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Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what financial threshold applies to (a) Ministers, (b) senior civil servants and (c) special advisers for the registering of hospitality or gifts with their Department. 
Mr. Watson: The requirements on Ministers in relation to the registering of hospitality and gifts is set out in the ministerial code. For civil servants, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 26 March 2009, Official Report, column 712W.
Mr. Watson: The annual Cabinet Office publication Public Bodies provides information on all non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), including those with regulatory functions. In 1997 there were 857 NDPBs sponsored by UK Government. By 2008 the number had fallen to 790. Copies of Public Bodies dating back to 1997 are available in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Watson: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer my right hon. Friend the then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Edward Miliband) gave to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) on 3 March 2008, Official Report, column 2206W.
In relation to the last citizen's jury held by the Cabinet Office, on the Draft Legislative programme in October 2007, the Government's assessment was that it was helpful both in informing the development of that document and in shaping the consultation process for future draft programmes.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, columns 943-4W, on trade unions, whether the office working space provided by the Cabinet Office to trade union representatives may be used for political activities. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answers to the hon. Member for Chichester of 25 February 2008, Official Report, column 1185W, on trades unions, and of 2 February 2009, Official Report, columns 943-44W, on trades unions, what the (a) location and (b) size of the office facilities provided for the exclusive use of each of the recognised trade unions in (i) his Department, (ii) Government Communications and (iii) the Central Office of Information is; and what the notional monetary value of such provision was in 2008-09. 
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of whether the practice of attributing carbon neutrality to all biomass is compliant with Article 3.3 of the Kyoto Protocol. 
Joan Ruddock: The practice of attributing carbon neutrality to biomass at the point of use is consistent with article 3.3 of the Kyoto Protocol because the carbon stock changes reported under this article take account of biomass harvesting for subsequent use.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the emissions to air of (a) carbon dioxide and (b) nitrogen oxides which would arise if the UK were to achieve its targets for the usage of biomass as fuel as set in the Renewable Energy Strategy consultation 2008. 
Joan Ruddock: If the UK were to achieve the estimated potential for the use of biomass for heat and power, as set out in the Renewable Energy Strategy consultation 2008, and assuming that biomass is carbon neutral, this could save around 20 Mt carbon dioxide compared to the fossil fuel alternative. This methodology does not account for losses of carbon dioxide during production, processing and transport, whose impact will vary on a case by case basis. Some of these savings will occur within the Emissions Trading Scheme. On nitrogen oxides, Government has modelled the potential impact of an increase in use of biomass in the domestic sector against a range of scenarios. We estimate this could result in an additional 0.8-9.1 ktonnes NOx over a baseline for 2020 of 87.1 ktonnes, depending on the amount of heat produced and the level of performance of the biomass unit.
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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Answer of 22 April 2008, Official Report, column 557 on departmental records, what estimate he made of the cost of answering the Question; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The cost of answering the hon. Members question, in terms of expenditure incurred and the time and effort spent by officials to retrieve the relevant files, is estimated to exceed the current disproportionate cost threshold of £750.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households were estimated to be in fuel poverty in each (a) region and (b) London local authority area in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Joan Ruddock: Regional fuel poverty figures are not available prior to 2001. The following table shows a regional breakdown of fuel poverty for 2006, the most recent year for which data are available.
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Local authority data on fuel poverty are not available for 1997. The most recent year for which local authority levels of fuel poverty are available is 2003 and the following table shows these for local authorities in London.
|Local authority||Number of fuel poor households 2003 (thousand)|
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