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Ministerial Policy Advisers: Pay

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the special representatives on (a) international energy issues and (b) carbon trading receive remuneration in respect of those roles. [232468]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: No. Both will be entitled to claim reasonable travel and subsistence expenses incurred as part of their work. These expenses will be paid in accordance with existing departmental guidelines on allowances and subsistence.

Near Zero Emissions Coal Initiative

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps have been taken by the Near Zero Emissions Coal Initiative; what assessment he has made of its progress; and if he will make a statement. [236410]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Following the start of the UK-China Near Zero Emissions Coal (NZEC) Initiative in November 2007, two interim workshops have been held in May and October 2008 to enable collaborative discussion on the work packages and presentation of initial findings.

The UK Government are working with the European Commission to develop Phases 2 and 3 of the EU-China NZEC agreement, particularly to secure finance and to develop a financial model. We are also working closely with the Chinese Government to reach agreement on
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costs and intellectual property rights (IPR) in particular ahead of the commencement of Phase 2.

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when ministerial responsibility for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will be transferred to his Department. [235554]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Discussions are continuing and we will provide details as soon as possible.

Nuclear Installations Inspectorate

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what minimum levels of (a) qualifications and (b) experience are expected of applicants for inspector posts in the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate. [236574]

Jonathan Shaw: I have been asked to reply.

Applicants for nuclear inspector grade posts are expected to have a good honours degree and to be a corporate member of a senior professional engineering or scientific institution, or to have an equivalent status. In all cases applicants are expected to have considerable work experience either in the nuclear industry or in other relevant high hazard industries.

Nuclear Power Stations

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the security of supply of uranium for the whole lifetime of any new nuclear power station built in the UK. [237795]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Government believes that there are sufficient uranium resources to fuel another generation of nuclear power plants in the UK. The Government’s White Paper on nuclear energy, published in January 2008, stated that backed up by a number of authoritative reports, including one from the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, the evidence shows that sufficient fuel will be available to fuel a new programme of nuclear power stations constructed in the UK.

Two recent reports published since the White paper support this view:

Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the average cost of decommissioning a nuclear power
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station borne by (a) the public purse and (b) the nuclear power industry. [238750]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to his previous question, dated 19 November 2008, Official Report, column 629W.

It is the Government’s policy that operators of new nuclear power stations must set aside funds to cover the full costs of decommissioning. Clauses in the Energy Bill create a framework for implementing this policy. The Bill requires any operator of a new nuclear power stations to have a Funded Decommissioning Programme approved by the Secretary of State in place before construction begins and to comply with this programme thereafter.

Nuclear Power Stations: Flood Control

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the impact of projected changes in (a) sea level and (b) the frequency and severity of storm-related events on the (i) working lifetime and (ii) decommissioning period of new nuclear power stations located on the coast; and what arrangements are in place for funding (A) protective measures and (B) insurance costs for such stations. [238256]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Climate change is a key consideration for the future viability of sites for new nuclear power stations. The Government therefore believe that issues relating to flood risk and flood protection should receive national level consideration in the forthcoming Strategic Siting Assessment.

The recent Consultation on the Strategic Siting Assessment Process and Siting Criteria for New Nuclear Power Stations in the UK proposed that sites nominated in the Strategic Siting Assessment process may be unsuitable (on a discretionary basis) unless nominators are able to confirm that they can protect the site against flood-risk throughout the (operational and decommissioning) lifetime of the site, including the potential effects of climate change; and outline the countermeasures they would take to protect the site from flood risk, as far as practicable. Funding arrangements and insurance costs will be the responsibility of the operator.

The consultation closed on the 11 November and consultation responses are currently being analysed. The Government will issue a response to consultation in the new year.

Power Stations: Insurance

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has offered a full or partial waiver of liability on insurance claims regarding British Energy's existing stations to the purchaser of the stations; and if he will make a statement. [238714]

Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 24 November 2008]: No waiver of liability for insurance claims in respect of British Energy's existing power stations was sought from or offered by the Department in the context of the proposed takeover of British Energy by EdF.


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Public Bodies

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will list the public bodies (a) for which he has responsibility, (b) which receive funding from his Department and (c) which are sponsored by his Department. [228252]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Cabinet Office paper in the House Library “Machinery of Government: economy, business, climate change, energy and environment” sets out much of this information, including that the Department of Energy and Climate Change will sponsor the Carbon Trust, Energy Savings Trust and Ofgem. There are ongoing negotiations to determine the overall functions of the Department and which additional regulators, inspectorates, Executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) might become the responsibility of the Department. Once these are completed, they will be a matter of public record. The final budget for DECC and its NDPBs will be agreed once negotiations on the machinery of government changes with BERR and DEFRA are complete.

Renewables Advisory Board: Manpower

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff are employed by the Renewables Advisory Board on a (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount basis. [234645]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: None.

Sellafield

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the proposed new Parent Body Organisation for Sellafield led by URS Washington Group is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. [237771]

Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 20 November 2008]: No.

Towards Carbon Capture and Storage

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent on the consultation project Towards Carbon Capture and Storage. [229397]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The costs to date of the “Towards Carbon Capture and Storage” consultation comprise only internal staff costs and those for document design, printing and distribution of the final consultation document (£6,000). These costs are not expected to increase significantly since the ministerial response to the consultation will be published online in due course.

Warm Front Scheme

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people who have made financial deposits for new boilers through the Warm Front scheme have not received them to date. [238843]

Joan Ruddock: It has not been possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.


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Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many properties in Copeland are awaiting improvement work to be carried out under the Warm Front scheme. [239240]

Joan Ruddock: As at 24 November 2008, there were 69 households awaiting energy efficiency measures under the Warm Front scheme in the Copeland constituency.

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of (a) households in Copeland constituency which received a Warm Front grant and (b) Warm Front grants made for the installation of (i) central heating, (ii) loft insulation, (iii) draughtproofing, (iv) cavity wall insulation and (v) hot water tank insulation in properties in Copeland constituency in each financial year since the commencement of the Warm Front scheme. [239352]

Joan Ruddock: It has not been possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the average waiting time for (a) an assessment visit to, (b) installation work to be carried out in and (c) repair work on faulty installations in properties in Copeland constituency which qualified for Warm Front grants in each financial year since the commencement of the Warm Front scheme began; and how many households in Copeland were awaiting an assessment visit in the last period for which figures are available. [239485]

Joan Ruddock: It has not been possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the value of (a) work carried out and (b) reductions in energy bills achieved as a result of work carried out under the Warm Front scheme on properties in Copeland constituency in each financial year since the scheme’s inception. [239486]

Joan Ruddock: The following table illustrates (a) the value of work carried out and (b) estimated reductions in energy bills as a result of works undertaken by the Warm Front Scheme by year from the inception of the scheme.

Savings are calculated based on embedded algorithms within the National Home Energy Rating software.

£
Scheme year Total measure spend Running cost saving (per household)

2000-01

28,112

59

2001-02

542,928

67

2002-03

336,546

79

2003-04

187,762

117

2004-05

227,525

118

2005-06

240,776

138

2006-07

351,554

201

2007-08

622,028

281


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Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Warm Front scheme registered installers are based in Copeland constituency. [239487]

Joan Ruddock: Currently there are no installers registered to carry out work for the Warm Front Scheme that have head offices based in the Copeland constituency.

Warm Front Scheme: ICT

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much the computer system for Warm Front has cost to install. [238842]

Joan Ruddock: DECC does not hold this information. It is part of Eaga’s internal operating costs which are covered by the administration fee paid by DECC to Eaga.

Water: Meters

Linda Gilroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the prospects for including water companies in the intelligent metering roll-out. [237202]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: There are possible synergies between the roll-out of energy smart metering and the development of intelligent water metering, including in the provision of information to consumers. We have ensured that DEFRA water policy officials and representatives of the water sector (including their Intelligent Metering Initiative) have been informed and are able to contribute to the development of plans for energy smart metering. However, we also recognise that the positions of these two sectors are very different in terms of the stage of development of smart metering plans.


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