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Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the contracts agreed by his Department with the five largest accountancy firms since May 1997; and what was the total value of contracts with each. 
Ms Blears: The Department does not centrally hold a record of individual contracts. However our financial records, for the period April 1997 to date, show the Department (excluding Agencies) made highest payments for all professional services (including consultancy and accountancy services) to the following five companies and in the amounts shown:
|FY 199798 Value #000||FY 199899 Value #000||FY 19992000 Value #000||FY 200001 Value #000||FY 200102 Value #000|
|D & T||72.3||45.4||11.0||55.6||342.7|
|E & Y||26.2||18.2||0.0||30.9||66.6|
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working. 
Ms Blears: Employees working on job-share contracts or term-working are recorded as Xpart-time" workers. It is therefore not possible to identify the number of staff employed specifically on a job-share/term working contract. The Department currently has 496 staff (9.5 per cent.) working part time.
Ms Blears: The hon. Member is referred to the answer provided by my right hon. Friend the Minister for State at the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs, the Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Alun Michael) on 19 March 2002, Official Report, column 268W, which includes information on energy costs incurred by the Department of Health.
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Ms Blears: We are committed to review our pay systems in response to the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Task Force XJust Pay" report, in which the Government has committed departments and agencies to review their pay systems by April 2003 and prepare action plans to close any equal pay gaps.
Ms Blears: Payment of relocation expenses is made to staff when their transfer to another location is in the interests of the Department, for example, a compulsory transfer or bulk transfer of work or exceptionally for new recruits on appointment.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list the official visits to (a) Paris and (b) Brussels made by each Minister in his Department in 2001 and the mode of travel used; and what guidance is provided to Ministers in his Department on the choice of mode of travel for such visits; 
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Greater Manchester Police in respect of the policing costs of the 2002 Commonwealth Games; what estimate he has made of the costs of (a) policing and (b) other security measures related to the Commonwealth
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Games; and what proposals he has made to ensure that the policing and other security costs are appropriately funded. 
Mr. Denham: I have had discussions with the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (David Wilmot) about the policing costs of the games. On 30 January 2002, I announced that my right hon. Friend, the Home Secretary (Mr. Blunkett) had approved a special grant of #3 million. We have asked officials with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to look closely at the total additional costs estimated by the Chief Constable. On the basis of their further assessment we will consider whether any further grant would be justified.
Mr. Hawkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent analysis his Department has made of the number of offenders whose offences were related to their addiction to Class A drugs who had previously taken cannabis. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 21 March 2002]: On 23 October last year, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary (Mr. Blunkett) asked the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to review the scientific literature on cannabis, including the so-called Xgateway theory". Their analysis of this theory can be found in section 4.6 of their Report, XThe classification of cannabis under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971", which was published on 14 March 2002. The Report says that it is not possible to state, with certainty, whether or not cannabis use predisposes users to dependence on Class A drugs. Nevertheless, the risks (if any) are small and less than those associated with the use of tobacco or alcohol.
There is a link between Class A drugs and crime. Preliminary findings from the drug testing programme, currently being piloted in Staffordshire, Nottingham and Hackney, show that 55 per cent. of offenders arrested for trigger offences (property crime, robbery and Class A drugs offences) tested positive for heroin and/or cocaine (including crack cocaine). The number who previously used cannabis is not known.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department intends to reply to the letter of 6 December 2001 from the hon. Member for Aylesbury about case reference B 1087668.
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Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training has been provided by the Government to assist (a) charitable organisations and (b) Citizens Advice Bureaux in ensuring that their activities comply with the Human Rights Act 1998.
Angela Eagle [holding answer 25 March 2002]: No training has been provided by the Home Office to assist (a) charitable organisations and (b) Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) with the Human Rights Act 1998.
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