HC Deb 01 February 1994 vol 236 cc632-3W
Mrs. Dunwoody

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the numbers and grades and salary costs of staff at each Driving Standards Agency office affected by the proposed marketing test of the booking of driving tests and the processing of driving test fees.

Mr. Key

Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Driving Standards Agency under its chief executive, Dr. Ford. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Dr. S. J. Ford to Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody, dated 27 January 1994: The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your Question about the Market Testing of DSA's driver test booking service. First you asked about the numbers and grades of the staff at each office affected. The staff-in-post information is in the attached schedule. Secondly, you asked for salary costs at the Agency offices. In our 1993–94 Business Plan, which was deposited in the Library of the House in May 1993, DSA estimated its total payroll costs for 1993–94 to be £3.6 million for all regional offices and £1.8 million for the headquarters office (although not all of these staff will be affected by the market test).

Sir John Wheeler

The Northern Ireland Office Ministers have no plans at present to buy or loan any photographs.

Mr. Boyes

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many(a) paintings and (b) photographs there are on the walls of his rooms.

Sir John Wheeler

There are 49 paintings and three photographs in the Northern Ireland Office Ministers' rooms.