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These figures do not include grant support provided by the Department to local authorities. Revenue support to authorities for transport is generally provided through the Revenue Support Grant. Amounts provided to York city council in these years are as follows:

£ millions

LTP funding Pre-LTP funding Major projects Total capital funding

2009-10

4.856

-

-

4.856

2008-09

5.116

-

-

5.116

2007-08

5.560

-

-

5.560

2006-07

5.864

-

-

5.864

2005-06

6.225

-

-

6.225

2004-05

6.302

-

-

6.302

2003-04

5.981

-

-

5.981

2002-03

5.555

-

-

5.555

2001-02

5.995

-

-

5.995

2000-01

2.262

-

-

2.262

1999-2000

-

1.983

-

1.983

1998-99

-

1.127

-

1.127

1997-98

-

2.212

0.977

3.189

1996-97

No data

No data

2.262

2.262


Transport: Per Capita Costs

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much transport spending per person by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies there was on (i) light rail, (ii) heavy rail, (iii) bus and (iv) roads in (A) Yorkshire and Humber and (B) London in each year since 2005. [305767]

Mr. Khan: The Department for Transport publishes estimates of its total expenditure on services per head by region and country in its annual report. These figures rest on a number of assumptions, for example about how total expenditure on strategic highways and rail should be attributed to different regions.

These figures exclude grant to local authorities, including Greater London Authority Transport Grant, as this
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information is collated separately by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Department for Work and Pensions and devolved Administrations.

The report does not provide a specific breakdown per capital for light rail, heavy rail, bus and roads.

To provide a detailed estimate of the figures on the basis sought would incur disproportionate cost.

Written Questions: Government Responses

Andrew Selous: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he will respond to question 301331, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 19 November 2009, on departmental working practices. [305878]

Chris Mole: A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 9 December 2009.

Prime Minister

Departmental Security

Mr. Heald: To ask the Prime Minister how many security passes his Department has issued to contractors providing consultancy services in the last 12 months. [303940]

The Prime Minister: It has been the practice of successive Governments not to comment on security matters.

Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the (a) advantages and (b) disadvantages of the merger of the Departments for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Innovation, Universities and Skills. [303932]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the machinery of government press notice issued by my Office. Copies are available in the Library of the House and are also available on the No. 10 website at:

Iraq Committee of Inquiry: Disclosure of Information

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Prime Minister what protocols have been agreed between the Government and the Iraq Inquiry on the disclosure and publication of documents provided to the Committee. [304131]

Tessa Jowell: I have been asked to reply.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the Cabinet Office press release of 29 October publishing the information sharing protocol the Government have agreed with the Iraq Inquiry. This is the only protocol agreed between the Government and the Inquiry.

Members: Surveillance

Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2009, Official Report, column 366W, on Members: surveillance, if he will
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provide the information requested in respect of unreported interceptions since 1975. [304285]

The Prime Minister: I have nothing further to add to the answer I gave on 30 November 2009.

Trinidad and Tobago: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Prime Minister what (a) discussions he had and (b) conclusions were reached at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. [304527]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to my written ministerial statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, column 113WS.

International Development

Bangladesh: Climate Change

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to Bangladesh to help combat the effect of climate change; and if he will make a statement. [305288]

Mr. Thomas: The Department for International Development (DFID) works closely with the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) on climate change issues. DFID:

Bangladesh: International Assistance

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to Bangladesh for the construction of cyclone defences following Cyclone Sidr in 2007. [305290]

Mr. Thomas: The UK provided around £20 million in response to three natural disasters in 2007, including Cyclone Sidr. Approximately £2 million has been used to repair damaged coastal defences and build shelter homes in areas affected by Cyclone Sidr.

The World Bank has launched a special project called the Emergency Cyclone Recovery and Restoration Project (ECRP). This is a £138 million (US $226 million) project of which £19 million (US$ 30 million) has been specifically allocated to repair the embankments damaged
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by Cyclone Sidr. The UK has contributed £19.6 million to this project through our support to the World Bank International Development Association 15 fund.

Departmental Telephone Services

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0870, (b) 0845 and (c) 0800 his Department (i) operates and (ii) sponsors; how many calls were received to each number in the last 12 months; and whether alternative numbers charged at the BT local rate are available in each case. [305214]

Mr. Michael Foster: The Department for International Development (DFID) has one telephone number with the prefix 0845. This is used by the Department's Public Enquiry Point in our office in Scotland. DFID pay a fixed annual fee for this telephone line which includes rental and all outgoing call charges. This line is managed via the Governments Management Telecoms Service and DFID does not receive any payment for calls made to this number. Calls to this number are charged at the local rate.

DFID does not keep a record of calls made to the 0845 number, this information would need to be specifically requested from our supplier.

DFID do not have any telephone lines with the prefix 0800 or 0870.

Health

Autism: Health Services

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research into cerebral inhibition soothing behaviours and the compromised capacity of persons who are autistic undertaken by autism spectrum experts his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated; and if he will make a statement. [305721]

Gillian Merron: Neither the Department nor the Medical Research Council (MRC) is currently supporting or evaluating research relating to cerebral inhibition soothing behaviours and the compromised capacity of persons who are autistic. Both fund a portfolio of other research relating to autism on which the MRC, for example, spent over £2.4 million in 2008-09.

Christmas

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009. [306147]

Phil Hope: The Department has budgeted for £3,250 for Christmas trees in 2009.

Departmental Finance

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to paragraph 17 of the Explanatory Notes for the Personal Care at Home Bill, which budgets within his Department will fund the Department's £420 million contribution in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and by how much in each case. [306014]


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Phil Hope: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 8 December 2009, Official Report, column 296W, to the hon. Member for Boston and Skegness (Mark Simmonds).

Departmental Public Expenditure

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has allocated to the Aiming Higher for Disabled Children programme in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11. [305293]

Phil Hope: The 2009 Child Health Strategy, 'Healthy lives, brighter futures', confirmed that £340 million was included in primary care trust (PCT) baseline allocations by the Department of Health for disabled children for the period 2008-09 to 2010-11, to support the implementation of the Aiming High for Disabled Children programme and the children's palliative care strategy, 'Better Care: Better Lives'. This figure includes £30 million to deliver the priorities for children's palliative care. Neither the programme nor the strategy broke down the funding by year. It is for PCTs to determine how best to use this funding based on local needs.

Copies of both documents have already been placed in the Library.

Mental Capacity Act 2005

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions the Mental Capacity Act 2005 has been invoked in order to modify the situation pertaining to someone with disability in order to maximise their individual capacity; and if he will make a statement. [305722]

Phil Hope: This information is not collected.


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