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The Highways Agency also offers a translation service on request for all its published documents. Details of the service are provided in each publication. During 2007-08 there were no foreign language requests.
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many multi-purpose driving test centres (a) have been established, (b) are in the process of construction and (c) are awaiting the identification of a suitable site in each Government office region. 
Two multi-purpose driving test centres have been established (Erith and Enfield), one site has been acquired subject to planning consent (Basildon), one site is in negotiation (Uxbridge) and a site for one centre has not yet been identified (Croydon).
Four centres are under construction (Herne Bay, Burgess Hill, Farnborough and Fareham), two are in negotiation (Maidstone and Newbury), one site is in planning appeal (Poole) and suitable sites have not yet been identified for two centres (Aylesbury and Eastbourne).
Two centres have been established (Exeter and Gloucester), two are under construction (Swindon and Bristol), two sites are still in negotiation (Redruth and Taunton) and one site has been acquired subject to planning consent (Plymouth).
Three sites have been established (Bedford, Ipswich and Kings Lynn) and four are under construction (Cambridge, Kettering, Norwich and Peterborough).
Two centres have been established (Shrewsbury and Birmingham), one site is in negotiation (Wolverhampton).
Two centres have been established (Leicester and Rotherham), three are under construction (Nottingham, Burton and Lincoln).
Two centres have been established (Hull and Scunthorpe); negotiations are in progress for a further three sites (Leeds, York and Keighley).
One centre has been established (St. Helens), two are under construction (Chester and Carlisle) and four sites are in negotiation (Atherton, Blackburn, Stoke and Stockport).
Two centres have been established (Gateshead and Darlington).
Ms Rosie Winterton: I held discussions on Galileo with European counterparts at last Novembers Transport Council. The subsequent Council conclusions confirmed member states' unanimous support for the programme.
On 28 February my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport held a meeting with the French Transport Minister that included a discussion on the programme. Both countries reaffirmed their support for Galileo at this meeting.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions took place with the rolling stock company responsible for the Thames Valley commuter trains run by First Great Western prior to her written ministerial statement of 26 February 2008, Official Report, columns 73-4WS, on First Great Western franchise on the intention to refurbish these trains. 
Mr. Tom Harris [holding answer 29 February 2008]: The Secretary of State has held no discussions with the rolling stock company responsible for the Thames Valley commuter trains run by First Great Western.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many members of the Senior Civil Service in her Department resigned and received a payment on leaving the Civil Service in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005, (d) 2006 and (e) 2007. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the (a) grading levels and (b) pay of staff of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; and if she will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency regularly reviews grading and reward structures and systems in accordance with public sector pay policy and best HR practice for the management of people and reward structures.
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department intends to publish a summary of the results of the initial consultation on in-vehicle information systems this spring. It will be available on the departmental website and copies will be sent to the Libraries of both Houses.
Jessica Morden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of enforcement procedures under Part 5 of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 relating to the rights of blind or partially sighted people to travel with their guide dogs. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Part 5 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 enables regulations to be made requiring all new land-based public transport vehicles to be accessible to disabled people. Regulations have been made for trains, buses and coaches (used on local and scheduled services), though there are no specific regulations which make provision for guide dogs. However, Part 5 of the Act also places a duty on licensed taxi drivers, operators and drivers of licensed private hire vehicles in England and Wales to carry guide, hearing and other prescribed assistance dogs in their taxis and to do so without charge. We have made no specific assessment of the effectiveness of enforcement procedures.
Mr. Tom Harris: I welcome the Railway Pensions Commission's final report and appreciate the work they have done. This report raises some important and complex issues. It is initially for the rail employers and unions to take these forward, and they will be entering into detailed discussions shortly. The Department for Transport is also considering the Commission's findings, but it is too early for me to comment on them.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Government have taken a number of steps to reduce the disruption caused by works in the highway. These include a duty on local highway authorities to manage the expeditious movement of traffic on their network and to consider the impact on neighbouring networks. Three sets of Regulations come into force this spring to strengthen the powers of authorities to control works in the highway by statutory undertakers, mainly utility companies.
The Highways Agency (HA) puts considerable effort into reducing the disruption caused by planned works. The HA uses the latest techniques to reduce the time works takes and provides information to the public of possible delays, which allows them to choose a different route.
Mr. Tom Harris: The Department for Transport has commissioned a study, to be published in March, which identifies potential carbon savings through the use of hybrid diesel high speed trains. Further work is being commissioned to identify the benefits of hybrid technology for trains operating urban and rural services.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what tonnage of carbon dioxide was offset by the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund in respect of (a) his Departments and (b) the Prime Ministers Offices air travel in 2006-07. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 19 February 2008, Official Report, columns 34-37WS, on the departmental expenditure limit (2007-08) for what reasons there was a drawdown on the reserve for V matched funding. 
Phil Hope: As set out in the written ministerial statement made by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 19 February 2008, Official Report, columns 35-37WS, there was a draw down on the reserve of £4,729,000 for v matched funding.
The youth volunteering organisation v is able to draw down on Government match funding on a pound for pound basis, when they secure funding from the private sector, as set out in Budget 2005. This match fund is held in the HM Treasury Reserve to be drawn down by the Office of the Third Sector on behalf of v.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what (a) (i) procedures and (ii) guidance his Department has provided and (b) recommendations his Department has made across Government on the secure disposal of electronic and hard copy media by Government departments and agencies; and if he will make a statement. 
On 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179, the Prime Minister announced that he had asked the Cabinet Secretary, with the advice of security experts, to work with Departments to ensure that all Departments and all agencies check their procedures for the storage and use of data. The publication of an interim report was announced on 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 98WS. A final report is expected in spring 2008 which will outline steps taken during the course of the work.
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