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Mr. Drew: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what settlements have been designated as cycling communities; and how much funding his Department has allocated to each since their designation. 
Mr. Khan: The Department for Transport funds 18 "Cycle Cities and Towns" through Cycling England. The first phase of the Cycling Demonstration Towns programme, from 2005 to 2008, saw six towns across England receive European levels of funding to significantly increase their cycling levels. Aylesbury, Brighton and Hove, Darlington, Derby, Exeter and Lancaster with Morecambe collectively received over £7 million from Cycling England across three years, plus local match-funding, to deliver a range of measures designed to get more people cycling.
In June 2008, Cycling England announced Greater Bristol as the England's first official Cycling City, together with a further 11 Cycling Towns across England. The new city and towns, together with the original six, benefit from a share of £55 million of Departmental funding (match funded by the local authority) to pioneer innovative ways to increase cycling in their areas. The table includes £3 million additional funding for 2009-10 announced on 9 November 2009.
|Cycle city or towns - funding (£) by financial year:|
|City or Town||Local authority||2005-08 (1 Nov 2005 to 31 March 20 0 8)||2008-09||2009-10||2010-11||Total 2008-11|
The Department provides funding to local authorities for the Links to Schools programme through Sustrans. The purpose of the funding is to encourage children to walk and cycle to school. Links to school is a nationwide programme not directly linked to the cycle town projects.
|Links to school funding (£) in cycle towns:|
|Cycle demonstration towns cycle training funding 2009-10|
|Grant award (£)||Number of training places|
The Department also allocates integrated transport block and highways maintenance funding to local transport authorities for general capital investment in transport. This funding is not ring-fenced and local authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of each such flight. 
Chris Mole: No first-class air travel was undertaken by Department for Transport Ministers in 2008-09. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code. The annual list of Ministers' overseas travel costing more than £500 for 2008-09 can be accessed at:
Chris Mole: Three of the Department for Transport's Agencies-the Driving Standards Agency, the Vehicle Operator Services Agency and the Driver and the Vehicle Licensing Agency have been subject to independent assessment by CESG (the national technical authority for information assurance), of their information assurance procedures. The central Department will be subject to an independent assessment as part of its annual reporting processes to Cabinet Office in 2009-10.
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