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Departmental Pay

Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the total cost was of (a) salaries for permanent civil service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-civil service posts and (c) payments to temporary or agency workers in his Department in each month since May 2005. [200214]


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Mr. Paul Murphy: Salary costs for the Wales Office are broken down in the format requested in the following table.

The figures for agency staff, in the financial year 2005-06, were not kept in this format and could be obtained only at disproportionate costs, however the annual figure for agency staff in this period was £91,923.

Salary costs from April 2005 until March 2008
£
Permanent civil servants Permanent non civil servants Temporary staff Agency staff

2005

May

164,476

5,074

3,306

June

160,162

8,876

3,306

July

173,839

9,010

3,306

August

180,015

11,514

3,306

September

158,266

11,763

3,306

October

192,462

11,763

1,720

November

186,270

11,763

1,720

December

193,780

11,763

1,720

2006

January

200,585

11,763

1,720

February

196,319

11,763

1,720

March

189,270

11,763

April

180,213

11,759

2,016

May

199,066

11,759

5,398

June

196,821

11,864

2,016

July

203,071

12,000

6,302

August

187,313

11,846

5,336

September

177,452

11,846

4,326

October

228,393

11,846

1,760

2,903

November

167,920

11,873

1,760

5,226

December

191,243

11,873

1,760

1,240

2007

January

191,153

11,873

1,760

1,167

February

204,309

11,873

1,760

1,246

March

207,198

11,872

1,760

1,046

April

194,080

12,068

4,299

0

May

191,337

13,138

5,318

0

June

187,952

12,372

5,318

0

July

190,462

12,978

5,318

0

August

183,428

18,746

3,005

0

September

176,563

12,254

5,318

0

October

189,863

12,254

5,727

0

November

210,297

13,045

5,454

0

December

173,845

12,254

6,911

0

2008

January

181,949

22,246

6,507

0

February

180,004

8,199

7,449

0

March

180,156

25,769

6,605

539


Departmental Written Questions

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many days it took on average to answer written parliamentary questions tabled by each hon. Member for answer by him in the last six months. [201767]


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Mr. Paul Murphy: To provide the answer in the format requested would incur disproportionate cost. However over the last six months the Wales Office has responded to written questions on average within four days.

House of Commons Commission

Parking

Mr. Spellar: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether provision is planned in the House of Commons car park for installing facilities for re-charging electric or hybrid vehicles. [200632]

Nick Harvey: There are no plans to make any special provision but the Speaker will ask the Administration Committee to look into this matter.

Transport

A12

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many representations she has received from Essex county council on the adequacy of the A12 since 2005; [202119]

(2) if she will allocate funds to the Highways Agency to hold an inquiry into the adequacy of the A12 from London to Ipswich; [202120]

(3) what plans she has for improvements to the A12 through Essex to Ipswich; and if she will make a statement; [202121]

(4) if she will allocate funds to Essex county council to undertake improvements to the A12 through Essex; and if she will make a statement. [202122]

Mr. Tom Harris [holding answer 28 April 2008]: The A12 through Essex is considered to be primarily of regional importance. Decisions on such schemes are made on the basis of advice from regional bodies, including the Regional Assembly and the Regional Development Agency, on the priorities for funding within an indicative budget. The advice provided by the East of England regional bodies in 2006, which Ministers have accepted, did not prioritise any A12 schemes in the period to 2016.

The Government intend, by the summer, to invite each region to carry out a further review of its funding priorities. This will provide an opportunity for those who support improvements to the A12 to press their case within the region.

Officials in the department have regular meetings with Essex county council and have received correspondence over the period in question from both individual councillors and the council itself.

A46: Nottinghamshire

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will amend the proposals for the dualling of the A46 between Newark and Widmerpool to keep the project within budget. [201266]


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Mr. Tom Harris: The current proposals for dualling the A46 between Newark and Widmerpool forms one of the highway schemes which is planned to be funded from the East Midlands' Regional Funding Allocation for major transport schemes. The region is considering how to accommodate the A46 scheme within its recommended programme of schemes in the light of emerging cost pressures. We will carefully consider the region's advice both for the programme as a whole and in relation to the A46 scheme.

Consultants

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payments Network Rail made to (a) Mandate Communications and (b) AS Biss in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. [202274]

Mr. Tom Harris: This is an operational matter for Network Rail as the owner and operator of the national rail network. The hon. Member should contact Network Rail’s chief executive at the following address for a response to his questions:


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