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Premium Bonds

Mr. David: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the (a) amounts and (b) number of premium bond cash prizes in the past three years. [51540]

Ruth Kelly: The figures are as follows:

Financial yearTotal number of prizesTotal value of prizes (£)
1999–20006,924,869447,366,000
2000–018,464,046593,308,400
2001–028,674,844552,367,550
Gross total for 3 years24,063,7591,593,041,950

BCCI

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has paid Freshfields Solicitors in each year since 1991 concerning the litigation regarding BCCI. [51517]

Ruth Kelly: Nothing in any year.

Financial Services Authority

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what monitoring the Financial Services Authority conducts of the number of providers of financial services and investment business advice in (a) cities, (b) small towns and (c) rural areas in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Scotland. [51973]

Ruth Kelly: The FSA does not, as a matter of course, monitor the numbers of providers of financial services and investment business advice in (a) cities, (b) small towns and (c) rural areas. The FSA conducts appropriate

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risk-based monitoring of all financial services firms authorised by it under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, regardless of where these firms are located.

Professional Body Registration

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many firms of (a) solicitors and

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(b) chartered accountants in (i) Scotland and (ii) England and Wales were registered with their professional bodies for the purposes of conducting investment business under the Financial Services Act 1986 in (A) 1986, (B) 1990, (C) 1995 and (D) 2000. [51970]

Ruth Kelly: The number of firms certified by their recognised professional bodies are as follows:

31 March 199031 March 199531 March 2000
The Law Society (ie England and Wales)7,2077,2726,591
The Law Society of Scotland964800540
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales6,1734,9644,780
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland536456420

Figures for 1986 are not available, as the Act did not come into effect until 1988.

Gibraltar

Dr. Palmer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential liability arising from the current Gibraltar pension arrangements, should these be found to be incompatible with EC law. [45173]

Peter Hain: I have been asked to reply.

I refer my hon. Friend to the statement I made in the House on 16 April 2000, Official Report, column 453. I wrote to both the chair of the Public Accounts Committee and the Chief Minister of Gibraltar on 8 March to inform them that the contingent liability, in the event of a successful challenge in the European Court of Justice against Gibraltar's financial arrangements for those of pensionable age, was now estimated at £77 million. I also reminded the Chief Minister of Gibraltar that this liability would fall to the Government of Gibraltar as HMG have repeatedly warned them. I have today placed copies of both letters in the Library.

ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Departmental Publications

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in the financial years (a) 1995–96, (b) 1996–97, (c) 1997–98, (d) 1998–99, (e) 1999–2000 and (f) 2000–01; and if she will make a statement. [12272]

Mr. Morley: The Department has no information relating to the years in the question, as DEFRA was created in June 2001.

Undertaking a retrospective analysis using the resources of the predecessor Departments and policy divisions would incur disproportionate costs and the resulting information could not be regarded as reliable or specific to questions about DEFRA expenditure.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the publications issued by her Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was. [34204]

Mr. Morley: As DEFRA was created in June 2001, retrospective annual data analysis is not available. Our records show that 491 publications were commissioned and produced by DEFRA at a total cost of £1,038,469.

Print production records are held by product/job code, not by publication title; to extract and tabulate these by title, would result in a disproportionate cost.

Circulation figures are between 500 and 180,000 depending on the target audience.

Postage expenditure for DEFRA, which is additional to production and distribution, was £831,049.

The purpose of these publications is to raise public awareness and to convey information to specific target audiences and stakeholder groups. They may have Government statutory significance, be an EU directive or provide guidance on one of the diverse range of subjects covered by DEFRA's ministerial responsibilities.

Departmental Name Change

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost has been to the public purse of re-branding her Department to accommodate its name change following the last General Election. [14449]

Mr. Morley: Our records currently show that the cost to the public purse of the re-branding of DEFRA following the last General Election was:

£
Design—conceptual design and graphics4,200.00
Stationery—print-related expenditure21,804.00
New name plaques4,763.00
Miscellaneous—production, installation of signage and photographic charges2,977.00
Miscellaneous—forms control costs950.00
Preparation of designs—graphics manufacture and the production of signage with alternative names, which were not chosen14,798.00

Note:

All expenditure net of VAT


Carbon Trust Board

Mr. Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list those members of the Carbon Trust board with (a) skills and (b) experience gained from (i) central Government and the

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devolved Administrations, (ii) local government, (iii) the energy supply industry, (iv) the energy efficiency industry, (v) the non-governmental sector and (vi) other sectors. [16320]

Mr. Meacher: The Carbon Trust is a company limited by guarantee and appointments to its board are not made by the Government.

Currently five directors are senior civil servants in national and devolved Government with responsibility for low carbon issues. Two of these also have experience of local government issues.

Seven other directors have direct experience of delivering energy efficiency, through the development and deployment of energy efficiency products and services and/or the management of energy budgets in private companies. Five of these directors also have energy supply experience, and four are closely involved with Government low carbon energy policy initiatives.

The remaining five directors work or have experience in the NGO and other sectors. One is environment director of a leading business representation organisation. One was recently a director of a leading investment bank. One is a leading trade union general secretary. One was recently the chief executive of a research council. One is the head of environmental policy of a leading green NGO.

Biographical details of all the Carbon Trust board members are available on the Carbon Trust website at www.thecarbontrust.co.uk.

Publicity Expenditure

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the total real terms expenditure of her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on publicity in each of the years (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000, (d) 2000–01 and (e) 2001–02 (i) to date and (ii) as estimated for the whole of the present year; and if she will break these figures down to indicate expenditure on (A) advertising and (B) press and public relations. [36158]

Mr. Morley: As DEFRA was created on the 8 of June 2001 annual retrospective budget expenditure does not exist.

Our records show centrally funded budget expenditure for publicity activities that included advertising, press and public relations, for the period June 2001 till March 2002 totalled £3,196,519, this excludes expenditure relating to publicity and communications support in dealing with the foot and mouth disease crisis.

Further analysis, and information not held centrally for non-departmental public bodies, agencies and decentralised DEFRA budget expenditure could only be supplied at a disproportionate cost.


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