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Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to produce a working definition of a region for the purposes of allocation of responsibility for maritime and coastal pollution following the first Aquamarina group meeting in Brussels in March 2008. [206767]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government are not taking any action to develop a definition of “region” following the meeting of the Aquamarina group.

Aquamarina is a working group of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe—CPMR (an organisation of local and regional government representatives), set up to monitor progress on the new Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union, commonly known as the "Blue Book", which has been brought forward by the European Commission.

National governments, including the UK, are not routinely represented on the Aquamarina group. However, the UK Government have been actively engaged in discussions at EU level on proposals brought forward by the European Commission in connection with the Blue Book.

Shipping

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what obligations ship owners are under to inform the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of cargoes lost overboard in (a) British and (b) international waters. [207296]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Reporting requirements for the loss of polluting goods, containers or packages overboard are addressed under the Merchant Shipping Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Reporting Requirements) regulations 2004/2110.

All vessels operating in UK controlled waters must inform the Coastguard of any such losses from the vessel itself or of sightings of containers and packages drifting at sea.

For UK vessels operating in international waters a report must be made to the authority of the coastal state of any losses of polluting goods, containers or packages which pose a threat to the coastline or a related interest of that state.

Stansted Airport: Carbon Emissions

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate how many additional tonnes of carbon dioxide would be generated by a second runway at Stansted over its lifetime, calculated according to the methodology used to estimate additional carbon dioxide produced for a third runway at Heathrow as shown in Annex B, paragraph 2.23 of the Heathrow consultation document. [206724]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Our current forecasts of UK aviation carbon dioxide emissions were reported in
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“UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts” (November 2007), available at:

According to these forecasts, the opening of a second runway at Stansted airport in 2015 would cause carbon dioxide emissions from UK aviation from the time of opening to 2075 to rise by 135MtCO2, equivalent to 2.3MtCO2 per year on average.

The UK is continuing to press for the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, which under current proposals would effectively cap aviation emissions at an average level over the period 2004 to 2006. This means that any additional aviation emissions above that level would lead to no increase in total emissions when the trading scheme is established, since airlines would have to pay for the equivalent emissions reductions in other sectors.

Transport: Supermarkets

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effects of the siting of supermarkets on local transport systems; and what steps she is taking to mitigate any negative effects. [207066]

Ms Rosie Winterton: It is for local planning authorities to select appropriate sites for allocation for new development (including supermarkets) in their development plans and to determine whether the transport impacts of new developments are acceptable.

In selecting sites for new development in their development plans, Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning for Town Centres (PPS6) requires that local authorities should have regard to (i) whether the sites are or will be accessible and well served by a choice of means of transport, especially public transport, walking and cycling, as well as by car; and (ii) the impact on car use, traffic and congestion.

Planning Policy Guidance Note 13: Transport, states that where new development is likely to have significant transport implications, a Transport Assessment (TA) should be prepared and submitted with the planning application for the development. A TA should illustrate accessibility to the site by all modes and the likely modal split of journeys. It should also give details of the proposed measures to improve access by walking, cycling and public transport; to reduce the need for parking, and to mitigate transport impacts.

When considering planning applications, TAs will be used by local planning authorities to determine whether the transport impacts of new developments are acceptable.

Guidance on transport assessments was published by the DFT in March 2007.

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she next plans to meet senior managers of UK supermarkets to discuss the effect of (a) supermarket supply chains and (b) freight movements on UK roads. [207067]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Neither I, nor the Secretary of State, have any meetings planned with the senior managers of UK supermarkets at this time. However, officials are in
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regular contact with major supermarkets and their logistics partners and discuss issues relating to supply chains and the movement of freight around the UK.

Waterloo Station

Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what capital investment her Department plans to make at Waterloo station in the next 10 years; what further options for investment at Waterloo are under consideration; and if she will make a statement. [207334]

Mr. Tom Harris: We are planning a large scheme to make the platforms at Waterloo long enough to accommodate 10 and 12 car trains and in addition, to modify the junction layout on the approaches to the station. This would allow the use of up to 50 per cent. longer trains and increase capacity.

The scheme also presents opportunities at Waterloo International to reconfigure the passenger circulation space and the interchange with other transport modes, and to better integrate the station into the surrounding area. The Department for Transport has included an allowance of between £150 million and £200 million in the High Level Output Specification (HLOS) for these and the associated works on the South Western network. The works could be in place from 2012-14.

In the meantime, the Department is working closely with Network Rail and Stagecoach South Western Trains (SSWT) to finalise the design and costs of the partial conversion of Waterloo International to accommodate some domestic services. Therefore some services could use platform 20 of Waterloo International from December 2008. This scheme is likely to cost in the region of £5 million.

For the longer term, the Department and Network Rail are looking at the much larger, comprehensive redevelopment of the Waterloo complex to meet the demands and capacity requirements at the station over the coming decades. Such a major re-design of the station could be linked to a large scale commercial development at the site.

Treasury

Apprentices

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for which he is responsible in the most recent year for which figures are available. [206791]

Angela Eagle: There have been no apprenticeships or advanced apprenticeships in HM Treasury in the past year.

Of its agencies, the Valuation Office Agency had 22 staff undertake apprenticeships in the most recent scheme run by VOA which ended in 2006. There have been no advanced apprenticeships. Since the 2006 Programme, the VOA have switched from apprenticeships to stand alone NVQ’s at levels 2 and 3. The Royal Mint had four apprenticeships for 2007-08. No other agencies of HM Treasury had any apprenticeships.


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HMRC does not currently have any apprenticeships but is taking part in the apprenticeship pathfinder being organised by Government Skills (the sector skills council for central Government), and aims to start at least 50 apprenticeships later this year.

Capital Gains Tax

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of exempting from capital gains tax business owners who sell their businesses upon retirement up to the value of (a) £100,000, (b) £200,000, (c) £300,000, (d) £400,000, (e) £500,000 and (f) £1,000,000 in 2008-09. [206395]

Jane Kennedy: Due to the specific nature of how this relief would interact with the capital gain tax entrepreneurs' relief it is not possible to provide these estimates.

Child Benefit: EU Nationals

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many nationals of each A8 country were receiving child benefit for a child or children living in another EEA member state at the end of March; and at what average cost to the public purse in each month. [205878]

Jane Kennedy: Around 7.5 million families are currently claiming child benefit for around 13 million children.

At the end of March 2008, there were 24,060 ongoing child benefit awards to A8 nationals recorded as receiving child benefit for 39,425 children living in another EEA member state. This equates to around a third of a percent of all child benefit awards.

The breakdown by nationality is as follows but these disaggregated numbers are only estimates and should be used with caution.

Country Number of awards at 31 March 2008 Number of children included in awards

Czech Republic

130

217

Estonia

11

16

Hungary

48

81

Latvia

225

292

Lithuania

603

888

Poland

21,915

35,949

Slovakia

1,125

1,978

Slovenia

3

4

Total

24,060

39,425


The other information requested is not available in the format requested or is available only at a disproportionate cost.

Delivery Services

Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what definition his Department and each of its agencies use of a secure courier. [206685]

Angela Eagle: There is no single definition of secure courier. Cabinet Office guidelines specify different requirements for couriers, depending on the level of
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protection that is required. Each Department or agency applies the rules, and selects the courier service that best meets their needs, ensuring that transport of the more sensitive items is only entrusted to those couriers who offer the highest levels of assurance. The timely, safe and secure carriage and delivery of our goods is fundamental to all our courier contracts.

Departmental Catering

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of food and drink procured for working lunches attended by officials at which no external invitees were present in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [205521]

Angela Eagle: Working lunches are not separately identifiable within the Treasury’s accounting system and the information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. All expenditure, including that on hospitality, has to be incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

Departmental Databases

Adam Price: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2008, Official Report, columns 721-22W, on departmental databases, which US-registered service provider has been engaged to manage certain aspects of personal data; and what types of personal information it has been engaged to manage. [197147]

Angela Eagle: National Savings and Investments have engaged US registered service providers as follows:

Departmental Publications

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of producing his Department’s staff magazine in the latest year for which figures are available. [205875]

Angela Eagle: The Treasury no longer produces a regular magazine for staff. One-off issues may be used from time to time for internal communication. The cost
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of producing any one-off staff magazines is met using our in house team except for printing, which costs on average £1,000.

EU Emissions Trading Scheme

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the revenue from auctioning allowances for large electricity producers under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (a) in the period up to 2012-13 and (b) following the auctioning of 100 per cent. allowances from 2012-13. [207037]

Angela Eagle: The Government plan to auction 7 per cent. of allowances in phase II of EU ETS, amounting to approximately 85 million allowances, plus those allowances from installations that close during phase II and any unused surplus from the new entrant reserve (NER). Under the terms of the EU EST Directive 2003/87/EC, the total number of allowances auctioned cannot exceed 10 per cent. of the number allocated during phase II. The auctioning levels for the EU ETS post 2012 have not yet been determined. However, the Chancellor announced in Budget 2008 that the UK intends to auction 100 per cent. of allowances to the large electricity producers.

The amount of revenue will be influenced by the market price at the time of the auctions. It would be improper for Government to speculate on how the market will function in the future. Therefore we cannot give an estimate of the amount of revenue the auctions will raise in the period up to 2012-13 or upon auctioning of 100 per cent. of allowances to large electricity producers from 2013 onwards.


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