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The full scope of each Gateway review is set out in the OGC Gateway‚"Ę Process documents which can be found on the OGC website:

Office of Government Commerce: Zanzibar

Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, columns 713-15W, on departmental standards, what the scope was of the Gateway Reviews undertaken in 2004 and 2006 on the OGC project Zanzibar (P). [215516]


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Angela Eagle: There were three OGC Gateway reviews undertaken on the Zanzibar project in the period 2004 to 2006:

Gateway Review 2 Delivery strategy

Gateway Review 3—Investment Decision

Gateway Review 4—Readiness for service

The full scope of each Gateway review is set out in the OGC Gateway‚"Ę Process documents which can be found on the OGC website:

Smuggling: Fuels

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of the (a) time and (b) resources of HM Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland was allocated to tackling illegal fuel smuggling in each of the last three years; [214998]

(2) how many and what percentage of HM Revenue and Customs staff in Northern Ireland are working on oil-related anti-smuggling work. [214999]

Angela Eagle: All HMRC Detection staff in Northern Ireland work on a multi-functional basis, deployed to meet the full range of detection duties, including tackling oils related anti-smuggling work.

HMRC do not record the time or resources specifically allocated to tackling illegal fuel smuggling.

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many vehicles in Northern Ireland were detected illegally running on red diesel in each of the last three years; [215034]

(2) how many vehicles in England and Wales were detected illegally running on red diesel in each of the last three years (a) in total and (b) broken down by region. [215035]

Angela Eagle: We do not centrally record the number of vehicles running on red diesel.

Taxation: Tax Yield

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the likely change in the projected revenue receipts announced in Budget 2008 from (a) value added tax, (b) stamp duty and (c) corporation tax for (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. [216150]

Jane Kennedy: Latest estimates of the growth in (a) value added tax, (b) stamp duty and (c) corporation tax receipts in 2007-08 can be derived from table T1.2 on the HMRC website:


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The latest estimates of growth in receipts in 2008-09 were published in table C8 of the 2008 Financial Statement and Budget Report

Updated estimates will be published in the forthcoming pre-Budget report.

House of Commons Commission

Public Statues: Oliver Cromwell

Mr. Spellar: To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the statue of Oliver Cromwell outside Parliament will be restored before the 350th anniversary of Cromwell's death. [214144]

Nick Harvey: Tenders for the conservation work to the statue of Cromwell and its stone plinth are currently being sought. Subject to a satisfactory outcome of the tendering process, the work will be carried out during the summer recess and completed in time for the 350th anniversary of Cromwell's death in September 2008.

Solicitor-General

Apprentices

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in the Law Officers' Departments in the most recent year for which figures are available. [206793]

The Solicitor-General: The only Law Officers Department that has offered apprenticeships in the last year is the Crown Prosecution Service. There were 24 apprenticeships and no advanced apprenticeships within the Crown Prosecution Service in 2007-08.

Cannabis: Prosecutions

Mr. Steen: To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1069W, on cannabis factories, when she plans to send to the hon. Member for Totnes the information she received from the Chief Crown Prosecutor on the 15-year-old Vietnamese boy in Doncaster jailed for tending cannabis plants. [216412]

The Solicitor-General: I have sent a letter today to the hon. Member with details of the case he refers to.

Crown Prosecution Service: Manpower

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Solicitor-General how many Crown Prosecution Service personnel are employed in (a) Milton Keynes and (b) Thames Valley. [214930]

The Solicitor-General: There is a total of 225 staff in CPS Thames Valley. Of these, 58 staff are based in the Buckinghamshire office, which covers both Aylesbury
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and Milton Keynes. The Buckinghamshire office is split geographically into two teams. There are 22.6 staff members on the Milton Keynes team and there are nine staff members in overarching roles that contribute to both Aylesbury and Milton Keynes work. There is an expectation that crown prosecutors from the South Bucks team could be asked to attend courts and charging centres in Milton Keynes and vice versa. The same applies in relation to administrative duties.

Transport

Airports: Security

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reports she has received from the UK Border Agency on consultations the Agency has conducted with (a) controllers and (b) owners of (i) small ports and (ii) airports on security threats and vulnerabilities. [214805]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport has received no such consultations.

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had with the National Counter Terrorism Security Office on preventing the use of small aircraft as airborne vehicle bombs. [214807]

Jim Fitzpatrick: We have worked with the police and security agencies to prepare advice to all airfields that host small aircraft operations and flying schools. Leaflets and an anti-terrorist hotline number have been issued to ensure that aerodrome managers are able to report any concerns at their airfields.

Aviation: Royal Family

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost was of feasibility studies and work carried out on the project to lease two aircraft for sole use by the Royal Family and Government Ministers which was cancelled on 27 March 2008. [212862]

Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 26 June 2008]: The total cost of the technical, commercial and financial analysis carried out under the Royal and Ministerial Air Travel Project was £1.25 million. The work was carried out between February 2007 and March 2008, in accordance with Government procurement policy guidelines.

Departmental Conferences

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) scheduled date and (b) title was of each conference proposed to be hosted by her Department and its agencies which was cancelled before taking place in each of the last 10 years; and what costs were incurred in respect of each. [215168]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Departmental Secondment

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures her Department uses to ensure equal opportunities in relation to staff secondments to her Department. [214701]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Staff secondments are an integral part of the Department's workforce and help ensure we have the necessary skills to meet our business needs. While we must always ensure that such secondees have the skills and experience required, the Department aims to attract a fully diverse range of secondees. The filling of all vacancies, including secondments, is subject to our existing diversity policy to ensure equal opportunities and treatment. Secondees are included in the Departments diversity statistics and targets, which are currently under review.

Departmental Vetting

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of successful applicants for jobs in her Department are subjected to a criminal records check; how many (a) successful applicants and (b) criminal records checks there were in each of the last 10 years; how many successful applicants were found to have a criminal record after a criminal records check took place in each of the last 10 years; whether
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the selection of successful candidates to be subjected to a criminal records check is random or targeted; and if she will make a statement. [213154]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Staff in the Department and its agencies are subject to criminal record checks when they move to sensitive posts.

Vetting across the Department is carried out by the DfT Vetting Team. However, they carry out checks for a number of agencies and organisations and do not keep separate records or statistics on total numbers by units.

The Department for Transport application for registration is currently with Disclosure Scotland to ensure that unspent criminal records are checked for all staff to meet the Baseline Security Standards requirements.

Driving Licences

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints were received by (a) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and (b) her Department on the process by which licence applications are processed by DVLA in each year since 1997, broken down by category of complaint. [214737]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The information is as follows:

(a) Prior to the 2001-02 financial year driver complaints were not sub-categorised and the total driver complaints in each year were:

1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01

Total drivers

250

384

908

597


Since then, driver complaints have been sub-divided into the following categories with associated numbers.

2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Non receipt of driving licence

57

86

87

126

108

204

150

Errors on driving licence

199

195

202

174

186

203

226

Driving licence complaint

168

262

310

312

224

264

281

Driver medical complaint

129

141

429

200

149

288

443

Total drivers

553

684

1,028

812

667

959

1,100


(b) Complaints received by the Department relating to the way in which driving licence applications are processed are passed to DVLA and are included in the figures provided above.


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