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Public Houses: Closures

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. [232780]

Mr. Thomas: BERR does not collate this information.

Regional Development Agencies: Finance

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. [226755]

Mr. McFadden: The RDAs retain records of the last six years. To provide records before this period will incur disproportionate costs. The following tables show RDA figures for 2002-03 to 2007-08.

RDA expenditure on training and conferences
£000
RDA 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

AWM

223

204

206

212

165

144

EEDA

225

177

82

205

42

192

EMDA

137

162

144

176

208

226

LDA

(1)0

(1)0

361

560

877

738

NWDA

486

687

445

193

332

619

ONE

176

208

196

543

458

417

SEEDA

421

533

295

299

404

503

SWRDA

146

106

115

219

(2)397

449

YF

848

703

690

735

510

373

(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.

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RDA Expenditure on consultancy fees( 1)
£000
RDA 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

AWM

572

453

672

496

247

312

EEDA(2)

449

282

226

714

563

453

EMDA

621

295

149

228

148

347

LDA

(3)0

(3)0

335

479

(4)2,062

(4)1,529

NWDA

874

815

792

535

518

833

ONE

183

146

200

309

197

181

SEEDA

110

80

125

98

120

66

SWRDA

527

431

648

557

281

316

YF

180

270

296

194

228

390

(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)
£
RDA 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

AWM

6,457

7,259

6,908

6,357

5,297

5,296

EEDA

3,664

4,037

4,679

5,324

5,582

6,152

EMDA

5,611

6,027

6,106

6,779

6,303

6,316

LDA(2)

8,387

4,020

13,514

11,628

15,072

9,683

NWDA

33,347

45,775

(3)14,846

16,723

19,520

13,707

ONE

9,689

9,736

8,879

8,880

9,434

6,180

SEEDA

6,941

7,519-

7,525

6,998

7,091

6,729

SWRDA

8,132

8,378

7,806

8,855

9,527

8,475

YF

6,604

7,317

6,918

7,063

(4)5,770

(4)9,306

(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)
£000
RDA 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

AWM

17

31

31

51

26

(2)89

EEDA

49

47

32

50

102

99

EMDA

166

105

87

117

142

93

LDA

(3)41

(3)278

239

422

266

192

NWDA

57

62

112

84

100

145

ONE

82

126

166

319

424

274

SEEDA

16

19

64

58

41

62

SWRDA

220

235

163

43

49

20

YF

22

8

24

60

30

35

(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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