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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department assist special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff was in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the remit is of each non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department; and what budget each has been set for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11. 
In regard to the budgets for the Department's NDPBs I refer the hon. Gentleman to my answers given on the 22 October 2008, Official Report, column 417W, and on 29 October 2008, Official Report , column 1035W.
Mr. Hoon: Total number of national press releases issued by Department for Transport central and its executive agencies is as follows. Information prior to 2003 is not held centrally and can be obtained only through disproportionate cost.
|2003||2004||2005||2006||2007||( 1) 2008|
|(1) To 20 November 2008.|
(2) This information is available only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since 1997-98; how much he estimates will be spent on each category in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. 
This DfT-wide plan requires all DfT offices with more than 50 staff to produce their own site-specific travel plans. MCA, DVLA, VCA have already completed and published their plans and the remainder are under development. DVLAs plan is currently undergoing review.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Questions for written answer were tabled to his Department in Session (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04,
(c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06, (e) 2006-07 and (f) 2007-08 to date; and how many were (i) answered substantively and (ii) not answered on grounds of disproportionate cost. 
|Parliamentary Session||Number of written questions tabled||Number of questions not answered substantively, either wholly or partially, on the grounds of disproportionate cost|
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will instruct the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to offer a British-made car in its prize draw encouraging use of their online facilities. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency invited all 17 manufacturers who produce cars with CO2 emissions of 120 g/km or less to take part in the incentive scheme. SEAT were the only company to fully respond to the invitation. If DVLA is granted permission to run this scheme for a second year, all manufacturers who meet the criteria will again be invited to bid for the contract.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many requests the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has received for motorists' information in each of the last 10 years; and how many such requests the DVLA has refused. 
The driver register contains details of individuals, including name address and date of birth, along with details of their entitlement to drive, any driving convictions or endorsements, and any medical conditions affecting their driving ability.
The following table shows the total number of vehicle record requests rejected along with the number of requests made. These figures include requests made by both public and private sector organisations including, local authorities and police, as well as individuals for information on their own vehicles.
|Electronic inquiries||Manual enquiries||Rejects( 1)|
|(1) Rejects: DVLA does not hold information on the number of requests rejected prior to the 2003 - 2004 financial year.|
The following table shows the number or requests made for information held on the driver record for the last 10 years and the number of requests rejected. Statistics from the driver register do not differentiate between manual and electronic requests. They include subject access requests from individuals wanting their own information.
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