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Creche Facilities

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what creche facilities are provided by his Department; and at what cost. [44865]

Dr. Whitehead: The Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (Central) currently provides 12 subsidised nursery places in two London nurseries run by Westminster Children's Society and subsidises four nursery places for DTLR(C) staff in Hastings. In 2001–02 the Department also, exceptionally, paid subsidy on the first year costs of 4.5 places for DTLR(C) staff in Temple Quay, Bristol.

The DTLR also participates in the Westminster Holiday Playscheme. In 2001–02, DTLR staff took up 51 places on the scheme.

The Department's budget for 2001–02 for the provision of the subsidised element of its childcare provision was #50,600. The Department pays approximately 45 per cent. of the cost of places at the London nurseries—parents meet the remaining proportion. Places at the holiday playschemes are 50 per cent. subsidised by the Department.

The Department is conducting a review of childcare provision in DTLR(C), which will make recommendations on a range of options—including childcare vouchers.

Ministerial Private Offices

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the running costs were of (a) his Ministers' private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff and (b) his Department in each year from May 1997 to the nearest date for which the information is available. [40984]

Dr. Whitehead: (a) The table shows the total administration and pay expenditure on Ministers' Private Offices. The figures for the years prior to 2001–02 are in cash terms and relate to the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions prior to changes in Departmental responsibilities following the last election. The forecast for 2001–02 is on a resource basis.

(b) The running costs for the Department have been published in the individual years' appropriation accounts and resource accounts, which are available in the Libraries of the House.

Administration costs expenditure
#000

1997–98 Expenditure1998–99 Expenditure1999–2000 Expenditure2000–01 Expenditure2001–02 Forecast
Private office totaln/a2,4752,4752,5172,132
of which Payn/a1,3711,4981,5971,309

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Departmental Procedures

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if it is the policy of his Department for him to be consulted about (a) the discussions on the resignation of a senior official, (b) a decision to secure the resignation of a senior official, and (c) a decision to suspend a senior official. [41282]

Mr. Byers [holding answer 7 March 2002]: Staffing and disciplinary matters within the Department are handled in accordance with the DTLR Staff Handbook, which reflects the provisions of the Civil Service Management Code. The Permanent Secretary informs or consults me as appropriate within this framework in relation to senior staffing matters.

Jo Moore

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether Jo Moore received a one-off payment from public funds following her resignation. [40090]

Mr. Byers [holding answer 4 March 2002]: Personnel matters of this kind are a confidential matter between the individual and the Department.

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether Jo Moore is employed by his Department. [40089]

Mr. Byers [holding answer 4 March 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the Statement I made to the House on 26 February 2002.

Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what severance package was offered to Ms Jo Moore as a result of her resignation. [40176]

Mr. Byers: Personnel details of this kind are a confidential matter between the individual and the Department.

Press Office

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 19 March, if he will list the Government departments to which press officers leaving his Department since June 2001 have transferred. [46120]

Mr. Byers: DTLR press officers have transferred to the following government departments or agencies:






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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if Ian Jones is suspended on full pay. [45973]

Mr. Byers: I understand that Mr. Jones is currently suspended on full pay pending a decision whether to bring disciplinary charges against him. This decision will be taken in due course following the procedures laid down in the DTLR Staff Handbook.

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who was between Mr. Ian Jones and Sir Richard Mottram in the reporting line of the former at the time of his suspension. [42585]

Dr. Whitehead [holding answer Tuesday, 12 March 2002]: The acting Director of Communication.

Departmental Filler Advertisements

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many television filler advertisements his Department produced in 2001; and how many it intends to produce in 2002; [46237]

Dr. Whitehead: The Department has produced eight new TV fillers in the financial year 2001–02. Five of these cover road safety and three, which were modifications of previous TV advertising, cover fire safety. We have also updated five existing fire safety fillers. The total cost committed was #219,745.

The eight new fillers will be launched at the beginning of the new financial year and we will monitor their success to inform future strategy, including the need to produce additional films.

Figures returned by TV stations indicate an estimated total of 19,765 transmissions will have been secured by the end of March 2002, equivalent to #3.2 million worth of airtime. Coverage was achieved on BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and various satellite channels.

We expect the value of airtime received to increase in the next financial year as our research has indicated that TV stations are more receptive to newer films.

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how much air-time was allotted to his Department's radio filler advertisements, indicating the radio stations used, in 2001; and how much air-time it expects to be allotted in 2002; [46242]

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Dr. Whitehead: In the financial year 2001–02 the department committed #21,545 for producing two radio fillers for road safety which were launched a month ago. We intend to commit an estimated #50,000 in 2002–03 to produce up to five radio fillers for fire safety campaigns.

The Department's previous fillers (as DETR) secured at least 1,000 transmissions to publicise foot and mouth information and the role of the Drinking Water Inspectorate. Actual transmissions will be higher but not all stations provide returns. It is too early to know the number of transmissions secured by the new road safety fillers.

We expect increased coverage in 2002–03 as the number of our fillers and radio use of them increases. Due to commercial sensitivity, we are unable to provide details of which stations have aired fillers.

Road Safety Publicity

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much of his Department's road safety publicity budget was spent on television campaigns in 2001; and how much it intends to spend on television campaigns in 2002. [46235]

Dr. Whitehead: The Department committed approximately #5.2 million to its Think! road safety television campaigns in 2001–02. It is expected that a similar amount will be committed in 2002–03.

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much money his Department spent on road safety publicity in 2001; and how much it intends to spend in 2002. [46234]

Dr. Whitehead: The Department committed approximately #12.9 million to the Think! road safety campaign in 2001–02. A budget of #13.4 million has been agreed for 2002–03.

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much of his Department's road safety publicity budget was spent on radio campaigns in 2001; and how much it intends to spend on radio campaigns in 2002. [46239]

Dr. Whitehead: The Department committed approximately #2.2 million to radio campaigns in the year 2001–02. It is expected that a similar amount will be committed in 2002–03.


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