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John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at which grades there is a pay gap of more than 5 per cent. in each pay bargaining unit in his Department between (a) white and ethnic minority staff, (b) staff with disabilities and staff without disabilities and (c) full-time and part-time workers based on full-time equivalent pay. 
Gillian Merron [holding answer 19 December 2006]: The following table sets out details of the pay gaps exceeding 5 per cent. in the categories set out in the question for the Department and its bargaining units.
|Pay gap exceeding 5 per cent. between:|
|(a) white and ethnic minority staff||(b) staff with disabilities and staff without disabilities||(c) full-time and part-time workers based on full-time equivalent pay|
|(1) HA have provided the following explanation:|
The data used in the equal pay audit were from the 2004 pay award which is now out of date. Although the gender pay gap details have been updated with each subsequent pay award, the data used in 2004 and in the 2006 RIA only showed ethnicity details for some 60 per cent. of staff. Our diversity team have undertaken work to improve the data which we hope will enable the 2007 RIA to be more statistically significant. This also applies to question B regarding disabled over non-disabled and question C, part-time over full-time.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of (a) male employees, (b) female employees, (c) white employees, (d) ethnic minority employees, (e) staff with disabilities, (f) staff without disabilities, (g) full-time staff and (h) part-time staff in each pay bargaining unit in his Department were awarded the highest appraisal marking in the 2005-06 reporting round. 
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how many staff in each pay bargaining unit in his Department (a) no ethnicity is recorded, (b) there is no record of whether or not they have a disability and (c) no gender is recorded in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what proportion of all staff this represents in each category. 
Gillian Merron [holding answer 19 December 2006]: The number of staff not declaring ethnicity, whether disabled or not, and gender for the whole Department is only available for two years. This is due to changes in the categories used by each Agency.
1,716 (8.93 per cent.) staff not declaring an ethnicity category;
1,707 (8.88 per cent.) staff not declaring whether they were disabled or not; and
the number of unknown genders were 0.
1,832 (9.40 per cent.) staff not declaring an ethnicity category;
1,861 (9.55 per cent.) staff not declaring whether they were disabled or not; and
the number of unknown genders were 0.
|Net VED receipts|
Major roadworks are usually carried out in phases and the most appropriate traffic
management arrangements are chosen in each case. Often these arrangements do not involve reductions in the number of lanes available for traffic. Based on the current roadworks programme and the projected completion dates, the 10 longest running sets of Highways Agency roadworks are likely to be as follows:
|Start date||End date||Location||Duration|
The times given are subject to contract conditions, weather conditions and any unforeseen circumstances. Roadworks with extensive duration periods but have just minor or no delay to the road users are not included in the list, e.g. works on the hard shoulders, verges etc.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) the Highways Agency and (b) each local authority has (i) been allocated and (ii) spent on road maintenance in each of the last 10 years. 
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