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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much (a) share capital was received and (b) investment made by the Government in relation to the Royal Mail in each year for which figures are available since 1997. 
Government support of almost £2 billion in total has been made available to Post Office Ltd since 1999. Other than support for the rural network at £150 million per year for three years from 200304, this funding was not allocated on a yearly basis.
|Horizon IT project||480|
|Contribution to Your Guide" project||25|
|Support for the rural network to 2006||450|
|Community post office support||2|
|Support for urban network reinvention||210|
|Deprived urban schemes in England||15|
|Repayment of historic debt (to April 2003)||(39)726|
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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when Sir George Bain is expected to publish his findings following his discussions with those stakeholders involved in the future of the Royal Mail. 
Barry Gardiner: In addition to the Department's funding of the science base and the university research, the Department operates our Technology Strategy, the last round of which was launched on Thursday 24 November.
With regard to security and homeland defence, officials work closely with colleagues in the appropriate other Government Departments to align this support for Collaborative Research and Development with their own research needs and programmes. This close working relationship also extends to our support for Knowledge Transfer Networks and Innovation Platforms in security, respectively to optimise the UK exploitation of research and tackle public policy challenges.
Kitty Ussher: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many research and development opportunities were disseminated to (a) small and medium-sized enterprises, (b) universities and (c) other organisations through the Small Business Research Initiative in each of the last five years; what the total value of such opportunities was in each case in each year; how many contracts were awarded as a result in each case in each year; and what the value of such contracts was in each case in each year. 
Alun Michael: Not all Government Departments have maintained detailed records in respect of their Small Business Research Initiative opportunities since the initiative's introduction in 2000. Therefore the breakdown requested is not available for the Initiative's voluntary phase.
My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has mandated Departments to participate under the initiative in the Budget on 16 March this year and the DTI's Small Business Service will shortly be publishing the overall performance figures and what these represent as a percentage of baseline R and D budgets, where known, for 200304 and 200405.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding the South East of England Development Agency has received from Government in each year since 1997 to spend on transport infrastructure schemes in East Sussex. 
[holding answer 12 December 2005]: The South East England Development Agency, like all Regional Development Agencies, receives 'single pot' funding from Government in support of its statutory duties under the RDA Act 1998. Elements in this funding are not ring-fenced, so RDAs have discretion to spend it in line with their statutory duties which are: to promote economic development and regeneration; to promote business efficiency, investment and competitiveness; to promote employment; to enhance the development and application of skills; to contribute to the UK's sustainable development.
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Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role the South East of England development agency has in Government funding decisions about transport infrastructure projects in East Sussex. 
Alun Michael [holding answer 12 December 2005]: The statutory role of the regional development agency is: to promote economic development and regeneration; to promote business efficiency, investment and competitiveness; to promote employment; to enhance the development and application of skills; to contribute to the UK's sustainable development.
Through the development of its Regional Economic Strategy and through its membership of the Regional Transport Board, SEEDA has highlighted the need for adequate investment in transport infrastructure in East Sussex and the rest of the region.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences involving air weapons there were in (a) England, (b) London and (c) each London borough in each of the last five years. 
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Edward Miliband: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in Doncaster North constituency are subject to antisocial behaviour orders; and how many are aged under 21 years. 
Antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) have been available to the courts since 1 April 1999. From commencement up to 31 May 2000 data were collected, on aggregate numbers only, by police force
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area. From copies of the orders received, since 1 June 2000, we are able to determine the local government authority areas in which restrictions are imposed. The number of ASBOs issued, as notified to the Home Office, in the local government authority area of Doncaster metropolitan borough council, in which Doncaster North constituency is situated, from 1 June 2000 to 31 March 2005 (latest available) is 43 of which 20 are in respect of people under 21 years old.
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