Norman Baker: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much energy in kWh per square metre has been used on the parliamentary estate in each year since 2004. 
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Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what site investigation and surveys were undertaken by the House authorities prior to letting the contract for the visitor entrance. 
The Museum of London Archaeological Service (MOLAS) carried out a desk-top archaeological impact assessment and issued a report; this was later followed-up by maintaining a watching brief over the works during the course of construction in consultation with English Heritage.
Prior to letting the main contract, MOLAS was also engaged in carrying out trial excavations and site investigation in conjunction with the structural engineers (Messrs TPS Consult) at each of the foundation bases for the access ramp and for the length of the service trench.
Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1792W, on the visitor entrance, what extensions of time have been granted for bad weather. 
Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1792W, on the visitor entrance, what the grounds were for the extension of time granted on the larger contract on 26 September 2006; and what additional costs are associated with this extension. 
Nick Harvey: The quantity surveyors for the project, Messrs Harris and Porter, have estimated the costs for the five-week extension of time already granted at approximately £100,000 excluding VAT, which is based on their judgment that a sum of £20,000 per week is reasonable. The contractor, Messrs Verry Construction Ltd., is claiming the sum of £46,000 for each week of the extension period granted.
Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, columns 1791-92W, on the visitor entrance, how many contracts were let for the visitor entrance; what the (a) original budget price, (b) contract sum and (c) contingency sum in the contract was in each case; and what the latest forecast is of each contract. 
Nick Harvey: The original budget price for the group of related projects stated in the business case for which the visitor reception building is part was £11,944,500 which includes estimated allowances for professional fees, provision of furniture, removals expense, main contract works, enabling works and VAT. The portion of this sum directly relating to the visitor reception building under construction on Cromwell Green is £8,687,500the remaining sum further divides into £2,763,000 to cover the works associated with the reconstruction of the south steps within Westminster Hall and £494,000 to cover works associated with the renewal of roofing and building plant improvements associated with the Grand Committee Room, off Westminster Hall.
In all, a total of 60 individual contracts have been placed for the visitor reception building31 of these are for building works-related items, 23 are to defray consultant and specialist fee costs, two are for furnishing items and four are in connection with public information.
The original contract sum for the main contract building works within Westminster Hall, to the Grand Committee Room and for the visitor reception building on Cromwell Green is £5,666,789 excluding VAT. Of this sum, £4,277,789 excluding VAT was for the visitor reception building.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much water is used on average each day on the House of Commons part of the Parliamentary Estate. 
Nick Harvey: It is not possible to provide figures for the House of Commons alone for mains water. The amount of mains water used on the parliamentary estate in the first nine months of 2006-07 was 139,477 cu m, giving a daily average of 510 cu m.
Norman Baker: To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Attorney-General has legal powers to order (a) the Director of Public Prosecutions and (b) the Serious Fraud Office to discontinue an investigation. 
The Solicitor-General: The Director of Public Prosecutions does not conduct investigations. As to the Serious Fraud Office, section 1(2) of the Criminal Justice Act 1987 provides that the director of the SFO is to discharge his functions under the superintendence of the Attorney-General. The Attorney-General's power of superintendence is such that, in the event of an unresolved disagreement between the Attorney and the director over a particular investigation, the Attorney's view would in practice prevail. However this situation has never arisen.
Norman Baker: To ask the Solicitor-General what account the Attorney-General took of the fact that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had not completed the process of assessing all the evidence in concluding that it was in the public interest not to proceed with the SFO investigation into BAE dealings with Saudi Arabia in respect of the Al-Yamamah military equipment deal. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 787W, on annual reports, what the reason is for the time taken to publish the 2005 reports of the Interception of Communications Commissioner and the Intelligence Service Commissioners; and if he will undertake to publish them within 28 days. 
The Prime Minister: Chequers was established under the Chequers Estate Acts 1917 and 1958 and is administered by independent trustees, who receive an annual grant from public funds towards its maintenance and to cover civilian staff employed at Chequers in accordance with the Acts. Chequers is a grade 1 listed building which the Trustees have a legal obligation to maintain in good repair.
The grant for 2005-06 was £900,000, which covered such major expenditure items as upgrading staff accommodation, renewing leaking underground pipes, relaying paving and driveways, and urgent repairs to brickwork and estate fencing.
In addition, as has been the practice under successive Prime Ministers, the Government also pay for military staff stationed at Chequers, whose numbers have decreased since 1997. The cost for 2005-06 (net of VAT refunds) was £148,571. The cost in 1997 (net of VAT refunds) was £215,191.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to submit his resignation honours list to the House of Lords Appointments Commission for (a) advice and (b) approval. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Prime Minister whether legal advice has been provided at public expense to (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) special advisers in relation to the police investigation into potential breaches of the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925. 
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Prime Minister whether he has considered the merits of the transfer of responsibility for trade promotion and securing foreign direct investment from the Department for Trade and Industry to another Government Department. 
The Prime Minister: I discussed a wide range of issues with Prime Minister Abe during his recent visit. I refer the hon. Member to the press conference I held with Prime Minister Abe and to the joint communiqué issued. Transcripts of these are available on the No. 10 website and copies have been placed in the Library of the House.
I also refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs (Mr. McCartney) to my hon. Friend the Member for Blaydon (Mr. Anderson) on 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1643W.
Mr. Purchase: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse of the Electoral Commission in 2006-07. 
Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commissions supply estimate for 2006-07 (HC 1039) authorised resource expenditure by the Commission of £26,180,000 and capital expenditure of £1,195,000, with an overall net cash requirement of £26,565,000. I understand from the Commission that it expects the resource outturn in respect of 2006-07 to be around £2,000,000 less than the authorised figure.
Rob Marris: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) deaths and (b) non-fatal injuries caused by road traffic accidents there have been to UK troops while serving in (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq since 11 September 2001. 
Derek Twigg: As at 16 January 2007; three British Forces personnel have died from injuries sustained during road traffic accidents (RTAs) while serving on Operation Herrick in Afghanistan, since the start of operations in November 2001; 14 British Armed Forces personnel have died from injuries sustained during RTAs while serving on Operation Telic in Iraq since the start of operations in March 2003.
Between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2006, the latest date for which verified and validated figures are held, seven British Forces personnel sustained non-fatal injuries as a result of RTAs while serving on Operation Herrick; 15 British Forces personnel sustained non-fatal injuries as a result of road traffic accidents while serving on Operation Telic.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Government provided to the British arms industry in (a) direct subsidy and (b) indirect subsidy in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Ingram: The readily identifiable costs to the defence budget of providing support to UK companies to win defence export business were approximately £18.5 million in 2005-06. These costs were substantially outweighed by the benefit we regularly secure from defence exports in the form of lower UK procurement costs. As explained in the defence industrial strategy, exports create value for defence through longer production runs and the consequent spreading of fixed overhead costs.
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