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Motor Vehicles

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Government (a) cars, (b) vans and (c) trucks in use were built (i) in the United Kingdom, (ii) in the EU and (iii) outside the EU. [149968]

Mr. Alexander: The responsibility for the provision of ministerial cars and drivers has been delegated under the terms of the Framework Document to the Government Car Despatch Agency. I have asked its Chief Executive, Mr. Nick Matheson, to write to my hon. Friend. Copies of his letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Public Services Audit

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will place in the Library a copy of the Cabinet Office paper containing an audit of public services referred to in The Times 14 January. [148758]

Mr. Alexander: Internal discussion and advice to Ministers remains confidential in line with exemption 2 set out in Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

Details of progress against the Government's Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets are available via: departmental reports; the HM Treasury website; http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/performance/ and in a presentation by Professor Michael Barber at the Prime Minister's Press Conference on 30 July 2003; http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page4295.asp

Publicity Campaigns

Brian Cotter: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much (a) his Department and (b) each agency and non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department has spent on (i) advertising and (ii) information campaigns in each year from 1995–96 to 2003–04 (estimated); and if he will make a statement. [149623]

Mr. Alexander: Details of my Department's spend on advertising in each year from 1997–98 to 2003–04 (estimated) can be found in the table.

Advertising (£000)
1997–98144
1998–99138
1999–2000262
2000–01464
2001–022,708
2002–03400
2003–04 (estimated)267

Information prior to 1997–98 is not held on our accounting system and is therefore available only at disproportionate cost.


Expenditure incurred on information campaigns is not separately identifiable on our accounting system. Any such expenditure is included within the advertising figures shown.

Expenditure incurred by non-departmental public bodies sponsored by my Department is not held on our accounting system and is therefore available only at disproportionate cost.

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The increase in advertising expenditure from 1998–99 to 2000–01 from £138,000 to £464,000 is due to expenditure on recruitment advertising for posts within the Department. These posts range from administration and junior management level through to the senior civil service. Also included is recruitment advertising expenditure for specialist placements for the 'Development Centre', which is part of the Government Information and Communication Service.

The advertising figure for 2001–02 includes £2,491,000 incurred by the Office of the E-Envoy for the UK Online advertising campaign.

Regulatory Impact Assessments

Norman Lamb: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of regulatory impact assessments fully complied with Government guidelines in terms of new content in 2003. [149420]

Mr. Alexander: The Cabinet Office Regulatory Impact Unit is working with Departments to ensure that Regulatory Impact Assessments (RIAs) are consistent with the most recent guidance and are proportionate to the likely impact of the proposal. Information on overall compliance with the guidelines is not collected, but from April this year, Departments will have to provide information on better regulation, including their compliance with the RIA process and their use of RIAs, as part of their annual reporting requirements.

Special Advisers

Dr. Cable: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether special advisers have access to the Knowledge Network; whether statistics are collected at constituency level by Government Departments specifically for use on the Network; and if he will make a statement. [148781]

Mr. Alexander: Access to the Knowledge Network is restricted to Ministers, their offices and civil servants, including special advisers, via the Government Secure Intranet. Government Departments do not collect statistics at constituency level specifically for use on the Knowledge Network.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Regional Development Agencies

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which regional development agencies have (a) an office and (b) representatives situated outside the United Kingdom. [149703]

Jacqui Smith: I have been advised of the following answers by the individual Regional Development Agencies (RDAs).

Advantage West Midlands

Advantage West Midlands have offices in France (one person), Germany (one person), Sweden (two representatives who are not direct employees of the Agency) and Belgium (one person).

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In North America, Advantage West Midlands shares representation with their partner agency, EMDA, under the British Midlands' brand. Together they have a total of five offices and seven full-time staff based in Washington, Boston, Chicago, San Jose and Toronto; they also employ the services of a telemarketing agency in North America. The British Midlands is also represented on a full-time basis in Japan with two staff. In South East Asia, India and Australia, the British Midlands has part-time representation with offices in Singapore, Mumbai and Sydney and a total of six agents.

East of England Development Agency (EEDA)

The East of England Developments Agency EEDA has an inward investment office in San Jose (Silicon Valley) a joint project between EEDA and Invest East of England. There are no representatives as the office is co-ordinated by the vice-president for business development at Invest East of England.

EEDA also subscribes to the East of England partnership office in Brussels and the Essex and East of England International Trade office in Jiangsu Province China (but does not have offices or representatives).

East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA)

The East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) is represented in Europe by part-time agents in Germany (Munich—two staff) and Scandinavia (Malmo—one person); EMDA also employs a telemarketing agency in France.

In North America, EMDA shares representation with their partner agency, Advantage West Midlands, under the British Midlands' brand. Together they have a total of five offices and seven full-time staff based in Washington, Boston, Chicago, San Jose and Toronto; they also employ the services of a telemarketing agency in North America. The British Midlands is also represented on a full-time basis in Japan with two staff. In South East Asia, India and Australia, the British Midlands has part time representation with offices in Singapore, Mumbai and Sydney and a total of six agents.

The East Midlands Development Agency is also a partner in the East Midlands European Office (EMEO), based in Brussels. The partnership also includes the region's strategic local authorities, the Regional Assembly and the East Midlands Regional Local Government Association. In addition, EMDA line manages EMEO on behalf of the regional partnership.

London Development Agency (LDA)

The LDA is a partner in the London European Office, a staffed GLA partnership office in Brussels.

North West Development Agency (NMDA)

The North West Development Agency has an office with two members of staff (one full-time and one part-time) in Japan.

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As part of a North of England collaboration (a joint venture with One NorthEast and Yorkshire Forward) there are offices in Australia (Sydney) and North America: Chicago (five people), Boston (two people), Atlanta (one person) and Los Angeles: (one person full-time and one person part-time).

The NWDA with the North West Regional Assembly (NWRA) jointly fund an office and one member of staff in Brussels.

One NorthEast

One NorthEast has offices in China: Shanghai (two people) Japan: Osaka (one person, part-time) and Tokyo (two people), Korea: Seoul (one person), Taiwan: Taipei (one person).

As part of a North of England collaboration (a joint venture with North West Development Agency and Yorkshire Forward) there are offices and representatives in Australia (Sydney) and North America (Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles).

There is also a North of England Office in Brussels, managed by the Regional Assembly.

South East England Development Agency

The South East of England Development Agency (SEEDA) shares an officer post with the Regional Assembly operating from South East England House in Brussels, co-located and working with other partners from around the Region. SEEDA is also represented in Washington DC by Odell Simms & Associates and has a

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representative in each of the following cities: Berlin, San Diego, Boston, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka and Sydney (NSW), the latter post being part-time.

South West of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA)

The South West of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) have an office in Japan with four staff and in North America, SWRDA have a dispersed team of four staff, however there is no central office there. Yorkshire Forward

Yorkshire Forward has offices and representatives in Japan and China.

As part of a North of England collaboration (a joint venture with North West Development Agency and OneNorth East) there are offices and representatives in Australia (Sydney) and North America (Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles).

Malcolm Bruce: To the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will provide a breakdown for each region of how her Department allocated its funding of the regional development agencies in 2003–04; and what amounts have been allocated to each region in each year since 1997. [147798]

Jacqui Smith: Eight RDAs were established in 1998 and their first full year of operation was in 1999–2000. The London Development Agency was established in 2000–01. The table shows the RDAs' grant allocation and expenditure for each of the financial years between 1999–2000 and 2002–03 and their initial allocations for 2003–04.

£ million

1999–20002000–012001–022002–032003–04
RDAAllocationExpenditureAllocationExpenditureAllocationExpenditureAllocationExpenditureAllocation
Advantage West Midlands108103124113171141205204221
East of England303040366355898885
East Midlands464177679786102101118
Londonn/an/a268235289266296295291
North West141141159156277270275274318
ONE North West929210198163156193193219
South East6463757311197115112123
South West of England434363629285103103101
Yorkshire Forward121121148125246207211211243
Totals6456361,0549651,5081,3631,5891,5811,719

Note:

These figures are the grant paid to Agencies and expenditure funded by grant. The Agencies total income will also include EU grants, receipts from sales of property and rental income.


DTI's own contribution to the RDAs was £2 million in 1999–2000, £17 million in 2000–01, £57 million in 2001–02, £161 million in 2002–03 and £177.7million in 2003–04.


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