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(a) instructions to staff have been provided in a number of ways. As part of our big switch energy efficiency campaign at the start of 2006, we combined online and poster messaging to inform and change staff behaviour to make sure all computers and other electrical equipment is switched off. Seasonal messages are broadcast on DEFRAs intranet to ensure staff turn off equipment over holiday periods. Information and instructions on energy saving measures appear on DEFRAs intranet and there are stickers on computer screens reminding staff to switch off their monitors. There are also checks carried out by security guards on the London estate on their normal night time patrols who switch off machines if found to be powered up without explanation.
(b) DEFRA is currently undertaking trials of timer switches on power sockets for printers and copiers. It is also preparing to roll-out a VISTA-based desktop environment within which it will deploy VISTAs inbuilt group policy options to enforce a default switch to the VISTA sleep mode after a pre-set elapsed time of inactivity.
(c) There has been an assessment of Nightwatchman technology that provides similar automatic hibernation of devices, but at this stage it has been decided to pursue the VISTA policy option avoiding additional expense. This will be reviewed once we have had sufficient experience of the new VISTA environment and the effectiveness of the proposed configuration.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department paid in bonuses to press and communication officers in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) highest and (b) lowest such bonus was in each of those years. 
For the senior civil service (SCS), departments and agencies are responsible for their own reward arrangements within a framework set by Cabinet Office. Below the
SCS, departments have delegated authority to tailor reward packages to meet their own business needs.
Performance related pay schemes encourage high attainment because bonuses have to be earned each year. They help drive high performance in departments and agencies and support better public service delivery.
The information covers people in core-DEFRA and the following DEFRA Executive Agencies: Animal Health, Pesticides Safety Directorate, Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Marine Fisheries Agency, Government Decontamination Service. It does not include payments made by DEFRA's agencies that have taken pay delegation (Central Science Laboratory, Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Rural Payments Agency and Veterinary Laboratories Agency).
Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the special advisers employed in his Department and its predecessor since 6 May 1997; and what the (a) start and (b) end date of employment was in each case. 
Jonathan Shaw: Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the names and numbers of special advisers in each pay band. For the most recent information I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister on 22 November 2007, Official Report, columns 147-150WS.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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. 
Jonathan Shaw: DEFRA was formed in June 2001. Since that time DEFRAs Communications Directorate has not had any direct contracts with any public relations companies as work is contracted through the Central Office of Information. The sub-contracted agencies are listed as follows:
Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost of the planned refurbishment of his Departments offices at Kings Pool, York is; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 7 February 2008]: The planned refurbishment works, undertaken to increase capacity, improve business effectiveness, reduce occupancy cost and facilitate modern working practices at the Kings Pool complex in York is estimated to cost £28.3 million inclusive of VAT. This includes the comprehensive phased refurbishment of both Foss House and Mallard House whilst business as usual continues and includes the construction of a new Hub building, all meeting BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) excellent standards as required by cross-government mandate.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the (a) special advisers and (b) ministerial appointees in possession of a security pass enabling access to his Department's main building in the month prior to the prorogation of Parliament for the 2005 general election. 
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what documents his Department, its predecessor, and its agencies translated for people who do not speak English in (a) 2007-08 and (b) the last five years; and what the total cost associated was of such translations. 
Amendment to paragraph of EC Quality Standards for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
A Retailers Guide (2003)
Leaflet entitled If in doubt, leave it out (re illegal imports) (2003)
Leaflet on Manual Harvest Workers (2003)
Gangmaster leaflet (2004)
Extracts from Agriculture and Horticulture Act (2004)
Leaflet entitled Waste - duty of care (2004)
Leaflet entitled Food on the Go (2005)
Two dry cleaning leaflets, reminders about Solvent Emissions Directive (2006)
Summary leaflet, Controls on the handling of waste (2006)
Leaflet about working with poultry (2007)
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