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Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Leader of the House what (a) renovation and (b) maintenance projects on buildings (i) owned and (ii) rented by his office were undertaken in each of the last five years; and what the associated costs were of each. 
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Leader of the House (1) how many staff his Office employs on a temporary basis through employment agencies; what percentage this is of total staff employed; and how much the Office paid employment agencies to supply temporary staff in (a) 200102, (b) 200203 and (c) 200304 to the most recent date for which figures are available; 
John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the effect of fees charged for the migration of broadband customers on (a) competitiveness in telecommunications and (b) broadband take-up. 
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Mr. Timms: According to Oftel's "International benchmarking study of Internet access (dial-up and broadband)" for October 2003, the percentage growth in broadband subscriber numbers in the UK remains strong. The UK market is more competitive in terms of service providers and infrastructure competition than either France or Germany. Although take-up in the UK is behind other countries benchmarked, this is at least partly explained by the later launch date of broadband in the UK and the availability of unmetered services.
These factors along with increasingly competitive broadband prices, present a positive picture for broadband development in the UK and in the six months prior to the study, the UK had reached penetration levels similar to France and was catching up on Germany.
In December 2003, Oftel and the incoming Communications Regulator Ofcom agreed a joint draft decision on the regulation of the UK's wholesale broadband access market, which concluded regulatory obligations remained necessary to ensure fair and effective competition. UK individuals and organisations with an interest in the wholesale broadband market were given until 6 February to comment. The EU is also considering the proposals.
Oftel and Ofcom also found that BT should be required to provide its Datastream products on a retail minus basis to allow a sufficient margin between the price it charges for its IPStream products and the price charged for the Datastream products. The actual retail minus margin will be set following consultation in the first quarter of 2004.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases of computer misuse there were in her Department in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003, broken down by category of misuse; and how many of those cases resulted in disciplinary action. 
Ms Hewitt: In 2003 there were four cases of computer misuse notified to the DTI Human Resources and Change Management Conduct and Discipline Team. Three of these cases involved the distribution of inappropriate material and the fourth the accessing of inappropriate internet sites. Disciplinary action was taken in all four cases.
Mr. Leigh: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will give the same rights to house-sharers not living as a couple as is proposed for same-sex couples in the Civil Partnerships Bill. 
Jacqui Smith: The Government will make clear its detailed proposals on introduction of the forthcoming Civil Partnership Bill. The rights of house-sharers are a separate issue to those of same-sex couples who are unable to marry and there are currently no plans for changes to the law in that area.
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Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding has been allocated to (a) European regional development fund areas, (b) Frameworks for Regional Employment and Skills Action, (c) Phoenix Fund and (d) regional centres for manufacturing excellence and (e) warm zones in (i) 200405, (ii) 200506 and (iii) total. 
|(a) European Regional Development Fund -ERDF (DTI-related expenditure cover)||(c) Phoenix Fund||(d) Regional centres for manufacturing excellence|
(b) In relation to Frameworks for Regional Employment and Skills Action, which is the responsibility of DfES: these are the way in which key regional partners led by the RDA develop and deliver an agreed plan to address skills and employment needs of employers and individuals within the region. The
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resources which partners bring to the table in respect of agreed priorities in the FRESA will vary from region to region.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte and Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG have made to her Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from her Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks. 
Ms Hewitt: Secondments are part of the Interchange Initiative which promotes the exchange of people and good practice between the Civil Service and other organisations. Before an Interchange can occur all parties must be satisfied that no conflict of interest arises.
|Company||Start date||End date||Position|
|PricewaterhouseCoopers||25 March 2002||31 March 2004||Deputy Director in UK Trade and Investment (Entrepreneurial Inward Investment)|
|PricewaterhouseCoopers||4 November 2002||29 October 2004||Assistant Director in Industrial Development Unit|
|PricewaterhouseCoopers||15 June 1999||9 May 2001||Investigator in Company Law and Investigations|
|Deloitte and Touche||2 September 2002||31 July 2003||Director in Business Relations|
|Deloitte and Touche||26 July 2000||31 August 2001||Assistant Director in Nuclear Industries Directorate|
|Ernst and Young||3 February 2003||2 February 2005||Assistant Director in UK T and I|
|Ernst and Young||14 January 2004||13 January 2006||Assistant Director in Industrial Development Unit|
|Ernst and Young||15 April 2002||16 April 2004||Deputy Director in Industrial Development Unit|
|Ernst and Young||2 September 2002||1 September 2004||Deputy Director in Industrial Development Unit|
|Ernst and Young||15 April 2002||21 March 2004||Director, Internal Audit|
|KPMG||16 July 2001||1 March 2002||Manager in Engineering Industries Directorate|
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