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Forecasted staff by location and grade - 31 March 2008
Location SCS GR6 GR7 SFO SEO HEO EO

Reading

9.00

18.00

51.26

0.00

87.57

152.18

188.88

Carlisle

0.00

1.00

4.81

0.00

9.61

26.41

80.50

Exeter

0.00

1.00

4.00

0.00

6.94

24.60

89.57

Newcastle

0.00

1.00

5.00

0.00

15.39

30.83

100.58

Northallerton

0.00

2.00

5.93

0.00

12.80

33.68

91.95

Workington

0.00

1.00

6.00

0.00

9.41

25.31

110.00

Inspectorate

0.00

1.00

5.00

1.00

27.00

73.04

319.02

Total

9.00

25.00

82.00

1.00

168.72

366.05

980.50



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SCS GR6 GR7 SFO SEO HEO EO

Reading

0.00

165.31

1.00

0.00

2.00

2.00

677.20

Carlisle

0.00

282.11

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

404.44

Exeter

0.00

217.50

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

343.61

Newcastle

0.00

245.79

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

398.59

Northallerton

0.00

237.89

2.68

0.00

0.00

1.00

387.93

Workington

0.00

584.56

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

736.28

Inspectorate

0.00

32.36

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

458.42

Total

0.00

1,765.52

3.68

0.00

2.00

3.00

3,406.47


Departmental NDPBs

Mr. Curry: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were serving on the boards of the non-departmental public bodies which his Department sponsors at the latest date for which figures are available. [203597]

Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 6 May 2008]: The Cabinet Office publication “Public bodies 2007” lists the number of people serving on the boards of public bodies as at 31 March 2007. These figures are broken down by individual Departments. “Public bodies 2007” can be downloaded from

Copies are also available in the Library of the House.

Departmental Temporary Employment

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time posts were filled on a temporary basis for a period in excess of six months in his Department in each of the last three years. [200661]

Jonathan Shaw: Posts may be filled temporarily by a variety of means, eg using short-term appointments, temporary promotion, employment agency temporary staff or interims. Consequently, it is not possible to identify all posts filled temporarily for longer than six months without incurring disproportionate cost.

Departmental Written Questions

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many days it took on average to answer written parliamentary questions tabled by each hon. Member for answer by him in the last six months. [201758]

Jonathan Shaw: Information to the level of detail requested is obtainable only at disproportionate cost.

The available information is set out in the following tables.

Total written questions received Total number of PQs answered within five sitting days Percentage

November

559

357

63.9

December

359

220

61.3

January

425

265

62.4

February

407

286

70.3

March

371

256

69


Total named day questions received Total number of PQs answered on time Percentage

November

133

49

36.8

December

67

27

40.3

January

143

61

42.7

February

69

33

47.8

March

71

20

28.2


My ministerial colleagues and I are committed to answering written parliamentary questions promptly. Unfortunately, this is not always possible.

Energy Saving Trust: Consultants

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments the Energy Savings Trust made to (a) Stratagem, (b) Weber Shandwick Public Affairs, (c) Consolidated Communications and (d) Positif Politics Ltd. in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. [202293]

Mr. Woolas: The Energy Saving Trust is a private company limited by guarantee.

Environment Protection: Housing

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to his Department's press release of 2 April 2008 on initiatives on greener homes, by what criteria green neighbourhoods will be selected; and what role he expects local authorities to play in the selection process. [202952]

Mr. Woolas: The Energy Saving Trust are currently working with a range of stakeholders to develop the programme with an aim to launch the competition for funding proposals by the end of the year. We expect the first successful projects to be funded from April 2009.

The competition will call for local alliances between householders, community groups, local authorities, energy suppliers, private companies and banks to come forward with proposals to transform homes and streets into green neighbourhoods. By pooling their resources, and with additional money made available from the domestic Environmental Transformation Fund, we wish to see the environmental performance of up to 100 such neighbourhoods across England transformed, with the aim of reducing their carbon footprints by over 60 per cent.


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Fisheries: Trade Competitiveness

Mr. Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the fuel subsidy given by Spain to its fishing industry on the competitiveness of the British fleet. [203201]

Jonathan Shaw [holding answer given 1 May 2008]: European Union (EU) state aid rules designed to prevent distortion to competition do not require the EU Commission clearance of an aid scheme or schemes which cumulatively pay less than £30,000 per recipient over three years. I understand that the Spanish Government are paying aid to its fishing fleet at a level below this “de minimis” limit and hence, no assessment has been made.

Flood Control

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Environment Agency will publish its Strategy for Flood Risk Management for 2009 to 2014. [202515]

Mr. Woolas: The Environment Agency will publish its Strategy in spring 2009.

Flood Control: Gloucestershire

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what analysis of critical infrastructure facilities has been undertaken in respect of Gloucestershire since July 2007; what additional protection has been put in place as a result; and what consideration has been given to the relocation of critical infrastructure. [201796]

Mr. Woolas: During the Gloucestershire floods, electricity supplies were disrupted due to flooding of the Castlemeads electricity distribution substation. In addition, the larger Walham electricity transmission substation required urgent flood protection measures to be carried out to prevent the site from being flooded. Both of these substations now have permanent flood protection barriers in place.

A review into the resilience of electricity substations to flooding was initiated by the Energy Minister. It is being led by the Energy Networks Association with support from network owners, BERR, Ofgem and the Environment Agency. This review has made contributions to Sir Michael Pitt’s review into learning lessons from the 2007 floods and has developed a framework for assessing flood risk and mitigation measures that will be used to assess the situation at each of the major electricity substations during the remainder of 2008.

Severn Trent Water has been developing plans to secure alternative piped water supplies to Gloucestershire in the event of losing either Mythe or Mitcheldean Water Treatment Works. These plans are not limited to providing additional flood protection at the works and include such things as new pumping stations and improved interconnectivity between the works at Mythe and Strensham. The company presented outline proposals to Gloucestershire Overview and Scrutiny Management committee on 31 March 2008.


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