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Mr. Mike O'Brien:
The Project Board is made up of senior officials from: DECC; BERR; Cabinet Office; CLG; DEFRA; DFT; HMT; Wales Office; Welsh Assembly Government; the South West Regional Development Agency; and the Government Office for the South
West. In addition, there are non-executive members from the University of Cambridge Centre for Sustainable Development; the Sustainable Development Commission; and Partnerships UK.
The Ministerial Group to which the Project Board reports consists of Secretary of States from: DECC, BERR, CLG, DEFRA, DFT, and Wales Office, together with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Minister for the South West, the Welsh First Minister, and the Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the remit is of the Technical and Engineering Expert Panel appointed to provide advice to the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study team; how its members were selected; and when the panels advice and reports will be published. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Expert Panel has been appointed to peer review the technical outputs of the Feasibility Study and to provide it with independent engineering advice. The members were selected following consultation with the Royal Academy of Engineering and other professional engineering bodies. The panels advice will be taken into account in the final versions of the technical reports, the first of which will inform the shortlist of schemes on which we aim to consult early in 2009.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department of Energy and Climate Change, formerly BERR, as part of a consortium, commissioned research on the growth potential for microgeneration in England, Scotland and Wales, including the potential contribution it could make towards the 2020 renewable energy targets. It found that high policy support would deliver a total of 6.7 TWh renewable electricity at a cumulative subsidy cost of £5.7 billion, of which annual generation for PV in 2020 could be 1.17 TWh.
A further study of PV and wind turbines in the existing non-domestic building stock suggested that a high policy support scenario could result in annual generation of 12.5 TWh for solar PV at a cumulative subsidy cost of £17.9 billion by 2020.
The Renewable Energy Strategy Consultation closed for responses on 26 September. In formulating our final strategy, we will be considering the contribution needed to meet our targets from different technologies.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Government are helping to meet the challenge of developing and commercialising wave and tidal stream technology and have put in place the most comprehensive package of support measure for marine energy anywhere in the world. Since 2000 over £100 million has been committed.
The package of support measures we have put in place, includes the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's (EPSRC) Supergen Marine programme, Carbon Trust funding, research funding from the Technology Strategy Board and the Energy Technologies Institute.
DECCs £50 million Marine Renewables Deployment Fund provides a package of measures central to which is a £42 million Wave and Tidal Stream Energy Demonstration Scheme. We also support the European Marine Energy Centre wave and tidal stream test site in Orkney and have offered £4.5million support to the proposed £28 million Wave Hub, a project that will provide the infrastructure for demonstration of commercial wave farms, off the Cornish coast.
The aforementioned demonstrates the Governments continued commitment to supporting the development of this sector from R and D towards the eventual commercialisation of wave and tidal stream technology.
In addition, through the Energy Bill the Government are banding the renewables obligation to provide additional support to foster the development of these emerging technologies; this would double the incentive available to the marine sector.
The Government are also considering the responses to the recent UK Renewable Energy Strategy consultation, to see whether further measures need to be adopted to promote the commercial development of wave and tidal stream technology.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average length of time between the submission of a planning application for an onshore wind farm and the grant of consent was in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what plans his Department has to reduce this figure in respect of future applications. 
This summers consultation on the Governments Renewable Energy Strategy (RES) notes that the time taken by local authorities in England to reach decisions on wind farms in 2007 was around 14 months on average. In 2007 there was one decision in England made under S36 of the Electricity Act 1989 and this took 36 months. The RES sets out the wide-ranging reforms of the planning system being taken forward by Government to enable more efficient and timely decision-making. The RES also set out and invited views on a range of potential additional measures to support onshore renewable development.
The data held on the mobile phones and memory stick is the only data that has been lost. The e-mails held on Blackberrys are deleted remotely as soon as they are reported missing. The memory sticks held a small number of files and there are no reports that this included sensitive or personal data.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on (a) transcripts and recordings, (b) fees to the Newspaper Licensing Authority and (c) analysis of press coverage in each of the last three years. 
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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) listening exercises and (b) public forums his Department has held in each of the last two years; what the (i) purpose and (ii) cost was in each case; and who the private contractor was and how much it was paid in each case. 
Barbara Follett: The Department regularly engages in dialogue with a range of relevant stakeholders, who may include members of the public, representatives from our non-departmental public bodies and other interested parties or individuals within our sectors.
The Department has held no formal, planned activity in the last two years specifically defined as a listening exercise. The Department held a series of public engagement events which could be defined as public forums to discuss the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, details for which are as follows:
London 2012: Ask the team question time events
A series of public engagement events held round the UK in partnership with London 2012 to give stakeholders and members of the public the opportunity to ask questions about the Games and how they can get involved.
(ii) Costs (excl VAT):
Birmingham, 25 June 2007: £36,478
London, 11 October 2007: £26,962
Plymouth, 13 March 2008: £18,799
Belfast, 25 June 2008: 17,750
Central Office of Information (COI)
(iv) Amount paid to contractor:
The aforementioned amounts listed were paid to COI
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) the agency sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001. 
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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years. 
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