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New national procurement agreements that will deliver cost savings
Working with police forces to develop a new digital evidence strategy that will contribute to improvements across the criminal justice system.
The ISIS plan for 2009-10 will shortly be published and distributed to police forces and police authorities and the programme will report on progress to myself and the National Policing Board in June.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the written ministerial statement of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 37-8W, on Tasers, how many Tasers each police force has; and how much expenditure her Department has incurred in supplying Tasers to each police force in the last 12 months. 
In extending the use of Taser to specially trained units the Home Office has so far provided £8 million to the National Policing Improvement Agency to support the purchase of 7,000 Tasers which have been distributed to forces. The breakdown by force is in the following table.
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1. This does not include attendance management and performance management related figures.
2. The figures for removed from duty include 64 staff who were suspended and 91 who were dismissed. The dismissed figure is not included in the staff disciplined category.
3. Out of the 64 staff suspended, some staff were subsequently dismissed and are included in the 'dismissed' figures. The remaining staff either received a disciplinary outcome less than dismissal e.g. first formal warning, final formal warning and penalty short of dismissal or are still on suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.
John Thurso: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he has taken to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide emissions arising from the operation of ICT systems in his Department under the Greening Government ICT Strategy. 
Ian Pearson: I refer the hon. Member to the answer my right hon. Friend the Minister for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs gave on 21 April 2009, Official Report, column 522W, to the hon. Member for Cardiff, Central (Jenny Willott).
John Penrose: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) which Minister has responsibility for the Energy and Climate Change Unit in his Department; 
Ian Pearson: I am the Minister responsible for the Unit but it provides support to all Ministers within the Department. The administration budget for 2009-10 for the Unit is expected to be finalised by the end of June.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions the Secretary of State has had with LDV on restarting production at its plant in Birmingham. 
Mr. Andrew Turner:
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to answer Question 264097,
tabled on 16 March 2009 on complaints on handling of requests for mobile telephone service cancellations. 
Ian Pearson [holding answer 28 April 2009]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer my right hon. Friend the Minister for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs gave on 11 May 2009, Official Report, column 560W.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the regional development agencies in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. 
Ian Pearson: The RDAs expenditure in 2007-08 was £2,265 million and in 2008-09 expenditure is forecasted (subject to audit) at £2,179 million. This expenditure takes account of the cost of delivery for various programmes (e.g. Business Links) and of administration. These figures do not include EU programme monies associated with ERDF and RDPE.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small businesses have applied for a loan through the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme since its creation; what criteria are used by his Department on deciding suitability for a loan under the scheme; under what circumstances such a loan would be refused; how many applications have been (a) accepted and (b) refused; what the average loan was; whether interest is charged on each loan; how much has been allocated by his Department to the scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Pearson: The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) came in to operation on 14 January. A 75 per cent. Government guarantee for loans will support bank lending of three months to 10 year maturity. Eligible businesses should have a turnover of up to £25million. The scheme will enable them to secure loans of between £1,000 and £1 million through the Government guarantee. The scheme can also be used to convert an existing overdraft into a loan, enabling small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to use these overdraft facilities to meet working capital demands. A Premium of 2 per cent. per annum (1.5 per cent. during 2009) on the outstanding balance of the loan is also payable to BERR, in addition to the loan repayments and any interest set and charged by the lender.
Decisions on individual lending rests with the lender, whose decision will follow a commercial assessment of the viability of the proposition and the ability to service the loan and other charges, the suitability of EFG as opposed to lender's other commercial lending products, and the EFG eligibility criteria (including sector restrictions as detailed on the BERR website).
8. Paul Rowen: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on proposals for reform of the civil service to be contained in legislation on constitutional reform. 
Kevin Brennan: In addition to Real Help for Communities we will shortly be announcing details of the £16.7 million fund announced in the Budget to help third sector organisations facing hardship as a result of the global economic crisis.
I am continuing to listen to the sector, for example, by co-chairing a follow-up recession summit with that National Council for Voluntary Organisations on 10 June, to understand the ongoing effects of the recession.
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