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Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisors

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of his Department’s special advisers were on (a) paid and (b) unpaid leave in order to assist with party political matters under section 22 (iii) of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers on 16 May 2007; and how many days’ leave each adviser was granted. [140124]

Barry Gardiner: Special advisers’ involvement in party political matters is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers, including section 22 (iii), and the guidance issued by the Cabinet Secretary in December 2006 and May 2007, copies of which are in the Libraries of the House.

Departments: Private Finance Initiative

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total value of private finance initiative projects included in his Department’s balance sheet (a) is in 2007 and (b) was in each of the last five years, broken down by project. [137844]

Barry Gardiner: The value of private finance initiative (PFI) projects included in the core Department and Environment Agency’s balance sheets as at 31 March 2007 was nil. This was also the case in each of the last five years. All DEFRA PFI projects are treated as “off-balance sheet”.

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value was of annual private finance initiative payments made by his Department from (a) capital and (b) revenue budgets in each of the last five years. [137845]

Barry Gardiner: The core Department is currently involved in one private finance initiative (PFI) project to provide office facilities at Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge. There are also two PFI projects being undertaken by the Environment Agency, one of our sponsored non-departmental public bodies.

Information about the value of annual PFI payments for the last five years, made by the core Department and the Environment Agency are set out in the following table. All payments were made from revenue budgets.


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PFI
Organisation Project description Year Annual private finance initiative payments (£ million)

Environment Agency

Broadland Flood Alleviation Project

2002-03

1.90

2003-04

1.69

2004-05

1.52

2005-06

1.41

2006-07

(1)1.38

Environment Agency

Pevensey Bay Sea Defences

2002-03

1.43

2003-04

1.81

2004-05

1.87

2005-06

1.91

2006-07

(1)1.96

DEFRA

Office Facilities at Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

3.24

2005-06

3.73

2006-07

(1)3.73

(1) Estimate

The Department also provides support in the form of PFI credits to allow local authorities to enter into PFI contracts to provide waste recycling and management facilities. However, payments for these PFI projects are made by the relevant local authorities from their revenue budgets and do not fall within DEFRA's accounting boundary.

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what value of annual private finance initiative payments by his Department was classified as (a) identifiable and (b) non-identifiable in each of the last five years, broken down by project. [137846]

Barry Gardiner: The core Department is currently involved in one private finance initiative (PFI) project to provide office facilities at Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge. There are also two PFI projects being undertaken by the Environment Agency, one of our sponsored non-departmental public bodies.

Information about the value of annual PFI payments, in the last five years, made by the core Department and the Environment Agency are set out in the following table.

All payments made under PFI are identifiable. Prior to a PFI contract being signed the profile of unitary charge payments is agreed between the contractor and the public sector, subject to the operation of the payment mechanism

PFI
Organisation Project d escription Year Annual p rivate f inance i nitiative p ayments (£ million)

Environment Agency

Broadland Flood Alleviation Project

2002-03

1.90

2003-04

1.69

2004-05

1.52

2005-06

1.41

2006-07

(1)1.38

Environment Agency

Pevensey Bay Sea Defences

2002-03

1.43

2003-04

1.81

2004-05

1.87

2005-06

1.91

2006-07

(1)1.96

DEFRA

Office Facilities at Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

3.24

2005-06

3.73

2006-07

(1)3.73

(1 )Estimate.

The Department also provides support in the form of PFI credits to allow local authorities to enter into PFI contracts to provide waste recycling and management facilities. However, payments for these PFI projects are made by the relevant local authorities and do not fall within DEFRA's accounting boundary.

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what value of
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annual private finance initiative (PFI) payments were (a) to repay capital and (b) expenditure on other parts of each PFI contract in each of the last five years, broken down by project. [137847]

Barry Gardiner: The core Department is engaged in one private finance initiative (PFI) project to provide office facilities at Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge. The Environment Agency, which is a non-departmental body of DEFRA, has let two public/private partnership contracts for flood risk management.


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Information about the total value of annual PFI payments made by the core Department and the Environment Agency in the last five years is set out in the following table. These payments include both the repayment of the capital and expenditure on other parts of the PFI contract. Details of the breakdown of annual PFI payments into different elements is not held centrally and obtaining this information would incur disproportionate costs for the department.

Organisation Project description Year Annual private finance initiative payments (£ million)

Environment Agency

Broadland Flood Alleviation Project

2002-03

1.90

2003-04

1.69

2004-05

1.52

2005-06

1.41

2006-07

(1)1.38

Environment Agency

Pevensey Bay Sea Defences

2002-03

1.43

2003-04

1.81

2004-05

1.87

2005-06

1.91

2006-07

(1)1.96

DEFRA

Office Facilities at Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

3.24

2005-06

3.73

2006-07

(1)3. 73

(1) Estimate

The Department also provides support in the form of PFI credits to allow local authorities to enter into PFI contracts to provide waste recycling and management facilities. However, payments for these PFI projects are made by the relevant local authorities and do not fall within DEFRA’s accounting boundary.

Departments: Redundancy

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in his Department and its predecessor participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement. [131544]

Barry Gardiner: The relevant figures for financial year 2006-07 are:

To provide data prior to financial year 2006-07 would incur disproportionate cost.

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in his Department and its predecessor who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if he will make a statement. [131550]

Barry Gardiner: For financial year 2006-07, the relevant numbers were:

Staff exits from DEFRA during FY 2006-07
Number Amount

(a)

involuntary

16

(i)

£0 to £25,000

(a)

involuntary

5

(ii)

£25,001 to £50,000

(a)

involuntary

1

(iii)

£50,001 to £75,000

(b)

voluntary

53

(i)

£0 to £25,000

(b)

voluntary

37

(ii)

£25,001 to £50,000

(b)

voluntary

40

(iii)

£50,001 to £75,000

(b)

voluntary

28

(iv)

£75,001 to £100,000

(b)

voluntary

39

(v)

over £100,000

Total

219


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