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Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) of 23 April 2009, Official Report, column 889W, on Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, which public body made each of the 29 bookings; what the date and purpose of each booking was; what rooms were hired on each occasion; and what the aggregate revenue to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre was from those bookings. (272147)

This is an operational matter for the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre and I have asked the chief executive of the Agency to respond to the hon. Member direct.

Letter from Ernest Vincent, dated 12 May 2009:

Your Parliamentary question asking the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 23 April 2009, Official Report, column 889W, on Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) Conference Centre, if she will list the public bodies that made each of the 29 bookings; what was the date and purpose of each booking; what rooms were hired on each occasion; and what was the aggregate revenue to the QE2 Conference Centre from those bookings has been passed to me for reply.

The information you request is listed below and the aggregate revenue from these bookings has been calculated as £766,320.00:

Public bodies

Rooms

22 April 2008

Scheme 2009: Identity Cards for Airport Workers (Identity and Passport Service)

Churchill Auditorium and Pickwick Suite

28 April 2008

OSC Info Sharing Day (Department for Children, Schools and Families)

Mountbatten Room, Mountbatten Lounge, Keats Room, Robert Burns Room, Shelley Room and Wordsworth Room

19 May 2008

National Pandemic Influenza Workshop (Cabinet Office)

Westminster Suite, St. James’s Suite, Chaucer Room, Keats Room, Robert Burns Room, Shelley Room, Wesley Room, Wordsworth Room

28 May 2008

Making the Difference: Equality, Diversity and the Fire and Rescue Service (Department for Communities and Local Government)

Mountbatten Room and Mountbatten Lounge

11 June 2008

Trust Schools Conference 2008 (Department for Children, Schools and Families)

Mountbatten Room and Mountbatten Lounge, Crown Room, Sovereign Room, Wesley Room, Wordsworth Room

15-20 June 2008

Financial Action Taskforce Conference (HM Treasury)

Fleming Room, Benjamin Britten Lounge, Guild Room, Caxton West, Chaucer Room, Whittle Room, Churchill Auditorium, Crown Room

26 June 2008

MoJ IT Profession (Ministry of Justice)

Mountbatten Room and Mountbatten Lounge, Abbey Room, Elizabeth Windsor Room, Henry Moore Room, Rutherford Room, St. James’s Suite, Westminster Suite

2 July 2008

Healthcare for London Stakeholder Event (NHS London)

Mountbatten Room and Mountbatten Lounge

16 July 2008

NHS Press Conference (NHS London)

Fleming Room and Benjamin Britten Lounge

23 September 2008

SCS Forum (Department of Health)

Churchill Auditorium and Pickwick Suite

29 September 2008

D C & L Away Day: Making Connections (Ministry of Justice)

Fleming Room and Benjamin Britten Lounge, Whittle Rooms

8 October 2008

NHS Consultants Contract Conference (NHS Employers)

Churchill Auditorium and Pickwick Suite, Abbey Room, Elizabeth Windsor Room, Henry Moore Room, Rutherford Room, St. James’s Suite

9 October 2008

REACH Role Model Sift Event (Department for Communities and Local Government)

Henry Moore Room and Rutherford Room

9 October 2008

Celebrating Success 2008 (Department for Children, Schools and Families)

Churchill Auditorium and Pickwick Suite

22 October 2008

DCLG: Collaborative Procurement Forum (Department for Communities and Local Government)

Henry Moore Room and Rutherford Room

31 October 2008

Skills for Life Conference 2008—Building on Success: Meeting New Challenges (Department for Children, Schools and Families)

Fleming Room and Benjamin Britten Lounge, Abbey Room, Byron Room, Chaucer Room, Crown Room, Elizabeth Windsor Room, Guild Room, Henry Moore Room, Keats Room, Robert Burns Room, Rutherford Room, Shelley Room, Sovereign, St. James’s Suite, Wesley Room, Westminster Suite, Whittle Room, Wordsworth Room

17 November 2008

Above and Beyond (The British Council)

Mountbatten Room and Mountbatten Lounge, Abbey Room, Byron Room, Elizabeth Windsor Room, Henry Moore Room, Rutherford Room, St. James’s Suite, Wesley Room, Westminster Suite

7-8 December 2008

NHS Chief Executives Video Conference (Department of Health)

Mountbatten Room and Mountbatten Lounge

9 December 2008

PREVENT 08 (Department for Communities and Local Government)

Fleming and Whittle Rooms and Benjamin Britten Lounge, Abbey Room, Byron Room, Caxton Lounge, Chaucer Room, Elizabeth Windsor Room, Guild Room, Henry Moore Room, Keats Room, Robert Burns Room, Rutherford Room, Shelley Room, Sovereign Room, St. James’s Suite, Wesley Room, Westminster Suite, Wordsworth Room

22 January 2009

GEO SSG Meeting (Government Equalities Office)

Henry Moore Room

28 January 2009

UKBA Senior Manager’s Event (Home Office)

Fleming Room and Benjamin Britten Lounge, Crown Room, Guild Room

5 February 2009

Local Involvement Networks (Links) ‘Getting Better Together Conference’ (Department of Health)

Fleming and Benjamin Britten Lounge, Abbey Room, Henry Moore Room, Rutherford Room, St. James’s Suite, Wesley Room

9 February 2009

UK Border Agency: Assisted Voluntary Returns Seminar (Home Office)

Mountbatten Room and Mountbatten Lounge, Wesley Room, Wordsworth Room

10 February 2009

HPV Implementation Immunisation Programme National Conference (Department of Health)

Mountbatten Room and Mountbatten Lounge

26 February 2009

Information about Children, Education and Schools Conference (Department for Children, Schools and Families)

Fleming Room and Benjamin Britten Lounge, Abbey Room, Henry Moore Room, Rutherford Room

20 March 2009

RC (S) Senior Officials Meeting (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Whittle Room and Caxton Lounge

23-24 March 2009

FCO Leadership Conference 2009 (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Fleming Room and Benjamin Britten Lounge, Caxton Lounge, St. James’s Suite, Westminster Suite, Whittle Room, Fleet Room, Guild Room

24 March 2009

Home Office Senior Civil Service Conference (Home Office)

Churchill Auditorium and Pickwick Suite, Sovereign Room

20 March 2009

Care Quality Commission ‘Kick Off’ Event (COI)

Churchill Auditorium and Pickwick Suite, Abbey Room, Henry Moore Room, Shelley Room, St. James’s Suite, Westminster Suite

A copy of this letter will be placed in Hansard.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2009, Official Report, column 889W, on the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, what the title was of each conference held at the centre by Central Government Departments was; which Department sponsored each event; and how much was charged for each event. (272555)

This is an operational matter for the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre and I have asked the chief executive of the agency to write to the hon. Member direct.

Letter from Ernest Vincent, dated 12 May 2009:

Your Parliamentary question asking the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2009, Official Report, column 889W, on Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, what the title of each conference held at the centre by central government department was; which Department sponsored each event; and how much was charged for each event has been passed to me for reply.

As has been stated in the reply to the Answer of 23 April 2009, the policy of the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre is not to offer discounted rates. Complimentary room hire is offered on very rare occasions and only with my authorisation. There also must be good reason to do so. The meetings below were, bar one, charged at the standard list price. The amounts below are exclusive of VAT.

Date

Conference

Department

Cost (£)

22 April 2008

Scheme 2009: Identity Cards for Airport Workers

Identity and Passport Service

10,230.00

28 April 2008

OSC Info Sharing Day

Department for Children, Schools and Families

12,502.50

19 May 2008

National Pandemic Influenza Workshop

Cabinet Office

7,345.00

28 May 2008

Making the Difference: Equality, Diversity and the Fire and Rescue Service

Department for Communities and Local Government

7,485.00

11 June 2008

Trust Schools Conference 2008

Department for Children, Schools and Families

9,505.00

15-20 June 2008

Financial Action Taskforce Conference

HM Treasury

84,485.00

26 June 2008

MoJ IT Profession

Ministry of Justice

15,020.00

2 July 2008

Healthcare for London Stakeholder Event

NHS London

8,685.00

16 July 2008

NHS Press Conference

NHS London

13,545.00

23 September 2008

SCS Forum

Department of Health

9,645.00

29 September 2008

D C & L Away Day: Making Connections

Ministry of Justice

17,815.00

8 October 2008

NHS Consultants Contract Conference

NHS Employers

15,788.50

9 October 2008

REACH Role Model Sift Event

Department for Communities and Local Government

2,090.00

9 October 2008

Celebrating Success 2008

Department for Children, Schools and Families

11,805.00

22 October 2008

DCLG: Collaborative Procurement Forum

Department for Communities and Local Government

Chief Executive’s invitation to DCLG colleagues to use QEII Conference Centre for a discussion about collaborative procurement

31 October 2008

Skills for Life Conference 2008

Department for Children, Schools and Families

30,815.00

17 November 2008

Above and Beyond

The British Council

16,616.00

7 December 2008

NHS Chief Executives Video Conference

Department of Health

12,930.00

9 December 2008

PREVENT 08

Department for Communities and Local Government

30,710.00

22 January 2009

GEO SSG Meeting

Government Equalities Office

1,005.00

28 January 2009

UKBA Senior Manager’s Event

Home Office

12,775.00

5 February 2009

Local Involvement Networks (Links) ‘Getting Better Together Conference’

Department of Health

15,740.00

9 February 2009

UK Border Agency: Assisted Voluntary Returns Seminar

Home Office

8,745.00

10 February 2009

HPV Implementation Immunisation Programme National Conference

Department of Health

6,885.00

26 February 2009

Information about Children, Education and Schools Conference

Department for Children, Schools and Families

16,335.00

20 March 2009

RC (S) Senior Officials Meeting

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

7,515.00

23-24 March 2009

FCO Leadership Conference 2009

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

43,700.00

24 March 09

Home Office Senior Civil Service Conference

Home Office

9,850.00

19-21 April 2009

Care Quality Commission ‘Kick Off’ Event

COI

45,447.50

A copy of this letter will be placed in Hansard.