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10. Mr. Swayne: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will make a statement about her responsibility with regard to presentation of Government policy on genetically modified organisms. 
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Marjorie Mowlam: There is a lot of international interest in our programme to modernise government and improve public services; and I am always keen to benefit from what others have found works for them. I have had discussions with counterparts and officials in the following countries:
13. Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will calculate how many regulations controlling the activities of manufacturing businesses have been passed since May 1997. 
Since August 1998, every regulation likely to have a significant impact on businesses, charities or voluntary organisations has been subject to a thorough assessment procedure. These regulatory impact assessments are placed in the Libraries of the House. The particular business sectors upon which each regulation impacts are not recorded separately.
Marjorie Mowlam: We have appointed consumer champions in all the key central Government services, to find out and meet their users' wishes. We have been working hard to ensure we consult the public better and more widely about policy and services.
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Marjorie Mowlam: Local Drug Action Teams work in partnership with local agencies such as health and local authorities, police, probation and local education authorities to decide the financial priorities for drug prevention within their area according to local need. The Lancashire Drug Action Team receives a grant from the Home Office's Drug Prevention Advisory Service (DPAS) to fund its running costs. However, funding for their activities is channelled for the most part through local agencies. In addition, the Government's spending review is looking at ways to streamline funding and strengthen local delivery.
Marjorie Mowlam: I met the Speaker on 18 April to discuss performance in replying to Parliamentary Questions and correspondence from hon. Members. It was a constructive meeting. I set out the action that we had already taken over the last 12 months to improve performance: writing to Departments at Ministerial and Permanent Secretary level; workshops on the effective handling of correspondence; central seminars for staff involved in handling PQs. For the future, we also propose central training for staff in Parliamentary branches and elsewhere who have regular dealings with Parliament to ensure there is a good grasp of essentials. We will shortly be revising and reissuing central guidance to all Departments on the handling of correspondence.
Mr. Ian McCartney: The Guidelines for Government Websites give detailed guidance on content. They are available on the Information Age Champions website at www.iagchampions.gov.uk and I have today arranged for a copy to be placed in the Libraries of the House.
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Marjorie Mowlam: Problems facing rural communities cannot be tackled in isolation by an individual Department--we will get the best results by central Government working in a joined-up way. Primary responsibility for rural policy lies with my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister while the Cabinet Committee on Rural Affairs, which I chair, will play an important co-ordination role.
Mr. Stringer: I have no such plans at present. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health is considering changes to the NHS appointments process, in the light of the recent report of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
Mr. Ian McCartney: Drug Action Teams (DATs) have a crucial role in the delivery of the National Drugs Strategy. They are the main mechanism for delivery on the ground, they work as a local partnership of the agencies involved in tackling drugs such as, Probation, Health, Education, Police Authorities and Local Authorities. DATs are required to plan and deliver an effective programme of activities for drugs which supports the National Strategy. DATs identify gaps in their provision and seek to address this. They assess what is being done in their area under each aim of the strategy, what is being spent and by whom and monitor the success of local initiatives.