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Departmental Energy

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) energy rating and (b) energy band of each building
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occupied by his Department and its agencies was in each year for which figures are available. [299312]

Barbara Follett: Display Energy Certificate (DEC) energy ratings and bands for buildings occupied by Communities and Local Government and its executive agencies are detailed as follows:

2008 2009
Property centre Building name Operational rating (A-G) Operational rating (numerical) Operational rating (A-G) Operational rating (numerical)

CLG-Central

Eland House

F

127

E

108

Hempstead House

B

50

B

48

Ashdown House

G

171

No longer occupied by CLG

Executive Agencies

Fire Service College

D

87

Not yet available

Planning Inspectorate

G

168

G

152

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

F

132

F

126

Note:
These data do not include the Government Office Network.

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) also publishes central Government Departments' Display Energy Certificate (DEC) operational ratings on a building by building level twice a year. The most recent data, published on 31 July 2009, contain DEC data up to and including 28 February 2009. Data relating to the month ending 30 September 2009 will be published on 18 December 2009. This information can be found at:

The table OGC is publishing will also include DEC reference numbers for each building, which can be used to view each building's advisory report on the following website:

Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 648W, on departmental ministerial policy advisers, how many specialist staff are employed by his Department on a fixed-term contract to provide policy advice; and what the (a) title and (b) policy specialism is of each such member of staff. [292979]

Barbara Follett: All civil servants are employed to provide impartial advice to Ministers and are engaged on fixed-term, permanent or other recognised contractual terms.

The number of staff on fixed-term contracts varies according to business need. 43 staff are recorded as being employed on this basis.

Our HR database does not record an official job title or policy specialism.

Departmental Pay

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in his Department and its agencies in 2008-09. [299288]

Barbara Follett: Press officers in the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) and it's executive agencies claimed £2,492.63 in reimbursable expenses in 2008-09.

Departmental Political Activities

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 28 October 2009, Official Report, column 474W, on party conferences, how much each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies spent sending representatives to attend each of the party political conferences in 2009. [298684]

Barbara Follett: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 28 October 2009, Official Report, columns 474-75W. Please see following table.

Body Total spend (£)

Audit Commission

58,760

Community Development Foundation

1,300

Homes and Communities Agency

1,770

Standards Board for England

54,060

Tenant Services Authority

2,920


Most of the Audit Commission's and the Standards Board's expenditure was on exhibitor costs, as approved by the Department's Accounting Officer after he had considered business cases from the bodies.

Departmental Postal Services

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with which providers (a) his Department and (b) its agencies had a contract to provide postal services in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii) between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2009 and (iv) since 1 July 2009. [299433]


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Barbara Follett: Since July 2004 mail services for the Department's headquarters buildings have been provided under the Integrated Facilities Management contract with Mitie which runs until July 2011. Mitie currently use Royal Mail for the despatch of national mail items and Corporate Mailing Services (CMS) for international mail items under sub-contract arrangements they have in place with those companies.

During the period in question mail services for the Fire Service College and QE11 Centre have been provided by Royal Mail. Mail services for the Planning Inspectorate have been provided by Royal Mail and City link Post.

Departmental Procurement

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies on procurement under tender because the tender process has been cancelled prior to the award of the contract in the last 12 months. [299349]

Barbara Follett: The Department does not hold this information centrally and it could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre has had no cancelled tenders in the last 12 months.

Fire Service College has not cancelled any tenders in the 12 months.

Planning Inspectorate and Ordnance Survey would be able to supply this information only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Recruitment

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 1 September 2009, Official Report, column 1834W, on departmental recruitment, if he will publish the job specification of the (a) Policy Adviser-Local Government Restructuring, (b) Policy Adviser-Strategy and Performance and (c) Project Adviser-Local Analysis and Delivery Unit; and whether each is assigned to work primarily for a particular Minister. [292841]

Barbara Follett: Officials at this level in the Department provide advice and support to Ministers, working on a flexible basis in policy teams. In these cases the teams are in local government restructuring, strategy and performance and local area analysis.

Summaries of the job specifications for each of the roles are as follows:

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 1 September 2009, Official Report, column 1834W, on departmental recruitment, which posts filled by his Department in the nine months up to the end of May 2009 were not advertised on either his Department's public website or on the public part of the Civil Service Recruitment Gateway; and what the job title and remit was of each such vacancy. [292842]

Barbara Follett: Permanent civil servants are appointed through fair and open competition. Staff are, from time to time, recruited through restricted competition on a time-limited basis to provide additional expertise, skills and capacity as required.

The following vacancies were not advertised publicly and were filled through limited competition. The remit of each vacancy was as follows:


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Vacancy title Remit

1.

Assistant Scientific Officer

Resilience Research

2.

Rapid Review Project Team Member

Local Performance and Delivery

3.

Policy and Delivery Manager

FiReControl

4.

Executive Meetings Owner

FiReControl

5.

Head of Local Communications

Research Information and Communications Unit

6.

Temporary Statistical Officer

Analysis Team

7.

HEO Transition Co-ordinator

FiReControl Transition Team

8.

Personal Assistant

Housing

9.

Executive Officer

Local Transformation, Improvement and Efficiency

10.

Policy Officer

Mobility and Choice

11.

Executive Officer

Mobility and Choice

12.

Executive Officer

Mobility and Choice

13.

Personal Assistant

FiReControl

14.

Executive Officer

Mobility and Choice

15.

Mobility Services

Delivery Manager

16.

Personal Assistant

Migration

17.

Grade 6

Residential Property Tribunal Service

18.

Marketing Manager

Planning Portal

19.

Grade 7 member of Legal Directorate

Lawyer

20.

Personal Assistant

Strategy and Performance

21.

Project Adviser

Local Analysis and Delivery Unit

22.

Team Leader

Olympics Legacy Planning and Delivery

23.

Development Team Admin

Planning Portal

24.

HR Helpdesk operator

Human Resources

25.

Policy Adviser

Local Government Restructuring

26.

Member Workforce Equalities Team (Project Officer)

Workforce Equalities

27.

HR Communications Manager

Human Resources

28.

Women's Engagement Officer

Preventing Extremism Delivery


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