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Olympics

Olympic Games 2012: Big Lottery Fund

Mr. Weir: To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) which Big Lottery Fund-approved grants to the London Olympic project have been (a) notified to and (b) authorised by the EU Commission for State aid clearance, broken down by each budget line approved grant by the Big Lottery Fund; [215692]


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(2) which Big Lottery Fund-approved grants to the London Olympic project have not been notified to the EU Commission State aid department; and what the reasons were for non-notification, broken down by each budget line approved grant by the Big Lottery Fund. [215693]

Mr. Sutcliffe: I have been asked to reply.

No such grants have been made.

Women and Equality

Departmental Disclosure of Information

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether it is her Department’s policy to release the home addresses of (a) senior and (b) middle-ranking officials, if requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and what assessment she has made of the implications for personal security resulting from the release of such data. [207921]

Barbara Follett [holding answer 2 June 2008]: Departments deal with requests for information on a case-by-case basis, applying exemptions where it is necessary and appropriate to do so. Any request for officials’ home addresses would be handled in this way.

Ethnic Minorities

Jo Swinson: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what proportion of staff at the Women’s National Commission are (a) male, (b) female, (c) black and minority ethnic male and (d) black and minority ethnic female. [171379]

Barbara Follett [holding answer 4 December 2007]: The Women’s National Commission has a small staff and provision of this information in the categories required would make it possible to identify individuals, if such information was used alongside other material in the public domain. This would be in breach of guidance on ethnicity disclosure. The Government Equalities Office sponsors the WNC. Combining the staff numbers of the GEO and the WNC lessens the risk of breaching the guidance on ethnicity disclosure and gives the following figures, based on the declaration staff have made.

Percentage

(a) Male

39.4

(b) Female

60.6

(c) BME male

Less than 1

(d) BME female

10.6


The figure for BME males is inflated to a certain extent to avoid the possibility of a breach of guidance. This calculation excludes temporary staff.

Northern Ireland

Departmental Assets

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland over what period his Department depreciates the asset value of its (a) vehicles, (b) computer hardware,
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(c) bespoke computer software, (d) standard computer software, (e) furniture and (f) telecommunications equipment. [213226]

Mr. Woodward: The depreciation periods used by the Northern Ireland Office are consistent with the accounting standards laid out in the Financial Reporting Manual (FReM).

Departmental Pay

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will review salary negotiations for public sector employees in organisations within his Department's responsibility to reflect the rise in the consumer price index to a point above three per cent. [214555]

Mr. Woodward: The Government's pay policy is guided by the following principles:

Timing of pay decisions for a particular workforce depends on pay-setting arrangements for that workforce.

Departmental Training

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on training courses for staff in the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years. [210563]

Mr. Woodward: Training costs for the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) and its Agencies in the last five years are shown in the following table.

£

NIO Agencies Total

2003-04

1,377,259

3,147,049

4,524,308

2004-05

1,045,425

3,143,007

4,188,432

2005-06

1,068,392

3,271,027

4,339,419

2006-07

853,533

2,509,026

3,362,559

2007-08

636,629

3,017,987

3,654,616

Note: Training Costs for the last 12 months are shown as the figures for 2007-08.

George W. Bush: Official Visits

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of policing and security was for the visit of President George W. Bush to Northern Ireland on 16th June 2008. [213473]

Paul Goggins: The additional cost to policing for the visit of President Bush on 16 June was £306,000

Speed Limits: Cameras

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to erect additional fixed speed cameras in Northern Ireland. [215735]


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Paul Goggins: PSNI currently have no plans to introduce any new fixed safety cameras in Northern Ireland. This is subject to periodic review.

Wales

Departmental Manpower

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many permanent staff in his Department are classed as (a) staff without posts and (b) part of a people action team. [215583]

Mr. Paul Murphy: None.

Departmental Written Questions

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how long on average his Department took to answer (a) ordinary written and (b) named day questions in each of the last three years. [215455]


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Mr. Paul Murphy: The information is as follows.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Angling: Licensing

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was collected from concessionary rod licensees in each of the last five years. [215820]

Jonathan Shaw: The following table shows the Environment Agency's Concessionary Rod Licence Income between 2003 and 2008.

£ million
Category 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Coarse and Trout

2.22

2.33

2.19

2.20

2.44

Salmon and Sea Trout

0.21

0.23

0.22

0.22

0.25

Total

2.43

2.56

2.41

2.42

2.69


Fish Farming: Gordleton

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much subsidy was paid from the public purse to the Aquabella Group in respect of the fish farm at Gordleton in the New Forest in each of the last five years. [216915]

Jonathan Shaw: The Department has not provided any funding to the Aquabella Group in respect of the fish farm at Gordleton, Hampshire in the last five years.

Fisheries: Quotas

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to buy back unused UK fishing quota at the end of 2008 and make it available to the under-10 metre fishing fleet. [216415]

Jonathan Shaw: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 26 June 2008, Official Report, column 433W.

Regional Development Programme for England

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many grant applications for Regional Development Programme for England money each regional development agency has received for (a) up to £5,000, (b) £5,001 to £100,000, (c) £100,001 to £1,000,000 and (d) over £1,000,000 since 1 January 2007. [215411]

Jonathan Shaw: The regional development agencies (RDAs) have been responsible for managing the delivery of the social and economic elements of the Rural Development Programme for England since the programme was formally launched at the beginning of 2008. DEFRA has agreed with RDAs that delivery of the socio-economic measures of the RDPE will take a more strategic approach and will include a significant element of procured or commissioned activity, rather than solely being delivered by an individual application led approach. In addition, some RDPE investment will be through the bottom-up Leader approach. Under Leader Local Action Groups (LAGs) will be allocated individual budgets to fund projects that are part of an agreed Local Development Strategy. The process of agreeing and allocating funds to LAGs is currently under way across regions.

The number of grant applications by value of individual project received by each agency is set out in the following table.


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Agency Up to £5,000 £5,001 to £100,000 £100,001 to £1,000,000 Over £1,000,000

Advantage West Midlands

1

10 LAGs

1 LAG

4 strategic action plans

East of England Development Agency

1

1

3

1 LAG

6 LAGs

East Midlands Development Agency

3

11

1

4 LAGs

North West Development Agency

2 LAGs

6 LAGs

One North East

9

1

1

4 LAGs

1 LAG

South East England Development Agency

2

6

1

17 LAGs

South West of England Regional Development Agency

2

2

4

19 LAGs

Yorkshire Forward

40

9

1

6 LAGs


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