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Mr. Weir: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 26 November 2001, Official Report, column 703W, on fair trade goods, if he will review during Fair Trade Fortnight the amount of fairly traded goods used in his Department. 
Mr. Leslie: My Department's purchasing policy is based on value for money principles and purchases are considered on the basis of fitness for purpose and whole life cost. Where these considerations are equal the choice of goods is then influenced by ethical and environmental factors and fair trade goods will be considered in that context.
My officials will consider with the new service provider for the Department's London offices the availability of fair trade goods in its refreshment facilities. Our contracted catering providers have assured us that wherever commercially practicable and viable they trade with companies who have their own ethical or fair trading initiatives.
As I mentioned in my reply to the hon. Member for Angus (Mr. Weir) on 26 November 2001, Official Report, column 703W, the Cabinet Office will consider with the new service provider for the Department's London offices the availability of fair trade goods in its refreshment facilities.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what was the (a) percentage and number of rail journeys undertaken on first class tickets, (b) average cost of a first class journey by rail and (c) total cost of rail travel in each of the past four years broken down by grade of civil servant. 
Mr. Leslie: Section 8 of the Civil Service Management Code, paragraph 8.2.1, requires Departments and agencies to ensure that staff use the most efficient and economic means of travel in the circumstances, taking into account any management benefit or the needs of staff with disabilities.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, ref 32799, on which date the Cabinet Office guidelines on sponsorship took effect; and if he will make a statement. 
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response to the Sixth Report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life (Cmnd 4817). These guidelines updated the previous internal sponsorship guidelines that had been circulated to Departments in March 1999.
Ms Abbott: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Central Office of Information spent on radio advertising on behalf of other Government Department agencies and NDPBs in the last year; what percentage of this was spent on black minority media advertising; and what the five main campaigns that the Central Office of Information financed that involved radio advertising were. 
Vehicle car crime,
Think! (road safety),
Police recruitment and
Children's tax credit.
Mrs. Roche: The Women's Unit was created in 1998. Its staff for the first financial year of its existence (199899) was 45. The unit was renamed the Women and Equality Unit following last year's general election in order to recognise its new policy responsibilities across the United Kingdom for gender equality, co-ordination of sexual orientation policy and its sponsorship of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Its current staffing level stands at 68.
The study showed that, in the UK, the reasons for starting a business, the type of business run and the chosen method of accessing finance were markedly different between men and women. The reasons for these differences need to be reflected in the support provided.
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Crown Prosecution Service
Department for Education and Skills
Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions
Department for Work and Pensions
Department of Health
Department of Trade and Industry
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
HM Customs and Excise
HM Land Registry
Lord Chancellor's Department
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence Police
National Assembly for Wales
Office for National Statistics
The Public Record Office
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
The Meteorological Office
Financial Services Authority
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
Health and Safety Executive
Child Support Agency and Benefits Agency
The Rent Service.
Mr. Leslie: The report "Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service 2000" prepared for my Department by Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) shows that by applying the same methodology as in previous years the average level of sickness absence was 9.9 days per staff year. This represents a small decrease over the equivalent figure of 10.1 days set out in the report for 1999. The report contains a comprehensive analysis of the 2000 figures.
Calculated on the basis of absence per person, the figure for the civil service was 8.5 days. According to the CBI survey for 2000, this compares favourably with a figure of 10.2 days for the public sector as a whole and is only slightly more than the average rate of 7.8 days for all sectors.
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Departments have published Service Delivery Agreements which contain their individual targets for reducing sickness absence. Overall the civil service has been targeted to reduce sickness absence by 30 per cent. (to 7.2 days per staff year) by 2003 against the 1998 baseline. My Department is continuing to work with other Departments and agencies as they take forward their plans to reduce sickness absence.
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what joint strategies have been agreed between the Medicines Control Agency and the United States Government Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigation to combat the online sale of licensed and unlicensed medicines; and if he will publish them. 
Ms Blears: The Enforcement Group currently has no specific joint strategies with the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations. However, it does maintain close informal contact, on a case by case basis, shares intelligence, conducts joint investigations including visits where appropriate.
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