§ Mr. Chaytor
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many applications for Powershift grants for the Toyota Prius were(a) submitted and (b) approved in (i) 2002–03, (ii) 2003–04 and (iii) 2004–05 to date; and how many of the approvals were for (A) new and (B) demonstrator vehicles. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
[holding answer 14 September 2004]: The Toyota Prius is listed on the PowerShift Register and is eligible for a £700 grant where used in England/Wales/Northern Ireland. A separate scheme operates in Scotland. The number of applications approved and paid for PowerShift grants for Toyota Prius from year 2002 to date in England/Wales/N Ireland are as follows:
(a) Applications submitted and for which a grant offer letter has been issued1 Number 2002–03 1 2003–04 412 2004–05 1,045 1Number of applications that have failed before reaching grant offer stage is not recorded onto the applications database.
(b) Grams paid Number 2002–03 0 2003–04 146 2004–05 1117 1To end August.
A grant is available to the first owner (person or organisation) to register a PowerShift approved vehicle, subject to meeting the usual eligibility criteria (i.e. must operate in England, Wales or Northern Ireland). This includes dealer demonstrator vehicles that are registered, but the number of applications in respect of demonstrator vehicles is not recorded separately.