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Table 1: Period life expectancy at birth( 1) , England, 1996-98 to 2005-07( 2)
Y ears of life

Females Males

1996-98

80

75

1997-99

80

75

1998-2000

80

75

1999-2001

80

76

2000-02

81

76

2001-03

81

76

2002-04

81

77

2003-05

81

77

2004-06

82

77

2005-07

82

78

(1) Period life expectancy at birth is an estimate of the average number of years a newborn baby would survive if he or she experienced the area’s age-specific mortality rates for that time period throughout his or her life. The figure reflects mortality among those living in the area in each time period, rather than mortality among those born in each area. It is not therefore the number of years a baby born in the area in each time period could actually expect to live, both because the death rates of the area are likely to change in the future and because many of those born in die area will live elsewhere for at least some part of their lives.
(2) Three year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in each year and mid-year population estimates.

Teenage Pregnancy

Mike Penning: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the conception rate among women under the age of 18 years was in each of the last five years. [284761]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated July 2009:

Table 1: Rate of conceptions among women aged under 18( 1) , England and Wales, 2003 to 2007
Rate per 1.000( 2)

Conceptions

2003

42.4

2004

41.8

2005

41.4

2006

40.9

2007(3)

41.9

(1) Under 18 years at estimated date of conception.
(2) Number of conceptions to women under 18 per 1,000 female population aged 15-17.
(3) Figures for 2007 are provisional.

Third Sector

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the 2002 cross-cutting review on the voluntary and community sector conducted by HM Treasury; and if she will make a statement. [284207]

Angela E. Smith: In June 2005, the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report assessing the Government’s progress in implementing the 2002 cross-cutting review on the voluntary and community sector conducted by HM Treasury. The report found that the recommendations of the cross-cutting review had been addressed but outlined 12 further recommendations. All of these have been taken forward via the subsequent creation of the Office of the Third Sector and in the 2007 Third Sector Review.


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Energy and Climate Change

Climate Change: International Cooperation

Mr. Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Prime Minister plans to attend the climate change conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. [283575]

Mr. Kidney: It is a decision for the Danish Government, as hosts of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December, whether Heads of Government will be invited to attend. Currently there are no plans for Heads of Government to do so. The UK Delegation to the conference will be led by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State.

Departmental Pay

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which (a) sections of his Department and (b) non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible have requested money saved from efficiency savings to be used for increased pay in their 2009 pay offers to staff. [282891]

Mr. Kidney: The information is as follows:

Energy Supply

Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the Board of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority has taken to protect consumers. [283279]

Mr. Kidney: The Gas and Electricity Markets Authority [GEMA] has, as its principal objective, the protection of the interests of present and future consumers. It governs the independent gas and electricity regulatory body, Ofgem. I have, therefore, asked Lord Mogg, GEMA chairman, to reply direct to the hon. Member’s question.

Energy: Housing

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the level of contribution of changes in household energy use towards achievement of UK carbon dioxide emission reduction targets for (a) 2020 and (b) 2050. [281241]

Mr. Kidney: The information is as follows:


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Energy: Prices

Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what meetings Ofgem has had with (a) energy suppliers and (b) consumer groups and representatives on its Energy Supply Probe since 2008. [283277]

Mr. Kidney: Since Ofgem announced the Energy Supply Probe in February 2008 it has met with a wide range of stakeholders on numerous occasions to hear their views. These stakeholders include representatives from the major energy suppliers, other smaller suppliers, consumer groups and a range of other interested parties.

Ofgem has also conducted two formal consultation exercises following draft proposals made in October 2008 and April 2009.

Nuclear Power Stations: Accidents

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what contingency plans are in place to deal with serious nuclear incidents. [280803]

Joan Ruddock: All nuclear installations in the UK have detailed emergency plans in order to respond to an accident or emergency that could occur on the site. The on and off-site plans are tested on a regular basis. Testing of the emergency plans is assessed by teams of inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive’s nuclear installations inspectorate. Annually, one of the nuclear licensed site off-site emergency plans is chosen to test not only the regional response to an emergency but also test the wider arrangements to involve central Government, including the exercising of the various Government Departments and agencies.

Nuclear Power Stations: Inspections

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how frequently inspections are made of the cooling ponds used to store nuclear fuel rods at each location in the UK. [280801]

Mr. Kidney: The nuclear installations inspectorate (NII) of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) monitors and reviews the effectiveness of the licensee’s activities and compliance with safety requirements on nuclear licensed sites including the routine inspection of activities related to the fuel route which includes fuel ponds. Additionally, the Environment Agencies in England and Wales and Scotland inspect facilities to ensure compliance with the relevant environment legislation.

The frequency of future inspections is adjusted according to the outcome of the findings of the inspectors from the HSE and the Environment Agencies.

Ofgem: Complaints

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) interim and (b) final audit report complied by PKF for Ofgem on complaint handling. [283245]

Mr. Kidney: On 30 June 2009 Ofgem published final audit reports from PKF on complaint handling by (a)
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the main six suppliers and (b) smaller suppliers. Copies of both of these reports have been placed in the House of Commons Library. An interim report was not produced by PKF as part of this process.

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what terms of reference were given to PKF in respect of its work for Ofgem on complaints handling; and what fees were paid to the company for that work. [283247]

Mr. Kidney: The fees paid to PKF in respect of its work for Ofgem on complaints handling, amounted to £93,378.24 (exclusive of VAT). A copy of the Terms of Reference given to PKF have been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Ofgem: Opinion Leader Research

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much Ofgem has paid to Opinion Leader Research (a) in each of the last five years and (b) in 2009-10 to date. [283203]

Mr. Kidney: Ofgem paid the following amounts exclusive of VAT to Opinion Leader Research in the five years prior to 2009-10:

£

2008-09

46,699

2007-08

0

2006-07

0

2005-06

0

2004-05

0


During 2009-10, Ofgem has to date paid £60,775.02 exclusive of VAT to Opinion Leader Research.

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what process was used to select Opinion Leader Research to conduct work on Ofgem's Consumer First Panel. [283259]

Mr. Kidney: The Consumer First Panel was competitively tendered under Ofgem’s framework for market research services and was compliant with Official Journal of the European Union regulations and processes.

Ofgem: Public Consultation

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments Ofgem has made to the members of its (a) Consumer Challenge Panel and (b) Consumer First Panel in the last 12 months. [283258]

Mr. Kidney: In the last 12 months, Ofgem has made payments totalling £29,384.80 (exclusive of VAT) to members of its Consumer Challenge Panel.

Members of the Consumer First Panel are entitled to a payment of £50 per meeting attended. Payments are made by Opinion Leader Research as part of its contract with Ofgem. During the last 12 months, there have been three panel meetings held. The attendance at those meetings was 99, 90 and 83 respectively.


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Renewable Energy: Manufacturing Industries

Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of heat derived from renewable sources (a) generated and (b) consumed by each industrial sector in each year since 2005. [282272]

Mr. Kidney [holding answer 29 June 2009]: The Government collect statistics on renewable heat generation in total (c.f. Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) 2008, table 7.6 “renewable sources used to generate electricity and heat and for transport fuels”) but these figures are not broken down across industrial sectors. This table shows that the total amount of renewable heat generated across the UK economy was 8.48 TWh in 2007 (most recent year available), 7.51 TWh in 2006 and 6.97 TWh in 2005.

Renewable heat is also produced by combined heat and power (CHP) plants that use renewable fuels, and the data on these—on a whole-economy basis—are presented in table 6.6 of DUKES. This shows that in 2007 out of a total of 53,050 GWh of heat generated by CHP plants in the UK 992 GWh came from those using renewable fuels i.e. almost 2 per cent. A significant percentage of these plants will be within the industrial sector.

The September 2008 edition of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s ‘Energy Trends’ publication had a special feature “Estimates of Heat Use in the UK” focusing on 2006. The figure for heat consumption by manufacturing industry(1) for that year was given (table 4) as 216 TWh [or 18,577 ktoe(2)], and it was noted that this did not include ‘2.3 TWh [198 ktoe] of renewable fuels (predominantly used for renewable heat)’. This would equate (assuming 100 per cent. heat use) to around 1.0 per cent. of total heat demand for this sector being met from renewable sources.


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