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2. The average earnings figures used to calculate the pension uprating in each year were taken from the New Earnings Survey prior to 1998 and from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings since 1998.
3. The earnings-related element of the state pensionthe state second pension (S2P), is uprated by earnings in accrual. In 2005-06, around 26 million individuals were accruing some entitlement to S2P.
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether his Department has made an assessment of the merits of introducing a results-only work environment within the Civil Service. 
Mr. Watson: Civil Service pay awards reflect an individual's outputs, results and performance rather than hours worked or presence at the workplace. Under the delegated arrangements for staff below the Senior Civil Service, Departments and agencies must have reward systems that include a close and effective link between pay and performance. For the Senior Civil Service, for whom pay is managed by the Cabinet Office, non-consolidated payments, which have to be earned each year, are used to incentivise staff to deliver business objectives successfully.
Phil Hope: The Prime Ministers Office forms an integral part of the Cabinet Office. Information on how much the Cabinet Office spent on sending mail overseas in each year since 2001, broken down by delivery company, is not fully available and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when on 11 June 2008 the Prime Minister was first informed of the loss of intelligence documents relating to Al Qaeda from the Cabinet Office. 
1. Data from NHS Reference Costs. Data for 2007-08 are due to be published in December 2008.
The Government appreciate that air ambulances have a role in delivering emergency care, but are also aware that they are very expensive to operate and that past research failed to show that they were strong candidates to be funded wholly from finite national health service resources. In view of these factors, and to strike an appropriate balance, the NHS has, since 1 April 2002, normally met the cost of clinical staff on air ambulances. However, the exact make-up of such funded clinical staff will be a matter for the NHS and the air ambulance charities to agree locally.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) stroke and (b) heart attack patients died on a journey to hospital in an ambulance in each year since 1997; and how long each journey was in (i) miles and (ii) minutes. 
The ambulance response data that are collected centrally, and which include the number of emergency calls received by ambulance trusts across England and their performances against the targets set, are published annually. The latest statistical bulletin, Ambulance Services, England, 2006-07 was published in June 2007 and copies are available in the Library.
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what submissions he has received on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's recent guidance on the sequential prescribing of anti-TNF drugs to treat NHS patients with rheumatoid arthritis. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total quantity of electricity in kilowatts consumed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies was in each of the last five years. 
The information in this answer covers the Department's central London administrative estate of Richmond House, Wellington House and Skipton House. The Department is a minor occupier in New Kings Beam House HM Revenue and Customs and Quarry House in Leeds Department for Work and Pensions and the data for these sites are not available to us. Reductions in 2005-06 and 2006-07 are due to the closure of two London buildings, Eileen House and Hannibal House.
For the Department's agencies this answer provides data on two agencies, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency. MHRA do not have data relating to electricity consumption prior to 2007, hence the larger figure for 2006-07. The data supplied for NHS PASA relate to electricity consumed at their Reading, Chester and Sheffield sites.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by Senior Civil Service staff in his Department and its agencies in the last 12-month period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department does not routinely analyse staff expenses by grade of staff as this is not a requirement of our statutory reporting. A considerable manual exercise would need to be undertaken to separate the expenses of each member of the Senior Civil Service from those of other staff in order to provide this information. Such an exercise would incur disproportionate costs.
Departments and agencies have authority to reimburse expenses incurred by their staff in connection with their employment, subject to the conditions set out in section 8 of the Civil Service Management Code which state that Departments and agencies must:
reimburse staff only for expenses which they actually and necessarily incur in the course of official business;
comply with the additional conditions and rules on travel, relocation expenses, compensation for loss or damage to property, and overseas expenses set out in sections 8.2 to 8.6 of the Code; and
ensure that their rules provide for claiming recompense, including verification and authorisation.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of employees in his Department who received a performance-related bonus at their last appraisal were (a) male, (b) female, (c) from an ethnic minority, (d) disabled and (e) not heterosexual; and if he will make a statement. 
|Group||Number receiving bonuses||Proportion of bonuses to this group (percentage)|
|(1) Where ethnicity is recorded. (2) Where disabled status is recorded. Notes: 1. Ethnicity type is unknown in 21 cases where bonuses were awarded. 2. Disability status is unknown in 15 cases where bonuses were awarded.|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 148 of his Departments Annual Report 2008, if he will provide a breakdown of the other allocations budget in figure 9.18 for each financial year. 
|Breakdown of other allocations budget in figure 9.18 of the departmental report for each financial year|
The table shows budgets for both financial years as, at the time of publication of the departmental report, the 2007-08 outturn figures were not known and the 2008-09 budget figures were still indicative.
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