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Rail Services

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains have arrived on time at London train stations from Bexhill and Brighton train stations in the last 10 years. [116937]

Mr. Tom Harris: Train running data for the rail network as a whole are collected and processed by Network Rail. The data we have are for the geographical area which includes Bexhill and Brighton and what we have has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Road Safety

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the expenditure on road safety advertising was in each year since 1991; and how many accidents there were in each year. [117096]

Dr. Ladyman: For details of road safety advertising since 2002, I refer the hon. Member to my reply given to the him today (UIN 115678).

Road casualty statistics are published annually within the Road Casualties Great Britain report which is available online at www.dft.gov.uk and in the Libraries of the House.

Safety Campaigns

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what safety campaigns his Department has run since May 1997; what the cost was of each; and what assessment he has made of the impact on the relevant indicators in the following year in each case. [115678]

Dr. Ladyman: The Department was formed in May 2002. The requested figures are set out as follows.

2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

DfT central

THINK! road safety campaign (£ million)

13.4

14.8

14.06

18.14

DfT agencies

Highways Agency driver education programs (£000)

n/a

80

80

636

Maritime and Coastguard Agency (£000)

166

177

253

155

Total (£ million)

13.6

15

14.4

18.9


The Government have an objective of reducing road deaths and serious injuries (KSIs) by 40 per cent. (50 per cent. for children) by the year 2010. A mix of engineering, enforcement and education measures are used to help meet these targets, of which the THINK! road safety campaign and the Highways Agency’s driver information programmes forms part. Safety also features in the Driving Standard Agency’s ongoing education programmes such as Pass Plus and Arrive Alive. We are on course to meet the 2010 target of a 40 per cent. reduction in KSIs overall, and it is predicted that we will exceed the 50 per cent. reduction among children. The 2005 road casualty figures indicate that the number of people killed or seriously injured in 2005 was 33 per cent. below the 1994-98 average and 49 per cent. for children.

Promotional activity by the MCA is designed to raise awareness of the need for safe practice near water and includes promotional activity under the banner “Seasmart” and a public information film raising awareness of HM Coastguard. No formal PSA target has been set for sea safety.

Vehicle Excise Duty

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether vehicle tax disc reminder notices have in some cases ceased to be sent. [116930]

Dr. Ladyman: Vehicle licence renewal forms (V11s) continue to be sent out by DVLA around three weeks before a tax disc or statutory off road notification expires. Non-delivery of a V11 can be caused by a variety of reasons, including the vehicle keeper failing to notify change of address or it being lost in the post. Although DVLA is under no statutory obligation to issue V11s, provision of the service has benefits for both DVLA and the motoring public. There are no plans to discontinue this service.

Work and Pensions

Disabled People

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of disabled people were living in (a) relative and (b) absolute poverty in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [102155]

Mr. Jim Murphy: The information requested is in the following tables.


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Proportion of disabled people living in households with less than 60 per cent. contemporary median income, Great Britain 1996-07 to 2004-05
Proportion (percentage)
Before housing costs After housing costs

1996-97

21

30

1997-98

22

29

1998-99

23

30

1999-2000

22

30

2000-01

22

28

2001-02

23

29

2002-03

22

26

2003-04

21

25

2004-05

21

24

Notes:
The commonly used low income threshold of below 60 per cent. of contemporary median has been used for statistics showing ‘relative low income’.
Disabled people include the total of disabled children, disabled working age and disabled pensioners.
Percentages are rounded to the nearest percentage point.
Source:
Family Resources Survey

Proportion of disabled people living in households with less than 60 per cent. absolute median income, Great Britain 1996-07 to 2004-05
Proportion (percentage)
Before housing costs After housing costs

1996-97

21

30

1997-98

22

31

1998-99

18

23

1999-2000

16

21

2000-01

15

18

2001-02

12

15

2002-03

10

13

2003-04

10

12

2004-05

10

11

Notes:
The low income threshold of below 60 per cent. of 1996-07 GB median has been used in this answer to determine ‘absolute low income’. There are other thresholds.
Disabled people include the total of disabled children, disabled working age and disabled pensioners.
Percentages are rounded to the nearest percentage point.
Source:
Family Resources Survey

State Pension: NI Contributions

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 906W, on state pension: NI contributions, for which other financial years his Department holds equivalent information. [116885]

Mr. Jim Murphy: Home Responsibilities Protection was introduced from the 1978-79 tax year and has been recorded on the national insurance accounts of all those who are entitled to it for this and all subsequent years.

Treasury

Autumn Performance Reports

Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the
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guidance provided by his Department to Departments on what they should disclose in their 2006 autumn performance reports. [116081]

Mr. Timms: A copy of the guidance issued for the 2006 autumn performance reports has been placed in the library.

Comprehensive Spending Review

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the budget is for his national debate on the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review; and how many events he has scheduled in 2007 as part of the debate; [115378]

(2) how many staff in his Department spend more than 70 per cent. of their time working on his national debate for the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, broken down by pay band; [115379]

(3) what specific issues related to the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review will be debated nationally; [115380]

(4) what the planned (a) start and (b) end date is of his national debate on the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review; [115381]

(5) whether he plans to hold a national debate on the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review; [115523]

(6) whether the national debate on the Comprehensive Spending Review announced in the Budget in March 2006 has been completed. [115534]

Mr. Timms: The Government want the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review to be informed by wide public debate on the long- term challenges facing the UK. Across Government the public are being engaged on issues related to the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR).

As part of its analytical work on the long-term challenges facing the UK in the coming decade, and through a series of detailed policy reviews, the Government have already undertaken extensive consultation with third sector organisations, service users, front-line professionals, businesses, think-tanks and academics, amongst others. These reviews will continue in the run-up to the CSR to engage the public on cross-cutting issues, from how to achieve a world-class skills base to how to ensure all children have the chance to make the most of their potential.

Through the recently published ‘Long-term opportunities and challenges for the UK’ document, the pre- Budget report and accompanying leaflet and the HM Treasury website, the Government have also invited the public to send in their views on the long-term challenges facing the UK and how Government, citizens, businesses and communities should respond to them.

In addition to these consultation exercises the Cabinet has set up ministerial working groups in six key areas: energy and the environment; public services; the economy; crime, justice and cohesion; foreign policy and the role of the state. These groups are collectively considering the future opportunities and challenges for policy in these areas and will engage the public in parts of the process. For example, 100
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representative members of the public will be consulted in a “deliberative forum” and attend a day-long public services “summit”.

The development of new public service agreements (PSAs) for the CSR period will translate the conclusions of this work into a new set of priority outcomes for Government. In developing published delivery agreements, which underpin these PSAs, Departments will consult front-line professionals, service users and stakeholders on the most effective ways to incentivise successful delivery.

The engagement being undertaken to inform the CSR cuts across a broad spectrum of Government business, involving staff from across the Treasury and other Departments, and is being delivered through a wide array of channels. It is not possible to separate out the specific budget number of events, number of staff or proportion of staff time involved.

Education Funding

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the additional funds going directly to schools announced in the pre-Budget report 2006 will be classified as (a) current expenditure and (b) capital expenditure. [117013]

Mr. Timms: The pre-Budget report 2006 announced an additional £130 million of funds going directly to schools in 2007-08. This is all provided as current expenditure.

The pre-Budget report also confirmed that schools capital investment will rise to £8.0 billion in 2010-11.

Efficiency Programme

Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he expects to publish the review of the Efficiency Programme. [116697]

Mr. Timms: The Government have not undertaken a review of the Efficiency Programme.

Lyons Review

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Government jobs (a) have been and (b) are planned to be re-located away from London and the South East to other parts of the country by the time the Lyons review process is completed. [116871]

Mr. Timms: We expect to meet our target to relocate 20,000 civil service posts out of London and the south-east by 2010. By the end of September 2006 more than 10,500 posts had been moved out of London and the south-east, including moves to every nation and region in the UK.

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Government jobs (a) have been relocated under the Lyons review and (b) he expects to be re-located by the end of the review process to (i) Liverpool and (ii) Wirral. [116872]


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Mr. Timms: By September 2006 more than 10,500 civil service posts had been moved out of London and the south-east to every nation and region in the UK. Of these more than 2,000 posts have been moved to the north-west, with 514 posts going to Liverpool. No posts have been moved to Wirral. The exact location of posts is a matter for individual Departments and agencies rather than the Treasury. Departments have not yet made firm plans for the remaining 9,500 relocations.


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