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Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the African Union force for Somalia to be fully deployed; and if he will make a statement. 
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many inhabitants of St Helena have taken up residence in the United Kingdom in the last five years.  [Official Report, 3 February 2009, Vol. 487, c. 7MC.]
Gillian Merron: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not had any meetings with officials from St. Helena in the last two years. However, I had a constructive meeting with Councillor William Drabble during the Overseas Territories Consultative Council in October this year, and my hon. Friend, Meg Munn, then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, met with Councillor Brian Isaacs at the same event in December 2007. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other Government officials are in regular contact with St. Helena officials.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit (a) St Helena, (b) Tristan da Cunha and (c) Ascension Islands in the next 12 months. 
My hon. Friend, the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Meg Munn) visited Ascension Island in January this year when she met with representatives of the employing organisations and private sector and former councillors.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan consequent upon the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court on 20 November 2008 for the three rebel leaders alleged to be responsible for attacks on international peacekeepers in Darfur; and if he will make a statement. 
Gillian Merron: On 20 November 2008, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor submitted an application for arrest warrants for three Darfur rebels alleged to have been involved in attacks on African Union soldiers. These applications are now being considered by the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC. The ICC is independent and it would be premature to speculate on outcome of its internal deliberations.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the Government of Sudan to provide clearance for UN-AM Mission in Darfur airlift operations following its agreement on 26 September 2008; and what discussions the Special Envoy to Sudan has had with the government of Sudan on this matter. 
Gillian Merron: As part of a tripartite agreement reached on 7 October with the UN and the African Union, the Government of Sudan undertook to provide clearance for airlift operations for the UN/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). This clearance has subsequently been granted. We expect airlift of cargo into Darfur to begin shortly.
We have underlined the importance of implementation of the tripartite agreement with the Government of Sudan, including through the UK Special Representative for Sudan, as well as in the UN Security Council, and will continue to monitor progress.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to make representations to the Syrian government in respect of honours they have bestowed on convicted Islamist terrorist Sumar Kuntar; and if he will make a statement. 
We are concerned that Syria has chosen to award its Order of Merit to someone guilty of such acts. We have no plans to make representations directly, but during my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary's recent visit to Syria, he discussed with President Asad the strategic choice that Syria faces in acting as a force for stability or instability in the region.
Gillian Merron: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) on 26 November, Official Report, column 1794W, in which I expressed concern at the direction taken by preparations for the Durban Review Conference.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of members and supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe who have disappeared since September 2008; and what reports his Department has received on the likely whereabouts of those who have disappeared. 
We have received reports that approximately 18 supporters of the MDC, including a two-year-old child, have been abducted in recent weeks and are still missing. In addition, Jestina Mukoko of the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) and two ZPP colleagues were abducted on 3 and 8 December and have not been found. The Government have failed to produce these
missing people, despite Court Orders, and despite the efforts of their colleagues, lawyers, non-governmental organisations and the international community to locate them and secure their safe release or fair trial. We are seriously concerned for the safety of all those who have disappeared and condemn their extra-judicial abduction and detention. We continue to call, bilaterally, as well as in the UN Human Rights and Security Councils and with EU member states, for an end to all such human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Cabinet Office paper explaining the machinery of government changes in which the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was created, entitled Machinery of Government: economy, business, climate change, energy and environment, was placed in the Libraries of both Houses on 13 October.
Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average cost per tonne equivalent was of electricity imported via the interconnector with France in 2007. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: DECC does not hold information on the value of interconnector flows with France. The amount and value of interconnector flows to the GB market are determined by the commercial decisions made by market participants and grid operator to equilibrate the underlying demand and supply in the electricity market. The value of such supplies are therefore commercially confidential.
Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average cost per tonne equivalent of imported (a) oil, (b) gas, (c) liquid gas and (d) shale oil and tar sands was in 2007. 
Crude Oil: 271 £/tonne
Natural Gas: 130,000 £/tonne (converted using an average density of 0.756 kg/cubic metre).
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to prioritise help for pre-payment customers for the installation of smart meters; and what discussions he has had with energy providers on this matter. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Government have confirmed that they will mandate the provision of smart meters to all domestic customers, and have given an indicative timetable for a roll-out. They will announce their decisions on how and when smart meters will be rolled out in the new year, and the approach to prepayment meters will be one of the matters we will consider in taking those decisions.
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1465W, on electricity: per capita costs, what method for calculating the annual cost of the Renewables Obligation per customer was used. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Ofgem base the calculation on an assumption about the amount of electricity used per annum by a household multiplied by the buyout price for the renewables obligation for that year multiplied by the percentage obligation for that year. This calculation gives the upper limit to the cost of the renewables obligation for that year.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Geological Disposal Implementation Board (GDIB) is a civil servant programme board set up in October 2008 to manage the Government and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) arrangements for planning and delivery of a geological disposal facility as set out in the White Paper Managing Radioactive Waste Safety: a Framework for Implementing Geological Disposal. The board is a means by which civil servants from the relevant Government Departments can discuss the programme and prepare and present advice to Ministers. As such, the board does not have its own budget.
Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Minister of State plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 21 October 2008 on smaller scale renewable schemes in the Energy Bill. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 11 December 2008]: There is no record of the hon. Members letter being received by this Department, officials have requested a copy of the letter and I will reply in due course.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The cost to the customer is clearly the principal barrier to providing new connections to communities and households beyond the mains gas network, including rural areas. Because of the benefits that access to gas offers deprived and other households, the Government developed a model to provide connections to deprived communities by packaging a range of existing funding sources and using independent gas transporters. The successful application of that model was instrumental in persuading the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) to incentivise the large gas networks, such as Wales and the West, to connect deprived communities under the 2008-13 Gas Distribution Price Control.
John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the resource budget costs of nuclear decommissioning provisions by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The funding requirements of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) were considered within the context of the 2007 comprehensive spending review. The settlement provides the NDA with £5.1 billion Government funding over the three years (ie £1.8 billion in 2008-09, £1.6 billion in 2009-10 and £1.7 billion in 2010-11) of which £1.4 billion is resource and £3.7 billion is capital. Together with the income that the NDA will earn from commercial activities in the period, it is estimated that the total funding available over the three years will be over £8 billion.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the (a) cost and (b) policy implications of meeting the likely UK share of the EU target of 20 per cent. of energy from renewables by 2020. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Our assessment of the cost and policy implications of meeting the UK share of the EU 2020 renewable energy target was set out in our consultation document, which was published in June 2008, and can be accessed at
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what modelling his Department has conducted on how the UK can meet its share of the EU target of 20 per cent. of energy from renewables by 2020; and if he will publish the results. 
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