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Mr. Jamieson: My right hon. Friend meets regularly with airport management, and security issues are prominent amongst the topics discussed. There is in addition a very active dialogue at official level.
Mr. Jamieson: The number of BTP officers has increased from 2,095 in 1998 to 2,123 in 2002. It is a duty of the BTP Committee, not of the Secretary of State, to secure the maintenance of an adequate and efficient police service and determine the number of persons of each rank in the force.
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Mr. Jamieson: The Government's approach to the funding of future airport development schemes is described in paragraph 15.3 of 'The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: South East' consultation document. This states that the Government expects the current pattern of private sector financing to continue and that it does not expect to commit public funds to future airport developments.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many civil servants have been employed by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each year from 199495 to 200003; and if he will make a statement. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of the freight carried by coastal shipping was in UK flagged ships (a) in the year to May 1992, (b) the year to May 1997 and (c) the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: Statistics of freight traffic carried by coastal shipping in UK flagged ships are compiled on an annual basis only. The percentages carried in UK flagged ships for years 1991, 1996 and 2001 (the latest available year), in terms of goods lifted (tonnage) and goods moved (tonne-kilometres), were as follows:
|Year||UK flag share (percentage of goods lifted)||UK flag share (percentage of goods moved)|
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cases of computer misuse there were in his Department in each of the last five years, broken down by each category of misuse; and how many of those cases resulted in disciplinary action. 
Mr. Jamieson: Coinciding with the creation of the Department for Transport in May 2002, a new policy was introduced dealing with the use/misuse of the Department's ICT resources. This policy was brought to the attention of staff in a departmental Bulletin and is contained within the departmental Staff Handbook.
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Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Mayor of London and (b) the Metropolitan Police regarding the impact of congestion charging on traffic police; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward regulations under paragraph 11 of Schedule 23 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 to extend exemptions from the Central London road user charge; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: Exemptions from the central London congestion charge are primarily a matter for the Mayor. We are committed to providing a uniform minimum standard of exemptions or concessions from local road user charges in England. In considering the scope of these we will take into account experience gained in London and Durham.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) his Department and (b) each agency and non-departmental public body spent on external consultancy in each year from 199596 to 200203 (planned); and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 20 January 2003, Official Report, column 30W, on foreign commercial vehicles, what plans he has for implementing routine checks at ports of entry. 
Mr. Jamieson: Each European member state is required by law to ensure that vehicles bearing its registration are covered by motor insurance. Routine checks on foreign vehicles at ports would be illegal. Random checks involving all vehicles, foreign and domestic, are allowed and are carried out, away from the ports, by police forces and vehicle inspectors.
Mrs. Helen Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department and its agencies have met the commitment arising from Action Point 13 of the June 2000 strategy Statement on Revitalising Health and Safety to summarise health and safety performance and plans in Annual Reports from the year 200001 onwards. 
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Mr. Jamieson: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Work on 20 January 2003, Official Report, columns 8586W, in respect of Revitalising Health and Safety.
In addition to including a section on health and safety issues in the Department's Annual Report, separate annual reports on Occupational Health and Safety have been produced for the past four years. These detail performance for the Department and each of its Agencies and identify key occupational health and safety issues for action in the following year.
Mrs. Helen Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what information he has collated on the application to his Department and its agencies of the checklist, circulated by letter by Sir Richard Mottram, referred to under Action Point 12 of the revitalising health and safety strategy statement; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what sales of heritage assets and antique assets have been made by his Department since May 1997; if he will list such assets; and if he will estimate the total sales proceeds. 
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