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Commission for Equality and Human Rights

Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding local race equality work will be allocated in the Commission for Equality and Human Rights. [44176]

Meg Munn: The Government has given a commitment, through the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, to continue to support the network of Racial Equality Councils and its anti -discrimination and local race equality work. The work of the RECs is an important foundation on which the new Commission will build.

Government has made clear that funding for race equality work through the RECs will continue at the current level for the foreseeable future.

Consumer Credit Bill

Mr. David: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the planned timetable is for the implementation of the Consumer Credit Bill. [44101]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Consumer Credit Bill is still under consideration by Parliament and it is therefore too early to say exactly what the implementation timetable will be at this stage. However, we would aim to implement the bulk of the legislative provisions as soon as practicable after Royal Assent, taking into account the time needed
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for consultation and for the system changes that the regulator and industry will need to make. It is unlikely, therefore that any changes would come into effect before April 2006 and some will take longer.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent on advertising by (a) his Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is responsible and (c) each independent statutory body, organisation and body financially sponsored by his Department in each year since May 1997. [39094]

Alan Johnson: For expenditure on advertising by my Department through COI from 1995–96 to 2000–01, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Twickenham on 20 November 2001, Official Report, column 162W. Expenditure for 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003–04 (to date) was £6,610,240, £13,741,906 and £2,044,497 respectively. These figures include advertising by the Small Business Service and exclude VAT.

Information on publicity expenditure from centrally held budgets is contained in the Government's expenditure plans and, more recently, the DTI's annual departmental report, which are available in the Libraries of the House. Figures relating to other information campaigns, and information on publicity and advertising by NDPBs, are not held centrally and could be produced only at disproportionate cost.

Letter from Claire Clancy, dated 24 January 2006:


Letter from Jeanne Spinks, dated 24 January 2006:

Letter from Dr. Jeff Llewellyn, dated 24 January 2006:

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(14) Year to date.

Letter from Desmond Flynn, dated 24 January 2006:

Letter from Ron Marchant, dated 24 January 2006:


(15) To date

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by his Department on refreshments in each year since 1997. [41247]

Alan Johnson: Information on refreshments specifically is not available. However, the table shows the total expenditure on entertainment by the Department of Trade and Industry in each year between 1998–99 and 2004–05. Information on spend for 1997–98 would be available only at disproportionate cost.

The majority of the Department's entertainment expenditure represents the hosting of stakeholder events both in the UK and overseas. This includes refreshments at meetings, working breakfasts and lunches and official events.

All expenditure of official entertainment is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in Government accounting.
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Departmental Publications

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make it his policy to publish as an annex to his annual report a list of all publications published by his Department in the preceding year; and if he will make a statement. [41000]

Alan Johnson: Details of major consultations and publications issued this year will be included within the 2006 Departmental Report. There are no plans to publish details of all publications separately as an annex. All DTI Publications currently available are listed on the DTI website at, the website covers all document formats including hard-copy and electronic versions.

Lending Companies

John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many registered lending companies there were in the (a) Leeds, metropolitan district and (b) Leeds, West constituency in each year since 1997. [44438]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is responsible for issuing consumer credit licenses and maintaining a public register of licensed traders. However this information is not held in constituency or Post Code order.

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