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Building Colleges for the Future Programme

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much has been spent on each project under the Building Colleges for the Future programme in each year since its inception; [268649]

(2) how much has been spent on the Building Colleges for the Future programme in each region in each year since the programme’s inception; [268650]

(3) how many Building Colleges for the Future projects which have cleared the application in detail stage (a) have been completed and (b) are under way. [268651]

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 55WS, on capital investment (further education colleges), (1) what estimate he has made of expenditure incurred by further education and sixth form colleges on capital building projects (a) in advance of the feasibility stage, (b) between the feasibility stage and an approval in principle and (c) between an approval in principle and an approval in detail since 1997; [268742]

(2) which colleges had received funding from the Learning and Skills Council in advance of an approval in principle for a capital building project at the latest date for which information is available. [268855]

Mr. Simon: Capital funding for further education colleges is administered by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). As the information requested pertains to records held by the Council, I have asked Geoffrey Russell, the acting LSC chief executive, to write to the hon. Members with the information requested. A copy of his letters will be placed in the House Libraries.

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) HM Treasury and (b) the Department for Children, Schools and Families on the Building Colleges for the Future programme. [268680]

Mr. Simon: The Department has and continues to have regular discussions with both HM Treasury and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), on the Building Colleges for the Future programme.

DCSF already contributes to FE modernisation from the 16-19 capital fund to support growth of 16-19 places in college projects with the FE capital programme and plans to continue to do that.


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Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which further education colleges with capital funding projects which have been submitted to the Building Schools for the Future programme will not receive funding in the current spending round. [268682]

Mr. Simon: Further education capital projects are funded through the Building Colleges for the Future programme, which is administered by the Learning and Skills Council on behalf of the Department.

The Building Schools for the Future programme, as administered by Partnerships for Schools on behalf of the Department for Children, Schools, and Families, does not include further education colleges and as such there are no capital projects to list which will not be funded in the current spending round.

Departmental Bank Services

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 900W, on departmental bank services, what the monetary value is of his Department’s contract with Deutsche Bank. [268307]

Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has not made any payments to date to Deutsche bank under their contract as Sales Arranger for the Student Loan Sales Programme.

Departmental Computers

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many laptop computers have been provided to (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department in each year since its creation; and at what cost. [268278]

Mr. Simon: Under the Department's ICT service provision contract, all staff are provided with laptop computers in place of desktop computers. Docking stations are provided on a hot desk basis in official buildings. The laptop is their only computer. The cost to the public purse is the standard charge for the ICT managed service provision.

The Department supports five Ministers, two special advisers, the Chief Scientific Officer and just over 1,000 civil servants. In 2008-09 the standard charge for ICT managed service provision was £1.7 million.

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff in his Department (a) were disciplined and (b) had their employment terminated as a result of a poor sickness record in each of the last 12 months. [262236]

Mr. Simon: Information on sickness absence in the Department can be found the DIUS website:


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Departmental Energy

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps have been taken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to improve the thermal efficiency of their buildings in the last 12 months. [266760]

Mr. Simon: The Department’s building services are provided through the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), which manage the buildings that DIUS occupies.

The Department and its agencies have taken a number of steps over the last 12 months to improve the thermal efficiency in their buildings. These include:

London, Kingsgate House

Over the last 12 months the building management system has been enhanced with new control systems, upgraded time schedules and automated metering. This provides half-hourly energy readings to suppliers which enable savings to be made through improved customer monitoring. There is also a scheduled quarterly boiler maintenance plan to optimise efficiencies.

Sheffield, Moorfoot

The current building is end of life. DCSF and DIUS are acquiring new accommodation in Sheffield for staff. Therefore, it has not been economically viable to make improvements to energy efficiency in this building. Energy efficiencies will naturally feature in the new building project that the Departments are currently pursuing to ensure maximum efficiency.

National Physical Laboratory Teddington (NPL)

The NPL have installed comprehensive metering to identify where energy is being consumed and are also exploring the possibility of using ground source energy.

National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML) Teddington

The NWML have installed a smart meter to measure electricity consumption. This highlights areas where consumption is high giving an indication of poor thermal efficiency. The air conditioning system has been examined to establish areas where it can be switched off for periods of the day or week. Reflective film has been applied to the outside of the windows to reduce heat being radiated into glass and conducted into the metal frames. The heat is then reflected back into the building.

Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Newport and Cwmfelinfach

The IPO have a building energy management system (BEMS) which provides control over the main heating, cooling and ventilation systems. This enables us to adjust the heating needed within specific areas of each building and identify where there may be poor thermal efficiency.

The air conditioning system has been examined to establish areas where it can be switched off for periods of the day or week. Thermal efficiency has been increased by the introduction of ‘tin foil’ between the radiators and exterior walls to reflect the heat inwards in places where there are specific problems. Electric doors have been installed to isolate the loading bay and downward blowers have been put in place at exterior doorways to contain heat within the building. The IPO are also investigating insulating ceilings where this is cost-effective.


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Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent progress his Department has made towards the target of increasing its energy efficiency per square metre of its Estate by 15 per cent. by 2010, relative to 1999-2000 levels; and if he will make a statement. [266878]

Mr. Simon: The Department’s building services are provided through the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), who manage the buildings that DIUS occupies.

DIUS was established in June of 2007. No baseline data exist for 1999-2000. As 2008-09 will be the first full year of reporting we cannot yet record improvements against a baseline. Therefore the 15 per cent. efficiency savings target is not applicable to DIUS. However DIUS is making improvements:

London

Over the last 12 months the building management system has been enhanced with new control systems, upgraded time schedules and automated metering. This provides half-hourly energy readings to suppliers which enable savings to be made through improved customer monitoring. There is now also a scheduled quarterly boiler maintenance plan to optimise efficiencies.

Sheffield

DCSF and DIUS are in the process of acquiring new accommodation in Sheffield. The existing building will be vacated before any improvements in energy efficiency could be realized. Energy efficiency will be a feature of the new accommodation project that the Departments are currently pursuing.

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much (a) electricity, (b) gas and (c) other fuel has been used by (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies since his Department was established. [267332]

Mr. Simon: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created on 28 June 2007. The total amount of electricity, gas and other fuel used in the Department's and its agencies' buildings are given in the following table. The figures for the Department itself are estimates, obtained by apportioning the energy consumption in each building according to the number of DIUS staff as a proportion of the total.

kWh
Fuel type Intellectual Property Office (agency) June 2007 to March 2009 National Weights and Measures Laboratory (agency) June 2007 to February 2009 DIUS London building June 2007 to February 2009 DIUS Sheffield building June 2007 to February 2009

Electricity

5,912,250

995,257

3,184,181

1,795,272

Gas

3,224,020

0

1,587,894

20,173

Other fuel type

0

0

0

1,048,622 (steam)


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Departmental Mobile Phones

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much has been spent on (a) the purchase of and (b) bills for (i) Blackberrys and (ii) other mobile telephones for (A) Ministers, (B) special advisers and (C) civil servants in his Department since its establishment; [268246]

(2) how many (a) Blackberrys and (b) other mobile telephones have been provided to (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and (iii) civil servants in his Department in each year since its establishment. [268287]

Mr. Simon: Blackberry devices and mobile phones are provided to individuals while they are in post, and are recovered when the individual leaves.

The Department currently provides a total of 222 Blackberry devices, split as follows:

Number

(i) Ministers

3

(ii) Special Advisers

2

(iii) Civil Servants

217


At the end of 2007/08, the Department was providing 182 Blackberry devices, split as follows:

Number

(i) Ministers

4

(ii) Special Advisers

2

(iii) Civil Servants

176


The Department currently provides a total of 256 mobile phones, split as follows:

Number

(i) Ministers

3

(ii) Special Advisers

2

(iii) Civil Servants

251


At the end of 2007/08, the Department was providing 56 mobile phones, split as follows:

Number

(i) Ministers

4

(ii) Special Advisers

2

(iii) Civil Servants

50


The cost of these devices is as follows:

£

Blackberrys

Initial cost

136

Monthly cost

19.50

Mobile phones

Monthly cost

2.50


An analysis of the cost of calls split across the categories requested could be achieved only at disproportionate cost. The overall cost of calls for 2008/09 is £256,469 which is the cost of all Blackberry, mobile phone and 3G data card provision, once the regular monthly costs have been subtracted.


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