Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by the Electoral Commission in each year since it was established; and what the cost to the public purse of those penalties was in each year. 
Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that it does not hold a record of this information, that it does not own any vehicles, and that it encourages staff to use public transport when travelling on official business.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the Civil Service grade is of the person responsible for decisions on what to archive from the No 10 Press Office; 
Mr. Watson: It is Cabinet Office policy, in line with other Departments across Whitehall, to select files for permanent preservation in accordance with records management guidance issued by the National Archives (TNA). Further details of this guidance can be found on the TNAs website at:
(2) what meetings he has held since 27 June 2007 with representatives of (a) rape crisis centres, (b) womens refuges, (c) sexual assault referral centres, (d) prostitution, trafficking and sexual exploitation support services and (e) other third sector organisations dealing with violence against women; 
(3) what research the Social Exclusion Task Force has conducted on the issue of violence against women; and what steps the Social Exclusion Task Force has taken to develop measures to prevent violence against women. 
Phil Hope: The Families At Risk Review identified domestic violence as a parent-based risk factor that could impact on children in its interim analytical report published in June 2007. A literature review considered several family risk factors in detail, including domestic violence, and a focus group was held with mothers who had experienced domestic violence.
Susan Kramer: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff working in the Cabinet Office were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many external contracts his Department held with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the total cost of those contracts was. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 826W, on departmental records: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, what the timetable is for the transfer of the files of the former Deputy Prime Ministers Office to the National Archives. 
Mr. Watson: The files of the former Deputy Prime Ministers Office will be transferred to the National Archives by 2037 in accordance with section 3(4) of the Public Records Act 1958 which calls for records to be transferred by the time they are 30-years-old.
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many emergency services call centre staff are on Civil Service pay grade AA, broken down by emergency service, including coastguard; 
Bob Russell: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of the Senior Civil Service staff employed at No 10 Downing Street are female; and what percentage they represent of all staff. 
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost to the public purse of Ministerial allowances was (a) in total and (b) in each Government department in each of the last 10 years. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what meetings the Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office, the hon. Member for Lincoln (Gillian Merron), has had with trades unions since
June 2007 in the course of her official duties; and for what purpose such meetings were held. 
Meg Munn: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) started implementing a Carbon Management Programme, developed with the Carbon Trust, in 2007. This will help to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions on the FCOs UK estate in 2008-09. The programme includes technological, procurement, transport, housekeeping and awareness raising responses to the issue.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of a referendum on the Lisbon treaty; and if he will make a statement. 
Under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 the Electoral Commission is responsible for the conduct of referendums, including estimation of the costs. The Department has made no detailed estimate of the costs of a national referendum.
In addition to the costs of conducting a referendum, the Electoral Commission would incur its own additional costs. These costs would be reflected in the Electoral Commission's estimate of its income and expenditure, which it is required to submit to Speaker's Committee annually. If approved, the money comes directly from HM Treasury to the Commission.
I understand that the Commission currently estimates that these costs would depend on the level of public information activity required, but would likely be in the range of £10 million to £30 million.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on civilians of the closure of Gazas electricity generating capacity on 20 January 2008 due to shortage of fuel. 
Dr. Howells: The Government continue to believe that Israeli security and Palestinian suffering and hardship need to be addressed together. We deplore the rocket attacks that Israel suffers. We have also continued to make clear that we do not agree with Israels action to close the Gaza crossings.
The Gaza strip requires an estimated 230 megawatts of power daily, at this time of year, of which up to 55 megawatts is normally provided by the Gaza Power Generating Company (GPGC). On 20 January the GPGC stopped producing power when its reserves became too low to continue. During this time, the majority of the Gaza Strip had no electricity for at least eight hours according to the UNs Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Many areas suffered power cuts of up to 12 hours because of breakdowns in Gazas ageing electricity network.
This had an alarming impact on the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Power cuts mean that Gazas water authority has to rely on diesel powered generators OCHA reported that by 21 January there was only enough fuel to pump water from 40 of its 130 wells and to pump sewage at 21 of its 33 pumping stations. At least 40 per cent. of Gazans had no running water during this time. 30 per cent. of the population still had no water by 23 January. Hospitals ran reduced services between 19 to 21 January to preserve their fuel stocks.
Limited fuel supplies were resumed as of 22 January enabling power cuts to be reduced. We welcome the announcement by the Israeli Government on 27 January that it would resume the supply of food and fuel to Gaza to pre-17 January levels.
Dr. Howells: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary made a joint statement with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development on 11 January in which they expressed their deep concern about
the growing humanitarian impact of the restrictions by the Government of Israel on industrial diesel supplies to Gaza, particularly on the most vulnerable sections of the population.
We do not support Israels decision to close all crossings to Gaza.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government recognise the Government of Mr Kibaki as the Government of Kenya; and if he will make a statement. 
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