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Investigations continue into the outstanding 537 claims to identify the problems.

Consultancy and Advisory Services

Questions

Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay



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The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): UK Financial Investments (UKFI) operates at arm's length from Government and on a commercial basis. UKFI's expenditure will be set out in its financial statements, in accordance with the Companies Act and accounting rules, as part of its annual report and accounts each year.

HM Treasury agreed UKFI's overall budget for 2009-10 at £4.5 million, as set out in the UKFI business plan, available at www.ukfi.co.uk. This is a small fraction of the total investments for which UKFI is responsible.

In determining which supplier or contractor UKFI selects, it is necessary that this supplier meets the criteria set out in the business case and the request for proposal (RFP) to a level that maximises the value for money for UKFI.

Factors that UKFI consider include:

quality of goods;experience of personnel;price;timetable for delivery; andvalue-added services included in price over and above the RFP.

Decisions will not necessarily be based on lowest price but will be based on a combination of the factors set out above.

Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

Lord Myners: The Asset Protection Agency has received advice from Slaughter and May, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Oliver Wyman, KPMG, Ernst & Young, BlackRock, Kreab Gavin Anderson and S. Com.

The Asset Protection Agency's annual accounts will include a robust, audited number for consultancy and advisory costs and will be available in the summer. The cost to the Asset Protection Agency of these advisory services will be fully met by RBS.

Department of Health: Legal Costs

Question

Asked by Lord Morris of Manchester

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Thornton): Legal advice and services in relation to the case of March v Secretary of State for Health were provided to the department

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by Department of Health (DH) Legal Services which is part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Legal Group. DH Legal Services provides a full range of legal services to the department including arranging representation in court. No external consultants were employed in the case. No consultants or law firms were instructed in relation to this cases, although DH Legal Services did instruct counsel. As legal services were provided in-house, additional costs were therefore incurred only in relation to the instruction of counsel. Details of counsel's fees are personal data relating to counsel and so, having regard to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998, will not released.

As the judicial review brought by Mr March has now been heard by the Administrative Court, the department does not expect to incur any further legal costs in connection with the claim. However, the Administrative Court is yet to determine costs of the claim and will do this giving its judgment in the case.

Energy: Power Lines

Question

Asked by Lord Bates

The Minister for Trade and Investment (Lord Davies of Abersoch): No conversations have taken place between Government and One North East on this matter.

Finance: Individual Savings Accounts

Question

Asked by Lord Lipsey

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): There is no regulatory requirement for providers to require customers to visit a branch in these circumstances.

If an investor does not subscribe to an individual savings account (ISA) for a whole tax year, they must make a fresh application before they can make further subscriptions. This acts as a reminder that they can only subscribe to one ISA of each type per tax year. However, ISA managers are able to accept these applications over the telephone or online, rather than in a branch, should they wish to do so.



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Government Departments: Expenditure

Questions

Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): Budget 2010 announced that over £11 billion of savings have been identified department-by-department for the years from 2012-13, including over £650 million by reducing consultancy spend by 50 per cent and marketing and communications by 25 per cent. Reductions will be calculated from 2008-09 spending levels, as set out in Public Sector Procurement Expenditure Survey 2009, published alongside Budget.

Government Departments: Illegal Immigrants

Question

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): Two employees of the Ministry of Defence have been convicted of being illegal immigrants over the past five years.

Government Departments: Ministerial Code

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The information sought is set out below.



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DateDeptMinisterDirectionCategory

2005

DTI (now BIS)

Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP

Launch Investment

VFM

2006

MoD

Rt Hon John Reid MP

The Armed Forces Memorial

Propriety

2008

BERR (now Bas)

Rt Hon John Hutton M P

Launch Investment

VFM

2008

MoD

Rt Hon Des Browne MP

Remploy Procurement

VFM

2008

HMT

Rt Hon Alastair Darling MP

Landsbanki

VFM

2009

BERR (now BIS)

Lord Mandelson

Icelandic Water Trawlermen Scheme

VFM

2009

BERR (now BIS)

Lord Mandelson

Advantage West Midlands Loan

VFM

2009

MoD

Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP

Repatriation Flights for UK Hostages in Iraq

Propriety

2009

MoD

Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP

Repatriation Flights for UK Hostages in Iraq

Propriety

2009

DEFRA

Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP

Dairy Farmers of Britain

VFM

2009

BERR (now BIS)

Lord Mandelson

Leeds Arena Project

VFM

2009

BERR (now BIS)

Lord Mandelson

Car Scrappage Scheme

VFM

2009

BERR (now BIS)

Lord Mandelson

Car Scrappage Scheme

VFM

2009

HMT

Rt Hon Alastair Darling MP

Asset Protection Scheme

Propriety

2010

DCLG

Rt Hon John Denham MP

Proposals for new unitary local Government structures for Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk

VFM

2010

MoJ

Rt Hon Jack Straw MP

Pleural Plaques

Regularity and VFM

Government: Expenditure

Question

Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The 2009 Pre-Budget Report announced £5 billion of savings by 2012-13, informed by the early findings of the Public Value Programme. These savings will be delivered through cutting lower value or lower priority spend. Budget 2010 announced further details of these savings, including:


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