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Driving Under Influence

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what data her Department has on the number of accidents in each year from 1997 to 2005 that were caused by drivers whose blood alcohol level was (a) over 80ml, (b) between 80 and 50ml and (c) under 50ml; and if she will make a statement. [147469]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Blood alcohol content level information is only available for cases in which a driver was killed. Additionally, the blood alcohol content information is only available for approximately two thirds of these driver fatalities. In these cases, the number of reported road accidents involving at least one driver or rider with a blood alcohol level of (a) over 80ml, (b) between 50 and 80ml, and (c) under 50ml is shown in the table.

Number of accidents
Blood alcohol level 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

Under 50ml

866

857

881

907

941

892

1,051

926

50-80ml

25

28

26

21

25

24

34

26

Over 80ml

193

166

185

212

219

224

251

261


Final figures for 2005 are not yet available.

The report of the second three-year review of the Government’s road safety strategy, published in February 2007, explains that we are planning a public consultation process on drinking and driving later this year, including ways in which enforcement of laws against drinking and driving might be made easier for the police.

Galileo Project

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Galileo project will have the
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functionality to facilitate the implementation of a national road-pricing scheme; and if she will make a statement. [146871]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Global Navigational Satellite Systems (GNSS), including both GPS and Galileo, can support a wide range of applications. However, no decisions have been taken on whether to proceed with the introduction of a national road pricing scheme or on the technology that might be used to support such a scheme.

M6: Lancashire

Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which routes Lancashire county council submitted to the Government in July 2005 as part of the county council’s major business case for the Heysham to M6 link. [147897]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Lancashire county council’s major scheme business case for the Heysham to M6 Link, submitted in July 2005, included details of the Northern Route (the Preferred Option), the Western Route (as the Next Best Option) and online improvements to the existing highway network (as the Lower Cost Option).

M60: Road Signs and Markings

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 727W, on M60: road signs and markings, whether legislative changes are necessary in order for Highways Agency traffic officers to use scrolling arrows in their vehicles to direct traffic on the M60. [147357]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Legislative changes would be required to prescribe scrolling arrows for use as traffic signs. It would be possible in principle to authorise these specially for use on the M60, but the chevron symbols are very small, and there are concerns about their safety and effectiveness on high-speed roads. Officials are considering how this might best be assessed.

Public Transport: Urban Areas

Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the contribution of late night public transport to public safety, particularly from town and city centres; and if she will make a statement. [147394]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Local authorities are addressing crime and fear of crime issues in order to promote public transport use (including for the growing night time economy) through their Local Transport Plans.

The Department is also currently assessing how the latest Crime and Disorder audits and strategies are addressing transport crime issues, including the public safety of passengers and staff using public transport at night.


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Treasury

Al-Yamamah Project

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 362W, on the Al-Yamamah project, how many different bank accounts were examined as part of budgeting and accounting activities undertaken by his Department in relation to the management fee received by the Ministry of Defence from the Saudi Arabian government as part of the Al-Yamamah programme; and how many staff from his Department were involved in those activities. [147751]

Andy Burnham: The Treasury did not examine any bank accounts as part of these activities.

Buildings: Cabinet Office

Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the Cabinet Office on Project George in the last 12 months. [146870]

Angela Eagle: Treasury Ministers and officials engage with their counterparts in other departments, including the Cabinet Office, on a regular basis to discuss a range of issues.

Departments: Aviation

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was allocated to offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions estimated to have arisen from his Department in respect of flights in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and how many tonnes of carbon equivalent were estimated to have arisen from such flights in each case. [147106]

Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 7 February 2007, Official Report, column 1027W. This year, the Treasury is contributing £18,286 to the DEFRA-run Government Carbon Offsetting Fund, which will offset 1,845 tonnes of carbon emissions from official and ministerial flights from April 2006 to April 2007.

Departments: Property

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1881W to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on Departments: property, from which organisations his Department received letting income in each financial year from 2003-04 to 2006-07; and how much was received from each organisation. [146489]

Angela Eagle: The income the Treasury has received from the subletting of space in the 1 Horse Guards building since 2002-03, by organisation, is given in the following table:


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£000
Financial year
Organisation name 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

Cabinet Office(1)

67

-47

150

215

1,095

Exchequer Partnership

227

162

163

162

Office of Government Commerce

67

189

185

Royal Mint

18

19

19

18

22

Economics in Government Unit

53

Independent Review of NHS Pathology Services

19

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

2

2

6

National Association of Pension Funds

6

Home Office(2)

175

-175

Others (received less than £5,000 and corrections)

17

-10

15

12

6

Total

211

14

415

658

1,495

(1) The 2003-04 figure includes a £67,000 credit, which cancels the invoice from the previous year.
(2) The 2003-04 figure cancels the invoice from the previous year.

It has been drawn to my attention that a written answer given on 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1881W by the former Financial Secretary, my hon. Friend the Member for Wentworth (John Healey), to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) was incorrect in respect to the income received from the subletting of space in 2002-03. The earlier answer reported the total for that year to be nil. However, this figure was net of a transfer of excess income to another account. Before the transfer, the income received from subletting space in the 1 Horse Guards road building during 2002-03 was £277,000. The Treasury very much regrets this inadvertent error.

Departments: Sick Leave

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department have taken (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of less than five days in the last 12 months. [147055]

Angela Eagle: The numbers of staff that have taken periods of sick leave of less than five days for the period 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2007 are as follows.

Number of episodes Number of staff

5+

31

4

28

3

45

2

109


Departments: Telephone Numbering

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many non-geographic telephone numbers are in use by each of his departmental agencies; and what revenue was received from them in each year since 2001. [147167]


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Angela Eagle: The following table lists the number of non-geographic telephone numbers in use by each of the agencies and what revenue was received in each year since 2001. In the case of those departmental agencies where numbers are not listed, the information is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Name Number of non geographical numbers Revenue for period requested (£)

VGA

3

0

GAD

0

0

Royal Mint

85

0

HMT

0

0

OGC

9

0

NS and I

9

0

DMO

320

0

HMRC

n/a

0

ONS

n/a

n/a


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