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Departments: Aviation

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department in each of the last three calendar years; and what the total cost of such flights was. [144952]

Gillian Merron: This information can be provided only at disproportionate cost. Since 1999, the Government have published on an annual basis, a list of all overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500, as well as the total cost of all ministerial travel overseas. Copies of the lists are available in the Libraries of the House. Information for 2006-07 is currently being compiled and will be published before the summer recess. All travel is undertaken in accordance with the Civil Service Management Code, the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers.


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Departments: Energy

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many energy saving lightbulbs were purchased by his Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006. [144951]

Gillian Merron: Departmental performance against Government estate targets has been published in annual Sustainable Development in Government Reports. The last report, produced by the Sustainable Development Commission, the independent watchdog, was in March 2006. It covered the reporting period April 2005 to March 2006 and is available at:

Information relating to performance in the 2006-07 reporting period is in the process of being collated and will be published later this year by the Sustainable Development Commission.

Departments: Home Working

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people in his Department have been allowed to work from home for part of the week in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on home working. [143876]

Gillian Merron: The Department has 88 members of staff which it formally recognises as home workers. The Department for Transport's staff may also make individual requests to work flexibly based on a local business case, both to meet their personal needs, such as caring responsibilities, reasonable adjustments under the Disability Discrimination Act and to meet the needs of the Department to have a well motivated and flexible workforce.

The policy on home working is contained in the Departments staff handbooks and staff intranets.

Departments: Manpower

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people granted (a) temporary part-time, (b) temporary full-time, (c) permanent part-time and (d) permanent full-time contracts of employment in his Department in each of the last three years were (i) male, (ii) female, (iii) registered disabled and (iv) aged 55 years or over. [143903]

Gillian Merron: The following tables provide details of responses from DfT (c) and its agencies to the request for information.


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Temporary Workers
Contract t ype Male Female Disabled 55 or Over

2005

Part-time

21

17

0

15

Full-time

443

209

0

22

Total 2005

464

226

0

37

2006

Part-time

21

25

0

18

Full-time

727

296

0

22

Total 2006

748

321

0

40

2007(1)

Part-time

21

24

0

11

Full-time

773

410

0

13

Total 2007

794

434

0

23

(1 )To 31 March 2007

Permanent Workers
Contract t ype Male Female Disabled 55 or Over

2005

Part-time

493

2,022

37

361

Full-time

9,189

5,619

370

2,471

Total 2205

9,682

7,641

407

2,832

2006

Part-time

586

3,212

33

485

Full-time

9,497

6,234

370

2,740

Total 2006

10,083

9,446

403

3,225

2007(1)

Part-time

655

2171

51

541

Full-time

10,445

6,078

377

2,684

Total 2007

11,100

8,249

428

3,225

(1 )To March 31 March 2007

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of staff in his Department are (a) male, (b) female, (c) registered disabled and (d) aged 55 or over. [143920]

Gillian Merron: Departmental information is that there are currently (a) 57 per cent. male staff, (b) 43 per cent. female staff, (c) 6 per cent. staff who have declared that they are disabled and, (d) 16 per cent. staff who are aged 55 and over.

Departments: Pay

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2006-07; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the total amount of bonuses paid has been; what the largest single payment was; and if he will make a statement. [143085]

Gillian Merron: In 2006-07 the total number of staff to receive a bonus payment was 7,121. This represents 38.08 per cent. of the total workforce. The total amount of bonuses paid was £3,863,521.76. The largest single payment was £23,575.00.


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Departments: Sick Leave

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what average number of days per year was taken by staff in his Department as sick leave in each of the last five years for which records are available. [143062]

Gillian Merron: The Department was formed in May 2002. The information requested is in the following table.

Average days absent per staff year

2002

9.1

2003

10.2

2004

10.7

2005

10.4

2006(1)

10.2

(1) Data for 2006 is provisional as some data cleansing is still being carried out.


Dial-a-Ride

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much he has allocated to dial-a-ride systems operated by local authorities in each of the last three years. [144269]

Gillian Merron: The Department does not allocate funds specifically for dial-a-ride type services.

The majority of support for local bus services, some £350 million a year outside London, is provided by local authorities using the Government's revenue support grant (RSG). As well as conventional bus services, RSG is used by local authorities to support dial-a-ride type services or other demand responsive transport (DRT). Decisions on which services to support are a matter for individual authorities.

The Department also provides support for rural bus services through rural bus subsidy grant (RBSG). The grant to local authorities in England—£55.6 million in 2007-08—can also be used to support DRT type services.

Several DRT services benefited from the department's rural and urban bus challenge programme between 1998 and 2003. In total the challenge provided £160 million to over 400 schemes around the country.

We have also changed the bus route registration rules to encourage flexibly routed, demand responsive bus services and made these services eligible for bus service operators grant (BSOG) from the Department. Community transport organisations are a major provider of dial-a-ride and DRT services and many receive funding through BSOG.

Driving Under Influence

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many deaths and serious injuries were attributed to the actions of drivers recorded with (a) 140 or more, (b) more than 120 but less than 141, (c) more than 100 but less than 121, (d) 80 or more, (e) less than 80 but 50 or more and (f) less than 50 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millimetres of their blood in each year from 1997 to 2006; [144853]


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(2) how many deaths and serious injuries were attributed to the actions of drivers recorded with (a) 80 or more, (b) less than 80 but 50 or more and (c) less than 50 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millimetres of their blood who had previous convictions for drink-driving offences in each year from 1997 to 2006; [144854]

(3) how many deaths and serious injuries were attributed to the actions of drivers suspected of drinking but where no alcohol in blood levels was officially recorded in each year from 1997 to 2006. [144855]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is not available.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many drivers who were killed in each year from 1997 to 2006 were known or suspected to have consumed alcohol in sufficient quantity for their blood levels to be excess of 50 milligrammes in 100 millilitres of blood but less than the current statutory limit; [144908]

(2) how many drivers who were killed in each year from 1997 to 2006 were known or suspected to have consumed alcohol in sufficient quantity for their blood levels to be in excess of the current statutory limit. [144909]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is available in tables (2a) and (2i) of the article Drinking and Driving, published in Road Casualties Great Britain—the annual report. The annual reports for the years 1998 to 2005 contain the information requested and are available in the Libraries of the House.

2004 is the most recent year for which the information requested is available.


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