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2008

Departmental Staff

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many civil servants not in the senior civil service work in each of his Department's bargaining units on a (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent basis; and how many of these are employed on a (i) fixed-term, (ii) casual and (iii) permanent basis, broken down by Civil Service grade and pay band. [231746]

Mr. Hoon [holding answer 30 October 2008]: The Central Department and its agencies recorded the following total (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent figures across the various pay bands for (iii) permanent and (i) fixed term appointees:


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End of September 2008 figures

Permanent Fixed term

PB1

FTE

1,896.6

35.7

Headcount—Staff in Post

2,164

38

PB2

FTE

4,636.1

107.2

Headcount—Staff in Post

4,998

120

PB3

FTE

4,683.4

42.4

Headcount—Staff in Post

4,915

50

PB4

FTE

2,135.0

49.6

Headcount—Staff in Post

2,183

53

PB5

FTE

1,247.6

18.0

Headcount—Staff in Post

1,275

19

PB6

FTE

925.9

15.2

Headcount—Staff in Post

937

17

PB7

FTE

279.5

11.5

Headcount—Staff in Post

298

13

TM1A (Traffic Officers)

FTE

307.9

0.0

Headcount—Staff in Post

312

0

TM1B (Traffic Officers)

FTE

1,026.0

0.0

Headcount—Staff in Post

1,031

0

TM2 (Traffic Officers)

FTE

229.0

0.0

Headcount—Staff in Post

229

0

TM3 (Traffic Officers)

FTE

42.8

0.0

Headcount—Staff in Post

43

0

Total

FTE

17,410.0

279.7

Headcount—Staff in Post

18,385

310

Note:
All figures show end of September 2008.

Traffic officers are employed solely by the Highways Agency.

The Government Car and Despatch Agency could provide the information requested only at disproportionate cost.

The following (ii) casual employees were recorded within the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. Casual employees are not employed anywhere else within the Department.

End of September 2008 figures

Casual

PB1

FTE

186.4

Headcount—Staff in Post

220

PB2

FTE

206.9

Headcount—Staff in Post

223

Total

FTE

393.3

Headcount—Staff in Post

443


A breakdown of all data by bargaining unit can has been placed in the Libraries of the House.


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John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) contractors and (b) consultants work in each of his Department's bargaining units on a (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent basis. [231748]

Mr. Hoon [holding answer 30 October 2008]: The central Department and its agencies recorded the following headcount figures for (a) contractors and (b) consultants:

End of September figures

Contractors and consultants

DfT Central

262

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

58

Highways Agency

641

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

12

Vehicle Certification Agency

43

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

25

Total

1,041


Unfortunately, (a) contractors and (b) consultants had to be combined. This information is not available separately.

Contract and consultancy roles are generally recorded as one full-time equivalent position. Therefore the (b) full-time equivalent figure is the same as the headcount figure shown above.

The Driving Standards Agency and the Government Car and Despatch Agency could provide the information requested only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Temporary Employment

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any (a) contractor, (b) consultant and (c) member of staff from an employment agency, working in (i) his Department and (ii) DFT Human Resources was hired by single tender action. [232643]

Mr. Hoon [holding answer 3 November 2008]: Both the Department (i) and DFT Human Resources (ii) currently have contractors and consultants hired by single tender action.

Information about single tender actions for employment agency staff could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. However, agency staff are normally sourced through call-off contracts.

Driving: Licensing

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms are in place to alert the (a) police and (b) other relevant authorities to novice drivers who lose their licence having accumulated six penalty points and do not pass another driving test, but continue to have vehicles registered in their names. [232713]

Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 3 November 2008]: Where a driver has driving entitlement revoked under the provisions of the New Drivers Act they must surrender their full licence and the revocation is recorded on the drivers' database. The police have full access to the data, at all hours and at the roadside.


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The registered keeper of a vehicle is responsible for taxing the vehicle and for ensuring the registration details are kept up to date, but there is no requirement that they hold a driving licence. However, the police have full access to a vehicles' data, including the details of the registered keeper, at all hours and at the roadside.

London Airports: Smoking

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many police officers have (a) given a warning to and (b) arrested a passenger after a smoke alarm has been set off by a passenger smoking in a toilet at (i) Heathrow, (ii) Gatwick and (iii) Stansted airports in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [231639]

Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 4 November 2008]: We have been advised by the Home Office that the information requested on arrests is not collected centrally.

The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery. Offences of illegal smoking in a public place are not notifiable offences and do not form part of the arrests collection.

Information on warnings given by police for these offences are not reported to the Home Office.

Motor Vehicles

Mr. Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles are registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency; and how much revenue was generated from the licence fee in the latest period for which figures are available. [232699]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The total number of active registered vehicles as at 30 June 06.2008 is estimated to be 36.6 million.

Total vehicle excise duty collected for the financial year 2007-08 was £4,980 million (net of refunds).

Motor Vehicles: Licensing

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers were prosecuted for (a) driving without insurance and (b) driving without a licence in each year since 1997; and what the average fine for each of these offences was in each of those years. [229947]

Maria Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

Available information held by my Department for the offences of ‘using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks’ and ‘driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence’, from 1997-2006 (latest available) are contained in the following tables. Data for 2007 should be available at the end of November 2008.


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Table A: Proceedings and average fines imposed at magistrates courts for the offence of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks( 1) , England and Wales, 1997-2006

Total proceedings Average fine (£)

1997

397,133

224

1998

390,074

214

1999

387,419

212

2000

391,659

203

2001

388,298

150

2002

410,398

155

2003

447,267

160

2004

441,819

169

2005

392,763

177

2006

353,481

185

(1) Offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 143 (2).
Notes:
1. As from 1 June 2003, ‘driving a motor vehicle while uninsured against third party risks’ became a fixed penalty offence.
2. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences is less than complete.
3. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

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