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Departmental Consultants

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consultancy contracts his Department has signed since January 2006 with expert advisers on the preparation of the (a) Energy White Paper and (b) Nuclear Power White Paper respectively; and what the monetary value of such contracts is in each case. [301061]

Mr. Kidney: No external expert advisers were employed on preparation of the 2009 UK Low Carbon Transition Plan and the 2008 White paper on Nuclear Power.

For details on the cost of external consultants in preparation of the 2006-07 Energy Review process, culminating in the Meeting the Energy Challenge White Paper, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 896W.

Departmental Cost Effectiveness

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what efficiency savings projects his Department put in place under the Operational Efficiency Programme; on what date each such project was initiated; how much each such project was expected to contribute to departmental savings; how much had been saved through each such project on the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [300925]

Joan Ruddock: DECC has a target to find £20 million of savings in 2010-11 as part of the Operational Efficiency Programme. £17.5 million of this will be found from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's non-programme budgets and £2.5 million from savings in core DECC budgets, including through collaborative procurement. These targets will be met through a combination of innovation and strict control of expenditure.

Departmental Pay

John Mason: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) bonuses and (b) incentives have been paid to (i) consultants and (ii) contractors engaged by executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible in each of the last three years. [300640]

Joan Ruddock: DECC has no executive agencies.

For DECC's non-departmental public bodies, the Coal Authority, Committee on Climate Change and the Civil Nuclear Police Authority have made no such payments.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) pays its site license company parent body organisations (PBOs) (effectively contractors) performance-based incentives against delivery of site lifetime plans. Increased productivity allows the PBO to earn fees for delivering key targets within a defined timeframe. The PBOs are also incentivised to make cost savings.


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NDA's payments to PBOs are published in their annual report and accounts. Payments for the last three years are as follows:

£ million

2006-07

128

2007-08

97

2008-09

73


NDA does employ consultants for some projects , but specific details of any bonus or incentive arrangements would be commercially confidential.

Departmental Recycling

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what weight of paper his Department has recycled since its creation. [300778]

Joan Ruddock: Since DECC's inception in October 2008, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) manage the Department's estate, including recycling services.

DECC occupies two floors of Atholl House which has six in total. From October 2008 to October 2009 Atholl House recycled 20,800kg of paper. It is not possible to provide a split for DECC only.

For both Whitehall Place and 55 Whitehall the figure for recycled paper is 66,503kg from 1 October 2008 to 20 November 2009. It is not possible to provide a split for Whitehall Place only. From October 2008 to mid-April 2009, DECC shared Whitehall Place with DEFRA.

Electricity

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with the private sector on Power Factor Correction. [301582]

Joan Ruddock: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and the Department's officials regularly discuss energy efficiency technologies, and policies that support them, with the private sector. However we have not had specific discussions regarding Power Factor Correction.

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has undertaken any recent research on Power Factor Correction and carbon dioxide emissions. [301583]

Joan Ruddock: Neither I nor my officials have conducted research into Power Factor Correction recently.

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to encourage the installation of Power Factor Correction equipment. [301584]

Joan Ruddock: Power Factor Correction can make significant energy savings in certain installations.

The Government-funded Carbon Trust helps businesses determine whether this is a useful technology for them through free telephone advice and energy saving site surveys. The Trust's small and medium-sized business
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loans scheme can be used for energy saving technologies, including PFC. Budget 2009 provided an additional £83.9 million for the scheme for financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with Ofgem on Power Factor Correction. [301585]

Mr. Kidney: Neither I nor officials from the Department have recently discussed Power Factor Correction with Ofgem.

Electricity Generation

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding his Department has allocated to electricity generation projects using (a) tidal power, (b) wave power, (c) wind, (d) biomass, (e) hydro power and (f) clean coal in the last three years. [300769]

Mr. Kidney: The Department has allocated funding through the following programmes from 2006-09:

The Renewables Obligation is not funded by DECC but for information, it has provided approximately £2.6 billion of funding for renewable energy technology projects (of all types) in the period 2006-09. This is for all generation by eligible technologies, so includes hydro, wave and tidal, onshore and offshore wind, biomass (dedicated and co-fired) as well as eligible waste technologies.

HMG also provides funding through other delivery partners and for research, development and demonstration projects which are not yet operational-this is the case for tidal, wave, and clean coal.

Energy Performance Certificates

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of commercial undertakings in (a) England and (b) each local authority area in England which have obtained an energy performance certificate in respect of the premises they occupy. [300249]

John Healey: I have been asked to reply.

There is no centrally held information upon which to base such an estimate.

Nuclear Decommissioning Agency: Public Relations

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency has made to Bell Pottinger in each of the last three years; for what purposes; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract under which such payments have been made. [302308]

Mr. Kidney: Over the period in question NDA used Bell Pottinger to provide strategic communications advice, stakeholder research and parliamentary monitoring services. Payments made were as follows:


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£

2006

32,000.00

2007

166,860.53

2008

190,673.70

2009

46,242.90


Nuclear Engineering: Training

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many courses there are in the country to train nuclear engineers. [301749]

Mr. Kidney: There are a number of courses available in the UK to train nuclear engineers ranging from apprenticeships to post graduates. This includes 11 universities which run nuclear related courses.

A summary of courses available is as follows:

Variety of HE programmes detailed on-

Nuclear Power: Planning

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria will be used to appoint commissioners to the Infrastructure Planning Commission's review of the proposals contained in the national nuclear policy statements issued on 9 November 2009. [301059]

John Healey: I have been asked to reply.

Earlier in the year we appointed a chair, two deputy chairs and a number of salaried commissioners. On 15 November we launched a further competition for the appointment of commissioners to a register. I have placed the job advert and person specifications in the House Library.

The IPC does have a role as a statutory consultee narrowly on whether national policy statements are fit for purpose but not on national policy.

Renewables Obligation: Water Power

Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to increase the level of assistance provided by his Department through the Renewables Obligation to (a) tidal stream, (b) wave and (c) other emerging renewable energy technologies under his Department's marine action plan; and when he expects that plan to be published. [303127]

Mr. Kidney: The Government plan to publish their marine action plan by spring next year. This action plan will set out the key steps which will need to be taken by both Government and industry to support the mass
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deployment of wave and tidal stream technologies going forward. Areas considered will include the level and availability of grants, loans, capital provision, and revenue support through the Renewables Obligation.

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority: Public Relations

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments the UK Atomic Energy Authority has made to Grayling Political Strategy in each of the last three years; for what purposes; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract under which such payments have been made. [302297]

Mr. Kidney: Grayling Political Strategy was appointed by UKAEA as public affairs consultant in April 2004 after a competitive tendering process following the passage of the Energy Act 2004 and a period of significant change in the industry.

UKAEA had to respond and restructure during this time in a manner which would offer best value for money for the taxpayer. Grayling provided the services of: public affairs strategic advice, support with key stakeholder engagement and national media support.

The contract has now expired. However payments to Grayling Political Strategy in the last three years were as follows:

Transport

A5: M1

Andrew Selous: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the answer of 24 November 2009, Official Report, column 58W, on the A5-M1 link, under what budget headings the £11.8 million was spent. [302802]

Chris Mole: The £11.8 million has been spent on preparing the scheme to achieve particular milestones. To date, these have included:

The scheme is being progressed through the Major Projects Project Control Framework (PCF).

The PCF process involves a number of products/reports to be produced or reviewed in each stage. Further information, if required, in regard to these products can be found on the Highways Agency website-Road Projects: How we manage our roads.


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