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David Lammy: The agendas, and where available the minutes, of EU committees are issued by the relevant EU institution and are available from the organisation concerned or from the relevant website. The agendas for council working group meetings are available from the EU Council Secretariat, however, the meetings are held in confidence and no public minutes are issued.
David Lammy: DIUS was created in July 2007 by the amalgamation of elements from BERR (formerly DTI) and DCSF (formerly DFES). As a consequence it has not existed for the time scale specified. There are currently 50 males and 48 females who have been issued with personal digital assistants in DIUS.
David Lammy: I can confirm that the sum revenue accrued from businesses by Investors in People UK for the year ended 31 March 2007 is £692,087, according to their published accounts.
David Lammy: The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority is currently piloting approaches to accrediting the training of employers in England. QCA will advise Ministers of the best way forward in spring 2008 and this will inform discussion with Ministers of the Devolved Administrations on implementing the proposals more widely.
David Lammy: The information is as follows: (a) As far as we are aware, none. (b) As far as we are aware, none.
David Lammy: Any requirements placed on contractors in relation to the audit of personal data and IT equipment would be included in the contractual terms for the specified service, which would include compliance with HMG and departmental security policies.
David Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) was created by the Prime Minister on 28 June 2007. Since the creation of the Department, no formal audit of personal data has yet been completed. Auditing of the service provider's IT equipment is the contractual responsibility of the service provider.
David Lammy: The Department has five staff undertaking Advanced Apprenticeships and one undertaking an Apprenticeship. This arrangement was set up by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) which predates the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills set up in the recent Machinery of Government changes.
David Lammy: One photographic panel has been produced at a cost of approximately £500.
David Lammy: I refer the hon. Member to the written statement from my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 22 November 2007, Official Report, column 148WS.
David Lammy: Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the names and numbers of special advisers in each pay band. For the most recent information I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 22 November 2007, Official Report, columns147-50WS.
David Lammy: The Department was created as a result of the June 2007 Machinery of Government changes and no employees have earned over £100,000. Information on predecessor Departments is listed in the answer given to the hon. Member on 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 381W.
David Lammy: Ministers meet many people as part of the process of policy development. It is not normal practice to disclose details of such meetings.
David Lammy: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr. Hayes) on 12 November 2007, Official Report, column 57W.
David Lammy: holding answer 12 November 2007 We have used the in-house expertise of our Executive agency the Intellectual Property Office for advice on creating a visual identity for DIUS as a new Department. Where necessary (for specific design work) they have used a specialist agency already on their roster, the cost of which was £12,041 excluding VAT.
David Lammy: By December 2007, more than 950 companies covering almost 2.7 million employees had made a skills pledge to develop the skills of their employees, including basic skills such as literacy and numeracy and work towards relevant valuable qualifications to at least NVQ level 2, which is equivalent to five good GCSEs.
David Lammy: We recently announced that, for the first time, funding will be targeted specifically at expanding apprenticeships for adults aged over 25. That will mean 30,000 such apprenticeships costing £90 million over the next three years.
David Lammy: At the heart of our reforms will be the creation of a new national apprenticeships service to drive up the number of apprenticeship places and ensure that young people and adults get the opportunities to succeed.
David Lammy: I launched the National Skills Academy for the Process Industries on 24 January. It has a vital role in raising skills across a sector which employs 420,000 people and contributes £22 billion to the economy.
David Lammy: As I explained in an earlier answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Calder Valley (Chris McCafferty), the report of the apprenticeship review sets out a wide range of measures to expand apprenticeships. Small business will particularly benefit from our plans to extend wage subsidies to them so that they can more easily recruit apprentices.