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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. 
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.
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:
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. 
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.
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. 
|Contract t ype||Male||Female||Disabled||55 or Over|
|(1 )To 31 March 2007|
|Contract t ype||Male||Female||Disabled||55 or Over|
|(1 )To March 31 March 2007|
DVLA note no temporary contracts have been granted.
MCA note no temporary contracts have been granted.
DSA does not employ staff on a temporary contract.
GCDA the information provided corresponds to the period since the GCDA became part of the DfT in November 2005.
DfT (c) Temporary staff were not recorded on PIMS until late 2005 also note that part-time status, disability and age are not recorded for non-employees/temporary workers database.
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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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 2007-08can 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.
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; 
(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; 
(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. 
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; 
(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. 
Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is available in tables (2a) and (2i) of the article Drinking and Driving, published in Road Casualties Great Britainthe annual report. The annual reports for the years 1998 to 2005 contain the information requested and are available in the Libraries of the House.
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