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Mr. Alan Simpson: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the (a) representations he has received and (b) meetings he has held on the proposed Pesticides Tax with (i) UKASTA, (ii) NOAH, (iii) the National Farmers Union, (iv) the Country Landowners Association, and (v) named agrochemical companies, giving the date and durations of the meetings. 
The Prime Minister: Copies of the Government Annual Report can be ordered over the Internet from The Stationery Office (TSO), either by accessing the TSO site directly, or via the No. 10 Website. Out of a total of 1,353 copies sold by TSO to date, 34 orders have been taken on the Internet. It is not possible to distinguish how many of these were via the TSO web-site directly and how many were via the No. 10 Website.
Mr. Baker: To ask the Prime Minister what the role is of the Secretary of Appointments; what (a) salary and (b) selection procedure applies to this position; and what his responsibilities are. 
The Prime Minister [holding answer 24 July 2000]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the right hon. Member for South-West Surrey (Mrs. Bottomley) on 1 November 1999, Official Report, column 5W. In line with established practice the salaries of individual civil servants are not disclosed as this would breach the privacy of the individuals concerned.
Mr. Baker: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 10 July 2000, Official Report, column 425W, regarding appointments, (1) if he will list the positions for which his official advice is routinely sought during selection processes; 
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Mr. Baker: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer of 13 July 2000, Official Report, column 663W, on Lords Lieutenant, if he will make a statement on the consultation process which is carried out prior to the appointment of a Lord Lieutenant. 
Mr. Baker: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer of 13 July 2000, Official Report, column 663W, on Lords Lieutenant, if it is his policy to advertise vacancies for Lord Lieutenancies. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Prime Minister what is the cost in the current financial year of the (a) salary bill and (b) general running costs of the Research and Information Office in 10 Downing Street. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Prime Minister how many press releases were issued by his Office in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) this year to date; and what the total cost of the production and issuing of these press releases was in each year. 
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Mr. Watts: To ask the Prime Minister when the annual report of the Chief Commissioner appointed under section 91(1)(a) of the Police Act 1997 will be laid before the House; and if he will make a statement. 
The Prime Minister: A copy of Sir Andrew Leggatt's annual report for 1999 is being laid before the House today in accordance with section 107(3) of the Police Act 1997. After consultation with the Chief Commissioner material in an annex to a report has been excluded from that copy under section 107(4) of the Act because its publication would be prejudicial to the prevention or detection of serious crime.
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Mr. Stunell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the reports submitted to his Department, by bodies that were created after May 1997 and that include significant and plural membership from outside the Civil Service, stating in each case the body writing the report, the date the report was submitted, how many recommendations were made, the number of those recommendations that have been implemented to date and the number of recommendations that have been rejected; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Derek Twigg: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list (a) Government expenditure on ministerial overseas visits for the financial years 1995-96 to 1999-2000 and (b) all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500 between 1 April 1999 and 31 March 2000, including the cost, destination and purpose of the visit. 
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The figure for 1995-97 does not include some expenditure falling to the Scottish Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Welsh Office because the information was not recorded centrally or is incomplete. Full costs are available from 1996-97 onwards. All figures are in 1999-2000 prices 1 . The figure for 1999-2000 reflects payments made so far for travel undertaken in this period; a few bills have yet to be submitted to Departments for payment.
A list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during the period 1 April 1999 to 31 March 2000 has been placed in the Libraries of the House. The list provides details of the date, destination and purpose of all such visits and the cost of Ministers' travel and accommodation where appropriate.
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