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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its agencies have spent on rooms for staff leisure since it was established.

Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

This Department has not spent anything to date on rooms for staff leisure since its inception in June 2009.

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office and the Intellectual Property Office and they will respond to the hon. Member directly.

Letter from Gareth Jones:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 22 March 2010, UIN 324431, to the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Companies House has not spent any money on rooms for staff leisure since the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was established in June 2009.

Letter from John Alty, dated 24 March 2010:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 22(nd) March 2010, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Prior to 5 June 2009, when the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was formed, the Intellectual Property Office set aside some rooms for staff leisure. However, since that date the IPO has not incurred any expenditure on rooms for staff leisure other than heating, lighting etc.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated March 2010:

The Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has asked me to reply to your question how much his Department and its agencies have spent on rooms for staff leisure since it was established.

The Insolvency Service does not have specific rooms set aside for leisure purposes within any of its offices. The Insolvency Service does, however, provide in each of its offices, at least one multi-purpose area for staff to utilise for rest periods or work related meetings.

The Insolvency service was established in 1990 but there are records of a limited number of previous office premises that offered a specific room for leisure purposes, retrieving and collating the information required would incur a disproportionate cost and this information has not been supplied.

Letter from Peter Mason,, dated 30 March 2010:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office (formerly National Weights and Measures Laboratory) to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 22 March 2010 reference 2009/1821 to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, asking how much his Department and its agencies have spent on rooms for staff leisure since it was established.

The NMO has spent a total of £180.33 on rooms for staff leisure. This was for a fridge (£159.99) and a toaster (£20.34).

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