David T.C. Davies: To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) dates, (b) locations and (c) cost to the public purse have been of each meeting of the Cabinet held outside London since 27 June 2007. 
The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to my answers of: 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1017W; 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 738W; 13 March 2009, Official Report, column 802W; 18 June 2009, Official Report, column 451W; 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 487W; and 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 378W.
The Cabinet met in Cardiff on July 23 2009. This was linked with a number of ministerial visits across the region; there was a public engagement event with around 203 people which was followed by a formal Cabinet meeting The cost of the public engagement event and the Cabinet meeting was approximately £77,433.61, excluding VAT. There are no separate figures for the Cabinet meeting. The figure includes the cost of hiring the venue, catering, associated security and delegate management. In addition, Departments and agencies will have incurred costs in terms of travel, staff time and other support. The cost of any security provided by the police is a matter for the relevant police force.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of invoices submitted to his Department have been paid within 10 days in each month since October 2008; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside his Department's building attended by civil servants in his Department there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. 
Mr. Hain: The Wales Office held one away day a year from 2006 until 2008 for the whole of the office. The cost of these venues was £8,055.40 in 2006, £13,526.04 in 2007 and £4,662 in 2008. In 2009, there were two events held for Legislation Branch and for Policy Branch. There was no cost for the venue for Legislation Branch and a charge of £596.75 for the venue for Policy Branch.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses were paid to officials in his Department in each of the last three years; and how much was paid in such bonuses in each such year. 
One in 2006-07, nine in 2007-08 and two in 2008-09.
Zero in 2006-07, five in 2007-08 and one in 2008-09.
£862.30 in 2006-07, £5,200 in 2007-08 and £2,050 in 2008-09.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what percentage of parliamentary questions tabled for written answer by his Department on a named day in session 2008-09 received a substantive answer on that day. 
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the Electoral Commission's buildings attended by civil servants in the Electoral Commission there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. 
Mr. Streeter: The Electoral Commission informs me that to provide the information in the format requested would incur disproportionate costs. However, its expenditure on conference attendance, annual staff conferences and team development and planning days for the years requested was as follows:
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Political Party Conferences
Local political party events
Association of Electoral Administrators conferences
Local Government Association conferences
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) conferences.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will delay the entering into force of the Environmental Protection Flood Risk Regulations 2009 due to enter into force on 10 December 2009 until (a) all interested parties have been consulted and (b) both Houses of Parliament have scrutinised the Statutory Instrument. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: The Government consulted on provisions to implement the EU Floods Directive in the draft Flood and Water Management Bill (Cmnd 7582) published on 21 April. We received nearly 650 responses and these are summarised on DEFRA's website and are available from the DEFRA library. The EFRA Select Committee also scrutinised the draft Bill.
Specific reference was made to the regulations in the written ministerial statement on 19 November when the Flood and Water Management Bill was introduced and the Government response (Cmnd 7741) to the EFRA Select Committee report and to the consultation was published. All interested parties, including Parliament, have had an opportunity to scrutinise our plans for transposing the directive.
Laying the regulations on the day that the Flood and Water Management Bill was introduced provided an opportunity for each to be considered in the context of the other. The regulations have been considered by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Merits of Statutory Instruments and officials provided clarification to the committee.
Mr. Benyon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much in tonnes and what percentage of UK fish catch was sent abroad for processing and then returned to the UK in the latest period for which figures are available; 
(2) to which countries fish catch is sent for processing before being returned to the UK; and what weight of fish was sent to each country in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: Information on UK imports and exports of fish are published in UK Sea Fisheries Statistics, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. Figures on the amount of fish exported for fish processing are not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent assessment is of progress in the revision of Planning Policy Statement 25 since June 2009; and what estimate he has made of the number of houses to have a flood kit. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: The Government agree with Sir Michael Pitt's Review of the summer 2007 floods that found that the policy approach in Planning Policy Statement 25: Development and Flood Risk (PPS25) is sound and should be rigorously applied.
On 11 August 2009 the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) published proposals for public consultation to make a limited number of amendments to Annexe D of PPS25 to clarify how certain aspects of the policy should be applied. The public consultation period closed on 3 November and CLG is now considering the responses received.
No estimate has been made of the number of properties that have prepared a flood kit. As outlined in our recent Pitt progress report, we have always acknowledged this was up to individuals, but would be supported by communication campaigns taken forward by the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency has done this in its recent "Preparing for a Flood" guide, which promotes how flood kits should be made up.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to amend the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2009 in respect of their provision for the metal recycling sector. 
Dan Norris: The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2009 will come into force in April 2010. The regulations will allow operators to benefit from new or revised exemptions that are free to register for, from that date. The regulations also include transitional provisions for those existing operations that will be required to obtain an environmental permit. In the case of the metal recycling sector, operators who need a permit will be required to apply for one by 30 September 2013. This period has been provided to allow operators sufficient time to fulfil the requirements for obtaining a permit. It would, therefore, be inappropriate to suggest revisions at this time as these changes are being implemented.
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