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|Table 3: Funding for road improvements and maintenance in City of York council|
|Highways Maintenance||Other funding( 1)||Total|
|(1) Other funding covers capital and revenue funding for detrunking, and road safety capital funding.|
Mr. Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to bus and coach operators of implementating the measures included in the proposed EU Regulation 2008/0237 on the rights of passengers in bus and coach transport. 
Paul Clark [holding answer 12 February 2009]: The Department for Transport will be consulting shortly on the European Commissions proposal for a regulation on bus and coach passenger rights including our initial assessment of its impact.
Mr. Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effects on trends in the number of spurious claims of injury by bus and coach passengers of implementation of provisions in the proposed EU Regulation 2008/0237 on the rights of passengers in bus and coach transport. 
Paul Clark [holding answer 12 February 2009]: The European Commissions proposal for a new regulation on bus and coach passenger rights would make operators liable for loss or damage resulting from the death, personal injury or mental harm to passengers caused by an accident while the passengers were on, entering or leaving the vehicle. In certain circumstances the operator would not be able to contest damages, although they would not be liable if the accident was the fault of the passenger or caused by the passengers negligence. No assessment has been made of the likely effect of these provisions on trends in the number of spurious injury claims made by passengers. The Department will shortly be consulting on the European Commissions proposal to help inform the Governments position.
Paul Clark: The 2007-08 accounts were published on 29 January 2009 and show gross income of £67.3 million, managing agent costs of £15.8 million, which includes charge collection and general running costs, and other expenditure of £8.6 million which includes capital works. A copy of the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing Charging Scheme Account for 2007-08 has been placed in the House Library.
Mrs. Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of maintaining the databases owned and managed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies was in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008. 
|DfT Organisational Unit||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08|
|(1) Relates to the Royal opening of a new wing of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (Farnborough)|
(2) The £100.00 spend in 2005-06 relates to the purchase of two flower arrangements for the Memorial Service of R Ley (DVLA Director) in June 2005 and the hire of two flower stands.
The £150.00 spend in 2006-07 relates to the purchase of cut flowers for the victims of the letter bomb explosion at the Agencys mail room in February 2007.
(3) Requested information can only be provided at disproportionate cost.
(4) Relates to spend incurred during 2006-07 to 2008-09 (to date). Flowers are sent to staff following a serious, personal and often unexpected event. This would include a serious illness, major accident or bereavement.
This excludes spend by the Government Car and Despatch Agency, Highways Agency, and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency as the requested information can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Hoon [holding answer 29 January 2009]: The Department for Transport comprises a central Department plus seven Executive agencies, each with its own pay and reward system. Information regarding non-consolidated performance pay has been collected from the central Department and all seven agencies and collated to one set of figures.
The percentage of staff outside the senior civil service structure in the Department for Transport who received non-consolidated performance pay in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008 is set out in the following table:
|Percentage of staff outside of SCS receiving non-consolidated performance pay||Non-consolidated performance pay as a percentage of pay bill|
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new recruits his Department took on in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09; how many of these were taken on as (i) permanent, (ii) temporary and (iii) agency staff; and what estimate he has made of the equivalent figures for (A) 2009-10 and (B) 2010-11. 
Mr. Hoon: The number of new recruits taken on by the Department in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09 and how many of these were taken on as (i) permanent, (ii) temporary and (iii) agency staff is set out in the following table.
|Number of permanent staff taken on||Number of temporary staff taken on||Number of agency staff taken on|
The data in the table are for the Department for Transport (Centre) and its agencies. The figures for 2008-09 are not available. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has a category of staff termed casual staff which have been recorded under temporary staff in the aforementioned table; the Vehicle Operator Services Agency does not record agency staff numbers centrally; and temporary/fixed term staff are recorded within the permanent category for the Department for Transport (Centre) for 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Mrs. Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the number of inaccurate records on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's vehicle system software. 
The responsibility for notifying the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) of a change of address lies with the vehicle keeper or licence holder. So far as vehicle records are concerned there is an annual requirement to tax the vehicle and this transaction is a regular prompt to owners to fulfil the requirement to notify change of address. There is no equivalent annual driver transaction that prompts a notification.
DVLA is not complacent about accuracy. The task is to encourage and support drivers and vehicle keepers to meet their obligations and to that end a dedicated accuracy improvement team has been established to improve matters. Current initiatives in hand include checks of credit reference agency databases for current addresses and working with others in the cross-government Tell Us Once initiative to obtain early notification of the death of a licence holder.
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