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|Route lengths transferred to metropolitan councils|
|Local highway authority||Total (km)|
|Route lengths transferred to unitary councils|
|Local highway authority||Total (km)|
Additionally, 275.98 kms of cross boundary routes has been de-trunked under the programme. It is not possible to separate this figure by local highway authority as the associated statutory instruments do not provide detail on how these routes were divided.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles on average used the M6 toll motorway in each month since January (a) in total and (b) on (i) workdays and (ii) weekends and public holidays. 
Dr. Ladyman: Traffic figures for the M6 Toll are published on the M6 Toll operator's website:
The daily averages of vehicles using the M6 Toll during the period from January to September 2006 in total, on work days and on weekends and public holidays have been placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will undertake pilots of permit schemes in respect of street works in order to assess the costs and benefits of such schemes and resolve any issues that may prevent their effectiveness before the national rollout of permit schemes. 
Gillian Merron: The Traffic Management Act 2004 (TMA) did not make express provision for pilots of permit schemes and the Department is not running such pilots.
There will not be a national rollout of permit schemes. Once the relevant legislation is brought into force a highway authority wishing to operate a permit scheme will be entitled to prepare and submit a scheme for approval. A permit scheme cannot take effect until it has been approved by the Secretary of State by Order. Any such application must be dealt with objectively and treated on its merits. However, the Department will seek to ensure that only those authorities which demonstrate the ability to operate an effective permit scheme will be granted approval.
In addition, the Department is committed to reviewing permit schemes after a year of operation. This review will include analysis of costs and benefits. This will form part of our overall evaluation of the TMA.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department funds schemes to dispose of end-of-life lorries. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is his policy to protect the disused rail route through the Woodhead Tunnel for future rail development. 
Mr. Tom Harris: The protection of the rail route through the Woodhead Tunnel is the responsibility of the local and regional planning authorities.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the budgeted expenditure by his Department is for 2006-07. 
The Deputy Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Gentleman to my written statement of 21 November 2006, Official Report, column 30WS.
Anne Main: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to reduce the expenditure of his Office; and if he will make a statement. 
The Deputy Prime Minister: All Government Departments are run in order to enable Ministers to best fulfil their duties with the maximum economy and efficiency, in accordance with Government Accounting.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) marketing officers, (b) communications officers and (c) press officers are employed in his Department; and what the total expenditure on communications for his Department was on (i) Government Information and Communication Service staff and (ii) other (A) press officers, (B) special advisers and (C) staff in the last year for which figures are available. 
The Deputy Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) on 26 October 2006, Official Report, column 2081W. For information relating to the period prior to 5 May 2006, I refer the hon. Gentleman to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many civil servants accompanied him on his recent trip to the Far East. 
The Deputy Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave him to a very similar question on 26 October 2006, Official Report, column 2082W.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department uses an internal traffic light or colour coded system in relation to written parliamentary questions; and whether his Department grades or classifies written parliamentary questions according to their political sensitivity. 
The Deputy Prime Minister: No, my Department does not. However, my Department endeavours to reply to all parliamentary questions within parliamentary deadlines.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the Arts Council England in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Lammy: The number of full-time equivalent staff was:
The rise in 2001-02 reflects the merger of the 10 regional arts boards into a single organisation.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received on the future funding of the BBC. 
Mr. Woodward: The Government have been conducting a funding review to determine the level of the licence fee to apply from April 2007. As part of that process, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had various representations from a wide range of stakeholders.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were employed through employment agencies in (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years for which information is available; and what the (i) average and (ii) longest time was for which these temporary workers were employed in each year. 
Mr. Lammy: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its executive agency, the Royal Parks, employ temporary agency staff on the basis of a booking which can last from as little as one day to many months. The number of individual bookings in each of the last five years, for which centrally held information is available, is as follows:
|(1 )Not available.|
There are 13 temporary agency staff currently working in the Department and nine in the Royal Parks.
The other information requested could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were employed on a consultancy basis in (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years for which information is available; and what the (i) average and (ii) longest period was for which a consultant was employed in each year. 
Mr. Lammy: There are currently eight consultants employed and working in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and one person who is on secondment from a consultancy firm. There are two consultants working in our executive agency, the Royal Parks. These exclude contractors working in the Department and the Royal Parks, e.g. those providing facilities management and other support services; and they exclude those providing ad hoc consultancy who are not based in the Department or the Royal Parks.
The other information requested could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether people employed (a) through employment agencies and (b) on a consultancy basis are included in the calculations for the full-time equivalent staff mentioned in her Department's annual report. 
Mr. Lammy: In the Staff Numbers table on page 116 of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's annual report, the data for full-time equivalent staff do not include people employed through (a) agencies (as the footnote makes clear) and (b) on a consultancy basis.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's annual budget is for employing workers on a consultancy basis; and how much of this budget was used in each of the last five years for which records are available. 
Mr. Lammy: The Department's accounting system records costs for all consultancy services under management consultants, IT consultants, other consultants and other professional advice. The Department uses consultants for a variety of purposes and much of the Department's expenditure on this will not have been used for consultants working in the Department. There are currently eight consultants employed and working in the Department and one person on secondment from a consultancy firm. The total cost to the Department of using all consultancy services in each of the last five years is shown in the following table.
|(1) Spend to date.|
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