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Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to bring forward proposals to give police forces the powers to issue fixed penalty tickets for careless driving; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Proposals to make careless driving a fixed penalty offence were outlined in the Department's Road Safety Compliance Consultation which closed on 27 February. We are currently considering the responses and an announcement will be made in due course.
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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what period of time elapses before his Departments electronic records are (a) archived and (b) destroyed; and what percentage of such records created in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008 have been destroyed. 
The archival and destruction arrangements for all documents held as part of the official record, including those electronically produced, are subject to business need and agreement between business units and the Departmental Records Officer. Information on the number of electronic records created and destroyed is not available.
All HA electronic records have a standard retention period of 7 years followed by a review. At the end of the review period they will be retained, destroyed or transferred to the National Archives at the appropriate time. No archiving is done within the HA. The HA electronic records management system went live on 1 February 2009, therefore no formal electronic records were created in 2007 and 2008.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date his Departments policy on the management of its electronic records took effect; and on what dates it has been reviewed. 
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Mr. Hoon: A copy of the central Departments policy on the management of electronic and paper records has been placed in the Library along with records policies for the Highways Agency and the Vehicle Operator Services Agency. The Driving Standards Agency has also placed the following documents in the Library:
DSA Records Management Policy
HR Data Retention Policy
Appropriate use of IT and Communications Equipment Policy
Retention Schedule for the Integrated Register of Driver Trainers
Fraud and Integrity Retention and Disposal Schedule
Annex M of Pearson Data Processor Agreement.
The Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency has policies on the storage, transmission and destruction of electronic protectively marked material but they are themselves protectively marked and it would not be appropriate to make them publicly available.
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The figures to 2006 have been previously published in the National Audit Office Report: The management of staff sickness absence in the Department for Transport and its agencies dated 8 June 2007. The figures are based on an agreed departmental reporting methodology and reported within a calendar year. Figures for 2007 onwards are in accordance with the Cabinet Office reporting methodology introduced for all Government Departments. Reporting is now within financial years on a rolling year basis.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many discrete views were expressed in responses to the adding capacity at Heathrow airport consultation, broken down by (a) the code allocated to the view under the code frame used by Detica and (b) the response type in which the view was expressed; 
(2) how many responses to the adding capacity at Heathrow airport consultation were received in the form of (a) Justine Greening Petition and (b) Justine Greening your views of Heathrow postcards, as categorised by Detica under its code frame; and how many of these responses included free-text. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 26 February 2009]: A detailed analysis of the responses to the adding capacity at Heathrow airport consultation can be found in the adding capacity at Heathrow airport report on consultation responses, which was published on 15 January. Chapter 4 discusses response volumes, and Appendix B explains in detail the code frames used. 1549 Justine Greening your views of Heathrow postcards, and 584 Justine Greening Petition responses were received. However as the postcards were received before the start of the consultation, they were not analysed as individual responses. A detailed breakdown of discrete views contained both in petition and postcard responses, and in all other responses, can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
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