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Olympic Games 2012: Finance

Mr. Harper: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with Ministers in the Department for Communities and Local Government on the funding of Olympic developments from funds released by the establishment of unitary authorities. [220163]

Tessa Jowell: I have had no such discussions.

Olympic Games 2012: Halifax

Mrs. Riordan: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how the London 2012 Olympics will assist regeneration and sports projects in Halifax. [219086]


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Tessa Jowell: The Legacy Action Plan (LAP) which was launched in June outlines how Government will deliver a sustainable legacy for the whole of the UK from the London 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic games.

This includes a target to get two million people more active through sport and physical activity by 2012. Sport England will seek to get one million more active through sport; they will do this through new engagement with national governing bodies and through county sports partnerships. Calderdale are already working with other Yorkshire and Humberside authorities and primary care trusts to drive participation. This has led to a 3.5 per cent. increase in participation across the Yorkshire and Humberside region since 2005. Additionally, the Government have announced a new national free swimming programme for those aged 60 plus and under-16s. Local authorities in England will be invited to participate in the scheme and will receive funding towards the costs. The scheme will start in April 2009.

Olympic Games 2012: West Midlands

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps the Government has taken to promote the use of sporting venues in the West Midlands for pre-games training for the London 2012 Olympics. [218534]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 16 July 2008]: The Pre-Games Training Camp guide will be published at the Beijing games this summer by LOCOG.

The West Midlands has 33 Olympic and 14 Paralympic sites in the guide. A seminar for all these facilities was held recently by the West Midlands Nations and Regions Group to offer them advice on marketing their facilities. A regional strategy will be developed by the Nations and Regions Group to promote the region and its facilities to assist the region in securing teams.

In addition, £25,000 will be made available by LOCOG to help attract National Olympic and Paralympic Committees to use the facilities in the guide.

Olympic Lottery Distributor: Manpower

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many people are employed by the Olympic Lottery Distributor; and at what cost in 2008-09. [219271]

Tessa Jowell: The Olympic Lottery Distributor currently employs six people. As well as a chief executive, the organisation employs two senior staff members—a Director of Policy and a Head of Finance and Corporate Services. The total staff costs budget for 2008-09, including pension costs and employers' national insurance, is up to £556,878.

Northern Ireland

Alcoholic Drinks: Smuggling

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the resale value of untaxed spirits intercepted in Northern Ireland was in each of the last three years. [219613]


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Angela Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

Once condemned as forfeit to the Crown spirits seized by HM Revenue and Customs are destroyed thus they have no resale value.

Cigarettes: Smuggling

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the resale value of illegal cigarettes intercepted in Northern Ireland was in each of the last three years. [219615]

Angela Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

Once condemned as forfeit to the Crown, cigarettes seized by HM Revenue and Customs are destroyed, thus they have no resale value.

Departmental Information Officers

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average cost to his Department of employing a press and media officer was in 2007-08. [215262]

Paul Goggins: The following table details average salaries paid to information officers in the Northern Ireland Office. These figures include allowances, national insurance and pension contributions.

Average FTE as at August 2007 (including ERSNI, ASLCS and allowances) (£)

Grade A Information Officer

51,738

Grade B1 Information Officer

45,617

Grade B2 Information Officer

38,990


Departmental Manpower

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officials work in his Department. [215790]

Paul Goggins: Within the Northern Ireland Office the actual number of staff employed in May 2008, which is the latest date for which figures are available, is 2,089. This figure excludes staff currently on career break or secondment.

Departmental Official Cars

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which make and model of car he has chosen as his Ministerial car to be provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency. [217748]

Paul Goggins: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by the Department for Transport on 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 414W.

Departmental Secondment

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what procedures his Department uses to ensure equal opportunities in relation to staff secondments to the Department. [214725]


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Paul Goggins: The NIO equal opportunities policy is applied to all staff working in the Northern Ireland Office including staff secondments.

Departmental Trade Unions

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which trades unions represent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies. [212476]

Paul Goggins: The Northern Ireland Office attaches importance to ensuring effective consultation and involvement of its staff. It is a personal decision whether or not to join a trade union, but the Department encourages staff to join an appropriate trade union and to play an active part in it, ensuring that their views are represented.

Members of staff in both the Northern Ireland Office and its agencies are currently represented by the following trade unions:

Departmental Training

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what training courses were (a) available to and (b) taken by civil servants in his Department in the last 12 months. [210583]

Paul Goggins: The Business Improvement Team (BIT) in the Northern Ireland Office arranges and delivers learning and development opportunities for NIO staff. The learning and development opportunities available to NIO staff are linked to the Professional Skills for Government requirements and, for the period 1 June 2007 to 31 May 2008, these were set out in BIT's learning and development prospectus. The courses set out in the following table were selected by BIT as meeting PSG requirements. Each member of staff in the NIO has a Personnel Development Plan which records their individual development needs, and BIT will advise which of the courses in the prospectus are appropriate to meet those needs. The following table lists all the courses available in the prospectus and indicates which were attended and which were not required during the year.


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Courses available Taken/not taken

Leadership Programme

Attended

Strategic Thinking

Attended

Personal Power and Influencing Skills

Attended

Preparing for Top Management

Attended

Leading Change

Not required

People Management

Attended

Stress Management

Attended

Introduction to Coaching and Mentoring

Not required

Negotiating and Influencing

Attended

PSG Financial Management

Attended

Government Finance/Resource Accounting/Resource Budgeting and In year Control

Attended

General Finance Awareness

Not required

Business Case Guidance

Attended

Capital Asset Guidance

Not required

Corporate Governance Guidance

Not required

Prince 2 Foundation Certificate

Attended

Prince 2 Practitioner Certificate

Not required

Managing Small Projects

Attended

Prince 2 Overview

Attended

Project Management Overview

Attended

Benefits Management Masterclass

Attended

Programme Management Overview

Attended

Managing Successful Programmes Foundation Certificate

Not required

Managing Successful Programmes Intermediate and Practitioner Certificate

Not required

Introduction to Risk Management

Not taken

Management of Risk (MOR) Foundation

Not taken

Management of Risk (MOR) Practitioner

Not taken

Gateway Reviewer

Attended

Microsoft Project basic and advanced

Attended

Risk Analysis in the Policy Area

Not required

Microsoft Word basic and advanced

Attended

Microsoft Excel basic and advanced

Attended

Microsoft PowerPoint basic and advanced

Attended

Microsoft ECDL

Attended

Analysis and Use of Evidence

Attended

Effective Speech Writing

Attended

Communications and Marketing

Attended

Writing Dynamics

Attended

Think on your feet

Attended

Strategy

Attended

Mind Mapping

Attended

Chairing Meetings

Attended

Basic Finance Process

Attended

Gateway Awareness

Attended

Working With Ministers

Attended

Secretaryship of meetings

Attended

Gateway Programme

Attended

Leading In A Crisis

Not required

Peoplebank

Not required

Interchange

Not required

Work Shadowing

Not required

Developing Style and Presence

Not required

Overview of the Financial Cycle

Not required

SRO Executive Briefing

Not required

Making Policy that Happens

Not required

Delivering Policy Workshop

Not required

Microsoft Excel Basic

Not required

Microsoft Excel Advanced

Not required

Microsoft Project Basic

Not required

Microsoft Project Advanced

Not required

Preparing Business Cases

Not required

Proactive Media Management: How To Get Your Story in the News

Not required

Appearing Before Select Committees

Not required

Communications in the Public Sector

Not required

Lateral Thinking

Not required

One-Day Strategy Workshops

Not required

Building a Balanced Scorecard

Not required

Managing People Problems

Not required

Managing Conflict

Not required

Managing Time

Not required

Stress Management

Not required

Managing Change

Not required

PSG Financial Management

Not required

Business Cases and Investment Appraisal

Not required

Government Finance/Resource Accounting/Resource Budgeting/In Year Control

Not required

PSG Resource Budgeting and Forecasting

Not required

Corporate Governance Guidance

Not required

Project Management Introduction Certificate

Not required

Project Management Overview

Not required

Gateway Reviewer (OCG Accredited)

Not required

Microsoft Project Advanced

Not required

How to do a Bill

Not required

Policy Delivery Workshop

Not required

Risk Analysis in the Policy Area

Not required

Microsoft ECDL Basic

Not required

Appearing Before a Select Committee

Not required

Writing Dynamics Effective Briefing

Not required

Think On Your Feet

Not required

PSG Financial Management

Not required

Project and Programme Support

Not required

PPSO Foundation Certificate

Not required

Project Management Introduction Certificate

Not required

Project Management Overview

Not required

Introduction to Evidence-Based Policy Making

Not required

Working with Ministers

Not required

Secretaryship of Meetings

Not required

Project and Programme Support

Not required

Project Management Certificate

Not required

Project Management Overview

Not required

Pathway Programme

Attended


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