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Grant Shapps: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions the Secretary of State has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on his response to the Review of Sub-National Economic Development and Regeneration. 
Mr. McFadden: The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) is jointly responsible, with the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG), for implementing the recommendations of the review of sub-national economic development and regeneration (SNR). Ministers and officials in both Departments are in regular contact over progress with its implementation and, in particular, with regard to responding to the consultation Prosperous Places: taking forward the review of sub-national economic development and regeneration.
Philip Davies: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of materials his Department has distributed to schools in the last three years. 
Mr. McFadden: The former DTI, now the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), produced materials on firework safety for use by school teachers. These are available in electronic format to download from our website:
It's only NaturalGeography and Science resources for 5 to 11-year-olds
It's only NaturalScience resources for 11 to 16-year-olds
It's only NaturalGeography resources for 11 to 18-year-olds
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the monetary value of trade between Montserrat and the UK was in each of the last five years. 
|UK exports of goods to Montserrat||UK imports of goods from Montserrat|
HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform by what means the effectiveness of the West Midlands Economic Council will be assessed. 
Mr. McFadden [holding answer 17 November 2008]: Both individually and as part of the Council of Regional Ministers, recently established by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, a key role for the Regional Minister is to be a voice in Whitehall for their area and make sure central Government knows what the public, the business community and third sector organisations across the country need to get by. Their aim is to ensure that the regions strategies to tackle the challenges of tougher times are successful by bringing all parties together quickly at a local level to respond to local economic shocks and helping to remove barriers to delivering critical local services and job creation.
All Regional Ministers have established regional economic bodies (in the West Midlands this is known as the West Midlands Economic Council) bringing together private and public sector representatives to work together effectively to help businesses in the current economic climate and to ensure that their regions are well placed in the medium and long term to prepare for economic upturn. The members are there on a voluntary basis (no cost) and the bodies have no budget or funding. Their role is advisory only. They will also provide a strong voice for the regions and ensure local concerns will be fed into and inform policy at the top level of Government. The Regional Minister will feedback on the work of their regional economic bodies through the Council of Regional Ministers and Regional Economic Council.
Gillian Merron: On 30 September 2008, our consular officials were aware of 2,548 British nationals detained overseas. The breakdown by country is shown in the following table. These figures include detainees on remand as well as those serving sentences. We do not maintain separate statistics on the numbers serving sentences.
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