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18. Mr. Robathan: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how many occasions since May 1997 the Public Appointments Commission has rejected candidates on the grounds of political affiliation. 
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Mr. Stringer: Further to my reply of 21 March to the hon. Gentleman, the Better Regulation Taskforce studies of the economic regulators, the impact of Housing Benefit on lone parents, and regulations affecting local shopkeepers will be published over the course of the summer.
Marjorie Mowlam: We review the progress of local Drug Action Teams annually, through their reports and plans. Reports for 2000-01 are due from Drug Action Teams by the end of April, which will allow us to assess progress of the Government's anti-drugs strategy nationally, regionally and locally.
Emerging information indicates that all Drug Action Teams in the south-west have submitted treatment plans. In addition, a Public Health Observatory has been established to assess the health impact of drug use in the region; Arrest Referral Schemes have been implemented in custody suites in all police force areas; and Drug Treatment and Testing Orders continue to be rolled out across the region.
Marjorie Mowlam: In the past six months I have met with or had visits to the following organisations involved with helping rough sleepers: Huge Move, Help the Aged, Look Ahead, St. Thomas's Nightshelter, Brighton Housing Trust, Passage House Nightshelter, Bethnal Green Training Centre for the homeless.
I also meet regularly with my hon. Friend the Minister for local Government and the Regions, the Minister responsible for the Government's strategy on rough sleeping, and Louise Casey, Head of the Rough Sleepers' Unit, who is in contact with charities and local service providers on a day-to-day basis.
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Mr. Stringer: In November 1999 the Minister for the Cabinet Office established a Public Sector Team within the Regulatory Impact Unit with the remit of cutting red tape and burden in the public sector.
headteachers saving an estimated 200 hours per school annually; and
most recently GP doctors, launched by the Prime Minister, saving an estimated 7.2 million appointments and 750,000 hours annually.
Mr. Ian McCartney: In 1999 my Department published a Framework for Information Age Government Websites. Included within these guidelines is information on the type of content to be expected on Government sites.
be objective and explanatory;
not be, or be liable to misrepresentation as being, party political; and
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Marjorie Mowlam: It is established practice under exemption two of Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information not to disclose information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to her answer of 21 March 2001, Official Report, column 325, what action she has taken following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Iran on drugs co-operation; and if she will make a statement. 
Marjorie Mowlam: Since signing the Memorandum of Understanding on drugs co-operation on 27 February, UK and Iranian specialists have commenced a UNDCP facilitated technical mission to examine ways of sustaining the reduction of opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan. We are also discussing ways of furthering our bilateral assistance with the Iranian customs. Both the UK and Iran are committed to vigorous anti-drugs efforts.
Judy Mallaber: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Amber Valley constituency, the effects on Amber Valley of her Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. 
Mr. Stringer: The Cabinet Office is responsible for a range of functions which cover England as a whole, or in relation to non-devolved matters, Great Britain or the United Kingdom. It is therefore not possible to say what their specific impact is on a particular constituency. Additionally any policy changes arising form reports by Cabinet Office units, such as the Social Exclusion Unit and the United Kingdom Anti-Drugs Co-ordination Unit, are implemented by the appropriate Government Department, rather than by the Unit itself.