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Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women have been denied IVF treatment on the grounds of the need of that child for a father in accordance with 13 (5) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 in each year since 1990. 
Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the introduction of the Liverpool City Council (Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Work) Bill on Government policy and legislation to ban smoking in enclosed public places in England. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Government recognise the significant contributions and efforts that Liverpool city council and its partners have made in providing protection from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with trading standards representatives on the regulation of businesses which insert water and protein into meat. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 29 June 2007]: All meat produced in the EU is prepared in accordance with hygiene regulations and in such a manner as to reduce bacterial load. There are no systems in place in the United Kingdom to test meat for MRSA from approved establishments.
Dawn Primarolo: The costs and benefits of the new smokefree law are set out in the final regulatory impact assessment published by the Department in December 2006 and is available in the Library and at:
The primary aim of smokefree legislation is to provide protection from secondhand smoke within enclosed public places and workplaces. No specific assessment has been made regarding the number of people over the age of 55 years who are anticipated to give up smoking as a result of the implementation of the legislation.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether accommodation used in reality television programmes are enclosed public places for the purposes of the forthcoming smoking ban; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: An assessment would need to be made on the particular circumstances of the premises. Such premises would be smokefree if they are a public place or workplace under the provisions in Section 2 of the Health Act 2006 (c.28). Premises that are open to the public or are a workplace will need to be smokefree within enclosed or substantially enclosed parts, as defined in the Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 1008W, on vCJD, what the name is of each prototype vCJD assay that is being evaluated; which body is carrying out each evaluation; what the purpose is of each evaluation; on what date each evaluation began; on what date his Department expects each evaluation to be completed; and if he will make a statement. 
The evaluation is part of collaborative work between NHS Blood and Transplant, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control. This evaluation is to determine whether available prototype assays for the detection of abnormal prions in blood perform with the sensitivity and specificity that is required for their use in a large-scale study of the prevalence of abnormal prions in the British population.
The notice of the HPAs tender for prototype assays for evaluation was issued (in the Official Journal of the European Union) on 2 February 2007. The evaluation is expected to be completed by the end of 2007.
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how frequently real time electricity displays will communicate data to customers under his proposals to extend smart-metering; whether the electricity displays will offer different tariffs depending on the time of day; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 2 July 2007]: Self-standing real-time display devices will provide real-time information to customers about electricity consumption and cost. Smart meters, in conjunction with display devices designed to work with them, could support a range of time-of-day tariffs.
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he expects the smart-meters proposed in his Energy White Paper will be fully broadband enabled; and what contribution he expects that the use of such technology will make in reducing (a) losses in the network and (b) the need for peak power. 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 2 July 2007]: Energy suppliers are undertaking a programme of work, overseen by Ofgem, to address the issue of inter-operability of smart meters. This work includes an examination of the communications systems, including but not limited to broadband, that underpin smart meters. Smart meters can offer benefits such as peak-load shifting and maintaining of the network on the basis of a variety of communication technology. The Government will be considering these issues as part of their forthcoming consultation on billing and metering.
Malcolm Wicks: The former Minister for Energy and officials have been in regular contact with the Commission and their counterparts in other member states to discuss the proposals in the Commission's Strategic Energy Review of January. These proposals have widespread support across the EU and have been endorsed by the European Council. We now look forward to the Commission producing proposals for legislation.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many civil servants, and of what pay grade, worked on restructuring the low carbon buildings programme. 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 12 June 2007]: In making a decision on restructuring the low carbon buildings programme Phase 1 household stream, Ministers were primarily advised by the microgeneration team.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry why his Department has cut the maximum limit for grants offered to householders through the Low Carbon Buildings Programme; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Low Carbon Buildings Programme has proved successful in demonstrating the suitability of microgeneration at the domestic level. Another key objective of the programme is to see the cost of technologies fall. We took the opportunity of the additional £6 million announced for the household stream in Budget 2007 to restructure the scheme, following a wide consultation. We removed the monthly cap and lowered the £2,500 grant cap per household as this provides a simple and fair way of allocating funds to installations across all technologies, helping to ensure we use the limited funds available to support as many household microgeneration installations as possible.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the budget is for the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07; and what the forecast budget is for 2007-08. 
Phase 1 is a £36 million programme, which allocated £10,598,504 in financial year ending 30 March 2007. The remainder is forecast to be allocated in financial year 2007-08, less programme management fees.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent under phase one of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (a) in total and (b) in each region in the UK in each month since the scheme began; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks: At 27 June 2007, only one payment under Stream 2 of Phase 1 of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme has been paid. That was for £9,362 in the East of England, paid in November 2006. The following tables provide the data for the Communities (now closed to new applicants) and Householders streams.
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|Date||East Midlands||East of England||London||North East||North West||Northern Ireland|
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