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Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent estimate is of the average cost per unit of electricity generated from each type of renewable source. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The generation cost of different technologies are measured in terms of levelised costs and are presented on a £ per megawatt hour basis. The Government have carried out analysis on generation costs in some detail in recent years to inform policy decisions. Some of these estimates have been published as part of the Energy Review (2006). 2008 estimates suggest the following indicative costs (£/MWh) associated with generating lMWh of electricity from renewable sources:
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is undertaking to promote the benefits of energy supplier switching to energy consumers who have not previously switched supplier. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department has funded with Ofgem the Energy Best Deal, a pilot scheme to train front-line advice workers to help low income householders get the best deal on energy bills. Last year, Ofgem conducted a probe into energy markets, which found that some customers needed more information to help them participate effectively in the market. Ofgem is now considering what other means can be used to increase customers involvement in the market.
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with energy supply companies on the use of pre-payment gas and electricity meters; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 23 February 2009]: Ministers have met with energy suppliers and discussed a range of issues in the energy supply markets. Following the results of the Ofgem probe into energy markets, Ministers have emphasised to suppliers that they expect all consumers to be treated fairly, whatever the method they use to pay for their gas and electricity supply.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the use of revenues generated from the auctioning of pollution allowances in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for the construction of new unabated but carbon capture ready coal-fired power plant, as referred to in the EU energy package; and what plans he has to discuss the use of these revenues with his EU counterparts. 
In December 2008, the European Council adopted a political declaration indicating EU member states willingness to spend at least half of the auction revenues under the revised EU Emissions Trading System to tackle climate change both in the EU and in developing countries. This will include reducing emissions, adapting to climate change, developing renewable technologies and providing for the environmentally safe capture and storage of greenhouse gases.
In addition to this, the revised Emissions Trading System Directive provides for 300 million emissions allowances to be made available until the end of 2015 from the new entrant reserve to co-fund up to 12 commercial scale demonstrations of environmentally safe carbon capture and storage and innovative renewable energy technologies to provide an incentive for their rapid development.
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have access to the Government Communication Network. 
One Director of Communications
One Head of News
One Chief Press Officer
Four Press Officers
Six Marketing officers
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letter to him dated 15 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. R. Allan. 
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of natural gas used in the UK in 2008 came from (a) UK Continental Shelf production, (b) imports from Norway, (c) imports from the Russian Federation and (d) other sources. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Provisional data for 2008 show that the UKs gross demand (including exports) for natural gas was sourced as follows: (a) Net production of natural gas from the UK Continental Shelf, 65 per cent., (b) from Norway, 25 per cent., (c) from the Russian Federation, negligible, and (d) from other sources, 10 per cent. (8 per cent. from the Netherlands).
Dr. Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) Health and Safety Executive and (b) Nuclear Installations Inspectorate staff work (i) full-time and (ii) part-time on the generic design assessment (GDA) of new power station designs; and how many such staff he expects to work on the GDA in each of the next three years. 
This is entirely made up of Nuclear Installations Inspectorate staff working on GDA. Approximately 7 per cent. of this effort is from staff not dedicated just to GDA, so only working part-time on GDA.
Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish a list of (a) respondents and (b) responses to the Governments consultation on the UK Renewable Energy Strategy. 
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in his Department have been subject to disciplinary action for breaches of IT security policy in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Straw: The Department takes data security very seriously and new mandated measures to improve and strengthen controls in the protection of personal data were introduced following the Governments Review of Data Handling last year. Since the Ministry was established in May 2007, central records show that 19 staff in 2007 and 37 staff in 2008 were subject to disciplinary action for breaches of IT security policy. The types of incidents would have included, but not exclusively, mis-use of e-mail and internet browsing. None of the incidents compromised the integrity of the Departments IT systems.
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|(1 )Outcomes data were not published prior to April 2005. The allowed figures for 2003-04 and 2004-05 are estimates based on the distribution of outcomes from an alternative data source. (2) Data are provisional and subject to final reconciliation.|
Bridget Prentice: HM Courts Service does not maintain records relating to the costs of extradition hearings. HM Courts Service would have to undertake a manual exercise to obtain the data required to answer the question. HM Court Service considers the costs of such an exercise would incur a disproportionate cost.
The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.
|Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for firearm offences in England and Wales, by age group, 2001 - 07( 1, 2)|
|Age 14-17||Age 18-21|
|(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.|
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts, and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Office for Criminal Justice Reform: Evidence and Analysis Unit.
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