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Ministerial Residences

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Prime Minister what was the cost of maintaining and refurbishing Ministerial residences at current prices for the financial years (a) 1993-94, (b) 1994-95, (c) 1995-96, (d) 1996-97 and (e) 1997-98. [28963]

The Prime Minister: Expenditure on Ministerial residences in real terms for the periods is estimated as follows:

Year£ million
1997-98 (forecast)1.1

These figures include running costs and refurbishment costs of the residential areas of buildings.


Mr. Howard: To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to answer the letters from the right hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe dated 22 and 28 January. [27268]

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The Prime Minister [holding answer 3 February 1998]: My office have no record of letters dated 22 and 28 January from the right hon. and learned Member. I have replied to the letter of 23 January.

Millennium Compliance

Mr. David Atkinson: To ask the Prime Minister what initiatives he is taking with other Governments to tackle the problem of the millennium compliance of computer systems. [27870]

The Prime Minister: We are continuing to encourage other Governments to take action following the lead of the Government's Action 2000 campaign in the United Kingdom. The issue will also be discussed at the group of Eight Foreign and Finance Ministers in May.

Departmental Spending Review

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the composition of the Departmental Spending Review steering groups set up as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review. [27490]

The Prime Minister: The terms of reference have been published and the final conclusions and the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review will be announced to Parliament in the summer. Secretaries of State and Departmental Ministers are overseeing the reviews in their respective departments but it is not the usual practice to identify individual civil servants providing advice to Ministers.

MI5 Files

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 29 January 1998, Official Report, column 307, if the Data Protection Registrar will require MI5 to register files held on individuals and to make them available to them. [27483]

The Prime Minister: The Data Protection Registrar is independent of Government in the exercise of her functions under the Data Protection Act 1984 and it would therefore not be appropriate for Ministers to comment upon her intentions or actions in this regard.

Ministerial Transport

Mr. Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Prime Minister what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year. [27806]

The Prime Minister [holding answer 5 February 1998]: Records of the cost of cars and drivers for my Office are shown below. Figures for taxis were not recorded separately until the current year.

1997 to date252,1643,947

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It is not our normal practice to provide an estimated outturn for the full year.

Central Media Monitoring Unit

Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 4 February 1998, Official Report, column 668, if he will ensure that the output of the Media Monitoring Unit is be placed in the Library, as soon as it is produced. [28465]

The Prime Minister: The Media Monitoring Unit will add the Library to its automatic fax list as soon as the Unit is fully operational.


Computer Systems

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Attorney-General if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost. [27851]

The Attorney-General: The position in relation to the Departments and other bodies for which I am responsible is as set out. All rely heavily on computers for such matters as word processing, case management and accounts. While equipment and software has been updated and upgraded as necessary this has not, in most cases, amounted to the acquisition of a major new system. The details given concern major new systems.

Diarmuid O'Neill

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Attorney-General if the Police Complaints Authority, in its investigation into the

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shooting of Diarmuid O'Neill, is required to take into account the findings of the European Court of Human Rights in McCann and others v. UK. [27417]

Mr. Michael: I have been asked to reply.

The Police Complaints Authority investigation will consider all the circumstances leading to the shooting of Mr. O'Neill and any matters arising. It will take into account the issues arising from McCann and others v. United Kingdom.



Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list, by title, the publications produced by her Department between 1 May 1997 and 31 January 1998. [26324]

Clare Short: We have produced the following publications since 1 May.

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