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I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office to your Parliamentary Question, tabled on 20 January, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills asking how many employees are in transition prior to being managed out; how long on average the transition window between notification and exit has been in each of the last five years; and for estimates of the salary costs of staff in transition in each such year together with the proportion of employees in transition which were classed as being so for more than six months in each year.
There are currently no employees within the Agency who have been officially declared surplus.
With regard to the position over the last five years, I am advised that I am unable, on grounds of confidentiality, to provide information where there are less than five people in this category. There is, however, one instance that is in the public domain-described on page 33 of the 2007-2008 Annual Report and Accounts of the Agency (then known as the National Weights & Measures Laboratory).
I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 20 January 2010, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The Intellectual Property Office began its first redeployment exercise in April 2009. A total of 48 staff were declared surplus in 2009/10 and therefore in transition prior to being managed out. A total of 40 staff have been redeployed, 19 to internal vacancies and 21 externally. There are currently 8 staff in transition. On average, the 40 staff redeployed remained in the transition for 4 months. The budgeted salary cost for this exercise was £425k. 16 people were in transition for more than 6 months.
I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 20 January 2010, UIN 313245, to the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Companies House has not managed out any employees from the Agency in the last five years.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many brand managers his Department and its predecessors have employed in each of the last five years; and at what cost. 
Mr. McFadden: This Department has one member of staff responsible for managing the Department's brand. This includes the publication and dissemination of the brand guidelines and advising on their application. It is estimated that 25 per cent. of this person's time is spent on branding related activities. Based on the average pay costs for a member of staff at this grade this represents a staff cost of approximately £11,241 in 2009/10.
The former Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the former Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) each had one member of staff responsible for brand management. The average pay costs for this were:
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the provision of child care places by universities for students with young children. 
Mr. Lammy: I have received joint representations about nursery closures from the National Union of Students, the University and College Union and UNISON. The provision of nurseries for the children of students is a matter for individual institutions. In addition to the standard student support package, the Government provides generous support to help students with children. A child care grant of up to £13,260 per year is available for eligible full-time, undergraduate students with children in registered and approved child care. In addition, for academic year 2009/10, student parents may also receive a parents' learning allowance of up to £1,508 to meet course-related costs.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the Learning and Skills Council to publish on its website the minutes of its National Council Meeting on 9 December 2009. 
The acting chief executive of the Learning and Skills Council has recently undertaken a review of its National Council minutes and decided to make public the full minutes from these meetings, subject to the redaction of any sensitive or confidential information which is exempt under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act. The minutes of the 9 December 2009 meeting were published on the LSC's website on 26 February 2010. These can be found at:
Mr. Bain: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in Glasgow North East constituency aged (a) between 18 and 21 and (b) 22 years and over have been paid at the rate of the national minimum wage since its introduction. 
Due to rounding in the conversion of payroll data into hourly wage rates and small sample sizes for 18 to 21-year-olds in ASHE, it is not possible at the regional level to infer the number of employees earning exactly at the National Minimum Wage (NMW) with sufficient certainty. However it is possible to estimate the number who were paid at or below the NMW.
The most recent figure from BIS analysis of the 2009 ASHE indicates the number of jobholders aged 18 to 21 who were paid at or below the NMW in April 2009 in Scotland was 11,000. The number of jobholders aged 22 and over who were paid at or below the NMW in Scotland was 51,000.
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding had been (a) allocated to and (b) disbursed from the Science and Research Budget to the (i) Large Facilities Capital fund, (ii) University Capital fund, (iii) Higher Education Innovation fund, (iv) Public Sector Research Establishments fund, (v) Science and Society fund and (vi) other programmes funded from that Budget in 2009-10 on the latest date for which figures are available. 
|Allocated 2009-10||Expenditure to 31 January 2010|
|(1) Capital programme. (2) Near Cash programme. (3) There is no expenditure recorded against the Large Facilities Capital Fund as this fund is used to make additional allocations to research councils for approved projects. To date £172 million has been allocated to research councils which includes £50 million of capital allocation brought forwards from 2010-11 under the capital acceleration scheme. Note: These figures do not include the allocations to and the expenditure of the research councils and the national academies.|