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Figures on the allocation of funding to third sector organisations are currently available for central Government expenditure up to 2005-06, and are estimated, as follows:

£ billion







Estimates of local government expenditure on the third sector are not available for each of the past five years.

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Olympic Games 2012: Young People

Tom Brake: To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 20, on Olympic legacy (young people), when the feasibility study into the proposed university on the Olympic site is expected to begin; who is to undertake the study; how much has been budgeted for the study; and when the study is expected to be completed. [273715]

Tessa Jowell: A feasibility study on the potential for a Centre for Research and Learning on the Olympic Park is currently under way. This study is being conducted by consultants overseen by a Steering Group comprised of representatives from Government, the Greater London Authority and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The study will cost up to £100,000. This work is being carried out in parallel with the public consultation on the proposition launched in April. If the study shows that there is a supportive business case, a prospectus will be developed for publication later in the summer through which formal expressions of interest will be invited. The prospectus will set out a high level business case, and provide an overall summary of likely costs and delivery plan.

Terrorism: Compensation

Mr. McCartney: To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the contribution of 24 March 2009, Official Report, column 175, on international terrorism, who the lead Minister is for the consideration of a compensation scheme for UK citizens harmed in terrorist attacks overseas; what the terms of reference for that consultation are; and if she will make a statement. [273195]

Mr. Straw: I have been asked to reply.

My right hon. Friend the Minister for the Olympics has responsibility for Humanitarian Assistance, and represents the interests of UK nationals affected by terrorism overseas.

Officials from across Government have recently formed a working group to scope what more can be done in the future to support victims of terrorism abroad. The group will consider a range of detailed options for doing so and report to Ministers.

Energy and Climate Change

Departmental ICT

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer to the hon. member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1463W, on departmental ICT, (1) in what format the register which is to be replaced by the North Sea Licensing ICT project is held; [266672]

(2) how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies work on the (i) North Sea Licensing, (ii) Electricity Portal for electricity consents and (iii) Environmental emissions monitoring database ICT projects; [266673]

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(3) on what date the (a) North Sea Licensing, (b) Electricity Portal for electricity consents and (c) Environmental emissions monitoring database ICT projects were commissioned; [266674]

(4) what the total monetary value is of the contracts to deliver the (a) North Sea Licensing, (b) Electricity Portal for electricity consents and (c) Environmental emissions monitoring database ICT projects; [266675]

(5) with which companies the Government has contracts to deliver the (a) North Sea Licensing, (b) Electricity Portal for electricity consents and (c) Environmental emissions monitoring database ICT projects. [266676]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: All of the IT projects and contracts referred to are managed by DECC. The current register is stored in an Oracle database using a bespoke format developed by the Department. The new register will still use an Oracle database but will utilise the emerging internet Extendable Mark Up language XML. The Department has been leading an exercise among regulatory bodies across the world to develop a common format for licensing and concessions data.

IT functions were outsourced some years ago and internal effort is now focused on project management and interface with user groups and industry. This means that the Department uses shared resources to manage these projects. Staff resources used, which are not full-time, are as follows: (a) North Sea Licensing—three staff, (b) Electricity Portal for electricity consents—three staff, (c) Environmental emissions monitoring database—three staff.

The dates the projects were commissioned are as follows: (a) North Sea Licensing—2008, (b) Electricity Portal—2006, (c) Environmental emissions database—2005.

All of these projects are multiple year projects with targets and break points. Updated cost estimates for the systems development are as follows:

Companies with contracts to deliver these projects are as follows: (a) North Sea Licensing—Fivium, (b) Electricity Portal—Informed Solutions (c) Environmental emissions database—Collabro.

Departmental Pay

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of staff in his Department have received bonus payments since it was established; what the total amount of bonuses paid has been; what the largest single payment has been; and if he will make a statement. [258006]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department of Energy and Climate Change was established on 3 October 2008, bringing together parts of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department
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for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. Since its establishment, 159 of the Department’s staff have received bonus payments, equating to some 5.8 per cent. of the total number of staff. The total amount paid in bonuses is £75,600 and the largest single bonus payment is £8,000, whereas the average bonus payment is £428.

Members: Correspondence

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead of 23 January 2009 on fuel cells. [269997]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: We responded to the hon. Member on 28 April. I apologise for the delay.


Banks: Finance

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when state aid approval from the European Commission was (a) sought and (b) granted for his Department's guarantee scheme for asset-backed securities; [264363]

(2) what recent estimate he has made of the value of assets to be guaranteed under the scheme for asset-backed securities. [264364]

Ian Pearson: In the 2009 Budget, the Government announced that the asset-backed securities (ABS) guarantee scheme is available for banks and building societies to use alongside the existing Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS) scheme, to support their lending to the economy

The scheme received state aid approval on 21 April 2009. The Government will keep the operation of the scheme under review.

Banks: Regulation

Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what instructions he has issued to the Financial Services Authority on changes in the risk management (a) practices and (b) staffing of banks since September 2007. [265858]

Ian Pearson: The matters covered in this question are the responsibility of the Financial Services Authority, whose day-to-day operations are independent from Government control and influence. I have asked the FSA to write to the hon. Member.

Cost Effectiveness

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what (a) cashable and (b) non-cashable efficiency savings non-ministerial departments will be required to make in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11; [272774]

(2) what (a) cashable and (b) non-cashable efficiency savings non-departmental public bodies will be required to make in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11. [272775]

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Yvette Cooper: A departmental allocation showing how the Government will deliver over the course of the CSR £35 billion of value for money savings by 2010-11 was published at Budget 2009. Departments are responsible for setting budgets and value for money targets for their non-departmental public bodies to ensure that significant efficiency savings are made from NDPBs.

Departmental Energy

Greg Clark: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) HM Revenue and Customs to improve the thermal efficiency of their buildings in the last 12 months. [266750]

Angela Eagle: The information requested is as follows:

(a) HMT

The Treasury is committed to improving energy efficiency of the Department's estate and reducing emissions year on year.

In March 2009, HM Treasury was awarded the Carbon Trust Standard.

(b) DMO

Measures taken to improve energy efficiency are achieved through general building management and include the suspension of the operation of unnecessary mechanical and electrical plant and switching off lights during non-working hours.

(c) HMRC

Over the last 12 months HM Revenue and Customs has completed a programme to obtain display energy certificates and advisory reports for their estate. HMRC will work to develop a business case to invest in a programme of improvements based on the recommendations in the reports.

Measures taken over the last year that have led to improvements in energy efficiency include:

1 Horse Guards Road, London:

Rosebery Court, Norwich:

Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the rates of vehicle excise duty for goods vehicles in each other EU member state; what each such rate is; and if he will make a statement; [270874]

(2) what EU regulations govern charges for ownership of goods vehicles in the UK; [270875]

(3) how much revenue was raised in vehicle excise duty from goods vehicles in each year since 1997; [270885]

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(4) what the effect would be on the public purse of reducing vehicle excise duty for lorries to the EU minimum level in 2009-10. [270886]

Angela Eagle: Vehicle excise duty (VED) for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) has been frozen since 2001, to provide support to the road haulage industry. HGVs with a Reduced Pollution Certificate qualify for a reduced rate of VED, for achieving early compliance with mandatory European Union air quality standards. VED rates for each category of HGV are set out in DVLA form V149.

Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of HGVs for the use of certain infrastructure sets out minimum levels of tax for HGVs in the EU.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has not historically provided disaggregated VED receipts to the Treasury, and so the Treasury does not have historical data on revenue raised from VED on goods vehicles alone. The total revenue raised from VED for all vehicles in each year since 1997 is as follows:

Revenue (£ million)

























VED for HGVs is set according to the weight, chassis type and number of axles on a vehicle. Minimum levels of tax for HGVs as set out in directive 1999/62/EC are set according to similar variables. However, the weight limits in VED do not correspond to the weight limits as set by the directive. Furthermore, the directive sets different rates for vehicles depending on their suspension type, whereas rates of VED are not dependant on suspension type. In order to set all HGV VED rates at the minimum level permitted by the directive, it would be necessary to reform the entire structure of HGV VED. The Government have therefore not calculated the potential revenue effect of reducing VED rates for HGVs.

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