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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 CompeteFor—a ground breaking ‘business dating agency’ which goes further than previous Games in opening up the supply chain. 52 of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s 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.

Olympics 2012 Business Opportunities Network

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. [183860]

Tessa Jowell: On 16 January the Olympic Family nationally launched the London 2012 Business Network—a 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


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London 2012 will be further engaging with businesses across the country throughout the next four years to discuss both delivery and Games time contracts.

To date 692 Welsh businesses have registered for e-alerts notifying them of forthcoming contract opportunities, which demonstrates a great enthusiasm for getting involved in 2012.

Television

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many plasma television screens have been purchased by her office, and at what cost, in the last 24 months. [191072]

Tessa Jowell: Since my appointment as Minister for the Olympics and London in June 2007, no plasma television screens have been purchased by my office.

Treasury

Bingo

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. [190422]

Angela Eagle: Treasury Ministers have no plans at present to make such a visit.

Customs Officers: Training

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. [190783]

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.

The following table below highlights how many staff were trained in each year, since centrally kept records were kept:

Number

1999

72

2000

389

2001

438

2002

178

2003

195

2004

574

2005

172

2006

211

2007

224


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Departmental Equality

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. [190672]

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 Treasury’s three current equality schemes on (race, disability and gender).

Departmental Manpower

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. [190818]

Angela Eagle: The following table shows the change in the number of employees in the Chancellor’s Departments over 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2006-07.

Changes in Chancellor’s Departments
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

HM Treasury

(30)

93

84

Debt Management Office

0

(9)

4

Office of Government Commerce

(40)

71

(116)

Government Actuary’s Department

(10)

(2)

2

HM Revenue and Customs

700

(5,002)

(3,952)

Valuation Office Agency

(130)

1

(572)

National Savings and Investments

(10)

26

4

Office for National Statistics

(260)

165

(291)

Royal Mint

40

145

(153)

Total

260

(4,512)

(4,991)


The following table shows the percentage of the total change by country/region.


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Change by region and country
Change 1 April 2004 to 1 April 2007
Region/country Number Percentage

East Midlands

(591)

(6)

East of England

(881)

(10)

London

(2,422)

(26)

North East

(683)

(7)

North West

(527)

(6)

Northern Ireland

(174)

(2)

Scotland

517

6

South East

(2,268)

(25)

South West

(612)

(7)

Wales

(213)

(2)

West Midlands

(739)

(8)

Yorkshire and the Humber

(962)

(10)

Unreported and elsewhere

313

3

All regions

(9,342)

(100)

Note:
A fall in staff numbers shows as a negative (bracketed) figure in the percentage table.

Disabled

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. [191325]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 4 March 2008:


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Disabled people and lone parents of working age in employment, unemployed( 1) and economically active, t hree months ending June each year, 1997-2007—United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
Thousands, except where indicated
Disabled people( 2,3)
In Employment Unemployed Economically Active
1997 Total Number As % of total Number As % of total Number As % of total

1997

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

1999

6,542

3,022

46

351

5

3,373

52

2001

6,735

3,139

47

281

4

3,420

51

2002

6,876

3,294

48

286

4

3,580

52

2003

6,892

3,362

49

284

4

3,647

53

2004

7,017

3,485

50

263

4

3,748

53

2005

6,998

3,477

50

287

4

3,764

54

2006

7,069

3,537

50

341

5

3,877

55

2007

6,957

3,456

50

334

5

3,790

55


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