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Aviation: Security

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: It is for the industry to meet the costs of aviation security.

Civil Service: Secular Societies

Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Staff networks are generally created, run and supported by staff themselves, focused on common interest areas or specific diversity issues. At a cross-service level, no humanist or secular societies have been created. Departments have delegated responsibilities for staff issues, including staff networks, and the Cabinet Office does not hold detailed information on individual departments' staff networks.

Civil Service: Staff Networks

Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: There are currently eight corporate Civil Service-wide staff networks:

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Most departments similarly have diversity staff networks on strand-specific issues, but the Cabinet Office does not hold details of departmental staff networks centrally.

Education: Interactive Whiteboards

Baroness Greenfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Adonis): We are currently assessing the educational impact and operational effectiveness of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) in both primary and secondary schools. The assessment will consider the extent to which the use of IWBs impacts on standards at key stage 3 and GCSE in the core subjects. It will also measure the impact on standards in literacy and numeracy in primary schools. These evaluations started in 2004 and will end in 2006.

To date, earlier pilot projects by Newcastle University, research by Becta, and reports by Ofsted into the use of IWBs have told us that their introduction has had a positive impact in classrooms and the response from teachers and pupils has been extremely positive. IWBs have improved the quality of teaching, stimulated pupils' concentration and positive responses, and enhanced teachers' explanations and demonstrations.

Education: Internet

Baroness Greenfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Adonis): The United Kingdom Children Go Online survey is a valuable contribution to our understanding of children's use of the internet. The internet is an essential tool for learning in all subjects across the national curriculum. The ICT curriculum specifically requires pupils at key stages 3 and 4 to be taught to question the plausibility of information and to be discriminating in their use of information sources.
 
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The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority is consulting on new draft standards for functional ICT skills that include as a key area of activity,

Functional skills will be piloted in September 2007 and the final qualification will be ready for full use in September 2009.

Energy: Microgeneration

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): We are taking steps to encourage the development of microgeneration. For example, we have:

We are also supporting the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill, which contains several measures to assist the development of microgeneration.

Future steps we will be taking to encourage the development of microgeneration will be outlined in our strategy for the promotion of microgeneration, which will be published by the beginning of April.

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: There have been no explicit discussions about the removal of the reverse stop on meters as a means of encouraging the growth of micropower generation.

Ofgem is carrying out a public consultation exercise into innovative metering; this closes on 15 March 2006. It then proposes publishing a further paper in May 2006 setting out the way forward.

The Government will be publishing a strategy for the promotion of microgeneration, which will look at a wide variety of measures to stimulate the growth of these technologies.
 
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Energy: Price Protection Schemes

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): The provision of information to gas and electricity customers, including, where appropriate, information and advice on tariffs, is a statutory function of the Gas and Electricity Consumer Council (Energywatch). The Government do not provide advice on individual tariffs or types of tariff.

Energy: Renewable

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): Non-cost values and attributes of solar PV (which is the technology the Question originally referred to) could include:


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