Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make an assessment of the work of the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Initiative and its potential to contribute to the targets for carbon dioxide emissions set by his Department; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien:
Department officials are aware of a number of proposals such as the Mid Atlantic Renewable Energy Initiative (MARE), to use solar and other renewable energy sources, coupled with high voltage DC power networks, to supply renewable electricity. Many of these
projects are at a very early stage of development, and their likely scale and potential to contribute to reductions in carbon dioxide emissions cannot yet be reliably determined.
The UK supports Article 5(9) of the draft EU renewable energy directive, which allows renewable energy generated by new installations outside the EU to count towards the EU renewable energy targets if it is consumed within the EU. We also accept that the energy directive should incentivise deployment of renewable technologies outside the EU, as well as inside. Projects such as MARE may be a way of doing this, although issues such as the high cost of developing offshore platforms and long distance sub-sea connections would need to be addressed.
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what dates he has met representatives of National Grid to discuss (a) electricity and (b) gas transmission and distribution infrastructure since his appointment. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: My noble Friend the Secretary of State met with representatives of National Grid on 14 October and 15 December and visited the National Control Centre for electricity on 26 November.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has been created from the BNFL subsidiary, Nexia Solutions Limited. HMG is currently running a competition to appoint a management contractor to manage the NNL and we expect that process to be completed next spring. Until then the NNL is operating very much as Nexia Solutions did and its results are included in the consolidated accounts of BNFL plc. The NNL is a commercial entity and as such derives revenues from its customers for contracted work. In 2006-07, Nexia Solutions (now the NNL) made an operating profit of £7 million before exceptional items on a turnover of £77 million. Once appointed, the managing contractor is expected to deliver growth and efficiencies, obtaining its fee from turnover with no requirement for separate funding from Government.
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on how many occasions a demand-side response has been required by the system operator to achieve balance in gas supply in each of the last 10 years. 
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of progress towards the implementation of the recommendations of the June 2006 report of the Competition Commission on the market for domestic bulk liquid petroleum gas. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Ensuring that markets operate freely and fairly is a matter for the independent competition authorities. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) referred the market for the supply of domestic bulk liquid petroleum gas (LPG) to the Competition Commission (CC) on 5 July 2004. Following the report by the CC on 29 June 2006 on this market the CC made the first of two orders to remedy detrimental effects on customers so far as they have resulted from, or may be expected to result from, the adverse effects on competition specified in the report. From 13 April 2009, the first order will apply to all suppliers of bulk LPG for domestic use. A second order, which will apply to all suppliers of bulk LPG for domestic use on metered estates, is currently the subject of consultation and is expected to be published in early 2009. Once the orders are in place the OFT will monitor their effect.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and (b) EDF on (i) the timing of the NDA's announcement of the sale of NDA land for new nuclear builds and (ii) the likely effect of this sale and its timing on the price of (A) the Government's stake in British Energy and (B) shares in British Energy. 
The Government have committed to accept EDF's cash offer of 774p per share for its stake in British Energy, which puts the value of the stake at £4.4 billion, assuming the offer completes. The Government cannot speculate on any impact the sale of the NDA's sites might have on British Energy's share price, which is subject to market conditions.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department plans to take to promote renewable energy in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien:
The Government published in the summer a consultation document (UK Renewable Energy Strategy) setting out the wide range of policies already in place to promote renewable energy in the UK, and seeking views on potential further measures in the light of our longer term renewable ambitions. We will publish our final renewable energy strategy in spring next year,
detailing an action plan for promoting further renewable deployment throughout the UK.
Energy Sector Indicators, 2008
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications have been (a) received and (b) granted under (i) section 36 and (ii) section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 in each of the last 10 years. 
The Departments electronic database on section 37 casework is a recent innovation and the volume of such casework is high. Our records, however, show an increase from 350 applications in 2001 to 530 applications in 2005, and a further increase in 2007 to 742 applications.
The numbers have been increasing as the network companies seek to improve the resilience of their system. The applications are predominantly for upgrading, minor diversions or rationalisations/re-routing of existing lower voltage lines rather than for completely new high voltage lines. Experience is that the vast majority of these applications would have been consented, with only a few refused or withdrawn.
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) prosecuted, (b) convicted and (c) received a level 2 fine for the offence of not obeying an instruction to stop drinking in a designated public place in each of the last five years. 
Jacqui Smith: The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts, found guilty, and issued with a level two fine (over £200 and up to and including £500) at all courts for offences relating to the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 S12, in England and Wales, from 2003 to 2007 can be viewed in the following table.
Additionally, 1,544 individuals received a penalty notice for disorder (PND) for this offence in 2007. In 2006, the figure was 1,061, in 2005 the figure was 712, and in 2004, 485 individuals received a PND for this offence.
|The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates court, found guilty, and issued with a level 2 fine (over £200 and up to £500) at all courts for offences relating to the Police Reform Act 2002 Sch.4 Para.5 (Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 S.12). Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 S12, in England and Wales, 2002 to 2007( 1,2,3)
|Fine (level 2): over £200 and up to £500
|(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts, and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(3) Includes the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:
Police Reform Act 2002 Sch.4 Para.5 (Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 S.12). Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 S12.
Contravene a community support officers' requirement not to consume liquor. Penalty offence under s.l Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001alcohol consumption in designated public places.
OCJRE and A: Office for Criminal Justice ReformEvidence and Analysis Unit
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many animal procedures licences were (a) received and (b) approved by her Department in each of the last five years. 
Meg Hillier: From the retained records available to us details for licences granted in each of the last five years and the current year to date under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 are shown in the following table. A feature of the regulatory regime under the 1986 Act is the discussion that often takes place at an early stage between applicants (or prospective applicants) and the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate. When serious deficiencies are discovered with the proposals during these early discussions with the local inspectors this means that proposals unlikely to meet the Act's stringent requirements are revised or withdrawn before formal refusal becomes necessary.
|Year project licence applied for
|Number of licences applied for
|Number granted in 2003
|Number granted in 2004
|Number granted in 2005
|Number granted in 2006
|Number granted in 2007
|Number granted in 2008 to date
|Number not proceeded with plus those still outstanding at end of the period