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The estimated emissions are 158 grammes of carbon dioxide per passenger kilometre for domestic flights; 130 grammes of carbon dioxide per passenger kilometre for short haul flights and 105 grammes of carbon dioxide per passenger kilometre for long haul flights. When using these factors, an uplift of 9 per cent. is then
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applied to these factors in line with the evidence from the intergovernmental panel on climate change to account for non-direct routes (i.e. not along the straight line between destinations) and delays/circling.

This would effectively increase the factors to apply to a given flight distance to 172 grammes, 142 grammes and 114 grammes of carbon dioxide per passenger kilometre for domestic flights, short haul flights and long haul flights respectively.

These factors are illustrative; actual emissions will vary significantly according to the type of aircraft in use, the load, or cabin class for example.

Aviation: Standards

Sir George Young: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evidential basis there is for the Terminal Control South West Airspace Development change reducing delays in flights. [171849]

Jim Fitzpatrick: It is not for the Secretary of State for Transport to determine the evidential basis for the NATS’ Terminal Control South West Airspace Development to reduce delays in flights.

The NATS Terminal Control South West Airspace Development proposal is currently subject to scrutiny by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), in accordance with their independent Airspace Change Process.

Compton VHF Omnidirectional Radio

Sir George Young: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flights using the Compton VHF omnidirectional radio (VOR) there were between September 2005 and September 2006; how many of these flights were delayed as a result of congestion in the VOR system; and what the average delay in those flights was. [171850]

Jim Fitzpatrick: This is an operational matter for NATS, the air navigation services provider. I have asked the chief executive of NATS to respond to the question of the right hon. Member directly.

Departmental Food

Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of (a) beef, (b) lamb, (c) pork and (d) dairy products used in her departmental headquarters were imported products in the most recent period for which figures are available. [166643]

Jim Fitzpatrick: All beef, lamb and dairy products used in the Department’s headquarters catering service are sourced within the UK. Bacon originates from Denmark but all other pork products such as chops and joints are obtained from the UK.

Departmental ICT

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what teleconference facilities are available to (a) ministers and (b) officials at her Department; and how many ministerial meetings took place by teleconference link in her Department in each of the last five years. [170716]


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Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport uses both video conferencing and telephone conference facilities, and all staff are encouraged to use them whenever possible to save time and travelling expenses.

Video conference facilities are available in the Department for Transport (Central) and its agencies, with the exception of the Government Car and Despatch Agency and Vehicle Certification Agency who have no such facilities. They are available to all staff but no record of specific usage is kept.

Telephone conferencing facilities are available to most staff, either through specific units or their individual handsets, but no records are kept of usage.

The information about ministerial meetings that took place by telephone conference or through video conferencing in the last five years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Official Visits

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flights to (a) Brussels, (b) Paris, (c) Manchester and (d) Leeds were taken by Ministers and officials in her Department in each of the last five years. [170712]

Jim Fitzpatrick: 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. All travel is undertaken in accordance with the “Civil Service Management Code”, the “Ministerial Code” and “Travel by Ministers”.

Departmental Pay

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people in her Department and its predecessors were paid over £100,000 in each year since 1997. [167201]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The number of people in the Department for Transport earning over £100,000 is set out in the following table for each year since 2003. Earnings comprise basic salary plus bonus, where applicable. Figures prior to 2003 are not readily available and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

[Official Report, 8 January 2008, Vol. 470, c. 3MC.]
Number of staff

2003

8

2004

19

2005

25

2006

44

2007

48


The figures for 2006 include the impact of transfer to the Department of the responsibilities of the Strategic Rail Authority, including about 30 senior civil servants, some earning above £100,000.


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Departmental Sustainable Development

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system (a) for its whole estate and (b) in some of its buildings. [171980]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The information requested is as follows:

Galileo Satellite Programme

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to oppose the further development of the Galileo Satellite programme without the commissioning of an independent cost benefit analysis; and if she will make a statement. [173382]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 11 December 2007]: The results of a first exploratory evaluation by the Galileo Supervisory Authority of the benefits of Galileo for the EU over the 20 year period to 2027 were published by the Commission in September. This showed substantial additional value for the EU of €50 billion to €60 billion over the period, over and above the benefits of the market created by GPS. The UK minutes statement at the Transport Council on 30 November called on the Commission regularly to review costs, risks and likely revenues as the project progressed.

Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to receive from the European Commission a full cost-benefit analysis of the Galileo satellite system. [169792]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 5 December 2007]: The results of a first exploratory evaluation by the Galileo Supervisory Authority of the benefits of Galileo for the EU over the 20 year period to 2027 were published by the Commission in September. This showed substantial additional value for the EU of €50 billion to €60 billion over the period, over and above the benefits of the market created by GPS. The UK minutes statement at the Transport Council on 30 November 2007 called on the Commission regularly to review costs, risks and likely revenues as the project progressed.

Government Car and Despatch Agency: Standards

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will place in the Library a copy of the Government Car and Despatch Agency’s latest customer satisfaction survey results. [173178]


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Jim Fitzpatrick: The GCDA customer satisfaction survey is carried out independently by GfK NOP. The results of the survey are published each year in the Agency’s Annual Report and Accounts, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.

Heathrow Airport: Public Participation

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will release details of submissions to the public consultation on expanding Heathrow on a regular basis as the consultation progresses. [172713]

Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 10 December 2007]: It is anticipated a very large number of responses to the consultation will be received. We will not be in a position to release any information until after the consultation is closed and replies have been collated and analysed. We will make available a summary of responses as soon as we are able to do so and in line with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Consultation.

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take into account the number of responses to the public consultation on the expansion of Heathrow airport in reaching her decision on the project; and if she will make a statement. [172812]

Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 10 December 2007]: We expect to make final policy decisions later in 2008, taking account of all the available evidence, including the responses to the consultation.

Navigation

Sir George Young: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of whether introduction of precision radio navigation in the UK would make unnecessary the Terminal Control South West Airspace Development change proposal affecting current flights in the vicinity of Compton VHF omnidirectional radio; and whether she plans to introduce precision radio navigation in the UK. [171848]

Jim Fitzpatrick: It is not for the Secretary of State for Transport to either assess the impact of the introduction of Precision Area Navigation (P-RNAV) on Airspace Change Proposals or to make any decision on the introduction of Precision Area Navigation in the UK, as these are matters for the Civil Aviation Authority.

Regional Airports

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has for the development of regional airports; and if she will make a statement. [173567]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government’s Future of Air Transport White Paper recognised provision of additional regional airport capacity as a key driver to generating growth and investment in the regions, subject to local and wider environmental impacts of air travel being taken into account. Within this context airport operators across the UK were invited to publish master plans outlining their future development proposals.


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Many regional airport operators have produced comprehensive master plans and will submit development proposals for planning approval as and when they are ready to do so.

Roads: Noise

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was (a) allocated to and (b) spent on mitigating the effects of noise generated by major roads and motorways in each year since 2000; how much has been allocated for this purpose in each year until 2011; if she will place in the Library copies of research commissioned by her Department on identifying, mapping and modelling communities affected by such noise; and if she will make a statement. [173628]

Mr. Tom Harris: Since 2000 the Highways Agency has been allocated £5 million per annum for noise mitigation measures to deal with the most serious and pressing cases, where practical and cost-effective measures can be provided. These measures are applied to the entire strategic road network including both motorways and trunks roads. This annual allocation for noise mitigation is scheduled to continue until the end of the period covered by CSR07.

The Agency’s expenditure in this area is not limited to this figure as noise mitigation measures are included in all the Agency’s schemes, where warranted, as it is more cost effective to do this work concurrently with other scheme works. The cost of these works are subsumed within the overall cost of the individual schemes making it impossible to extract the exact figure spent on noise mitigation without incurring disproportionate costs.

In 1999, the Agency commissioned research to develop a system which would help to identify and classify residential areas adjacent to the road network on the basis of their noise exposure. A copy of the report from this research will be placed in the House library. More recent research has been undertaken by DEFRA, as a result of the introduction of the Environmental Noise Directive into UK legislation. This has required major sources of noise to be mapped, including the entire strategic road network. These maps are expected to be published by DEFRA in early 2008.

Work and Pensions

Conditions of Employment: Mental Health

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 27 November 2007, Official Report, columns 27-30WS, on mental health and employment, (1) what the role is of the national director of health and work; [169848]

(2) what the terms of reference are of the review into improving the health and employment prospects of people of working age being undertaken by Dame Carol Black. [169947]


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Mrs. McGuire: Professor Dame Carol Black is the Government’s first ever national director for health and work. Dame Carol is a champion for the health, work and well-being strategy which is a partnership between Department for Work and Pensions, Health and Safety Executive and the three Health Departments of Great Britain. In this role she advises Ministers, engages stakeholders, raises awareness of the importance of work to health and helps to change perceptions and behaviour.

In March 2007, jointly with the Department of Health, we commissioned Dame Carol to carry out a review. The terms of reference are

This review will be crucial to helping us understand the impact of ill-health in working age people and how best we can tackle this and support people to stay in work. It will help steer the Government’s strategy for the coming years.

As a specific task within the role of national director we have asked Dame Carol to chair a high-level group drawn from business, the medical profession, academia, the third sector, and stakeholder groups to oversee the work on mental health and employment that we announced on 27 November. We are currently developing the detailed terms of reference for this steering group.

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 27 November 2007, Official Report, columns 27-30WS, on mental health and employment, what form a fitnote will take; and how a fitnote will differ from a sicknote. [169946]

Caroline Flint: DWP is currently revising the format and content of the medical certificate (FMed3). The Department is working with employers, employees, healthcare professionals and their representative bodies to produce a certificate that will assist and encourage doctors to provide clearer and more helpful fitness for work advice to their patients, especially those with mental health conditions. The revised certificate will also provide employers with the information needed to help facilitate an employee’s earlier return to work where possible.


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