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Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish his Department's replies to the European Communications Commissioner's letters of 30 June 2008, 6 October 2008 and January 2009 on Phorm. 
Mr. McFadden: It is not the Government's policy to publish such correspondence. Publication of these letters has already been sought by members of the public under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Each request has been refused, and this position has not changed.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the compliance with UK and EU legislation of the use of Phorm's targeted online advertising technology by internet service providers. 
The UK is committed to providing a high level of consumer protection. We take our community obligations very seriously especially in the area of data protection and e-privacy. The possible future use of Phorm technology has raised material concerns in this area and the UK authorities are working to ensure that if it is introduced into the market for internet based advertising services, this is done in a lawful, appropriate and transparent fashion.
After conducting its inquiries with Phorm the UK authorities consider that Phorm's products are capable of being operated in this fashion on the following basis:
the user profiling occurs with the knowledge and agreement of the customer;
the profile is based on a unique ID allocated at random which means that there is no need to know the identity of the individual users;
Phorm does not keep a record of the actual sites visited;
search terms used by the user and the advertising categories exclude certain sensitive terms and have been widely drawn so as not to reveal the identity of the user;
Phorm does not have nor want information which would enable it to link a user ID and profile to a living individual;
users will be presented with an unavoidable statement about the product and asked to exercise a choice about whether to be involved; and
users will be able to easily access information on how to change their mind at any point and are free to opt in or out of the scheme.
Mr. McFadden: Post Office Ltd. currently plays a vital role providing access to financial services through its national network of around 11,500 branches. It already offers an extensive range of financial services products including savings, insurance, mortgages, credit cards, and over 1,600 free-to-use cash machines providing further access to cash across the network.
Tim Farron: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of community-run post offices which have closed in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding South West Regional Development Agency has allocated to the regeneration of Shelley Manor in Bournemouth in each of the next three years; when such funds will be delivered to the regeneration project; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton
[holding answer 1 June 2009]: Each regional development agency (except the London Development Agencysee table) participates in two statutory over-arching strategies: the regional economic strategy (RES) and the regional spatial strategy. The
aim of the RES is to improve economic performance and enhance regional competitiveness, addressing market failures that prevent sustainable economic development, regeneration and business growth. It is drawn up and kept under review by the RDA.
The RSS (which incorporates a regional transport strategy) provides a spatial framework to inform the preparation of land-use programmes. It takes into account provision for new housing; priorities for the environment; transport, infrastructure, economic development, agriculture, minerals extraction and waste treatment and disposal.
Following the Governments 2007 Sub-National Review of Economic Development and Regeneration, RDAs are working with local authorities to prepare development of integrated regional strategies, replacing the current regional economic strategy and regional spatial strategy. The Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Bill will enact this. The London Development Agency, working with the GLA, has its own arrangements in this matter.
Examples of external strategies that help deliver the RES are shown as follows. These are augmented by a series of tactical internal strategies and plans which relate to AWMs main areas of responsibility.
As part of Londons unique governance arrangements, the Mayor of London produces a number of statutory and non statutory strategies, including the London Plan, the Mayors Transport Strategy and the Mayors Economic Development Strategy. As a functional body of the Greater London Authority, the London Development Agency is involved to varying degrees in the development and delivery of the majority of these strategies.
Additionally, ONE has developed mini strategies in relation to low carbon vehicles, off-shore wind power and printable plastic technologies in response to the Governments New Industry, New Jobs agenda.
Partner organisation sector based strategies which SEEDA participates in include two South East NHS Trust strategies for action on health, to achieve a healthy work force best placed to deliver smart growth.
In addition to delivering the Regional Economic Strategy and the Integrated Regional Strategy that will replace it, Yorkshire Forward works with partners to join up other strategies to the RES in the interests of integration and effectiveness. These are listed as follows:
HomeBuy Direct: RDAs' contribution was £25 million (2009-10);
Fiscal Stimulus: RDAs bringing forward £100 million of their regeneration projects from 2010-11 to 2009-10; and
Capital for Enterprise Fund: RDAs' contribution of £10 million in 2009-10.
The following table shows how individual RDA Capital budgets, given to them as indicative allocation following the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 Settlement, were affected in 2009-10 by the above initiatives. All figures are in £ million.
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