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Combined Heat and Power

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff of his Department work on matters relating to combined heat and power on a (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount basis. [264622]


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Joan Ruddock: In order to respond flexibly to the needs of Government, resources are frequently redeployed as needed on key projects. At present, on a full-time equivalent basis, three staff in DECC are dedicated solely to combined heat and power. A far larger number of officers address issues partially related to combined heat and power, such as economic analysis, statistical analysis and the role of combined heat and power in a number of schemes and strategies such as the proposed Renewable Energy Strategy and the Heat and Energy Saving Strategies.

Committee on Climate Change: Finance

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget of the Committee on Climate Change is for 2009-10. [269719]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The 2009-10 Budget for the CCC will be agreed shortly as part of the overall DECC business planning process, subject to the DECC main estimate laid before Parliament after Budget Day.

Defence Nuclear Safety Committee

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the annual salary of the Chief Executive of the Defence Nuclear Safety Committee was in each of the last 10 years; [267067]

(2) what the (a) final severance package and (b) pension arrangements were for the previous Chief Executive of the Defence Nuclear Safety Committee. [267068]

Mr. Kevan Jones: I have been asked to reply.

The Defence Nuclear Safety Committee is an advisory non-departmental public body and does not have a chief executive. The Committee is headed by a chairman who is neither salaried nor has a departure package nor pension arrangements. The chairman’s remuneration is a daily fee of £315 and he is engaged on average for 14 days a year.

Departmental Buildings

Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what buildings are owned or operated by his Department under a private finance initiative (PFI) arrangement; and which companies are involved with each such PFI arrangement. [267403]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: None.

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what properties his Department has sold in each of the last five years; and how many have been sold for housing developments. [267558]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: None.

Departmental Computers

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many laptop computers have been provided to (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department since its creation; and at what cost. [268260]


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Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department uses laptop computers provided by both the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs. The detailed process of reallocating resources from these Departments has not yet been completed and the numbers of laptops allocated for the Department’s use cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate expense.

Departmental Detergents

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to ensure that no cleaning products or ingredients of cleaning products used by his Department have been tested on animals. [261129]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Since its inception, the Department has made use of BERR’s and Defra’s facilities management systems. Given that, I refer the hon. Member to the answers given by my hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 2 April, Official Report, column reference 1294W and by my hon. Friend the Minister for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on 2 April 2009, Official Report, column reference 1440W.

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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. [262249]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Since the Department was established, three members of staff have been disciplined as a result of a poor sickness record (poor attendance), one of whom has been dismissed.

Departmental ICT

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the (a) energy consumed by, (b) energy cost of and (c) carbon dioxide emissions from each category of IT device in each division of his Department since its establishment; and if he will make a statement. [269542]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department currently uses IT systems provided by the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs. There has not been a detailed analysis by organisation and division of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to address the effect on levels of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department of its ICT purchases since the publication of the Greening Government ICT Strategy; and if he will make a statement. [269576]


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Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department currently uses IT systems provided by the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, but in purchasing future systems, my Department has been specifying equipment with an EPEAT Gold rating to minimise the impact on carbon dioxide emissions.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department has been since its establishment; and if he will make a statement. [269587]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department currently uses IT systems provided by the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs under IT services contracts with Fujitsu and IBM respectively. Server capacity and utilisation management are the responsibility of these companies and statistics are not held at a divisional level.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate has been made of the proportion of personal computers in each of his Department’s offices that are turned off (a) overnight, (b) at weekends and (c) during holiday periods; and if he will make a statement. [269599]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: I am informed that in the Department, most personal computers are routinely turned off overnight, at weekends and during holiday periods. The exceptions are a small percentage of personal computers that are used for overnight processing or monitoring purposes. There is an automated checking process to identify and turn off any personal computers inadvertently left on and unused.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) printers and (b) multi-function devices with printing functions are in use in each division of his Department; how many such devices have a function enabling two-sided printing; and if he will make a statement. [269609]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department currently uses IT systems provided by the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs. There has not been a detailed analysis by organisation and division of the allocation of printers; however most printers, including multi-function devices, enable two-sided printing. Printers are allocated on about a one printer to 30 staff ratio.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of IT products in each category procured for each division of his Department were compliant with the Government's Buy Sustainable-Quick Win standard in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [269642]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department currently uses IT systems provided by the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs. The computers provided under
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this arrangement are compliant with the Government's Buy Sustainable-Quick Win standard.

Departmental Lost Property

John Mason: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what property has been lost or stolen from his Department since its creation; and what the estimated cost was of replacement of such property. [263118]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: There have been none notified since DECC came into formal existence.

Departmental Manpower

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the annual staffing costs of his Department. [266599]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Administration budget for DECC in 2008-09 was £98 million.

Departmental Marketing

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which external bodies were engaged by his Department to contribute to the design of the Department's logo; and what the monetary value was of each contract awarded for such work. [266715]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: COI designed the departmental logo at a cost of £11,663.

Departmental Mobile Phones

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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. [268236]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department uses BlackBerrys and Mobile Phones provided by both the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs. The detailed process of reallocating resources from these Departments has not yet been completed and the numbers of devices allocated with an associated cost analysis for the Department’s use cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate expense.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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 since its establishment. [268281]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department uses Blackberrys and Mobile Phones provided by both the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs. The detailed process of reallocating resources from these Departments has not yet been completed and the
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numbers of devices allocated to the Department’s use cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate expense.

Departmental Public Expenditure

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much capital spending is planned to be brought forward by his Department to (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. [266341]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department of Energy and Climate Change brought forward £50 million of capital expenditure on the Warm Front programme from 2010-11 into 2009-10 and received additional funding of £50 million for 2008-09 and £50 million for 2009-10, also on the Warm Front programme, as announced in the 2008 pre-Budget report.

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 404W, on the economic situation, what expenditure under each budget heading his Department incurred in the meeting of energy and oil Ministers in London on 18 and 19 December 2008. [267996]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The meeting in London on 18 and 19 December 2008 of International Energy and Oil Ministers cost the Department £516,200.28. This figure is broken down by the following categories of expenditure:

£

Event organisation and logistical arrangements

(1)255,870.75

Hire of conference venue and hotel accommodation for delegates

130,289.53

Production of analytical reports and research

130,040.00

(1) This figure includes event management, security, A/V equipment, interpretation, design and set up of the conference venue, catering, transportation and equipment used during the event.

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his latest estimate is of his Department’s capital expenditure in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [268118]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: DECC’s capital budgets for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 are £1,709 million, £1,771 million and £1,767 million respectively. The Government have not set Departments’ capital DEL budgets for years beyond 2010-11. Capital DEL budgets for 2011-12 and beyond are a matter for the next spending review. The Government do, however, publish projections for PSNI (public sector net investment) over the forecast period at Budgets and pre-Budget reports.

Departmental Public Relations

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn, Hatfield of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 297W, on departmental public relations, with which public relations consultancies his Department has entered into contracts since it was established. [266825]


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Mr. Mike O'Brien: Kreab Gavin Anderson (formerly Gavin Anderson and Company) is contracted to DECC to provide expert strategic advice on the renewable energy finance community.

Departmental Publications

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the (a) printing and production and (b) other costs to his Department of producing its forthcoming (i) departmental annual report and (ii) autumn performance report. [266560]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department of Energy and Climate Change has an estimate in place as follows:

(1) Annual report

(2) Autumn Performance Report


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