Previous Section Index Home Page


Research Projects

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the total value of research projects he has commissioned with bodies in (a) London, (b) South-East England, (c) England, (d) Scotland, (e) Wales, (f) Northern Ireland and (g) the UK. [30101]

Mr. Rooker: I regret that the information sought is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Decisions on the placing of research contracts are based on the scientific quality and value for money of research proposals and not on the geographical location of contractors. The Department does not keep a detailed record of the location of each project within the research programme because of the complexity of the contractual arrangements, which can involve sub- contractors and consortia, and because of the size and constantly changing nature of the research programme and the number of contractors involved. In the current year alone, the Department's R&D expenditure is likely to exceed £127 million, involving over 100 different contractors in around 2,000 individual projects.

Departmental Buildings

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the location and running costs in the last year for which figures are available of each of his Department's buildings. [30098]

Mr. Morley: The Department is currently responsible for 240 properties comprising large and small offices, laboratories, research farms and redundant buildings awaiting disposal. The properties are both freehold and leasehold, and are mainly situated in England with some in Wales and a few in Scotland. Details of the running costs of each building are not held centrally and disproportionate costs would be incurred to collect this information. However in 1997-98, the Department's expenditure on rents to landlords, opportunity cost rents to the Property Advisers to the Civil Estate (an executive agency of the Cabinet Office) and contributions in lieu of rates are expected to be £34,445,000. Further, in 1997-98, the Department's expenditure on the day to day running of the buildings, maintenance, repair, refurbishment and decommissioning redundant sites is expected to be £25,053,000.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give a regional breakdown of his Department's expenditure on (a) hospitality, (b) stationery and (c) travel in the last year for which figures are available. [30099]

Mr. Morley: The information requested by the hon. Member could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

18 Feb 1998 : Column: 722

Beef

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what will be the average payment made from the £85 million compensation package, announced on 22 December per (a) head of cattle and (b) beef farmer. [29828]

Mr. Rooker [holding answer 18 February 1998]: Of the £85 million agrimonetary compensation package to be paid to UK livestock farmers, £72.5 million will be distributed to suckler cow producers who were paid under the 1996 Suckler Cow Premium Scheme with the remaining £12.5 million to be paid to sheep producers. The payment rate will be £44.20 for each suckler cow on which 1996 premium was paid in full, lower if penalties were applied to the 1996 premium claim. Based on the average claim size for the UK as a whole, the average payment per suckler producer will be in the region of £1,300.

LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Audit Commission

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will introduce a statutory code of practice in respect of the provisions in the Audit Commission Bill [Lords] which permit the Commission to datamatch personal data in the name of economy, effectiveness and efficiency; and if he will make a statement. [29114]

Mr. Hoon: The Audit Commission Bill is a Consolidation Bill, which does no more than restate the existing law in clearer form. It is not possible to amend the Bill by adding a provision for a code of practice.

Departmental Employees

Mr. Swinney: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the number of his Department's employees by UK region, indicating the wage bill (a) in total and (b) by region in the last year for which figures are available and separately identifying the costs of London allowances and weightings. [30107]

Mr. Hoon: This answer covers the Headquarters of the Lord Chancellor's Department (with Associated Offices), the Court Service and the Public Trust Office. Paybill information for HQ and the Public Trust Office is for 1997-98. The figures for the Court Service represent pay levels as at 31 March 1997; the financial year 1996-97 is the last full year for which meaningful figures for the Court Service are available, as elements of their 1997-98 pay award are not due to be paid until April 1998; staff numbers have, however, been updated to 30 November 1997.

Information on staff numbers for each part of the Lord Chancellor's Department includes staff up to and including the Senior Civil Service and includes casuals. It does not, however, include fee-paid ushers, who are paid locally and for whom central records are not kept. The judiciary are not included. The paybills for the Court Service are shown by circuit. The great majority of staff in LCD HQ and all staff in the Public Trust Office are based in London. London Weighting and equivalent

18 Feb 1998 : Column: 723

payments paid to staff in HQ and Associated Offices and in PTO have been consolidated with basic salary and are therefore included in the total paybill figures. In each case, figures are also shown for the cost of Local and Special Pay Additions currently payable.













































Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Swinney: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will give a regional breakdown of his Department's expenditure on (a) hospitality, (b) stationery and (c) travel in the last year for which figures are available. [30109]

18 Feb 1998 : Column: 724

Mr. Hoon: The figures requested are given in the table.

Business areaHospitalityStationery and small office equipmentTravel and subsistence
LCD HQ21,618520,625833,990
Court Service HQ0111,129298,433
Public Trust Office982291,24636,652
South East Circuit5582,218,658929,213
Western Circuit602303,228296,527
Wales & Chester Circuit1,893367,264238,029
Midland & Oxford Circuit01,143,241395,085
Northern Circuit1,255629,753282,902
North Eastern Circuit649724,394325,141
Total27,5576,309,5383,635,972

Departmental Contracts

Mr. Swinney: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many contracts of a value greater than £1000 his Department has with companies in (a) London, (b) South East England, (c) England, (d) Scotland, (e) Wales and (f) Northern Ireland; and what is the total value of such contracts for each such area. [30110]

Mr. Hoon: The information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


Next Section Index Home Page