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Departmental Internet

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which websites his Department's staff are blocked from accessing from departmental networked computers. [310244]

Joan Ruddock: The Department runs specialist software to block access to all categories of websites which do not conform with our security operating procedures or would be considered a network security risk. It is not possible to produce a list of the websites as they run into millions globally and come and go daily.


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Departmental Training

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many sessions of media training were organised for Ministers in his Department in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10 to date. [311631]

Joan Ruddock: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 737W.

Energy: Infrastructure

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for how long public consultation on his Department's draft national policy statements for energy infrastructure will run. [311644]

Mr. Kidney: The consultation on the draft national policy statements for energy infrastructure will run for 15 weeks. It began on 9 November 2009 and closes on 22 February 2010. This is three weeks longer than the minimum time for a consultation set out in Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Consultation to take into consideration the Christmas holiday period.

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on responding to complaints arising from consultations on draft national policy statements for energy infrastructure. [311645]

Mr. Kidney: Our policy is to consider any complaint regarding consultations, including the consultation on the draft national policy statement for energy infrastructure, very carefully and respond in an appropriate and timely manner.

Government Departments: Energy

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Government Departments have (a) applied for and (b) been awarded a grant to fund carbon saving initiatives. [311214]

Joan Ruddock: Grant funding provided by the Department of Energy and Climate Change for carbon saving initiatives in Government Departments in 2009-10 is as follows.

Funding is provided through the Low Carbon Technology Programme for central Government Departments, and their agencies that report on carbon emissions as part of the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate framework. Grants have been made to fund technologies that reduce carbon emissions from buildings and transport. 12 Departments applied for funding in 2009-10 and 12 have been allocated funding.

Through the Salix Finance scheme, Government Departments are able to apply for a repayable grant for energy efficiency technologies. The financial savings from the energy efficiency measures are paid back to HM Treasury, up to the level of the grant. In 2009-10, six Departments submitted applications to Salix. All of these applications were accepted, although one Department has since withdrawn its application.


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Met Office

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information the Met Office Hadley Centre uses to predict future temperature changes. [310483]

Joan Ruddock: The Met Office Hadley Centre uses complex computer models of the atmosphere, land and ocean systems to make predictions of future climate change, including temperature. These models are mathematical representations of the climate system and are based on the fundamental laws of physics.

The models are tested and evaluated against actual observations on a number of time scales, ranging from palaeoclimate to day to day weather. Model performance and improvement is aided because the Met Office uses the same model framework for its climate projections as it does for weather forecasting.

In addition to its own models, the Met Office Hadley Centre makes use of climate models from the global scientific community. These are used for comparison and can aid improvement to Met Office models. The methods employed in the development of Met Office models are thoroughly and independently reviewed in the peer-reviewed literature.

Olympic Games: Canada

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department are planning to attend the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February 2010; and what estimate he has made of the cost of such attendance. [310847]

Joan Ruddock: The Department of Energy and Climate Change has no plans for attendance by its Ministers or officials.

Rain Forests: Guyana

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what response the Government has made to the offer by the President of Guyana for the Government to take responsibility for that country's rainforest; and if he will make a statement. [311309]

Joan Ruddock: The UK welcomed the offer by the President of Guyana to keep their forests standing. We recognised that Guyana needs to reconcile development challenges with the need to keep forests standing in order to help in the fight against climate change. It is essential that Guyana is supported with sufficient incentives to maintain the services that its rainforests provide. The UK was therefore pleased to hear that Guyana has reached an agreement on support for their forest services with the Government of Norway.

Ahead of the Copenhagen Accord, the UK together with the US, Japan, Australia, France and Norway committed to provide $3.5 billion public finance for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) over the period 2010-12 and to scaling it up thereafter.


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At Copenhagen, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and President Sarkozy reaffirmed that $25 billion is needed for a 25 per cent. reduction in emissions from deforestation by 2015, and that developed countries should pay a significant proportion of this. These announcements were strongly welcomed by rainforest countries including Guyana, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica.

We will continue to work with donors and rainforests nations in preparation for the reconvened climate negotiations in Mexico later this year, to ensure REDD+ continues to be a central element of climate change negotiations.

Wind Farms: Finance

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what financial support his Department makes available for the development of (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind farms. [311573]

Mr. Kidney: The Renewables Obligation (RO) is the Government's main mechanism for the financial support of renewable electricity. Developers of renewable technologies, including wind, receive Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) for the electricity they generate. Suppliers can buy these certificates and present them to Ofgem to meet their annual obligation.

Wind plays an important role in the Government's energy policy and we recently announced an increase in RO support for offshore wind stations accredited between April 2010 and March 2014. This should ensure the industry has the confidence to continue to invest in this important technology.

Children, Schools and Families

Academies: Sevenoaks

Mr. Fallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to make a final decision on the proposed Academy for Sevenoaks. [310707]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 14 January 2010]: The DCSF received the signed Funding Agreement on 12 January. The Secretary of State will decide the proposal once he has considered all the information. This should be by the end of January.

Academies: Sponsorship

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what system his Department has in place to (a) monitor and (b) assess the performance of academy sponsors in improving the (i) Ofsted status and (ii) number of examination passes in academies. [311243]

Mr. Coaker: The performance of academy sponsors is monitored and assessed through the performance of their academies. The Department has a rigorous range of measures to achieve this, including education advisers, School Improvement Partners (SIPs) and where appropriate National Challenge Advisers. All of these professionals provide challenge and support to academies, help the academy leaders to evaluate their own performance, identify priorities for improvement, and plan effective change. They report regularly to governors and the
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Department. Where necessary, the frequency of visits to academies is increased and/or a tailored intervention programme is agreed.

The 2009 GCSE results show that the increase in the proportion of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs at A*-C including English and maths is 5.0 percentage points, double the average national increase. However, where an academy is not making satisfactory progress we have been clear that the Department will work closely with sponsors to secure whatever changes are necessary to accelerate progress. This may include a change of leadership, a new partnership with a successful strong academy, sponsor, partner or school.

Academies: Standards

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's plans are for academy schools in the National Challenge category where fewer than 27 per cent. of pupils have achieved five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics. [310395]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 13 January 2010]: We expect all academies open for three or more years to have more than 30 per cent. of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics by 2011, or be making very strong progress with clear evidence that they will be above this benchmark very soon after. Where an academy is not making satisfactory progress the Department will work closely with sponsors to secure whatever changes are necessary to accelerate progress. This may include a change of leadership, a new partnership with a successful strong academy, sponsor, partner or school.

Children: Barnsley

Jeff Ennis: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children there are with emotional, behavioural and social problems in Barnsley East and Mexborough constituency. [307164]

Mr. Coaker: This Department collects information on children who have special educational needs. For those pupils at School Action Plus and those pupils with a statement of special educational need information is collected on their primary need and, if appropriate, their secondary need. Information on primary need only is provided in the table.

Maintained primary( 1) , state-funded secondary( 1,2) and special schools( 3) : number of pupils( 4) with behaviour, emotional and social difficulties( 5) , January 2009, in Barnsley East and Mexborough parliamentary constituency

Number

Maintained primary

100

State-funded secondary

120

All special

10

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) Includes City Technology Colleges and Academies.
(3) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools.
(4) Headcount of solely registered pupils only.
(5) The statistics relate to those children whose primary specific special educational need is classified as behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. Only children at the School Action Plus provision category or with statements of SEN are categorised according to specific need in this way.
Note:
Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Source:
School Census

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Children: Disabled

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he last met representatives of the True Colours Trust to discuss reducing levels of financial exclusion among disabled children's families; and what funding his Department is providing to the trust in 2009-10. [309986]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: DCSF does not fund the True Colours Trust and we have no record of the Secretary of State meeting with them. However, DCSF Ministers and officials do have regular meetings with the Every Disabled Child Matters Board, which is supported by the True Colours Trust to represent the interests of disabled children and their families.

Children's Rights Director of England

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons Ofsted does not publish the annual costs of the Office of the Children's Rights Director; and in respect of how many offices in Ofsted annual costs are not published. [309186]

Mr. Coaker: This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 21 December 2009:

Children's Services: Finance

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding each unitary local authority allocated per head of population for children's services in 2009-10. [309686]

Mr. Coaker: The available information on how much was allocated by each unitary local authority for children's services per head of population in 2009-10 is shown in the following table:


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Total net budget for unitary local authorities in England covering education, community, youth justice and children and young people's services: 2009-10

£ £ per head

England

41,441,129,000

3,350

Unitary LAs

9,258,268,000

3,280

Bath and North East Somerset

131,341,000

3,220

Bedford

144,340,000

3,620

Blackburn with Darwen

139,948,000

3,220

Blackpool

117,785,000

3,480

Bournemouth

114,495,000

3,460

Bracknell Forest

84,293,000

2,890

Brighton and Hove

190,243,000

3,560

Bristol

286,039,000

3,060

Central Bedfordshire

201,917,000

3,170

Cheshire East

255,559,000

3,030

Cheshire West and Chester

243,930,000

3,180

Cornwall

377,451,000

3,190

Darlington

74,207,000

3,030

Derby

203,003,000

3,390

Durham

395,445,000

3,420

East Riding of Yorkshire

246,916,000

3,280

Halton

105,750,000

3,430

Hartlepool

86,767,000

3,700

Herefordshire

118,131,000

2,960

Isle of Wight

107,132,000

3,500

Kingston upon Hull

224,771,000

3,620

Leicester

280,435,000

3,570

Luton

184,588,000

3,520

Medway

224,506,000

3,410

Middlesbrough

108,543,000

3,070

Milton Keynes

215,155,000

3,500

North East Lincolnshire

128,877,000

3,240

North Lincolnshire

123,794,000

3,210

North Somerset

142,746,000

3,000

Northumberland

247,062,000

3,610

Nottingham

245,455,000

3,520

Peterborough

162,817,000

3,770

Plymouth

212,136,000

3,620

Poole

98,711,000

3,210

Portsmouth

136,877,000

3,010

Reading

105,327,000

3,180

Redcar and Cleveland

119,466,000

3,560

Rutland

25,996,000

2,490

Shropshire

198,697,000

2,960

Slough

130,942,000

4,120

South Gloucestershire

185,383,000

2,960

Southampton

154,113,000

2,960

Southend-on-Sea

151,255,000

3,950

Stockton-on-Tees

157,166,000

3,300

Stoke-on-Trent

193,586,000

3,330

Swindon

146,146,000

3,110

Telford and Wrekin

128,893,000

3,010

Thurrock

127,624,000

3,160

Torbay

103,522,000

3,520

Warrington

149,784,000

3,140

West Berkshire

135,961,000

3,480

Wiltshire

340,084,000

3,010

Windsor and Maidenhead

104,366,000

2,860

Wokingham

123,389,000

3,060

York

115,406,000

2,730

Notes:
1. The figures for the total net budget covering education, community, youth justice and children and young people's services are drawn from unitary local authorities' 2009-10 Children, Schools and Families Financial Data Collection (Budget Table 1 line 8) submitted to the DCSF. Figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000 and may not sum due to rounding.
2. The per head figures are calculated by dividing the total net budget by the projected population aged 0 to 19 at mid-2009 in each LA. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10 and may not sum due to rounding. Cash terms figures as reported by local authorities in England as at 12 January 2010.

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