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Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Manpower

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) surveyors, (b) Coastguard Control Centre staff, (c) administrative staff and (d) human resources staff the Maritime and Coastguard Agency employed in each of the last 10 years. [282930]

Paul Clark: The number of staff employed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), broken down into the categories asked, since 2002 is shown in the following table. The MCA's systems only hold records back to 2002:

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Surveyors

173

177

188

194

190

192

181

Coastguard Control Centre

537

515

531

545

534

468

438

Administrative

386

411

423

473

467

536

485

Human Resources

47

55

50

57

58

58

54


Administrative staff includes, for example, senior managers and policy leads as well as administrators.


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Bob Spink: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialist and delivery managers and (d) executive support and administration staff there were in each Maritime and Coastguard Agency office in each of the last five years. [285538]

Paul Clark: The number of directors at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has been three from August 2008. Prior to that, in each of the last five years, the number of directors was five.

The information for (b) to (d) is not available in the format requested.

Motorcycles: Testing

Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the safety for riders of the swerve manoeuvre in the motorcycle test; and if he will make a statement. [284808]

Paul Clark: The Driving Standards Agency is keeping the hazard avoidance manoeuvre under review as part of its monitoring process.

As of mid June 2009, there had been over 9,000 off-road Module 1 tests conducted, and 33 incidents, including non-injury incidents—an incident rate of 0.4 per cent.

Railway Network

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many miles of track have been added to the rail network in the last five years; and how much has been spent on improving and upgrading the rail network in that period. [284751]

Chris Mole: 24 miles of new two track high speed railway were built by London and Continental Railways for section 2 of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link completed in 2007. The Channel Tunnel Rail Link was constructed as a public private partnership project with a 90-year concession and is not the direct responsibility of Network Rail.

Otherwise, the amount of railway built each year is an operational matter for Network Rail, as the owner and operator of the national rail network. My hon. Friend should contact Network Rail's chief executive at the following address for a response to his question.

Spending on rail infrastructure is primarily the responsibility of Network Rail. Historical spending by the company is contained in the company's annual reports and accounts, which can be found on the Network Rail website at

Government spending on the railway in the past five years is set out in National Rail Trends which is published by the Office of Rail Regulation at


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A copy is available in the Library of the House.

Railways

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many rail journeys were made by passengers in each of the last five years. [284745]

Chris Mole: Rail passenger journeys in the past five years are shown in the following table:

Passenger journeys, Great Britain, 2003-04 to 2007-08

Passenger journeys (million)

2003-04

1,012

2004-05

1,045

2005-06

1,082

2006-07

1,151

2007-08

1,232

Source:
The Office of Rail Regulation

Railways: Fares

Justine Greening: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he plans to issue the fares direction to train operating companies on the use of Oyster cards for national rail services in London. [285075]

Chris Mole: I refer the hon. Lady to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on 25 June 2009, Official Report, columns 1078-79W.

Railways: Franchises

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when the inclusion in rail franchise contracts of revenue support clauses was last reviewed; and when he next plans to review the inclusion of such clauses in those contracts. [284688]

Chris Mole: The revenue share and revenue support clauses are part of the template franchise agreement and National Rail Franchise Terms that the Department for Transport has used as the basis of all recent franchise competitions. The National Rail Franchise Terms were reviewed in preparation for the last franchise competition, South Central, although no substantive changes were made to these clauses at that time. We will assess such clauses again in the course of our preparations for future franchise competitions.

Railways: Greater Manchester

Paul Rowen: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the savings to the public purse likely to result from the closure of the Oldham Loop Line in Greater Manchester in October 2009. [283353]

Chris Mole [holding answer 1 July 2009]: The Department for Transport is currently calculating changes to the subsidy payments to Northern Rail in line with the Franchise Agreement. Any savings arising were taken into account in the development of the Metrolink business case.


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The Department will be contributing £244.3 million towards the expansion of Metrolink to Oldham, Rochdale and Chorlton.

Paul Rowen: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department is taking to relieve congestion on rail routes in Greater Manchester. [283354]

Chris Mole [holding answer 1 July 2009]: The Government are currently in discussions with relevant train operators on measures to increase peak-hour train capacity for commuters into Manchester by 2014. It is also working with Network Rail in its “Manchester Hub” study, to identify options for increasing rail capacity from 2014 onwards.

Rolling Stock: Greater Manchester

Paul Rowen: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department will provide funding for the retention of rolling stock following the closure of the Oldham Loop Line in Greater Manchester in October 2009. [283352]

Chris Mole [holding answer 1 July 2009]: The Department for Transport is not planning to provide additional funding for the redeployment of the rolling stock displaced through the conversion of the Oldham Loop from heavy rail to Manchester Metrolink light rail. However, the rolling stock may be redeployed either commercially, through support from the passenger transport executive or through the High Level Output Specification Programme.

Shipping

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many vessels were (a) surveyed and (b) certified by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in each of the last 10 years. [282931]

Paul Clark: The number of vessels surveyed and certified by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in each of the last 10 financial years is shown in the following table:

Number of vessels surveyed and certificated

2008

2,452

2007

2,385

2006

2,479

2005

2,452

2004

2,449

2003

2,306

2002

2,279

2001

2,178

2000

2,106

1999

1,979


All surveys resulted in the issue of some form of certification.

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much was paid in compensation to owners of (a) fishing vessels and (b) other commercial
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vessels by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in respect of errors of judgment during certification surveys in each of the last five years. [282932]

Paul Clark: An ex-gratia payment of £550,000 was made in 2004 in relation to a fishing vessel. No other payments have been made since 2004.

Shipping: Safety

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on the removal of distress flares and other pyrotechnic devices from vessels registered under the UK flag. [282929]

Paul Clark: No discussions have taken place recently between officials in the Department for Transport and its executive agencies about the removal of distress flares and other pyrotechnic devices from vessels registered under the UK flag.

Requirements to carry flares on UK ships are regulated by The Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances For Ships Other Than Ships Of Classes III To VI(A)) Regulations 1999, which enact the UK's international obligations under SOLAS Chapter III.

Marine Guidance Note 287 advises UK ship operators on the disposal of out of date pyrotechnics.

Energy and Climate Change

Carbon Sequestration

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his statement on 23 April 2009, Official Report, columns 382-84, on coal carbon capture and storage, what assessment he has made of the effect on his Department’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition of the additional CCS demonstration projects. [283179]

Mr. Kidney: The proposals announced on 23 April 2009 are intended to complement the current CCS demonstration competition and therefore the competition will proceed as set out in the Budget statement.

Departmental Data Protection

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have been (i) disciplined and (ii) dismissed for (A) breaches of data protection requirements and (B) inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data in the last 12 months. [278726]

Joan Ruddock: Information is a key asset to Government and its correct handling is vital to the delivery of public services and to the integrity of HMG. The Security Policy Framework and the Data Handling Report produced by the Cabinet Office provide a strategic framework for protecting information that Government handle and put in place a set of mandatory measures which Departments must adhere to.


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DECC can confirm that no officials have been disciplined or dismissed for breaches of data protection requirements or inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data in the last 12 months.

If staff are found to have been responsible for a serious breach of data security procedures, dependent upon the circumstances, a range of sanctions are available including disciplinary or administrative action, and in extreme or persistent cases, termination of employment/services and, if appropriate, criminal proceedings.

DECC operate within the following Cabinet Office frameworks in respect of data security:


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