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The Northern Ireland Offices executive non-departmental bodies operate independently of Government. I would encourage the hon. Member to write to the respective chief executives when requesting details of operational matters. Details of the Northern Ireland Offices non-departmental public bodies can be found in the Northern Ireland Office 2008 Departmental Report:
My Departments offices are principally located in Northern Ireland where the Northern Ireland
Executive has responsibility for taking forward the Sustainable Development agenda. We work in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Executive and Departments in taking forward this agenda, which does not at this stage include the adoption of the Carbon Trusts Carbon Management Programme.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many laptop computers have been provided to (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department in each year since 2005; and at what cost. 
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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 in each year since 2005. 
Expenditure for the purchase of these items is posted against telecommunications expense headings which contain spend for other goods and services. Therefore extracting the purchase costs required could be done only at disproportionate cost.
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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 2005. 
Paul Goggins: Records for the number of mobile telephones and BlackBerrys are maintained on a rolling basis and therefore it is only possible to give an accurate picture of the total number currently in use.
As of 1 April 2009, 28 BlackBerrys are being provided by the Department; One to Ministers, two to special advisers and 25 to civil servants. On the same date, 341 mobile phones are being provided, two to Ministers and 339 to civil servants.
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance his Department issues on whether members of staff may claim for travel in first class carriages on trains if there are no seats in standard class. 
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people aged 16 to 18 years have been charged with violent offences involving the use of a knife in Northern Ireland since 2007. 
Paul Goggins: These data are collated by the Police Service of Northern Ireland. I have asked the chief constable to reply directly to the hon. Gentleman, and a copy of his letter will be placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what advance preparation work on the new Magilligan Prison is expected to be undertaken in the 2009-10 financial year. 
Programme management services have been selected and will be in place by June. It is intended that the organisations responsible for design and business case services will be appointed and in place by July and August respectively.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the policy of the Northern Ireland Prison Service is on whether food and other supplies for prisons should be purchased locally. 
Paul Goggins: All food and other supplies for the Northern Ireland Prison Service are tendered under European competition and awarded in line with the European procurement directives and public contract regulations 2006 and amendments.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many written questions from hon. Members on policing matters in Northern Ireland were answered via referrals to the Chief Constable in (a) January and February 2008 and (b) January and February 2009. 
Paul Goggins: The Department changed its policy on answering police operational questions in September 2008. Prior to this date information requested was obtained from the Chief Constable and then included in a substantive answer. The Department now refers such questions to the Chief Constable for him to respond directly to the Member. A copy of the letter is then placed in the Library.
Joan Ruddock: The lead responsibility for the advisory committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies (ACCAT) transferred from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to the Department of Energy and Climate Change following its creation in October 2008.
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to attract private sector funding for his Department's programmes designed to improve the energy efficiency of domestic properties. 
Joan Ruddock: Energy supply companies are required to meet carbon reduction targets by promoting the installation of energy efficiency measures under CERT. Insulation measures make up a significant percentage (62 per cent.) of energy suppliers progress towards their targets to date (as end December 2008). We are currently consulting on expanding the CERT by 20 per cent. and on extending a CERT mechanism beyond March 2011 to 2012. We hope that these two proposals, in combination with work to improve the exchange of information between the insulation industry and energy suppliers, should help to generate greater continuity and confidence in the market and lead to appropriate investment.
Joan Ruddock: The Governments package of policies and measures to tackle energy efficiency is reviewed on a regular basis to take account of latest evidence and data. We first published our Energy Efficiency Action Plan in 2004 and this was revised in 2007. The Government also undertook evaluations of their energy efficiency strategy during development of the 2006 Climate Change programme and the 2007 Energy White Paper.
The Heat and Energy Saving Strategy, currently under consultation, has provided a fresh opportunity to revisit our energy efficiency strategy. In doing so, our aim is to ensure the policies we put in place are capable of delivering the increased challenges over the next decade, particularly in light of the new legally-binding target to cut UK greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent. by 2050.
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding has been provided through phase two of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in each year since the programme was established. 
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Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate his Department has made of the level of carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the full exploitation of the oil sands in Canada. 
Data contained in the fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggest that the hypothetical full exploitation of energy in unconventional oil resources globally would release
in excess of 2,670 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide. The Government have not made a separate estimate for the oil sands of Canada.
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by what dates he expects the consultations on carbon capture readiness and a new framework for coal-fired power stations to conclude; and how long after that he expects to make a decision on the construction of the proposed units at Kingsnorth power station. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The response to the Towards Carbon Capture and Storage consultation which covered carbon capture readiness is due for publication shortly. The timetable for the planned new consultation on a new framework for coal fired power stations has not yet been set.
I am not able to comment on the timing of the announcement of decisions in respect of live planning applications and therefore am unable to be precise about when a decision will be made on the proposed Kingsnorth power station following the conclusion of that consultation.
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Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2008, table 2.7, available at:
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