Mr. Hayes: To ask the Prime Minister what items in the Donated Asset Reserve 10 Downing Street holds; and what use it is making of (a) jewellery, (b) watches and (c) other items in the holding. 
The Prime Minister: The Government have published an annual list of gifts received by Ministers in an official capacity valued at more than £140 since 2001. Copies of the lists are available in the Libraries of the House. The list makes clear which gifts are held by Government Departments. The arrangements for the handling of gifts are set out in chapter 7 of the Ministerial Code.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the cost to the public purse of the hotel accommodation for (a) the Prime Minister and (b) his special advisers was during visits around the UK between 7 and 9 January 2009; 
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to conduct exit interviews with Ministers leaving Government; and if he will conduct an exit interview with Lord Jones of Birmingham to discuss the noble Lord's experiences as a Minister. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many (a) hon. Members and (b) staff of hon. Members have an office in (i) 1 Parliament Street, (ii) Norman Shaw North, (iii) Norman Shaw South, (iv) the Palace of Westminster, (v) 7 Millbank and (vi) Portcullis House. Nick Harvey: Full information on accommodation allocations on the House of Commons estate was given in the Third Report of the Select Committee on Administration Session 2005-06 HC1279 in June 2006. Updated information is as follows:
Parliament Street: 59 Members
Norman Shaw North: 103 Members
Norman Shaw South: 45 Members
Palace of Westminster: 238 Members
Portcullis House: 208 Members
Staff of hon. Members are not allocated rooms. Some have desks in rooms allocated to their employing Member, some have desks in suited rooms adjoining those of their employing Member and some have desks in shared accommodation occupied by the staff of more than one Member. The number of Members' staff fluctuates constantly and it is therefore difficult to give an exact figure for the number accommodated on the parliamentary estate. The figures for the number of desks occupied by Members' staff stated in the Administration Committee's report are as follows:
1 Parliament Street: 125
Norman Shaw North: 267
Norman Shaw South: 145
Palace of Westminster: 288
Portcullis House: 405
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are paid at an hourly rate are paid at the same rate. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which was formed on 3 October 2008, will consist of posts transferred from the existing Departments for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The detail is still being worked on, but staff will come to DECC from Energy Group in BERR and Climate Change Group in DEFRA. All DECC staff, including those in the corporate centre, are currently on either the BERR or DEFRA terms and conditions. Given that, I refer the hon. Member to the answers given by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Ogmore (Huw Irranca-Davies) on 13 January 2009, Official Report, column reference 594W and by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on 14 January 2009, Official Report, column 757W.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people were required to make contributions towards the cost of work carried out under the Warm Front scheme in Essex in each of the last five years; and what the average contribution was. 
Joan Ruddock: The information requested is available from the beginning of the current phase of Warm Front, which commenced in 2005. The figures shown as follows are from 1 June 2005 until end of October 2008.
|Number of customers in Essex who made an additional contribution||Average customer contribution (£)|
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which external consultants have been engaged by (a) the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate and (b) the Nuclear Directorate in connection with the generic design assessment. 
The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has engaged the following main group of external consultants in connection with the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) work:
Washington E&C Ltd.
Health Protection Agency
Imperial College London
A number of individuals have been engaged to form the Project Review Board, namely Mr. David Hughes, Professor John Raine, Mr. Bernard Whittle and Mr. Phillip Woodward. Additionally Mr. James Furness has been engaged as Project Assurance Officer.
It is the intention of the HSE's NII to employ other Technical Support Contractors throughout the GDA process to aid in the provision of supplementary data and information on the reactor designs. HSE are currently undertaking an open procurement process in line with EU guidance/regulations to identify and appoint such contractors.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on restrictions imposed by other countries on passengers carrying liquids on aeroplanes. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Liquid restrictions are in place at all EC airports as required under EC aviation security regulations. In late 2006 the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) issued a recommendation to each of its 190 contracting states that restrictions on the hand carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) through security search points should be imposed. Most major states have applied such restrictions, including the US, Canada, Australia, Japan and Singapore.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many appeals bus operators have made in respect of the rate of reimbursement for concessionary fares since April 2008; how many of these appeals (a) have been successful, (b) have been rejected and (c) are still outstanding; and what estimate he has made of the average cost to his Department of (i) processing and (ii) resolving an appeal of this type. 
Paul Clark: There were 100 appeals by bus operators about reimbursement arrangements in 2008-09, of which five were not valid and 52 were later withdrawn. Of the 43 appeals remaining, by 19 January, 11 appeals have been determined by independent adjudicators appointed on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport. Of these appeals, five were upheld and six were dismissed. A further 32 appeals remain to be determined. It is intended to issue the majority of those determinations by the end of January.
The average cost of processing and resolving an appeal takes account of four officials working full-time for about half of the year on casework, the fees of consultants and the two independent adjudicators. The cost per appeal determined is estimated to be approximately £6,000.
Paul Clark: The policies and objectives in Hertfordshire county councils Local Transport Plan aim to encourage the use of alternatives to the car in order to protect the environment. Implementation is carried out through a variety of methods, including the improvement of public transport, the development of new cycling routes and working with local employers to encourage their staff to travel more sustainably. The Hemel Hempstead Urban Transport Plan includes a number of proposed measures including the development of travel plans for Hemel Hempstead railway station and the hospital, proactively encouraging the development of car clubs and establishing a project to provide individual households with travel planning advice.
Jim Fitzpatrick: We advise all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians, of the need to be aware of others and be considerate of their needs. The main source of this advice is the Highway Code, which sets out road traffic law and advice for safe road users. It includes specific sections for cyclists and for pedestrians. The rules for cyclists make clear that they must not cycle on the pavement as this is an offence. It also provides advice on taking care of pedestrians in those areas where cyclists and pedestrians share space, such as unsegregated cycle tracks. In addition the Department for Transport provides local authorities with guidance on the planning and design of facilities used by pedestrians and cyclists including shared use.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what expenditure his Department incurred in providing such coaching; and in what languages such coaching was provided. 
|Delegates attended||Language(s)||Cost (£)|
|DFT (C)||Not available||French, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian and German||£6.50 -£8.00 per hour|
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