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Written Answers — Transport: Consultants (10 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: The following table sets out the 10 professional services consultancy firms paid the most by the Department during the 11 months of the financial year 2013-14 for which we have data. These companies are sorted in descending level of departmental expenditure. Company name Total spend for periods 1 to 11 of financial year 2013-14 () Eversheds LLP 13,829,112 Freshfields...

Written Answers — Transport: Motor Vehicles: Seized Articles (10 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) does not hold the information requested. If the DVLA is made aware of any enforcement action taken as a result of an error, officials consider compensating for any losses incurred. Each case is considered individually.

Written Answers — Transport: Motor Vehicles: Seized Articles (10 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency does not seize and impound cars. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) adopts a compliance and enforcement approach to ensuring vehicle excise duty is paid. This includes reminder letters and late licensing penalties as well as court prosecutions and the wheelclamping and/or removal of unlicensed vehicles. If the DVLA is made aware of any...

Written Answers — Transport: Railways: Stansted Airport (10 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: The Secretary of State for Transport has not received any representations from Cross Country Trains regarding frequency improvements to their services between Peterborough and Stansted airport.

Written Answers — Transport: Road Traffic: Greater London (10 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: Under the terms of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, transport in London, including the Congestion Charge scheme, is the responsibility of Transport for London and the Mayor. Therefore, the Department for Transport has not made an assessment specifically about traffic movements in London in each year since the introduction of congestion charging.

Written Answers — Transport: Rolling Stock: Lancashire (10 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: Discussions have taken place with Lancashire county council on the provision of rolling stock for a new Manchester to Burnley and Blackburn via Rochdale service. A number of representations have been received from hon. Members concerning rolling stock in Lancashire, including at the Westminster Hall debate on rolling stock provision in the North of England on 12 March 2014.

Written Answers — Transport: West Coast Railway Line (10 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: The requested information is not available, however a number of similar statistics relating to 2012 are available via this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/rai02-ca pacity-and-overcrowding Average load factors for all services departing Euston can be calculated from the data in Table RA10213. The percentage of passengers in excess of capacity (PiXC) and the number of...

Written Answers — Transport: Nurseries (9 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: The Department’s childcare vouchers schemes are fully compliant with the Governments tax relief schemes as set out under Section 318 ITEPA 2003. Of the two nursery provision areas in Hastings and Swansea, the latter is run by a “third party” organisation, therefore, it is not for the Department to comment if they has access to the Government’s tax relief scheme.

Written Answers — Transport: Railways: Brighton (9 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: The new TSGN franchise, as well as using the new rolling stock which will be phased into service from 2016, will require the franchisee to meet ambitious targets to improve punctuality and reliability performance, service quality and passenger satisfaction. We have also made clear to bidders that they can receive extra evaluation credit for submitting proposals that exceed our specified train...

Written Answers — Transport: Rolling Stock: North East (9 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: The rolling stock operated on these two lines is a mixture of Class 142 and Class 156 units which were constructed between 1985 and 1989. However, the age of rolling stock is a crude measure of quality—as a properly planned refurbishment of an older train can result in a very pleasant travelling environment and a “new train feel” but at a fraction of the cost of a new unit....

Written Answers — Transport: Bus Services (8 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: The Senior Traffic Commissioner's Statutory Document on Local Bus Services has been published for a further period of consultation on 7 April 2014, for six weeks. The document has been revised following responses received during the first consultation. The Senior Traffic Commissioner is aware that the industry is keen for the final document to be introduced. She will review the responses to...

Written Answers — Transport: Bus Services (8 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: The information requested is in the following table: Penalties issued under Section 155 of the Transport Act 2000 or Section 39 of The Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Traffic Area Number of cases Total financial penalty applied () Number of cases Total financial penalty applied () Number of cases Total financial penalty...

Written Answers — Transport: Carnforth Station (8 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: The Government has no plans to reinstate platforms on the west coast main line and has not asked for or received any official reports on their reinstatement or removal in the 1960s. It would be for Lancashire county council to determine whether such a scheme is a local priority and this is not the case at the present time.

Written Answers — Transport: Driving: Licensing (8 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: Increasing the driving licence renewal age was proposed as part of the recent review of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). No detailed assessment has yet been made about this proposal. Any such decision would not be taken until a full consultation had been carried out and supporting evidence considered.

Written Answers — Transport: Driving: Licensing (8 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: The Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995 requires that drivers who accumulate six or more penalty points during their probationary period will have their licences revoked. The accumulation of offences can be for any reason. The following table shows the number of drivers whose licences were revoked under the New Drivers Act who committed at least one insurance offence: Number of...

Written Answers — Transport: Rescue Services: Belfast (8 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: During March 2014 Belfast Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) was staffed below risk assessed levels on eight occasions out of 62 shifts. Where there are specific issues at a MRCC Her Majesty's Coastguard is using the current long established pairing arrangements between MRCCs. This enables each MRCC to be connected to at least one other MRCC which is available to provide mutual support.

Written Answers — Transport: Rescue Services: Liverpool (8 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: During March 2014 Liverpool Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) was staffed below risk assessed levels on eight occasions out of 62 shifts. Where there are specific issues at a MRCC Her Majesty's Coastguard is using the current long established pairing arrangements between MRCCs. This enables each MRCC to be connected to at least one other MRCC which is available to provide mutual support.

Written Answers — Transport: Rescue Services: Stornoway (8 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: During March 2014 Stornoway Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) was staffed below risk assessed levels on six occasions out of 62 shifts. Where there are specific issues at a MRCC Her Majesty's Coastguard is using the current long established pairing arrangements between MRCCs. This enables each MRCC to be connected to at least one other MRCC which is available to provide mutual support.

Written Answers — Transport: Southeastern (8 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: The Department holds information collected by Southeastern about the level of demand on each of its routes. However, this data is held by DfT on a commercially confidential basis and so cannot be released. As part of its Long Term Planning Process, Network Rail will undertake a Kent Route Study during 2015-16 to identify which routes may require increased capacity provision. On the basis of...

Written Answers — Transport: Driving Tests (7 April 2014)

Stephen Hammond: Since 2008 DVSA holds record of 12 practical driving test appeals that have come before the magistrates court; we have no record of any practical driving test appeals that have come before the Sheriff's court. None of these appeals were upheld as detailed in the following table: Date Place of hearing Under S90 or S133 RTA Outcome 11 June 2008 Croydon S133 Dismissed 27 January...

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