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Mr. Wills: The Government is continuing to keep the operation of the Data Protection Act 1998 under review. At present we have no plans to amend the Act. Repeal of the Act would be inconsistent with our international obligations.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Public Record Office has provided Birmingham City Council with the necessary technical configurations so that its library service can access the 1901 Census online. Once work on compatibility issues has been completed by the City Council, Birmingham should be ready for operation as a service centre when the 1901 online census is relaunched.
Mr. Stephen Twigg: I understand that the Modernisation Committee has taken evidence from a number of individuals and organisations as to how Parliament might be made more topical, relevant and effective. I have been working with the National Council of Voluntary Organisations to ensure that the voluntary sector has a full input into this consultation, and am hoping to do more in the coming months.
I know the Leader of the Commons is very keen to hear the views of as many people as possible on the contents of the memorandum he presented to the Modernisation Committee in December. To this end I understand the Modernisation Committee is exploring the possibility of an e-consultation.
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Mr. Stephen Twigg: My right hon. Friend welcomes ideas for reform from all Members. Where there are outmoded or inappropriate conventions in the House, the Modernisation Committee will be happy to consider proposals for reform.
53. Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the President of the Council what consideration he has given to improving the links between young people and Parliament in his proposals for modernisation of the House. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: My right hon. Friend hopes that his proposals will make Parliament more accessible to all groups, including young people. In addition, the parliamentary education service does a great deal to inform and involve young people.
51. Simon Hughes: To ask the President of the Council how many private Members' Bills introduced by (a) Government Back Benchers and (b) Opposition Members have been enacted in each of the last 10 years; and what proposals he has to give greater opportunity for Back-Bench legislative initiatives to become law. 
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Mr. Stephen Twigg: I refer the Members to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House to my hon. Friends the Members for Slough and Rhondda in the House today, Official Report, column 163.
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Mr. Stephen Twigg: My right hon. Friend and I have received representations about the ability of those living in the north of England to attend Prime Minister's questions if it is brought forward significantly.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the President of the Council if he will make a statement on the level of consultation between his office and the House authorities with other bodies to ensure that traffic disruption is kept to a minimum while the House is sitting. 
Mr. Robin Cook: At the beginning of each Session the House issues the Sessional Order which instructs the Commissioner of Police to keep the streets around the Houses of Parliament free from obstruction so that Members and Peers have a clear passage.
House officials liaise with the traffic authorities of Westminster city council and Transport for London. When problems, such as traffic congestion occur both bodies have been helpful in seeking to alleviate the problems.
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(1) Four staff who worked in the Business Co-ordination Unit transferred to the Cabinet Office.
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Mr. Stephen Twigg: My right hon. Friend's proposals are contained in his memorandum to the Modernisation Committee. The Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the proposals and welcomes the views of MPs on reform.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the President of the Council if he will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the cost is to public funds in each case. 
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|Drinking water coolers|
(2) Including VAT
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