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Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 16 October 2007, Official Report, columns 971-72, on Departments: secondments, in what teams the seconded members of staff have worked during the course of their secondment. 
Rail and National Networks Group
Planning and Performance Directorate
Accessibility and Equalities Directorate
Chief Scientific Advisors Unit
Environment and International Directorate
Corporate Finance Directorate
Legal Services Directorate
Major Projects Directorate
Road and Vehicle Safety and Standards Directorate
Department of Operations, Marine and Coastguard Agency
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 16 October 2007, Official Report, columns 971-72W, on Departments: secondments, when each seconded member of staff joined her Department. 
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) of 16 October 2007, Official Report, columns 971-2W, on Departments: secondments, (1) what measures are in place to ensure that seconded staff do not work on matters which may affect their official employer; 
Jim Fitzpatrick: As an acting civil servant a secondee owes duties of confidentiality and loyal service to the Crown. These require the secondee to exercise care in the use of information which the secondee acquires in the course of their official duties and to protect information which is held in confidence, in accordance with the departments staff handbook. Secondees are also subject to the Official Secrets Act 1989 and in certain circumstances to The Business Appointment Rules.
Considerable care is taken when negotiating the secondment terms and conditions to ensure that all parties are content that the secondment will present no opportunity for real or perceived conflicts of interest. These considerations are set out in written terms and conditions which must be formally agreed by the secondee and his/her parent organisation before the secondment can commence.
Jim Fitzpatrick: Under the new Public Service Agreement (PSA) framework the Department for Transport will be responsible for leading the PSA Deliver reliable and efficient transport networks that support economic growth. This PSA is specifically focused on the contribution that transport makes to economic growth. Wider priorities for the Governments transport policy are covered separately in other PSA outcomes to which transport is a significant contributor. Where relevant, rural proofing will be taken into account in the development of specific policies to implement the PSA.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of questions tabled to her Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
My ministerial colleagues and I aim to ensure that hon. Members received a substantive response to their named day question on the named day. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, but the Department for Transport makes every effort to achieve these timescales.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) records are incorrect; and how many customer complaints the DVLA has received in the last 12 months, broken down by the regional origin of the complaint. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: 33 million vehicle records are maintained at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. Of these 2.6 per cent. of the vehicle keepers cannot be traced directly from the record. There are 42 million driver records also held at DVLA. 18.5 per cent. of these cannot be traced directly.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the accuracy of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority database; and what steps have been taken to improve levels of accuracy of the database. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) conducts Biennial surveys to assess the accuracy of its databases. The last survey, in 2005, estimated that 97.4 per cent. of vehicle keepers could be accurately traced from the record. The figure from the drivers record was 81.5 per cent. The more frequent interactions with motorists on vehicle registration matters are reflected in the figures.
Introducing from next year the renewal every 10 years of photocard driving licences;
Using links to the Passport Agency to help check identity in support of a driving licence application;
Introducing electronic service opportunities for driving licence applicants;
Wheelclamping and impounding unlicensed vehicles, which are not released until the keeper provides accurate information;
A system of continuous registration that requires sellers to notify DVLA when a vehicle changes hands;
Keeping a database of all undelivered registration documents used to identify incorrectly registered vehicles;
A requirement to produce documentary evidence of name and address on certain vehicle registration applications at DVLA local offices.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of calls to help lines provided by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for use by (a) members of the public and (b) hon. Members were not answered in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The most recent period for which figures are available show that 6.6 per cent. of all call attempts were not answered. It should be noted that these calls / customers might have subsequently got through. Detailed breakdowns are not available specifically for hon. Members.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance her Department gives to councils on (a) the issuing of penalty charge notices, (b) the collection of fines and (c) towing away private vehicles. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Guidance on these matters is given in the Department for Transport's Local Authority Circular 1/95 on Decriminalised Parking Enforcement Outside London. We are currently consulting on new England-wide guidance to replace the 1995 circular and complement proposed civil enforcement legislation under the Traffic Management Act 2004: Parking Policy and Enforcement Operational Guidance to Local Authorities in England. Both documents are on the Department's website at:
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of the EU directive in December
which restricts the numbers of miles drivers can drive without having a rest period; and if she will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: A new EU Regulation on drivers hours (Regulation (EC) 561/2006) setting maximum limits on driving time and minimum requirements for break and rest periods for most drivers of large commercial vehicles came into force on 11 April 2007. It does not restrict the number of miles a driver can drive before taking a rest period.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects payments to commence under the London Gateway Port disturbance payment compensation scheme to fishermen who fish predominantly in the reclamation area. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to encourage the migration of freight from road to rail, with particular reference to the (a) A1(M), (b) A14 and (c) A47 major trunk roads; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Tom Harris: The Department provides two grants to encourage the migration of freight from road to rail. The Freight Facilities Grant helps offset the capital cost of providing rail freight handling facilities and the Rail Environmental Benefit Procurement Scheme assists companies with the operating costs associated with running rail freight transport. These grants are not targeted at particular roads but are available to freight flows which would otherwise move by road where rail is more expensive. During 2007-08 these schemes will secure the removal of over 1 million lorry journeys from our roads.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2007, Official Report, column 2192W, on Gateway reviews, what percentage of the projects which returned (a) red, (b) amber and (c) green upon Gateway reviews have subsequently been successful. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Projects and programmes ordinarily commission multiple Gateway reviews during their lifecycle. These reviews typically reduce the criticality of their recommendations (ie moving from red to amber to green) over time as a project becomes more established and their environment less fast-changing.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department has taken to model the public health impacts of proposals for Heathrow expansion; whether public health modelling will inform the consultation document on Heathrow Airport expansion; and if she will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The focus of our assessment has been on the conditions we laid down in the 2003 Air Transport White Paper for further developmentnamely that it should meet critical noise and air quality limits, both of which we recognise have implications for human health. Our forthcoming consultation will invite views on the evidence brought forward. We have made it clear that we would expect any proposals for future development to be the subject of a health impact assessment at the planning stage.
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