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Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the cost to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has been of administering the free prize draw for motorists renewing their vehicle tax online or by telephone to date. [322390]

Paul Clark: The administrative costs associated with the free prize draw for motorists renewing their vehicle tax online or by telephone are as follows:

£

June 2008 to March 2009

13,697.69

April 2009 to March 2010

11,332.00


National Bullying Helpline

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what contacts the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has had with the National Bullying Helpline since 2004; and whether the agency has made any payments to (a) the National Bullying Helpline and (b) HR and Diversity Management Limited in that period. [320131]


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Paul Clark: The Civil Service has a zero tolerance policy on bullying and harassment.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has had no contact with the National Bullying Helpline since 2004.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has made no payments to the National Bullying Helpline or HR and Diversity Management Limited in that period.

Railways: Chesham

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects construction work on the High Speed Two route in Chesham and Amersham constituency to (a) commence and (b) be completed. [322673]

Chris Mole: As with any major infrastructure project, there will need to be extensive and detailed consultation, particularly with local communities affected. We will consult on the recommended route this autumn before the finalisation of Government policy and, if the decision is taken to proceed, will introduce a hybrid Bill following further detailed work.

Construction on the line would not begin until after the completion of Crossrail from 2017, with services on a London to Birmingham line commencing from 2026 at the earliest. Start and finish of works in specific locations would be subject to detailed work by HS2 Ltd. following decisions made after the autumn consultation.

Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

Mr. Brady: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he expects the electric multiple unit trains cascaded from Thameslink stock for services in the North West to be in service by March 2014. [322449]

Chris Mole: The cascade of existing trains operating Thameslink services is made possible by the procurement of new vehicles through the Thameslink Programme. The commercial negotiations on the procurement of the new vehicles are ongoing and until these are finalised, it will not be possible to confirm the timing of the resulting cascades.

Solicitor-General

BAE Systems: Fraud

David Howarth: To ask the Solicitor-General (1) what the total cost to the Serious Fraud Office was of the recently-settled case against BAE Systems; [318575]

(2) what estimate she has made of the total cost to the Serious Fraud Office of its investigations into BAE Systems to date. [318576]

The Solicitor-General: The SFO has not yet assessed the costs involved since proceedings have not concluded.


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Departmental Sick Leave

David Simpson: To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff in the Law Officers' Departments have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last three years. [316450]

The Solicitor-General: The information requested is as follows:

Crown Prosecution Service and Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office

The number of staff who have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last three years is 131.

The Serious Fraud Office

In the last 12 months 19 staff had five or more short- term absences. The most recent available data before this (2006-07) can be found at the following link:

Treasury Solicitors, Attorney-General's Office and HM Crown Prosecution Inspection Services

Over the three years 2007-09 there have been 27 people who meet the criteria above. This represents less than 3 per cent. of the total workforce.

The National Fraud Authority

The NFA was launched in 2008-09 and no members of staff are recorded as having had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days during this period.

Electoral Commission Committee

Bearwood Corporate Services

Chris Huhne: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission from which (a) legal firms, (b) Queen's counsel and (c) other sources the Electoral Commission sought advice in connection with its investigation into Bearwood Corporate Services; and how much was paid for such advice in each case. [322506]

Mr. Streeter: The Electoral Commission informs me that in addition to legal advice from its in-house Legal Counsel, it also obtained legal advice from Queens counsel, Michael Beloff QC and Andrew Mitchell QC; and from junior barristers, Jane Collier and Sarah Palin. Payments to Queen's counsel amounted to £61,000 and payments to junior counsel amounted to £20,000.

House of Commons Commission

Nurseries

Mr. Burns: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the oral answer of 11 March 2010, Official Report, columns 428-30, on a day nursery, whether the Chairman of the House of
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Commons Commission decided that the proposals for a day nursery at Bellamy's would not be placed before the Finance and Services Committee. [322446]

Nick Harvey: The Commission took the decision in principle on the setting up of a nursery facility at 1 Parliament street on 14 December 2009 with a view to making the facility available in the new Parliament. In view of the time constraint for its implementation, the Commission decided on this occasion not to refer the matter to the Finance and Services Committee.

Northern Ireland

Departmental Lost Property

John Mason: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what property has been recorded as (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been made of the cost of the replacement of that property. [322081]

Paul Goggins: During the 12-month period from March 2009 to February 2010 the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), including its arm's length bodies and the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland but excluding its agencies and NDPBs, recorded 12 floppy disks as being lost in transit between Belfast and London. They did not contain any personal or classified information. As the disks were not replaced there was no cost of replacement to the Department.

No items of departmental property were reported as stolen during this period.

Defence

Armed Forces: Housing

Willie Rennie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many single living accommodation units for service personnel in Scotland are in each standard for condition. [322039]

Mr. Kevan Jones [holding answer 12 March 2010]: Single Living Accommodation (SLA) is not assessed for its Standard for Condition, but graded according to its condition and 'scale', which includes things like the amount of storage and size.

As at October 2009, the latest date for which figures are available, SLA bed-spaces in Scotland were at the following Grade.

Grade SLA bed-spaces

1

3,395

2

1,104

3

2,188

4

1,078


Armed Forces: Orthopaedics

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have had limbs amputated in the last six months. [322518]


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Mr. Kevan Jones: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 23 February 2010, Official Report, column 410W, to the hon. Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey).

Children, Schools and Families

Academies: Finance

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will guarantee the provision of funding at current levels for the Academies programme in the next spending round. [322492]

Mr. Coaker: The pre-Budget report announced a real-terms increase of 0.7 per cent. for DCSF frontline services including schools for 2011-12 and 2012-13. The remaining DCSF budgets for this period will be finalised in the spending review later this year. Open academies will receive funding increases in line with those for maintained schools and the 0.7 per cent. real terms increase already announced.

Children: Social Services

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how long each local authority's Director of Children's Services has been in post. [321084]

Mr. Coaker: The Department does not collect this information.

Departmental Advertising

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is responsible spent on advertising in 2009. [317070]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: It has not been possible to identify the Department's spend on advertising in 2009 without incurring disproportionate cost. However, the Department's spend on advertising in the 2008-09 financial year was £13,891,106.

Advertising expenditure by non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies in 2009 cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost

Departmental ICT

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its agencies spent on font licensing in the last three years. [315283]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: Since 2007 the Department of Children, Schools and Families has not directly purchased any font licences for related publications work that has been specifically billed.

Departmental Languages

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department
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received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what expenditure his Department incurred in providing such coaching; and in what languages such coaching was provided. [320411]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: No DCSF Ministers have received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months.

With regard to civil servants, the Department does not collect this information centrally in the form requested. Information on external training courses attended by employees in the last 12 months and the cost of each course is held locally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Telephone Services

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and which telephone helplines received funding from his Department in 2009; [318378]

(2) how many telephone calls were (a) received and (b) answered by each of the helplines funded by his Department in each month since their commencement; [318379]

(3) how much funding each of the helplines funded by his Department receives each month. [318380]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The requested information cannot be provided except at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Temporary Employment

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which companies were contracted by his Department and its predecessor for the provision of temporary staff in each of the last three years; how many temporary staff were employed by his Department in each such year; and what the monetary value was of contracts with each such company in each such year. [317998]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Department was created on 28 June 2007. The Department has used three agencies for the provision of its temporary staff (admin and clerical)-Adecco, Reed Employment and Hays Office Support. The contract with Adecco expired on 31 August 2007, when new contracts were established with Reed and Hays.

The number of temporary staff employed by the Department is as follows:

Number

July to December 2007

98

January to December 2008

207

January to December 2009

130


We are unable to provide the monetary value of the contracts as this is commercial in confidence.

For a small number of specialist temporary staff and interim managers the Department has used other agencies but information on this could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.


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