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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. 
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.
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. 
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
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 199596 to 200304 (estimated); and if he will make a statement. 
Information prior to 199798 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 199899 to 200001 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.
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.
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. 
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.
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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.
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).
The East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) is represented in Europe by part-time agents in Germany (Munichtwo staff) and Scandinavia (Malmoone 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.
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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).
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).
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.
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
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 200304; and what amounts have been allocated to each region in each year since 1997. 
Jacqui Smith: Eight RDAs were established in 1998 and their first full year of operation was in 19992000. The London Development Agency was established in 200001. The table shows the RDAs' grant allocation and expenditure for each of the financial years between 19992000 and 200203 and their initial allocations for 200304.
|Advantage West Midlands||108||103||124||113||171||141||205||204||221|
|East of England||30||30||40||36||63||55||89||88||85|
|ONE North West||92||92||101||98||163||156||193||193||219|
|South West of England||43||43||63||62||92||85||103||103||101|
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.
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