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Mr. Tom Harris [holding answer 29 January 2007]: The Department for Transport does not hold this information centrally. Information about wheelchair access at railway stations is provided by the Association of Train Operating Companies on the national rail website (www.nationalrail.co.uk).
Mr. Tom Harris [holding answer 29 January 2007]: The Secretary of State meets regularly with Ministers from the devolved administrations and discusses a wide range of transport issues. It is not the normal practice of the Government to disclose specific details of these meetings.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Gillian Merron: The Department was formed in May 2002. The following table represents how much the Department and its agencies paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in the following years.
|(1) The Government Car and Despatch Agency have provided for years 2005-06 and 2006-07. Figures for earlier years are not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. (2) To date|
Dr. Ladyman: The information requested has been published by the Department on its website in table 8.2 of Transport Statistics Great Britain: 2006 edition. This table can be found at the following web address:
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what factors were taken into account when deciding to exempt taxi drivers and drivers of private hire vehicles from the requirement to wear a seat belt; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Ladyman: The exemption has been available since 1983 because of the risks that these drivers face from those that may assault or seek to rob them. The exemption applies in respect of licensed taxis and private hire vehicles as follows:
(i) while a licensed taxi is being used for seeking hire, answering a call for hire or is carrying a paying passenger;
(ii) while a private hire vehicle is being use to carry a paying passenger.
Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of how many drivers ignored closure signs at the Sheppey crossing and attempted to use the crossing in 2005-06. 
Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that dot matrix signs are installed on both sides of the Sheppey crossing to warn motorists of high winds and dangerous driving conditions. 
Dr. Ladyman: The Highways Agency is currently carrying out a study to ascertain if it is technically feasible to provide electronic variable message signs on the approaches to the Sheppey crossing bridge.
Dr. Ladyman: Traffic authorities already have powers to introduce variable speed limit signs without consent from the Secretary of State providing those signs conform to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 and the relevant speed limit orders are in place. There are no plans to devolve responsibility to traffic authorities for signs which do not conform to these regulations.
Gillian Merron: Responsibility for local street markets is for local authorities to consider as part of their transport planning work. The Department has issued guidance to them to assist in preparing their second Local Transport Plans. This asks them to consider a range of measures that will reduce congestion, improve air quality, and increase the use of public transport and levels of walking and cycling.
Local authorities are required to include accessibility strategies within their Local Transport Plans, which should include measures for addressing accessibility problems found within their area, particularly with regards access to healthcare, education, employment and healthy affordable food.
Dr. Ladyman: In accordance with a timetable set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to which the UK is a party, all tankers of 5,000 gross tonnes (gt) and above will be required to have double hulls by the end of 2015. The very large majority of single hull tankers will have been phased-out by the end of 2010. Tankers which do not comply with the IMOs double hull construction standards will be allowed to continue in service beyond 2010 only if they have additional protection such as double sides or double bottoms and are under 25 years old.
All tankers of 5,000 gt or more and carrying heavy grades of oil are already required to have double hulls if calling at a UK port. Small tankers of less than 5,000 gt and carrying heavy grades of oil will be prohibited from calling at UK ports from the anniversary of their delivery in 2008.
Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the access to work scheme among small and medium-sized employers; 
(3) how much his Department has spent in each of the last five years on advertising and promotional work to raise awareness of the access to work scheme among small and medium-sized employers. 
Mrs. McGuire: Information about access to work is already available to employers in leaflets designed especially for them. The leaflets are freely available from Jobcentre Plus offices. The information is also given on the Jobcentre Plus website and Direct Gov website.
Jobcentre Plus does not keep access to work records by type of employer. Disability employment advisers, who are often the gateway to access to work, are regularly in contact with employers locally and will raise awareness of access to work when appropriate.
There has been no advertising and promotional work specifically targeted at small and medium-sized employers in the last five years. However, Jobcentre Plus does market access to work as part of its general marketing strategy and has spent around £125,000 on marketing in disability magazines in 2005-06.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total cost of providing social security benefits to citizens from the A8 countries who (a) did and (b) did not register on the workers registration scheme in each month since May 2004. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who were claiming incapacity benefit prior to November 2003 are now claiming jobseeker's allowance; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: The number of claimants who flowed off incapacity benefit between 1 June 1999 and 30 November 2003, and who were claiming jobseeker's allowance at 31 May 2006, is 103,970, which represents 3.2 per cent. of the total incapacity benefit terminations for the same period.
Mr. Meacher: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed non-disabled (a) male and (b) female workers aged (i) 20 to 29, (ii) 30 to 39, (iii) 40 to 49 and (iv) 50 to 59 years had their benefit disqualified for (A) two weeks, (B) four weeks, (C) 13 weeks and (D) 26 weeks in the last 12 months; and what the equivalent figures were in 2001-02. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: There are a range of circumstances in which sanctions can be imposed. Those sanctions can be of varying lengths. Information on fixed length sanctions are shown in the following tables.
|Number of non-disabled individuals with JSA sanctions 1 August 2001 to 31 July 2002|
|Fixed length sanctions|
|2 weeks||4 weeks||26 weeks|
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