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Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the guideline social housing rent increase for (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11 is for each local authority in England. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Local planning authorities are required to assess the accommodation needs of gypsies and travellers in the same way that they assess the housing needs of other members of their local communities.
The RSS identifies the number of pitches required (but not the location or sites); it is for local planning authorities to consider the location or sites where pitches required for their area, possibly in conjunction with neighbouring local planning authorities.
Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what areas were identified by his Departments June 2008 stakeholder survey as needing improvement, as referred to in his Department's autumn 2008 performance report; and if he will place a copy of the survey in the Library. 
Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 162W, on departmental training, if he will place in the Library a copy of the audit of skills in his Department conducted in 2008. 
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the next proposed World Trade Organisation Ministerial meeting on the Doha Development Agenda to take place; and if he will make a statement. 
Gillian Merron [holding answer 16 December 2008]: No timing has been set for a ministerial meeting in the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). The possibility of such a meeting in December 2008 did not materialise and now further consultations will be needed, including with the new US Administration, before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General is likely to be able to propose a new timetable for negotiations.
My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and other Ministers have worked tirelessly in support of a DDA deal and the Governments determination to work for fairer trade rules remains undimmed. Early conclusion of the DDA remains a top priority and we will continue to work closely with the WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, the European Commission and EU partners to secure a deal. The revised negotiating texts on agriculture and industrial goods issued in December captured the key aspects of the progress made at the July WTO ministerial. We must now build on this, bridging the few remaining gaps to reach agreement. In the meantime, we urge WTO members to resist resorting to protectionism.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the countries which have been recognised by (a) the UK, (b) the US, (c) Russia, (d) France, (e) Germany, (f) China and (g) Israel since 1998 without the approval or with only partial approval of the countries in question. 
Gillian Merron: Since 1998, the UK has recognised the following states: East Timor (20 May 2002), Montenegro (13 June 2006) and Kosovo (18 February 2008). In each case, the Government of the state in question has welcomed its recognition by the UK.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Governments policy towards the Peoples Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran is in the light of the recent judgment by the European Court of First Instance. 
Bill Rammell: On 26 January 2009, taking account of the judgment by the Court of First Instance on 4 December 2008, the General Affairs and External Relations Council adopted a list which did not include the MeK (Mujaheddin-e-Khalq, also known as the Peoples Mojaheddin of Iran).
However, we remain mindful of the MeKs history as an organisation responsible for a number of serious terrorist attacksit claimed responsibility for large numbers of violent attacks inside Iran for a number of years, including 96 in a three-month period in early 2001. We do not agree with its claim that it represents a credible democratic opposition in exile.
Wave and Tidal;
Alternative Fuel Vehicles;
Additional Energy sources;
Carbon Capture and Storage;
Exemption from the climate change levy for supplies of electricity generated from certain renewable sources;
Enhanced capital allowances (ECAs) for energy efficient equipment provide 100 per cent. first year allowances for spending on designated energy-saving technologies and products;
Stamp duty exemption for new zero-carbon homes;
Reduced rate of VAT (5 per cent.) for the professional installation of microgeneration equipment in residential and charitable properties.
R and D tax credits provide enhanced tax relief for companies investing in scientific and technological R and D.
Angela Eagle: The Crown Estate owns around 55 per cent. of the foreshore around the UK. The rest of the foreshore is owned by various bodies, including the Crown and the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall, such as port authorities, local authorities, the National Trust and private individuals.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what departmental assets are planned to be sold in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; what the (a) description and (b) book value of each such asset is; what the expected revenue from each such sale is; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: The Treasury does not publish asset sales by Department. Figures for aggregate central Government asset sales in 2007-08 to 2010-11 can be found in the 2008 pre-Budget report: the economy and public finances--supplementary material, table 2.3
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many equalities impact assessments his Department has undertaken in the last 12-month period for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of such assessments. 
Angela Eagle: The Treasury has not led on or undertaken any formal equalities impact assessments in the last 12 months. The Treasury works with other Government Departments on a wide range of policies and the Departments implementing the policies and services are responsible for producing equalities impact assessments.
The Treasury's equality schemes (race, disability and gender) are available on the Treasury's public website and give examples of how the Treasury has promoted best practice and worked with other Departments to assess equalities impacts.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Ministers in his Department received representations from (a) Lord Moonie, (b) Lord Taylor of Blackburn, (c) Lord Snape and (d) Lord Truscott in the last seven months. 
Angela Eagle: Treasury Ministers and officials receive representations from a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such representations.
Traditional Environmental Goods and Services: i.e. those related to solutions for problems such as air/noise/marine pollution and land/water contamination, environmental analysis and consultancy, and waste management and recycling;
a wider range of rapidly growing renewable energy technologies, such as hydro, wave and tidal power, geothermal, wind and biomass; and
a number of other emerging low carbon activities such as reduced emissions from within the transport and construction sectors, nuclear energy, energy management, carbon capture and storage and carbon finance.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis is of the estimate in the pre-Budget report 2008 that over the next 20 years more than one million people could be employed in the UK's environmental industries. 
Angela Eagle: The UK CEED (Centre for Economic and Environmental Development) report on Emerging Markets in the Environmental Sector (November 2006) estimated that the UK environmental sector employed around 400,000 with an annual turnover of £25 billion. This report predicted that the market would grow to £46 billion by 2015.
Other studies, such as that undertaken by Roland Berger, suggest that the global market could double by 2020. It is therefore reasonable to assume that if the UK maintains its share of the growth, more than one million could be employed in this sector over the next 20 years.
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much each central Government Department spent on the purchase of consultancy services, standard chart of account code 51401400, in 2007-08. 
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