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Dr. Kumar: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of trends in the rate of closure of public houses; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent on (a) training and conferences, (b) consultancy fees, (c) general expenses and (d) publications by (i) the North West Regional Development Agency, (ii) One North East, (iii) Yorkshire Forward, (iv) Advantage West Midlands, (v) the East Midlands Development Agency, (vi) the East of England Development Agency, (vii) the South West of England Development Agency, (viii) the South East of England Development Agency and (ix) the London Development Agency in each financial year since their creation; and if he will make a statement. 
|RDA expenditure on training and conferences|
|(1) LDA had different financial recording systems in 2002 and 2003. To provide expenditure on training and conferences would incur disproportionate cost.|
(2) As part of SWRDA's Independent Performance Assessment improvement plan, which was signed off by the National Audit Office, the agency provided increased levels of training related to leadership and management for staff in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
|RDA Expenditure on consultancy fees( 1)|
|(1) Consultancy fees have been defined as expenditure on services commissioned by the RDA to inform the management of the agency, organisational development, strategy, communicating and marketing. It excludes services for specific programme delivery.|
(2) In 2007-08, the figure includes a £144,000 contribution to NWDA for the RDA Evaluation Project.
(3) LDA had different financial recording systems in 2002 and 2003. To provide expenditure on consultancy fees for these years would incur disproportionate cost.
(4) Increased consultancy fees can be explained through a need to quickly ramp up capacity alongside increased agency spending levels. This is particularly applies to the Olympic Bid, Olympic Land Assembly and on other major capital projects such as Wembley Stadium.
|RDA general expenses( 1)|
|(1) General expenses include all administrative expenditure, excluding staff costs.|
(2) General expenses have been calculated as LDA's policy and programme support spend less staffing costs.
(3) The methodology for measuring general expenses changed after 2003-04. The main reason for the fall in general expenses from 2003-04 levels to those of 2004-05 and onwards is that expenditure on professional fees related to delivery and developments of projects and programmes which had been included in general expenses, has since been included in expenditure on front line delivery.
(4) Due to a change in accounting policy, the 2007-08 figures for General Expenses include costs incurred by subsidiaries of YF to the value of £3,178k. In 2006-07, costs incurred by the same subsidiaries did not have to be included or combined with those of YF and as such the figures for 2006-07 appear lower than those of 2007-08. For comparison purposes, the General Expenses incurred in 2006-07 by Yorkshire Forward's subsidiaries amounted to £3,616k.
|RDA Expenditure on publications( 1)|
|(1) Publications have been defined as corporate publications. It excludes ad hoc internal publications.|
(2) This figure relates to activity on the agency's land and property portfolio.
(3) Figures for 2002-03 and 2003-04 include programme costs.
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