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Written Answers

Tuesday 7 October 2008

Buses: Roadworks

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Lord Adonis): In April, certain provisions of the Traffic Management Act 2004 and the associated regulations came into force. These increased local authorities' powers to direct when works by statutory undertakers may take place and where apparatus may be placed, as well as allowing authorities to operate a permit scheme, with the Secretary of State for Transport’s approval, to control all works in the highway.

The Department for Transport has commissioned an assessment of the impact of certain parts of the Traffic Management Act 2004 on congestion for all road users, which is due to be completed in summer 2010.

The department regularly monitors the punctuality of bus services. The latest figures from Bus Punctuality Statistics GB: 2007, available in the Libraries of the House, show some improvements in performance in England (outside London) since the last survey in 2005. However, it is not possible to draw a link between the introduction of the Traffic Management Act 2004 and improved punctuality, as the survey was not designed for this purpose.

Civil Service: Women

Baroness Miller of Hendon asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The number of women in the senior Civil Service (SCS) in each government department and the percentage of the total number of each department's SCS who are women (as at October 2007) are set out in the following table:



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Current departmentNumber of Women% of Senior Civil Servants

Assets Recovery Agency

1

33

Cabinet Office

54

35

Central Office of Information

4

31

Charity Commission

5

42

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

14

40

Crown Prosecution Service

12

36

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

62

32

Department for Children, Schools and Families

46

42

Department for Communities and Local Government

68

48

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

8

24

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

51

27

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

15

29

Department for International Development

34

36

Department for Transport

44

24

Department for Work and Pensions

107

37

Department of Health

154

40

Estyn (HM Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales)

4

100

Export Credits Guarantee Department

2

14

Food Standards Agency

14

38

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

12

30

Government Communications Headquarters

5

13

Government Offices for The Regions

31

47

Health and Safety Executive

12

24

HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

1

33

HM Revenue and Customs

106

25

HM Treasury

35

32

Home Office

54

30

Land Registry

11

32

Ministry of Defence

28

11

Ministry of Justice

77

34

National Archives

3

50

National Savings and Investments

2

22

National School of Government

6

55

NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA)

1

13

Northern Ireland Office

4

21

Office for National Statistics

13

26

Office for Standards In Education

13

54

Office of Fair Trading

10

31

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets

6

32

Office of Government Commerce

10

32

Office of Rail Regulation

5

33

Ordnance Survey

2

40

Parliamentary Counsel Office

17

39

Postal Services Commission

2

33

Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office

2

25

Scottish Executive

85

34

Serious Fraud Office

3

27

Treasury Solicitor’s Department

32

45

Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

3

43

Welsh Assembly Government

50

34

Total

1340

32



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Note: Data are based on departmental returns and where applicable reflect numbers in post at October 2007, irrespective of funding arrangements. It excludes some civil servants who work at a senior level, such as senior diplomatic and military personnel (source: Cabinet Office SCS database).

The next diversity strategy for the Civil Service, Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity—a Strategy for the Civil Service, was launched on 17 July 2008 and includes new diversity targets for the SCS:

39 per cent of the senior Civil Service to be women;34 per cent of top management posts to be held by women;5 per cent of the senior Civil Service to be minority ethnic staff; and5 per cent of the senior Civil Service to be disabled people.

The aim is to reach these targets within five years, with a stretch target of doing so within three years, and we will publish progress against them every six months. These targets will be underpinned by diversity targets for the SCS in each government department, as well as for their feeder grade populations and grades below where there is under-representation in particular groups.


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