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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe): I refer the noble Lord to the Answer given by my noble friend the Baroness Blatch on 22 November 1995 (WA 10). The HMSO Copyright Unit--which administers Crown copyright and, with the agreement of the House authorities, parliamentary copyright--allows the printed reproduction of legislation and parliamentary proceedings in a value added context without prior permission or charge. Concessionary arrangements also apply for quasi-legislative material. Commercial terms are charged for reproduction in non-printed, commercial products but fees may be waived or reduced where professional or educational use is involved and profit is
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Lord Inglewood): Responsibility for the subject of this Question has been delegated to the Royal Parks Agency under its Chief Executive, Mr. David Welch. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
In the absence of the Chief Executive, Mr. David Welch, I have been asked by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for National Heritage to reply to your parliamentary Question requesting details of consultancy contracts entered into by the Royal Parks Agency since it was set up in April 1993.
The attached list sets out all consultancy contracts entered into by the agency since April 1993. It gives terms of reference, names of consultants, funds committed in each case and action taken by the agency in each case.
|Consultant's Name (Expertise) and Terms of Reference||Amount Committed||Period of Contract||Action by RPA|
|1. Watts and Partners (Building Surveyors) CONSULTANT ADVISER ON WORKS SERVICES: To monitor and audit performance of works management contractor||£72,000||4 years||Action taken as appropriate|
|2. Hornton Cavell (Building Surveyors) Provision of Advisory and Monitoring Services for Catering Concessions in Parks||(1)£8,400||3 years||Action taken as appropriate|
|3. Food Services (Catering) Consultant Adviser for Catering Concessions in Hyde Park only||(1)£5,200||3 years||Action taken as appropriate|
|4. HN & WS Skerritt (Registered Trade Mark Agents) Registration of Royal Parks Logo as registered Trade Mark||£6,208||3 years||On-going|
|5. CELTS (Market Research) Survey to assess visitor satisfaction||(2)£95,000||3 years||Action taken as appropriate|
|6. Daniel Smith (Estate Management) Commercial and utility reviews||£60,000||3 years||On-going|
|7. Price Waterhouse (Management) Review and implement Audit Plan||£19,000||5 years||Action taken as appropriate|
|8. John Lloyd and Assoc (Quantity Surveyor) Grounds Maintenance Phase I: to assist and advise on retendering of 4 grounds maintenance contracts||£15,000||1 year||Contracts awarded|
|9. John Lloyd & Assoc (Quantity Surveyor) Grounds Maintenance Phase II: to assist and advise on retendering of 3 grounds maintenance contracts||£12,000||1 year||Contracts awarded|
|10. Leo Pemberton (Horticulturist) Assessment and advice on apprentice gardeners||£7,200||3 years||On-going|
|11. Jim Berry (Horticulturist) Produce text for a new illustrated tree handbook||£1,500||1 year||Implemented|
|12. John Wilkinson (Arts and Entertainment) To draw up annual costed Summer Entertainments Programme and obtain sponsorships||£11,125 £16,000 £28,160||1 year 1 year 1 year||Implemented for 1994 and 1995, 1996 programme in progress|
|13. Halcrow Fox (Road Traffic) Traffic Feasibility Study--The Mall; Review of strategic traffic issues and junction design||£15,000|
|14. Halcrow Fox (Road Traffic)||£2,500||3 months||Buckingham Palace|
|15. Halcrow Fox (Road Traffic) Extension 2||£3,500|
|16. Moon Comms Ltd (Design) Design House Style Corporate Identity, Logo, Stationery and Signage in all Parks||£78,000||5 months||Implemented|
|17. Moon Comms Ltd (Design) Design Study for House Style Phase II||£22,000||4 months||Implemented|
|18 Richard Moon (Design) Technical Support to signage project in all Parks; oversee production of signage||£3,000||8 months||Implemented|
|19. Pat Pierce (Writer) Write, design and project manage the production of new, illustrated guidebooks||£3,650||4 months||Implemented|
|20. John Fitzmaurice (Design) Design map artwork for guidebooks||£1,490||4 months||Implemented|
|21. Barbara Haynes (Editor) To edit guidebooks||£700||4 months||Implemented|
|22. Alisdair Macmillan--All Park Associates (All Parking Matters) Review contract, assess tenders and make recommendations for car parking contractors||£5,000||2 months||Implemented|
|23. Mike Loader (ex-Royal Parks Constabulary Deputy Chief Officer) To assist in 1994-95 recruitment of police constables for Royal Parks Constabulary||£10,000||4 months||Implemented|
|24. RTCC (Training) To devise and run 8 x 1 day training courses on reporting procedure||£11,632||8 months||Implemented|
|25 Robin Corbin (Horticulturist) Independent 6 monthly assessments of soft landscape quality||£4,000||2 months||Action taken as appropriate|
|26. Penny Jones (Design) Design and project manage production of new, illustrated tree handbook||£8,075||18 months||On-going|
|27. John Brown & Co (Marketing) Review existing attractions, promotional and marketing work, assess potential and prepare a costed programme of priorities||£8,750||6 months||Pending. (Views of interested parties being sought)|
|28. Mr. A. Gerrish (Met Police Dog Trainer) Advise on selection and training of police dogs, dog handlers and dog programme||£4,000||1 year||Implemented|
|29. Watson Wyatt & Co (Management Consultants) To carry out job evaluations and pay and grading modelling for delegated pay and grading scheme||£15,203||1 year||On-going|
|30. Sally Hubbard (Management Consultants) Examine the management, organisation and structure of the Royal Parks Agency||£40,000||6 months||On-going|
|31. BWA Bernard Williams (Chartered Surveyor) Review current works management contract and recommend strategy||£33,250||1 year||On-going|
|32. Sigmund Shallit (Design) Commission to design 1994-95 Annual Report||£8,000||6 months||Implemented|
|33. (Robin Gray & A. H. Shepherd (Management) To project manage the introduction of a delegated pay and grading scheme||£18,500||6 months||On-going|
|34. Mike Loader (ex-Royal Parks Constabulary Deputy Chief Officer) To assist in 1995-96 recruitment of police constables for Royal Parks Constabulary||£11,000||6 months||On-going|
|35. DHV (Health and Safety) To review and assess Health & Safety procedures, make and implement recommendations||£42,000||3 years||On-going|
(1) Time charges.
(2) Ist year costs. Cost for years 2 and 3 based on a schedule of rates.
All amounts exclude VAT.
As a result of the measures to restrict income support for asylum seekers announced on 29 November, what increases they have budgeted for in the number of (a) deportations (b) rough sleepers, and (c) funerals paid for by local authorities.
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The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): None. The Government will discuss with local authority associations provisions for a special grant to assist them with net additional costs arising from their obligations to asylum seekers under the homelessness legislation, until these are removed by an order following enactment of the Immigration and Asylum Bill. Help with additional costs which may arise from local authorities' continuing obligations under the Children Act 1989 is also being considered.
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