Alistair Darling: The Government have announced a commitment to provide up to £1.7 billion in support of the post office network, on top of the £2 billion made available since 1999, together with policies aimed at creating a stable network following a managed programme of no more than 2,500 compensated closures by the end of 2008. The number of post office outlets operating in 2010 will be dependent...
Alistair Darling: holding answer 4 June 2007 The support that the Government have given to the Royal Mail mails business has been provided on a commercial basis. This has been verified by independent sources.
Alistair Darling: The DTI does not have any official ministerial residences.
Alistair Darling: I have received many such representations.
Alistair Darling: The changes we have made to the programme will allow us to use funds available in a more flexible way, supporting an increased number of microgeneration installations across all technologies, which is a fundamental aim of a demonstration programme such as this.
Alistair Darling: The Companies Act inspection is ongoing. My Department meets regularly with the inspectors and monitors progress. The inspection will be completed as quickly as possible, consistent with a need to be thorough and fair.
Alistair Darling: I refer the hon. Member to the business statement made yesterday by my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Straw) on 17 May 2007, Official Report, column 737.
Alistair Darling: I have regular discussions with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to discuss a wide range of issues.
Alistair Darling: Consumers and businesses will benefit from the measures we will set out in the Energy White Paper, because they will help us deliver cleaner, more secure energy supplies.
Alistair Darling: holding answer 16 April 2007 It is not possible to provide precise estimates of the number of people working in family businesses in the UK from statistical data on the total business population.
Alistair Darling: holding answer 16 April 2007 The DTI produces estimates of the number of businesses in its small and medium enterprise statistics publication. At the start of 2005 there were 4.3 million businesses in the UK. The DTI in its annual small business survey defines a family business as one "majority owned by members of the same family". The 2005 survey found that 65 per cent of all small and...
Alistair Darling: holding answer 16 April 2007 It is not possible to provide precise estimates of the total contribution of family businesses to UK gross domestic product from statistical data on the business population. However the DTI Annual Small Business Survey 2005 indicates that 65 per cent. of all small and medium-sized enterprises are family businesses. Based on this proportion we would expect family...
Alistair Darling: Ministers meet many outside interest groups and attend many functions relating to Government business, and as part of the process of policy development. To provide the detailed information requested would incur disproportionate cost.
Alistair Darling: The science and technology budget this year is £3.4 billion, having doubled since 1997, and last week in the Budget my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a further rise in spending to £3.9 billion in 2010-11; the figure of £4.9 billion referred to on 27 March 2007, Official Report, column 1358, is incorrect and is in fact £3.9 billion.
Alistair Darling: holding answer 22 March 2007 I answered the hon. Member's question on 19 March 2007, Official Report, column 625W.
Alistair Darling: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Clwyd, West (Mr. Jones).
Alistair Darling: holding answer 2 March 2007 There is no central record of ministerial visits, and it would incur disproportionate cost to obtain this information. All ministerial visits are conducted in accordance with the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers. Since 1999, the Government have published, on an annual basis, a list of overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500 and...
Alistair Darling: holding answer 2 March 2007 The most recent visits by Ministers are as follows: Visits (a) Bahrain January 2001 (b) Kuwait June 2003 (c) Oman No visits (d) Qatar April 2006 (e) Saudi Arabia November 2003 (f) United Arab Emirates June 2003 (g) Yemen No visits Visits cover both trade promotion and other Departmental responsibilities.
Alistair Darling: holding answer 22 January 2007 In answer to (a), DTI has spent the following amounts on business support schemes since 2000: Business support schemes £ million 2000-01 279 2001-02 461 2002-03 414 2003-04 317 2004-05 312 2005-06 381 Note: DTI commenced the detailed tracking of the cost of specific business support schemes on a consistent basis from...
Alistair Darling: holding answer 8 March 2007 There is no standard definition used for 'family business'. A common definition, used by the DTI in its Annual Small Business Survey, is that a family business is one "majority owned by members of the same family". The 2005 survey found that 65 per cent. of all small and medium-sized enterprises were family businesses.