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Sir Malcolm Rifkind: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many dual-voltage trains will be available to run on Thameslink following the decision to order 11 new trains; and how many trains will remain on the West London Line. 
Mr. Tom Harris: 109 dual-voltage trains will be available to run on Thameslink, so that there will now be no need to transfer class 377 (Electrostar) trains from the West London Line to Thameslink. However, Southern has now lost the opportunity to use class 465 (Networker) trains, which were to have been transferred from Southeastern, because of gauge clearance problems on Southern routes. In the light of this information, Southern is now having to re-assess the rolling stock allocations for all its suburban routes.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the proposal to transfer trains from the West London Line to Thameslink since the order of 11 new trains for Thameslink. 
Mr. Tom Harris: There will now be no need to transfer class 377 (Electrostar) trains from the West London Line to Thameslink. However, Southern has now lost the opportunity to use class 465 (Networker) trains, which were to have been transferred from Southeastern, because of gauge clearance problems on Southern routes. In the light of this information, Southern is now having to re-assess its rolling stock allocations.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requests have been received from train operating companies for extra rolling stock which have been (a) agreed to and (b) rejected since 1 January 2005. 
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Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to which (a) private companies, (b) other organisations and (c) lobbying organisations in the transport sector former senior officials from her Department have gone to work on leaving the Department in the last five years. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Before departure, all Senior Civil Service staff are reminded of their obligation under the business appointment rules to seek permission before accepting an outside appointment within two years of leaving Crown Service.
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Accord Consultancy Services
WSP Management and Consultancy
Consultancy for Association of Train Operating Companies
Jacobs UK Ltd
British Airways (Airline Flight Safety Review Board)
Alpha to Omega Motoring Ltd
Det Norske Veritas
Mouchel Parkman Services
Steer Davies Gleave
Brookings Institute (USA)
Consultant for EDS
Downer EDI Works ltd (in New Zealand)
Civil Aviation Authority
Transport for London
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Disability Rights Commission
Government of Ontario.
St Johns Ambulance
Northampton County Council
Essex County Council
Transport Research Laboratory
No applicants have classified their prospective employer as a Transport lobbying organisation, but some of those under(a) will carry out lobbying activity in this area.
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The Government have also supported investment in the Metro through local transport capital block funding provided to the Tyne and Wear local authorities and the Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus) though the local transport plan (LTP) system and previous arrangements. The proportion of this funding spent on the Metro is a matter for the local LTP partners and information is not held centrally. Nexus has also received grants from the European Commission for Metro capital funding.
In addition the Government have provided an annual subsidy for the Metro in every year since 1997. Up to and including 2004-05 this was provided solely as revenue support although Nexus were able to use
this for capital spending on the Metro. In 2005-06 and 2006-07 the annual subsidy has included a specific element of capital grant of £4.180 million and £4.305 million respectively.
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Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason laptops and hand-held devices issued within the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency have been recalled; what effect this recall is expected to have on enforcement and other activities; and when it is expected that all laptops and hand-held devices will be reissued to staff. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: In accordance with Government-wide direction, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) implemented the policy that no unencrypted departmental laptops or drives containing personal data should be taken outside secured office premises.
The agency minimised the impact on its enforcement activities through increased use of encrypted mobile compliance devices (MCDs), laptops with printing function disabled, and temporary paper-based enforcement processes.
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has for (a) future numbers of Vehicle and Operator Services Agency inspection staff and (b) their terms of employment. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has (a) no plans to alter the number of inspection staff in test stations in the future, however, there are plans to increase the number of staff involved in enforcement activity. There are 30 new frontline posts as a result of re-investing under the Gershon review and 97 posts as a result of additional DFT funding.
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are plans to alter the (a) number and (b) terms of employment of Vehicle and Operator Services Agency staff who will issue fixed penalty notices. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has no plans to alter the (a) number and (b) terms of employment of Vehicle and Operator Services Agency staff that will issue fixed penalty notices. However, VOSA is rolling out revised working patterns for Enforcement staff on a staged basis, with a view to having as many as possible 24/7 shift working contracts over the coming year or two.
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