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Joan Ruddock: The Government consulted on their plans for improving the energy efficiency of existing homes from February to May last year. We had over 300 responses to that consultation, from a wide variety of organisations and individuals, expressing a broad range of views.
Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will give additional support to promote the use of co-firing of biomass in coal-powered electricity generation. 
Joan Ruddock: The Department of Energy and Climate Change has a range of policies in place that will increase the use of new environmental technologies by driving carbon emission reduction. These policies include the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, our carbon budgets, and the carbon reduction commitment.
Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure the security of the UK's gas supply in the event of proposed industrial action at Milford Haven; 
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has been closely following events at Milford Haven Port Authority over the past few weeks. My officials have been in regular contact with the operators of LNG import facilities and refineries in the area to understand the implications of possible industrial action. We have also been in contact with national grid to discuss the potential implications for UK's gas supply. Officials have maintained close communication with port authority management to follow developments
and, between 1 and 23 February, Ministers and officials have spoken on a number of occasions with senior representatives from Unite to seek their assessment of the dispute.
DECC recognises the strategic importance of the port to the energy industry and has urged the parties concerned to do everything possible to reach a resolution to the dispute whilst recognising that the issues under negotiation are a matter for the management and employees of the port authority. We welcome the announcement that the industrial action at Milford Haven port scheduled to start on 23 February has been averted and are pleased that consultation is under way on proposals which we hope will lead to an agreement.
Paul Goggins: The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) operates three non-consolidated performance payment schemes: an in-year, special performance scheme (to reward particularly meritorious contributions during the year); an end-of-year performance payment scheme for staff below the Senior Civil Service (SCS) (to reward performance and delivery throughout the previous year); and a performance payment scheme for SCS staff, which is an integral part of the pay arrangements in operation in all Whitehall Departments.
The annual costs of the end-of-year performance payment scheme for staff below Senior Civil Service is £348,300. This equates to 0.54 per cent. of the pay remit available to those staff eligible to participate in the scheme.
The funding allocated to the in-year special performance scheme equates to 0.4 per cent. of the pay remit available to those staff eligible to participate in the scheme. The funding for the 2009-10 year was set at £258,000.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many turbines other than those delivered in September 2008 are operational at Kajaki dam; in what year such turbines were installed; and what the volume of electricity output has been of such turbines in the last five years for which figures are available. 
There are two turbines operational at Kajaki dam, which were installed between 1972 and 1975. In 1975, the dam began to produce electricity for the Helmand Valley and Kandahar. It produces 33 mega watts of power.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the turbine delivered to Kajaki dam by UK forces in September 2008 is not functioning; whether that turbine has functioned since its delivery; when he expects that turbine to function; and if he will make a statement. 
The turbine delivered in September 2008 requires other materials, namely mechanical and construction equipment, to make it functional. These have not yet been moved to the Kajaki area. While the dam does not operate to its full capacity, currently it does provide electricity to the population of Helmand. Two generators are in place and being used, along with diesel-powered local generation, to increase supply. While the security situation in the area makes access and delivery to Kajaki challenging, supplies, including oil, are being delivered. USAID, the US federal government agency responsible for the US effort in the field of development and reconstruction, is leading the work on the refurbishment of the power station. They continue to plan to make the facility fully operational.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of each grade of his Department's single living accommodation housing stock in Scotland was empty in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: We record details of void bed-spaces which are defined as those which are available but not currently required for occupation by single Service personnel. Separate figures for Scotland are not available.
|Defence Medical Service Regulars-Manning as at 1 October 2009|
|Requirement||Trained strength||Shortfall (percentage)|
1. Requirement excludes the manning and training margin.
2. Trained strength only includes personnel that are qualified in their speciality.
3. 'Medical Support Services' include the paramedic cadre.
4. Dental officers and allied dental healthcare professionals includes dental practitioners, dental support officers, dental surgery assistants and dental technicians.
|Defence Medical Service Reserves-Manning as at 1 October 2009|
|Requirement||Trained strength||Shortfall (percentage)|
1. Dental officers and allied dental healthcare professionals includes dental practitioners, dental support officers, dental surgery assistants and dental technicians.
2. 'Medical Support Services' include the paramedic cadre.
Bill Rammell: Director General Land Warfare has access to a pool of staff as part of a garrison-wide contract. He shares the use of one gardener and one domestic assistant to maintain his service family accommodation with the whole garrison of about 2,000 people. As such their staff duties are not solely dedicated to Director General Land Warfare. This is within MOD guidelines on proportionate staffing levels for the post.
Mr. Philip Hammond:
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many performance reviews were undertaken in respect of staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years; in how
many cases performance was rated as unsatisfactory or below; how many staff left as a direct result of such a rating; and what percentage of full-time equivalent staff this represented. 
Other than certain medical grades, all MOD civilian staff are required to participate in an annual performance review process. If performance is identified as unsatisfactory -at any point in the reporting year-individuals may be subject to the restoring efficiency process, which involves warning the individual, encouraging improvement, and allowing a reasonable opportunity to improve. If a satisfactory performance is not achieved, the individual may be dismissed or downgraded. The number of staff dismissed for unsatisfactory performance in each financial year was as follows:
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