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1. The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) came into existence on 3 October 2008. The Department has spent £404.90 directly with the Royal Mail since then. General postal services have largely been provided through shared services arrangements with DEFRA and BERR (now BIS). We cannot separately identify the proportion of payments for those shared services that were ultimately payable to Royal Mail.
2. DECC ceased using BIS to provide these services in June 2009. However, these arrangements are still continuing with DEFRA and we are in a process of setting up a separate DECC account with Royal Mail.
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on each of the external public relations and marketing companies included in the Central Office of Information's Public Relations Framework since it was created. 
Joan Ruddock: Between September 2008 and March 2009 DECC spent approximately £101,000 through public relations and events management agencies on COI's rosters. The figures include all PR expenditure incurred by the department on the ACT ON CO2 campaign, including media relations activity and the running of a series of regional roadshows.
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 297W, on departmental public relations, which companies were contracted; for what purpose each contract was let to each company; and how much was paid to each company in respect of each contract. 
£101,000 to Munro and Forster and TRO (through COI agency rosters). The figure includes all PR expenditure incurred by the department on the ACT ON CO2 campaign, including media relations activity and the running of a series of regional roadshows. We are considering our campaign plans for the rest of 2009-10.
£100,229.99 to Kreab Gavin Anderson who are contracted, through a consultancy tender, to provide expert advice and support on the renewable energy finance community including on the impact of proposed measures on renewable finance and investment prospects. As part of this contract they also support the department's
work by arranging seminars, meetings with investors, and wider awareness raising with investors and media on developments in renewable energy policy.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on (a) ministerial cars and drivers, (b) taxis, (c) train travel, (d) the use of helicopters, (e) airline tickets and (f) chartered aeroplanes since its establishment. 
Joan Ruddock: DECC has spent the following since its inception: (a) ministerial cars and drivers £166,305; (b) taxis for the whole Department £202,249; (c) train travel for the whole Department £557,637; and (e) air fares for the whole Department £1,179,390. The Department is not able to separately identify the use of helicopters or chartered aircraft except at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Association for the Conservation of Energy as part of the preparation of the White Paper on low carbon energy strategies. 
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with energy suppliers on the effects of increases in energy prices on small and medium-sized businesses. 
Joan Ruddock: The Government are keenly aware of the impacts on businesses of changing energy costs. DECC Ministers and officials have frequent discussions with energy suppliers and their representatives about energy prices and other factors affecting business and household consumers.
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with business representatives on the effects of increases in energy prices on small and medium-sized businesses. 
Joan Ruddock: Regular discussions are held with business representatives on energy price issues relevant to all sizes of businesses. These include the Business Energy Forum, jointly chaired by the Secretary of State and the Director General of the CBI. In addition there are ad hoc meetings with individual business organisations.
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average price of energy supply for small and medium-sized businesses in each year since 2004-05. 
Joan Ruddock: The Department does not hold any data on electricity prices paid by small or medium-sized businesses. Data on prices are collected based on energy consumption levels, which do not always correspond to business size. Energy expenditure as a share of turnover varies widely, from around 1 per cent. to over 20 per cent. depending upon the nature of the business.
Annual energy prices for industrial consumers by consumption band are published quarterly in table 3.1.1 of "Quarterly Energy Prices", with annual data shown in Table 3.1.3. The latest edition of "Quarterly Energy Prices" was published in June 2009 and is available online at:
Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the definition of (a) forestry investment and (b) sustainable forestry management was as contained in the declaration on international climate negotiations at the UK-French summit in Evian on 6 July 2009. 
Joan Ruddock [holding answer 21 July 2009]: There are no internationally agreed definitions of the terms forestry investment and sustainable forest management. The UK's understanding of the meaning of forestry investment in the UK-French declaration on international climate negotiations is the use of resources to support forest activities which help to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation or conserve, maintain or enhance forest carbon stocks, and which generate a return. The returns could provide important stimuli for low carbon development in developing countries, such as local employment opportunities. In this context, sustainable forest management means forest activities which support the long-term maintenance of forest carbon stocks.
Mr. Charles Kennedy: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to assist domestic users of heating fuels to replace existing heating systems with renewable alternatives; and if he will make a statement. 
The Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) is the Government's £131 million capital grant programme, offering capital funds for small scale onsite energy technologies to householders, public, community and the not-for-profit sector. The Programme was initiated in 2006 and for householders, £46 million (of the
£131 million) has been made available. To date over 10,000 householder projects have been supported across the UK of which 8,900 are for heat generation.
This programme will be phased out to coincide with the introduction of Clean Energy Cashbacks (FITs) for energy generation in April 2010 and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), for heat generation, in April 2011
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which the Government have committed to introducing from April 2011, will provide financial support in order to encourage the uptake of renewable heat at all scales, from domestic use to large scale industrial generation. We intend to publish a consultation document setting out the details of the RHI towards the end of this year.
Mr. Charles Kennedy: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the level of uptake of home insulation programmes delivered through commercial energy suppliers; and if he will make a statement. 
Joan Ruddock: Energy supply companies are obligated to provide energy efficiency measures, including insulation, to households via the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) which runs from March 2008 to March 2011.
Ofgem administer the scheme and report to DECC annually on progress. Ofgem's review of the first year of CERT states that between April 2008 and March 2009 suppliers funded a total of 1,243,573 insulation measures. Of this total 545,594 were cavity wall jobs, 689,353 were loft insulation, and 8,626 were solid wall (Additional insulation has been delivered through CERT funded DIY, however as this information is commercial in confidence it will only be published at the end of the scheme).
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what contribution his Department made to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's Second International Parliamentary Conference on Climate Change. 
Joan Ruddock: I participated in a session on international climate change on 8 July. An official from the Department took part in the discussion on "Technology Development and Transfer: Current Proposals and Persistent Challenges" on Tuesday 7 July.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what expenditure under each budget heading the budget of the Office for Renewable Energy Development for 2009-10 provides; and how many staff that office employs. 
Joan Ruddock: The Office for Renewable Energy Deployment (ORED) was launched on 15 July 2009. ORED's mission is to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy in order to reduce carbon emissions, increase security of supply and create business opportunities in the UK.
As of August 2009 ORED employed 85 staff. The budgets available to ORED, including funding allocated to low carbon investment in Budget 2009, are as set out in the following table. In addition, ORED will also be delivering projects funded from the Strategic Investment Fund managed by BIS; this additional funding amounts to up to £135.5 million over the next two years.
Mr. Kidney: There have been two exports of material containing small amounts of safeguarded plutonium since July 2008. Both were delivered to consignees in Sweden. The first shipment, in April 2009, was Intermediate Level Waste containing approximately 5g of plutonium. The waste was returned to Sweden as part of contracted work to reprocess spent nuclear fuel at Sellafield from Sweden's R1 research reactor. The second shipment, in June 2009, was a container of 46 irradiated Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor (AGR) fuel pins containing less than 400 g of plutonium. This material will be returned to the UK following analytical examination.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the size is of the fund established for the clean energy cash-back scheme announced in the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan; and from which heading of his Department's budget the payments will be drawn. 
Joan Ruddock: The clean energy cash back scheme comprises two policies, the Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) for small scale low-carbon electricity, which will take effect from April 2010, and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which will be implemented in 2011.
We are currently consulting on the detail of the FITs scheme. We do not propose to set limits on the total amount of funding available from the scheme. Payments to generators under the scheme will not be made from the Department's budget, but from electricity suppliers.
The Technology Strategy Board currently supports 35 collaborative R&D projects that have a focus on green technologies and where each includes at least one participant from the Coventry postcode area. The total project costs are £85.6 million (£22.2 million for Coventry participants) with the Technology Strategy Board providing grant support of £41.8 million (£11.1 million for Coventry participants).
The Research Councils currently support 16 energy research projects in the Coventry postcode area that have a focus on green technologies. These have a total grant value of £4.7 million. The Research Councils also support one programme in plasma physics to the value of £5 million, one SUPERGEN consortium looking at excitonic solar cells to the value of £3.4 million, and two other general research projects that have a focus on green technologies to the value of £700,000.
A Hydrogen Energy Project-a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick-is being delivered by the Birmingham Science City initiative and has received £ 10.5 million funding from AWM.
AWM is also about to launch the Renewable Energies Supply Chain Opportunities (RESCO) programme. Delivered by Staffordshire University, RESCO is designed to support companies in the supply chains of renewable energies. The £1.4 million project is targeted at the whole of the West Midlands but a significant strand of activity will take place in Coventry.
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