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Departmental Databases

Mr. Watson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what information databases his Department (a) maintains and (b) uses; and which do not contain personal information. [284392]

Mr. McFadden: The Department holds a large number of databases ranging in size. These include corporate databases, access databases held by units within the Department and a large number of spreadsheets of data of which certainly the larger and more sophisticated could be described as fulfilling a database function. The vast majority of these databases and systems can be expected to a greater or lesser extent to contain personal data. It is not possible due to disproportionate costs to identify those databases which do not contain personal data.

Departmental Electronic Equipment

Jenny Willott: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) photocopiers, (b) scanning devices and (c) fax machines, excluding multi-function devices, there are in his Department; how many there were in his Department's predecessors in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [286180]

Mr. McFadden: Much of the information requested is not held centrally by this Department as locally held equipment is the responsibility of individual Groups and it would involve disproportionate cost to establish this.

In terms of photocopiers used in our central Reprographics pools, which included a service to ex-Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills staff in central London, there were 23 machines in 2007-08, 22 in 2008-09 and 19 currently.

The scanners provided as part of the Department's core IT service are multi-function devices.

The current number of operational fax machines across the BIS estate is 126. There are no historical records for fax machines used by BIS's predecessors, but there has been a rationalisation in recent years as the Department has introduced flexible working practices across its estate.

I would also refer the hon. Member to the Government Strategy "Greening Government ICT: Efficient, Sustainable, Responsible" published on 17 July 2008, Official Report, column 53WS.


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Departmental Flexible Working

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what family-friendly working policies his Department and its predecessors have implemented in the last 12 years. [285818]

Mr. McFadden: In the last 12 years the Government have made great progress on providing support to working parents and encouraging family-friendly working practices through a balanced package which takes account of the needs of parents and the businesses which employ them. This includes significant improvements in maternity leave and pay. All employed women are now entitled to 52 weeks' maternity leave with 39 weeks' maternity pay. Employed fathers benefit from two weeks' paid paternity leave. Adopters are now entitled to the same periods of pay and leave as birth parents.

We have ensured support does not end after the first year. Parents of children aged 16 or under, or whose child is disabled, can request a flexible working pattern. Employers must consider the request but may refuse on set business grounds. Eligible parents can take up to 13 weeks' parental leave up to their child's fifth birthday. Parents of disabled children can take up to 18 weeks' parental leave up to their child's 18th birthday.

The wider needs of families are also recognised-carers of adults can also request a flexible working pattern and all employees are able to take a reasonable amount of time off work to deal with an emergency involving a dependant.

Departmental Internet

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on the development of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website. [285526]

Mr. McFadden: The information is as follows.

Cost breakdown (exc. VAT):

Mr. Watson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2009, Official Report, column 193W, on departmental internet, what the (a) names and (b) versions are of the web browsers used on the (i) desktop machines and (ii) laptop computers used by his Department's (A) Permanent Secretary, (B) chief information officer, (C) head of communications and (D) head of finance. [288993]

Mr. McFadden: All users in BIS currently use Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 6 from their desktop PC and laptops.

Departmental Lost Property

Mr. Blunt: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many laptop computers belonging to (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies have been lost or stolen in the last five years. [281080]


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Mr. McFadden: The number of laptops reported lost or stolen from 2005 to end May 2009 is 46.

I have approached the chief executives of the executive agencies and they will respond to the hon. Member directly.

Departmental Manpower

Jo Swinson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what percentage of employees in his Department are (a) women and (b) men; and what the average hourly pay of his Department's (i) male employees and (ii) female employees was in the latest period for which figures are available. [287121]

Mr. McFadden [holding answer 16 July 2009]: 53 per cent. of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills work force are men and the remaining 47 per cent. are women. The average hourly salary for women is £15.44 and for men is £17.91.

Departmental Older Workers

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff in his Department will reach the age of 65 years by the year 2011. [283366]

Mr. McFadden: There are currently 32 staff in the Department who have reached the age of 65 and there are currently an additional 21 staff who will reach the age of 65 by the start of 2011.

Departmental Press

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals are delivered to the private office of each Minister in his Department, and at what cost, in the latest period for which figures are available. [279421]

Mr. McFadden: The following list details what (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals are delivered to the private office of each Minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The total monthly cost at the present time is £899.20.

Newspaper/periodicals

Express

Mail

Mirror

Telegraph


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Financial Times

Guardian

International Herald Tribune

Independent

Sun

Times

Times Higher

Times Educational

Evening Standard 1st Edition

Evening Standard West End Final


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Economist

New Statesman

New Scientist

Spectator

Private Eye

The Week

Fortune


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