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Renewable Energy

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what meetings have been held between officials of his Department and the hon. Member for Nottingham South in his capacity as adviser on the implementation of the feed-in tariff programme. [287541]

Mr. Kidney: No meetings have been held between DECC officials and the hon. Member for Nottingham, South (Alan Simpson) on feed-in tariffs.


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UDM-Vendside

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on how many occasions (a) officials and (b) lawyers from his Department have visited UDM-Vendside headquarters in Mansfield since 1997. [286708]

Mr. Kidney: Officials and Department's legal advisers have had formal business meetings with UDM/Vendside on a number of occasions but we don't have comprehensive records of these, and an accurate number is not, therefore, available. I should also add that similar business meetings have also taken place with the Claimants' Solicitors Group.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many meetings (a) his Department and (b) solicitors acting on his Department’s behalf have had with UDM-Vendside in each year since 2005. [286867]

Mr. Kidney: Officials have had formal business meetings with UDM-Vendside but we do not have comprehensive records of these, and an accurate number is not, therefore, available. I should also add that similar business meetings have also taken place with the Claimants’ Solicitors Group.

Warm Front Scheme

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many complaints were (a) received and (b) upheld about the 10 Warm Front contractors who received the most work under the scheme (i) in the UK and (ii) in Wandsworth in (A) 2006, (B) 2007, (C) 2008 and (D) 2009. [285191]

Mr. Kidney: The following table details the number of complaints (a) received and (b) upheld about 10 Warm Front contractors who received the most work under the scheme (i) in England and (ii) in Wandsworth in years 2006-07 to 2008-09 and from 1 March to 19 May in 2009-10 (the latest period for which figures are available).

England Wandsworth

Complaints r eceived Upheld complaints Complaints r eceived Upheld complaints

2006-07

532

276

7

3

2007-08

813

261

3

1

2008-09

435

190

4

2

2009-10(1)

198

87

3

2

Total

1,978

814

17

8

(1) Up to 19 May 2009

Wind Power

Mr. Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria are used in the selection of sites for the construction of wind turbines; what assessment is made of the potential environmental effects on the local area of the siting of such turbines; and if he will make a statement. [287702]

Mr. Kidney: It is for the market to bring forward proposals for sites for onshore or offshore wind farms and these are then considered through the planning
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system by the relevant planning authority as to whether it is appropriate to grant development consent. Environmental licences may also be required, for example, under the Food and Environmental Protection Act (FEPA).

Offshore, following a Strategic Environmental Assessment by DECC or the relevant Devolved Administration in Scotland and Northern Ireland, The Crown Estate is responsible for awarding site leases for offshore wind development to the market through a competitive process. Any subsequent proposals are considered through the planning process.

The Government have made clear that wind farms should be located in appropriate places and that local concerns should be listened to in this process. Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 22 on renewable energy(1) makes clear the need to ensure that all renewable energy developments take place within the formal planning procedure, which allows all relevant stakeholders, including members of the public, to put forward their views on the likely impact of any proposal on the environment and the local community. Similar policies are in place in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

We set out in the Renewable Energy Strategy published this week(2) steps to improve the planning process for renewable and low carbon energy while protecting legitimate environmental and local concerns.

Planning applications should be accompanied by an environmental statement based on an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This includes details of the likely impact of the project in question on the environment and wildlife, among other things. In considering an application, the planning authority will consult with a range of stakeholders, including the statutory advisers on nature conservation as well as others with an interest in the project. This ensures that decisions on whether to grant consent for a wind farm are considered in the light of the best available information about its likely environmental impacts. Any development of renewable energy must also be seen within the wider context of reducing carbon emissions and improving security of the energy supply.

Where relevant, an Appropriate Assessment will be undertaken to meet the requirements of the Birds(3) and Habitats Directives(4).

Written Questions: Government Responses

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to answer questions (a) 285519 and (b) 285520, tabled on 6 July 2009 on the proposed national deep-level geographical repository for radioactive waste. [287738]


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Mr. Kidney: I refer my hon. Friend to the answers I gave on 15 July 2009, Official Report, columns 420-21W.

Cabinet Office

Alcoholic Drinks: Death

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths in which alcohol was an underlying cause were recorded in each health trust area within the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last five years. [287764]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, July 2009:

Table 1: Number of deaths with an alcohol-related underlying cause( 1) in primary care organisations in Hampshire county, Portsmouth unitary authority and Southampton unitary authority( 2) , 2004-08( 3, 4)
Primary care organisation 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Hampshire

118

128

142

100

120

Portsmouth City Teaching

23

31

26

27

32

Southampton City

25

35

32

32

27

(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). The specific causes of death categorised as alcohol-related, and their corresponding ICD-10 codes, are shown in box 1.
(2) Based on boundaries as of 2009.
(3) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.
(4) Figures for 2008 are provisional.


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Box 1. Alcohol-related causes of death—International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10)
Cause of death ICD-10 code(s)

Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol

F10

Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol

G31.2

Alcoholic polyneuropathy

G62.1

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy

142.6

Alcoholic gastritis

K29.2

Alcoholic liver disease

K70

Chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified

K73

Fibrosis and cirrhosis of liver (excl. Biliary cirrhosis)

K74 (excl. K74.3-K74.5)

Alcohol induced chronic pancreatitis

K86.0

Accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol

X45

Intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to alcohol

X65

Poisoning by and exposure to alcohol, undetermined intent

YI5


Census: Fines

Robert Neill: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were fined for not supplying information in their 2001 Census return. [288260]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated July 2009:

Census: Travelling People

Robert Neill: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps are planned to collect information from Travellers in the 2011 Census. [288261]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated July 2009:


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Civil Servants: Manpower

Graham Stringer: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to box 2.6 of the White Paper, Your region your choice, Cm 5511, how many civil servants were employed in each region in each year from 2003. [287729]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated July 2009:


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