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Departmental Information

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what types of data have been sold by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations in the last 12 months. [222056]

Mr. Thomas: Core information produced by the Department can be re-used free of charge under the terms of the PSI Click-Use Licence which is administered by the Office of Public Sector Information in accordance with the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations. The Department has not sold any data during this period.


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I have approached the Chief Executives of the Insolvency Service and Companies House agencies and they will respond to you directly.

Letter from Gareth Jones, 6 October 2008:

Letter from Stephen Speed, 6 October 2008:

Departmental Official Residences

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what permanent residential accommodation is provided for use by civil servants in his Department; how many residential dwellings are provided; where they are located; and for what grade of civil servant they are provided. [222054]

Mr. Thomas: The Department has no permanent residential accommodation.

Departmental Pay

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the average pay per hour worked by (a) permanent and (b) temporary staff in his Department in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by pay band. [212490]

Mr. Thomas: The available information for average hourly rates of pay for permanent staff in BERR in 2008 is shown in the following table.

The pay data for temporary staff are not available as their pay is determined by the agencies that employ them.

Ranges( 1) London Hourly Rates (£)( 2) National Hourly Rates (£)

2

8

6

3

9

8

4

10

8

5

11

9

6

12

10

7

14

12

8

14

14

9

17

19

10

22

22

11

27

26

Fast Stream

14

15

SCS PB1

36

n/a

SCS PB2

46

n/a

n/a = Not available
(1) The BERR pay system below SCS has 10 pay ranges.
(2) The hourly rate calculations were based on average annual salary and gross hours of 41 hours per week for those working in London and 42 hours for those working outside London.
Notes:
1. There are very few SCS posts in BERR located outside London and it is therefore not possible to provide such average figures for outside London.
2. Annual Salaries for staff in SCSPB3 and the Permanent Secretary are published in the Departmental Annual Report.

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Departmental Procurement

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the names and addresses of each organisation that supplied goods and services to his Department in 2007-08, based on the purchase order data held in the Department’s financial database. [222051]

Mr. Thomas: I have arranged for this information to be placed in the Libraries of the House. In line with the applicable legislative provisions relating to personal data, the names and addresses of individuals have not been included in this list.

Departmental Public Participation

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what public consultation exercises were undertaken by his Department in each of the last five years; and what the cost of each was. [222768]

Mr. Thomas: Data on the number of written consultations undertaken by the Department are published in the annual report and accounts available on the Department’s website. The number of written consultations undertaken in each of the last three years was:

Number

2005-06

71

2006-07

47

2007-08

45


All the Department’s consultations are listed in the consultations index of its website at

We estimate that the total production costs of the written consultations carried out by the Department in the last three calendar years were as follows:

£

2005

67,000

2006

71,000

2007

51,000


Data for earlier years and for individual consultations could be produced only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Public Relations

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on each of the external public relations and marketing companies included in the Central Office of Information's Public Relations Framework in each of the last 36 months. [222052]

Mr. Thomas: In the last three full financial years the Department spent the following on external public relations and marketing companies included in the Central Office of Information's Public Relations Framework:


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Amount spent (£)

2007-08( 1)

Geronimo Communications

172,630.27

GCI

30,030

Total

202,660.27

2006-07( 2)

Fishburn Hedges

9,071

GCI

179,113

Geronimo Communications

163,642

Total

351,826

2005-06

GCI

105,786

Geronimo Communications

76,240

Harrison Cowley

239,050

Wright Communication

32,694

Total

453,770

(1 )April to June 2007 as DTI and BERR from June 2007.
(2 )Spend by the former DTI.
Note:
These costs are inclusive of COFs fees.

BERR's agencies will reply separately.

External public relations and marketing companies are only used where the internal specialism is not available. They are used for raising public awareness on specific issues, such as for the Department's ‘Employing People’ campaign.

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 6 October 2008:

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 6 October 2008:

Departmental Surveillance

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many applications (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to (i) undertake directed surveillance, (ii) use covert human intelligence sources, (iii) acquire communications data and (iv) undertake intrusive surveillance in the last 24 months. [222057]

Mr. Thomas: The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 allows BERR and its agencies to conduct directed surveillance in accordance with Section 28 of the Act, grant authorisations for the
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conduct and use of a covert intelligence source in accordance with Section 29 of the Act and to obtain certain types of communication data in accordance with Section 22 of the Act. In each case the use of powers within RIPA has to be appropriately authorised.

Figures on public authority use of covert techniques controlled by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (‘RIPA’) are published annually by the Interception of Communications Commissioner, the Chief Surveillance Commissioner and the Intelligence Services Commissioner who each have particular inspection and oversight responsibilities under RIPA. The latest reports were laid before Parliament and copies placed in the House Library on 22 July. The figures provided in the reports are not broken down by individual public authority use of specific covert technique as, depending on the particular technique and authority using it, this could either reveal sensitivities or be misleading. The question of further disclosure for any particular public authority is a matter for the relevant Commissioner.

EDF Energy

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have with EDF; and how much (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies paid to EDF in each of the last 10 years, broken down by the purpose of the payment. [221833]

Mr. Thomas: EDF provides the energy for the BERR estate through a call off contract via an Office of Government Commerce framework.

Spend over the past five financial years is as follows:

£

2003-04

530,550

2004-05

520,011

2005-06

856,367

2006-07

1,240,938

2007-08

1,495,498


I am unable to provide the figures for the previous five years as disproportionate costs would be incurred.

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service and Companies House and they will respond to you directly.

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 6 October 2008:


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£

2004-05

0

2005-06

0

2006-07

0

2007-08

Total

211,624

Cardiff

157,832

Nantgarw

53,792

2008 to date

Total

100,685

Cardiff

75,910

Nantgarw

24,775


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