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Departmental Security

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in (a) her Department and (b) each of its executive agencies in the last 24 months. [215603]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport includes seven agencies, a shared service centre and the central Department, with a total staff of over 19,000.

For the central Department the number of staff passes recorded as replaced in the last 24 months is 879. The records kept do not distinguish between cards replaced due to loss or theft and those replaced for other reasons. Lost or stolen passes are estimated to account for approximately 45 per cent. of all replacement passes issued.

For the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency the number of staff passes recorded as lost or stolen in the last 24 months is 195. This figure includes staff passes for the DfT Shared Service Centre.


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For the Highways Agency the number of staff passes recorded as lost or stolen in the last 24 months is 139.

For the Government Car and Despatch Agency the number of staff passes reported as lost or stolen in the last 24 months is 11.

The Vehicle Certification Agency have recorded that no staff passes were lost or stolen in the last 24 months.

The Vehicle Operator Services Agency, the Driving Standards Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency do not centrally record the number of staff passes reported as lost or stolen as cases are dealt with individually and not recorded in an aggregated form. To collect this information would incur disproportionate costs.

Departmental Written Questions

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how long on average her Department took to answer (a) ordinary written and (b) named day questions in each of the last three years. [215457]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The information requested by the hon. Member is contained in the following table.

2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007

Number of named day PQs

233

1,085

700

Average number of working days

2.8

3.2

2.5

Number of ordinary written PQs

907

4,548

2,471

Average number of working days

4.1

4.9

4.0


Driving Tests: Facilities

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much she has allocated to building the new multi-purpose driving test centres in (a) Kettering and (b) England. [216527]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The multi-purpose test centre (MPTC) in Kettering is being built by a private developer. Driving Standards Agency has a capital commitment of £157,000 net for construction and fees.

The capital funding for the MPTC project in England, Scotland and Wales is £71,000,000. Approximately £55,900,000 has been allocated to England. These figures are indicative based on forecasts and estimates and may change before the end of the project.

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the net cost of the re-organisation of driving test centres in (a) Wellingborough, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) England. [216528]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Driving Standards Agency estimates the net costs of reorganisation as follows:

£

(a)

Wellingborough

5,000

(b)

Northamptonshire

10,000

(c)

England

350,000


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Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new multi-purpose driving test centres are being built; and what the location of each such centre is. [216529]

Jim Fitzpatrick: 16 multi-purpose test centres (MPTCs) are under construction and completion is expected by 29 September 2008. Four MPTCs are under construction and completion is expected after 29 September 2008. We are seeking to acquire sites for a further 23 MPTCs. 23MPTCs are already completed.

Details of the locations are as follows:

MPTCs under construction and completion expected by 29 September 2008

MPTCs under construction and completion expected after 29 September 2008

Areas where suitable MPTC sites are in course of acquisition

Areas with no options for permanent MPTCs


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Completed MPTCs

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving test centres are to close as a result of the introduction of multi-purpose test centres; and what the location of each centre planned for closure is. [216530]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Driving Standards Agency plans to relocate 47 driving test centres to multi-purpose test centres (MPTCs) in the next 12 months. The driving test centre and the MPTC to which it is relocating is shown in the following list.


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Driving Test Centre Relocating to

Aberdeen

Aberdeen MPTC

Ayr

Ayr MPTC

Basingstoke

Farnborough MPTC

Bexleyheath

Erith MPTC

Blackburn

Blackburn MPTC

Brighton

Burgess Hill MPTC

Burton On Trent

Burton on Trent MPTC

Camborne L

Redruth MPTC

Carlisle

Carlisle MPTC

Chester

Chester MPTC

Cupar

Kirkcaldy MPTC

Dundee

Dundee MPTC

Ellesmere Port

Chester MPTC

Farnborough

Farnborough MPTC

Gedling (Nottingham)

Colwick (Nottingham) MPTC

Gillingham

Gillingham MPTC

Gosport

Lee on Solent (Fareham) MPTC

Gravesend

Gillingham MPTC

Haverfordwest

Haverfordwest MPTC

Hayes

Uxbridge MPTC

Heme Bay

Thanet Way MPTC

Hove

Burgess Hill MPTC

Inverness

Inverness MPTC

Kettering

Kettering MPTC

Kings Lynn

Kings Lynn MPTC

Kirkcaldy

Kirkcaldy MPTC

Leicester Welford Road

Wigston MPTC

Lincoln

Lincoln MPTC

Minehead

Taunton MPTC

Norwich

Norwich MPTC

Pembroke Dock

Haverfordwest MPTC

Penzance

Redruth MPTC

Peterborough

Peterborough MPTC

Plymouth

Plymouth MPTC

Reading LGV

Greenham Common MPTC

Shirley

Garretts Green MPTC

Southend

Basildon MPTC

Spalding

Peterborough MPTC

Swansea

Swansea MPTC

Swindon

Swindon MPTC

Taunton

Taunton MPTC

Warrington

St Helens MPTC

Washwood Heath

Garretts Green MPTC

Wellingborough

Kettering MPTC

West Bridgford (Nottingham)

Colwick (Nottingham) MPTC

Wisbech

Kings Lynn MPTC

Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton MPTC


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