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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 512: debated on Tuesday 29 June 2010

Ministerial Correction

Tuesday 29 June 2010

Business, Innovation and Skills

Advantage West Midlands

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people are employed by Advantage West Midlands; how many people compose the non-executive Board of Advantage West Midlands; and what the total cost to the public purse of payments to (a) employees and (b) Board members is to date.

[Official Report, 17 June 2010, Vol. 511, c. 530W.] (2852)

The following tables show:

(a) Number of and cost of employees

Number/£

Number of employees headcount (full-time equivalent (322))

346

Cost (£)

18,358,000

Staff numbers are as at the snapshot reference date 31 March 2010 and cost is for the financial year 2009-10. Costs for payroll employees are defined as pay bill i.e. salary, ERNICs and pension; and

(b) Number of and cost of board members

Number/£

Number of board members (including chair)

15

Cost (£)

231,412

Board member costs are from the 2008-09 financial year and include chair pension costs and board travel expenses. Board members now receive a remuneration of £8,666 per annum for minimum of two days per month with no pension entitlement.

The chair receives a remuneration of £81,718 per annum for three days a month and receives a pension.

Under the RDA Act 1998 an RDA board must have 15 members with the majority being business positions.

Letter of correction from Mr Mark Prisk:

In my reply of 17 June to the question from the hon. Member for Tamworth (Christopher Pincher) I said “The Chair receives a remuneration of £81,718 Per annum for three days a month and receives a pension.” I regret that due to an administrative error this is incorrect and the answer should have indicated that the Chair receives the same remuneration for three days a week.

The correct answer should have been:

The following tables show:

(a) Number of and cost of employees

Number/£

Number of employees headcount (full-time equivalent (322))

346

Cost (£)

18,358,000

Staff numbers are as at the snapshot reference date 31 March 2010 and cost is for the financial year 2009-10. Costs for payroll employees are defined as pay bill i.e. salary, ERNICs and pension; and

(b) Number of and cost of board members

Number/£

Number of board members (including chair)

15

Cost (£)

231,412

Board member costs are from the 2008-09 financial year and include chair pension costs and board travel expenses. Board members now receive a remuneration of £8,666 per annum for minimum of two days per month with no pension entitlement.

The chair receives a remuneration of £81,718 per annum for three days a week and receives a pension.

Under the RDA Act 1998 an RDA board must have 15 members with the majority being business positions.