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Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has entered into any contracts with Kellogg, Brown and Root or its subsidiaries since January 2009. 
Procurement services to the former-DIUS element of the Department are provided by DCSF who advise that the information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2009, Official Report, column 513W, on Lord Sugar, on what dates Lord Sugar visited his Department; and what small business representatives he has met since his appointment. 
[holding answer 15 December 2009]: Lord Sugar is an advisor to Government and small business and does not have a Department. Between the dates previously indicated he visited the Department for
Business, Innovation and Skills on 11 June, 8, 13 and 20 July, 6 August, 1, 17, 24 and 29 September, 1, 12, 13 and 22 October and 4, 17, 18, 23 and 30 November.
He has talked to almost 2,000 businesses at various question and answer sessions around the country. He has also had one-to-one meetings with over 20 businesses, most of whom were participating in a Business Link "Health Check". The practice of Business Link is not to disclose details of those using its services, without client permission, in order to protect the commercial interests of the businesses concerned.
Mr. Lammy: The following table shows the average amount of teaching grant per student that the Higher Education Funding Council for England has provided to Middlesex from 1996/97 to 2009/10. These annual figures cannot be directly compared, as a result of various changes to the funding method over this period.
|Average teaching grant rates of funding per FTE for Middlesex University|
Total recurrent teaching grants from the following HEFCE publications:
Recurrent Grants for the Academic Year 1996-97: Final Allocations
Recurrent Grants for the Academic Year 1997-98: Final Allocations
Recurrent Grants for 1998-99: Final Allocations
Recurrent Grants for 1999-2000: Final Allocations
Recurrent Grants for 2000-01: Final Allocations
Recurrent Grants for 2001-02: Final Allocations
Recurrent Grants for 2002-03: Final Allocations
Recurrent Grants for 2003-04: Final Allocations
Recurrent Grants for 2004-05: Final Allocations
Recurrent Grants for 2005-06: Final Allocations
Recurrent Grants for 2006-07: Final Allocations
Recurrent Grants for 2007-08: Final Allocations
Recurrent Grants for 2008-09: Final Allocations
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department plans to amend the provisions of the Partnerships (Accounts) Regulations 2008 to require partnerships with a limited liability partnership as a notional partner to publish their accounts. 
The purpose of the Partnerships (Accounts) Regulations 2008-like their predecessor regulations the Partnerships and Unlimited Companies (Accounts) Regulations 1993-is to implement European company law Directive 90/605/EEC. The directive amended the Fourth EU company law directive, which requires limited companies to draw up and publish accounts. The 1990 directive does not extend to limited partnerships whose general partners are Limited Liability Partnerships and the Department has no plans to amend the law to do so and thereby increase the burdens on business. Anyone wishing to do business with a limited partnership structured in this way can of course ask for copies of its financial statements as a precondition.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of young people who have started (a) a paid and (b) an unpaid internship in each of the last 12 months. 
Mr. Lammy: There is a huge range of internships available to young people, only some of which are stimulated by Government. We hold some information about vacancies filled through the Graduate Talent Pool. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 11 January 2010, Official Report, column reference 807W for this information.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department plans to announce the conclusions of its July 2009 consultation on Ensuring effective debt relief for poor countries; what plans he has to introduce legislative proposals to tackle vulture funds; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Pearson: The Treasury intends to publish the results of its consultation "Ensuring Effective Debt Relief for Poor Countries" in February. The Government do not consider it acceptable that a minority of creditors continue to pursue full repayment for debts that the international community has worked so hard to reduce. It calls on all creditors to provide their share of debt relief to Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPCs). In that regard, I fully support the decision by the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish (Andrew Gwynne) to use a Private Member's Bill to tackle so-called vulture funds, helping to ensure that the world's poor see the full benefits of debt relief.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what advertising campaigns his Department has been responsible in each of the last three years; which such campaigns have (a) commenced and (b) continued in 2009-10 to date; and what the total cost of each such campaign has been. 
The answer I gave on 5 November 2009, Official Report, column 1093W, to the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond).
The answer given by the former Exchequer Secretary (Angela Eagle) on 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1891W, to the hon. Member for Taunton (Mr. Browne).
The answer given by the then Financial Secretary (John Healey) on 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 376W.
The majority of the Department's advertising is usually on staff recruitment except where indicated in the previous answers referred to above. Advertising spending on staff recruitment and the Money Guidance pathfinder advertising will continue in 2009-10. Details of any other campaigns launched in 2009-10 and total spending on advertising in that year will be available when the Department's Resource Account is published.
Philip Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many planned visits by Ministers in his Department within the UK were cancelled within 72 hours of the visit taking place in the last 12 months; and what the planned venue or venues were for each such visit. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what volume of waste his Department generated in each of the last three years; what percentage of this was (a) paper, (b) plastic, (c) glass, (d) metal, (e) electrical goods and batteries and (f) food waste; and what percentage of his Department's waste was (i) disposed of securely, (ii) disposed of in landfill and (iii) recycled. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: HM Treasury is committed to making operations as sustainable as possible. Detailed information on waste and recycling in Treasury buildings is published in HM Treasury's Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09 (HC 611).
The recycled paper waste in that report includes all of the Department's documents that are disposed of securely. The following table gives the proportions, where available, of the total waste by weight report which relate to batteries, all of which are recycled.
|HM Treasury battery disposals, 2006-07 to 2008-09|
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Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department provides to (a) other Government departments and (b) non-governmental organisations on the implementation of Article 45 of the 2004/EC/18 European Directive on Public Procurement. 
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will exempt businesses with a turnover of less than £100,000 per annum that do not have access to the internet from the requirement from April 2010 to submit value-added tax returns online. 
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis is for the statement in his Department's document, "Impact Assessment of Withdrawing the Furnished Holiday Letting Rules", that it is likely that an indefinite extension of the FHL rules to EEA properties would also negatively impact upon UK tourism; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: Extending the furnished holiday letting rules to properties in the European economic area indefinitely would eliminate the UK tax advantage for UK properties relative to other European properties. It would encourage investment abroad and channel UK resources to businesses that promote tourism elsewhere in Europe, seeking to attract tourists away from the UK.
The Government support the objective of a thriving UK tourism industry, and are providing £130 million between 2008 and 2012 for marketing Britain overseas and England to the British. In addition, between £3.3 and £3.5 million is provided annually to the regional development agencies for tourism support.
John Battle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) telephone calls were made and (b) letters were sent by the Tax Credit Office to (i) Jobcentre Plus, (ii) the Home Office, (iii) the Child Benefit Office and (iv) local authorities in (A) 2005-06, (B) 2006-07, (C) 2007-08 and (D) 2008-09; 
(2) how many (a) telephone calls were made and (b) letters were sent by the Child Benefit Office to (i) Jobcentre Plus, (ii) the Home Office, (iii) the Tax Credit Office and (iv) local authorities in (A) 2005-06, (B) 2006-07, (C) 2007-08 and (D) 2008-09. 
For information about the overall number of items of correspondence issued by the then tax credit and child benefit offices in 2006-07; 2007-08 and 2008-09, is provided in the following table. Information is not available for 2005-06. HMRC does not keep an itemised log of the number of items of correspondence addressed to other local and national Government departments or agencies.
|Correspondence sent by :|
|Tax Credit Office||Child Benefit Office|
Figures do not include items of post generated automatically by the tax credits and child benefit computer systems.
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