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To ask Her Majesty's Government which external companies have been used for consultancy and advisory work by UK Financial Investments Limited; and what payments have been made to those companies. [HL3083]
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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government which external companies have been used for consultancy and advisory work by the Asset Protection Agency and its predecessor body; and what payments have been made to those companies. [HL3084]
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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what costs the Department of Health has incurred to date in the case of March v Secretary of State for Health; and what is their estimate of the likely total cost the department will incur. [HL3238]
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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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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proportionality of the requirement that customers who have not accessed their individual savings account for a year visit a branch to have a declaration read to them before using that account; and to what extent it is compatible with their policy to encourage online transactions. [HL3097]
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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much will be saved by each department as a result of the commitment in the Pre-Budget Report 2009 to save 50 per cent of the bill for consultancy and advisory work. [HL3081]
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much will be saved by each department as a result of the commitment in the Pre-Budget Report 2009 to save 50 per cent of the Government's advertising bill. [HL3082]
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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 8 March (WA 12), which departments and ministers were involved in the 16 written instructions provided by ministers to accounting officers since 2005; and what were the matters requiring such instructions. [HL3225]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown of the £5 billion of savings from targeting and prioritising spending announced in the 2009 Pre-Budget Report to be achieved by 2012-13, detailing each item forecast to save more than £25 million. [HL3182]
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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