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DOE Building, Marsham Street

Mr. Leigh: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when she intends to demolish the former Department of the Environment building in Marsham Street, SW1. [100907]

Mr. Ian McCartney: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated under the terms of the Framework Document to the Property Advisers to the Civil Estate. I have asked its Chief Executive, Mr. John Locke, to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from John C. Locke to Mr. Edward Leigh, dated 6 December:

    It remains our intention to demolish 2 Marsham Street as soon as practicable. You may be aware that, in connection with its Headquarters PFI project, the Home Office has made the property available to its bidders to consider as one of their options.

    A decision by Home Office is now expected in late Spring next year. Pending this decision, Home Office has assumed management responsibility and is paying the holding costs of the property.

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Public Bodies

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many non-departmental public bodies have been (a) established and (b) abolished since 2 May 1997. [100892]

Mr. Stringer: Data on numbers of non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) are collated on a financial year basis and published annually in the publication "Public Bodies", copies of which are available in both Libraries of the House. "Public Bodies 1998" reported a net reduction of 55 NDPBs on the previous year. "Public Bodies 1999", which is due to be published later this month, is likely to show a further reduction in NDPBs.

Mr. Rowlands: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which non-departmental public bodies were (a) established and (b) abolished in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999. [100622]

Mr. Stringer: The following lists all the non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) that have been abolished or created in the financial years 1997-98 and 1998-99. The publication "Public Bodies 1998", which is available in both Libraries of the House, provides comprehensive information on each NDPB. "Public Bodies 1999" is due to be published later this month.

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    Defence Scientific Advisory Council (sub-committees) x 5

    Deregulation Task Force

    Health and Safety Agency for Northern Ireland

    Local Government Property Commission for Scotland

    Local Government Staff Commission (England)

    Microbiology Advisory Committee

    National Advisory Council for the Employment of People with Disabilities

    Northern Ireland Citizen's Charter Advisory Panel

    Nuclear Powered Warships Safety Committee

    Nuclear Weapons Safety Committee

    Overseas Project Board

    Race Relations Employment Advisory Group

    Regional Panels in MAFF x 9

    Residuary Body for Wales

    Royal Commission on Long Term Care of the Elderly

    Scottish Agricultural Consultative Panel

    Scottish Crime Prevention Council

    Scottish Economic Council

    Scottish Studentship Selection Committee

    Secretary of State for Scotland's Advisory Group on Sustainable Development

    Standing Advisory Committee on Human Rights (NI)

    Standing Committee on Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education

    Statistics Advisory Committee

    Sugar Beet Research and Education Committee

    Supported Employment Consultative Group

    Supreme Court Rule Committee

    Teaching Company Scheme Board

    Treasure Trove Reviewing Committee

    Welsh Advisory Committee on Drug and Alcohol Misuse

    Welsh Council for Post Graduate Medical and Dental Education

    Tribunals NDPBs

    Scheme of Compensation for Loss of Earnings through Civil Unrest (NI)

    1 Include NDPBs which have been reclassified e. g. those moved to the private sector



    British Potato Council

    Commission for Racial Equality for Northern Ireland

    Community Learning Scotland

    Competition Commission

    Countryside Agency

    Docklands Light Railway

    Education Transfer Council

    English Tourism Council

    Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

    Historic Royal Palaces

    National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts

    National Lottery Commission

    National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland

    New Opportunities Fund

    NI Human Rights Commission

    Police Information Technology Organisation

    Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

    Regional Development Agencies x 8

    Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission

    Scottish Further Education Funding Council

    Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

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    Advisory Committee for Disabled People in Employment and Training

    Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs

    Advisory Committee on Consumer Products and the Environment

    Advisory Committee on Lifelong Learning Targets

    Aerospace Committee

    Better Regulation Task Force

    Civil Justice Council

    Civil Procedure Rule Committee

    Commission for Integrated Transport

    Committee on Chemicals and Materials and Construction for use in Public Water Supplies and Swimming Pools

    Defence Nuclear Safety Committee

    Development Awareness Working Group

    Expert Group on Airborne Particles

    Expert Group on Cryptosporidium in Water Supplies

    Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals

    Expert Panel on Sustainable Development Education

    Football Task Force

    Genetics and Insurance Committee

    Low Pay Commission

    New Deal Task Force

People's Panel Advisory Group

    Race Relations Forum

    Royal Commission on Long Term Care for the Elderly

    Scottish Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards

    Scottish Childcare Board

    Security Vetting Appeals Panel

    Sentencing Advisory Panel

    Skills Task Force

    Spectrum Management Advisory Group

    Treasure Valuation Committee

    Zoos Forum


    Office of the Surveillance Commissioners

    Registered Nursery Education Inspectors Appeal Tribunal


Unmarried Fathers

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans he has to seek to amend the law to provide unmarried fathers with the same right of parental responsibility as married fathers; and if he will make a statement. [101085]

Jane Kennedy: The Government intend to introduce an amendment to the Children Act 1989 that unmarried fathers who sign their child's birth certificate jointly with the mother will acquire parental responsibility without further formality. This provision will be introduced when parliamentary time allows.

Departmental Research Contracts

Dr. Harris: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many research contracts have been let by his Department since May 1997; what is the value of each contract; and in each case whether the contract included (a) a departmental veto over publication of the research results, (b) departmental control over the

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date of publication of the research results and (c) a requirement that the final research results incorporate departmental amendments. [100156]

Mr. Lock: The Lord Chancellor's Department has awarded 37 research contracts since May 1997 with a total overall spend of £1,003,776; details of these, including the cost of each contract are provided in the table. None

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of the projects was subject to a specific veto on publication of results or control over date of publication. A standard clause in research contracts is that

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In addition £18,853 was contributed (1998-99 financial year) to a study entitled "Baseline Customer Research" commissioned by the Legal Services Ombudsman. The study was run by Customer Management Consultancy Ltd. and the resulting data were published in a Summary of Findings and Recommendations by the Legal Services Ombudsman in March 1999.

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