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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to announce who has been chosen to conduct the special investigation of animal testing at Wickham Laboratories; and when he expects this investigation to be completed. 
Meg Hillier [holding answer 8 December 2009]: The review will be led by a superintending inspector from the Home Office Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate who will be assisted by two independent experts. I anticipate that the review will be completed early in 2010.
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the latest estimate is of UK net carbon dioxide emissions in 2008 (a) with and (b) without the inclusion of carbon trading. 
UK emissions for carbon dioxide were 531.8 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e)
including for the effect of the EU Emissions Trading System, UK carbon dioxide emissions in 2008 were estimated to be 511.4 MtCO2e
excluding the EU Emissions Trading System = 623.8 MtCO2e
including the EU Emissions Trading System = 603.4 MtCO2e
excluding EU Emissions Trading System = 542.6 MtCO2e
including EU Emissions Trading System = 516.9 MtCO2e
excluding EU Emissions Trading System = 636.6 MtCO2e
including EU Emissions Trading System = 611.0 MtCO2e
One Head of News (SCS)
Two Chief Press Officers (G7)
Three Senior Press Officers (SIO)
Three Press Officers (IO)
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost was of maintaining his Department's website in the 2008-09 financial year; and what the forecast cost is of maintaining websites within his responsibility in the 2009-10 financial year. 
(National Policy Statements consultation site)
(Boiler efficiency database)
(Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Carbon Abatement Technologies Demonstration Programme)
(The Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme)
(CHP Focus-Combined Heat and Power)
(Quality assurance for Combined Heat and Power)
(Committee on Radioactive Waste Management)
(Electricity Networks Strategy Group)
(Oil and Gas Portal)
(DECC Energy Infrastructure Portal)
Planning Renewables website
(The Renewables Advisory Board (RAB))
(DECC's UK Renewables Service)
(website providing key advice to the UK Government on avoiding dangerous climate change)
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of jobs advertised by his Department in the last 12 months were online-only applications; and what provision his Department makes for those wishing to apply for jobs in his Department who do not have access to the internet. 
Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the safety of (i) emissions from and (ii) ash by-products of energy from waste incinerators in the last 10 years. 
DEFRA is continually evaluating research relevant to energy from waste as our departmental priority is to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper. In particular over the last ten years, we have commissioned and evaluated the following research:
Emissions (i) "Emissions from waste management: framework for assessment of data quality and research needs"; the project is still underway.
Emissions and ash by-products (i) and (ii) 'Review of Environmental and Health Effects of Waste Management: Municipal Solid Waste and Similar Wastes'; published in 2004.
In May 2002 the Environment Agency produced its own report on solid residues from municipal incineration. It has not commissioned outside bodies to carry out research in this area. It evaluates reports that come to light in order to keep abreast of developments but does not maintain a list of these.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has commissioned no research in this area in the last ten years but recently reviewed the latest research on the health effects of modern municipal waste incinerators. It concludes that while it is not possible to rule out adverse health effects completely, any potential damage from modern, well-run and regulated incinerators is likely to be so small that it would be undetectable. Moreover, it recommends that since any possible health effects of emissions are likely to be very small, studies of public health around modern, well managed municipal waste incinerators are not recommended. A statement can be found on the HPA's website.
Mr. Russell Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the Government Actuary's Department's recent report on the stewardship of electricity sector pension schemes; and what consideration he has given to bringing forward measures to enable Ofgem to regulate in this area. 
Mr. Kidney: The Government Actuary's Department's report was commissioned by Ofgem as part of its review of compliance with its price control pension principles. The report fed in to Ofgem's fifth distribution price control review, the final decision on which was published on 7 December 2009:
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what expenditure his Department expects to incur on the Pay as You Save pilots in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) subsequent years. 
Joan Ruddock: The Home Energy PAYS pilots have a budget of £4 million in total: £2 million in 2009-10 and £2 million in 2010-11. The pilots end in April 2011 and therefore there is no budget in subsequent years. The administration costs of the pilot are being covered by our delivery partners, and they will cover these costs for the duration of the PAYS arrangements.
Mr. Russell Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what recent representations he has made to Ofgem on the fifth Distribution Price Control Review; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) with reference to the fifth Distribution Price Control Review, what assessment he has made of the effect a settlement below that requested by the distribution network operators would have on the level of economic growth; 
(3) with reference to the fifth Distribution Price Control Review, what assessment he has made of the effect a settlement below that requested by the distribution network operators would have on the connection of new onshore renewables to the National Grid and the achievement of climate change targets; 
(4) with reference to the fifth Distribution Price Control Review, what assessment he has made of the effect a settlement below that requested by the distribution network operators would have on (a) maintaining secure energy supplies and (b) the standard of customer service, particularly in rural areas; 
(5) with reference to the fifth Distribution Price Control Review, what estimate he has made of the effect a settlement below that requested by the distribution network operators would have on the number of highly skilled jobs. 
Mr. Kidney: Ministers and officials meet with Ofgem representatives and distribution network operators representatives regularly to discuss a wide range of issues, including the fifth Distribution Price Control Review (DPCR5).
As economic regulator of the electricity industry, it falls to Ofgem to administer the distribution price control regime. Ofgem published its final decision on DPCR5 on 7 December, after a period of consultation with DNOs and other interested parties.
The price control regime ensures DNOs can, through efficient operation, earn a fair return after capital and operating costs while limiting costs passed on to customers. DNOs can reject a price control, in which case it will be considered by the Competition Commission.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost has been of each regional hearing organised by his Department since publication of the National Nuclear Policy Statement on 9 November 2009 inviting residents to have their say on proposals to build a new nuclear power station in their area; how many departmental officials attended each meeting; how many incurred overnight stays in each case, and at what cost; and whether provision has been made to defray the costs of interested parties in travelling and staying overnight to enable attendance at such meetings. 
The Planning Act 2008 requires the Government to consult the public and stakeholders on the draft National Policy Statements (NPSs) before they can be designated. The consultation is ongoing and therefore we do not yet have detailed costs associated with each event. We estimate that, on average, each of the 10 events, including design, strategic planning, production, marketing, staffing and transport, will cost in the region of about £60,000. Between four and seven DECC staff attend each event over the course of each three-day exhibition (open from 8 am to 8 pm) and public meeting. Accommodation and subsistence costs are not finalised at this early stage in the consultation
and we would expect that these will vary depending on the location. However, we would expect all these costs to be within civil service guidelines, with hotels costing around £60 per person per night for example.
The primary target audience of the Nuclear NPS events is the local community, therefore we would not expect members of the public to incur accommodation costs and only limited travel costs to attend the events. Venues were chosen to be as close to the proposed nuclear power station site. We took into account a number of principles which helped us in choosing the exhibition location . These included:
Journey time to proposed site
Historic evidence of attendance levels to similar consultations
Existence of multiple proposed sites in one area
A wide range of venues were considered for each location. Suggested venues have been recommended by local authorities and energy companies (who have undertaken similar events in the past) and we have endeavoured to use as many of these recommendations as possible. The priority was finding the largest possible venues, nearest to the site.
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