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Wildlife: Finance

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities applied for funding from his Department to support local wildlife facilities in each of the last five years. [179763]

Joan Ruddock: Local wildlife facilities could mean any number of organisations, for example: nature reserves, wildlife parks, zoos, rescue centres, rehabilitation facilities etc. To be able to provide the information required by my hon. Friend a more specific request is required, including what type of funding is being referred to. My hon. Friend is welcome to write to me with the details and I will respond to him.

Northern Ireland

Departmental Databases

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what obligations his Department and its agencies place on contractors in relation to the audit of personal data and IT equipment. [176468]

Mr. Woodward: Auditing of personal data and IT equipment is not carried out by contractors in the Northern Ireland Office.

English Language Classes

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has spent on English language classes for staff in the last year for which figures are available. [177434]

Mr. Woodward: In 2007-08 further education funding is available for learning and development considered to be essential to a member of staff’s current post. English language would be considered under this category but no applications were submitted.


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Morgan Allan Moore

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with representatives of the company Morgan Allan Moore in the last 12 months. [179594]

Mr. Woodward: Ministers and civil servants meet many people as part of the process of policy development and advice. It is not the usual practice of Government to disclose details of such meetings.

Home Department

Animal Experiments

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many laboratories are licensed for animal testing in the UK. [177931]

Meg Hillier: There are currently 201 designated establishments licensed under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many proposals were made under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 to use animals in science in 2007; and how many of these proposals were accepted. [177933]

Meg Hillier: During 2007 617 project licences were applied for under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. Of these 475 were granted, 136 are still outstanding and six have not been proceeded with.

Foreign Workers: EU Nationals

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2007, Official Report, columns 583-4W, on foreign workers: EU nationals, what her most recent estimate is of the number of dependants aged under 17 years residing in the UK with A8 nationals working in the UK. [169336]

Mr. Byrne: The only available data relate to dependants reported to be accompanying A8 nationals when they register on the Worker Registration Scheme and are published quarterly in the Accession Monitoring Report (AMR). This report currently gives data from 1 May 2004 to 30 September 2007. The information on dependants under 17 years of age is published in table 5 of the report.

A copy of the AMR will be placed in the House Libraries.

Passports

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will lower the age of eligibility for free passports to 65 years. [174596]

Meg Hillier [holding answer 17 December 2007]: When the then Home Secretary announced the introduction of free passports on 19 May 2004, he made it clear that this was a special concession for the second world war generation, as a way of recognising all those who had
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contributed to the national effort during the war years. Those who qualify are British nationals born on or before 2 September 1929 and therefore were old enough by the end of the war to have made a substantial contribution to the national effort.

There are no plans to provide free passports to all those aged 65 or over. This would be considerably more expensive and could lead to an increase in passport fees for all other applicants.

Passports: Applications

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 292W, on passports: applications, how many passport interview offices were fully operational by 31 December 2007. [178986]

Meg Hillier: 59 interview offices were in live operations by 31 December 2007. A further two offices have already gone live in early January with another five opening by end January 2008.

Wales

Morgan Allan Moore

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what meetings (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with representatives of the company Morgan Allan Moore in the last 12 months. [179593]

Mr. Hain: Ministers and civil servants meet many people as part of the process of policy development and advice. It is not the usual practice of Government to disclose details of such meetings.

Renewable Energy

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had on the tendering process conditions imposed by the Welsh Assembly Government on renewable energy company investors for schemes that exceed 50 megawatts; and if he will make a statement. [179934]

Mr. Hain: I have regular discussions about all aspects of renewable energy production in Wales, which I strongly support. However, tendering is entirely a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government. I understand prospective developers are assessed against open and objective criteria. It is important that their financial, economic and technical capacity are fully assessed so that the project can be delivered for the benefit of Wales.

Defence

Armed Forces: Housing

Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what targets he has set for upgrading all single living accommodation to grade (a) 1 and (b) 2 categories under the grade for charge initiative; and when he expects these targets to be met. [179928]


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Derek Twigg: The Department's targets only envisage delivering new or improved single living accommodation bed-spaces to the highest standard (grade 1). We plan to deliver some 30,000 new or improved bed-spaces by 2013.

Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many single living accommodation bed-spaces were upgraded to grade (a) 1 and (b) 2 categories under the grade for charge initiative in each of the last four years. [179929]

Derek Twigg: The Department has targets to deliver only grade 1 bed-spaces. For each of the last four financial years the number of bed-spaces delivered is shown in the following table.

Financial year Number of new or improved bed-spaces

2006-07

5,565

2005-06

5,540

2004-05

5,635

2003-04

2,915


Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many newly-acquired (a) grade 1, (b) grade 2, (c) grade 3, (d) grade 4 and (e) ungraded single living accommodation bed-spaces were added to stock in each of the last five years; and what targets he has for adding new bed-spaces to stock in each grade for charge. [179932]

Derek Twigg: The Department only targets the delivery of new or improved single living accommodation (SLA) to Grade 1 standard. Numbers of newly built or improved SLA bed-spaces delivered in each year are only available for the last four financial years and are shown in the following table.

Financial year Number of new or improved bed spaces

2006-07

5,565

2005-06

5,540

2004-05

5,635

2003-04

2,915


The Department will build or improve a further 30,000 bed-spaces to grade 1 standard by 2013.

Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many personnel who have served in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan are recorded as having a mental health problem, broken down by condition; [177532]

(2) how many personnel who have served in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan have been diagnosed with a mental health condition. [173722]

Derek Twigg: The information requested is detailed in the latest version of UK Armed Forces Psychiatric Morbidity Report (January to March 2007), copies of which are available in the Library of the House.


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The Defence Analytical Services Agency is currently validating and analysing the data for the second quarter of 2007 (April to June), and their report will be published shortly.

Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what locations Ministry of Defence police officers have been replaced with (a) civilian police forces and (b) private security forces since 2003. [177588]

Derek Twigg: The Ministry of Defence Police have never been replaced by a civilian police force or a private security force at any functioning Defence establishment. However, when establishments close and all MOD functions have withdrawn it is possible that private security forces are used, but this would provide a guarding not policing service.

Prime Minister

Gordon Brown

Adam Price: To ask the Prime Minister whether he (a) informed the Permanent Secretary at the Treasury of the donations he received as part of his campaign for the Leadership of the Labour Party and (b) registered them with the Cabinet Office in accordance with the Ministerial Code. [179967]

The Prime Minister: In accordance with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, a list of Ministers’ relevant interests declared to their permanent secretary will be published in due course.

Scotland

Departmental Data Protection

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether personal data for which his Department is responsible are (a) stored and (b) processed overseas; and if he will make a statement. [176014]

David Cairns: The Scotland Office does not retain personal data.

Departmental Databases

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what obligations his Department places on contractors in relation to the audit of personal data and IT equipment. [176469]

David Cairns: The Scotland Office does not retain personal data and is an integral part of the Scottish Executive's IT system who undertake a rolling audit of IT equipment.

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what audits his Department carried out in relation to personal data and IT equipment in each of the last 10 years. [176488]


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David Cairns: The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999. The office does not retain personal data and is an integral part of the Scottish Executive’s IT system who undertake a rolling audit of IT equipment.

Departmental Marketing

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what products featuring departmental or Government branding were procured by his Department in each of the last five years. [179784]

David Cairns: Business cards.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many posters or displays there are in the offices of his Department displaying the names and photographs of Ministers; and what the cost has been of producing such posters or displays in the last five years. [179850]

David Cairns: The Scotland Office does not have any such posters or displays in its offices, except the gallery of previous Secretaries of State that is displayed in Dover House. The Office has added photographs to this gallery in the last five years but separate records of the costs involved are not maintained.

Departmental Redundancies

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 350W, on departmental redundancies, how many staff in the Scotland Office are on loan from each Government Department. [180459]

David Cairns: The figures at 31 March 2007 were:

Department Number on loan

Scottish Executive

29

Ministry of Justice

21

Total

50


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