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Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding has been provided by her Department to the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive to support the provision of bus passes for free travel to all elderly and disabled people in Greater Manchester. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Government have provided £10.519 million through special grant to Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive in 2008-09 to fund the improvement to England-wide for the statutory minimum concession. This is in addition to funding for concessionary travel through formula grant. The special grant funding represents a 20 per cent. increase on the amount spent on concessionary travel in Greater Manchester in 2006-07, the most recent year for which spend on concessionary travel is available.
|All support (£ million)|
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the percentage change in bus fares in (a) passenger transport executive areas, (b) other urban areas, (c) London and (d) other areas of England was from one year to the next in each year since 1986. 
Ms Rosie Winterton
[holding answer 12 June 2008]: The following table shows the percentage change in local bus fares in each year from 1985-86 to 2006-07 for
England, London, Passenger Transport Executive (PTE) areas and other areas. Data are not available for the urban/other split requested.
|London||English PTE areas||English non-PTE areas||England|
Sir Gerald Kaufman:
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will discuss with Transport for
London the absence of bus stops along the western side of Parliament street near Whitehall and ask for this situation to be rectified. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The temporary absence of bus stops on the western side of Parliament street has been due to extensive street works associated with the Whitehall Streetscape Improvement project. These are being carried out by Westminster city council on behalf of the Cabinet Office and other Government Departments in the area. The project involves major improvements to the highway including the incorporation of enhanced security measures.
Westminster city council has consulted Transport for London and London Buses at all stages of the project. Work on the western side of Parliament street is now almost complete and buses are once again stopping in the area.
Jim Fitzpatrick: The following table shows the requested information, where recorded. Spend on overseas mail is not separately recorded for the following Department for Transport organisations: Marine Accident Investigation Branch, Driving Standards Agency, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Government Car and Despatch Agency, Highways Agency, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency. This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
|(1) Not recorded.|
(3) Rail Accident Investigation Branch became operational on 17 October 2005.
(4) Includes one off costs of £7,205.79 incurred in shipping of branded stationery and promotional material associated with the opening of Vehicle Certification Agency India office.
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