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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the use by Ministers in his Department of cars allocated from (a) his Department's pool and (b) the Government car pool which are manufactured
in the UK; whether Ministers in his Department are entitled to request the use of a car manufactured in the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
"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".
UK manufactured cars make up a relatively small proportion (around 16%) of the current GCS fleet, most of which is comprised of low carbon emission hybrid vehicles manufactured abroad. Changed rules for allocation of cars and the need to reduce the cost of operating the Government Car Service mean that vehicle replacement is likely to be restricted in the immediate future, necessarily limiting the options for reconfiguring the fleet without incurring additional cost. For reasons of efficient and economic fleet management, it is not practical for Ministers to specify a particular vehicle or type of vehicle for a journey in a pool service car.
Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) political appointments and (b) other personal appointments he has made since his appointment; and at what estimated annual cost to the public purse. 
Mr Philip Hammond [holding answer 8 June 2010]: My Department does not allocate funding on a per capita basis. Part of the available funding is allocated on a regional basis and other funding is allocated to specific projects according to national priorities.
Angela Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future funding of improvements to the Midland Main Line to reduce journey times between London, St Pancras and Sheffield. 
Mrs Villiers: Network Rail currently has plans to make substantial improvements to the line by 2014. The plans include measures to enhance the capability of the infrastructure on the Midland Main Line to deliver faster journey times.
Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will include within the High Speed Two Exceptional Hardship Scheme consultation people affected on tunnelled stretches of the proposed route. 
Mr Philip Hammond: The Government are currently consulting on an Exceptional Hardship Scheme in relation to the proposed high speed line from London to the west midlands. The consultation is due to end on 17 June and we have received a number of responses from people living over or near tunnelled sections of the route. We will look carefully at the suggestions made by all respondents in deciding how to proceed.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made by the working group convened by his Department to consider the
respective legal advice received by the Department and trade unions on applying the national minimum wage to seafarers working on non-UK registered vessels travelling between UK ports; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has considered the responses to his Department's speed limit consultation of December 2009, with particular reference to 20mph zones; and if he will produce a revised speed limit circular in accordance with the proposals in the consultation. 
Mike Penning: I am considering the previous Government's proposals on local speed limit guidance, and responses received to those proposals. We will set out our position on road safety and speed policy over the coming months, including how we will work with local authorities on implementing these policies.
Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to bring into force each of those provisions of the Traffic Management Act 2004 which have not yet been brought into force. 
Norman Baker: I am considering the appropriateness and timing of the implementation of the remaining Traffic Management Act 2004 provisions, in the context of the Government's fundamental review of regulations.
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department had with the Energy Saving Trust on the environmental effects of the materials used in the Trust's marketing campaign promoting a free travel energy check. 
Norman Baker: The Department for Transport has not had any discussions with the Energy Saving Trust (EST) about this matter. EST has a corporate sustainability policy that looks to minimise the environmental impact of all marketing materials it commissions. The transport energy check materials have been printed on 100% recycled and chlorine-free paper which is sourced from paper mills with approved environmental systems.
Lindsay Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in ensuring that trade in diamonds does not fund violence. 
Mr Bellingham: Neither the Government nor the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) have formally reviewed the effectiveness of the KPCS in preventing the trade in diamonds from funding violence. However, compliance with KPCS requirements is monitored and evaluated through a 'peer review' system. Teams of experts representing KPCS Governments, civil society groups and industry visit selected KPCS states every year to review implementation of the KPCS and if necessary investigate reports of diamonds contributing to violence. Review reports are discussed by KPCS members at the annual plenary and intersessional meetings. Action can be taken against states shown to be persistently failing to implement the KPCS, including suspension. The June 2010 KPCS intersessional in Tel Aviv will include looking at ways the KPCS can be more effective. The UK is attending as part of the EU delegation.
Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will bring forward proposals for the House to participate in the formulation of EU free trade agreements with (a) Colombia and (b) Peru. 
Mr Jeremy Browne:
The negotiations for the EU Multi-Party Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru were concluded in March. The Agreement will now undergo legal scrubbing and will then be translated. It will have to be determined whether the final agreement will need to be concluded by the EU and ratified by national Parliaments. Once the final text is available European Council legal advisers will determine whether it needs to be concluded by the EU and ratified by national Parliaments. In any event the Council decision
on signature and conclusion of the agreement by the EU will be deposited for scrutiny with the EU Scrutiny Committee in both Houses.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of invoices from suppliers to his Department were paid within 10 days of receipt in (a) March and (b) April 2010. 
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