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Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the papers on nuclear power which officials of her Department prepared as part of the contribution to the Energy White Paper 2003; and if she will place copies in the Library. 
These papers are now over two years old and some of the information that they contain will be out of date. Nevertheless it is hoped that their release will contribute to the continuing debate on nuclear power as a future energy source in the UK. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
In addition, the long-term costs of nuclear power were covered in the work commissioned by DTI on options for a low carbon economy. The resulting paper DTI Economics Paper No. 4: Options for a Low Carbon FuturePhase 2" can be viewed on the DTI website at http://www.dti.gov.uk/energy/whitepaper/phase2.pdf
Ross Cranston: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evidence she has collated on availability of JIB-PMES assessors related to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme within the plumbing industry in the Black Country; and if she will make a statement. 
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme is owned and managed by Construction Skills Certification Scheme Ltd., representing construction employers, trade unions and clients. The Government has no responsibility for this scheme and its decision-making.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Solicitor-General on what date the Director of Public Prosecutions received papers prepared by Sir John Stevens arising from her investigation into collusion between Crown forces and loyalist paramilitaries; what further action was recommended; and what action has been taken in respect of prosecutions of these cases. 
In respect of the first part, an investigation file was received by the DPP on 23 April 2002. Police inquiries were not complete at that stage and further information and investigations were requested by the DPP. Police recommendations as to prosecution were received by the DPP in June 2004. The advices of Senior Counsel were sought at an early stage and were obtained in March 2004.
In respect of the second part of the investigation files containing over 12,500 pages were received by the DPP in April 2003. Further information and investigations were required by the DPP and a final report was received on 27 April 2004. Police recommendations as to prosecution were received in November 2004. The advices of Senior Counsel were sought at an early stage and were obtained in December 2004.
Simon Hughes: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many cleaners there are in (a) those parts of the Palace of Westminster for which the House is responsible, (b) Portcullis House, (c) 1 Parliament Street, (d) Norman Shaw North and (e) Norman Shaw South; how many of these are (i)full-time and (ii) part-time; and if he will make a statement. 
Sir Archy Kirkwood: Cleaners are employed in the House of Commons under contract to the Refreshment Department and the Department of the Serjeant at Arms. In addition the Department of the Serjeant at Arms and the Library employ cleaners who are staff of the House. The numbers are as follows:
|Contracted staff||Directly employed staff|
|Palace of Westminster||36||36||20|
|1 Parliament Street||5||5||4|
|Norman Shaw North||7||1||7|
|Norman Shaw South||8||||4|
In addition there are three full-time contracted staff and seven part-time directly employed staff whose duties are carried out in a number of House of Commons buildings. It would not be meaningful to attempt to attribute them to any specific area.
The number of contracted cleaners given as employed in the Palace of Westminster covers those whose duties involve cleaning House of Commons areas only, since some cleaning in the House of Lords is carried out under the same contract.
I refer the hon. Gentleman to my answer of 2 February 2005, Official Report, columns 91011W, on the terms of employment of contracted cleaners. I understand that the discussions referred to in that answer on pay rates and other terms and conditions of employment are continuing. The parliamentary authorities are keeping in close touch with developments. I hope that a solution acceptable to all those involved can be reached.
Mr. Prisk: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what the total cost was of (a) implementing and (b) maintaining the visitor pass system in use until December 2004 for visitors to the Palace of Westminster; 
The cost of implementing the adhesive visitor pass system introduced in February 2005 is £2,740. Overheads will be negligible. The monthly maintenance cost (consumables) is estimated to be around £2,000 including VAT.
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