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Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on Lottery ticket purchases in (a) Thurrock and (b) the Thurrock constituency since the launch of the national lottery in 1994. 
Mr. Caborn [holding answer 9 October 2006]: The National Lottery operator, Camelot, does not collect ticket sales information on a constituency basis and does not routinely collect ticket sales data on a postcode basis. The most up-to-date sales data by postcode area are available in the Libraries of both Houses and provides information up to 2004.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Olympic delivery authority will be required to monitor the ethnicity of owners and workforces of companies contracted to work on projects for the 2012 Olympics. 
Mr. Caborn: The Olympic delivery authority is currently developing its equalities and diversity strategy, including a Race Equality scheme as required under the Race Relations Act 1976 (Statutory Duties) Order 2006. The strategy will consider the ODAs arrangements for monitoring its policies for any adverse impact on the promotion of race equality, which may include collecting relevant information from its contract partners. The strategy is expected to be issued for consultation later this year.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many bookings have been made with tourist operators through VisitBritains England net service since the scheme's inception; and what her Departments projections were for those numbers. 
Mr. Woodward: Formal monitoring of referrals and the bookings which result from them on the EnglandNet platform began in April 2006. Between April and August 2006, 2,948 referrals were made from EnglandNet to providers websites, from which 428 bookings resulted. During September 2006, 1,018 referrals were made to providers websites, but the number of resultant bookings is not yet available.
My Department has made no projections regarding bookings resulting from referrals via EnglandNet.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Snatch Landrovers are being used by British forces in Iraq. 
Mr. Ingram: For UK holdings, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 14 June 2006, Official Report, column 1230W. I am withholding details of the military capability deployed on operations since its disclosure would reveal the strength and capability of UK forces operating in theatre, and could have a bearing on operational security.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 771W, on emission permits, what costs were levied to the Department for exceeding the allocated carbon dioxide emission permits. 
Derek Twigg: I refer the hon. Member to the answer my predecessor gave on 10 July 2006, Official Report, column 1430W, which details the cost to the Ministry of Defence of buying additional carbon emission permits for the first year (2005-06) of operation of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the total carbon emission from his Departments buildings in each year since 1997; 
(2) what estimate he has made of the total carbon emission from military establishments (a) in the UK and (b) based abroad in each year since 1997. 
Derek Twigg: The estimated Ministry of Defence carbon emissions from buildings within the UK and Overseas defence estate in each year since 1997 are:
|Emissions in CO2 tonnes|
|UK Defence Estate||Overseas Defence Estate||Total|
It is not possible to separate out UK and overseas emissions prior to 1999 and figures for 2005-06 are not yet available. However the latter will be published later this year in the Sustainable Development Commissions Sustainable Development in Government Report 2005-06, a copy of which will be placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of his Departments premises have child care facilities on site. 
Derek Twigg: The Ministry of Defence currently has 46 work place nurseries, details of which are listed as follows.
London Main Building
RAF High Wycombe
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there are waiting lists for places at child care
facilities which his Department provides for its employees. 
Derek Twigg: The Ministry of Defence has 46 work place nurseries, 27 of which had waiting lists in September.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Departments energy was derived from renewable sources in 2005-06. 
Derek Twigg: The final Ministry of Defence energy consumption figures for 2005-06, including the proportion of energy derived from renewable sources, are not yet available. However, they will be published later this year in the Sustainable Development Commissions Sustainable Development in Government Report, a copy of which will be placed in the Library of the House.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the opportunities for microgeneration on his Departments property as a means of sourcing energy for use by the Department. 
Derek Twigg: It is departmental policy to maximise energy supply from renewable sources by exploiting all through-life renewable energy supply opportunities that offer value for money. A range of appraisal tools and evaluation methodologies have been mandated within the Department to prompt consideration of the potential to improve energy efficiency, promote the use of renewables and explore the procurement of energy that has been generated in environmentally acceptable ways.
The Ministry of Defence is working in partnership with the Carbon Trust to identify opportunities to increase the number of self-generating renewable technology schemes, including microgeneration, installed on the defence estate.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what advice his Department sought on sustainable building practices prior to the commencement of major building projects in each of the last five years. 
Derek Twigg: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) routinely liaises with a wide range of stakeholder organisations and other Government Departments on buildings. Since 2001, the MOD has been developing and applying sustainable polices to all major building including MOD Headquarters Main Building, the Welbeck New Sixth Form Defence College at Loughborough and the Allenby Connaught Private Finance Initiative.
As part of the process MOD has developed a Sustainability Appraisal Handbook for identifying significant environmental impacts on future developments; launched the Better Defence Buildings and the Design Excellence Evaluation Process (supported by an innovative web based environmental
assessment tool for Defence Construction projects). The Department is also integrating the Office of Government Commerce common minimum standards into its ways of working in order to further improve the delivery and procurement of construction on the defence estate.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent steps have been taken to (a) minimise water consumption, (b) reduce energy use, (c) conserve energy and (d) reduce waste in his Departments (i) offices and (ii) properties; 
(2) what measures have been put in place at (a) barracks, (b) training centres and (c) administrative offices to minimise energy consumption. 
Derek Twigg: The Ministry of Defences (MOD) Annual Sustainable Development Report 2005 published in August 2006, addresses all aspects of MODs performance with regard to Sustainable Development and progress against wider Government Sustainable Development targets, which includes water consumption, energy usage, and waste management. The report highlights areas of success and illustrates actions underway across the estate as a whole and can be viewed at http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/WhatWeDo/HealthandSafety/DSC/SustamableDevelopmentAnnualReport2005.htm.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen and women have received an award for noise-induced hearing loss since the introduction of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. 
Derek Twigg: There have been no awards made for noise-induced hearing loss under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme since it came into force.
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme applies to injuries or illnesses caused on or after 6 April 2005. Hearing loss caused by chronic exposure to noise in service is increasingly an historical phenomenon: since the mid-1960s, precautions and equipment have been introduced to protect the hearing of Service personnel from noise relating to service, including that arising in combat.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the defence budget is allocated to running the Basra Provincial Reconstruction Team. 
Mr. Ingram: The UK-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Basra is a multi-national, inter-agency operation. The only PRT costs currently being met by the defence budget are those associated with the salaries of around 10 military personnel embedded in the PRT. These costs total approximately £500,000 per annum.
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