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Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of his Departments expenditure was on advertising in each year since establishment. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the book value of departmental assets sold was in each financial year since 1997-98; and what revenue was generated from each such sale. 
|Financial year||Book value of assets sold transferred (£)||Proceeds including transfers to O GDs (£)|
|n/a = Not available.|
(1) Assets transferred to OGDs are transferred at net book value, with no loss to the transferor department and no gain to the transferee department.
The information for financial years 1997-98 to 2003-04 is not readily available as it has been transferred to a historical archive system. To obtain the information would incur disproportionate costs.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what agencies under his Departments responsibilities use (a) 0845 and (b) 0870 telephone codes for customer inquiries; how many 0845 or 0870 telephone codes each agency uses; and how much revenue was generated by each of these codes for each agency in each of the last five years. 
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what average hourly rate his Department and its predecessors have paid to employment agencies for agency staff in each year since 1999, broken down by employment agency. 
Mr. Thomas: Departmental policy is that agency staff are engaged where it is not possible to source the skills for the task from within the Department but the expectation is that the appointment would be time-limited.
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations officials in his Department have made to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in advance of the forthcoming meeting of the Consulting Forum under the Eco-design of Energy-using Products Directive on requirements for boilers and water heaters. 
Malcolm Wicks: Officials in my Department have been in close contact with their colleagues in DEFRA and are working together as proposals are developed by the European Commission, taking advice from industry and other stakeholders.
DBERR and DEFRA ran a joint stakeholder workshop specifically on the proposed requirements for boilers and heaters on 4 February to help inform UK Government policy at the forthcoming Consultation Forum.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many cases of bullying have been reported in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last 12 months. 
Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when his Department will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster of 30 August, 10 October, 26 November 2007 and 2 January 2008 on the concerns about Companies House and identity theft of his constituent Nigel Walmsley. 
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will bring forward proposals for a statutory maximum limitation on the permitted volume of personal MP3 players. 
Mr. Thomas: The European Commission has asked the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks for an opinion on the potential health risks of exposure to noise from personal music players and mobile phones which include a music playing function. The Committee has been asked to report back to the Commission by March 2008.
We will consider whether there is any need for domestic measures following an analysis of the Scientific Committee's report and in the light of decisions taken by the Commission in respect of Community action.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the operating costs of (a) the National Consumer Council, (b) Energywatch, (c) Postwatch and (d) Consumer Direct were in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the forecast outturn operating cost of (a) the National Consumer Council, (b) Energywatch, (c) Postwatch and (d) Consumer Direct is for 2007-08. 
The expected forecast for Energywatch's operational costs for 2007-08 is £10.783 million.
The OFT are in the process of reforecasting the outturn costs of Consumer Direct at the moment and they estimate the operational costs for 2007-08 will be £18.875 million.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the budgeted operating cost is for (a) the National Consumer Council and (b) Consumer Direct in 2009-10. 
The National Consumer Council (NCC) will cease to exist with effect from 30 September 2008, when a new consumer body (new NCC) will be established out of consolidating the existing NCC, Postwatch and energywatch. Work on establishing the new body is now underway, including work on compiling detailed indicative costs for 2009-10, which will be considered as part of the 2008 departmental business planning exercise.
The budget has not been set. The OFT works on a year by year basis and the figure will not be determined until the next financial year.
Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of generating capacity was out of service in UK nuclear power stations in each of the last 10 years. 
Malcolm Wicks: Planned or unplanned closures of this nature are commercial and/or technical decisions for the companies that own and operate the power stations to take in conjunction with the relevant health and safety authorities. My Department therefore does not keep records of the operating decisions of individual power stations.
However, information on plant load factors is available. The load factor is actual generation for a given year taken as a percentage of theoretical maximum potential generation. It is impossible for any power station to generate at full capacity throughout the year. There will be periods when it will not generate owing to lack of demand, routine maintenance and unplanned repairs. The load factors for UK nuclear power stations for the most recent 10 years for which data are available are as follows:
| Source: Digest of UK Energy Statistics, BERR|
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