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Roadside Lighting

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the reduction in (a) electricity use and (b) carbon dioxide emissions if all roadside lighting in the UK were to switch to LED illuminations. [202069]

Mr. Jamieson: I have been asked to reply.

The light output and efficiency of high intensity light emitting diodes (LEDs) can now equal or better that of incandescent lamps. However, the light output is still significantly less than the gas discharge light sources used for street lighting, for example high pressure sodium. At present both electricity consumption and carbon dioxide emissions would increase if the UK switched to LEDs for street lighting.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the total (a) electricity use and (b) carbon dioxide emissions produced by (i) roadside street lighting and (ii) other public illumination of roadside signage in the last year for which figures are available. [202070]

Mr. Jamieson: I have been asked to reply.

Street lighting in England is the responsibility of local highway authorities in respect of local roads and the Highways Agency in respect of the trunk road network. The electricity supply for public lighting is not normally metered, but is based on notional lamp wattages and hours of use. The actual electricity consumption is therefore unknown. It is for local highway authorities to decide whence to source their electricity supply so, even if the power consumption could be established, calculations about the carbon dioxide emissions produced by street lighting would be impossible without knowing what proportion of authorities have contracted for "green" energy sources.

Rural Funding

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how rural funding under the single farm payment will be implemented. [200418]

Alun Michael: The CAP reform package agreed in June 2003 allows modulated funds to be compulsorily transferred from farming subsidies to agri-environment and other rural development schemes in all EU member states. A 3 per cent. rate of compulsory EU modulation will apply to subsidy payments in 2005 rising to 5 per cent. from 2007. In addition the UK
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secured agreement to allow an additional voluntary modulation rate to be levied over and above the EU rate.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications for rural areas of the new rural funding scheme, with particular reference to North Yorkshire. [200419]

Alun Michael: As part of the Rural Strategy 2004 we announced a simplified funding framework which will be clearly focused on the key targets set out by the Secretary of State, particularly deprivation or social exclusion in rural areas and underperforming rural economies. Delivery will be devolved as much as possible. As a result of our work on the rural database, Defra funding will be better targeted at priorities, with greater regional partnership working and prioritisation. Customers and the public will face a less confusing situation and will receive better information and support in their dealings with our delivery agencies.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which body will be the delivery body for the new rural funding scheme. [200420]

Alun Michael: The new rural funding framework we announced in Rural Strategy 2004 will have three core funds designed to support three departmental priorities. They are: sustainable rural communities; sustainable farming and food; and natural resource protection. Each will have a grant funding and a core (organisational capacity) funding element. In this framework, Regional Development Agencies will take the lead on regeneration and socio-economic funding, support for the rural voluntary and community sector will rest primarily with Rural Community Councils and their partners, supported by Government Offices, while
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the new Integrated Agency (also announced in Rural Strategy 2004) will deliver natural resource protection and environmental land-management funding.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications for parish plans of the streamlining process for rural funding. [200421]

Alun Michael: In Rural Strategy 2004 we announced that we would simplify our funding framework with delivery devolved as much as possible with parish and town councils playing an important role at the local level. The value of parish plans has been enhanced by the attention and support given to the work of parish and town councils by Ministers and officials at ODPM and Defra, not least through the qualification of clerks and the QUALITY Parish and Town Councils scheme. Having been promoted through pilot schemes on our behalf by the Countryside Agency, we are now working to "mainstream" the parish plan approach and to support further development through the future funding framework.

Training Courses

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) cost to the Department, (b) title and (c) location was of each training course organised by her Department for its staff in each financial year since 1997–98. [200392]

Alun Michael: The responses to parts (a) , (b) and (c) of this question for the financial years 2000–01 to 2003–04 are contained in the summary table.

These details relate only to the core corporate courses delivered by external training providers.

Defra is fully committed to providing access to training for its staff to enable them to deliver Defra's business and to develop them to their full potential.
Course titleNumberCost (£)Location of courses
Administrative Grades Development2681,344Surrey, Bournemouth, Preston, York
Advanced Presentation Skills59,950London
Advanced Writing Skills1418,200York, London
Assertiveness, Pressure and Time Management1819,800London, York, Worcester
Basic Guide to the European Union65,400York, London
Be a Better Manager42745,919Derby, London, York, Worcester, Bristol
Bespoke Administrative Skills1943,700York, London, Reading, Crewe
Bespoke Change Skills3478,200London, York, Bournemouth, Workington, Cambridge
Bespoke European Union2623,400London, York
Bespoke Writing for Ministers1728,900York, London, Bristol, Weybridge
Bespoke Skills2688,400York, Workington, London, Taunton
Bespoke Writing at Work3241,600London, York, Workington
Bite Size Learning2460,000Workington, Reading, Exeter, London, Crewe, Nottingham, York
Chairing a Meeting1710,200London, York, Worcester
Competence Based Interviewing4182,000London, Polwhele
Diversity and Equality for Specialists/SCS2166,499Cambridge, London, York, Worcester
Diversity and Equality Workshops173138,400London, York, Cambridge, Leeds, Reading, Leicester, Alnwick, Taunton, Exeter, Bristol, Carlisle
Effective and Rapid Reading718,021London, York
Diversity for Grades 3 to 634,614London
European Union Negotiating13,326London
Getting Your Message Across710,276London, Worcester
How to get the most from your email107,830Cambridge, Crewe, York, Exeter, London
Introduction to Agriculture1619London
Influencing Skills1929,640York, London
Interpersonal Skills2452,412London, York, Leeds, Cambridge
Introduction to the European Union981,000London, York
Minutes of Meetings2515,000London, York, Worcester, Leeds, Cambridge
Managing and Making Change Happen50479,500York, Worcester, Derby, Bournemouth, Harrogate, London
New Entrant Induction103280,689London, York, Guildford, Worcester, Reading, Bristol, Taunton, Exeter, Leicester, Derby
New Managers97535,573Worcester, Bournemouth, London, York, Derby, Guildford, Bristol, Exeter, Leicester
Performance Appraisal Management812544,382London, York, Worcester, Leicester, Gloucester, Edinburgh, Reading, Bristol, Derby, Exeter
Personal Development for EOs431,248Preston, Bournemouth, Guildford, Midlands, London
Performance Appraisal Training350267,943All Defra locations
Presentation Skills1229,940London, Worcester,
Principled Practical Leadership20828,843Oxford, London
Project Awareness955,800London
Project Management918,000London, York
Promotion Board Interviewing Skills12,000London
Senior Civil Service Interviewing Skills24,000London
Selection Board Interviewing Skills848,000Weybridge, London, Worcester
Staff Reporting and Appraisal56,000London, Cambridge
Strategic Leadership14,500London
Stress Awareness1115,400York, Worcester, London
Supervisory Skills for AOs2184,000Leeds, Worcester, London, York
Women Managers Development1331,514York, London
Writing at Work2327,600Leeds, York, London, Cambridge
Writing for Ministers2318,400Cambridge, York, London

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Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial penalties were paid in each financial year since 1997–98 to training providers by the Department for training courses prepared for its staff which were subsequently cancelled at the Department's request. [200412]

Alun Michael: The total financial penalties paid equates to 1.4 per cent. of the £5,152,982 total spent on core corporate learning and development in Defra during financial years 2000–01 to 2003–04.
Cost (£)

(1) The increased penalties paid in financial year 2001–02 can largely be attributed to the disruption to staff caused by the foot and mouth crisis.

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