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Mrs. May: To ask the Prime Minister how many contracts were awarded by his Office to Opinion Leader Research in each year since 1997; and what was (a) the title and purpose, (b) the cost to the public purse and (c) the dates of (i) tender, (ii) award, (iii) operation and (iv) completion and report to the Department in each case. 
Mr. Vara: To ask the Prime Minister (1) on what dates he has consulted the (a) Director of Public Prosecutions, (b) the Attorney-General and (c) the Solicitor-General on Government proposals to increase the number of days a suspect may be held under anti-terror legislation since June 2007; 
Mr. Vara: To ask the Prime Minister how many meetings he has had with trades union leaders since 27 June; which leaders he met; when and where such meetings took place; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Prime Minister what representations he made to President Museveni during the Commonwealth Heads of State Conference on (a) the human rights situation in Uganda and (b) the peace talks with the Lord's Resistance Army. 
The Prime Minister: I discussed a wide range of issues with President Museveni during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda including the UK Government's support of the Juba peace talks.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 13 November 2007, Official Report, column 232W, on World Cup, what the dates were of meetings since 28 June held between him or officials working on his behalf and the Football Association at which the appointment of the Government's World Cup ambassador was discussed. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answers of 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 577W, on (a) mass media and (b) departmental official engagements, for what reasons he did not provide the information requested in the questions. 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission what assessment has been made of the efficacy of data protection practice to safeguard against the unauthorised release of data which have been adopted by Government departments and agencies when subject to audit by the National Audit Office. 
Mr. Alan Williams: This is not a matter for the Commission. The Comptroller and Auditor General has, by statute, complete discretion in the discharge of his functions, and the Commission therefore does not intervene in the day to day running of the National Audit Office. The hon. Member may wish to write to the Comptroller and Auditor General.
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the Government's capacity targets are for the commercial development of (a) wave energy and (b) tidal energy in UK waters by (i) 2012, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2030. 
These include £35 million already committed for innovative industry-led technology development under the Technology Strategy Board's technology programme and £50 million under BERR's marine renewables deployment fund to support the first larger-scale demonstration projects.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value was of defence exports in each of the last five years for which full year data are available; and if he will provide a table showing (a) the UK share of the global defence exports market in each year and (b) the split by (i) number and (ii) value of contracts in sterling between government-to-government contracts or agreements and non-government-to-government contracts or agreements. 
|UK market share (Percentage)|
The other information is not held in the format requested. We estimate, however, that around two-fifths of the value of UK defence exports in the years 2002 to 2006 relates to business under government-to-government agreements. During these years three such agreements have contributed to this overall share of UK exports.
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 21 November 2007]: The Government will publish shortly their annual progress report on fuel poverty covering 2005 which will include statistics of households in fuel poverty in England in 2005.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of the UK's electricity is supplied from sources using microgeneration technologies; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks: In 2006, five gigawatts of installed capacity of renewables produced 4.5 per cent. of electricity generated in the United Kingdom. We estimate that there are approximately 100,000 microgeneration installations in the United Kingdom. However specific figures for the amount of electricity generated by microgeneration are not available.
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 27 November 2007]: My Department does not hold information about the number of households that have access to mains gas, whether or not they take it up. Ofgem's Domestic Retail Market Report (June 2007) states that there are 21.5 million domestic gas customer accounts in Great Britain.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what research his Department has undertaken on the capacity of existing power station sites in the UK to accommodate (a) nuclear new build and (b) renewable technologies. 
Malcolm Wicks: As part of the Government's preparations for the 2006 Energy Review report, the Department commissioned Jackson Consulting to produce a discussion paper looking at the issues that would be relevant to the siting of any new nuclear power stations. The paper included a preliminary assessment of the suitability of existing nuclear power station sites for any new build and also included the suggestion that opportunities for new build might exist at other power station sites. The paper, which represents the views of the authors Jackson Consulting alone, was published by the Department on its website on 23 May 2007 as a background paper to the Government's consultation on the future of nuclear power.
The Department is currently considering responses to the consultation on nuclear power. If the Government were to confirm their preliminary view that it would be in the public interest to allow private sector energy companies the option of investing in new nuclear power stations, we have proposed to undertake a strategic siting assessment (SSA), in combination with a strategic environmental assessment, to develop robust, objective and transparent criteria for assessing the suitability of sites for new nuclear power stations.
On renewables, in July 2006 the Department published on its website a study by IPA and Mitsui Babcock into the economics of co-firing, the ability of existing fossil fuel stations to burn a proportion of biomass to generate electricity.
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) if he will modify the operation of the Marine Renewables Development fund (a) to accommodate the changing needs of British renewable companies and (b) to develop a marine energy industry in the UK; 
Malcolm Wicks: The Marine Renewables Deployment Fund (MRDF) provides support for early commercial scale wave and tidal-stream demonstration projects. To date no individual demonstration projects have been supported under the MRDF as progress towards full commercialisation of these technologies has been slower than expected. The MRDF has offered £4.5 million support to the proposed Wave Hub project (at:
The Renewables Advisory Board is currently conducting a review of the marine sector including reasons for the low take-up to date of the MRDF. A final report is expected later this year and we will consider any recommendations carefully.
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the contribution of wave and tidal energy towards meeting renewable targets; and if he will amend the system of renewable obligation certificates for the renewable energy sector to encourage the development of wave and tidal energy. 
The Government are currently considering the responses to the consultation on our proposals to amend the renewables obligation to provide greater levels of support for emerging technologies including wave and tidal energy.
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 26 November 2007]: There are no wind farms in the Ribble Valley. However, there are three wind farms in Lancashire and one of these, Caton Moor, is near the Ribble Valley. England has a total of 148 wind farms.
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Violent crime includes offences against the person such as, murder, manslaughter, wounding with intent and GBH with intent. It also includes sexual offences such as, rape and indecent assault on a female, robbery and hijacking.
The Northern Ireland Policing Plan 2007 to 2010, commits the PSNI to reducing the total number of violent crimes by 2 per cent. by 31 March 2008. Targets are measured against a baseline at 31 March 2007.
Excellent progress has been made against this target; violent crimes recorded by the police have been reduced by 15.7 per cent. for the first six months of this year, compared with the same period last year.
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