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Identity Fraud

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what training his Department has provided for (a) front desk and (b) administrative staff in relation to identity fraud. [41284]

Alan Johnson: The Department contracts with a service provider for front desk and guarding services. It is a requirement of the contract for the service provider to ensure that their staff are fully trained to carry out their role. The training incorporates all those skills needed to provide counter measures against unauthorised access or threat to the departmental assets.

Other staff are trained to carry out a number of checks as part of the normal departmental recruitment procedures. These checks aim to positively establish identity and obtain background information on the subject by taking up references.
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Marine Bill

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the written answer of 23 January 2006, Official Report, column 1767W, on the Marine Bill, what meetings his Department held with (a) other Government Departments, (b) industry representatives and (c) other stakeholders; and when the meetings took place. [47530]

Malcolm Wicks: The possibility of a Marine Bill has been under consideration for some time and has arisen in discussion at numerous meetings at which DTI has been represented, particularly in connection with offshore energy. It has been discussed at regular meetings of groups which bring together the marine renewables industry and offshore oil and gas industries with other stakeholders including fishing interests, shipping and ports groups and environmental non-governmental organisations. DTI officials are also members of Defra's inter-departmental Marine Bill steering group.

Office Equipment

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) personal computers, (b) laptops, (c) servers, (d) printers, (e) scanners, (f) photocopiers and (g) fax machines (i) his Department and (ii) each (A) non-departmental public body, (B) executive agency and (C) other public body for which his Department is responsible in (1) Scotland, (2) Wales, (3) each of the English regions and (4) Northern Ireland owned in (x) 2003–04 and (y) 2004–05. [40107]

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Alan Johnson: In 2000 the Department of Trade and Industry transferred ownership of its core IT infrastructure as part of a long-term private finance initiative (PFI) agreement to a consortium led by Fujitsu. The use of IT equipment such as PCs, laptops, servers, scanners and printers is now, in the main, provided as a service through the PFI partner, Fujitsu. The use of photocopiers is also provided mainly through supplier leasing arrangements. Details of fax machines owned by the Department are shown in the following table. The chief executives of the Department's Agencies have been asked to write to the hon. Member in respect of their equipment holdings.
Department of Trade and Industry: fax machines

East Midlands33
North East1212
North West22
South East33
South West44
West Midlands44
Yorkshire and Humberside88

Letter from John Taylor, dated 2 February 2006:

ACAS equipment by location, 2003–04

East Midlands12126835009
North East11334232201
North West392911045902
South East582711428015
South West14126323112
West Midlands27435244001
Yorkshire and Humberside22344734502
Northern Ireland0000000
Grand Total3365771,19440736760

ACAS equipment by location, 2004–05

East Midlands11136433502
North East10314032201
North West444412936703
South East6534125210704
South West1285922811
West Midlands30464744300
Yorkshire and Humberside22395934502
Northern Ireland0000000
Grand Total3555541,380407301070

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Letter from Tim Moss, dated 2 February 2006:

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Letter from Desmond Flynn, dated 2 February 2006:

Letter from Jeanne Spinks, dated 2 February 2006:

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Letter from Dr. Jeff Llewellyn, dated 2 February 2006:

Personal Computers7586
Fax Machines33

(3) Three leased.

Letter from Ron Marchant, dated 2 February 2006:

31 December:
Personal Computers1,6501,761

(4) Photocopiers were leased rather than owned.

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