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|As at 6 July 2009||Required strength||Actual strength|
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|As at 6 July 2009||Required strength||Actual strength|
Required and actual strengths will both vary with time due to many factors including operational requirements, the introduction of newly trained crew on completion of training courses at set times during the year, the number of trained personnel assigned to non-flying duties (as part of the necessary broader career development), injuries, and service leavers.
In addition, the RAF is going through a high level of change with aircrafts drawing down, going through structure change, forming new squadrons or bringing new aircraft into service. Therefore, crew figures are fluctuating on a daily basis.
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A difference between the 'required' and 'actual' number of pilots is to be expected. The variation is due to a number of factors such as promotion, assignment to other aircraft or ground posts, medical downgrading and leaving the service.
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the merits of deploying single propeller-driven aircraft in theatre for ground attack and surveillance. 
Bill Rammell: Commanders on the ground already have access to a broad range of surveillance and ground attack capabilities and, while we keep our requirements under constant review, there are currently no plans to deploy manned, single propeller-driven aircraft for ground attack or surveillance. We have though deployed the unmanned single propeller aircraft, UK Reaper and Hermes 450, in surveillance roles, with UK Reaper also providing a ground attack capability.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how the performance of the Board of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority in meeting its first priority to consumers is measured. 
The authority is an independent economic regulator and is accountable to Parliament rather than to the Government. The Government nonetheless works closely with the authority and Ofgem in order to assess the operation of the market and outcomes for consumers, while respecting the regulator's independence.
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the statement on 23 April 2009, Official Report, columns 382-84, on coal carbon capture and storage, whether any recent changes have been made to his Department's policy for the phased scaling of carbon capture and storage demonstration plants. 
Mr. Kidney: The detailed terms of the competition are not yet finalised. The overarching objectives of the CCS demonstration competition remain as stated in the Project Information Memorandum. A copy can be found at
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with Scottish energy companies on carbon capture and storage at power stations in Scotland. 
Energy companies are key stakeholders of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and have an active interest in almost every aspect of the
Department's work. The Department has regular and wide-ranging discussions with organisations and power companies about carbon capture and storage, including those with power stations based in Scotland.
|Constituency||Mine||Operator||CIA paid (£)|
|(1) Mine closed or mothballed before total awarded was drawn down in full.|
(2) Mine closed owing to exhaustion of viable reserves in 2008.
(3) Mine sold to present operator after CIA drawn down in full under UKC.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what remuneration his Department provides for the (a) Chair and (b) Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change; what the contracted hours of work of the Chairman are; and if he will make a statement. 
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what databases which will be managed by his Department or its agency and which will contain personal information are (a) under construction and (b) expected to become operational in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Joan Ruddock: The Department holds a large number of databases ranging in size. These include corporate databases, access databases held by units within the Department and a large number of spreadsheets of data of which certainly the larger and more sophisticated could be described as fulfilling a database function. The vast majority of these databases and systems can be expected to a greater or lesser extent to contain personal data. It is not possible due to disproportionate costs to identify those databases which do not contain personal data.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what categories of personal information about members of the public are contained on each relevant database managed by his Department and its agencies; on what date each category of information began to be collected; and if he will make a statement. 
Joan Ruddock: The Department for Energy and Climate Change has registered all the purposes for which it processes personal data in form of a notification which is held by the Information Commissioner's Office, and is publicly available on the Data Protection Registry. The notification contains categories of data subject for each registered purpose; recipients to whom DECC intends to disclose the data and name or a description of any countries or territories outside the European economic area to which DECC transfers or intends to transfer the data.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what categories of personal information on members of the public will be held on each database expected to become operational in the next five years and which will be managed by his Department; what estimate he has made of the likely number of individuals' details each such database will hold when fully operational; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals are delivered to the private office of each Minister in his Department; and at what cost in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Joan Ruddock: The private office group within the Department receives copies of The Financial Times , Observer, Guardian, Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Sun, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Economist, Spectator and New Statesman. The costs of the newspapers are met by the communications group as part of a central contract.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of statutory obligations provided for by legislation on matters for which his Department is responsible which were introduced as a consequence of obligations arising from EU legislation in the latest period for which figures are available. 
The administrative burdens measurement exercise carried out by the Government in 2006 put the proportion of administrative burdens stemming from the EU at approximately one-third of the total administrative burden.
The important issue is not the origins of legislation, which could of course be a devolved Administration or a local authority, as well as the Government or the EU, but the quality of the regulation. All regulations, irrespective of their origins, should comply with the principles of better regulation. Regulations should be risk based, proportionate and well designed, so as to achieve their objectives while also keeping costs to a minimum. The Government continue to work with European partners to ensure that EU regulations meet these standards.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to encourage the development of products and services designed to meet the energy needs of older people. 
Mr. Kidney: The Department has negotiated a voluntary agreement with energy companies under which they will contribute £125 million this year and £150 million in 2010-11 to measures designed to address the energy needs of vulnerable consumers including the elderly.
Energy companies must meet at least 40 per cent. of their carbon emissions reduction target obligations in a priority group of low-income consumers who are in receipt of benefits or are aged 70 and over. The DECC funded warm front scheme offers energy efficiency measures to householders, including those over 60, in receipt of qualifying benefits. In addition, the Department is developing its approach to the roll-out of smart metering, which will take into account its impact on the elderly.
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