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The regional development agency with responsibility for WorcestershireAdvantage West Midlands (AWM)has a general £2 million flooding recovery package and has also established a £1 million flooded areas recovery programme to assist the recovery of particularly badly flooded areas. Worcestershire has been allocated £600,000 of capital funds for infrastructure repairs under this scheme.
AWM are supporting businesses, including farmers, affected by flooding through Business Link West Midlands, with a team of more than 40 advisers offering up to five days of free business advice to help restart the estimated 1,000-plus flood-hit businesses in the region. Business Link may be able to offer up to £2,500 worth of subsidised consultancy to help companies devise a flood recovery plan.
Additionally, a flood recovery loan for companies that have carried out recovery plans has been set up, offering loans of up to £20,000 over two years where companies are unable to get all of the finance they need from their own and mainstream commercial sources.
AWM have been in contact with Worcestershire Cricket Club over sponsorship and marketing support for events planned to raise income for the club.
A project is being developed with Evesham Riverside to restore the overall attractiveness of the area and to remove debris to open up the navigation of the river so that boats can start to reuse it.
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to revise the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy in light of the upward price movements in the energy market since its publication in November 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will assess the likely effects on (a) plastic bag use and (b) the waste stream of a plastic bag tax being introduced at a rate of 10p per bag; 
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on implementation of the new rural development programmes in England for the period 2007-13. 
Jonathan Shaw: The European Commission (EC) must approve the Rural Development Programme for England 2007-13 before it can be fully implemented. The draft Programme was submitted to the EC in May and formally declared admissible in June 2007. The approval process normally takes about six months, or more if the EC seeks further information.
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when spending bodies will be allocated their budgets under the Rural Development Programme in England for the period 2007-13; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: The Rural Development Programme for England will be delivered by Natural England, the Forestry Commission, the Rural Payments Agency and eight separate Regional Development Agencies. These delivery bodies have been made aware of indicative budgets to enable them to meet existing commitments taken forward from the last Rural Development Programme, and help each delivery body plan for new activities. Formal budget allocations cannot be confirmed until the new programme receives European Commission approval.
Linda Gilroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many successful applications there were for the vulnerable groups tariff in each of the water, and water and sewerage, companies in England in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 10 September 2007]: Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water and sewerage industry in England and Wales, collects data on the number of households receiving assistance under the Vulnerable Groups Regulations, which are set out in the water companies annual June returns.
The vulnerable groups tariff, under the Water Industry (Charges) (Vulnerable Groups) Regulations 1999, applies to metered customers who meet certain criteria to protect them from paying large water bills.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which locations information relating to formal reprimands of staff for failing to follow departmental procedures in relation to calculating the (a) income tax and (b) national insurance liabilities of individuals in each of the last five years are held; and if he will make a statement. 
In the last five years any information relating to formal reprimands for staff for the former Inland Revenue and HM Revenue and Customs failing to follow departmental procedures in relation to calculating (a) income tax and (b) national insurance liabilities of individuals may be held locally with any manager in any of the locations dealing with these
particular issues, if at all. Currently HMRC has about 600 buildings in about 300 locations. National Insurance work is handled primarily in Newcastle. Income tax is handled in many locations too numerous to mention throughout the UK.
Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given on 2 May 2007, Official Report, column 1743W by the former Financial Secretary to the Treasury, my hon. Friend the Member for Wentworth (John Healey).
Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many IT contracts in his Department were put out to competitive tender in each year since 1997; how many bidders there were for each tender; and which company won each tender; 
Andy Burnham: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer the former Financial Secretary to the Treasury, my hon. Friend the Member for Wentworth (John Healey) gave the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1880W.
Angela Eagle: I refer to the answer the then Financial Secretary to the Treasury, my hon. Friend the Member for Wentworth (Mr. Healey) gave on 28 June 2007, Official Report, column 873W to the hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois).
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which constituencies have seen the greatest (a) growth and (b) fall in the total number of (i) jobs and (ii) public sector jobs between 1997 and the latest date for which figures are available; 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary questions about numbers of jobs in Greater Merseyside constituencies and about constituencies showing the greatest changes in numbers of jobs since 1997. (155324,155325)
The attached tables show the available information requested. Separate estimates for public sector jobs are not available.
The information is based on data from the Annual Business Inquiry for 2005 and the former Annual Employment Survey for 1997. As with any sample surveys, estimates are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|Employee jobs by parliamentary constituency|
|Constituencies in Great Britain with the largest percentage growth from 1997 to 2005|
|Thousand and percentage|
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