Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers are employed by her Department; and at what civil service pay grade in each such case. 
Mrs Gillan: The Wales Office inherited three cars allocated to its Ministers. In London we have two Toyota Prius, manufactured in Japan, and in Cardiff we have a Jaguar manufactured in the UK. These arrangements are changing following the publication of the new ministerial code which contains changes that affect ministerial entitlement to travel by Government car. The code states that
"the number of Ministers with allocated cars and drivers will be kept to a minimum, taking into account security and other relevant considerations. Other Ministers will be entitled to use cars from the Government Car Service Pool as needed".
Cabinet Office has provided clarification on how the code should be interpreted. The expectation is that Ministers not in the Cabinet will use the pool service and that Cabinet Ministers who have an allocated car will wish to consider how that car might be utilised by other Ministers within the Department before calls are made on the Government Car Service Pool.
Mr Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the financial interests of the individuals reviewing the Boatmasters regulations for the Marine and Coastguard Agency; and if he will make a statement. 
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is in the process of reviewing the results of an initial informal consultation on required changes to the Boatmasters regulations. In addition to the written
comments received, an MCA chaired group, the Boatmasters' Licences sub-group of the Domestic Passenger Ship Steering Group (DPSSG) has also commented extensively on the proposals. As this group is informal it is not necessary to review their financial interests; however, I am happy to receive representation from my hon. Friend should he have any concerns in this regard.
Norman Baker: The coalition agreement makes it clear that we will encourage joint working between bus operators and local authorities in England. The Local Transport Act 2008 introduced a number of new bus regulations in England and the related guidance has been published in full. I intend to wait for the outcome of the Competition Commission inquiry into the local bus market in Great Britain outside London before deciding on the need for any further regulatory reform of bus provision.
(a) March 2010: 89.40%
(b) April 2010: 87.01%
Highways Agency (HA)
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
Driving Standards Agency (DSA)
Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA)
Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA)
Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA).
Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the (a) implementation of penalty clauses and payments in its contracts and (b) potential legal action arising from the deferral and cancellation of contracts and projects under his Department's plans to achieve cost savings; and whether those estimates are included in the total cost savings to be achieved by his Department. 
For Department for Transport's (DFT's) direct spend, the reductions have been targeted at improving efficiency within non-contractualised spend and re-negotiating contracts with suppliers, and deferring a small number of lower priority schemes which are not contractualised for construction. The reductions will be achieved through a range of measures including a recruitment freeze, reduction in discretionary spend, and a freeze on major new IT spending.
The remainder of DFT's budget is distributed in grants to Network Rail, Transport for London and local government. The proposed reductions to these grants are subject to consultations with those organisations and regulators, and it will be for them to determine how reductions will be achieved. I would expect that similar efficiencies can be driven from these large organisations as can be found by the Department.
Mr Philip Hammond: The Government's vision is of a truly national high speed rail network. Ministers are reviewing the options for linking the UK's major conurbations. No final decisions on the shape of the network will be taken until full public consultation has taken place.
Mrs Villiers: Ministers are currently reviewing a wide range of departmental policy. Policy on disused rail lines is being considered as part of this review. The Woodhead tunnels are currently owned and maintained by National Grid.
Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on funding the provision of e-learning materials in the NHS, with particular reference to the e-Learning for Health programme. 
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers are employed by her Department; and at what Civil Service pay grade in each such case. 
The Department currently employs 18.5 full-time equivalent press officers within core DEFRA and 2.5 full-time equivalent press officers within its executive agencies. Details on their civil service pay grades are shown in the following table.
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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Ministers in her Department have been issued with (a) a BlackBerry,
(b) an iPhone, (c) another make of mobile telephone and (d) a personal digital assistant supplied by the Department. 
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) make, (b) model and (c) place of manufacture is of the car allocated for the use of each Minister in her Department. 
Richard Benyon: Under the interim arrangements inherited from Ministers in the previous Government (see my answer to the hon. Member for West Bromwich East (Mr Watson) 7 June 2010, Official Report, column 15W), DEFRA temporarily retains two allocated cars. One is a Toyota Prius T Spirit; the other a Honda Civic ES Hybrid. Both are manufactured in Japan.
Richard Benyon: The Noise Policy Statement for England provides a wide framework aimed at enabling noise management decisions to be made that ensure noise levels do not place an unacceptable burden on society. The statement sets out a vision to
"promote good health and a good quality of life, through the effective management of noise within the context of government policy on sustainable development."
Additionally, the Environmental Noise Directive (END) Noise Action Plans for 23 agglomerations (large urban areas) and major roads and major railways (outside agglomerations), in England (www.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/noise/), set out the principles of managing environmental noise.
They also describe the process to be followed by the Highways Agency, local highways authorities, and the railway industry, to determine what, if any, further noise management measures might be undertaken (in the context of Government policy on sustainable development), in areas found to most affected by environmental noise. The plans also describe the process for identifying and managing quiet areas, with the aim of preserving environmental noise quality where it is considered good.
Local authorities also have a statutory duty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to inspect their areas periodically for existing and potential statutory nuisances from noise, and to take reasonably practicable steps to investigate complaints of noise nuisance within their areas. Once satisfied that a statutory nuisance exists or may occur or recur, a local authority must issue an abatement notice requiring that the noise be ceased or abated within a specified timescale. Local authorities also have powers under the Noise Act 1996 (as amended) to take enforcement action against night noise emitted
between 11pm and 7am from licensed or domestic premises that exceeds the permitted level, which may be in the form of a fixed penalty notice.
Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the prohibition of the trimming of beaks of laying hens to take effect; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr Paice: The previous Government consulted on the proposed amendments to the Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) Regulations 2007, to remove the total ban on beak trimming allowing for the routine beak trimming of day-old chicks intended for laying to be carried out using the infra-red technique only. It closed on the 14 April and responses are currently being considered.
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