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Departmental Recruitment

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if she will make a statement. [226797]

Mr. Woolas: The decision to employ recruitment consultants to assist with filling a particular vacancy is made by individual business units, and all associated costs are met from devolved unit budgets. The information requested is therefore not held centrally and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Identity and Passport Service

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many blank passports were (a) lost and (b) stolen from the Identity and Passport Service in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. [225382]

Meg Hillier: No blank United Kingdom passports have been lost or stolen from the Identity and Passport Service in the last five years.

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports were lost by the Identity and Passport Service while being couriered to the passport holder in each of the last five years. [225383]

Meg Hillier: The figures in the table set out the number of passport or supporting document deliveries that have been recorded as lost. It is not possible to differentiate between losses of passports and losses of supporting documents. Supporting documents are returned by 2nd class post when the customer pays for secure delivery.

Number

2003

Passports only

3,593

2004

February 2004 to January 2005

601

2005

February 2005 to January 2006

1,018

2006

February 2006 to January 2007

727

2007

February 2007 to January 2008

716


The figures from 2004 are collated in line with the contractual arrangements with Secure Mail Services, the Secure Delivery provider, which commenced in February 2004. These arrangements replaced the use of First Class Mail. In the last year of the Royal Mail arrangements losses accounted for around 0.06 per cent of passports posted. Since the introduction of Secure Delivery, the rate is around 0.011 per cent. a reduction of over 80 per cent.

Over six million items a year are delivered to IPS customers through the Secure Delivery service. IPS and SMS continue to work closely to improve upon losses while maintaining minimum inconvenience to customers. All passport losses are added to the database of lost or stolen passports.

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines have been issued to the Identity and Passport Service on the secure delivery of documentation to passport holders. [225384]

Meg Hillier: Passports are delivered by Secure Mail Services (SMS) courier. The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has provided SMS with instructions as to whether a signature is required or not, dependent upon known losses for the postcode, and the premises being delivered to. This flexible approach means that the integrity of the delivery process, and the passport, is maintained while minimising the need for customers to be at home to receive their passport. Around 3 per cent. of courier deliveries require a signature on delivery.

Disguised mail is used to deliver passports to customers living in remote areas where there is perceived to be very little risk to mail. Recorded Delivery is used and around 0.4 per cent. of passports are delivered in this way.

Supporting documentation is returned by Second Class post unless customers elect to pay the £3 fee for Secure Delivery of their documents. Documents returned by Secure Delivery are treated identically to passport deliveries.

All items carried by SMS are fully auditable throughout their journey from despatch to delivery, enabling full investigation of claims of non-receipt.


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Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid in compensation to passport holders whose passports were lost by the Identity and Passport Service in each of the last five years. [225385]

Meg Hillier: We do not hold these data in the required format and they could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Identity and Passport Service: Personal Records

Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of the loss of personal documents were recorded by the Identity and Passport Service in each of the last five years. [225094]

Meg Hillier: The following figures provide the number of cases where customers have approached the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) to request replacements for lost documents sent in to support passport applications, such as birth and marriage certificates. The losses occur within IPS premises, as a result of administrative errors, as well as during the postal process.

Number of documents lost by IPS

2003

1,068

2004

1,169

2005

1,547

2006

729

2007

438

Total

4,951


Passports: Interviews

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 years have been interviewed at passport interview centres since the system of interviews for passport applications was introduced. [225930]

Meg Hillier: For the period where interviews were introduced until the 8 October 2008, IPS conducted 35,580 interviews for applicants under the age of 18 years.

Transport

Bus Services: Complaints

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to allow bus passengers
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to make appeals regarding complaints to Passenger Focus in an analogous way to those which may be made by rail passengers. [226714]

Paul Clark: On 8 April 2008 the then Secretary of State for Transport announced that Passenger Focus (the statutory rail passenger watchdog) would widen its remit to become the bus passenger champion. The Local Transport Bill, currently going through Parliament, would provide the necessary primary powers to enable the Secretary of State, through secondary legislation, to place functions relating to bus and domestic coach services onto Passenger Focus.

Arising from the successful passage of the Local Transport Bill, a decision on roles and responsibilities for Passenger Focus will be made in due course.

Bus Services: Concessions

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of people eligible for a free bus pass have applied for one in Leeds since the scheme was introduced. [226391]

Paul Clark: The Department is not responsible for issuing passes and so does not maintain records of how many applications individual authorities have received.

Leeds is part of the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (WY Metro). The last information held by the Department was that as of 7 April this year WY Metro had submitted approximately 239,000 applications for the new smartcard concessionary passes to their pass supplier. This represents around 58 per cent. of the estimated eligible population in WYPTE, which is approximately 410,000.

Carbon Emissions

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many tonnes of (a) carbon dioxide, (b) other greenhouse gases and (c) harmful particulates were emitted from (i) road and (ii) other transport in each of the last eight years. [227097]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) compiles estimates of emissions to the atmosphere from UK sources. The most recent NAEI data published by DEFRA can be found at:

The following table contains the estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from road transport and other transport for each year from 1999 to 2006 which is the latest year for which official figures have been published.

Carbon dioxide
Million tonnes CO 2

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Road transport

116.8

116.0

116.0

118.4

118.2

119.4

119.9

120.3

Other transport(1)

7.2

7.2

6.9

6.5

8.2

8.4

9.2

10.5

(1) Other transport includes domestic aviation, railways, domestic shipping, and other mobile sources and machinery.

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The Kyoto agreement defines a set of six greenhouse gases (GHG's) which are: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride.

The following tables contain estimates of methane and nitrous oxide from road transport and other transport
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for each year from 1999 to 2006 which is the latest year for which official figures have been published. Emissions from transport of hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride are negligible.

Methane
Thousand tonnes

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Road transport

16.3

14.5

12.7

11.3

9.9

8.8

7.9

7.2

Other transport(1)

0.3

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.3

0.4

0.4

0.4

(1) Other transport includes domestic aviation, railways, domestic shipping, and other mobile sources and machinery.

Nitrous oxide
Thousand tonnes

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Road transport

12.1

13.1

14.1

15.0

15.6

16.2

16.4

16.7

Other transport(1)

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.1

1.1

1.2

1.2

(1) Other transport includes domestic aviation, railways, domestic shipping, and other mobile sources and machinery.

In addition to the above, the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) publishes estimates of emissions of harmful particulates to the atmosphere from UK sources. The most recent NAEI data published by DEFRA can be found at:

The following table contains estimates of harmful particulate (PM10) emissions from road transport and other transport for each year from 1999 to 2006 which is the latest year for which official figures have been published.

PM10 emissions
Thousand tonnes

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Road transport

43.3

38.6

37.7

36.9

36.2

35.4

33.7

32.3

Other transport(1)

5.4

5.1

4.5

3.9

5.6

6.4

7.4

9.6

(1) Other transport includes domestic aviation, railways, domestic shipping, and other mobile sources and machinery.

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