Newspaper Licensing Agency

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what payments were made to the Newspaper Licensing Agency in respect of the provision of services to the Leader of the House's Office in each of the last 10 years. [315588]

Angela E. Smith: Since 2006-07 the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons has not made any payments to the Newspaper Licensing Agency.

Following a machinery of government change, information relating to expenditure incurred by the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons prior to 2006-07 is available at only disproportionate cost.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Adult Education

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people (a) started and (b) completed a course at an adult education college in each of the last five years. [314294]

Kevin Brennan: Adult education colleges are not specifically identified in data collected centrally. Programmes are delivered through a variety of different provider types.

The following table shows the number of adults participating and achieving in LSC-funded further education (FE colleges including Learn Direct, adult and community learning, work-based learning, Train to Gain) in each of the last five years, 2004/05 to 2008/09 (provisional).



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Adult (19+) participation and achievement in FE and skills

2004/052005/062006/072007/082008/09

Total Learners Participating

4,669,100

3,983,800

3,206,400

3,306,000

3,697,200

Below Level 2 (excluding Skills for Life)

2,097,300

1,031,800

589,500

532,500

427,000

Skills for Life

940,100

979,400

809,900

826,500

938,700

Full Level 2

395,000

441,300

516,300

740,100

959,400

Full Level 3

228,700

264,200

267,600

328,100

423,300

Level 2

1,348,700

1,235,300

1,118,400

1,319,400

1,542,600

Level 3

598,700

524,900

485,800

528,200

619,300

Level 4+

73,000

68,300

59,900

53,200

57,700

No Level Assigned

610,800

1,050,300

842,300

803,600

862,600

      

Total Learners Achieving

3,347,400

2,931,400

2,233,100

2,243,600

2,435,500

Below Level 2 (excluding Skills for Life)

1,551,600

758,100

430,200

406,500

317,500

Skills for Life

690,100

737,800

540,900

520,700

620,900

Full Level 2

179,200

216,500

235,600

320,300

491,600

Full Level 3

79,500

110,000

115,000

134,400

169,300

Level 2

785,100

759,200

660,600

734,700

895,500

Level 3

311,800

285,600

271,400

285,600

312,100

Level 4+

33,100

33,100

30,300

25,800

26,700

No Level Assigned

512,800

866,600

689,700

682,800

652,800

(1) Provisional

Notes:

1. Volumes are rounded to the nearest 100.

2. Figures for 2008/09 are not directly comparable to earlier years as the introduction of demand led funding has changed how data is collected and how funded learners are defined from 2008/09 onwards. More information on demand led funding is available at

http://www.lsc.gov.uk/providers/funding-policy/demand-led-funding.htm

3. Tables use age as at 31 August of the academic year.

4. Full-year numbers are a count of the number of learners that participated/achieved at any point during the year. Learners undertaking/achieving more than one course will appear only once in the 'total learners' category for each data collection. However, learners that are included in different data collections, whether that relates to different years or different funding streams, will be counted more than once. All learners undertaking/achieving a full level 2 or 3 qualification will also appear in the level 2 or level 3 category, respectively.

Source:

Individualised Learner Record



Blaydon

Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Blaydon constituency, the effects on Blaydon of the policies and actions of his Department and its predecessors since 2000. [315306]

Mr. McFadden: Since 2000, the policies and actions of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and its predecessors have focused on building a competitive economy and on delivering prosperity and sustainable economic growth. Examples of how BIS policies and actions have impacted on Blaydon include:

Counterfeit Manufacturing: International Co-operation

Mr. Watson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials from (a) his Department and (b) the Intellectual Property Office are planning to attend the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations in Mexico in January 2010. [313943]

Mr. Lammy: One official from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) attended the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations in Mexico. The IPO is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and IPO officials represent the UK Government in intellectual property negotiations, including ACTA.

No other officials from the Department attended the negotiations.

Mr. Watson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 402W, on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, on what date (a) he and (b) other Ministers last discussed the proceedings of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations; when he next expects to meet Ministers who have a departmental interest in the negotiations to discuss the agreement's progress to date. [314019]

Mr. Lammy: I regularly meet ministerial colleagues to discuss various aspects of my Intellectual Property portfolio. I have not recently met other Ministers to discuss the proceedings of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade

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Agreement negotiations, but relevant Ministers have been kept fully informed and briefed on its progress where necessary.

Mr. Watson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 402W, on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, on what date officials in his Department last met their counterparts in other Government Departments to discuss the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement; and if he will make a statement. [314028]

Mr. Lammy: Officials in the Department last met their counterparts in other Government Departments to discuss the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement on 26 August 2009. Since this meeting officials in other Departments have been regularly briefed and consulted on the progress of the negotiations. The next meeting is planned for February.

Mr. Watson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 402W, on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, what information has been provided to businesses on the negotiations; and if he will make a statement. [314037]

Mr. Lammy: The officials have discussed with the European Commission and other member states ways to inform businesses and other interested parties about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations. As a result of these discussions, the European Commission held a public consultation meeting on 23 June 2008, with a second meeting on 21 April 2009 and another planned soon. In addition, regular updates, including a summary of key elements under discussion, can be found on the website of the Intellectual Property Office.

Mr. Watson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 402W, on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, if he will make it his policy to seek the agreement of his negotiating partners the publication of the latest draft held by his Department of the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement. [314067]

Mr. Lammy: It is current UK policy on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to seek the agreement of our negotiating partners to publish the draft text. However, it is the practice in trade negotiations that working documents are not disclosed without the consent of all the negotiating parties. Not all parties currently agree to the release of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) draft text. My officials continue to press for greater transparency with our negotiating partners.

Departmental Billing

Dr. Cable: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the length of time taken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to pay invoices from (i) small and medium-sized enterprises and (ii) all creditors. [315068]



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Mr. McFadden: The Prime Minister announced in October 2008 that all central Government Departments will aim to pay invoices within 10 days. The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills commenced reporting of 10-day payment performance in November 2008.

In November 2008, 93.1 per cent. of invoices were paid within 10 days. The latest available data are for December 2009, when 95.8 per cent. of invoices were paid within 10 days. This means that payment performance has increased by 2.7 percentage points over this period.

We do not distinguish payments by supplier size as we have determined to pay all suppliers within 10 days.

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office and the Intellectual Property Office and they will respond to the hon. Member directly.

Departmental Visits Abroad

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials represented his Department at events abroad in each of the last five years. [314295]

Mr. McFadden: The Department does not centrally record numbers or details of officials representing the Department at overseas events. The Department holds information on officials travelling overseas for business but does not specifically relate these costs to events abroad, to obtain this information would entail disproportionate costs.

The Department publishes details of senior staff on overseas business visits on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website at: