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Communities and Local Government

Departmental Energy

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on energy efficiency measures for his Department's and its predecessor's estate in each year from 2004 to 2009; what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of that expenditure; and what plans he has for future energy efficiency measures. [280546]

Mr. Malik: The Department for Communities and Local Government spent the following on energy efficiency measures between 2007 and 2009:

Investment (£)

2007-08

75,000

2008-09

95,000


Investment records prior to 2007 are not readily available.

Between April 2007 and March 2009, the Department reduced gas and electricity consumption by 41 per cent. and 27 per cent. in its main building, compared to 2006-07.

Prior to implementation, all energy efficiency projects are subject to a rigorous assessment of predicted carbon reduction and financial benefits, as well as consideration of alternative solutions. Post-implementation efficacy is based upon analysis of smart meter utility data. These data are fed into the Department's Energy Efficiency Action Plan to ensure an effective and structured approach to continued carbon reduction.


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To date, the majority of the efficiency measures taken across the departmental estate have been relatively low or no cost. As many of these opportunities have now been realised future measures will increasingly focus on capital investment projects, such as upgrading heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

Departmental Information Officers

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to his Department of press office staff other than press officers has been in each year since 1997. [283068]

Mr. Malik: All press office staff are press officers with the exception of speech writers. In the period since the Department was created in May 2006, there has been one speechwriter post at pay band 7 (grade 6) and one speechwriter post at pay band 6 (grade 7) in press office. The 2008-09 pay ranges are £43,836 to £57,110 for pay band 7 and £54,018 to £70,375 for pay band 6. Press office staff in the predecessor Department, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, were press officers.

Departmental Older Workers

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in his Department will reach the age of 65 by the year 2011. [283365]

Mr. Malik [holding answer 1 July 2009]: 17 members of staff, in post on 30 June 2009, are due to reach their 65th birthday by the beginning of 2011. A further 14 reach this birthday during 2011. However, it is likely that at least some of these staff will no longer be working for the Department by then.

Departmental Public Expenditure

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding has been allocated to his core Department in real terms in (a) 2009-10 and (b) each of the next three years. [284291]

Mr. Malik: CSR07 allocated budgets for the period to 2010-11. The net administration budget for the core Department for 2009-10 and 2010-11 is £167 million and £165 million respectively. Budgets beyond 2011-12 have yet to be agreed with the Treasury.

Departmental Publications

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 203W, on official hospitality, in what format the intranet staff handbook is held. [283768]

Mr. Malik: The terms and conditions of employment that form our staff handbook are stored on the Department's intranet site as individual web pages.

Environment Protection: Greater London

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding (a) the Government Office for London and (b) his
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Department has given to (i) Capital Standards and (ii) the London Environment Directors' Network in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [283779]

Mr. Malik: There is no record of any payment to these groups, by either the central Department or the Government Office for London, on the Department's accounting system.

Fire Service College: Recruitment

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department and its agencies have allocated for the advertisement of non-executive director posts at the Fire Service College. [284000]

Mr. Malik: The Department has spent £9,895 plus VAT in respect of advertising costs associated with the current recruitment of a non-executive chair and a non-executive board member for the Fire Service College.

Fire Services: Greater London

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 318W, on fire services, whether staff in the London Fire Control Room will be eligible for the Fire Brigade’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. [284003]

Mr. Malik: Staff in the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s new regional control centre will be eligible for the Fire Brigade’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

Fires: Waste

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the (a) number and (b) location of refuse fires reported as having been deliberately set in the last 12 months. [283997]

Mr. Malik: The number of refuse fires believed to be deliberately set is not yet held centrally and so could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Data on refuse fires are calculated from aggregate monthly returns. These are limited to total number of refuse and refuse container fires attended by each Fire and Rescue Service. These data are shown in the table.

The recently implemented electronic Incident Recording System (IRS) records both the number and location of all incidents attended by Fire and Rescue Services. The number and location of refuse fires reported as having been deliberately set will therefore be available, with the first data being for 2009-10.


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Total refuse and refuse container fires, England, 2003-07( 1)
FRS area 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007( 1)

England

152,461

119,430

114,307

109,577

108,335

Avon

3,583

2,587

2,136

1,613

1,489

Bedfordshire

1,332

1,074

980

863

911

Berkshire

1,323

986

869

796

831

Buckinghamshire

1,821

1,385

1,349

1,307

1,181

Cambridgeshire

1,233

1,065

1,056

1,134

941

Cheshire

3,865

3,366

3,494

3,160

2,881

Cleveland

4,776

3,569

3,787

4,001

3,853

Cornwall

414

386

375

412

320

Cumbria

1,519

1,234

1,441

1,400

1,305

Derbyshire

1,586

1,297

1,161

1,351

1,230

Devon

1,794

1,617

1,419

1,597

1,459

Dorset

674

585

569

540

525

Durham

2,674

2,185

2,332

2,325

2,419

East Sussex

1,312

1,175

966

905

862

Gloucestershire

1,022

781

777

661

618

Greater London

18,883

14,275

14,007

12,055

12,478

Greater Manchester

14,237

10,847

11,058

10,543

10,451

Hampshire

3,405

3,025

2,646

2,728

2,512

Hereford and Worcester

1,024

721

667

721

621

Hertfordshire

1,981

1,427

1,469

1,311

1,197

Humberside

5,460

4,217

3,824

3,515

3,459

Isle of Wight

120

142

130

131

130

Isles of Scilly

6

1

0

5

0

Kent

3,836

3,199

2,978

2,481

2,326

Lancashire

6,349

4,574

4,324

4,260

4,362

Leicestershire

1,772

1,550

1,392

1,455

1,429

Lincolnshire

874

726

662

836

965

Merseyside

12,913

8,854

7,310

7,086

6,493

Norfolk

1,045

941

914

1,032

861

North Yorkshire

1,255

973

985

1,026

940

Northamptonshire

2,056

1,651

1,634

1,361

1,409

Northumberland

1,199

901

856

888

949

Nottinghamshire

2,746

2,111

2,128

2,080

1,983

Oxfordshire

678

602

575

483

553

Shropshire

1,037

827

854

787

784

Somerset

729

556

490

507

541

South Yorkshire

5,850

4,670

4,965

4,958

5,563

Staffordshire

2,704

2,335

2,355

2,272

2,327

Suffolk

844

787

689

782

713

Surrey

1,185

951

945

940

916

Tyne and Wear

7,869

6,104

5,488

6,035

6,050

Warwickshire

1,088

936

831

887

816

West Midlands

9,514

7,733

7,570

7,067

7,029

West Sussex

1,212

972

838

727

728

West Yorkshire

10,949

9,030

8,455

8,000

8,407

Wiltshire

713

500

557

553

518

(1 )Data for 2007 are provisional and subject to change
Source:
CLG

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