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Certification Officer: Finance

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the Certification Officer’s budget is for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. [178989]


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Mr. McFadden [ holding answer 14 January 2008]:The Certification Officer’s budget is for 2007-08 is £697,883. The budget for 2008-09 has not yet been agreed.

Certification Officer: Manpower

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many full-time equivalent staff work in the Certification Office. [178990]

Mr. McFadden [holding answer 14 January 2008]: In addition to the Certification Officer, who works three days a week, the Certification Officer has nine full-time equivalent staff.

Regional Development Agencies: Planning

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans there are to designate regional development agencies (RDAs) as regional planning bodies; how conflicts of interest between RDAs’ planning and economic roles will be prevented; and what estimate he has made of the likely costs to RDAs of making such changes. [178008]

Mr. Timms: The Review of Sub-National Economic Development and Regeneration, which was published in July 2007, indicated that the RDAs outside London would in future be responsible for producing a single integrated regional strategy for their regions, encompassing the existing economic and spatial strategies; and that they would be designated as the regional planning body. These integrated strategies will result in greater alignment of economic and spatial planning at the regional level and will need legislation. A consultation document on how this will be implemented will be issued shortly. The Government will consider the likely costs to the RDAs in the light of the responses to consultation but intend that overall the process of producing the single strategy will be streamlined, compared with the current process for producing two separate strategies.

Regional European Offices: Expenditure

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the expenditure was of the East Midlands European Office in the last year for which figures are available; [176603]

(2) what the expenditure was of the South West UK Brussels Office in the last year for which figures are available; [176605]

(3) what the expenditure was of the North East of England Brussels Office in the last year for which figures are available; [176608]

(4) what the total expenditure was of the North West Brussels Office in the last year for which figures are available; [176613]

(5) what the expenditure was of the West Midlands in Europe office in the last year for which figures are available. [176620]


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Mr. Timms: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1164W, which provides the expenditure of UK Regional European Offices in the last year (2006-07).

Renewable Energy: Technology

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect on the volume of exports of the support given by UK Trade and Investment and the Renewables Trade Promotion Service to UK renewable technology manufacturers and developers. [175685]

Malcolm Wicks: Over the period 2005-07 the return on investment for the support given by UKTI and RETPS has been significant. For every £1 invested UK companies have won £18 of business.

Rover Group

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what fees have been paid to inspectors investigating MG Rover; and when he expects to publish their report. [178528]

Mr. Timms: The costs as at 31 December 2007 are £9,068,693 plus VAT of £1,661,501 and disbursements of £425,596. The inspection is continuing and I am unable to say when the report will be submitted. The Secretary of State will then consider publication.

South East England House

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the expenditure of South East England House was in the last year for which figures are available. [176525]

Mr. Timms: South East England House received a contribution of £65,000 from the South East England Development Agency in 2006-07. Office costs are shared with the South East England regional assembly, all principal local authorities in the south-east, and with a range of other partners including several of the region's universities.

Trade Unions: Audit

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform by what means the Certification Officer scrutinises annual returns from trade unions. [179233]

Mr. McFadden: The Certification Officer's staff examine all annual returns received from trade unions to ensure that they meet the statutory requirements.

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how the Certification Officer audits trade unions. [178991]

Mr. McFadden [holding answer 14 January 2008]: The Certification Officer does not audit trade unions. Trade unions are required to submit to the Certification
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Officer annual returns relating to their affairs which must contain certain accounts. The accounts in the annual return must be audited. There are specific statutory provisions as to who can carry out this audit.

Trade Unions: Complaints

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many complaints about trades unions the Certification Officer received in each year since 2002; what the substance was of each complaint; and how many the Certification Officer responded to. [179234]

Mr. McFadden: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) on 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 487. That answer gave details on the numbers of complaints accepted by the Certification Officer and determined in each year since 2002. The Certification Officer responds to all complaints he receives about trades unions. All decisions made by the Certification Officer after 2001 and a selection of key decisions made before are available on the Certification Officer's website www.certoffice.org. Those decisions provide detail on the substance of complaints.

Treasury

Banks: Switzerland

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to bring subsidiaries of Swiss banks operating in the UK under equivalent banking regulatory arrangements as apply to those of EU member states. [177373]

Angela Eagle: UK registered subsidiaries of Swiss banks are subject to the EU regulatory arrangements and requirements relevant to the business they carry out. Any UK subsidiary carrying out banking business will be subject to regulatory oversight by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The FSA will apply the relevant directives, including supervision of capital adequacy in accordance with the EU capital requirements directive, at the level of that subsidiary.

Buildings: Cabinet Office

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 613W, on buildings: Cabinet Office, what vacant space in the Prime Minister's Offices there was in each of the last 10 years; [178346]

(2) pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 613W, on buildings: Cabinet Office, what the total area of the Prime Minister's offices was in each of the last 10 years. [178348]

Angela Eagle: The total area and vacant space in the Prime Minister's Offices recorded on e-PIMS since 2005-06, the earliest date from which data are available, is as follows:


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(m( 2) )
Total area Area of vacant space

2005-06

4,066.2

0

2006-07

4,066.2

0

2007-08 (current)

4,066.2

0


Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 613W, on buildings: Cabinet Office, (1) what vacant space in the Cabinet Office's estate there was in each of the last 10 years; [178347]

(2) on buildings: Cabinet Office, what the total area of the Cabinet Office's estate was in each of the last 10 years. [178349]

Angela Eagle: The total area and vacant space in the Cabinet Office's estate recorded on e-PIMS since 2005-06, the earliest date from which data is available, is as follows:

Total area (m( 2) ) Area of vacant space (m( 2) ) Percentage of vacant space against total area

2005-06

161,673

676

0.4

2006-07

143,339

4782

3.3

2007-08 (current)

146,886

4635

3.2


The reduction in area between 2005-06 and 2006-07 is because The National School of Government, previously part of Cabinet Office, became an independent department on 1 January 2007.

Child Benefit: Personal Records

Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost has been to date of the Poynter Review
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into the loss of child benefit records by HM Revenue and Customs; and what the total cost of the review is expected to be. [178193]

Jane Kennedy: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond) on 10 January 2008, Official Report, column 695W.

Death: Weather

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from cold weather related illnesses in the last 10 years; how many of them were from each (a) age cohort and (b) primary care trust area in each year; and if he will make a statement. [178415]

Angela Eagle: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 15 January 2008:

Table 1. Number of deaths with any mention of hypothermia on the death certificate( 1) ,( ) England, by age group, 1997-2006( 2)
Deaths (persons)
Age group 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

0-4

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

5-9

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

10-14

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

15-19

3

1

2

1

2

3

1

2

2

0

20-24

5

1

1

2

2

5

0

0

3

0

25-29

4

4

1

4

2

2

3

1

1

1

30-34

2

4

8

3

4

1

4

5

2

2

35-39

8

6

3

4

4

6

5

2

5

4

40-44

8

6

2

4

7

2

6

1

9

5

45-49

9

7

9

7

3

8

11

1

6

7

50-54

6

11

8

13

9

8

11

12

6

6

55-59

11

11

14

16

12

10

13

4

10

9

60-64

15

13

10

7

12

12

8

8

8

10

65-69

22

21

15

16

13

6

4

10

10

7

70-74

21

26

28

22

20

16

12

17

10

10

75-79

63

39

41

44

37

18

16

17

7

19

80-84

71

60

55

50

32

30

24

35

26

32

85+

122

100

107

104

91

68

62

50

47

60

Total

370

310

306

300

250

195

180

167

152

172

(1) Hypothermia was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 991.6 for the years 1996 to 2000, and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code T68, for the years 2001 to 2006. Deaths were included where hypothermia was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate.
(2 )Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

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