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Projected totals for 2009 are based on actual figures for the first 10 months of the year, extrapolated to 12 month totals.

The information sought on how many long leases were varied by the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal service under the terms of Part IV of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 in each of the last 10 years, which is only held from 30 September 2003 when jurisdiction was transferred from the courts to Leasehold Valuation Tribunals, is not immediately available.

I will write to the hon. Member as soon as this information becomes available.

The number of disputes dealt with by Leasehold Valuation Tribunals relating to service charges in each of the last three years, and 2009 to date, are identified in the above table.

I am aware of one dispute dealt with by the Leasehold Valuation Tribunals in 2009 relating to digital switchover. However, no specific records are kept identifying the disputed components of each individual service charge case dealt with by Leasehold Valuation Tribunals, including disputes relating to TV aerial digital switchover.

Energy and Climate Change

Biofuels: Power Stations

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what biomass power stations are (a) in operation and (b) under construction. [307630]

Joan Ruddock: With regard to the number of biomass power stations in operation, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland (Dr. Kumar) on 3 November 2009, Official Report, column 889W.

We do not keep figures centrally for the number of biomass power stations under construction.

Boilers

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the number of inefficient domestic boilers in (a) public and (b) private housing; and how long he estimates it will take to replace them under the proposed scrappage scheme. [307622]

Joan Ruddock: We estimate that there are about 4.5 million domestic boilers which are "G-rated" or worse. While we do not hold sufficient information to say what percentage are in social housing or private
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housing stock, an analysis of the English Housing Condition Survey suggests social housing is less likely to contain G-rated boilers, following years of investment under programmes such as Decent Homes. The Greener Boiler Incentive will provide £400 for up to 125,000 homes who seek to replace working G-rated Boilers with more efficient heating technologies. In addition Building Regulations require broken boilers to be replaced with more efficient boilers. Currently 1.5 million boilers a year are replaced.

Caparo Group

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have met Angad Paul in each of the last three years. [303109]

Joan Ruddock: Since the creation of the Department of Energy and Climate Change in October 2008, Ministers and officials have in the course of business met and consulted with a wide variety of public and private sector individuals and organisations.

Climate Change: International Cooperation

Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to seek an agreement to eradicate the use of hydrofluorocarbons in refrigeration and air conditioning systems in his discussions at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. [305883]

Joan Ruddock: Together with the EU, the UK is committed to working for an international hydrofluorocarbons emissions reduction arrangement as one of the outcomes of Copenhagen.

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what meetings he plans to hold with non-governmental organisations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. [307345]

Joan Ruddock: At the Copenhagen climate change summit, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I will hold regular meetings with a wide range of non-governmental organisations.

Climate Change: Publicity

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the Act on CO2 Campaign has taken to offset the carbon dioxide emissions generated through its activities. [304019]

Joan Ruddock: All agencies working on the Act on CO2 campaign are briefed to meet the campaign objectives in a carbon efficient way.

DECC will offset direct CO2 emissions from Act on CO2 campaigns since 2007, specifically transportation and electricity use during advertising shoots and public events.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people have called the Act on CO2 advice line to seek advice on saving money since its inception. [304053]


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Joan Ruddock: Since its inception in April 2008 until the end of October 2009, 866,866 people have called the Act on CO2 helpline.

Departmental Buildings

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the energy efficiency rating is for each of his Department's buildings in London. [306321]

Joan Ruddock: The Energy Performance Operational Rating for 3 Whitehall Place is 150 on scale F.

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) energy rating and (b) energy band is of each building occupied by his Department and its agencies. [306432]

Joan Ruddock: The Energy Performance Operational Rating for 3 Whitehall Place is 150 on scale F. Atholl House is located in Scotland and therefore has no requirement to have an energy rating.

Departmental Conferences

Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which conferences held overseas have been attended by civil servants based in his Department since its inception; and what the cost to the public purse was of such attendance at each conference. [305866]

Joan Ruddock: This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Domestic Visits

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on how many occasions he visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in an official capacity in the last 12 months. [303487]

Joan Ruddock: In the course of his official duties, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has visited Scotland twice and Wales four times in the past 12 months. He has not made an official visit to Northern Ireland during the last 12 months.

Departmental Freedom of Information

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received in 2008; and how many of these received a substantive response within 20 days. [305495]

Joan Ruddock: Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice on Freedom of Information in central Government for 2008 show that of a total of 45 non-routine requests received by the Department (based on aggregated quarterly data) 64 per cent. (29) received a substantive response within 20 days.

71 per cent. (32) of requests were dealt with 'in time', that is within 20 days by meeting the deadline or other permitted extension deadline.


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The statistics can be found on the Ministry of Justice website at:

and copies are available in the Libraries of the House.

Departmental Internet

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what redesigns of websites operated by (a) his Department and (b) its predecessors have been carried out since 27 June 2007; and what the (i) cost to the public purse and (ii) date of completion of each such redesign was. [306162]

Joan Ruddock: The Department of Energy and Climate Change was created on 3 October 2008, and its official corporate website:

was launched on 23 February 2009. There has been no requirement for a redesign since the launch.

There have been redesigns on the following websites that are also administered by the Department of Energy and Climate Change:

(The website development costs are shared between Department of Transport and DECC. The cost to DECC was £25,820. Completed: October 2009)

(Cost: £7,500. Completed: Sept 2009)

(Cost: £7,500. Completed: December 2009)

(Cost: £6,500. Completed: September 2009)

(Cost: £46,000. Completed: March 2009)

(Cost: £6,000. Completed: August 2007)

(Cost: £15,000. Completed: July 2009)

(Cost: £20,000. Completed: July 2009)

(Cost: £68,000. Completed: August 2009)

(Cost: £6,000. Completed: September 2009)

(Cost: £6,300. Completed: September 2009)


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Departmental Official Hospitality

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the purposes were of the reception held by his Department on 10 November 2009; how many guests were invited; how many attended; and what the cost was. [303397]

Joan Ruddock: The reception was held to support the communication of the UK's objectives in the run up to the UN negotiations on climate change in Copenhagen in December.

158 guests were invited. We do not have a record of the exact number who attended. The cost was £3,122.72.

Departmental Public Relations

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments the Energy Saving Trust has made to Positif Politics Ltd. in the last 12 months; and what (a) representations his Department has received from and (b) discussions it has had with Positif Politics Ltd. on the Energy Saving Trust in that period. [305434]

Joan Ruddock: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 21 July 2009, Official Report, columns 1627-8 W.

The Energy Saving Trust is a private company limited by guarantee, and details of payments made are therefore a matter for the Trust's Board.

During the last 12 months, DECC has not received any representations from nor engaged in any discussions with Positif Politics Ltd., regarding the Energy Saving Trust.

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments the Energy Saving Trust has made to Stratagem in the last 12 months; and what (a) representations his Department has received from and (b) discussions it has had with Stratagem on the Energy Saving Trust in that period. [305435]

Joan Ruddock: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to him on 21 July 2009, Official Report, columns 1627-8W.

The Energy Saving Trust is a private company limited by guarantee, and details of payments made are therefore a matter for the Trust's Board.

During the last 12 months, DECC has not received any representations from nor engaged in any discussions with Stratagem, regarding the Energy Saving Trust.

Departmental Publications

Nigel Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding between his Department and the British Geological Survey on the operation of the National Geoscience Data Centre in Gilmerton, Edinburgh. [305808]

Joan Ruddock: A copy of the Memorandum of Understanding has been placed in the Libraries of the House.


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