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The Department for Transport is working closely with the rail industry to improve the environmental performance of train services, for example, through facilitating the introduction of on-train energy meters
and regenerative braking. We are including stringent environmental targets in new franchises and in the specification of new train designs such as the Intercity Express. All proposals for new rail schemes are appraised against a range of environmental criteria.
Paul Clark: The Highways Agency (HA), on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport, is the highway authority for the strategic road network in England, which includes the vast majority of the Trans European Road Network (TERN) in England.
The Department for Transport is also responsible for co-ordinating and presenting bids for funding from the programme for UK infrastructure projects. These can come from a variety of project sponsors including the devolved Administrations, regional assemblies and the Highways Agency. In 2007, we secured €80.71 million funding for a road package comprising works in England and Northern Ireland.
Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with (a) Welsh Assembly Government Ministers and (b) his Irish counterparts on the quality of trunk road connections in Wales serving UK-Irish ferry ports. 
Paul Clark: No recent discussions have been held with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers or Irish ministers about the quality of trunk road connections in Wales serving UK-Irish ferry ports. Trunk roads in Wales are a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has commissioned or evaluated on the introduction of speed suppressors into cars and lorries to enable those vehicles to keep within speed limits; and what his policy is on the use of such equipment. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport recently completed research into intelligent speed adaptation (ISA) systems, the main aim of which was to look at the effect on driver behaviour over time. This found that ISA has the potential to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads, suggesting that ISA could be a useful road safety feature for drivers who wish to use it.
Data from this work have subsequently been used by the Commission for Integrated Transport and the Motorists' Forum for independent research looking at speed limit adherence and its effect on road safety and climate change. The Department was represented in an advisory capacity on the working group for this research. We have received a copy of their report which was published on 30 December 2008. We are clear that any future use of ISA should be taken forward by the motoring industry in response to consumer demand, just as with other technologies available for consumers to purchase if they so choose. We are working with industry and other stakeholders to facilitate the future availability of the technology.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue red light cameras have generated in (a) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (b) Essex in each year since 2001; and how much of that revenue has been spent in Essex. 
Paul Clark: Information in the form requested is not held by the Department for Transport. The Department only holds information about cameras operating under the National Safety Camera Programme. This ended on 31 March 2007 and did not record fine revenue from red light and speed cameras separately.
Paul Clark: The Department for Transport provides funding for Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland borough councils through their local transport plan and revenue support grant allocations. Such funding can be used to support sustainable travel initiatives. In addition, we publish guidance on the development of travel plans and encourage partnership working between the public and private sectors to deliver opportunities for individuals to choose more sustainable travel options.
Specific initiatives that exist within the constituency area of Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland would be best provided by the local authorities mentioned previously and/or by canvassing local businesses.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds the Government has provided to the disarmament and demobilisation programmes of Mai Mai groups in (a) south Kivu and (b) the rest of Democratic Republic of Congo where the Mai Mai are active. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The UK has contributed US$35 million to a World Bank led Multi-Country Demobilisation and Reintegration Programme (MDRP), which supports the demobilisation and reintegration of ex-combatants in the greater Great Lakes region of Central Africa . The largest programme of its kind in the world, the MDRP, with a budget of US$500 million, targets an estimated 450,000 ex-combatants in seven countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The programme has already funded the demobilisation and reintegration of more than 100,000 former combatants in DRC.
Of the 100,000 who have benefited from the programme 33,708 were from Mai Mai groups, of which 28,235 were demobilised and the remaining 5,503 were integrated into the army. We do not have a breakdown for South Kivu. One challenge for the MDRP has been the large number of supposed combatants who have tried to enter the programme without a weapon to hand in (a necessary determinant of eligibility). The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is currently developing complementary community reintegration programming to target those who do not meet the eligibility criteria for the national MDRP programme.
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Ilford North of 20 November 2008, Official Report, columns 755-6W, how much was spent under each resource account code in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: A summary of the main categories of expenditure is included in the Department for International Development's (DFID) Resource Accounts for 2006-07 (published in July 2007) and 2007-08 (published in July 2008). These are available on the DFID website:
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department's employees have been (a) investigated, (b) disciplined following investigation and (c) dismissed following investigation since the inception of the Fraud Response Unit. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: I refer my hon. Friend to the answers given to the hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr. Mitchell) on 15 October 2009, Official Report, column 1340W and 29 October 2008, Official Report column 1163W.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Working in a global environment means that diversity is at the heart of the Department for International Developments (DFID) business. DFIDs Director General Diversity Champion is fully committed to the legal, economic and moral imperatives which help develop DFID into a flexible, imaginative and diverse Department. DFIDs Diversity Champion is fully involved in taking steps to raise awareness and integrate all strands of diversity to maximise the potential and contribution of all staff to realise our goals.
DFIDs Director General Diversity Champion role is rotated every few years among DFIDs four Director Generals. DFID does not have a formal process for selecting a Director General for the Diversity Champion role.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department for International Development (DFID) set four 2008 diversity targets for women, ethnic minority staff and disabled staff within the senior civil service and women in top management posts. The following table depicts the civil service targets together with DFIDs 2008 targets and DFIDs performance.
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Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many telephone numbers for which callers are charged at the rate applicable to 0845 numbers are used by his Department for public access to services. 
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what use (a) his Department and (b) service providers under contract to his Department make of (i) 0844 and 0845 telephone numbers and (ii) revenue-sharing telephone numbers for calls from members of the public; for which services such numbers are used; what prefixes are used for revenue-sharing numbers; how much revenue has accrued from revenue-sharing numbers in each of the last five years; what consideration his Department has given to introducing 03-prefixed telephone numbers for calls to all such services; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department for International Development (DFID) uses one 0845 number for our Public Enquiry Point. We are currently reviewing the relative costs and benefits of alternatives to the 0845 number. DFID does not make use of revenue-sharing numbers.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost has been to his Department of installation of video-conferencing facilities; and whether there are ongoing maintenance contract costs associated with these facilities. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department for International Development (DFID) completed a project in 2008 to refresh the videoconferencing facilities across the organisation. The full cost of this was £785,000. There is an annual cost of £75,000 for maintaining the key components of the videoconferencing infrastructure.
Mr. Godsiff: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) plans and (b) funding allocations have been made for the long-term provision of humanitarian assistance to Gaza. 
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his
Department has provided to Gaza since the recent outbreak of conflict there. 
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