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Departmental Responsibilities

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1357W, on departmental responsibilities, what level of gateway review was conducted for each of the projects referred to; on what date the gateway review was concluded in each case; and what the outcome was. (289713)

Details of the level of gateway review of the projects—2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1357W—are listed as follows. The outcome of the review is not disclosed on the grounds that it would prejudice the exercise of audit function.

Project

OGC Gate

Date

Nuclear fuel assurance/enrichment bond

SGR (starting gateway review)

June 2008

Severn tidal power feasibility study

0

September 2008

Government carbon offsetting fund II (currently in progress)

2

March 2009

Carbon capture and storage demonstration project

1

June 2007

Low level waste repository competition

3 and 4

September 2007 and June 2009

Sellafield competition

Review 2, 2A, 3 and 4

February 2007, November 2007, September 2008 and scheduled for September 2009

Asset use

0

October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2009, Official Report, column 930W, on departmental responsibilities, how many staff of each grade are employed in his Department's central strategy team. (289755)

There are 37 staff employed in the central strategy team. The breakdown is as follows;

7 x SCS

4 x Grade 6

14 x Grade 7

3 x SEO

4 x HEO

5 x EO.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2009, Official Report, column 930W, on departmental responsibilities, what projects are being undertaken by his Department's central strategy team. (289756)

Since the previous answer referred to, the main focus of the department's central strategy team has been to co-ordinate the production of the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, as published on 15 July. The team also supported the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Carbon Markets, Mark Lazarowicz MP, in the production of his report Global Carbon Trading: a framework for reducing emissions, and led the production of the cross-government publication Investing in a Low-Carbon Britain.

Following the publication of the Transition Plan, the team will be focusing on work to ensure its implementation, both within my department and working with others across Government and outside.