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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases have been brought against his Department under the Human Rights Act 1998; and what has been the cost in (a) legal fees to defend cases and (b) compensation payments. 
Mr. Leslie: My Department does not collect central records of cases in which the Human Rights Act 1998 is relied on. Human rights are now integrated in the general law and are rarely the sole basis for a challenge.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the difference was between the price offered in reaching preferred bidder stage and the final contract price for PPP contracts let by his Department in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 25354W, on stolen equipment, whether the computer equipment stolen from his Department was (a) new and unused and (b) used; and what was the nature of the data stored on such items in each case. 
The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: Of the PCs and laptops stolen, 12 were new and unused. With regard to the used equipment, the data stored on the PCs would be limited to software, as files were stored on network servers. Laptops held software data and files; however, none of the files were of a sensitive nature.
Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, columns 25354W, on stolen equipment, what criminal proceedings have been undertaken for cases of theft against his Department, stating in each case (a) whether the proceedings (i) led to a criminal conviction and (ii) were unsuccessful, (b) the cost incurred by his Department in pursuing a conviction and (c) the value of items recovered; and if he will make a statement. 
The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: Internal investigations of each reported case are carried out; however, to date no criminal proceedings have been undertaken in relation to any of the thefts recorded. None of the items has been recovered.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what arrangements his Department has made to celebrate (a) St. Patrick's Day, (b) St. George's Day, (c) St. Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how his Department celebrated St. David's Day. 
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Mr. Leslie: The Cabinet Office has no specific plans to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, St. George's Day or St. Andrew's Day. The Union flag will, however, be flown from the Department's buildings on the latter two days. Together with St. David's Day, these are named days on which the flag must be flown from all Government buildings.
On arrangements for Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Tessa Jowell) to the hon. Member for South Suffolk (Mr. Yeo) on 11 February 2002, Official Report, columns 5859W. Consideration is being given to flying the Union flag for the Jubilee, but in any event it will be flown on Coronation Day, 2 June, since this is a named day.
Mr. Leslie: The Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments states that all public appointments should be governed by the overriding principle of selection based on merit, and that care must be taken, at every stage, not to discriminate on a number of grounds including age and gender.
Mr. Forth: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1 May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present. 
The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: The following table includes information on appointments made to public bodies sponsored by Cabinet Office and appointments made by Ministers in Cabinet Office. The table does not include appointments to the Advisory Committees on Justices of the Peace in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, made by my noble Friend, Lord Macdonald of Tradeston and his predecessors as Minister for the Cabinet Office in the capacity of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
|Term of office|
|Appointee||Body to which appointed||Minister who made the appointment||Date appointed(8)||Period||Salary|
|Lord Haskins||Better Regulation Task Force||Minister for the Cabinet Office||September 1997 and September 2000(8)||3 years and 1 year (subsequently extended to March 2002)||Nil|
|Mr. David Arculus||Better Regulation Task Force||Minister for the Cabinet Office||March 2002||3 years||Nil|
|Miss Patricia Downs||Civil Service Appeal Board||Parliamentary Secretary||January 1998(8)||12 months||£260 per day|
|Mr. John Davies||Civil Service Appeal Board||Parliamentary Secretary||May 1999||3 years||£310 per day, plus an extra half-day's fee for every full day in attendance for hearings|
|Mr. Derek Dear||Advisory Committee on Advertising||Parliamentary Secretary||March 1998||36 years||Nil|
|Ms Julie Mellor||Equal Opportunities Commission||Secretary of State for Trade and Industry||February 1999 and February 2002(8)||3 years and 3 years||£62,500 per annum on appointment; £64,313 per annum wef 1 April 2000; £66,242 per annum wef 1 April 2001|
|Baroness Christine Crawley||Women's National Commission||Minister for Women||September 1999||3 years||£10,000 per annum plus expenses|
|The Lord Gillmore of Thamesfield GCMG||Advisory Committee on Business Appointments||Prime Minister||February 1999||3 years||Unpaid|
|The right honourable the Lord Mayhew of Twysden QC||Advisory Committee on Business Appointments||Prime Minister||June 1999||3 years||Unpaid|
|Lord Neill of Bladen QC||Committee on Standards in Public Life||Prime Minister||November 1997||3 years||£500 per day|
|Sir Nigel Wicks GCB CVO CBE||Committee on Standards in Public Life||Prime Minister||March 2001||3 years||£380 per day|
|Lord Stevenson of Coddenham CBE||House of Lords Appointments Commission||Prime Minister||May 2000||3 years||£5,000 per annum (waived)|
|Lord Thomson of Monifieth Kt||Honours Scrutiny Committee||Prime Minister||April 1999||No fixed term||Unpaid|
|Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss||Security Commission||Prime Minister||December 1999||3 years||Unpaid|
|Dame Janet Smith||Security Vetting Appeals Panel||Prime Minister||October 2000||3 years||Unpaid|
|Sir Michael Perry||Senior Salaries Review Body||Prime Minister||November 1998||2 years||Unpaid|
|Mr. John Baker||Senior Salaries Review Body||Prime Minister||February 2002||3 years||Unpaid|
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|Term of office|
|Appointee||Body to which appointed||Sponsor Department||Date appointed||Period||Salary|
|Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Flyde||Armed Forces Pay Review Body||Ministry of Defence||April 1999||3 years||Unpaid|
|Mr. Rupert Hambro||Museum of London||Department of Culture, Media and Sport||April 2001||5 years||Unpaid|
|Mr. Peter Scott||National Gallery||Department of Culture, Media and Sport||August 1999||5 years||Unpaid|
|Admiral Sir Jock Slater GCB||Imperial War Museum||Department of Culture, Media and Sport||September 2001||3 years||Unpaid|
|Ms Liz Forgan OBE||National Heritage Memorial Fund||Department of Culture, Media and Sport||April 2001||3 years||£32,130 per annum|
|Sir David Hardy||National Maritime Museum||Department of Culture, Media and Sport||October 2000||5 years||Unpaid|
|Sir Peter Williams||National Museum of Science and Industry||Department of Culture, Media and Sport||January 2001||18 months||Unpaid|
|Ms Paula Ridley OBE||Victoria and Albert Museum||Department of Culture, Media and Sport||November 1998||5 years||£227 per day|
|Mr. John Lewis||Wallace Collection||Department of Culture, Media and Sport||May 1998||5 years||Unpaid|
|Michael Blair QC||Doctors' and Dentists' Pay Review Body||Department of Health||March 2001||3 years||Unpaid|
|Professor Clive Booth||Nurses, Midwives and NHS Professions' Review Body||Department for Health||March 2001||3 years||Unpaid|
|Professor Jon Clark||Police Negotiating Board||Home Office||February 2000||4 years||Unpaid|
|Mr. Anthony Vineall||Schoolteachers' Review Body||Department for Education and Skills||February 2000||4 years||Unpaid|
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Information on the number, remit and membership of task forces, ad hoc advisory groups and reviews has been published by the Cabinet Office on a regular basis. The first report was published on 11 January 2000 and gives information for the period between 1 May 1997 and 31 October 1999. A second report was published on 27 July 2000, and covered the period 1 November 1999 to 30 April 2000. A third report was published on 13 December 2000 covering the period 1 May 2000 to 31 October 2000. The most recent report, "Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews", was issued in October 2001, and covers the period of the financial year 200001. Copies of these reports have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
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