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Ministerial Corrections

Monday 5 November 2012

Work and Pensions

Atos Healthcare

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 1 May 2012, to the hon. Member for Cardiff West, Official

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, column 1407W, on Atos, what the monetary value was of each contract between his Department and Atos in

(a)

2008-09,

(b)

2009-10 and

(c)

2010-11. [107219]

[Official Report, 22 May 2012, Vol. 545, c. 643W.]


Letter of correction from Chris Grayling

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West (Tom Greatrex) on 22 May 2012.

The full answer given was as follows:

Chris Grayling: The spend values for the five DWP contracts with Atos are as follows:

£
Policy areaSpend in 2008-09Spend in 2009-10Spend in 2010-11

Medical Services

111,800

99,100,000

112,800,000

Tell Us Once—Tell Us Once Release A

2,568,409

2,214,608

2,471,873

enGage (Government Gateway)

22,933,466

20,560,958

15,745,685

Occupational Health

0

0

9,840,000

Community Action Programme

0

0

0

Notes: 1. There are £0 spend values against the Community Action Programme contract because (a) it did not exist in until November 2011 and (b) the outcome based payment model used will only see costs becoming due in early 2012-13. 2. There are £0 spend values against the Occupational Health contract because it did not exist in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 financial years.

The correct answer should have been:

Chris Grayling: The spend values for the five DWP contracts with Atos are as follows:

£
Policy areaSpend in 2008-09Spend in 2009-10Spend in 2010-11

Medical Services

111,800

99,100,000

112,800,000

Occupational Health

2,568,409

2,214,608

2,471,873

enGage (Government Gateway)

22,933,466

20,560,958

15,745,685

Tell Us Once—Tell Us Once Release A

0

0

9,840,000

Community Action Programme

0

0

0

Notes: 1. There are £0 spend values against the Community Action Programme contract because (a) it did not exist in until November 2011 and (b) the outcome based payment model used will only see costs becoming due in early 2012-13. 2. There are £0 spend values against the Tell Us Once—Tell Us Once Release A contract because it did not exist in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 financial years.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The following is the answer given by the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt), to a question from the hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Mrs Grant) during Foreign and Commonwealth Question Time on 4 September 2012.

Middle East and North Africa

2. Mrs Helen Grant (Maidstone and The Weald) (Con): What steps he is taking to promote political and economic freedom in the Middle East and North Africa; and if he will make a statement. [118497]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Alistair Burt): In addition to diplomatic and political support given to countries in the region, following the dramatic events of the last 18 months, our Arab partnership programme, which is now worth £110 million, provides practical support with a range of projects, including election reform, media transparency and employment initiatives. We will operate across 15 countries in this coming year, with a budget of some £60 million?

[Official Report, 4 September 2012, Vol. 549, c. 139.]

Letter of correction from Alistair Burt:

An error has been identified in the answer given on 4 September 2012 to the hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Mrs Grant).

The correct answer should have been:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Alistair Burt): In addition to diplomatic and political support given to countries in the region, following the dramatic events of the last 18 months, our Arab partnership programme, which is now worth £110 million, provides practical support with a range of projects, including election reform,

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media transparency and employment initiatives. We will operate across 15 countries in this coming year,

with over 60 projects.

Trade Promotion

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many events have been held at British embassies or consulates to promote Scottish businesses in the last three years; and which businesses were represented at such events. [125598]

[Official Report, 30 October 2012, Vol. 552, c. 176W.]

Letter of correction from Hugo Swire:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Glasgow East (Margaret Curran) on 30 October 2012.

The full answer given was as follows:

Mr Swire: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) officials meet UK businesses seeking to export regularly. These interactions occur in a wide variety of circumstances, and it is therefore not possible to assess accurately the total number of meetings that have taken place over the past three years.

Our Charter for Business sets out how the FCO supports UK business overseas and how the FCO is working to help deliver success for the UK's economy. We are supporting and promoting businesses across the UK, and do not differentiate on where they are based. UKTI also has a vital role to play in supporting British business. UKTI helped 25,450 businesses in 2011-12, 90% of them SMEs. UKTI trade support generated over £30 billion of additional sales for its clients—this support helped firms create 36,400 new jobs and secure a further 68,500.

British companies can make full use of UKTI's trade services, including the resources provided by UKTI offices overseas. Additionally, where appropriate, the Scottish Government's trade and investment arm, Scottish Development International, is also available.

As examples, in 2011-12:

172 grants were provided to Scottish firms through support under UKTI's Tradeshow Access programme.

310 reports were commissioned on behalf of Scottish firms through overseas posts under UKTI's Overseas Market Introduction Services.

Three research projects were offered to Scottish firms under UKTI's Export Marketing Research scheme.

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Four Scottish missions to India, Brazil, Qatar and China (a total of 39 companies) were supported under UKTI's Market Visit Support programme.

Our diplomatic, consular and UKTI network is one of the largest and most respected in the world, with around 270 diplomatic posts in 170 countries, employing 14,000 staff. This delivers real benefits to Scottish people and businesses at home and overseas.

The correct answer should have been:

Mr Swire: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) officials meet UK businesses seeking to export regularly. These interactions occur in a wide variety of circumstances, and it is therefore not possible to assess accurately the total number of meetings that have taken place over the past three years.

Our Charter for Business sets out how the FCO supports UK business overseas and how the FCO is working to help deliver success for the UK's economy. We are supporting and promoting businesses across the UK, and do not differentiate on where they are based. UKTI also has a vital role to play in supporting British business. UKTI helped 25,450 businesses in 2011-12, 90% of them SMEs. UKTI trade support generated over £30 billion of additional sales for its clients—this support helped firms create 36,400 new jobs and secure a further 68,500.

British companies can make full use of UKTI's trade services, including the resources provided by UKTI offices overseas. Additionally, where appropriate, the Scottish Government's trade and investment arm, Scottish Development International, is also available.

As examples, in 2011-12:

172 grants were provided to Scottish firms through support under UKTI's Tradeshow Access programme.

310 reports were commissioned on behalf of Scottish firms through overseas posts under UKTI's Overseas Market Introduction Services.

Three research projects were offered to Scottish firms under UKTI's Export Marketing Research scheme.

Four Scottish missions to India, Brazil, Qatar and China (a total of 34companies) were supported under UKTI's Market Visit Support programme.

Our diplomatic, consular and UKTI network is one of the largest and most respected in the world, with around 270 diplomatic posts in 170 countries, employing 14,000 staff. This delivers real benefits to Scottish people and businesses at home and overseas.