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Origin Marking: Israel

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 568W, on origin marking: Israel, for what reasons the proposals on labelling of goods originating from Israeli settlements have not been published for public consultation; and when he expects the proposals to be published. [299874]


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Jim Fitzpatrick: It has not been possible to reply to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Rivers: Hydroelectric Power

Mr. Benyon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which organisations the Environment Agency has consulted on the provision of hydro power on rivers. [298993]

Huw Irranca-Davies: The Environment Agency published Good Practice Guidance for small-scale hydropower schemes in August this year. The British Hydropower Association and fisheries organisations were consulted extensively on its development. The Environment Agency has also established a new forum for stakeholder consultation on hydropower. The first meeting of this group will take place on 18 November 2009. Organisations that have been invited include:

Rodents

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2009, Official Report, column 961W, on rats, when his officials last met the UK pest control industry's rodenticide resistant action group; and if he will make a statement; [299932]

(2) pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2009, Official Report, column 961W, on rats, if he will make an assessment of the implications of the findings contained in the annual reports of the National Pest Technicians Association indicating rising trends in rat numbers for his Department's policies; and if he will make a statement; [299933]


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(3) pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2009, Official Report, column 156W, on rodents, whether his Department has reviewed the revised sewer protocols between Thames Water and Yorkshire Water and their respective local authorities; and if he will make a statement. [299934]

Huw Irranca-Davies: It has not been possible to reply to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

RRV Discovery

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to his Department of operating the research vessel RRV Discovery has been in each of the last five years; and who owns RRV Discovery. [299789]

Huw Irranca-Davies: I assume the hon. Member is referring to the RRS Discovery which is owned and operated by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and not by DEFRA. Therefore, there are no operating costs to the Department.

Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to establish a marine conservation zone for the Dee estuary. [299920]

Huw Irranca-Davies: It has not been possible to reply to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Water Charges

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to his Department's press release of 14 July 2009, on surface water drainage charges, what system of surface water charging for voluntary groups is in operation in each water company area. [299318]

Huw Irranca-Davies: It has not been possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

House of Commons Commission

Members: Email

Mr. Maude: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2009, Official Report, column 781W, on Members: email, if the Commission will make it its policy to allow Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) software to be installed on hon. Members' computers and ensure that hon. Members' computers are compatible with PGP software. [299324]

Nick Harvey: No. The service provider has told us that this product is not compatible with software used by Parliament.


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Solicitor-General

Members: Correspondence

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Solicitor-General when she expects to answer question 293952, on Export Credits Guarantee Department support to MW Kellogg Limited, tabled on 14 October 2009. [299676]

The Solicitor-General: This is set out in the answer to question 293952 answered today.

Serious Fraud Office

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Serious Fraud Office has requested information from the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) on the support provided by the ECGD to MW Kellogg Limited in connection with the LNG Plant at Bonny Island in Nigeria. [293952]

The Solicitor-General: The Serious Fraud Office is investigating the circumstances of the award of an export credit guarantee to MW Kellogg Ltd. in respect of the Bonny Island LNG project and in connection with that investigation, has requested material relating to the application. The SFO has been in contact with the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD).

Leader of the House

Members: Allowance

Mr. Maude: To ask the Leader of the House with reference to the new rules on the Communications Allowance to accompany the new pre-candidacy spending limit, whether hon. Members will be able to reclaim cancellation fees for post-1 January 2010 communications that were booked before the new rules came into force. [299393]

Barbara Keeley: Proposals for a new restriction on the use of Communications Expenditure will be considered by the Members Estimate Committee at its next meeting.

Any necessary guidance will be published by the House to inform Member's decisions.

Prime Minister

Armed Forces

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Prime Minister how many visits he has made to (a) repatriation ceremonies for the remains of servicemen, (b) the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak and (c) the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court in the course of his official duties since June 2007. [298402]

The Prime Minister: Hospital visits to injured personnel are undertaken privately.

Ministers follow the advice of the chiefs on repatriations. At all time the needs of the bereaved must come first.


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Community Hero Reception

Mr. Hands: To ask the Prime Minister (1) for what reasons he decided to host community hero receptions; [299108]

(2) which hon. Members have (a) been invited to nominate community heroes and (b) invited nominated community heroes to a reception at 10 Downing Street; [299109]

(3) on what date each community hero reception was hosted at 10 Downing Street; which (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public from each parliamentary constituency attended each such reception; and on what basis invitations to such receptions were issued; [299110]

(4) what the cost to the public purse has been of each community hero reception hosted at 10 Downing Street. [299111]

The Prime Minister: Guidance to Ministers on the use of Government property is set out in section 6 of the Ministerial Code. No costs were attributed to the public purse.

Democratic Reform

Mr. Maude: To ask the Prime Minister what steps he plans to take to involve the public in his plans to pursue democratic reform announced on 10 June 2009. [299445]

The Prime Minister: The Government have held a series of five deliberative events on Identity, Values and a possible Bill of Rights and Responsibilities during October. Two further events, both of which will cover a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities and a written constitution, will take place on the 21 and 28 November. There will be a National Deliberative Event on these subjects in the new year.

The Government have also committed to comprehensive reform of the House of Lords to create a second chamber that has a democratic mandate and will bring forward draft legislation for comments setting out plans for a reformed second chamber in the coming months. Following the consultation on "Strengthening Local Democracy", the Government have introduced the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill, which contains provisions to secure greater involvement of people in the workings and decision-making processes of local public authorities. In respect of enhancing representation in our political system, the Government have committed to a referendum to be held early in the next Parliament.

Departmental Travel

Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister how many miles (a) he and his predecessor and (b) officials in his Office travelled by (i) car, (ii) rail and (iii) air on Government business in each year since 1997. [298537]

The Prime Minister: This information is not held in the format requested. All Ministers' travel arrangements are in accordance with the arrangements for official travel set out in Chapter 10 of the Ministerial Code.


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Iraq Committee of Inquiry

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Prime Minister if he will instruct the Iraq Committee of Inquiry to investigate the treatment of former Iraqi locally employed civilians by Government (a) departments and (b) agencies. [298610]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the statement I gave to the House on 15 June 2009 Official Report, column 21, in which I announced the establishment of the Iraq Inquiry. It is for the Chair of the Iraq Inquiry, Sir John Chilcot, in consultation with the other Inquiry Committee members, to decide which specific areas to focus on within their overall remit.

Lord Mandelson

Mr. Maude: To ask the Prime Minister on what dates Lord Mandelson of Foy has visited Chequers since his most recent appointment as Secretary of State. [299444]

The Prime Minister: I have regular meetings and discussions with ministerial colleagues and others on a wide range of subjects.

A list of guests who have received official hospitality at Chequers is published on an annual basis. For information for the financial year 2008-09 I refer the right hon. Member to the written statement I made to the House on 16 July 2009, Official Report, columns 70-73WS.

Ministerial Policy Advisers

Mr. Maude: To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 19W, on ministerial policy advisers, what (a) envoys and (b) special representatives he has personally appointed since becoming Prime Minister; which of them are still in post; and on what dates those who are no longer serving resigned. [299317]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 10 November 2008 and to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Worthing, West (Peter Bottomley) on 23 October 2008.

In addition, I have appointed Richard Taylor as a Special Envoy on tackling youth violence and knife crime. On 12 February 2009 I appointed my right hon. Friend the Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Des Browne) as the Special Envoy for Sri Lanka.

Ministers: Pay

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister how much has been paid to Ministers on leaving the Government since 1997 who have subsequently been re-appointed to a Ministerial post. [298620]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 27W.


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