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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the level of cabotage activity of (a) British hauliers in other EU member states, with particular reference to Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy and (b) EU hauliers in the UK, with particular reference to those from Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy; and if she will make a statement. 
|Table (a): Cabotage by UK registered vehicles in EU member states|
|Countries in which cabotage took place||Tonne kms (billion)|
|Table (b): Cabotage within the UK by country of vehicle registration|
|Country of vehicle registration||Tonne kms (billion)|
|(1) 2005 data for Italy has been used since 2006 is not yet available|
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) others entitled to use cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency used cars supplied by (i) Kelly Executive and (ii) Little's Chauffeur Drive at her Department's expense in 2007; 
(2) what protocols determine the (a) eligibility and (b) use by (i) Ministers, (ii) former Ministers and (iii) officials in her Department of cars supplied by (A) Kelly Executive and (B) Little's Chauffeur Drive; and how much was spent by her Department on services from each such company in 2007; 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 5 March 2008]: The Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) makes use of outside car and driver contractors to cover for peak periods, out of normal working hours work or where all its own resources are already utilised. GCDA provides these resources to any minister or official when it is operationally required to do so as set out in its framework document, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.
These contracts are with a number of car and driver companies and were set up in 2003 following a public sector procurement exercise conducted under European Union procurement procedures. The contracts were let using the Cabinet Office's standard contract. GCDA became part of the Department for Transport in November 2005 and these contracts were migrated to the DfT at that time.
Since April 2007 GCDA has purchased services worth £170,600 from Kelly Executive and £19,600 from Little's Chauffeur Drive. Both figures exclude VAT. All these fees were recharged to the appropriate Department.
Jim Fitzpatrick: Generally, the Department for Transport (DfT) operates a no alcohol policy. In exceptional cases, where the Department is holding a special event or staff are attending a venue away from their normal office and working long hours necessitating an evening meal, some limited provision of alcoholic drinks at public expense may be permitted at the discretion of a senior civil servant. Spend incurred in such situations is not centrally recorded and this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The Departments various accounting systems do not in all cases show expenditure on entertaining. Where this is recorded, combined spend at DfT(central) and the Vehicle Certification Agency was 18,638 in the last 12 months. This includes costs incurred during reciprocal events, the Royal opening of a new wing at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (Farnborough) and the hosting of an international conference on rail. The
Government Car and Despatch Agency and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency both recorded zero expenditure.
Entertainment costs are not recorded as a specific cost category within the accounting systems in use at the Driving Standards Agency, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Highways Agency and at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Such costs are charged to generic codes and could be extracted only at disproportionate cost.
Jim Fitzpatrick: No specific consideration has been given to applying gender responsive budgeting to the budget of the Department for Transport, but HM Treasury will be conducting further work during 2008 that will determine whether it is prudent and feasible to disaggregate public expenditure statistics by gender.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on translation services by her Department, associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) to date in 2007-08. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The figures requested are in the following table. Those for DfT(c) include interpretation as well as translation. Separate translation information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
|2003- 0 4||2004- 0 5||2005- 0 6||2006- 0 7||2007- 0 8|
|(1 )Data not available|
(2 )Data not available except at disproportionate cost
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what checks are carried out on organisations which have made written requests to obtain information from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency database. 
A review on the release of information from DVLAs vehicle register was carried out in 2006 by the then Minister for Transport.
Following that review, DVLA remained of the view that the release of vehicle keeper data following alleged breaches of criminal, civil and contract law remains, in most circumstances, a reasonable cause.
However, 14 new measures were introduced for both manual and electronic applications. Although companies who apply manually are not required to be Accredited Trade Association members (as are those who make requests via secure electronic links), they are required to provide a significant amount of additional evidence to support each and every application for data, as well as fully explaining the reason for their request for information, and how the information will be used. In the case of car parking enforcement companies, this includes providing a résumé of their business, evidence that the company is acting on the landowner's behalf, that a parking charging scheme is in operation, and where applicable, that the company is registered at Companies House and with the Information Commissioners Office. All forms contain a note that reminds applicants that it is a criminal offence under Section 55 of the DPA to falsely obtain personal information.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what further steps the Department will take in the event of a failure by First Great Western to fulfil its obligations under the remedial plan notice issued on 26 February 2008; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what performance levels were achieved by First Great Western for the Portsmouth to Cardiff rail service in each year from 1997; what plans she has to review the operation of this franchise; and if she will make a statement. 
In the year to 10 November 2007, the figures published by Network Rail show that FGW achieved an average punctuality of 82.3 per cent. across the franchise as a whole and 79.6 per cent. during the preceding four week period. The Department for Transport does not have historic records on the performance of trains on the Portsmouth to Cardiff route separately.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of additional (a) tube, (b) rail and (c) car movements to Heathrow Airport that will be generated by the opening of a third runway; what assessment she has made of the impact of these additional journeys on air pollution; and what financial contribution BAA will be expected to make to offset the effects of the third runway on (i) pollution, (ii) noise and (iii) congestion. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 7 March 2008]: Our forecasts suggest that, compared with a do nothing option in 2020, a third runway in 2020 would attract the following additional air passenger trips: 1.2 million a year on the underground, 2.3 million a year on heavy rail and 10.2 million a year on the road (including taxis). There is more detail in the supporting technical report on Surface Access published alongside our consultation document and available on the Departments website at:
Emissions from surface access transport have been fully taken into account in the modelling of local air quality impacts. Our assessment is that the critical limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulates (PM10) can be met with a third runway in 2020, subject to appropriate constraints.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints her Department received on the price of the Humber Bridge Toll in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department for Transport receives correspondence on a range of issues related to the Humber Bridge. Most recently 8,334 people signed an e-petition on the No. 10 website calling for the Government to cancel the Humber Bridge debt and reduce tolls. The Governments response has been posted on the No. 10 website at:
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to prevent BAA from cross-subsidising landing charges through income from retail units in their airports. 
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