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Waste and Resources Action Programme

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the (a) remuneration and (b) pension entitlement provided for each board member of the Waste and Resources Action Programme is; [239930]

(2) what expenditure the Waste and Resources Action Programme has incurred on overseas travel in the last 24 months; [239931]

(3) how many of the Waste and Resources Action Programme’s staff work on issues relating to alternate weekly collections; [239940]

(4) what guidance the Waste and Resources Action Programme has provided to local authorities on alternate weekly collections since its establishment; [239941]

(5) what research (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has commissioned in relation to household waste prevention in the last 12 months; [239942]

(6) if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the speeches and presentations made by the representatives of the Waste and Resources Action Programme at the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee’s conference held in November 2008; [239943]

(7) pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 401W, on the Waste and Resources Action Programme, whether the liaison activity funded by the Waste and Resources Action Programme included liaison with (a) official representatives of, (b) hon. Members and (c) noble Lords from the (i) Conservative, (ii) Labour and (iii) Liberal Democrat political parties; [239997]

(8) pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1006W, on domestic wastes, what advice the Waste and Resources Action Programme has given to local authorities on any proposed charges for the collection of household waste; [239999]

(9) what funding his Department has provided for the Waste and Resources Action Programme in each year since its establishment; and what funding has been allocated for each of the next three years. [240012]

Jane Kennedy: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 29 September 2008, Official Report, columns 2424-25W, on waste disposal: fees and charges, what the penalties are for placing domestic waste in a public, municipal bin. [232583]


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Jane Kennedy: No such specific penalties exist, however, some such actions may constitute littering or fly-tipping which may in certain circumstances constitute an offence with penalties outlined in the Environmental protection Act 1990.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which local authorities have formally expressed an interest in participating in pilots for charges for the collection of household waste; [235074]

(2) how many local authorities have expressed interest in participating in a pilot waste incentive scheme; [235144]

(3) how many expressions of interest have so far been received from local authorities wishing to participate in pilots for waste incentive schemes. [235840]

Jane Kennedy: My hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Joan Ruddock) wrote to local authorities on 20 June inviting them to come forward, with a deadline for submitting final proposals to run pilots of eight weeks after Royal Assent to the Climate Change Bill. The Government will announce the outcome in due course.

Waste Management: Private Finance Initiatives

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made towards the completion of private finance initiative contracts with local authorities as part of the waste management strategy in compliance with the EU Landfill Directive. [237648]

Jane Kennedy: DEFRA’s Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme provides support to local authorities with their waste PFI contracts, both in the application and the procurement phase. Generic guidance to help all waste infrastructure projects has also been produced.

Progress of the waste PFI projects to 24 November 2008 are as follows:

Project status Number of projects PFI credit amount (£ million)

Completed procurement and are operational

6

184

Completed procurement and are in construction

5

251.8

Completed procurement and are seeking planning approval

7

330

Currently in procurement

14

1117

Awaiting approval

12

(1)

(1) To be confirmed.

Water Supply

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons his Department has delayed publication of water companies' formal responses to consultation on the new draft Water Resource Management Plans. [239735]

Jane Kennedy: All water companies consulted on their draft water resources management plans earlier this year. All consultations had closed by 10 October
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and water companies are now considering the representations received and preparing their statements of response.

On 24 October we issued a Direction granting all water companies an additional 13 weeks to prepare their statements of response. This was to allow more time for the companies to consider the representations and the changes that should be made to their draft water resources management plans.

Companies must publish their statements of response in accordance with regulation 4 of the Water Resources Management Plan Regulations 2007 (SI 2007 No.727) and all will have published their response by 6 February 2009.

Wines

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department’s practice is on supplying non-alcoholic wine as a choice at official receptions or functions. [229129]

Huw Irranca-Davies: Government Hospitality (GH), in Protocol Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, manages official ministerial hospitality for all Government Departments. GH does not serve branded ‘low alcohol’ or ‘alcohol-free’ wine at any of its events, and has no plans to do so, though a reasonable choice of non-alcoholic drinks may be provided.

Olympics

Commonwealth Games 2014

Jo Swinson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many meetings there have been between officials from her Department and the Scottish Executive to discuss preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. [236869]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 18 November 2008]: Discussions relating to both London 2012 Olympic games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games arise in a wide range of meetings.

The Government Olympic Executive (GOE), which is part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), was set up in 2006 as the lead Government organisation to oversee delivery of the London 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic games.

GOE and the Scottish Executive officials meet every quarter through the Nations and Regions Group to discuss preparations for 2012 and securing the legacy from the games. These meetings have taken place over a number of years since the bid phase.

Up to March 2008, GOE also worked closely with all central Government Departments and the devolved Administrations through meetings of an Inter- Departmental Steering Group made up of senior responsible officials. The group was supported by departmental Olympic co-ordinators, including from the devolved Administrations.

We have also recently established a Government Operations Group, which includes representation from the Scottish Executive, to discuss matters of mutual interest across Government Departments in respect of staging the games.


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Officials are working closely together to share any lessons learned from London 2012 with the Glasgow 2014 team. Most recently, the GOE organised a day of meetings on 21 July for the Scottish Executive to speak with officials from across build, staging and legacy teams in GOE to talk about the delivery process and planning for a games legacy.

Additionally, on specific issues, officials from GOE and the Scottish Executive are discussing the development of regulations under the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 to restrict advertising and street trading during games time.

Jo Swinson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 490, on Commonwealth Games, how many invitations to meetings to discuss preparations for the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games have been declined by the Scottish Executive. [236870]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 18 November 2008]: Following correspondence from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to Scottish Ministers, Glasgow city council and the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland, the Deputy First Minister declined the offer of regular quadripartite meetings to discuss Glasgow’s preparations for 2014.

An ad hoc meeting is planned between Stewart Maxwell, Minister for Communities and Sport in the Scottish Government, and DCMS Ministers to discuss games issues on a date to be agreed.

Jo Swinson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will publish copies of all correspondence her Department has had with the Scottish Executive on preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. [236871]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 18 November 2008]: There has been numerous correspondence between UK Government Departments, and in particular the Government Olympic Executive, and the Scottish Executive about the London 2012 games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games. To source and publish or place in the Library copies of all correspondence would incur a disproportionate cost.

Departmental Absenteeism

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in her Office in each year since its inception; what the target rates set for her Office are; and if she will make a statement. [239130]

Tessa Jowell: The Minister for the Olympics is part of the Cabinet Office.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office on 26 November 2008.


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Departmental Civil Servants

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many civil servants have been employed by each non-departmental public body for which she has responsibility in each year since its inception; and if she will make a statement. [239132]

Tessa Jowell: The information is as follows:

Olympic Lottery Distributor (OLD)

The Olympic Lottery Distributor (OLD) does not employ staff on home civil service contracts of employment; and has not seconded any serving civil servants since it was established in 2005.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) was established as an NDPB by the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006.

The ODA does not employ staff on home civil service contracts of employment. One member of staff was seconded from the civil service in July 2006.

Departmental Consultants

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much her Office has spent on external consultancy in each year since its inception; and if she will make a statement. [239131]

Tessa Jowell: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Foster) on 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 286W.

Departmental Information Officers

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by her Office in each year since its inception; and at what cost in each year. [239083]

Tessa Jowell: Since the inception of my office in June 2007 I have had one special adviser post. Two people have filled the role in that time.

The Prime Minister publishes on an annual basis, a list of the numbers and cost of special advisers. Information for 2007-08 was published on 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 99-101WS.

No press officers have been employed by my office since its inception. My press support is provided by the press office of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Departmental Marketing

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much (a) her Office and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies for which she has responsibility spent on (i) publicity and (ii) advertising in each year since her Office's inception; and if she will make a statement. [239133]

Tessa Jowell: The information is not held in the format requested and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.


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Departmental Press Releases

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many press releases have been issued by her Office in each year since its inception; and if she will make a statement. [238986]

Tessa Jowell: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many contracts have been awarded by the Olympic Delivery Authority to date; and how many organisations have been awarded such contracts. [228437]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 20 October 2008]: As of 5 September 2008, 703 organisations had supplied the Olympic Delivery Authority through 1,306 different contracts.

Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the target build cost per square foot for the Olympic village is; and what comparison she has made of the target build cost with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' index of house prices. [239970]

Tessa Jowell: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what exclusivity agreements are in force over the Olympic village; and for how long each is to be in force. [239972]

Tessa Jowell: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what effect the reduction in the number of proposed (a) apartments and (b) bed spaces has had on the construction costs of the Olympic village. [239973]

Tessa Jowell: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.


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