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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many UK residents on (a) leisure and (b) business trips transferred or transited between domestic and overseas flights at Heathrow airport in 2005. 
(a) leisure trips to an:
(i) overseas destination (international) = 1,965,000
(ii) another destination in the UK (domestic) = 1,361,000
(b) business trips to an:
(i) overseas destination (international) = 666,000
(ii) another destination in the UK (domestic) = 399,000
Gillian Merron: At present, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is in discussions with the Identity and Passport Service with regard to how information held by them could be used to verify such identity- related information. However, no final decisions have yet been taken. There are currently no plans for any central Department of Transport datasets to be used to verify applications for registration on the National Identity Register.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions his Department and its predecessor departments have conducted a leak inquiry since May 1997; what the subject was of each inquiry; and who authorised each inquiry. 
Gillian Merron: The Department was formed in May 2002 and since then has conducted two leak inquiries in the financial year 2002-03, three in 2003-04 and four in 2004-05. One inquiry is currently in progress. It has been the practice of successive Governments not to comment on the subject or outcome of leak inquiries in order to safeguard security and investigative arrangements.
It does advise local authorities (outside London) that targets for 14 to 17 indicators (depending on local circumstances) should be included within their local transport plans. The indicators are listed in annex A of the Departments Full Guidance on Local Transport Plans (December 2004), published on the Departments website. The levels of all targets set are matters for local authorities to determine within the context of their overall priorities.
Gillian Merron: The preparations for Londons 2012 Olympic Games included enhancements to the A13. In addition to this, there is development planned for the Olympic Park Loop road, which will surround the main Stratford venue.
The Olympic Delivery Authority is currently consulting on a draft of its Olympic Transport Plan,
the final version of which will set out detailed transport arrangements for all Olympic venues.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on which dates in the last month he (a) attended his Departments offices in London, (b) dealt with departmental business (i) in the House and (ii) elsewhere and (c) undertook other engagements in his official capacity. 
Gillian Merron [holding answer 4 December 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State attends his Departments office in London as appropriate for the conduct of business. In November this entailed his attendance for all or part of 18 days. Official business outside the departmental office was conducted on nine days. Information on the Departments business in the House is a matter of public record.
All ministerial visits are conducted in accordance with the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers. The Government publish on an annual basis lists of overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500. Information for 2006-07 will be published after the end of the financial year.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes there have been since 1976 in the cost of (a) motoring, (b) travelling by bus and (c) travelling by train; and what assessment he has made of the proportion of average disposable income represented by such costs in each case in each year. 
|Table 1: Real changes in the cost of transport: UK 1976 to 2005 (index 1976 = 100)|
|All motoring( 1)||Bus fares||Rail fares||Disposable income|
|(1) All motoring includes the cost of purchase, maintenance, fuel, tax and insurance.|
Office for National Statistics
|Table 2: Motoring, bus and rail expenditure as a proportion of household disposable income: UK 1976 to 2005|
|Motoring( 1)||Bus (inc. taxi)||Rail||Disposable income|
|(1) Motoring includes the cost of purchase, maintenance, fuel and insurance. Excludes tax.|
Office for National Statistics
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