 requires the Secretary of State to meet the expenses incurred by the Commissioners of Irish Lights, as a General Lighthouse Authority, in respect of discharging their functions in the Republic of Ireland. Section 211 (3)(a) provides that light dues collected in Ireland are paid into the General Lighthouse Fund.
Dr. Ladyman: Section 205(2) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 empowers the General Lighthouse Authorities to collect light dues. These are paid into the General Lighthouse Fund. The Secretary of State is empowered to set the amount under Section 205(5) of the Act.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|