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Departmental Furniture

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case. [211768]

Jonathan Shaw: In total, Special Projects have spent £4,316,178.05 on office furniture between financial years 2004-05 to 2008-09 inclusive.

Special Projects (now known as the Space Utilization Team) is a group within Estates Division set up to co-ordinate large scale personnel moves. Much of the furniture shown was procured in conjunction with the refurbishment of 3-8 Whitehall Place, Nobel House and Ashdown House.

Furniture expenditure
2004-05
Item Number purchased Cost, including VAT (£)

Storage Units

1,280

384,044.05

Desks

714

379,882.20

Swivel chairs

146

43,059.05

Pedestals

564

89,685.40

Desk Screens

302

56,813.60

Meeting Tables

186

78,242.07

Meeting Chairs

683

223,247.64

Breakout Furniture

27

8,498.77

Miscellaneous Items

2,125

147,032.44

Total

6,027

1,410,508.22


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Item Number purchased Cost, including VAT (£)

Storage Units

583

176,570.77

Desks

349

113,705.92

Swivel chairs

560

165,205

Pedestals

655

107,201.12

Desk Screens

621

151,139.37

Meeting Tables

231

87,535.15

Meeting Chairs

584

86,340.17

Breakout Furniture

455

159,296.87

Miscellaneous Items

713

67,968.15

Total

4,751

1,114,962.40



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Item Number purchased Cost, including VAT (£)

Storage Units

73

22,853.75

Desks

10

9,196

Swivel chairs

Pedestals

Desk Screens

26

4,800

Desk Screen Reduction

160

32,200.87

Meeting Chairs

Breakout Furniture

Miscellaneous Items

2

21,296.87

Total

271

90,347.49


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Item Number purchased Cost, including VAT (£)

Storage Units

67

29,607.65

Desks

4

4,172

Deli Bar

1

47,000

Desk Screens

52

4,640

Desk Screen Reduction

342

23,307.30

Meeting Tables

Meeting Chairs

Breakout Furniture

87

18,767.10

Miscellaneous Items

71

12,774.60

Total

624

140,268.65


20 08 -0 9
Item Number purchased Cost, including VAT (£)

Storage Units

150

29,560.65

Desks

1

2,950.42

Special Chair

1

743

Bed

1

679

Desk Power Units

5,000

115,650

Desk Screen Reduction

Meeting Chairs

Breakout Furniture

Miscellaneous Items

Total

5,153

149,583.07


Dogs

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which police forces did not respond to his Department’s consultation on the (a) adequacy and (b) enforcement of legislation on dangerous dogs; and if he will make a statement; [210444]

(2) if he will place in the Library the full response from the Lancashire Constabulary to his consultation on dangerous dogs legislation. [210941]

Jonathan Shaw: These requests are currently being considered and I will write separately to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Flood Control

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors he considers when determining the relative priority of measures to deal with coastal flooding and inland flooding; and if he will make a statement. [212957]


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Mr. Woolas: Capital works promoted by operating authorities have been prioritised according to the priority scoring system (PSS) which makes use of three main criteria: economics (based on benefit cost ratio); people (number of residential properties protected, risk and vulnerability); and environment (based on the area of habitat created or protected and heritage sites). The risk element of the people score recognised the differences between very fast onset of flooding (common in coastal areas) and slower rising flooding with longer warning times.

New outcome measures for flood and coastal erosion risk management have been developed to provide greater clarity on what policies and funding for flood and coastal erosion risk management are intended to achieve. There are currently nine outcome measures, seven of which apply to both flood and coastal erosion risk, and two to flood risk only.

We are working with the Environment Agency to develop an effective prioritisation approach using the outcome measures and expect a revised system to be introduced for 2009-10. There was no differentiation between coastal and inland areas in setting the targets for the flood management outcome measures, but the funding allocations announced in March did include an underlying minimum allocation for coastal local authorities of £110 million over three years.

Flood Control: Bournemouth

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has received requesting assistance in improving flood defences in Southbourne, Bournemouth. [212459]

Mr. Woolas: DEFRA has received one letter and the Environment Agency has received three letters on this issue from Hengistbury Residents Association.

Flood Control: Canvey Island

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to improve working practices between the Environment Agency and local authorities to deal with (a) flooding and (b) drainage for Canvey Island; and if he will make a statement. [212956]

Mr. Woolas: Canvey Island has some of the best defences in the country with the sea walls and associated structures offering a standard of protection against sea flooding in excess of 1:1,000. Additionally, £6 million has recently been invested by the Environment Agency on new pumps to improve drainage on the Island.

Following the exceptionally heavy rainfall which occurred on Canvey Island over the bank holiday weekend, all organisations have assessed how their drainage structures performed. A meeting has been arranged for July, when all organisations with a drainage responsibility will be present to explore what measures can be taken to further reduce future flood risk.


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Flood Control: Land Use

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish additional guidance on the role of land use management in controlling flood risk. [212659]

Mr. Woolas: The Environment Agency led a project under the Government’s strategy for flood and coastal erosion risk management—“Making space for water”—to investigate the relationship between land management and flood risk.

The outputs of this project were published on DEFRA’s website in February. These include reports on the role of land use and management in delivering flood risk, a review of existing mechanisms, options, recommendations for future work and an initial assessment of catchments sensitive to increased flood risk due to land use change.

DEFRA will shortly be publishing the results of a research project which analysed historical data sets to look for evidence of any connection between land use and management change and flood generation.

There are no further proposals to publish specific guidance on the role of land use management in controlling flood risk. However, as and when other Government guidance on land use and management is reviewed, further opportunities will be sought to encourage practices which help mitigate flood risk.

Floods

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the departmental research projects entitled (a) simulation of flood risk and non-structural flood management, (b) flood risk management strategies in European member states, (c) who benefits from flood management policies and (d) developing the evidence base for flood resilience were completed; and at what cost in each case. [211946]

Mr. Woolas: All of the named projects are currently in the final stages of completion and we anticipate publishing the technical reports in the near future.

Project title Project cost (£)

(a) Simulation of flood risk and non-structural flood management

114,977

(b) Flood risk management strategies in European member states

42,466

(c) Who benefits from flood management policies

93,990

(d) Developing the evidence base for flood resilience

102,434


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