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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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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; 
(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; 
(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; 
(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. 
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 Licensingthree staff, (b) Electricity Portal for electricity consentsthree staff, (c) Environmental emissions monitoring databasethree staff.
North Sea Licensing£331,000Costs rose slightly above original estimates to incorporate an extra application (requested by the oil industry) to support electronic licence round applications.
Electricity Portal£900,000The first phase of the Electricity Portal was well received by the electricity industry and, in line with the initial vision, three additional applications have been added (the total cost estimate is therefore now higher than that quoted in the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) of 25 November 2008).
Environmental emissions database£220,000.
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. 
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
for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. Since its establishment, 159 of the Departments 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.
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; 
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
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. 
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.
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; 
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.
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. 
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.
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.
adjustment of lighting system controls;
switch to daytime cleaning thus reducing the need for lighting after hours;
adjustment to the temperature at which heating is turned on; and
replacement of local radiator controls with more efficient ones.
replacement of chillers and associated controls;
adjustment to settings on Building Management System;
upgrade to air conditioning to server room; and
installation of power factor correction equipment.
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; 
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.
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:
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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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