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Gillian Merron: The Department for Transport was established in May 2002. The Department uses the most appropriate publication for recruitment advertising, be it national, regional, trade magazine or website depending on the nature of the vacancy.
Following are the costs incurred by DfT(central) in recruitment advertising in all grades together with advertising SCS jobs with Executive agencies. DfT(c) manage all SCS recruitment for the Department and its agencies. The following figures for the Department incorporate this and are not separated by SCS and non SCS recruitment.
|Recruitment costs (£)|
|Advertising costs for recruitment (£)|
|(1 )High figure attributed to the recruitment of the Traffic Officer Service.|
(2 )No information available.
Dr. Ladyman: A national scheme will be a significant task. For now, we want to focus on local pilot schemes, implemented within the next four to five years, to test the technology, gain experience in different communities and increase public awareness.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of his Departments civil servants work full-time to support departmental special advisers; and what the salary is of each such civil servant. 
Gillian Merron: One full-time civil servant at pay band 4L (Higher Executive Officer) level and one at pay band 3L (Executive Officer) level provide support to the Special Advisers to the Department for Transport. Their respective salary ranges are £28,463 to £34,710 and £24,030 to £27,714.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding will be available in 2007-08 to support the amelioration of traffic congestion for growth areas within the Sustainable Communities Plan; and if he will make a statement. 
Gillian Merron: We have committed nearly £4 billion of investment in transport infrastructure improvements in the growth areas. Separately, the community infrastructure fund (GIF) will deliver 26 transport schemes specifically aimed at facilitating housing development in these areas. The total GIF fund is £200 million: £50 million to be spent in 2006-07 and £150 million in 2007-08.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the conversion of main and branch line track to light passenger railway use in loss-making areas; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Tom Harris:
The Government do not have a general policy of converting main and branch line
track to light rail. In particular circumstances it may be economically sensible to convert lines to light rail as part of a locally promoted scheme (as it was in Manchester for example). Use of lighter rail technology may offer benefits on other linesbut it is primarily for the industry, and especially Network Rail, to determine the benefits of such a change.
Gillian Merron: Identifiable capital expenditure on transport infrastructure by region is published in tables 7.5b to 7.10b of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2006, Cm 6811. Information on prior years may not be available on a comparable basis.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which schemes have been funded by (a) the Community Infrastructure, (b) Growth Area and (c) Growth Point Funds since each fund's inception; how much each scheme cost; and which of the schemes are (i) public, (ii) road and (iii) other transport schemes. 
Gillian Merron: Information on the schemes funded by the Community Infrastructure Fund is set out in the following table. While the Department works closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on Growth Areas, the funding for Growth Point Funds are the responsibility for DCLG.
|Community infrastructure fundapproved schemes|
|Scheme name||Growth area||Total GIF allocation (£ million)||Mode|
|(1) £11.42 million Bus; £2.96 million Cycling and Walking|
Key to Growth Areas:
MKSMMilton Keynes/South Midlands
Breakdown by transport mode
Bus total£58.78 million
Road total£82.22 million
Rail total£42.17 million
Light rail total£7.04 million
Cycling and walking total£2.96 million
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