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Future Army Structures led to six Regular Army Bands being amalgamated whilst four TA Bands were established as part of TA Re-Balancing. This gave an overall Army total of 44 bands (24 Regular Army and 20 TA)
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what definition his Department uses for high value in relation to foreign direct investment projects facilitated by UK Trade and Investment. 
(a) R&D intensive;
(b) EHQ (European headquarters);
(c) Knowledge-driven manufacturing;
(d) Job numbers exceed 150;
(e) Job value is 20 per cent. above UK national average;
(f) Internationally mobile;
(g) Company/higher education institution (HEI) collaboration that results in capital investment.
Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to dissuade companies based in the UK from trading with Burma. 
Mr. Thomas: The UK Government discourage trade and investment with Burma. We offer no commercial services or support to UK companies wishing to trade with or invest in Burma. British companies who inquire about trade with Burma are informed of the grave political situation, the regime's atrocious record on human rights and the country's dire economic prospects.
We have consistently supported measures that target those responsible for the regime's policies, rather than a
blanket ban that would hurt the ordinary people of Burma. These include the EU's Common Position on Burma, which imposes sanctions on Burma, including a ban on EU companies investing in certain Burmese state-owned companies.
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate has been made of the cost of implementing the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 for local shops if those supervising newspaper deliverers were included. 
Earlier this year, the Department concluded a consultation on many aspects of the scheme including issues for business. Responses were received from the retail sector about under-16s working in shops. The Government published their formal response to that consultation on 30 May. The response made clear that shopkeepers and members of their staff will not be required to register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) scheme in respect of any newspaper deliverers aged under the age of 16 whom they may employ. However adult staff will commit an offence if they frequently train, supervise, or instruct children under the age of 16 while barred; and employers or managers will commit an offence if they knowingly allow a barred adult employee to have such contact with children under the age of 16. The ISA scheme will not apply at all to adult shop workers contact with 16 and 17-year-old workers.
We will continue to work with business and other stakeholders on preparing regulations and implementing the Act. The Governments 2006 impact assessment for the ISA scheme found that costs for businesses, some of whom already vet staff supervising children, will be offset by savingsfor example on repeat work, since ISA registration will be portable from job to jobas well as by reduced risk of unsuitable employees.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have transferred housing stock to arms length management organisations (ALMO); what the most recent Audit Commission rating of each such ALMO is; what permissions to borrow each has been granted; and what guidance her Department has issued to those ALMOs which have not achieved two stars. 
Mr. Iain Wright:
Local authorities do not transfer their housing stock to arms length management organisations (ALMOs). The Department makes available additional capital funding allocations to local
authorities who have a high performing ALMO. That funding is in the form of supported borrowing through the housing revenue account subsidy system, and is in addition to other supported borrowing authorities may receive for housing investment. ALMOs receive their funding from their local authorities via a management fee. The following table lists the most recent Audit Commission inspection rating of each ALMO, and capital allocations made from the ALMO programme up to 2008-09.
The Department has issued a guidance note, Policy on the arrangement for the re-inspection of ALMOs. Officials liaise regularly and provide advice as required with those ALMOs who have not achieved a two star inspection rating. ALMOs also receive support and guidance from their local authorities, the Audit Commission, the National Federation of ALMOs, and Government offices through the ALMO support network.
|Local authorities with ALMOs: Inspection ratings and ALMO capital funding allocations|
|Council||Star rating||Allocation to 2008-09 (£)|
|(1 )Excellent prospects for improvement.|
(2 )Promising prospects for improvement.
(3) Uncertain prospects for improvement.
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