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Lord Bassam of Brighton: It is a legal requirement that websites can be used by disabled people. To enable this to be achieved, the Government have adopted the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are particularly technical in their approach and we provide extensive guidance and encouragement to public sector web managers through the publication of the guidelines for UK government websites.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: At 1 April 1997 there were 475,340 permanent civil servants (full time equivalent). The latest figures published in April 2004 show that at 1 October 2003 there were 516,990 permanent civil servants (full time equivalent).
Whether increases in land values, such as the estimated £2.8 billion rise at Canada Wharf and Southwark tube stations resulting from the construction of the Jubilee Line, should be captured to help fund new lines such as the East London Line and Crossrail. [HL3784]
Lord Davies of Oldham: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Transport's Statement on 20 July set out the steps we are taking on identifying a funding solution for Crossrail which would be equitable for all. There may well be other projects where it would be feasible to capture potential benefits from development for the purposes of delivering the scheme.
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"The Business Appointment Rules provide for the scrutiny of appointments which former Crown servants propose to take up in the first two years after they leave the service. To provide an independent element in the process of scrutiny, the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments is appointed by the Prime Minister, comprising people with experience of the relationships between the Civil Service and the private sector. The Committee gives advice on applications at the most senior levels".
The Strategic Rail Authority's senior executive contract requires staff to abide by its business appointment rules. These include an approval process which applies to staff proposing to take up an appointment covered by the rules within six months of leaving the SRA.
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 30 June (WA 22), concerning the installation of safety cameras at fatal accident sites, why cameras have not been installed at the site of the A23 fatal accident in May where eight people were killed. [HL3909]
Lord Davies of Oldham: I refer the noble Lord to my Answer of 19 June concerning the site of the A23 fatal accident site. The Department for Transport Handbook of rules and guidance for the operation of the national road safety camera programme 31 October 2003 covers the criteria for safety camera partnerships' installation of cameras. A copy of the handbook is in the Library of the House.
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Transport Direct website went online on 12 July 2004, allowing the public access to the site as a further testing period before an official launch later in the year.
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Transport Direct provides real-time information for all 2,500 stations in Great Britain. Users can access live departure boards, which are provided by National Rail inquiries, through the Transport Direct website. Transport Direct also includes a live travel news service that can inform users of any incidents that may occur including cancellations and service disruption. The journey planner will take into account planned engineering works and provide information on rail replacement services.
Transport Direct will provide a live travel information service notifying users of any incidents that may affect their journey, such as road works and accidents. The site also uses historical congestion information to adjust car journey routes.
In accordance with principles for relocation set out at paragraph 10.3 of the Lyons report, which government departments or sponsored bodies have received approval from HM Treasury since 9 September 2003 to enter into or renew a significant property commitment in London, showing in each case the amount of space and its purpose. [HL3428]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Lord McIntosh of Haringey): The cases where the Treasury has agreed to proposals from departments and public bodies to enter into or renew property commitments from 10 September 2003 are listed below. In each of these cases, the case for relocation out of London and the south-east was fully explored. Treasury approval for these projects is consistent with the key principles set out in the Lyons report. The Government are tightening the requirement for departments to consult
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HM Treasury before taking on any significant new property in London and the south-east.
The implementation of departmental efficiency and relocation programmes will clearly have implications for the management of the public sector estate and
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government will continue to co-ordinate the use and size of their office estate in London and across the United Kingdom to ensure that it is properly configured.
|Organisation||Location||Office Space (sq m)||Purpose for New Lease|
|Department||1 Kemble Street||9,300||To conduct the Department's full range of business activities currently undertaken at Queen Anne's Chambers in Westminster, London (and making use of space owned by a public corporation)
|Office of the Deputy Prime MinisterAudit Commission||Millbank Tower, Westminster||5,100||To consolidate four London offices into a single office
|Department for Education and SkillsChildren and Family Court Advisory and Support Service||Wyndham House, South Quay, Docklands||1,400||To deliver the full range of the Service's responsibilities currently undertaken at Newspaper House in the City of London
|Department of HealthHuman Fertilisation and Embryology Authority||Bloomsbury Street||1,200||To deliver the Authority's responsibilities currently undertaken at two sites in Paxton House and the Fruit and Wool Exchange (and making use of existing civil estate)
|Department of HealthUniversity College London Hospitals NHS Trust||250 Euston Road||13,500||To consolidate office space as part of a wider project to redevelop the hospital and provide local services
|Department of HealthCommission for Social Care and Inspection||33 Greycoat Street, Westminster||1,600||To serve as headquarters for the newly constituted Commission
|Department of HealthMedicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency||Market Towers, Vauxhall||2,700||To deliver the new Agency's responsibilities following the merger of the Medical Devices Agency and the Medicines Control Agency|
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