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Passports: Interviews

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost to her Department of an interview at a passport interview centre is. [231583]


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Meg Hillier: Excluding the cost of depreciation of relevant set-up capital expenditure, the average unit cost of an interview at a passport centre for the financial year to date to the end of September is £76.07.

Police: Bureaucracy

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours on average were spent on patrol by police officers in (a) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (b) Uxbridge constituency in the latest period for which figures are available. [231713]

Mr. Coaker: The information is not available centrally.

Police: Stun Guns

Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation she has carried out on the trials of the use of Taser guns by the Metropolitan Police; and what conclusions have been reached from the trials. [233768]

Mr. Coaker: The 12-month trial into the use of Taser by specially trained units who are not firearms officers ran from 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2008. The Metropolitan Police Service were one of 10 forces who participated in the trial. The trial is currently being evaluated by the Home Office Scientific Development Branch and the Association of Chief Police Officers. The Home Office will make an announcement on the trial and the future deployment of Taser on receipt of those evaluations and of independent medical advice.

Security Guards: Licensing

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources have been provided for the Security Industry Authority to meet the requirement on it to confirm the right to work of licence holders. [232342]

Mr. Alan Campbell: The ability to seek information to confirm that an applicant has the right to work in the UK has always been included in the criteria (approved under section 7 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001) upon which the SIA base its determination whether or not to grant a licence. The SIA accordingly carries out this activity within its existing core resources.

Transport

Cycling: Greater Manchester

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding his Department and its agencies have given to the Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign in the last 24 months. [233233]

Paul Clark: None. The responsibility for cycling rests with local highway authorities whose local transport plan grant includes funding for cycling.


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Departmental Consultants

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has budgeted to spend on external consultants in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12. [234337]

Mr. Hoon: Specific budgets for spending on external consultants are agreed for each year in the Department’s annual business planning process. As such, there are no budgets allocated yet for consultancy spending for 2009-10 and beyond.

Departmental Official Hospitality

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 29 September 2008, Official Report, House of Lords, column WS174, on the Department for Transport: official receptions, who the members are of the parking working group; what the remit is of the group; and on what dates the group has met over the last 12 months. [232961]

Paul Clark: The working group consisted of representatives from The British Parking Association, London Councils, The Automobile Association, The National Parking Adjudication Service, The Parking and Traffic Appeals Service, The RAC Foundation, North Yorkshire Police, The Local Government Association, Essex County Council, Transport For London, the Department for Transport, the Government Office for London, and the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

Its remit was to provide the Department with advice and support in the preparation of the Parking Regulations and Statutory Guidance contained in Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004.

The Group's final meeting was on 16 March 2006.

Departmental Temporary Employment

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) contractors, (b) consultants and (c) staff from employment agencies work in (i) his Department and (ii) DFT Human Resources; and what the cost is of employing these staff on a monthly basis. [232641]

Mr. Hoon [holding answer 3 November 2008]: The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport from which companies the (a) contractors, (b) consultants and (c) staff from employment agencies who work in (i) his Department and (ii) DFT Human Resources have been hired. [232642]

Mr. Hoon [holding answer 3 November 2008]: The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Government Car and Despatch Agency

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of services provided to the Government Car and Despatch Agency by car and driver contractors was in each of the last five years, broken down by contractor. [232470]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government Car and Despatch Agency paid the following amounts to car and driver contractors:

Value (£)

2007-08

1,404,946

2006-07

1,135,350

2005-06

1,632,514

2004-05

1,357,462

2003-04

1,022,606


Information on payments to individual contractors could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles were leased by the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) to each Government department in 2007-08; and what the monetary value of the contract between the GCDA and each Government department was in that year. [232472]

Jim Fitzpatrick: I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement made by the Secretary of State for Transport on 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 116WS. This details of the number of cars and the contracted cost of providing ministerial transport in 2007-08.

In addition the Government Car and Despatch Agency provided cars and drivers to senior officials and others as follows:


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Department Number of cars Contracted cost (£)

Crown Prosecution Service

1

68,600

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

1

69,600

Cabinet Office(1)

4

278,000

Commission for Equality and Human Rights

1

68,800

Department for Children, Schools and Family

1

66,600

Department for International Development

1

65,600

Department for Transport

1

68,600

Department for Work and Pensions

1

60,100

Export Credits Guarantee Department

1

62,200

Department of Health

3

205,600

HM Court Service

1

61,500

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary

2

123,000

HM Treasury

1

63,400

Home Office(2)

11

1,231,300

Ministry of Justice

1

72,900

Northern Ireland Office

1

69,700

Office of Science and Technology

1

63,400

Wales Office(3)

1

9,400

(1) Includes the provision of a driver only for the Official Leader of the Opposition.
(2) Includes cars and drivers provided to former Prime Ministers and other former Ministers.
(3) Car only provided.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Government cars are owned by the Government Car and Despatch Agency, broken down by (a) model and (b) level of tailpipe emissions. [232473]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government Car and Despatch Agency owns 231 cars as follows:

Make and model Number on fleet CO 2 emissions

Toyota Prius (Hybrid)

100

104

Honda Civic ES (Hybrid)

38

109

Vauxhall Corsa

5

127

BMW E60 520D

1

149

Vauxhall Astra

1

151

Vauxhall Vectra

1

157

Vauxhall Vectra

1

182

Vauxhall Vectra

11

186

Rover 75

1

190

Hyundai Sonata

7

191

Ford S-Max

1

193

Peugeot 607

1

193

Vauxhall Zafira

1

194

Ford Mondeo

4

196

Jaguar XJ Diesel

17

214

Ford Mondeo

6

218

Hyundai Santa Fe

4

218

Land Rover Discovery

7

244

Rover 75

5

249

Land Rover Discovery

1

249

Ford Galaxy

1

260

Ford Galaxy

1

264

Jaguar XJ X350

1

264

Ford Galaxy

4

278

Rover 75

2

280

Vauxhall Omega

2

284

Jaguar Sov 4.0

1

285

Jaguar XJ8 4.2 LWB

2

330

Jaguar XJ X350

1

330

Ford Sapphire

2

n/a

Daimler Limousine

1

n/a


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