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Departmental Telephone Services

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 Department’s agencies came from Scottish landline numbers in each year. [187459]

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.

Departmental Vehicles

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 Agency’s 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. [187896]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The requested information, where available, is as follows:


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Financial year Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency total leased vehicles Highways Agency total leased vehicles Highways Agency leased vehicle cost (£)

1998-99

(1)

(1)

(1)

1999-2000

(1)

(1)

(1)

2000-01

(1)

(1)

(1)

2001-02

14

(1)

(1)

2002-03

18

(1)

(1)

2003-04

47

11

140,632

2004-05

38

23

635,251

2005-06

48

166

1,639,178

2006-07

39

171

1,865,175

2007-08

41

267

1,171,038

(1) No data.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is unable to provide detailed information on costs as vehicle lease information is not recorded separately within their records.

Highways Agency data for 2007-08 is a year to date actual as of end of January 2008, not a full year forecast value.

Derwent Valley Railway Line

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure adequate funding for the upgrading and maintenance of the Derwent Valley railway line. [188926]

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.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Telephone Calls

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. [187456]

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.

Electric Vehicles

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; [188875]


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(2) what assessment she has made of the changes to legislation necessary to permit the use of electric personal assistive mobility devices on (a) the public highway and (b) public footpaths; [188876]

(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. [188877]

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.

Fuels: Renewable Energy

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to encourage the formulation of standards of specification and performance for fuels from renewable sources. [188660]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Detailed specifications and performance standards for road fuels are specified in industry standards set in Europe through the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN).

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.

Government Car and Despatch Agency

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. [187569]


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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.

The number and contracted cost of official cars and drivers provided to senior officials in 2006-07, the last year for which figures are available, are as follows:

Department Number of cars Contracted cost (£)

Cabinet Office(1)

5

268,100

Commission for Equality and Human Rights

1

27,400

Crown Prosecution Service

1

61,000

Department for Constitutional Affairs

1

24,600

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

1

63,100

Department for Education and Science

1

59,200

Department for Trade and Industry

1

63,100

Department for Transport

1

61,000

Department for Work and Pensions

1

57,700

Department of Health

3

61,400

Export Credit Guarantees Department

1

57,700

HM Court Service

1

56,300

HM Inspectorate Of Constabulary

2

61,500

HM Revenue and Customs(2)

2

89,600

HM Treasury(2)

2

92,800

Home Office

2

137,000

Northern Ireland Office

1

60,400

Olympic Delivery Authority(3)

1

27,200

Office of Government Commerce

1

52,800

Office of Science and Technology

1

60,700

(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.

Heavy Goods Vehicles

Mr. Baron: 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
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vehicles, what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of heavy goods vehicle kilometres on roads accounted for by foreign heavy goods vehicles. [188897]

Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 25 February 2008]: There have been no further estimates made since 2003.

Lorries: Accidents

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. [188908]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The information requested is not available.

M1: Milton Keynes

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. [188299]

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.

M1: Speed Limits

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. [188668]

Mr. Tom Harris: The continued speed restrictions on the M1 Junctions 31 and 32 were kept in place until the final commissioning of the new electronic lane control signals was fully completed.

The electronic signals and signs were fully commissioned on 19 February and the speed restrictions were removed on the morning of 20 February.


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