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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 6 January 2010

Transport

Bus Services: Concessions

Mr. Allen: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) over-60 year olds and (b) disabled people in Nottingham North constituency made use of free off-peak bus travel in the latest period for which figures are available. [309025]

Mr. Khan: The Department for Transport does not maintain records of how many people in local authorities are in receipt of a concessionary bus pass as concessionary travel is administered locally by travel concession authorities (TCAs).

The last information held by the Department was that as of 17 April 2009, 69,597 of the new smartcard concessionary passes had been issued in Nottingham. This includes applications from disabled people as well as those aged 60 and over.

Departmental Art Works

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department spent money on art works in the last 12 months. [308580]

Chris Mole: During the last 12 months the Department spent £1,804 on art works and associated equipment. A list of acquisitions has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Other works of art displayed in the Department for Transport London HQ buildings are from the Government Art Collection (GAC), which publishes an annual list of acquisitions.

Information in respect of the Highways Agency can be provided only at disproportionate cost as it would require a full review of all claims and invoices. However, the Highways Agency have advised that they would not normally approve the spend of their funds on the procurement of works of art.

No works of art have been purchased by the other six Department for Transport Executive agencies during the last 12 months.

Departmental Billing

Jenny Willott: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many and what proportion of invoices submitted to his Department have been paid within 10 days in each month since October 2008; and if he will make a statement. [307963]

Chris Mole: Information on the proportion of invoices paid within 10 days of receipt for the Department for Transport and its Agencies is only available from January
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2009 as set out in the following table. Figures from January 2009 to May 2009 exclude Vehicle Certification Agency invoices.

Invoices paid Invoices paid within 10 days Percentage paid within 10 days

January 2009

17,569

10,750

61.19

February 2009

17,248

11,283

65.42

March 2009

19,308

12,947

67.06

April 2009

22,302

12,685

56.88

May 2009

14,932

11,994

80.32

June 2009

18,490

15,313

82.82

July 2009

17,733

14,304

80.66

August 2009

16,431

14,379

87.51

September 2009

20,406

18,571

91.01

October 2009

21,306

19,813

92.99

November 2009

21,652

20,276

93.64


Current data on prompt payment are regularly updated on DfT website at:

Departmental Telephone Services

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport 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. [305208]

Chris Mole: The details for the Department of Transport and its Agencies are as follows: (all lines listed are operated, none are sponsored).


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Number of lines operated Calls received from November 2008 to October 2009 Alternative BT numbers Comments

DfT(Cent)

0

-

-

-

DVLA

0800 032 5202

111,723

See comments

0870 numbers not used since 1 September 2009 and have been replaced by 0300 numbers which are not for profit public sector numbers, and charged at standard geographic rate. Figures included as calls made within the last 12 months.

0845 606 0160

21,021

0870 240 0009

5,154,664

0870 240 0010

7,015,395

0870 660 0301

648,829

0870 241 1879

93,618

0870 608 0604

595,848

0870 850 0007

106,930

0870 850 0964

79,821

0870 850 1074

164,505

0870 850 2963

27,124

0870 850 3368

357,290

0870 850 4444

9,115,222

0845 602 2006

190

HA

0845 750 4030

164,861

Yes

0845 750 4030 and 0870 122 6236 will shortly be changing to 0300 not for profit public sector numbers.

0845 955 6575

39,304

Yes

0800 092 2325

2,485

No

0845 300 2330

2,426

No

0845 300 2331

1,632

No

0870 122 6236

4,484

No

0800 018 6969

Not available

No

VOSA

0870 010 2067

8,372

No

Call volume figures only available from July 2009 onwards.

0870 6060 440

597,243

Yes

0845 600 5977

4,780

No (0845 number is standard rate)

0800 030 4103

5,102

No (0800 number is Freephone)

DSA

0

-

-

Only use 0300 numbers

MCA

1

2,704

Yes

Operates on a non-revenue basis at national rate.

VCA

0

-

-

Do have one 0844 number which will shortly move to 0300.

GCDA

1

440

No

-


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Departmental policy is to now use 0300 numbers wherever possible.

Driving: Young People

Mr. Amess: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent educational programmes his Department has developed which are directed at young drivers; what steps his Department is taking to encourage the wearing of seat belts by young persons; and if he will make a statement. [308227]

Paul Clark: The THINK! road safety campaigns target all drivers including young drivers on topics such as driving under the influence of alcohol, drug driving, speeding, motorcycle awareness, seat belt wearing and mobile phone use.

A new seat belt campaign was launched in November 2008, designed to warn drivers and their passengers that without a seat belt they can be killed even at low speeds on short local journeys.

This followed research showing that people are least likely to wear a seat belt in these situations as they believe that they can either brace themselves or be saved by an airbag. The campaign ran on TV, radio, posters, petrol pumps, car park barriers and Youtube. It will be repeated between 1 and 28 February 2010 in the same media excluding Youtube.

Floods: Finance

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much of the £23 million committed to Gloucestershire county council, Sheffield city council, North Lincolnshire council, East Riding of Yorkshire council, Barnsley metropolitan borough council, West Berkshire council, Shropshire county council and Rotherham metropolitan borough council following the 2007 floods to repair roads and bridges has been (a) paid to and (b) spent by those authorities. [309281]

Mr. Khan: The Department for Transport's policy in respect of its emergency capital highway maintenance funding for the 2007 floods, was to settle claims on an interim and final estimated cost basis. This allowed authorities to expedite their planned programme of repairs.

The funding transferred is set out as follows.


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£ million
Funding allocations made
Authority March 2008 July 2008 December 2008

Gloucestershire county council

10.048

6.500

0

Sheffield city council

9.033

0

0

North Lincolnshire council

1.497

0

0

East Riding of Yorkshire council

1.087

5.042

0

Barnsley metropolitan borough council

0.874

1.315

0

West Berkshire council

0.580

0.144

0

Shropshire county council

0.152

1.019

0

Rotherham metropolitan borough council

0.102

0.173

0

Worcestershire county council

0

2.312

0

Kingston upon Hull city council

0

0

0.665

Total

23.373

16.504

0.665


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