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Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on improving the energy efficiency of the buildings which it (a) rents and (b) owns; what changes there have been in the energy efficiency of such buildings in the last (i) five and (ii) 10 years; and whether his Department has adopted targets on energy efficiency improvements in the buildings it occupies over the next (A) five and (B) 10 years. 
Jonathan Shaw: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is committed to improving the energy efficiency of all buildings that it owns and to work with landlords to improve the energy efficiency of those buildings which it rents.
The Department has signed up to the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme and in 2007, became the first Department to gain the Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme award for its core Department and executive agencies. This standard measures improvement in energy efficiency in 19 specific areas and is widely recognised as an industry standard in measuring efficiency gains.
DEFRA is currently producing benchmarks for its sites using the CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) TM22 Energy Assessment and Reporting Methodology. This supports the roll out of display energy certificates which is required for all public buildings over 1000m(2).
Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account his Department takes of the level of energy efficiency of buildings before entering into agreements to (a) rent and (b) purchase those buildings. 
Jonathan Shaw: Where the acquisition of new premises involves new build or substantial refurbishment the Department will insist on the building attaining the BREEAM Excellent construction standard or above. Design at this level seeks to optimise the energy efficiency performance the building can deliver.
The Department is also keen to support sustainability around the re-use of existing premises either forming part of its own estate or the wider Government estate. The Department will always seek to identify the property with the best overall sustainability score to minimise our environmental impact. In seeking re-use of existing premises, especially older premises on the civil estate, it is not always possible to secure the highest environmental or energy performance standards. As a consequence, where appropriate, planned investment will be employed to improve environmental and energy efficiency of older buildings acquired.
While the Department looks for sustainability and energy efficiency, the identification and acquisition of premises is often market dependent. The supply of
greener buildings can be limited outside the major towns and cities, especially for specialist buildings and locations. In such circumstances, the Department seeks the best sustainability performance available and encourages potential landlords to invest in sustainability and sustainable technologies.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which organisations have received (a) free and (b) discounted room hire from (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in each of the last five years; and what the commercial value of the discount was in each case. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the 10 highest payments made by his Department were under property compensation cases brought against it over the last 12 months for which figures are available; which of the cases were (a) contested and (b) uncontested by his Department; and what the nature of each incident was. 
Atos (Application Development Services)
Vizuri Ltd. (Strategic Consultancy, and Security Testing and Verification Services)
2e2 UK Ltd. Server and Hardware (maintenance agreement).
Adept Scientific plc (software agreementsite licences).
Adept Scientific plc (software maintenance).
Anatune (Scientific software support contract).
Applied Network Solutions (Support for software).
AppSense (software support contract).
Armadillo Managed Services (Support contract).
Barclays Bank (BACS Software maintenancesupplier payments).
Becrypt Ltd. (Encryption software maintenance).
Big Fish Internet (domain name renewal).
CESG Commercial Services (supply of key material).
Cetus Solutions (technical support agreement).
Cetus Solutions (customer support Programme and Technical support) Cetus Solutions (Software Licences).
CMP Information Ltd (Health and Safety Software licence) COA Solutions (support and maintenance for finance software) COA Solutions P3E (support and maintenance for project software).
COA Solutions (support and maintenance for e-Marketplace to Finance system software).
COA Solutions (support and maintenance for finance software).
COA Solutions (support and maintenance for finance software).
COA Solutions (licences for Business Objects reportingfinance software).
Customer Focus Software (UK) Ltd. (Customer Relationship management software support and maintenance).
EduserveSubscription to Map Data to support science projects Hearne Scientific Software (Scientific softwareSuite Single user standalone licence).
Ideagen (annual support for Workbench Quality Assurance Software).
ItChannel International (Support for remote access to network PCs).
ItChannel International (hardware support).
Keystone Computer Group (Sun Server Hardware Support Agreement).
Lintel Software Consultancy Ltd. (Software Support).
Matrix Communications Group (Software Support).
Minitab (software support)
Network Disaster Recovery Ltd. (disaster recovery service).
Phoenix Software Ltd. (licences and software support).
S Store Ltd. (software support)
SAS Software Ltd. (software support).
Science Warehouse Ltd.Membership FeeElectronic Marketplace (price comparison site).
Software Box Ltd.(licence and support).
Software Box Ltd. (software support).
Software Box Ltd. (Encryption software support).
SPSS UK Ltd. (licences for continued use of Windows applications).
Systat Software (software support).
The Mathworks Ltd. (Statisics Software support).
Thermo Electron (system support for Laboratory Information Management System software).
Tower Software UK (software support for Electronic Records Management).
VSN International Ltd. (software maintenance and support).
Wolters Kluwer (Scientific Software, annual licence)
ACT (maintenance and support).
Avanquest (Rightfax) (maintenance and support).
Boxing Orange (service, maintenance and support).
BT iNet/TNS (maintenance and support).
CSTL (maintenance and support).
Foursys (maintenance and support).
Gradian Systems Ltd. (maintenance and support).
Webroot (Softcat) (maintenance and support).
Westgate (maintenance and support).
Sapphire Systems (maintenance and support).
Requisoft (maintenance and support).
Xansa (UK) Ltd. (application support and maintenance).
SunGard Ltd. (development and maintenance of RADX applications).
DSGi Business, a trading division of DSG Retail Ltd. (supply of ICT Goods and Associated Services).
Software AG (UK) Ltd. (provision of e-channel goods and services).
Insight Consulting (support for ISO 27001 security accreditation).
SGS (ISO 27001 Auditors) (auditor).
VLA Security (maintenance).
Intercept (network support and maintenance).
Solutions 8 (annual clean of IT hardware).
MJM Solutions (document management support and maintenance).
Sunrise (helpdesk support and maintenance).
The following were negotiated under the Scat/Catalist framework:
Amtec Consulting (security advice)
Business Objects (data analysis reporting systems)
Fujitsu Service (security advice)
NCC Group (security penetration testing)
OpenText (Document management systems)
IDBS (Laboratory notebook evaluation)
Hornbill (IT Helpdesk and asset systems).
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what independent inquiries have been commissioned by his Department in the last five years; what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of each; and what steps were taken following each. 
During this period, 1,160 DEFRA staff transferred to the newly-created Natural England on 1 October 2006 and 175 staff in the Pesticide Safety Directorate transferred to the Health and Safety Executive on 1 April 2008.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on requesting discounts from its suppliers in return for swift payment of invoices. 
Jonathan Shaw: The Departments payment policy is to pay its suppliers within 30 days or less of receipt of a valid, undisputed invoice. Decisions on requesting discounts from its suppliers in return for earlier payment of valid and undisputed invoices would be taken on a case by case basis subject to value for money considerations and be consistent with HM Treasury Accounting Rules (Managing Public Money).
Jonathan Shaw: A full list of public consultations published by DEFRA since 27 June 2007 to 18 July 2008 (a total of 86) is set out as follows. All public consultations published by the Department since January 2006 are available on the DEFRA website:
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