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Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much was paid in consultancy fees by the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions between 1997 and May 2002; 
Jim Fitzpatrick: For details of consultancy fees paid by the Department in each year since it was established I refer the hon. Member to my answer given to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Mrs. Villiers) of 3 December 2007, Official Report, columns 852-53W.
Due to machinery of government changes that took place in May 2002 information on what predecessor Departments spent on consultancy is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of posts in her Department have been recategorised from back office to frontline posts as classified by the Gershon efficiency review in each year since 2004. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department is committed to achieving work force reductions of 700 full-time equivalent posts by the end of 2007-08. The Department's response to Sir Peter Gershon's efficiency review does not include plans for any recategorisation of posts, only to achieve a net reduction.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the standard terms and conditions of purchase used by her Department in the procurement of goods and services from the private sector prohibit the assignment of debt. 
The majority of advertising investment by the central Department is in support of the THINK! road safety and Act on CO2 campaigns. Figures for recruitment advertising for specific posts are not included in this figure. These are not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will place in the Library a copy of the guidelines issued to staff maintaining her Department's and its agencies' corporate identity; and what the estimated annual cost is of (a) producing and (b) complying with such guidelines. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: There are no plans in place to relocate any of the Department's offices to the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency. The Department remains firmly committed to examining the possibility of relocation opportunities in the future where this meets business need and delivers benefits.
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport and its agencies have policies in place which require officials to consider alternative communication methods, such as video and teleconferencing, before deciding to travel, and then to travel only when strictly necessary. The Department has introduced a sustainable travel policy which requires officials to plan their travel effectively considering not only economy, but also environmental impact in choice of travel mode.
Across the wider Department further initiatives to reduce business travel and its impact are being introduced. These include car and lift sharing schemes, national travel plans and reductions in travel budget targets.
Details of the cost of overseas travel, including the cost of travel and accommodation, are contained in the Overseas Travel by Cabinet
Ministers list. The latest list for the period 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007 was published on 25 July 2007. Details for the 2007-08 financial year will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year. All travel is made in accordance with the Ministerial Code.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of whether the arrangements made by London Gateway Port for a disturbance compensation scheme comply with the conditions of approval for the development. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The London Gateway Port disturbance payments scheme is a commercial matter between London Gateway Port Ltd. and local fishermen affected by dredging operations for port construction. The scheme is not a condition of the Secretary of State's approval for the development.
Mr. Tom Harris: Improving rail performance is a key objective for the Department for Transport. Joint action plans are in place between Network Rail and First Great Western to address performance issues. Additionally, First Great Western has implemented a 40-point recovery plan. These are monitored monthly. I recently met with First Great Western's new chief operating officer and Network Rail's new route director to discuss performance.
Aircraft landing at Heathrow are required whenever practicable to follow continuous descent approach or low power, low drag procedures, although the main noise benefits are outside the 57dBA Leq noise contour. This is consistent with the recommendations in the industry Code of Practice
Noise from Arriving Aircraft ; An Industry Code of Practice on the benefits of CDA as a means of reducing both fuel burn and noise. The Code of Practice can be accessed on the Department's website (www.dft.gov.uk).
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many households have been sent the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport Summary consultation document, broken down by (a) London borough and (b) ward; and if she will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 10 December 2007]: More than 200,000 households around Heathrow have been sent a copy of the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport summary consultation document and response form. This included over 165,000 households in 54 wards in seven London boroughs.
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