Ed Miliband: Government are engaging regularly with a wide range of stakeholders on the future of nuclear new build in the UK, including industry. I have had meetings on numerous matters concerning my energy portfolio which includes nuclear power.
Ed Miliband: The Department has set out ambitious plans to offer 7 million homes whole house energy refurbishment by 2020, building on insulation of over 5 million homes since 2002. This morning, we are also announcing an increase in the level of the Warm Front grant from £2,700 to £3,500, alongside value for money improvements, a signal that we on this side are determined not just to improve...
Ed Miliband: The global economic downturn does not justify postponing action on climate change: the case for strong and early action remains robust. At the London Summit world leaders underlined their commitment to reach agreement at the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen this December. A global challenge demands a global solution and leaders recognised the importance of a low carbon recovery.
Ed Miliband: Following his evidence session before the Committee on 13 November, the Cabinet Secretary and head of the home civil service submitted a memorandum to the Public Administration Select Committee on the provision and cost of legal advice provided to civil servants in connection with the Metropolitan police inquiry into allegations of cash for peerages. The Select Committee has now published...
Ed Miliband: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to him on 17 December 2007, Official Report, columns 1084-85W.
Ed Miliband: Each participant received £75 in addition to the cost of accommodation and travel.
Ed Miliband: Ministers and civil servants meet many people as part of the process of policy development and advice. It is not normal practice to disclose details of such meetings.
Ed Miliband: The membership, chair and terms of reference of all Cabinet Committees are published periodically on the Cabinet Office website and this information is placed in the Library of the House. Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees and Sub- Committees is generally not disclosed. This includes the dates of meetings, attendees, and decisions taken.
Ed Miliband: My ministerial responsibilities are set out in the List of Ministerial Responsibilities which is available in the Libraries of the House and on the Cabinet Office website at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/ministerial_responsibilities .aspx.
Ed Miliband: The Government are committed to upholding the highest standards of propriety and integrity in public life as set out in the Ministerial Code, the Civil Service Code, the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers and the seven principles of public life. Maintenance of these standards is scrutinised by Parliament including the Public Administration Select Committee and other bodies including the...
Ed Miliband: One of the Cabinet Office's key objectives is 'Supporting the Prime Minister to define and deliver the Government's objectives'. Details of staff numbers that support this objective are provided in the Cabinet Office Departmental Report 2007 which is published on the Cabinet Office website and is available in the Library of the House.
Ed Miliband: The law firms commissioned to provide external legal advice were Eversheds LLP, Peters & Peters, and Russell Jones & Walker.
Ed Miliband: The right hon. Tony Blair received no external legal advice and support. Therefore there was no cost to the public purse.
Ed Miliband: The Ministerial Code sets out the rules in relation to the clearance of memoirs and access to official papers. As has been the practice under successive administrations, any discussions between former Ministers and the Cabinet Secretary, including requests for access to papers, are undertaken on an in-confidence basis.
Ed Miliband: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave earlier today to the hon. Member for South-West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous).
Ed Miliband: Third sector organisations play an essential role in campaigning for change in laws and attitudes. Whether it is large charities that have campaigned for change around issues from disability to child protection or small charities that wish to speak out on local issues, their work plays an important role in speaking up for those who would otherwise not have their voice properly heard.
Ed Miliband: The names of nine press officers were submitted to be included in the White Book in early August 2007. Following publication in September 2007 there were staff moves leaving vacancies which meant that on the 12 September 2007 there were six press officers working in the Cabinet Office press office.
Ed Miliband: These are matters for the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. I have asked the Chairman of the Committee, the right hon. Lord Mayhew of Twysden, to write to the hon. Member. A copy of his letter will be placed in the Library of the House for the reference of Members.
Ed Miliband: The Model Contract and Code of Conduct for Special Advisers set out the rules and procedures regarding the acceptance of outside appointments. The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments publishes information on its website and in its annual report about its recommendations on applications that have been referred to it under the rules from Crown servants, including special advisers, once...
Ed Miliband: The Ministerial Committee on National Security, International Relations and Development (NSID), and its sub-committees, exist to consider issues relating to national security, and the Government's international, European and international development policies. Details of these Committees' membership and terms of reference are available in the Library of the House or can be viewed at:...