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Electoral Commission

Mr. Heald: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission (a) spent on hospitality in each year since its creation and (b) has spent in 2006-07. [102850]

Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that the information sought by my hon. Friend is not available in the precise form requested.

Expenditure specifically recorded as hospitality in the Commission’s accounts for each of the years from 2002-03 to 2005-06 was as shown in the following table.

Amount (£)

2002-03

34,888

2003-04

52,011

2004-05

58,286

2005-06

45,294


Expenditure to date in 2006-07 is just under £51,000.

Corresponding figures for 2000-01 and 2001-02, the first two financial years of the Commission’s existence, are not available.

Other Commission expenditure may include incidental elements of hospitality, but these cannot readily be separately identified.

Transport

A1

David Mundell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to dual the A1 between Edinburgh and Newcastle. [103304]

Dr. Ladyman: In the recent regional funding allocation exercise the north east region did not put the two proposed A1 dualling schemes between Newcastle and the Scottish Border high on their list of priorities. This means they will not now be taken forward within the 10 year funding period. Transport Scotland has no proposals for further dualling of their section of the A1 between Berwick and Edinburgh.

Aerodrome Designation

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria he uses in deciding whether to designate an aerodrome under section 80 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982, to assess whether there is a need to mitigate the effect of noise and vibration connected with the taking off or landing of aircraft. [101772]

Gillian Merron: There are no set criteria for deciding whether to designate an aerodrome under section 80 for the purposes of section 78 of the Civil Aviation Act
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1982. Each case will be judged on its merits based on the principle that airports should strike a reasonable balance between the interests of the aviation industry and those of affected communities.

Aircraft Crashes

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what aircraft crashes there have been in England in each of the last five years; which of these involved a Cessna 206 aircraft; and in which cases there were resulting fatalities. [103385]

Gillian Merron: The following table details the number of reportable accidents and incidents in the UK over the last five years investigated by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), in accordance with the Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations 1996.

The Report Form figure indicates accidents/incidents in the UK dealt with by correspondence only, with a report form being completed by the commander of an aircraft.


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The Field figure represents the more serious accidents and incidents investigated by a team of AAIB inspectors, usually deployed to the scene of an accident/incident. This Field figure includes all fatal accidents in the UK (also quoted separately).

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Report Form

220

257

168

243

240

Field

67

82

67

78

78

Fatal accidents

12

15

18

18

13


2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Cessna 206

Report form

0

1

0

2

0

Field

1

0

1

0

0

Fatal accidents

0

0

1

0

0


All AAIB UK Cessna 206 investigations since beginning of 2002:

Date Aircraft type Registration Location Invest type Fatal/Non-fatal

5 May 2002

Cessna U206F

G-BAGV

Strathallan Airfield, Perthshire

Field

Non-fatal accident

24 August 2003

Cessna U206F

G-STAT

Strathallan Airfield, Perthshire

Report Form

Non-fatal accident

27 June 2004

Cessna U206F

G-BGED

Beacon Village, near Honiton, Devon

Field

Fatal accident

9 October 2005

Cessna U206

G-ATCE

Lewknor, Oxfordshire

Report Form

Non-fatal accident

20 October 2005

Cessna U206F

G-BMHC

Tilstock Airfield Preesheath, Whitchurch, Shropshire

Report Form

Non-fatal accident


Airline Services

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of Manchester Airport's (a) proposed expansion and (b) proposed increase in night flights on neighbouring communities. [100973]

Gillian Merron: The last assessment of the impact of UK airport expansion was the 2003 White Paper, The Future of Air Transport. This supported growth at Manchester airport, provided it was environmentally acceptable, and identified three key issues to inform the airport's expansion plans and their consideration by the planning system:

Aviation

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will respond to the conclusions and recommendations of (a) the Review by the Light Aviation Airports Study Group and (b) the Regulatory Review of General Aviation in the UK; and if he will make a statement. [102019]

Gillian Merron: The Light Aviation Airports Study Group presented its final report to the Civil Aviation Authority on 16 January 2006. A response from the Secretary of State was not required. On the Regulatory Review, I refer to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State’s written ministerial statement of 20 July 2006, Official Report, column 54WS.

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of people in each income quintile took (a) no, (b) one, (c) two, (d) three or four and (e) five or more trips by aeroplane in 1997. [102694]

Gillian Merron: Data are not available for 1997.

Bonus Payments

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department each year since 2001-02; and how many civil servants received bonuses in each year. [101018]


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Gillian Merron: I refer my right hon. Friend to my answer of 8 November 2006, Official Report, column 1562W.

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria a civil servant in his Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary and (b) to be awarded a bonus. [101019]

Gillian Merron: All bonus payments are performance related. There are two types of bonus payment available within the Department for Transport.

Performance related bonus payments are designed to reward and reflect performance over a reporting year. The criteria for receiving these are reviewed on an annual basis.

Special performance bonus payments are intended to reward exceptional individual or team performance over a limited period in particularly demanding tasks or situations. These payments relate to specific tasks carried out exceptionally well: they are not intended to reflect continuous/sustained good performance throughout the year, which should be reflected in the performance appraisal system.

Cessna Crash (June 2004)

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) members of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and (b) other individuals involved in the investigation of the crash of a Cessna 206 aircraft in June 2004 which resulted in the death of Dr. Paul Norman; and what contact there has been between officials in his Department and officials from the Ministry of Defence on this crash. [103387]

Gillian Merron: The AAIB Inspectors involved were

There was no contact between officials of the AAIB and officials from the MOD with respect to this accident and its investigation.

CIA Gulfstream Jet

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the (a) starting destination and (b) final destination were of the 80 flights by CIA Gulfstream jet registration N379P which took place between 2001 and 2003; what other information his Department holds on these flights; and if he will make a statement; [101272]

(2) how many of the 80 flights by CIA Gulfstream jet registration N379P in 2001 to 2003 (a) refuelled at airports in the UK, (b) landed at airports in the UK, (c) passed through UK airspace without landing and (d) collected individuals from the UK; and if he will make a statement. [101273]

Gillian Merron: I refer the hon. Gentleman to my answer of 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 1053W. The data published on the Department's
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website include all of the flight plan information that the Department holds in respect of Gulfstream jet registration N379P.

Concessionary Fares Scheme

Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the proposed national concessionary fares scheme. [100912]

Gillian Merron: From April 2008, about 11 million older and disabled people resident in England will be entitled to free off-peak local bus travel anywhere in England. The Government have earmarked up to an extra £250 million per year to fund this. We are consulting authorities, bus operators and other interested parties on the best framework for delivering the improved concessionary fares entitlement.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how free off-peak transport for the elderly and disabled will be funded. [101666]

Gillian Merron: Up to an extra £250 million per year has been earmarked for the new national bus fare concession from April 2008. No decision has been made on the funding mechanism. We are consulting local authorities, bus operators and other interested parties on the best framework for delivering the improved entitlement.


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