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Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents there were involving the transportation of radioactive material by (a) air, (b) road, (c) rail and (d) ship in each year since 1977. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Since 1989, annual reports detailing all abnormal events involving the transport of radioactive material in the UK have been prepared by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), working under contract to the Department for Transport. In addition, periodic reports have been produced examining trends in events since the late 1950s. The latest reports in these series are:
Radiological consequences resulting from accidents and incidents involving the transport of radioactive materials in the UK - 2005 review (HPA-RPD-021)
Review of events involving the transport of radioactive materials in the UK, from 1958 to 2004, and their radiological consequences (HPA-RPD-014)
Copies of these reports have been placed in the House Library and recent ones are available on the HPA website. A list of recent reports is also available on the Department's website at the following address.
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were employed by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in each of the last three years; and what percentage of these were employed on (a) a supply, (b) a temporary and (c) an agency basis. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) publishes the average number of staff employed (full time equivalent) in its annual report and accounts which is available on line at www.vosa.gov.uk and from the House of Commons Library, Business and Transport Section.
|Average number of Staff||Percentage average total staff|
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport has not conducted a detailed assessment of this technology; however, there is significant international interest in this subject and research for the European Commission recently reported on the competing technologies, their compatibility with all classes of vehicle and their usefulness in accident reconstruction. The programme also reviewed the legal implications for their use. The European Commission has extended their research to consider the drafting of technical, legal and administrative standards for use as mandatory or as recommended requirements for electronic data recorder implementation in Europe.
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission if the Commission will publish (a) all papers originally supplied to it on the Comptroller and Auditor Generals travel expenses and related Inland Revenue payments made by the National Audit Office and (b) any subsequent revisions or amendments to those papers. 
Mr. Alan Williams: All papers supplied to the Commission on the Comptroller and Auditor Generals travel expenses and related Inland Revenue payments made by the National Audit Office have been published on the Commissions website
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) regular military personnel, (b) Territorial Army and other part-time military personnel and (c) civilian personnel were employed by his Department in (i) total, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber, (iii) North Yorkshire and (iv) City of York in each year since 1979. 
|As at 1 April:||UK regular forces||Civilian personnel|
|(1) denotes not available. Civilian data prior to 1993 are not available in centrally held databases. As a result it is not possible to produce a consistent time series since 1979 without incurring disproportionate cost.|
(2) denotes provisional. Due to the introduction of a new Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system, armed forces data at 1 April 2007 are provisional and subject to review. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 100.
1. UK regular forces includes Nursing services and excludes Full Time Reserve Service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. It includes trained and untrained personnel.
2. Civilian strengths are based on the revised definition of MOD civilian personnel introduced in April 2004. MOD civilian total includes locally engaged civilians, Royal fleet auxiliary personnel and overseas personnel outside UK.
The strength of UK Regular Forces posted in the Yorkshire and Humber Government Office Region (GOR) is available in table 4 of Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 10UK Regular Forces distribution across UK. The most recent tri-service publication is at 1 April 2006 and is available at:
|As at 1 April:||Yorkshire and the Humber||North Yorkshire||City of York|
|n/a = not available|
Civilian data by local authority for North Yorkshire and City of York is only available for April 2006 onwards. Prior to this it is not possible to produce a consistent time series without incurring disproportionate cost.
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