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Ministerial Gifts

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the publication of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Resource Accounts 2005-06 (HC 1465), what each of the individual gifts given by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in 2005-06 were; and who received each gift. (94559)

The following table provides a brief description of each item gifted by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) in the financial year 2005-06, and the entity that received each gift.

Type of gift

Name of entity gift donated

ODPM undertook work on behalf of the Fire and Rescue Services (the Firelink Programme), which resulted in the creation of radio communications systems, including hardware (radios) and installation costs for 14 Fire and Rescue Services

To the following Fire and Rescue Services: Dorset, East Sussex, Greater Manchester, Hereford and Worcester, Hertfordshire, Kent, Leicestershire, Mid and West Wales, North Wales, Northamptonshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire, West Sussex and Wiltshire

1 set of prizes awarded to delegates attending a UK presidency meeting

House of Commons diaries and four whisky glasses presented to the Finnish Minister of Regional and Municipal Affairs and senior officials in the Finnish Ministry of the Interior during a study visit to Finland by senior ODPM officials

86 Green Goddesses

For Humanitarian Purposes—76 donated to Operation Florian (a UK Fire Service humanitarian charity) and 10 donated to Rapid UK (exists to provide experienced disaster response anywhere in the world, when required)

12 Green Goddesses

For Museums and Heritage—four donated to Civil Defence and Emergency Service Preservation Trust, and one each to Auxiliary Fire Service Vehicle Restoration Group (Midlands), Manston Fire Museum, Fire Police Museum, National Historic Vehicle Society, Whitewebbs Museum of Transport, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Preservation Society, Welsh Area Fire Engine Restoration Society (Museum of Fire) and Military Vehicle Trust

102 Green Goddesses

Not yet allocated to final destinations but are earmarked for humanitarian purposes.