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The Department does not require applicants who have spent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 to provide details of those convictions when seeking employment. Applicants with current convictions are not precluded from taking up employment and each case is considered on the basis of individual circumstances.
John Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what funding his Department has allocated to support the Office of the Third Sector in the next three years; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question regarding how many people were registered as resident in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) England in each year since 1993. (247592)
The table below shows the estimated mid-year resident population of North Yorkshire and England for the years 1994-2007. The latest population estimates available are for mid-2007.
|Mid-year population estimates, 1994-2007|
Office for National Statistics
Mr. Watson: Cabinet Office maintains a panel of independent investigators who can be called on to undertake internal investigations. The panel is made up of retired civil and Crown servants with investigation experience and retired senior police officers. The investigators are employed in a personal capacity to carry out investigations. No private companies are contracted to do this work. The Cabinet Office has never employed Risk Analysis UK Ltd.
Tom Levitt: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green colour blindness. 
Mr. Watson: We endeavour to adhere to the various guidelines recommended to us, such as those published by the Informability unit of the Central Office of Information, the Images of Disability guidelines of the Office for Disability Issues, and the See It Right guidance by Royal National Institute for the Blind.
However, the majority of Cabinet Office publications are distributed electronically through the Departments websites and we work to the W3Cs Web Accessibility Initiative guidance. We use specialist software for checking sites against colour vision and to simulate how images will look to users suffering from:
Deuteranopia (red/green deficiency), Protanopia (another form of red/green deficiency) and Tritanopia (blue/yellow deficiency)
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many staff in the Equalities and Human Rights Commission work on community cohesion issues; and what estimate she has made of the cost of employing such staff in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the following two financial years. 
Maria Eagle: The structure and business objectives of the Equality and Human Rights Commission are such that work on community cohesion issues is not specifically allocated to one team or group of staff and is spread across the organisation. The Commission do not, therefore, have cost figures for staff working in this specific area.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many former prisoners are employed by the Government's Equalities Office; and what the Office's policy is on the employment of former prisoners. 
Maria Eagle: The Government Equalities Office was established in October 2007 and was formed of some 60 civil servants drawn from other Government Departments. The personnel records covering those staff are confidential to the original Department and are not accessible to GEO. The GEO began its own recruitment in December 2007. Since then, none of the 40 or so staff employed are former prisoners. The GEO adheres to the Civil Service Management Code and will employ former prisoners subject to satisfactory completion of character checks and security vetting.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent assessment of the level of noise on the A1079 is; what assessment he has made of trends in noise levels over the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Clark: No assessment of noise levels on the A1079 have been carried out in the last 10 years. There has been no requirement to undertake such assessment work. Up until 2002-03, the road was the responsibility of the Highways Agency but passed to the East Riding of Yorkshire council upon de-trunking.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with representatives of local authorities facing funding shortfalls for the national concessionary bus fares scheme; what such meetings are planned; and if he will make a statement. 
Scarborough Borough Council
East Riding of Yorkshire
Exeter City Council
Worcester City Council
Harrogate Borough Council
Fareham Borough Council
The Isle of Wight Council
Oxford City Council
Lancashire County Council
Bournemouth Borough Council
The Government remain confident that there is sufficient funding in total to meet the cost of the statutory minimum bus concession. The £212 million of extra funding that was provided to meet the additional cost of the extended concession is based on generous assumptions about fares, bus pass take up rate, extra journeys and additional operating costs. We will however continue to monitor the impact of the new concession.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which local authorities have not received sufficient funding to meet their expenditure on the national concessionary bus fares scheme in 2008-09; and how much the shortfall is in each such case; 
(2) what estimate his Department has made of the difference between funding and expenditure on the national concessionary bus fares scheme in (a) England and (b) each local authority area in 2008-09. 
Paul Clark: We are confident that there is sufficient funding in total for the statutory minimum bus concession in England. The bulk of funding for concessionary travel is still given to authorities through the formula grant process (Revenue Support Grant) but it is not separately identified within that block grant. It is therefore not possible to identify how much individual authorities receive specifically for concessionary travel.
An additional £212 million is being provided by special grant this year solely to pay for the extension of the statutory concession to cover England-wide travel. Again, we are confident that this is sufficient in total and we consulted widely on the formula used to distribute it. Data on changes in authority expenditure caused by the new concession will not be available until autumn 2009.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the Local Government Association about the adequacy of funding for the national concessionary bus fares scheme. 
Paul Clark: Officials in the Department for Transport have had regular meetings with the Local Government Association (LGA) regarding concessionary travel. The LGA and representatives from other tiers of local government are present at regular meetings of the Departments Concessionary Fares Working Groups.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the EU Commissions proposal for bus passenger rights on bus passengers; and what response the Government has made to the damage liability for operators contained in the proposal. 
Paul Clark: The Department for Transport is currently preparing an initial impact assessment on the European Commissions proposal for a new regulation on bus and coach passenger rights, which will include an assessment of the costs and benefits to both passengers and operators. The Department will shortly be consulting on the proposal to help inform the Governments position and it is intended that the initial impact assessment will form part of that consultation. An explanatory memorandum (EM 16933/08) on the proposal was submitted to Parliament on 13 January 2009, copies are available in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 were made to his Department since 2005; how many such requests were (a) agreed to and (b) refused in each of those years; how many refusals were subject to appeal to the Information Commissioner in each of those years; how many appeals were successful; if he will place in the Library copies of the material subsequently provided in each case; how much was spent by his Department opposing each appeal; which (i) consultants and (ii) law firms were employed by his Department in connection with each appeal; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoon: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by the Minister of State for Justice. my right hon. Friend the Member for North Swindon (Mr. Wills) on 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 507W.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will undertake an assessment of means of improving public transport serving Manchester and surrounding areas in light of the recent decision on the proposed congestion zone. 
Paul Clark: Following the decision not to proceed with their proposals for the Transport Innovation Fund, it is for the Greater Manchester authorities to develop a sustainable transport strategy that is affordable within the available funding streams. We will be working closely with them as they take this forward.
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