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Sussex Downs College
Telford College of Arts and Technology
The Calderdale Colleges Corporation
The Henley College
The Oldham College
Tower Hamlets College
Tyne Metropolitan College
Walford and North Shropshire College
Waltham Forest College
West Nottinghamshire College
West Suffolk College
Worcester College of Technology
Workers' Educational Association
Working Men's College (The)
Robert Halfon: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the East of England Development Agency spent on (a) corporate hospitality, (b) alcoholic drinks of each type, (c) food and (d) conference facilities and room hire in each year since it was established. 
Mr Prisk: The East of England Development Agency's (EEDA's) financial reporting systems are unable to separate spend into the four categories above. Information is held on costs for catering, hospitality and corporate entertaining.
EEDA defines "hospitality" and "corporate entertainment" as expenditure on individuals or groups of stakeholders and partners that is paid for directly by EEDA.
Robert Halfon: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the East of England Development Agency spent on (a) internal communications and (b) external marketing and advertising in each year since it was established; how many staff it employed in each salary band (i) in internal communications and (ii) external marketing communications and advertising in each of those years; and whether the agency had an internal magazine during this period. 
Mr Prisk: Please see the following table for details of how much the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) has spent on each of the specific categories requested.
The following amounts were spent on internal communications.
|Spend on internal communication|
Due to the nature of our financial reporting systems, data on spend for the purposes of internal communications cannot be extracted prior to the financial year 2002-03.
(b) External marketing and advertising
EEDA's spend on marketing and communications is listed in EEDA's Annual Report and Accounts. These are published on EEDA's website
and are available from the Libraries of the House.
(c) Staff employed by salary band
|Number of staff employed (FTE equivalent)|
|Internal communications( 1)||External marketing communications( 2)|
|(1) The FTE salary band for the 0.6 FTE in Internal Communications is TAC 4 £25,289 - £29,083.|
(2) External marketing communications is defined as marketing, public relations and communications. Due to the way EEDA retains information on staff and organisational structure, it is not possible to extract information on this prior to the financial year 2006-07.
The salary bands for the 9.2 employees working on external marketing communication roles in the financial year 2009-10 are as follows: -
|Number of staff||Grade||Salary band (£)|
EEDA has never published an internal magazine for staff. All written communication with staff is electronic, via the organisation's intranet and email systems.
Robert Halfon: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff members are allocated to maintaining the East of England Development Agency's EREBUS website; and what recent assessment he has made of the value for money derived from expenditure on the website. 
Mr Prisk: The maintenance of the East of England Development Agency's (EEDA's) EREBUS (Eastern Region Broadband Uplift Scheme) website amounts to two hours each month for one member of staff.
The EREBUS website was built internally at EEDA. The development of a scripting tool (to manipulate automated email responses) was commissioned externally and cost £355.00. The annual fee for hosting the domain for this website is £211.56.
No assessment has been made of the value for money derived from expenditure on the website. EEDA has received positive feedback from broadband providers regarding the erebusonline website.
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects on the income of sub-post offices which do not have a national lottery terminal in
circumstances in which Camelot's application to offer post office services through lottery terminals is granted; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Davey: Camelot's proposal to provide commercial services through lottery terminals is still subject to the regulatory approval of the National Lottery Commission. If the commission consents to Camelot's proposal, Post Office Limited will carry out an assessment of the impact on sub post offices.
Mrs Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research he has undertaken on the likely effects on the (a) number of jobs and (b) economy in each region of his proposals to end regional development agencies; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Prisk: Our proposals are for restructuring the delivery landscape for economic development. Replacing the regional development agencies (RDAs) with local enterprise partnerships will ensure that these partnerships better reflect the natural economic geography of the areas that they serve.
Reorganising the delivery of economic development will ensure a focussed targeted delivery of policy/services in areas where it can have the most benefit, and we would not expect that this transition will have a negative impact on the economy in the English regions or the number of jobs.
Angie Bray: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to allow funding from the Regional Growth Fund to be provided to areas of serious deprivation in regions to which the fund does not apply. 
Mr Prisk [holding answer 29 June 2010]: The Regional Growth Fund, launched on 29 June by the Deputy Prime Minister, will create the conditions for growth and enterprise in the regions by stimulating investment and create sustainable private sector jobs.
The details of the fund and criteria for selection of successful proposals are still to be determined and will be outlined in the forthcoming White Paper on local and regional growth. The fund will, though, apply to the whole of England and bids will be invited from both private bodies and public-private partnerships. Proposals will need to demonstrate high value, bringing in private investment and supporting sustainable increases in private sector jobs and growth in the local area that the proposal covers.
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