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|Table 2: Police officers FTE whose main function is Traffic( 1) (1998-99 to 2007-08) by region( 2)|
|1998-99||1999-2000||2000-01||2001-02||2002-03||2003-04||2004 - 05||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08|
|(1 )This and other tables contain full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.|
(2) All data compiled from table 1.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fixed speed cameras are being used to enforce 20 mph speed limits. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: This information is not held by the Department. Since 1 April 2007 the deployment of safety cameras has been the responsibility of individual local partnerships.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the remit is of the Threats, Contingencies and Operations Support Division within his Department; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 17 October 2008]: The remit of the Threats, Contingencies and Operations Support Division of the Transport Security and Contingencies Directorate (TRANSEC) in the Department covers a range of cross cutting policy and strategy issues. These include
liaison with the United Kingdom counter terrorism intelligence community;
civil contingencies and exercises;
co-ordination of Olympic transport security policy;
research, analysis and development;
personnel security in relation to transport; and
co-ordination of the Departments contribution to the CONTEST national counter terrorism strategy.
Its work has been described in successive TRANSEC annual reports published oh the Department for Transport website.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) public and (b) private sector funding was put into (i) London transport and (ii) non-London local transport in each of the last 10 years. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The following figures show local authority expenditure (current and capital) on public transport. (The data are taken from Local Government Finance Statistics on the CLG website:
For 2002-03, there was additional central Government support for London Underground of £772 million.
Data for earlier years (pre 2002-03) were not collated in a format consistent with later years and are therefore not provided. Figures for 2007-8 are currently unavailable.
In respect of the private sector, information is not available as this covers areas such as developer contributions (e.g. under section 106 agreements), and investment by the private sector under public private partnerships. This information is not collated centrally.
The Department does manage the award of PFI credits to schemes which are classified as private sector investment. The following figures show total PFI credits for London and non-London schemes for the years 2002-03 to 2007-08.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps his Department is taking with the travel industry following the collapse of XL Leisure Group to ensure that consumers are covered in the event of future airline company failures; 
(2) if he will consider representations from the Association of British Travel Agents to introduce a universal consumer protection scheme for air travellers. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 17 October 2008]: The Government are keen to learn the lessons of XLs failure and over the coming weeks officials and Ministers will be discussing a range of issues arising with stakeholders with a view to improving the experience of passengers in future airline or tour operator failures. As part of this process I shall be happy to meet with ABTA to hear their views.
6. Miss McIntosh: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on the proportion of university entrants of each sex. 
Maria Eagle: I have not yet had any discussions on the proportion of university entrants of each sex.
7. Mr. Steen: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what arrangements are in place to provide a recovery and reflection period for women who are found to have been trafficked into the UK. 
Maria Eagle: In addition to the normal asylum and humanitarian routes, victims of trafficking are provided with a 30-day reflection period and extended stay and support is available if they co-operate with a criminal investigation. The Government have committed to ratify the Council of Europe Convention Against Trafficking in Human Beings by the end of the year. This will see the introduction of a 45-day minimum recovery and reflection period for all identified victims and temporary one-year renewable residence permits in certain circumstances.
8. Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans the Government has to reduce demand for prostitution. 
Maria Eagle: Following a six month review into tackling the demand for prostitution, the Home Secretary recently announced the intention to outlaw paying for sex with someone controlled for another person's gain. Also announced was a crackdown on kerb-crawlers which will ensure that kerb-crawlers can be prosecuted on a first offence, and new powers to close premises associated with prostitution which will allow police to close exploitative brothels for a period of three months.
9. Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans she has to increase the number of women entrepreneurs. 
Maria Eagle: We published our Enterprise Strategy in March this year. It sets out the Government's plans to encourage women to start-up and grow their own businesses, including:
Setting up a fund providing equity for women led businesses;
Piloting Women's Business Centres;
Supporting a national mentoring network for women in business;
Supporting the establishment of a women's enterprise centre of expertise;
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