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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which organisations have received (a) free and (b) discounted room hire from (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in each of the last five years; and what the commercial value of the discount was in each case. 
Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was established under machinery of government changes in June 2007. Neither DIUS or its agency hires rooms to other organisations. Rooms are not generally made available free to other organisations, but we do not keep a central record of whether this has ever occurred. It may sometimes be appropriate for events or meetings convened by DIUS-sponsored bodies to be hosted in DIUS rooms.
To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what (a) listening exercises and (b) public forums his Department has
held since establishment; what the (i) purpose and (ii) cost was in each case; and who the private contractor was and how much it was paid in each case. 
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Facilitate debate with members of the public around the key issues and aims of the consultation. Define the broad range of IAL activities. Develop proposal for the new vision of IAL. Deliver qualitative and quantitative information on the experiences of the public.
Engage the following sectors in the IAL consultation: broadcast and technology; families; older learners; the workplace; the voluntary and community sector. Plus a reconvened event to discuss the sector findings.
Readers were asked to provide comments/views on future strategy for Apprenticeships set out in the document. The Central Office of Information strategy consultancy were engaged to produce an assessment report of the 104 responses received.
Five regional innovation roadshow events in north-west, east of England, north-east, west midlands and south-west regions held between May and July 2008. Further events in east midlands, south-east, London and Yorkshire and Humber due to take place in September to November.
To promote the range of support available regionally to businesses for innovation and to facilitate discussion with a business audience on the main recommendations of the Innovation Nation White Paper.
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(2) Contract delivered by the Central Office of Information.
(3) No external costs.
(4) The total costs of the nine events will be approximately £90,000-100,000. The costs will be split 50/50 between DIUS and the regional development agencies.
(5) Event arrangements such as venue hire, printing of materials etc. and any related private sector costs are procured by the regional development agency for each event. DIUS has agreed to meet 50 per cent. of total costs which may include costs for private contractors.
Review of the Designing Demand programme run by the Design Council
Audit of the Government Chemist function by two external experts
The Review of Post 16 Learner Statistical First releases
Operation of the Government funded Apprenticeship programme in England (joint with DCSF)
Review of Investors in People UK's remit including services to help employers develop their business
The performance management arrangements for offender skills and employment delivery
Reform of Weights and Measures Legislation
Science and Society Strategy Consultation Innovation Nation Consultation
The PIUS Single Equality Scheme
Raising Expectations: Consultation on two new systems to deliver education and training for young people and adults (jointly with DCSF)
Focusing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) on Community Cohesion
Informal Adult LearningShaping the Way Ahead
The role of Further Education Providers in promoting community cohesion, fostering shared values and preventing violent extremism
The draft Apprenticeships Bill
Improvement in the Further Education Sectora consultative prospectus for a new sector-owned organisation (joint with Quality improvement Agency (QIA) and Centre for Excellence in Leadership(CEL)
A formal time to train consultation
European IP Charter (Code) for the management of intellectual property by universities and other public research organisations
Fast track processing of Patents and Trade Marks
The Draft Patents (Compulsory Licensing and Supplementary Protection Certificates) Regulations 2007
Proposed changes to copyright exceptions
Modernisation and consolidation of the Trade Marks Rules.
Informal Consultation Paper on The Modernisation of the Trade Marks (International Registration) Order
The Artist's Resale Right: Derogation for Deceased Artists
Proposed changes to Copyright Exemptions in respect of Music Licensing
Informal Consultation Paper on The Patent Research Exception
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which projects his Department has commissioned from (a) think tanks and (b) charities in each of the last two years for which figures are available; what the aim of each project was; which think tank or charity was commissioned; and how much was paid. 
Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department has a standard retirement age; and how many employees have been asked to retire on reaching 65 years of age in each year since 2000. 
Mr. Lammy: As part of the Machinery of Government changes of 28 June 2007, the Department has taken on board terms and conditions of staff transferred in from the former Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and Department for Trade and Industry (DTI). In DfES there was no set retirement age for the majority of staff. In DTI staff could retire at any time between the minimum retirement age of 60 and the maximum retirement age of 65. Staff also have a statutory right to request to continue working beyond 65. Careful consideration is given to such requests, but any offer to continue working beyond that age will be at the discretion of the Department.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many sick days were taken by employees in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders since the Department's establishment; what proportion of sick days taken this represented in each case; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility have taken sick days due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders since the Department was established; what proportion of staff of each body this represented in each year; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department and its predecessor, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility who gave (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders as the reason for their absence has been since the Department was established; and if he will make a statement. 
It is not possible to separate information on absence relating to stress and mental health and behavioural disorders as these are grouped together under mental disorders'. As the Department was not created until 28 June 2007, the sickness absence figures reported include the actual sickness absence for the period July 2007 to March 2008, with estimated figures given for the period
April 2008 to June 2008. The figures include the Department's two agencies, the National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML) and the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), but they do not include the non-departmental public bodies as the information for them is not held centrally.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility since the Department was established; and if he will make a statement. 
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