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A confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is not a paper document; it is a virtual document, similar to a database record, which sponsors complete within the sponsorship management system (SMS).

Elections

Question

Asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno

Lord Davies of Oldham: Applications for postal votes for elections to the National Assembly for Wales must be received by 5pm on the 11th day before polling day. Postal ballot papers cannot be sent out before that time. Nominations close at noon on the 19th day before polling day.

Estate Agents: Regulation

Question

Asked by Baroness Harris of Richmond

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): The Office of Fair Trading published a market study report entitled Home Buying and Selling on 18 February 2010. The rationale for the OFT's recommendations is set out in this report. The Government will respond to the OFT's recommendations in due course.

Expenditure: Office Equipment

Questions

Asked by Lord Bates

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): The information is as follows:

(a) The Local Better Regulation Office

The Local Better Regulation Office pays £1.99 excluding VAT for each 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper. The total spend was £804.70 excluding VAT for the period for which figures are available-11 months from April 2009.



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(b) The Competition Commission

The average price of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 gsm photocopier paper purchased by the Competition Commission was £1.88 excluding VAT. For the period 1 April 2009 to 31 January 2010 the Competition Commission purchased 3,650 packs of paper at a total cost of £6,862 excluding VAT.

(c) The Certification Officer

The Certification Officer pays £2.80 for each 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper. In 2008-09, 210 packs of paper were purchased at a total cost of £588.40.

(d) The Union Modernisation Fund Supervisory Board

The Union Modernisation Fund Supervisory Board receives support from my department and therefore does not purchase any photocopier paper in its own right.

(e) The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Advisory Board

The department provides the secretariat for the advisory board. The purchase price in (f) below applies.

(f) Enterprise and Business Support

Enterprise and Business Support forms part of two directorates within my department and the department currently pays £1.65p for each 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper, exclusive of VAT. Information on actual reams purchased by departmental directorates is not held centrally.

(g) The Consumer Council for Postal Services

The Consumer Council for Postal Services was abolished in 2008.

Asked by Lord Bates

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): This information is not held centrally and to collect it would incur disproportionate cost.

However, the Operational Efficiency Programme (OEP) published at Budget 2009 gave an estimate of £2.4 billion of procurement expenditure in 2007-08 on office solutions across Government, including the wider public sector. This total includes expenditure on stationery and photocopier paper alongside other categories such as postal services, records storage and office machinery. The Office of Government Commerce is currently compiling comparable figures for 2008-09 as part of its work to meet OEP targets on categorisation of public expenditure on procurement.



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Government Departments: Consultancy Services

Questions

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): The Department for Transport and its executive agencies operate separate finance systems that record expenditure differently and there are no centralised records relating to spend on public relations consultants and public affairs consultants during the past three years. To search across the department's disparate finance systems to obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Public relations consultants perform an important role in disseminating information to the public on a range of transport issues including road safety. The major campaigns involving public relations consultants and the expenditure on those campaigns in each of the past three years are as follows:

PR Campaigns2006-072007-082008-09

THINK!

£290,885

£229,247

£110,780

ACT ON CO2

£80,987

£49,527

£54,399

Concessionary Fares

£181,688

Aviation

£59 800

Sea Smart

£79,148

£54,552

£1,751

Vehicle Registrations

£163,000

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): The department spent the following via the Central Office of Information (COI) and directly with public relations agencies in the last three years. This includes spend for campaigns started by the former Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the former Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS)).



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2009-10 BIS campaign (including BERR and DIUS)CompanyAmount

Pay and Work Rights

Four Communications

£ 90,000

Family Rights (paternity)

Four Communications

£ 36,000

Consumer Tipping Awareness

Four Communications

£ 31,000

Employing People

Cohn & Wolfe

£163,000

Student Finance and Employability

Consolidated

£146,640.86

Science (So What? So Everything)

Kindred

£661,513.58

Iawards

Grayling

£124,794.49

Employee Engagement

Fishburn Hedges

£292,265.95

FE Colleges Week

Band & Brown

£170,852.20

Climate Change

Cohn & Wolfe

£ 11,276

Media Audit

Cohn & Wolfe

£ 4,000

Informal Adult Learning

Kindred

£194,603

Academic Freedom Debates

Forster

£ 35,896

Total 2009-10

£1,961,842.58

2008-09 BERR CampaignCompanyAmount

Employing People

Cohn & Wolfe

£165,596.25

Consumer Protection Regulations

Trimedia Harrison Cowley Ltd

£112,142.03

Flexible working

Cohn & Wolfe

£ 24,733.63

Queen's Awards

Highlight PR

£ 19,875

Renewable Energy

Gavin Anderson

£ 2,506.54

Total 2008-09 BERR

£324,853.45

2008-09 DIUS campaign

Student Finance and Employability

Consolidated

£271,610.57

Science (So What? So Everything)

Kindred

£243,349

FE Colleges Week

Band & Brown

£199,760.31

Climate Change

Cohn & Wolfe

£ 49,130

Academic Freedom Debates

Forster

£115,337.50

Total 2008/09 DIUS

£879,187.38

2007-08 DTI/BERR

Enterprising Britain

Geronimo Communications

£172,630.27

Renewable energy

Gavin Anderson (UK) Ltd

£109,326.38

Employing People

GO London

£ 30,030

Queen's Awards

Highlight PR

£ 17,254.61

Fireworks safety

Trimedia Harrison Cowley Ltd

£ 15,000

Consumer Protection Regulations

Trimedia Harrison Cowley Ltd

£ 73,000

Total 2007-08 DTI/BERR

£417,241.26

2007-08 DIUS campaign

Student Finance and Employability

Consolidated

£273,391.49


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