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significantly improved customer service the Department has experienced an unprecedented increase in the use of information technology since 1999-2000. While this has provided significant efficiency gains it has also resulted in increased energy consumptionadversely impacting on targets for reduction in carbon and increased energy efficiency.
Departmental Public Appointments
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which former (a) hon. Members who left Parliament since 1997 and (b) members of the House of Lords have been appointed to public bodies within his Departments responsibility; and who made each appointment. 
There have been no hon. Members who left Parliament since 1997 appointed to the public bodies sponsored by my Department.
The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) currently has Baroness Hollis on their Board as non-executive member. Her period of appointment is from 12 January 2006 to 11 January 2012. Appointments to the TPAS Board are not ministerial appointments, but are made either by the board itself or voted for by the volunteers of the organisation.
Information about the political activity of ministerial appointees is recorded and publicised in accordance with the independent Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.
Departmental Public Relations
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Angus of 27 March 2006, Official Report, column 741W, on public relations companies, (1) if he will list the public relations companies that have had contracts with (a) his Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is responsible and (c) independent statutory bodies, organisations and bodies financially sponsored by his Department and other such organisations since March 2006; and what the cost to the public purse was of each such contract;