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Departmental Publicity

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on (a) Ministerial photoshoots and (b) production of videos in which Ministers appear in the last three years for which figures are available. [305510]

Mr. McFadden: It is not possible to provide comprehensive figures for spend on ministerial photoshoots and video productions without incurring disproportionate
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cost. Many videos are produced using internal resources, for use on the Department's digital channels, such as YouTube. Others are commissioned externally as part of marketing campaigns and often not costed separately. Internal resources are also used for taking photographs at internal events.

Expenditure in the last three financial years using external photographers or video production companies which can readily be identified as ministerial photoshoots or videos including Ministers is as follows for the former Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the former Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).

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Photography for ministerial Who's Who board and events


Secretary of State event for all staff at BERR, October 2008



Photography of Ministers


Filming of Ministers




Photography of Ministers


Videos: none identified



Photography of Ministers: none identified


Filming of Ministers




Photography of Ministers


Filming of Ministers


Economic Situation

Mrs. May: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for which policies implemented as part of the Government's response to the recession his Department is responsible; when each such policy was determined; what timetable has been set for the implementation of each such policy; and what funding under each budget heading has been allocated to each such policy. [309341]

Mr. McFadden: The BIS policies that were designed specifically to respond to the economic downturn are those launched as "Real Help" schemes by the predecessor Departments (BERR and DIUS), as well as targeted support for graduates and key industrial sectors. The information you have requested is summarised in the following table.

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Scheme Date agreed Timetable for implementation and key milestones BIS funding

Enterprise Finance Guarantee

Announced in November 2008. 12-month continuation announced in December 2009.

14 January: Scheme launched to enable up to £1.3 billion of additional bank lending to SMEs by 31 March 2010. Up to £500 million of additional lending to be enabled between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011.

Scheme is subject to a 13 per cent. cap on net defaults-Government liability limited to £125 million for initial lending and £50 million for additional lending.

Capital for Enterprise Fund

Announced in January 2009.

January 2009: Scheme announced. Fund registered interest while fund managers were being appointed. April 2009: fund managers appointed. End of March 2010: Fund will be closed to new investments. Fund is on course to invest its allocation in this period.

Fund is £75 million, comprising £50 million of Government funds and £25 million committed from banks. £55 million is committed to be invested in period up to the end of March 2010, with £20 million reserved for follow on funding.

Working Capital Scheme

Announced in January 2009.

January 2009: Scheme launched. March 2009: EU State Aids approval received. April 2009: First tranche of guarantees agreed with RBS and Lloyds Banking Group. July 2009: Second tranche signed with Lloyds Banking Group. Short-term existing bank lending is guaranteed up to the end of March 2011.

The scheme is designed to be cost neutral. An appropriate provision has been made to cover the possibility of unexpected losses.

Trade Credit Insurance Top-up Scheme

Announced in April 2009.

May 2009: Scheme launched to cover reductions in trade credit insurance cover from 1 October 2008. Two changes made to the scheme: (1) June 2009: Eligibility for the scheme was backdated from 1 April 2009 to 1 October 2008. (2) August 2009: The price was reduced and cover limits were increased. 31 December 2009: Scheme closed to new applicants and all policies will expire by 30 June 2010 at the latest.

Demand-led scheme designed to be cost neutral. Contingent liabilities under the scheme capped at a maximum of £5 billion.

Prompt Payment

Ongoing interest. However, in response to evidence of extending payment times in autumn 2008, BERR announced a range of enhanced measures focused on Government-to-business and business-to-business payment.

October 2008: commitment for all central Departments to pay invoices within 10 days-19 out of every 20 invoices are now paid in 10 days. November 2008: BERR (with leading UK business organisations) launches a series of managing cash flow guides. December 2008: BERR supports launch of a new Prompt Payment Code by the Institute of Credit Management. There are now 740 signatories.

Development of 10 managing cash flow guides-total cost in the region of £30,000.

Automotive Assistance Programme

The Automotive Assistance Programme (AAP) received European Commission State Aids approval on 27 February 2009 and was launched in March 2009.

AAP operates under the European Commission Temporary Framework for State Aids, which ends on 31 December 2010. The final maturity dates of loan guarantees and loans can extend beyond 2010.

Will support investment in automotive sector of up to £2.3 billion through loan guarantees and, exceptionally, loans.

Vehicle Scrappage Scheme

Announced in April 2009.

May 2009: Scheme launched. September 2010: Additional funding to the scheme announced.

Up to £400 million.

Response to Redundancy

Announced in November 2008.

April 2009 to December 2010.

£100 million.

Six month offer

Announced in January 2009.

April 2009 to March 2011

£83 million.

Young Person's Guarantee (Routes into work and work- focused training strands)

Announced in April 2009.

November 2009 to March 2011.

£122.4 million

Train to Gain SME flexibilities

Announced in October 2008.

On offer from January 2009. Flexibilities for funding for repeats ongoing; funding for short units due to end July 2010.

From Train to Gain budget, up to £350 million of growth over two years.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs)

Announced in the New Opportunities White Paper in January 2009.

1 July 2009: An enhanced version of the Career Development Loans programme went live. We remain committed to delivering 45,000 loans per year as soon as the capacity exists within banks to meet that target.

£12 million additional money allocated for 2009-10, with £24 million for 2010-11. This is on top of the recurrent baselines in place (to support existing Career Development Loans) of £25 million per year.

Apprenticeships (England). 35,000 additional places in 2009-10

Announced January 2009.

2009-10 financial year: 35,000 additional Apprenticeship starts in England funded by DCSF and BIS.

£140 million (BIS and DCSF).

Support for Graduates

Office for Graduate Opportunities (OGO) established in April 2009 in response to downturn. OGO responsible for several initiatives, as summarised in next column.

Internships: initial target of 5,000 internships now increased to 20,000. To be delivered by March 2010. Graduate Talent Pool website: went live in July 2009. Post-graduate study: ongoing policy to increase places-around 24,000 additional places expected-and support through PCDLs (see separate entry in table). Volunteering: 4,000 full-time and over 50,000 part-time or short-term. Help with business start-up or entrepreneurship training: including via HEFCE's Economic Challenges Investment Fund (ECIF) and Flying Start. Ongoing policy. Extra Mini-Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: 10-40 week placements in SMEs for graduates/postgraduates to work on specific projects vital to the business. Teach First: places for 2009/10 and 2010/11.

BIS funds the Graduate Talent Pool website and provided funding of £1.184 million in 2009-10 to cover infrastructure and publicity costs. In addition, BIS is working with DWP and HEFCE to deliver 10,000 subsidised internships, at a cost of around £16 million.

Employment: Bullying

Mr. Touhig: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of bullying in the workplace. [308153]

Mr. McFadden: Existing legislation protects workers from the most serious kinds of bullying, for instance in cases of discrimination or harassment. The Government publish information and guidance on how this legislation can be used, and ACAS provides a nationwide telephone advice line offering assistance to employers and employees on bullying and other employment issues. These measures support the Government's policy aim that workers should be able to work without fear of being bullied or harassed by employers, fellow employees or anyone else.

Approximately £1 million was committed through DTIs Partnership at Work Fund to support a project on Dignity at Work/Bullying. The project, which completed in May 2008, was led by the Amicus section of Unite and included BAE Systems, Legal and General and British Airways as partners. The project promoted best practice and workplace initiatives to tackle bullying.

In November BIS was pleased to support the launch of new Guidance on Preventing Harassment and Violence in the Workplace prepared jointly by the CBI, (Confederation of British Industry), the PPE (Partnership of Public Employers) and TUC (Trades Union Congress in association with HSE (Health and Safety Executive), and ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).

The joint guidance, issued following a Europe-wide agreement between employers' organisations and unions, aims to give practical help and support to firms and their employees.

This is available at:

European Investments Bank's 2020 Fund

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which companies and organisations will be eligible to apply for support for green infrastructure projects from the European Investments Bank's 2020 Fund; and over what period this Fund is intended to remain open to applications. [307621]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I have been asked to reply.

The 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure will be advised by an independent advisory team. The advisory team will be responsible for appraising potential investments. The Fund will focus on greenfield investments within target sectors. Investments by the Fund will be equity participations in companies which directly or indirectly own or operate infrastructure in the following target sectors:

The advisory team will commence in the first quarter of 2010. The investment period is expected to be a four- year period from 4 March 2010.

Gilmerton Core Store

Nigel Griffiths: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what response the Secretary of State has given to representations from stakeholders objecting to the closure of the core stores in Gilmerton and Loanhead. [308640]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 6 January 2010]: My noble Friend the Secretary of State has written to my hon. Friend and my noble Friend the Minister of State for Science and Innovation will do so shortly in response to the letter from Redrock Associates International Ltd.

Nigel Griffiths: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what response the Secretary of State has made to the representations received from representatives of the oil, gas and carbon storage sectors on the proposed closure of the core store facilities at Gilmerton and Loanhead in Edinburgh. [308641]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 6 January 2010]: The Department has discussed the issues with the Natural Environment Research Council and the British Geological Survey. But this is a management matter for the Natural Environment Research Council.

Nigel Griffiths: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether a risk assessment has been commissioned on the effects on the national rock archive of proposed transport from Edinburgh to a proposed site in Nottinghamshire. [308642]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 6 January 2010]: No specific risk assessment was considered necessary as the British Geological Survey (BGS) currently moves core from the oil and gas suppliers to Gilmerton and Keyworth and between its sites, and already understands and manages this risk. It also moves core as part of the International Ocean Drilling Programme across the globe. However, the British Geological Survey will undertake a combined risk assessment and methods statement nearer the time of moving. A working group of the Collections Advisory Group, including co-opted members of the Geological Society of London Petroleum Group, will consider and advise on the detail.

Nigel Griffiths: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received from stakeholders on the conduct of the consultation process to close core store facilities at Gilmerton and Loanhead in Edinburgh. [308643]

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