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Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department plans to provide to promote the tourism opportunities provided by the London 2012 Olympics. 
Margaret Hodge [holding answer 12 March 2010]: The Department is providing £130 million between 2008-09 and 2010-11 to VisitBritain (VB) and VisitEngland (VE) for marketing Britain as a tourist destination overseas and England as a tourist destination to the domestic market (and some overseas markets). In addition, public funding support for UK tourism from the Regional Development Agencies, local authorities, the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Executive also need to be taken into account. This is likely to exceed £2 billion in the current spending review period.
VB has recently launched its marketing strategy for 2012 which is currently resourced from the above allocation. In addition, public funding support for tourism supports programmes that focus on improving training and skills within the industry, the quality of accommodation and our welcome to the world. These are an integral part of the Government's strategy to help tourism maximise the opportunities presented by the 2012 games.
Tony Lloyd: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what discussions the House of Commons Commission has had with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority on the system of pensions for staff of hon. Members; and if the Commission will make it its policy to continue the Portcullis Pension Plan for staff alongside any new system of allowances and expenses for hon. Members brought in by the Authority. 
The Speaker, on behalf of the Commission, discussed the future of the Portcullis Plan with the Interim Chief Executive of IPSA, Andrew McDonald, at their meeting on 16 February. The Commission has agreed that the House Service will continue to administer the Portcullis Pension Plan, including making it available to new members of Members' staff, subject to review when IPSA takes on some responsibility for Members' pensions. Members will fund the employer's contribution
from their staffing budgets and the Chair of IPSA has said these will be set at a level which allows for appropriate pension contributions to be made. IPSA will make the necessary deductions from the staff payroll. IPSA has agreed to follow the House's current arrangements for the plan, under which a single standard employer contribution rate of 10 per cent. of total salary is paid; and staff are automatically enrolled in the plan unless they opt out. The House's Pensions Unit will liaise with IPSA officials to ensure co-ordination of their work. The Commission believes this agreement will provide reassurance to existing and new Members' staff, and to Members themselves.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 837W, on Members: expenses, what the estimated cost is of each change of use of offices referred to in the answer; and from which budget this expenditure will come. 
Nick Harvey: Planning for the series of moves which will culminate in the conversion of 1 Derby Gate into accommodation for use by Members and their staff is only at an early stage, and costs for the later projects in the series have yet to be worked up. The first leg, involving the move of the Department of Resources to Tothill street, will involve prior building work of around £3.9 million. The cost of removals is expected to be £77,000.
Mr. Chope: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2010, Official Report, column 185W, on nurseries, whether the full business case for the replacement of Bellamy's Bar, the Astor Suite and Bellamy's Clubroom by a day nursery will be submitted to (a) the Finance and Services Committee and (b) the House of Commons Commission before any decision is taken to proceed with the works. 
Nick Harvey: No. Neither the Finance and Services Committee nor the House of Commons Commission considers business cases. The Commission's decision that a nursery facility should be established is subject to the business case being approved by the Clerk of the House as Accounting Officer.
Mr. Chope: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the works proposed to convert Bellamy's Bar, the Astor Suite and Bellamy's Clubroom into a day nursery will be subject to competitive tender. 
Mr. Chope: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2010, Official Report, column 185W, on nurseries, if he will place in the Library a copy of the full business case for the replacement of Bellamy's Bar, the Astor Suite and Bellamy's Clubroom by a day nursery with the commercially confidential information redacted. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The information is not available in the format requested. However, information on the percentage of patients in accident and emergency departments in Birmingham, that were seen within four hours, for 2003-10 is shown in the following table:
|Percentage of patients seen within four hours|
The hospitals these data relate to are: Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
Department of Health dataset quarterly monitoring of accident and emergency.
Tony Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of suspected cancer patients resident in (a) the City of Manchester and (b) Manchester Central constituency saw an NHS consultant within two weeks of referral in each year since 1997. 
|Number and percentage of suspected cancer patients seeing a consultant within two weeks of general practitioner (GP) referral|
|Central Manchester University Hospitals National Health Service Foundation Trust||Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust||University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust||The Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust|
1. 2001-02 data for Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are based on aggregate figures for hospital sites covering Rochdale, Bury, Oldham and North Manchester, which existed as separate hospital trusts at the time.
2. The methodology for collecting cancer waiting times data changed from 1 January 2009 to bring reporting in line with practice under the 18 weeks programme.
Department of Health, Cancer Waiting Times database.
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