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The following table details the cost of maintaining a press office function in each RDA. The press offices sit within a larger general marketing function, therefore the relevant costs of maintaining the press office function (staff salaries plus on costs) are shown. However, it is not possible to draw a direct correlation between the cost of the press office and the number of FTE staff because in many cases RDA staff fulfil other responsibilities in addition to press office duties.
|Cost of RDA press offices|
|(1) AWM press office costs for 1999-2000 (ie staff salary and on-costs) are archived and are available only at disproportionate cost.|
(2) In 1999-2000 the EEDA press office function was only carried out for the fourth quarter of the financial year. In 2001-02 the press office function was carried out by one FTE member of staff, but was vacant during quarter two of the financial year, reflected by lower costs for that year.
(3) EMDA press office costs for 1999-2000 to 2001-02 are archived and are available only at disproportionate cost. Recent changes in the EMDA payroll system mean that it is not possible to calculate on costs such as national insurance and pension contributions for historic salary records, therefore the figures provided relate to pure salary costs only.
(4) LDA press office costs for 2000-01 and 2001-02 (ie staff salary and on-costs) are archived and are available only at disproportionate cost
(5) NWDA press office costs for 1999-2000 (ie staff salary and on-costs) are archived and are available only at disproportionate cost. In 2000-01 the press office function was not carried out for the entire final year, reflected by reduced costs for that year.
(6) At ONE North East, the press office also carries out public relations functions on behalf of the agency, which accounts for the higher than average, costs in the first four years listed.
(7) SEEDA press office costs for 1999-2000 (ie staff salary and on-costs) are archived and are available only at disproportionate cost.
(8) SWRDA press office costs for 1999-2000 and 2000-01 (ie staff salary and on-costs) are archived and are available only at disproportionate cost.
(9) YF press office costs for 1999-2000 and 2000-01 (ie staff salary and on-costs) are archived and are available only at disproportionate cost.
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress his Department has made in implementing those recommendations made by the Trade and Industry Committee on Public House Ownership in 2004 that were accepted by the Government; if he will introduce proposals for legislation to implement those recommendations in full; and if he will make a statement. 
My predecessor wrote to the Chairman of the Committee in February 2005. The Government agreed that a voluntary code could go some way to resolving concerns of tenants about their contractual relationships with pub companies. However, the Government saw difficulties with imposing a statutory code of practice upon the industry which would prescribe the terms and conditions for what are commercial arrangements.
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward legislative proposals to regulate public house leasing to require public house owners to (a) inform their tenants how their rents are calculated, (b) prevent tenants being financially disadvantaged by the creation of a tie, (c) cease the practice of upward-only rent review and (d) remove the tie on assessment with prizes machines; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Thomas: The arrangements under which the rent may be varied during the course of a business tenancy are a matter of agreement between the pub landlord and the lessor during negotiations and will be set out in the lease document. The lessor can only vary the rent in accordance with these agreed arrangements. Leases generally make provision for dispute resolution, which pub landlords can use to challenge the lessors proposals if they consider them too high.
On the question of upward only rent reviews, the Government are concerned to promote more flexibility in the commercial property market. Hence last year, at the Governments request, the property industry introduced a stronger code of practice which makes
recommendations to landlords on rent reviews, among other things. Although the code, The Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales 2007, is voluntary, Communities and Local Government will be keeping an eye on the market and have not ruled out legislation as an option. The code can be found at:
With regards to amusements with prizes machines, the possessor of an on-premises alcohol licence, whether the lessee of a tied premises or an owner of a free house, is automatically entitled to offer up to two category C or D gaming machines (known before the introduction of the Gambling Act 2005 as Amusement with Prizes machines), and to apply for an enhanced entitlement from the licensing authority under section 283 of the Act. The Government have no plans to review these provisions.
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward proposals for legislation to remove ties from leased public houses tied to brewers owning more than 500 pubs; if he will (a) commission an investigation into the supply tie and (b) refer the matter of the supply tie and rent formulation to the Competition Commission; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Thomas: Ensuring that markets operate freely and fairly is a matter for the independent competition authorities, rather than for the Government. The UK competition framework has established the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) as an independent statutory body which is responsible for ensuring that markets operate competitively, and it has the powers to investigate and take action if companies are abusing a dominant position in a market or behaving anti-competitively.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the (a) amount and (b) value of renewable energy sold to customers in (i) the domestic sector, (ii) the commercial sector and (iii) the public sector in each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement. 
|Thousand tonnes of oil equivalent|
Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2007, tables 7.1 and 7.2.
Electricity generated from renewable sources is fed into the transmission and distribution grids along with electricity from fossil fuel and nuclear sources. For this reason, the amount of electricity sourced from renewables cannot be allocated to individual consuming sectors. Therefore the value of renewable electricity sold by sector is not available. The level of renewable heat sold is small, so price information is not collected, thus no value information is available.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what mechanisms are in place to monitor the take-up of renewable energy by (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) public sector energy consumers; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 16 May 2008]: Tables 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3 of the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2007 provides final consumption data by sector for renewables and waste and also data for renewables and wastes used for electricity generation in 2006, 2005 and 2004, respectively. Corresponding tables for earlier years are also available on the BERR energy statistics website at:
The data in chapter 7 of DUKES are sourced from an ongoing study by AEA Energy and Environment on behalf of the Department for Business, Enterprise and
Regulatory Reform to update a database containing information on all relevant renewable energy sources in the United Kingdom. This database is called RESTATSthe Renewable Energy STATisticS database at:
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of household grants that will be claimed under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme for (a) solar photovoltaics, (b) wind turbines, (c) small hydro, (d) solar thermal hot water, (e) ground source heat pumps, (f) biomass room heaters and stoves and (g) wood-fuelled boiler systems in (i) 2008 (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010. 
Malcolm Wicks: Given that there have been approximately 4,300 domestic installations funded through the Householder Stream of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme to date, we would estimate there to be approximately a further 8,000 domestic installations funded through the programme to scheme closure should all of the available funds be committed.
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