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Pay band 1
Pay band 2
Pay band 3
Pay Range A Administrative Assistant
Pay Range BAdministrative Officer
Pay Range CExecutive Officer
Pay Range DHigher Executive Officer
Pay Range EFast Stream
Pay Range FSenior Executive Officer
Pay Range GVeterinary Officer
Pay Range HGrade 7
Pay Range JGrade 6
|Annual salary||Number of staff||Average bonus (£)|
The number of staff at grade 6 and below who received a bonus was 3,373 and this represents 44 per cent. of staff in this group. The number of SCS staff who received a bonus was 148 and this represents 74 per cent. of SCS staff.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints were received by his Department and its executive agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2005-06; and how many have been received in 2006-07 to date. 
|(1) Defra was not established until 2001|
(2) Of which 11 were to the Rural Payments Agency with a customer base of 75,000.
(3) Of which 487 were to the Rural Payments Agency with a customer base of 120,000.
(4) To date.
(5) Of which 426 were to the Rural Payments Agency with a customer base of 120,000
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff worked in dedicated complaints units in his Department and its executive agencies in (a) 1997-98,
(b) 2001-02 and (c) 2005-06; and how many have done so in 2006-07 to date. 
|Core Defra||Executive agencies RPA only( 1)|
|(1) Rural Payments Agency staff working in a dedicated customer relations unit, dealing with written complaints, official correspondence, appeals and telephone complaints. No other Defra Executive Agencies have dedicated complaints units.|
(2) Defra was not established until 2001.
(3) Staff working on staff complaints arising from equal opportunity and related issues.
(4) One working on staff complaints and related issues, one working on complaints pursued through the ombudsman.
(5) To date.
Mr. Wills: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of monitoring the time spent processing requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the purposes of the proposed fees regulations. 
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, columns 28-30W, on civil servants, if he will break down the data on staff recruited to and leaving his Department by civil service grade; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to co-ordinate across Government the automatic turning off of electrical equipment in Government offices when that equipment is not being used. 
Each Department has agreed to meet sustainable operations targets for the Government Estate on energy efficiency and carbon emissions. Departments are responsible for determining how they can best be achieved within their offices. Departments are also required to work with the Carbon Trust to identify energy savings and to purchase electrical
equipment that meets standards defined in the Quick-wins list, which include requirements on power consumption in sleep-mode.
DFES currently have a system in place for its offices which automatically turns off computer base units at pre-set times. We are currently investigating the use of a tool to automatically shut down inactive computers at night and will share our information with other Government Departments.
Departmental performance against central Government estate targets, including carbon emissions and energy efficiency, is scrutinised in annual reports by the Sustainable Development Commission, the independent watchdog. The last report is available at: http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/watchdog
Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Higher Level Stewardship scheme applications were (a) received and (b) approved by (i) English Nature in each month from 2004 until the transfer of the scheme to Natural England and (ii) by Natural England since its inception; and if he will make a statement. 
Barry Gardiner: The first Higher Level Stewardship agreements commenced on 1 February 2006 and were administered by the Rural Development Service (RDS) rather than English Nature. The environmental land management functions of the Rural Development Service then transferred, on 1 October 2006, to form part of Natural England.
The Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme accepts applications on a quarterly rather than monthly basis. The following table sets out applications received and approved by both the RDS and Natural England during the quarterly time frames the hon. Member refers to.
|Quarterly cycle date||Applications received||Applications approved|
The data contained in the table are a snapshot. As such, they will be subject to future change as Natural England finalises HLS processing. This particularly applies to the February 2007 agreements. There are still a number of cases to be finalised between applicants and Natural England, and figures will change accordingly.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual change in revenues was in the (a) farming and (b) dairy farming sectors in each of the last five years. 
Barry Gardiner: The average output for farm businesses by farm type for the past five years in England is set out in table 1 as follows. The average change in output between these five years is set out in table 2. Farm business output is defined as the total livestock enterprise output plus total crops enterprise output plus adjustment for previous years crops plus miscellaneous output plus output from diversified activities plus sundry revenue plus single payment.
|Table 1: Farm business output by farm type, England 2001-02 to 2005-06|
|£ per farm|
Farm business survey
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