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Mr. Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to reply to the letter of 15 October 2008, sent by Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, on the M.V. Coronia, Directive 98/18/EC and point 4.3 of the Merchant Shipping (Passenger Ships on Domestic Voyages) Regulations 2000. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of its duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty. 
Paul Clark: The Department for Transport has reviewed its progress against the commitments given in its Disability Equality Scheme, as it is required to do under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the Disability Equality Duty.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1184W, on departmental manpower, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the differences in the percentage of white staff receiving the highest marking in each annual appraisal round as compared to staff from ethnic minorities. 
Mr. Hoon: The Department for Transport assesses the distribution of appraisal marks annually. Performance reports are countersigned and then moderated. Line managers receive regular training on the Department's performance management scheme and consequent diversity implications.
For the 2007-08 performance year, proposed markings for Department for Transport (DfT) (c) were analysed for diversity purposes and where appropriate business units were challenged to ensure that the markings were fair and correct. This pro-active challenge will continue in future years.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many special advisers were employed in his Department at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what his Department's total expenditure on special advisers was in 2007-08. 
Mr. Hoon: The Government are committed to publishing an annual list detailing the number and costs of special advisers. Information for 2007-08 was published by the Prime Minister on 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 99-102WS.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are paid at an hourly rate are paid at the same rate. 
The Department for Transport and its agencies does not generally hire permanent employees
on an hourly rate. However under delegated pay arrangements it is the responsibility of each individual business unit within the Department to set its rates of pay in accordance with the business needs of the unit.
Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 10 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoon: The payment performance in respect of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses is not separated from the Department of Transport's overall payment performance and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
In 2006-07 and 2007-08 the Department was required to monitor its payment performance against a target to pay all valid invoices within 30 days of receipt. The Departments performance against this target during the last two complete financial years is shown in the following table:
|Valid invoices paid within 30 days of receipt|
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 44W, on DfT Rail: secondment, whether the one person seconded from a train operating company to work in DfT Rail was given (a) line management responsibility for civil servants, (b) the right to take disciplinary action against civil servants and (c) the right to complete annual performance reports on civil servants. 
Mr. Hoon: Individuals seconded into the Department for Transport (DfT) are expected to work on the same basis as civil servants. Their duties are agreed with their line manager and, where line management is part of the role, it will include responsibility for discipline and performance management of civil servants. The person seconded from a train operating company to Department for Transport (DfT) Rail was given the normal duties and responsibilities of a civil servant for the period of the secondment.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1569W, on the Driving Standards Agency: training, what managerial benefit the five managers in the Driving Standards Agency gained from attending the horse whispering course. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 10 December 2008]: Any courses attended by Driving Standards Agency (DSA) managers are designed to fulfil the objectives of the DSA Leadership and Development programme, by providing a common standard of leadership in DSA and enabling managers to identify their own development needs. The contribution of individual courses to these wider aims is kept under regular review.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) on what dates since 1 January 2007 (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had discussions with (i) Finsbury Ltd. and (ii) Roland Rudd; 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff his Department has recruited from outside the Civil Service to senior Civil Service grade posts since 30 July 2007; and of these how many such staff are members of the Nuvos pension scheme. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the level of the level of noise on the M27 between (a) junctions 11 and 12, (b) junctions 10 and 11, (c) junctions 9 and 10 and (d) junction 9 and the River Hamble; and whether this assessment has changed over the last 10 years. 
An assessment of the noise levels on the M27 between Junctions 11 and 12 was carried out in 2006 as part of the Environmental Statement for the scheme to construct a climbing lane in each direction between junction 11 (Fareham) and junction 12 (Portsmouth). That assessment concluded overall noise levels would reduce slightly in the opening year as a result of using low noise surfacing.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Highways Agency have taken to clear culverts and drains between junctions 8 and 11A of the M5; what long-term maintenance plans are in place to ensure that they remain free-flowing; and if he will make a statement. 
All gully outlets between Junctions 8 and 9 and the outfalls of all gullies have been tested between Junctions 9 and 11a, to ensure that water drains away satisfactorily.
Renewal and replacement of sections of filter material in French drains to allow satisfactory discharge of run-off from carriageways between Junctions 8 and 11.
Cleaning of central reservation chambers/drainage pipes, over a distance of eight miles.
Visual inspections of large culverts beneath the M5 between Junctions 8 and 11a. Silt cleaned from culvert at M5 J11a with CCTV surveys of smaller drains to ascertain their condition.
Removal of root infestation from drainage pipes identified from CCTV survey, over a distance of 0.7 miles.
Repairs to remove defects to drainage pipes identified by CCTV survey at M5 between Junction 9 and 10.
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