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Mr. Tom Harris: The Department of Transport does not have any role in specifying the tendering process for bus-operated rail replacement rail services. Train operators are responsible for securing alternatives for rail services, should it not be possible to operate the specified rail service in full.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, columns 43-4W, on departmental telephone services, which of the telephone numbers used by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency are premium rate; and how much has been raised in respect of calls to these lines in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) offers Premium Rate Driving Licence check and vehicle check telephone service to verify driver and vehicle details and an additional Date of
Liability line which provides information on the expiry of the current tax disc. Calls to these services are charged at 49p per minute.
The vehicle check service is now offered via the web free of charge and call volumes have dropped by 90 per cent. over the last 18 months. DVLA is looking to pilot a web service for the driving licence check later this year.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to her written ministerial statement of 26 February 2008, on First Great Western, (1) on what dates First Great Western are required (a) to present their Remedial Plan to her Department and (b) to publish their Remedial Plan; 
The Department for Transport has been discussing the Remedial Plan itself with First Great Western since 28 February 2008, which is the date on which First Great Western was required to submit the Remedial Plan to the Department for Transport. First Great Western is not required to publish the Remedial Plan.
The Remedial Plan is contractualised as a Remedial Agreement, which will be incorporated into the First Great Western franchise agreement. The amended franchise agreement will be available through the Department for Transport's Public Register.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to her written ministerial statement of 26 February 2008, Official Report, columns 73-4WS, on First Great Western franchise, (1) if she will put a copy of First Great Western's Remedial Plan in the Library, once it is agreed; 
(2) if she will place in the Library a copy of (a) all First Great Western's monthly reports to her Department and (b) her Department's assessment of their progress against their Joint Improvement Plan and 40-point Recovery Plan. 
Mr. Tom Harris: These documents are commercially confidential. However, the Remedial Plan is contractualised as a Remedial Agreement, which will be incorporated into the First Great Western franchise agreement. The amended franchise agreement will be available through the Department for Transport's Public Register.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorcycles of 50cc or under are being used on roads; and what the trend has been in use of these vehicles over the last five years. 
|Year end||Number of licensed motorcycles of 50cc or under ( T housand)|
|Number of accidents|
The Government have set out both the growth they wish to see on the network during the five year review period 2009-10 to 2013-14, and the funds available to pay for meeting that demand. Network Rail and the train operators are developing the detail of how to implement this, subject to independent evaluation by the Office of Rail Regulation.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1438W, on railway track, what consultations her Department held with BRB (Residuary) Ltd before a sale was agreed for each of the areas of land indicated in the answer. 
Mr. Tom Harris:
Prior to disposing of any land in its ownership, BRB (Residuary) Ltd. consults with interested parties, including the Department for Transport in accordance with the guidance that I issued to them in July 2007. Details of that guidance are outlined in my
statement to the House of 26 July 2007 and are available in the Library of the House and on BRB(R)'s website at:
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment her Department has made of the impact on road maintenance costs of allowing heavy goods vehicles weighing up to 60 tonnes; and if she will make a statement; 
(2) what assessment her Department has made of the impact on safety of other road users of allowing heavy goods vehicles weighing up to 60 tonnes on the roads; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Highways Agency spent on safety improvements in each year since 2001, broken down by county; and what the Agencys safety improvement budget is for each of the next three years, broken down by county. 
Mr. Tom Harris: This is a matter for the rolling stock companies who own the trains, though the Department for Transport is not aware of any substantial quantity of usable rolling stock held off-lease.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 2758W, on Intercity Express: consultants, what (a) benefits and (b) value for money gains she expects to arise as a result of her Departments detailed involvement in the specification process. 
Depending on the total number of routes chosen for deployment, and the tenders from the market, the benefits of the Intercity Express Programme are expected to exceed costs by around £3 billion over the life of the train.
Jim Knight: The principle followed is that an academy should be funded at the same level as a maintained school in the same circumstances, so far as circumstances allow. Therefore the largest component of an Academys General Annual Grant (GAG), the school budget share, is calculated using the relevant local authoritys school funding formula, together with the Learning and Skills Councils formula for sixth form provision. Other grants such as School Standards Grant and specialist school funding for which there is a national formula are calculated on the same basis as for maintained schools. Academies have certain additional grants to recognise additional responsibilities. They cannot reclaim value added tax, so a VAT grant is paid; and they also receive a grant based on the local authoritys spend per pupil on central services. Start-up grants are also payable in the period after opening, to support the educational transformation required of an academy.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children in care obtained A* to C GCSE grades in (a) English and (b) mathematics in each of the last 10 years. 
Kevin Brennan: We do not collect information about the numbers of looked after children who achieve A*-C GCSE grades in English or mathematics separately. However, these data are available at a local level enabling local authorities to set targets for the attainment of looked after children at key stage 4 which include English and mathematics, These targets are negotiated with the National Strategies and Government offices and form a statutory part of a local authoritys local area agreement.
As our Care Matters programme demonstrates we are committed to improving the education of looked after children. At national level the DCSF is matching data on looked after children to the National Pupil Database (NPD), which provides a wide range of data on the educational attainment of children and young people. From 2009 an initial analysis of looked after children to attainment data along with a range of other data will be available, including English and mathematics at GCSE.
Data collected since 2000 and published in Outcome indicators for looked after children twelve months to 30 September, show the percentage of children who were looked after for at least 12 months achieving five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A*-C. Data for England are shown in the following table.
|Number and percentage of children who are looked after continuously for at least 12 months in year 11 who achieved five A*- C GCSE grades (or equivalent)( 1) , 12 months ending 30 September 2000-06, England|
|(1) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.|
(2) Expressed as a percentage of all looked after children in Year 11.
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