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Kingdom Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator held meetings with members and officials of the United States Government between 18 February 2000 and 3 August 2001; when and where each of these meetings took place; and which (a) United States Government departments and (b) members and officials of the United States Government were involved in each meeting; 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Between 18 February 2000 and 3 August 2001 the former United Kingdom Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator held meetings in his office with members and officials of the United States (US) Government on three occasions as follows:
Following the election last year, responsibility for delivering the National Drugs Strategy transferred to the Home Secretary. Since 3 August 2001, my right hon. Friend, the Home Secretary has met with John Ashcroft, United States (US) Attorney General (1112 December 2001) and James Sensenbrenner, Chair of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee (1718 January 2002). Both meetings took place in London.
Keith Hellawell, who is now employed part time as the Home Secretary's expert adviser on drugs, has met only one official from the United States Government since 3 August 2001. The official was Keith Eddins who is employed as the US First Secretary covering Justice and Home Affairs issues at the US Embassy in the Czech Republic. The meeting took place at the British Embassy in Prague on Wednesday 20 February 2002.
Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days are lost annually by professional health staff required to attend court to give evidence of injury incurred by pensioners who have been subjected to physical assault; and what the estimated cost of this is to the public service in each of the last three years. 
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the total real terms expenditure of her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on publicity in each of the years (a) 199798, (b) 199899, (c) 19992000, (d) 200001 and (e) 200102, (i) to date and (ii) as estimated for the whole of the present year; and if she will break these figures down to indicate expenditure on (A) advertising and (B) press and public relations. 
|200102 (to end January)||6.0|
In addition to expenditure from this central budget, expenditure from budgets allocated to individual programmes will also include spend on publicity related activity. It is not possible, except at disproportionate cost, to separately identify all such publicity related expenditure. It is possible to identify expenditure on advertising and on public relations drawn from all budgets and this is as follows (in real terms):
|Advertising (#m)||Public relations (#m)|
|200102 (to end January)||17.7||0.6|
Information on expenditure by agencies and non-departmental public bodies is not held centrally.
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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements her 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 her Department celebrated St. David's Day. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 11 March 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport gave to the hon. Member for Suffolk South on 11 February, Official Report, columns 5859W.
Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many, and what proportion of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grades in each year between 1997 and 2001; 
|Number||As percentage of 15-year-old pupils|
The number and proportion of 15-year-old pupils that achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grades in England are in the table:
|Number||As percentage of 15-year-old pupils|
Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the number of former teachers and headteachers working for firms of consultants providing services for her Department, local education authorities and schools. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 25 March 2002]: The Department for Education and Skills does not collect this information. The former occupation of consultants is a matter for individual consultancy companies as employers.
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Mr Ivan Lewis: The evaluation of the Connexions Service will build on the experience of the pilot studies using a combination of opinion surveys, impact studies and a programme identifying effective practice.
Opinion surveys. These will cover the views of young people including non-users of the Connexions Service and the opinions of the key stakeholders involved with each Connexions Partnership. Run annually, using a standard set of questions, these surveys will make it possible to monitor changes in views towards the Service over time as Connexions is rolled out nationally.
Impact studies. This component of the evaluation strategy will look in detail at Partnership activity to assess how effective the service has been in helping young people. The focus will be on the range of interventions made by a personal adviser and the intention is to track a selected cohort of young people over time to assess outcomes.
Identifying effective practice. The third component of the strategy is to secure prompt feedback about what works operationally and what constitutes effective practice. A rolling programme of studies will be commissioned covering specific issues relevant to the key delivery areas of the Service.
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