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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been allocated to support (a) business start-ups and (b) SME growth in each enterprise area by region in the 200405 financial year. 
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many conferences were (a) attended by officials from her Department, (b) cancelled by and (c) facilitated by her Department in each year since 1997; and what the (i) cost to the Department and (ii) location was in each case. 
Ms Hewitt: The Department does not maintain a central register of conferences organised by its various business units nor a register of conferences attended by individual officials and is therefore unable to provide the information requested.
My Department is fully committed to providing an employment package which supports working parents and carers. DTI's provision is set within the wider context of an ambitious programme to support flexible working at all grades. DTI consults its staff and unions regularly on these issues. In a specific childcare survey DTI parents indicated that flexible working is the provision they value most highly. DTI's clear support for working parents has enabled us, over the last decade, to retain many talented parents who might otherwise have left the workplace.
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DTI staff in Central London have access to a thirty-two place holiday play-scheme in our 1 Victoria Street building which is highly rated by both parents and children for its quality. DTI HQ staff in Cardiff have access to a local holiday play-scheme.
London-based DTI staff also have access to six full-time subsidized nursery places for under 5s, currently occupied by five children. DTI is actively working with the Interdepartmental Group on Childcare to establish a more strategic and joined up approach to childcare for all civil servants, especially in London. DTI's annual budget for childcare is £65,000.
Ms Hewitt: According to centrally held figures we have approximately 400 Government procurement cards in circulation. This figure fluctuates considerably due to changes in personnel and working procedures within Departments
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many items of electrical equipment were used by her Department in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) cost and (b) number of each type of item. 
Ms Hewitt: The Department uses a wide variety of electrical equipment from major items of electrical plant in our buildings such as lifts, air conditioning systems, sewerage systems all of which will comprise many separate items of electrical equipment right down to small items of equipment on individual desks such as a desk lamp. The most common item of electrical equipment used is the standard desktop computer of which there are approximately 5,200 on the Departmental estate. The numbers and cost of individual items cannot be separately identified as they are an integral part of the main departmental physical and ICT infrastructure and managed accordingly.
The Small Business Investment Taskforce's costs for 200203 and those of DTI's other Taskforces and similar bodies are not identified separately within DTI's Accounts and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Department spent on lawyers in each year since 1997; how many (a) actions, (b) settlements and (c) court cases there were in each year and what the costs of each settlement were. 
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost of travel within the UK for the Department was in each year since 1997; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter hire, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence. 
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Mr. George Osborne:
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many overseas trips, and at what total cost, have been made by her Department in
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each year since 1997; and what the costs of (a) flights, (b) internal travel, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence were for each trip. 
Jacqui Smith: My Department has been undertaking a major space management programme since 2001. This has required the following investment in new furniture to introduce flexible workspace and significant space dividends across the London HQ estate, which will result in releasing a number of its buildings. Information prior to 2001 is not available. DTI has not hired any furniture since 1987.
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