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Transport

Departmental Buildings

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department and its agencies have spent on rooms for staff leisure in each of the last five years. [324427]

Chris Mole: The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Food

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that the meat and dairy products procured by his Department and its non-departmental bodies are free range or produced to standards equivalent to those of the RSPCA Freedom Food scheme. [323072]

Chris Mole: The Department for Transport conducts its procurement in accordance with UK Government's value for money policies and principles, utilising collaborative arrangements where these are available and in accordance with the legal and regulatory framework.

The Department and its agencies generally provide staff catering and vending services via either an estates private finance initiative or facilities management contracts. These provisions are typically provided on a commercial basis and are not directly subsidised, and they operate in a competitive environment.

For example, the Department's HQ facilities management contract requires the contractor to comply with Government guidance on sustainable food and farming in the delivery of the contract. The contract requires the contractor to take account of the various Government food initiatives, and directs them to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs websites, where the contractor
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is encouraged to consider higher level schemes such as The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Freedom Foods standards.

Another example is the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's estates private finance initiative contract, which requires the service provider to comply with the sustainable food procurement initiative and other Government guidance on food and farming in delivery of the service.

As and when each of the Department's catering contracts needs to be renewed, consideration will be given to emerging higher level welfare standards when specifying replacement contracts.

Departmental Publications

David Davis: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether the dates of publication of any regular statistics or reports by his Department have been affected by planning for the forthcoming general election. [323455]

Chris Mole: On the announcement of a general election, the Cabinet Secretary issues guidance to Departments on their activities during the pre-election period. This will be published on the Cabinet Office website.

Regular statistical releases and reports will continue to be issued and published during the election period on dates which have been pre-announced.

Departmental Theft

Mr. Watson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department is taking to deter theft from within the Department. [322655]

Chris Mole: The Department for Transport has in place access control measures in accordance with Cabinet Office guidance, issues staff awareness guidance on its Intranet and provides lockable pedestals and personal lockers. It operates a clear desk policy, ensuring that all personal or sensitive material is locked away at the end of each working day. Reminders on security awareness are disseminated to employees via security liaison officers within the Department teams and 24/7 security staff are employed at principal sites within the Department.

Electronic Warfare

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of an electromagnetic pulse strike caused (a) deliberately and (b) through solar activity on the critical infrastructure of his Department. [321758]

Chris Mole: The Government's Cyber Security Strategy of the United Kingdom, published alongside and reflected in the National Security Strategy update of June 2009, considers a number of methods of cyber attack, including those that generate high levels of radio frequency power that can damage or disrupt unprotected electronics.

In addition, the Communications Electronic Security Group (CESG) provides Government Departments with advice and guidance on how to protect against, detect and mitigate various types of cyber attack.

It is not in the interests of the UK's national security for this Department to confirm whether it holds information
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about assessments of the effects of an electromagnetic pulse. Such disclosure could undermine the integrity and security of the UK's critical national infrastructure and thereby expose it to potential threats, which is not in the public interest.

High Speed Two

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent representations he has received on the route for the High Speed Two rail link; and if he will make a statement. [323478]

Chris Mole: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport has spoken to a number of stakeholders, including representatives of the Chilterns Conservation Board and the National Trust, as well as Members of this House whose constituencies lie on the recommended route. The Department for Transport also receives general correspondence covering many policy areas, including high speed rail and the conurbations it may serve, from a number of individuals, organisations and companies.

In identifying its recommended route for a high speed rail line from London to the west midlands, HS2 Ltd. held confidential discussions with relevant county and local planning authorities regarding specific options. A summary list and the full text of various detailed submissions which stakeholders submitted during the engagement process undertaken by HS2 Ltd. was published alongside the Command Paper.

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what costs his Department has incurred in the preparation of High Speed Two proposals for a new rail line linking London with the West Midlands. [323699]

Chris Mole: HS2 Ltd.'s budget for the period between 14 January 2009 and the end of the 2009-10 financial year is £8.6 million.

In addition, existing staff and budget resources within the Department for Transport were deployed in the preparation of the Command Paper, 'High Speed Rail'.

High Speed Two: Job Creation

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely number of construction jobs that will be created by High Speed Two. [323712]

Chris Mole: HS2 Ltd.'s report, published by the Government on 11 March 2010, estimates that around 10,000 jobs could be created during construction, with a further 2,000 permanent jobs through operation of High Speed Two.

Should High Speed Two be taken forward, Government will work with industry to draw up a High Speed Rail Industrial Strategy, including the establishment of a high level supply chain forum. Further details can be found in chapter 12 of the High Speed Rail Command Paper (CM 7827), copies of which have been placed in the Libraries of the House.


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Network Rail: Industrial Accidents

Mr. Hands: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) employees and (b) contractors of Network Rail have been (i) killed and (ii) injured at work in each year since its inception; and what cause was attributed to each incident. [323728]

Chris Mole: Accidents and incidents on the railways are reported to the independent Office of Rail Regulation under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR 95).

Table 1 lists the number of Network Rail employees and its contractors fatally injured while undertaking railway operations reported to the independent Office of Rail Regulation. These data exclude such employees fatally injured in road traffic accidents and fatalities arising out of a railway under construction, the latter being reported to the Health and Safety Executive.

The data also exclude other railway employees (e.g. train crew) that have been fatally injured on Network Rail infrastructure. Table 2 lists all reportable railway employee fatalities that have occurred on Network Rail infrastructure since Network Rail was formed in October 2002 to the end of 2008.

Injury data for Network Rail employees and contractors, and information on the cause of each incident could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Table 1: Fatalities to Network Rail employees and contractors October 2002 - 08

Network Rail employee Network Rail contractor Total

2002 (October to December)

0

0

0

2003

0

4

4

2004

0

8

8

2005

0

3

3

2006

0

1

1

2007

2

0

2

2008

0

2

2


Table 2: Fatalities to railway employees on Network Rail infrastructure October 2002 - 08

Number

2002 (October to December)

0

2003

4

2004

10

2005

5

2006

3

2007

2

2008

2


Network Rail: Manpower

Mr. Hands: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many staff were employed at Network Rail in each year since its inception. [323722]

Chris Mole: This is an operational matter for Network Rail as the owner and operator of the national rail network. The hon. Member should contact Network Rail's chief executive at the following address for a response to his question:


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Railway Signals

Mr. Hands: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many signals passed at danger incidents have occurred in each of the last five years. [323718]

Chris Mole: The number of signals passed at danger incidents that have occurred in each of the last five years are shown in the following table.

Number of signals passed at danger

2005

338

2006

349

2007

325

2008

330

2009

261


Since the introduction of the Train Protection and Warning System, there has been a significant and sustained reduction in the risk from signals passed at danger.

Railway Signals: Accidents

Mr. Hands: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many signals passed at danger incidents were attributable to (a) driver error, (b) defective signals, (c) obscured signals or (d) another cause in each of the last five years. [323730]

Chris Mole: There have been no fatalities or injuries caused by signals passed at danger on Britain's railways in the last five years, and the numbers of signals passed at danger are decreasing year on year. Information on specific causes of these incidents could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Hands: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) fatalities, (b) injuries and (c) incidents of damage to property have been caused by signals passed at danger incidents in each of the last five years. [323731]

Chris Mole: There have been no fatalities or injuries caused by signals passed at danger on Britain's railways in the last five years.

Data for incidents of damage to property caused by signals passed at danger are not held.

Railways: Accidents

Mr. Hands: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many ( a) drivers, (b) conductors or other train staff and (c) passengers have been (i) killed and (ii) injured in railway accidents that did not occur within railway stations in each of the last 10 years; and what cause was attributed to each incident. [323727]


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