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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what written representations he has received from elected representatives of Manchester city council regarding the proposed franchising of Chorlton Crown post office since 15 October 2006; what discussions have taken place between
Government Ministers and such representatives on the proposed franchising since that date; and which such representatives have met Ministers to discuss the franchising since that date. 
Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on plans to stimulate the development of renewable energy technologies through the planning system. 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 6 November 2006]: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and I have held regular discussions with the Department for Communities and Local Government on a range of energy issues including the development of renewable energy technologies through the planning system.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many accidents resulting in death or serious injury occurred to Royal Mail employees in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what percentage of these accidents were as a result of road traffic accidents. 
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take the conclusions of the Forestry Commission's report United Kingdom: New Forecast of Softwood Availability into account in his Renewables Obligation Statutory Consultation to the Renewables Obligation Order 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Government will consider the Forestry Commissions report United Kingdom: New Forecast of Softwood Availability as part of the statutory consultation on the Renewables Obligation Order 2007. The consultation closes on 15 December. All responses and other relevant information will be considered together at that point.
Mr. David Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proposals he has been informed of for wind farms with a generating capacity in excess of 50MW in (a) Clocaenog Forest, (b) Denbighshire and (c) the county borough of Conwy. 
Malcolm Wicks: No onshore wind farm applications above 50MW are currently being considered in Wales. However, a pre-application scoping opinion was requested and subsequently given on 12 May 2006 under the Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 for the proposed Brenig wind farm at Tir Mostyn, Denbighshire. This may or may not result in an application.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much was spent by her Office in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (a) in the UK and (b) abroad for (i) herself, (ii) staff and (iii) other persons in each year since 2001-02. 
Information relating to overseas travel by Ministers is published on an annual basis. Information for the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 2006 is available in the Library of the House. Information for the financial year 2006-07 will be published as soon as it is ready after the end of the current financial year.
All expenditure is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers, and the Civil Service Management Code.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Solicitor-General (1) how much was spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons in each year since 2001-02; 
To ask the Solicitor-General if his Department will (a) carry out an age audit of its staff to establish an age profile of its work force, (b) negotiate an age management policy with trade unions and employees to eliminate age discrimination and retain older workers, (c) identify and support training needs and offer older staff flexible working to downshift towards retirement and (d) extend to
over-fifties the right to request to work flexibly and the right to training with paid time off; and if he will make a statement. 
(a) The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) carried out an age audit of its staff in the summer of 2005 and 2006; the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) produces a monthly HR report to its board which includes detailed statistics on the age profile of its work force; the RCPO has now adopted staff profiling and a new database will enable regular age audits; the Treasury Solicitors Department keeps a record of the age profile of its staff and Her Majestys Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate plans to carry out an age profile of its staff in the near future.
(b) The CPS carried out a review of all human resources policies to ensure they were age compliant, and as a result has updated its retirement age policy to reflect the new contractual retirement age of 65; the SFO has taken steps to remove any potentially discriminating measures as regards age, for example, by changing its policy on annual leave, and the SFO also offers a flexible policy, allowing staff to select a retirement age of 60-65; the RCPO is drafting new retirement policy and procedure and will consult Union representatives before implementing; the Treasury Solicitors Department and HMCPSI ensure that all terms and conditions of employment are applied equally to staff of all ages.
(c) The Treasury Solicitors Department, the CPS, the SFO and HMCPSI identify and support training needs for all its employees, irrespective of their age; RCPO has doubled its training budget this year and will continue to support the training and development needs of all staff.
The Solicitor-General: Fraud is by its nature surreptitious and that highlights the fact that at present there are no entirely reliable estimates of either levels of fraud, or the cost of fraud to the economy as a whole. The report set out in an annex existing methodologies for measuring fraud; but went on to recommend the establishment of a measurement unit, within a national fraud strategic authority, which would have the responsibility for producing accurate measurements of the extent of fraud and which would track the success of initiatives to tackle that fraud.
Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has had discussions with British Airways about maintaining a flightworthy Concorde for use on special occasions. 
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been allocated to creative partnerships between schools and arts organisations in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07. 
Mr. Lammy: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport allocated £32 million to the Creative Partnerships Programme in 2005-06. For 2006-07 the Department has allocated £34 million to the Programme. In addition, Creative Partnerships receives £2.5 million per annum from the Department for Education and Skills.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many redundancies there were in her Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of such redundancies was in each year; how many temporary staff were employed in each year; and how many staff were seconded by outside organisations to posts within her Department in each year. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in her Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years for which information is available; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the total amount of bonuses paid has been; what the largest single payment was in each year; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: The Department makes bonus payments to its staff for two purposes: (a) special bonuses to reward outstanding contributions in particularly demanding tasks or situations; and (b) performance bonuses to reward highly successful performance over a whole year.
|(1) In any one year, some staff may receive both a special bonus and an end year performance bonus. (2 )This information is not available.|
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