Tessa Jowell: The Government and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) are working hard to ensure the benefits of 2012 reach across the UK and have established a Nations and Regions Group (NRG) to oversee this work chaired by Charles Allen. Additionally, the Local Government Association (which is represented on the Group) is supporting local authorities across the UK in the lead up to the Games.
Cllr Stephen Castle, who is the regional representative on NRG, chairs the Nations and Regions East (NRE) Board. This Board has representation from each of the six county areas in the East of England and each county has a 2012 working group. In Essex a Strategic Board has been set up and is supported and led by Essex County Council. The Board is chaired by Gary Sullivan, also Chair of the Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership. The Board has the full involvement and representation from both Thurrock and Southend unitary authorities and provides relevant and appropriate activity to maximise the benefits from 2012.
On 16 January, the London 2012 Business Network was launched, helping businesses across the country access and compete for 2012-related contracts. 1018 businesses from the East of England have already registered on CompeteFora ground breaking business dating agency which goes further than previous Games in opening up the supply chain. 52 of the Olympic Delivery Authoritys suppliers are Cabinet Office registered in the region.
Local authorities can also apply to be a Beacon authority on Olympic and Paralympic legacy. The Beacon scheme will help us use the 2012 Games to encourage communities to be more active. Successful applicants to the scheme will be at the forefront of delivering programmes to increase participation at a local level and championing best practise. Applications are due in June and successful authorities for 2009 will be announced early next year.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the regional publicity schedule for the Olympics 2012 Business Opportunities Network in South Wales is; what liaison has taken place with (a) the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and (b) the Welsh Assembly Government on the promotion of the Olympics 2012 Business Opportunities Network amongst small and medium-sized enterprises in Wales; and what interest has been shown by Welsh small and medium-sized enterprises in bidding for prospective Olympics 2012 contracts. 
Tessa Jowell: On 16 January the Olympic Family nationally launched the London 2012 Business Networka new mechanism for engaging SMEs in 2012 supply chains. The onus is now on businesses to sign up and get support to bid for and win contracts.
We are now in the process of agreeing with the Welsh Assembly Government a date for a Welsh launch when London 2012 will talk face to face with Welsh businesses in partnership with BERR and the Welsh Assembly Government
Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will visit a bingo club in Castle Point constituency to discuss the effects of bingo club closures on (a) employment and (b) Exchequer revenues; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs officers are trained in Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species-related issues; how many were trained in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: Approximately 4,500 staff are engaged in anti smuggling duties and undertake training in Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species-related issues, as part of their mandatory training.
Roger Berry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty. 
Angela Eagle: In fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty the Treasury will publish a report in spring 2008 when it publishes its Single Equality scheme. The Single Equality scheme will amalgamate the Treasurys three current equality schemes on (race, disability and gender).
Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what change there was in the number of employees of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and public bodies in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07; and what percentage of the total change was accounted for by changes in each region and county. 
|Changes in Chancellors Departments
|Change by region and country
|Change 1 April 2004 to 1 April 2007
A fall in staff numbers shows as a negative (bracketed) figure in the percentage table.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) disabled people and (b) lone parents of working age there were in each quarter since 1992; and how many and what proportion of these were (i) employed, (ii) unemployed and (iii) economically active in each such quarter. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about how many (a) disabled people and (b) lone parents of working age there were in each quarter since 1992; and how many and what proportion of these were (i) employed, (ii) unemployed and (iii) economically active in each such quarter. (191325)
The attached table gives the estimates of disabled people and lone parents of working age who were employed, unemployed and economically active for the three month period ending June each year 1997 to 2007. Comparable estimates are not available for disabled people prior to 1999 and for lone parents prior to 1997. Estimates are not available for 1998 and 2000 for either category.
A historical series of lone parent employment rates is published in the Work and worklessness among households First Release, which is available on the National Statistics website: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp? vlnk==8552.
The LFS estimates at this detailed level are consistent with the UK population estimates published in February and March 2003, whereas those in the Labour Market Statistics First Release are based on more up-to-date population figures.
As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|Disabled people and lone parents of working age in employment, unemployed( 1) and economically active, t hree months ending June each year, 1997-2007United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
|Thousands, except where indicated
|Disabled people( 2,3)
|As % of total
|As % of total
|As % of total