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Written Answers

Monday, 15th January 1996.

Crown Copyright

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they consider that full use should be made of the discretion under Article 2(4) of the Berne Convention to exempt from copyright texts of a legislative, administrative or legal nature, so as to encourage the private sector to create advanced information services.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe): I refer the noble Lord to the Answer given by my noble friend the Baroness Blatch on 22 November 1995 (WA 10). The HMSO Copyright Unit--which administers Crown copyright and, with the agreement of the House authorities, parliamentary copyright--allows the printed reproduction of legislation and parliamentary proceedings in a value added context without prior permission or charge. Concessionary arrangements also apply for quasi-legislative material. Commercial terms are charged for reproduction in non-printed, commercial products but fees may be waived or reduced where professional or educational use is involved and profit is

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not the main purpose of publication or where the need for full dissemination of official material is paramount.

Royal Parks Agency: Consultancy Contracts

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish a full list of consultancy contracts entered into by the Royal Parks Agency since it was set up, their terms of reference, the funds committed in each case, the names of the consultants in question and their expertise and the action taken by the Royal Parks Agency in each case.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Lord Inglewood): Responsibility for the subject of this Question has been delegated to the Royal Parks Agency under its Chief Executive, Mr. David Welch. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter to Lord Kennet from the head of policy, Royal Parks Agency, Ms Viviane Robertson, dated 15/1/96.

In the absence of the Chief Executive, Mr. David Welch, I have been asked by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for National Heritage to reply to your parliamentary Question requesting details of consultancy contracts entered into by the Royal Parks Agency since it was set up in April 1993.

The attached list sets out all consultancy contracts entered into by the agency since April 1993. It gives terms of reference, names of consultants, funds committed in each case and action taken by the agency in each case.

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Consultancies entered into by the Royal Parks Agency since April 1993

Consultant's Name (Expertise) and Terms of ReferenceAmount CommittedPeriod of ContractAction by RPA
1. Watts and Partners (Building Surveyors) CONSULTANT ADVISER ON WORKS SERVICES: To monitor and audit performance of works management contractor £72,0004 yearsAction taken as appropriate
2. Hornton Cavell (Building Surveyors) Provision of Advisory and Monitoring Services for Catering Concessions in Parks (1)£8,4003 yearsAction taken as appropriate
3. Food Services (Catering) Consultant Adviser for Catering Concessions in Hyde Park only (1)£5,2003 yearsAction taken as appropriate
4. HN & WS Skerritt (Registered Trade Mark Agents) Registration of Royal Parks Logo as registered Trade Mark £6,2083 yearsOn-going
5. CELTS (Market Research) Survey to assess visitor satisfaction (2)£95,0003 yearsAction taken as appropriate
6. Daniel Smith (Estate Management) Commercial and utility reviews £60,0003 yearsOn-going
7. Price Waterhouse (Management) Review and implement Audit Plan £19,0005 yearsAction taken as appropriate
8. John Lloyd and Assoc (Quantity Surveyor) Grounds Maintenance Phase I: to assist and advise on retendering of 4 grounds maintenance contracts £15,0001 yearContracts awarded
9. John Lloyd & Assoc (Quantity Surveyor) Grounds Maintenance Phase II: to assist and advise on retendering of 3 grounds maintenance contracts £12,0001 yearContracts awarded
10. Leo Pemberton (Horticulturist) Assessment and advice on apprentice gardeners £7,2003 yearsOn-going
11. Jim Berry (Horticulturist) Produce text for a new illustrated tree handbook £1,5001 yearImplemented
12. John Wilkinson (Arts and Entertainment) To draw up annual costed Summer Entertainments Programme and obtain sponsorships £11,125 £16,000 £28,1601 year 1 year 1 yearImplemented for 1994 and 1995, 1996 programme in progress
13. Halcrow Fox (Road Traffic) Traffic Feasibility Study--The Mall; Review of strategic traffic issues and junction design £15,000
Modified
14. Halcrow Fox (Road Traffic) £2,500 3 monthsBuckingham Palace
Extension 1 pedestrianisation
scheme completed
15. Halcrow Fox (Road Traffic) Extension 2 £3,500
16. Moon Comms Ltd (Design) Design House Style Corporate Identity, Logo, Stationery and Signage in all Parks £78,0005 monthsImplemented
17. Moon Comms Ltd (Design) Design Study for House Style Phase II £22,0004 monthsImplemented
18 Richard Moon (Design) Technical Support to signage project in all Parks; oversee production of signage £3,0008 monthsImplemented
19. Pat Pierce (Writer) Write, design and project manage the production of new, illustrated guidebooks £3,6504 monthsImplemented
20. John Fitzmaurice (Design) Design map artwork for guidebooks £1,4904 monthsImplemented
21. Barbara Haynes (Editor) To edit guidebooks £7004 monthsImplemented
22. Alisdair Macmillan--All Park Associates (All Parking Matters) Review contract, assess tenders and make recommendations for car parking contractors £5,0002 monthsImplemented
23. Mike Loader (ex-Royal Parks Constabulary Deputy Chief Officer) To assist in 1994-95 recruitment of police constables for Royal Parks Constabulary £10,0004 monthsImplemented
24. RTCC (Training) To devise and run 8 x 1 day training courses on reporting procedure £11,6328 monthsImplemented
25 Robin Corbin (Horticulturist) Independent 6 monthly assessments of soft landscape quality £4,0002 monthsAction taken as appropriate
26. Penny Jones (Design) Design and project manage production of new, illustrated tree handbook £8,07518 monthsOn-going
27. John Brown & Co (Marketing) Review existing attractions, promotional and marketing work, assess potential and prepare a costed programme of priorities £8,7506 monthsPending. (Views of interested parties being sought)
28. Mr. A. Gerrish (Met Police Dog Trainer) Advise on selection and training of police dogs, dog handlers and dog programme £4,0001 yearImplemented
29. Watson Wyatt & Co (Management Consultants) To carry out job evaluations and pay and grading modelling for delegated pay and grading scheme £15,2031 yearOn-going
30. Sally Hubbard (Management Consultants) Examine the management, organisation and structure of the Royal Parks Agency £40,0006 monthsOn-going
31. BWA Bernard Williams (Chartered Surveyor) Review current works management contract and recommend strategy £33,2501 yearOn-going
32. Sigmund Shallit (Design) Commission to design 1994-95 Annual Report £8,0006 monthsImplemented
33. (Robin Gray & A. H. Shepherd (Management) To project manage the introduction of a delegated pay and grading scheme £18,5006 monthsOn-going
34. Mike Loader (ex-Royal Parks Constabulary Deputy Chief Officer) To assist in 1995-96 recruitment of police constables for Royal Parks Constabulary £11,0006 monthsOn-going
35. DHV (Health and Safety) To review and assess Health & Safety procedures, make and implement recommendations £42,0003 yearsOn-going

(1) Time charges.

(2) Ist year costs. Cost for years 2 and 3 based on a schedule of rates.

All amounts exclude VAT.

January 1996.


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Asylum Seekers: Support Costs

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    As a result of the measures to restrict income support for asylum seekers announced on 29 November, what increases they have budgeted for in the number of (a) deportations (b) rough sleepers, and (c) funerals paid for by local authorities.

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The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): None. The Government will discuss with local authority associations provisions for a special grant to assist them with net additional costs arising from their obligations to asylum seekers under the homelessness legislation, until these are removed by an order following enactment of the Immigration and Asylum Bill. Help with additional costs which may arise from local authorities' continuing obligations under the Children Act 1989 is also being considered.



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