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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 7 October 2008

Northern Ireland

Departmental Marketing

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of (a) internet and website design and hosting, (b) print media design and (c) broadcast media of each of his Department's public information campaigns since 1997. [214727]

Mr. Woodward: To provide the breakdown of costs incurred by the Northern Ireland Office on public information campaigns from April 1997 to March 2000 would incur disproportionate costs; however, the overall costs for these years are as follows:

£

1997-98

262,083.75

1998-99

428,390.82

1999-2000

Nil


The breakdown of costs from April 2000 to date is contained in the following table:

Internet and website design and hosting (£) Print media design (£) Broadcast media (£)

2000-01

0.00

11,802.08

0.00

2001-02

8,364.24

12,483.18

0.00

2002-03

36,489.03

11,470.88

97,043.25

2003-04

40,598.43

24,798.22

56,088.55

2004-05

15,418.13

52,324.48

140,564.66

2005-06

12,556.25

48,554.44

196,842.23

2006-07

11,005.16

95,863.97

40,758.93

2007-08

19,476.60

154,793.00

165,720.68

2008-09

822.50

816.63

0.00

Total

144,730.34

412,906.88

697,018.30


Economic and Monetary Union

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 9 July 2008, Official Report, column 1646W, on economic and monetary union, what the type of information in the changeover plan that prohibits publication is; and if he will redact that information and place an edited version in the Library. [222222]

Mr. Woodward: The Northern Ireland Office is unable to provide details of the Euro Changeover Plan as it contains the names and addresses of the Euro Co-ordinators as well as details of registered companies and computer packages which are to be used.


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Powers of Entry

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by his Department has (i) amended and (ii) enhanced existing powers of entry since May 1997. [222143]

Mr. Woodward: Since May 1997, my Department has taken forward nine primary enactments and one statutory instrument which have either introduced new, or amended existing, powers of entry in Northern Ireland. The relevant legislation is shown in the following lists.

Primary legislation introduced since May 1997 amending existing entry powers or containing new entry powers

Statutory instruments conferring one or more powers of entry coming into force since May 1997

The answer covers Acts, Orders in Council and statutory instruments on reserved and excepted matters. Northern Ireland Statutory Rules and legislation in the transferred field taken forward prior to the establishment and during the suspension of the Assembly have not been covered on the grounds that to do so would involve disproportionate cost.

Justice

Channel Islands

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings he has held with government representatives of (a) the Bailiwick of Guernsey, (b) Alderney and (c) Sark in the last 12 months. [222965]

Mr. Wills: There have been no meetings between the Secretary of State and Government representatives of Guernsey and Alderney during the period specified. There has been one meeting between the Secretary of State and the Seigneur of Sark (8 January 2008).

As the Minister responsible for the Crown Dependencies I have met with Government representatives of Guernsey on two occasions (22 November 2007 and 21 July 2008); and Government representatives of Sark on three occasions (8 and 24 January 2008 and 5 February 2008).

Governance of Britain

Mrs. Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) Ministers, (b) officials from his Department, (c) representatives of local authorities, (d) invited members of the public and (e) non-invited members of the public attended the “Governance of Britain” event in Brighton on 17th July; [223785]


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(2) how many (a) Ministers, (b) officials from his Department, (c) representatives of local authorities, (d) invited members of the public and (e) non-invited members of the public attended the “Governance of Britain” event in London on 22nd July; [223788]

(3) how many (a) Ministers from his Department, (b) officials from his Department, (c) representatives of local authorities, (d) invited members of the public and (e) other members of the public attended the “Governance of Britain” event in (i) Nottingham on 9th July 2008 and (ii) Newcastle on 14th July 2008; [223825]

(4) how many (a) Ministers from his Department, (b) officials from his Department, (c) representatives of local authorities, (d) invited members of the public and (e) other members of the public attended the “Governance of Britain” event in Bristol on 30th June. [223826]

Mr. Wills: The “Governance of Britain” ‘townhall’ events were designed to engage those who are already active in their local communities in the Government's constitutional renewal agenda with an aim of encouraging them to take the debate put to their community groups and organisations.

All those who attended the event were invited to do so.

A breakdown of information requested for each event is shown in the following table.

Brighton London Bristol Nottingham Newcastle

(a)

Michael Wills

Michael Wills

Michael Wills

Michael Wills

Michael Wills

(b)

5

5

5

5

5

(c)

2

2

11

10

7

(d)

25

27

25

27

16


Mrs. Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the cost was of the “Governance of Britain” consultation event held in Brighton on 17th July; [223786]

(2) what the cost was of the “Governance of Britain” consultation event held in London on 22nd July; [223787]

(3) what the cost was of the “Governance of Britain” consultation event held in Newcastle on 14th July; [223789]

(4) what expenditure his Department incurred in holding the “Governance of Britain” consultation event in Nottingham on 9th July; [223827]

(5) what expenditure his Department incurred in holding the “Governance of Britain” consultation event in Bristol on 30th June. [223828]

Mr. Wills: The total cost of the “Governance of Britain” events as requested are as follows:

Venue Date Cost of event (£)

Brighton

17 July

593.83

London

22 July

1,538.09

Newcastle

14 July

686.50

Nottingham

9 July

676.00

Bristol

30 June

435.00

Note:
All costs were inclusive of value added tax.

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Land: Measurement

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Land Registry plans to use hectares as a unit of measurement. [223951]

Mr. Wills: Land Registry requires the use of metric measurements on any documents dated on or after 1 October 1995. Any imperial measurements in such documents must appear as supplementary indications only and will usually be placed in brackets, for example, 22.86 m (75 feet).

Land Registry similarly only uses imperial units of measurement on the register and title plan as supplementary indications (in brackets) or where they are included in a verbatim extract from a deed dated prior to 1 October 1995.

Political Parties: Finance

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans the Electoral Commission has to respond to the proposals set out in the party finance and expenditure White Paper; and if he will make a statement. [221462]

Sir Peter Viggers: I have been asked to reply.

The Electoral Commission informs me that it has published a response to the White Paper, Party finance and expenditure in the United Kingdom, which is available on the Commission's website:

The Commission will now consider carefully all aspects of the Political Parties and Elections Bill relevant to its work before setting out its views in more detail prior to the Bill's second reading in the House of Commons.

Leader of the House

Stress

Mr. Hands: To ask the Leader of the House what arrangements her Office has in place to assist officials to overcome the effects of stress experienced in the workplace. [222168]

Chris Bryant: The Office of the Leader of the House of Commons is committed to the well-being of its employees. It has an external employee counselling service, it regularly consults staff on reducing stress at work and it provides easy to use advice on the successful prevention, recognition and management of stress at work.

I am delighted that no staff have taken leave for stress over the last four years.

Work and Pensions

Access to Work Programme

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from which part of his Department's budget funding to raise the Access to Work budget will be drawn. [223162]

James Purnell [holding answer 10 September 2008]: On 21 July 2008, the Department published its Green Paper ‘No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility’. Despite a fourfold increase in funding
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over the last 10 years, we recognise the need to expand the service to provide more help to more people. We are doubling the budget on Access to Work. This will be a major expansion of the support we can offer to disabled people to help them get and sustain employment. We estimate that this will expand the programme's capacity to around 48,000 people by 2013-14. The extra funding being made available is in addition to what was agreed in the 2007 spending review settlement.


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