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Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport is currently reviewing employment targets generally and this includes targets in relation to the employment of people with disabilities. We expect the review to be complete by the summer of 2008 and targets will be published then.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had about the potential uses of the Galileo European satellite navigation system for all Government Departments. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 21 April 2008]: I and my transport ministerial colleagues have regular discussions with departmental officials and with Ministers from other Departments about transport issues across the range of our responsibilities.
The Government recognise that Galileo should be a useful tool for delivering a variety of policy aims and improved services in transport and other sectors. That is why officials continue to work closely with all interested Government Departments to identify potential public sector uses for Galileo and to promote this as part of their engagement with the Location and Timing Knowledge Transfer Network (drawn from UK industry, academia, end users and Government).
Jim Fitzpatrick: All vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross weight first used on or after 1 October 2001 have been required by law to be fitted with seat belts. The following table shows by year the number of goods vehicles in-use that were registered before that date.
A cost and benefit study was conducted as part of the review leading to the mandatory requirement for seat belt installation. This concluded that, assuming 100 per cent. seat belt fitment, three lives and 35 serious injuries could be saved per year. At todays values this represents a benefit of £9.9 million.
We estimate that in 2006, 266,000 vehicles first registered before October 2001, were still in use. However, a review of the age of the fleet by year shows that, on average, the number of vehicles registered before that date is reducing by approximately 40,000 per year.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatalities and (b) injuries there were involving drivers of heavy goods vehicles which were not fitted with seat belts in each of the last 10 years. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government encourage the use of alternative fuels through reduced rates of vehicle excise duty for cars run on certain alternative fuels and registered after 1 March 2001, and through differentials in fuel duty between petrol and diesel and other fuels. Vehicles powered wholly by electric power are exempt from VED.
The Government fund the running of an Infrastructure grant programme. The grants assist the building of refuelling stations for alternative fuels (natural gas/biogas, hydrogen and bio-ethanol). It is also funding research and development into battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles through a low carbon vehicles innovation platform, which brings together funding from the Department for Transport, Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
The Government have also introduced the renewable transport fuel obligation (RTFO). The RTFO, which came into effect from 15 April 2008 aims to ensure that sustainable biofuels make up an increasing percentage of total UK road transport fuels, and means that biofuels are starting to become available in low blends at the majority of forecourts in the UK.
Jim Fitzpatrick: The UK Search and Rescue (UKSAR) Inland Consultative Committee is currently looking at the use of personal location beacons on land and is in the process of gathering views from interested parties which will be discussed at their next meeting on 11 June with a view to ultimately making recommendations to the UKSAR Strategic Committeean inter-agency national forum, chaired by DfT, with responsibility for advising on the structure, scope and framework of the organisation of UKSAR.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the cost of the press offices of (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies each year was in 1996-97; what the cost was in each quarter since 1 April 2007; and if she will make a statement; 
(2) how many press office staff were employed by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies (i) in each year since 1996-97 and (ii) at the latest date for which information is available. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport was created in May 2002. Records of costs from 1996-97 until 2001-02 are not readily available owing to departmental and agency re-organisations and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Figures for NDPBs and quarter year figures could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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Press office activities in most agencies are not carried out by staff or units solely dedicated to this purpose. Full records of costs are therefore not readily available for press office functions alone. However, agency press office function pay costs have been estimated for the years 2002-03 to 2006-07 and forecast for 2007-08 as follows:
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The Highways Agency recruited regional press officers in 2006 and 2007 to support its new role as a network operator and in particular the introduction of the traffic officer service which took over many police functions in managing motorway incidents.
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