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Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1007-8W, on departmental telephone services, how much revenue generated from 0870 telephone numbers of her Departments agencies came from Scottish landline numbers in each year. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, the Driving Standards Agency and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency are unable to identify the geographic origin of calls to them. As a result, they are unable to provide details of revenue generated from Scottish landlines.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 1008W, on departmental vehicles, how many vehicles were leased by (a) the Highways Agencys Traffic Officer Service and (b) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and what the cost to the public purse was in each of those years. 
|Financial year||Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency total leased vehicles||Highways Agency total leased vehicles||Highways Agency leased vehicle cost (£)|
|(1) No data.|
Mr. Tom Harris: This is an operational matter for Network Rail, as the owner and operator of the national rail network. The right hon. Member should contact Network Rail's chief executive at the following address for a response to his question.
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Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many calls were made to (a) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, (b) the Driving Standards Agency and (c) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency from Scottish landline numbers in each of the last five years. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, the Driving Standards Agency and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency are unable to identify the geographic origin of calls to them, including those from Scottish landlines.
Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the Government's road congestion targets of the use of electric personal assistive mobility devices; 
(3) what discussions she has had with her counterparts in EU member states on the potential effect on (a) carbon emissions and (b) road congestion of the use of electric personal assistive mobility devices. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: If, as we understand, such devices are likely to be used mainly as an alternative to walking or cycling then their potential in terms of congestion relief and of carbon emission reduction is likely to be minimal. No detailed assessment of legislative requirements has been made but primary legislation would need to be amended to permit their use on public footpaths or on the pedestrian footway alongside the public highway. There is provision in section 44 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 that would allow the Secretary of State to permit by way of an order their use on the vehicular part of the public highway. The Secretary of State has no plans to make such an order. The Secretary of State has had no discussions with her EU counterparts on this subject.
In addition to the standards for petrol and diesel (EN 228 and EN 590 respectively), standards for ethanol used for blending in petrol (EN 15376) and for Fatty Acid Methyl Ester used as pure biodiesel or for blending in diesel (EN 14214) have already been adopted. Key environmental parameters for petrol and diesel are regulated in the EU fuel quality directive (98/70/EC as amended) and transposed in the UK by the Motor Fuels (Composition and Content) Regulations 1999. The Government and their European partners are currently considering a proposal by the European Commission to increase the level of ethanol in petrol permitted by the fuel quality directive.
The Government are also keen that mandatory sustainability standards should be applied to all biofuels and are pressing for the inclusion of robust sustainability criteria in the relevant European Union legislation. The Government's intention is that only those biofuels meeting certain minimum environmental standards should qualify for credits under the Road Transport Fuels Obligation.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles were leased by the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) to each Government Department in 2007; and what the (a) average and (b) total cost of contracts between the GCDA and each Government Department for that year was. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: I refer the hon. Member to the ministerial statement made by the Secretary of State for Transport on 26 July 2007, Official Report, columns 109-11WS. The statement gave information on the number and the contracted cost of ministerial cars and drivers provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) for 2006-07, the last year for which figures are available.
|Department||Number of cars||Contracted cost (£)|
|(1) Figures for the Cabinet Office include the provision of an official car and driver for the Official Leader of the Opposition. Of the five cars and drivers that were provided during the year, one car and driver was provided for three months only.|
(2) One allocated car and driver transferred from HMRC to HM Treasury in August 2006.
(3) GCDA services were provided to the Olympic Delivery Authority for five months only.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 6 July 2006, Official Report, columns 1268-69W, on heavy goods
vehicles, what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of heavy goods vehicle kilometres on roads accounted for by foreign heavy goods vehicles. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) major injuries were caused in 2006-07 by objects from unsecured freight vehicle loads falling onto people. 
Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the impact of the Milton Keynes/South Midland growth area on the development of Junction 11a of the M1. 
Mr. Tom Harris: The Milton Keynes/South Midlands growth area is included within the transport model used for the assessment of the A5-M1 link scheme and accordingly M1 Junction 11a which forms part of that scheme.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the 50 mph temporary speed limit remained in force on the M1 motorway in the vicinity of junction 32 after all lanes were re-opened to traffic. 
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