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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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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
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. 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. 
Offshore wind capital grants programme-a total of £38,900,000(1)
Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme-£5,082,000
Bio-energy Infrastructure Scheme (in two rounds)-£969,000.
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.
(1)( )The figure for offshore wind capital grants programme is accurate to September 2009.
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. 
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. 
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.
Apprenticeships in Engineering, offered across the National Skills Academy for Nuclear provider network
NVQs in Decommissioning and Radiation Protection
New Foundation Degree Engineering (nuclear) developed between the Skills Academy and Portsmouth and Central Lancashire Universities
Award for Nuclear Industry Awareness
Certificate of Nuclear Professionalism under development
NTEC Masters Programme
http://nuclearliaison.com/nl-courses including circa 11 universities and 20 courses.
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. 
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.
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. 
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
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
Options identification including options to be taken to public consultation, assessment of environmental impact and economic benefits.
Options selection including public consultation, public exhibitions and preferred route announcement.
Preliminary design (current phase) including surveys (geotechnical, environmental etc.), preliminary design of the preferred route and additional design resulting from the transfer of works from the M1 J10-13 Improvements Scheme, preparation for publication of draft orders and the draft orders public exhibitions.
Lands costs including property purchased under blight.
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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