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Waste and Resources Action Programme

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 9 October 2008, Official Report, column 746W, on the Waste and Resources Action Programme, (1) what remit was given to Chelgate Ltd; and what each of the resource efficiency issues were that were developed; [231969]

(2) what WRAP's definition is of a resource efficiency issue; [231970]

(3) whether the use of Chelgate Ltd to contact public policy makers and opinion formers from outside WRAP's established stakeholder groups, included liaising with (a) representatives of political parties, (b) hon. Members and (c) noble Lords. [231971]

Jane Kennedy [holding answer 30 October 2008]: The Waste and Resources Action Programme's (WRAP) remit from its Government funders is to help individuals, businesses and organisations to waste less and recycle more and to help support the development of end markets for recycled materials. WRAP describes this role as encouraging ‘resource efficiency’. WRAP'S work delivers environmental, social and economic benefits, and so its advice, experience and agenda is of interest to policy makers in Government and other political parties. WRAP therefore decided to strengthen its links with policy makers within Government, Parliament and other parties.

The remit given to Chelgate Ltd. was to provide specialist help to support WRAP in improving their engagement with political stakeholders. The objective was to help WRAP raise the level of those stakeholders' awareness of WRAP, their activities and the value of those activities to the UK economy and environment. This support was of a general nature, across all the issues dealt with by WRAP.

WRAP'S aim is to help to build a more resource efficient UK. WRAP therefore considers the term ‘resource efficiency’ to include all the issues with which it deals.

The use of Chelgate Ltd. to contact public policy makers and opinion formers from outside WRAP'S established stakeholder groups did include liaising with representatives of political parties, honourable Members and noble Lords.

Chelgate Ltd. was engaged at a cost of £25,000.


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Waste Disposal: Council Tax

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether domestic properties with a (a) Class M and (b) Class N council tax exemption will be liable to pay the new taxes for the collection of household rubbish; [230724]

(2) whether domestic properties with a Class V council tax exemption will be liable to pay the new taxes for the collection of household rubbish. [230725]

Jane Kennedy: The Government have no plans to introduce new taxes for the collection of household rubbish.

Waste Management

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding has been provided to waste reduction schemes under the Landfill Communities Fund and its predecessor in each year since 1997. [231664]

Angela Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

Figures supplied by the fund's regulator, Entrust, show that funding provided for sustainable waste management projects under the landfill communities fund (formerly the landfill tax credit scheme) is as follows:

Financial year (1 April to 31 March) £ million

1997-98

10.9

1998-99

18.8

1999-2000

32.0

2000-01

39.4

2001-02

44.4

2002-03

57.0

2003-04

56.1

2004-05

33.7

2005-06

23.0

2006-07

17.9

2007-08

6.7

Total

339.7


The sum of the years differs marginally from the total shown owing to rounding.

Prior to Budget 2003, there were additional objects which covered sustainable waste management projects, which this question concerns. The fund was reformed in Budget 2003 following discussion with stakeholders. As well as extending the scope of the scheme from 1 October 2003 to include habitat creation projects on land that need not have public access, in order to support biodiversity, the objects relating to sustainable waste management were removed from 1 April 2003 and a proportion of the funding for the scheme was redirected to public spending on a new sustainable waste delivery programme.

Culture, Media and Sport

Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many alcohol licences in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) the Chelmsford local authority area have been revoked on the grounds of sale of alcohol to children since the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003. [232775]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: Statistical bulletins on licences to sell alcohol include the number of licences revoked, but do not indicate the reason why. Licences may be revoked on review for one or more reasons relating to the four licensing objectives, including sales of alcohol to children.

The first DCMS Statistical Bulletin on Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment, under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003, was published on 8 November 2007. This shows that, between April 2006 and March 2007, there were three completed reviews in the Chelmsford licensing authority area which resulted in two premises licences revoked or club premises certificates being withdrawn and one premises licence or club premises certificate being suspended. The second statistical bulletin, published on 30 October 2008 and covering the period between April 2007 and March 2008, shows that there was one completed review in the Chelmsford licensing authority area which resulted in the premises licence or club premises certificate being suspended as well as other conditions added or modified.

Since 6 April 2007, a premises licence can be suspended by a court under Section 147B(1) of the Licensing
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Act 2003 (as amended by the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006) for the sale or supply of alcohol, following an offence of persistently selling to underage children. No premises licenses have been suspended on these grounds in the Chelmsford licensing authority area for the most recent statistical bulletin period.

Arts Council England: Consultants

Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were employed by Arts Council England as consultants in each year since 1997-98; and what the annual cost of such employment was in 2007-08 prices. [223884]

Barbara Follett: Information on the numbers of consultants employed is not available in the form requested due to structural changes at Arts Council England. Data in the tables have been provided by Arts Council England and include a wider analysis of fee-based work, both administration and arts driven, which forms a part of the fully consolidated Arts Council Lottery and grant-in-aid accounts from 2003-04 onwards.


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Table l
£000

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Arts Council Fee expenditure 2003-04 to 2007-08

Professional Fees

14,677

13,260

15,148

8,763

6,651

Consultants

5,940

4,390

464

0

0

Consultants - IT

0

0

0

1,681

645

Consultants - Management Consultants

0

0

0

185

244

Consultants - Project Management

0

0

0

699

1,475

Consultants - Research

0

0

0

384

703

Consultants - Market Research

0

0

0

30

117

Legal Fees

377

383

343

300

443

Assessors/Advisers Costs

83

831

3,181

481

111

Capital Scheme Assessment

1,481

1,266

746

305

546

Capital Scheme Monitoring

785

985

1,113

815

711

Consolidated fee related arts and administration spend 23,343

23,343

21,115

20,995

13,643

11,646

Grant in Aid funded administration and arts spend

Professional Fees

5,998

5,637

7,822

7,481

4,001

Consultants

469

635

382

0

0

Consultants - IT

0

0

0

1,681

587

Consultants - Management Consultants

0

0

0

169

226

Consultants - Project Management

0

0

0

695

843

Consultants - Research

0

0

0

354

563

Consultants - Market Research

0

0

0

30

117

Legal Fees

181

210

105

103

374

Assessors/Advisers Costs

53

631

316

452

114

Capital Scheme Assessment

Capital Scheme Monitoring

Grant in Aid funded administration and arts spend

6,701

7,113

8,625

10,965

6,825

Creative Partnerships and Restricted Arts Projects

Professional Fees

8,552

7,476

7,020

1,087

2,550

Consultants

5,440

3,755

82

0

0

Consultants - IT

0

0

0

0

6

Consultants - Management Consultants

0

0

0

7

6

Consultants - Project Management

0

0

0

4

593

Consultants - Research

0

0

0

30

70

Consultants - Market Research

0

0

0

0

0

Legal Fees

1

8

11

0

0

Assessors/Advisers Costs

26

196

2,865

24

Capital Scheme Assessment

Capital Scheme Monitoring

Creative Partnerships and restricted arts projects spend

14,019

11,435

9,978

1,152

3,225

Lottery administration spend

Professional Fees

127

147

306

195

100

Consultants

31

0

0

0

0

Consultants - IT

0

0

0

0

52

Consultants - Management Consultants

0

0

0

9

12

Consultants - Project Management

0

0

0

0

39

Consultants - Research

0

0

0

0

70

Consultants - Market Research

0

0

0

0

0

Legal Fees

195

165

227

197

69

Assessors/Advisers Costs

4

4

0

5

-3

Capital Scheme Assessment

1,481

1,266

746

305

546

Capital Scheme Monitoring

785

985

1,113

815

711

Lottery administration spend

2,623

2,567

2,392

1,526

1,596


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