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Commuters

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has carried out on the average journey time to and from work in the UK in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region. [227108]

Paul Clark: The following table shows the average travel-to-work times in Great Britain over the last 10 years, split by region.

Mean time (minutes
Autumn Oct-Dec Oct-Dec
Region of workplace 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

North-east

21

21

21

21

21

21

22

22

21

21

North-west

22

23

24

23

23

23

24

24

24

24

Yorkshire and the Humber

22

22

22

23

23

23

24

24

24

25

East midlands

19

20

20

21

21

22

22

22

21

22

West midlands

22

23

23

24

23

23

24

24

24

25

East of England

21

22

22

22

23

22

23

23

23

24

London

41

42

42

43

43

42

42

42

43

44

South-east

24

24

24

24

24

24

24

24

24

25

South-west

20

20

21

21

21

21

22

22

23

23

England

25

25

26

26

26

26

26

26

27

27

Wales

19

20

20

19

20

21

20

20

21

22

Scotland

23

23

24

24

24

24

25

25

25

25

Great Britain

25

25

25

25

25

25

26

26

26

27

Source:
Office for National Statistics Labour Force Survey

Departmental NDPBs

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding has been agreed with each of his Department’s non-departmental bodies for the period 2008 to 2011. [228668]

Mr. Hoon [holding answer 21 October 2008]: The following table details the financial support that the Department for Transport has planned for its Executive non-departmental public bodies for the years 2008 to 2011.

Trinity House is self-funded from light dues collected at ports around the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The Northern Lighthouse Board is similarly funded by light dues collected at ports around the British isles.

Department for Transport planned financial support to its Executive NDPBs for the financial years 2008-09 to 2010-11
£ million
Executive NDPB 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11

British Transport Police

14.78

15.22

12.36

Passenger Focus

5.6

5.8

6.3

Railway Heritage Committee

0.0120

0.120

0.120

Trinity House

(1)

(1)

(1)

Northern Lighthouse Board

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1) Nil net.

Departmental Public Relations

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy in 2007-08. [228082]

Mr. Hoon: The total marketing spend for the Department and Executive agencies in the 2007-08 fiscal year are set out in the following table. The Department’s major areas of marketing spend were in support of our marketing activities on the THINK! road safety campaign, Act on CO2 campaign, Concessionary Bus Fares campaign, aviation security and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s continuous registration campaign.

The total expenditure figures for external public relations support are also set out in the following table. The figures, which are rounded, include the cost of public relations agency fees and the cost of public relations promotions in various media. The prime use of external public relations is in support of the marketing activities mentioned above. Public relations costs are included in the marketing figures.

£
Department for Transport 2007-08 marketing costs 2007-08 PR costs

DFT Central

26,700,000

625,000

Driving Standards Agency

299,700

0

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

10,400,000

500,000

Highways Agency

1,600,000

0

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

57,000

27,000

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

1,075,000

53,000

Vehicle Certification Agency

80,500

0

Government Car and Despatch Agency

171,800

0


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Information on entertainment spend by the Department and Executive agencies is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. All expenditure is incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regulatory and Propriety.

Dorneywood

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on Dorneywood: official hospitality, what use her Department has made of Dorneywood for official engagements in the last 12 months. [222122]

Jim Fitzpatrick: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the Member for West Bromwich, East (Mr. Watson) on 20 October 2008, Official Report, columns 90-91W.

Electrification

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on further electrification of the rail network. [228006]

Paul Clark: The Government's position on electrification was set out in the rail White Paper Delivering a Sustainable Railway published in July 2007, and available on the Department for Transport website at:

The White Paper committed the Government to keeping the case for strategic electrification under review and for considering other schemes on a case-by-case basis.

The Department for Transport has been working closely with the rail industry to examine the case for extending the electrified network.

Heathrow Airport

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential economic effects of a third runway at Heathrow; and if he will make a statement. [227986]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The economic assessment of the proposals for development at Heathrow is set out at annex B of the consultation document “Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport” (November 2007).


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