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Tessa Jowell: On 26 November, the Olympic Board, on behalf of the ODA and other Olympic partners, launched the London 2012 Sustainability PlanTowards a One Planet 2012, which confirmed our commitment to minimise carbon emissions for the 2012 Games including the creation of a new decentralised energy supply infrastructure; designing buildings and parkland to minimise energy use; procurement of low carbon vehicles for the official fleet; and maximising the use of public transport to reach venues.
Mr. Gummer: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the difference is in the carbon footprint of the original plans for portable facilities for the Olympic Games and the proposed single permanent venue at ExCel. 
Tessa Jowell: Decisions on temporary and portable facilities for the 2012 Games have yet to be finalised. As part of the decision-making process there will be a detailed analysis of the carbon footprint of the options.
Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will place in the Library copies of all monthly financial updates against the respective budgets of the (a) London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and (b) Olympic Delivery Authority. 
Tessa Jowell: As announced on 10 December, I will provide a detailed account of progress across the Olympic programme when the first Olympic annual report is produced in the new year. Following this, I will make further reports to Parliament on a six monthly basis.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speakers Committee on the Electoral Commission how many performance indicators the Electoral Commission plans to set for local authorities. 
Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that it is currently developing a performance standards framework for Electoral Registration Officers, Returning Officers and Referendum Counting Officers, arising from the powers given to it under section 67 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006.
Although the Commission has yet to determine the final number of performance indicators, it aims to ensure that the performance framework is focused and proportionate, and does not represent an unjustified burden. The Commission is currently consulting with stakeholders and expects to publish the final performance standards by the end of 2008.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speakers Committee on the Electoral Commission what research the Commission has commissioned from NOP into electoral registration; and what the cost was of such research. 
Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that GfK NOP Ltd. was commissioned to conduct research into the Completeness and accuracy of the electoral registers in Greater London. The project was carried out between April and September 2007 and cost £78,796 +VAT. The findings of the project were published in October 2007 on the Commissions website at:
In addition, NOP was commissioned in 2007 to conduct two public opinion research projects into the general experience of voting in Wales and Scotland, only a small component of which concerned voter registration. The combined cost was £52,357 + VAT.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken by the Parades Commission in relation to offensive and blasphemous placards displayed at the Gay Pride march in Belfast in August. 
Paul Goggins: I have been advised by the Parades Commission that it has written to the parade organiser in relation to alleged breaches of its code of conduct at the Belfast Pride parade on 4 August 2007, and has sought a meeting to discuss the matter further.
The Commission is committed to use all of the information at its disposal, including reports from police, participants, authorised officers and monitors, to inform its review of any such parade in the future.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of police forces in Great Britain were (a) seconded and (b) transferred to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each year since 2005, broken down by (i) rank and (ii) sex. 
Paul Goggins: I am advised by PSNI that, as of 5 December, the following tables show the number of members of police forces in Great Britain who have been seconded or transferred to PSNI in each year since 2005.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the assessed level of numeracy and literacy rates were amongst prisoners in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. 
Paul Goggins: The following tables provide a breakdown of the assessed levels of numeracy and literacy rates among prisoners in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. The figures are for each of the financial years listed and for the current year up to November 30. It is expected that literacy and numeracy assessments for the full year 2007-08 will reach approximately 1,400.
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