Mr. Touhig: Poverty and social exclusion are complex multi-dimensional issues, affecting many aspects of people's lives including income, health, housing, the quality of their environment and opportunities to learn. There is no single measure that can capture the complex problems that need to be overcome.
The annual report "Opportunity for all", available in the House of Commons Library, sets out and monitors the UK Government's strategy for tackling poverty and social exclusion. The UK Government are working in partnership with the National Assembly for Wales to tackle poverty and social exclusion in Wales.
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22. Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on his responsibility for environmental issues affecting English constituencies across the Welsh border. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The bilateral concordat between the Assembly and the DTLR sets out the principles for dealing with cross-border environmental issues and the arrangements for joint sponsorship of the Environment Agency.
Mr. Touhig: My Department maintains close contacts with both Whitehall and the National Assembly in the appropriate policy areas. The Crime Reduction Director for Wales is part of the Home Office regional team and, as such, provides a link between HO and the National Assembly on relevant aspects of youth policy.
Mr. Paul Murphy: The long established Engineering Education Scheme in Wales (EESW) and those participating in it are playing a formative role in shaping the engineers of tomorrow. This is one of the key elements in making a successful technology and innovation led economy.
Mr. Touhig: The Assembly is very aware of the problems faced by the care sector. Its objective is to work with local government and the sector to improve the quality of care services and ensure a viable, and vibrant care home sector.
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Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list his Department's expenditure by months in (a) 199798, (b) 199899, (c) 19992000 and (d) 200001; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Touhig: My right hon. Friend and I have regular discussions with the First Minister and Health Minister of the National Assembly for Wales about health issues in Wales. I am aware that the Assembly has recently discussed and endorsed the Townsend Report's proposals for addressing health inequalities in Wales. These will be particularly important to communities like the Cynon Valley.
In addition, I am working closely with the Health Minister on primary legislation which will enable the Assembly to put in place structural changes to the NHS in Wales, with the aim of improving efficiency and management of the NHS in Wales.
Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the names of the unpaid advisers appointed by him and his predecessors since June 1997, stating in each case (a) the date of their appointment, (b) the duration of their appointment and (c) the project or projects on which they have been engaged. 
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Details of unpaid appointments made to task forces, review groups and other ad hoc advisory groups in Wales are set out in periodic reports issued by Cabinet Office, copies of which are in the Library of the House.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many people have been employed by his Department in each of the last three years under (a) the new deal for young people, (b) the new deal for the over 50s and (c) the new deal for lone parents; and at what cost, listed by category, to public funds; 
Mr. Paul Murphy: Since 1 July 1999, staff in my Department have generally been seconded from the National Assembly for Wales and elsewhere. During this period, there have been no people on new deal programmes employed in the Wales Office.
New deal recruits take up existing vacancies so extra costs to public funds are limited to the subsidy, where appropriate, and any additional training and development which may be needed. The cost of the latter cannot be readily identified.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for each of the last five years the total amount of money spent by Ministers in his Department on food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for official entertainment purposes. 
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Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent by departmental special advisers on food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for entertainment purposes in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many times special advisers have accompanied Ministers on overseas visits in each of the last five years; which countries were visited; and what the total cost of each individual visit was. 
Departmental special advisers have accompanied Ministers on visits abroad on seven occasions, Belgium five times, Ireland once and Spain once. It is not practicable separately to identify the costs of these visits, but all journeys were judged to comply with the Civil Service Code.
Mr. Paul Murphy: Since its creation in July 1999, the Wales Office has had two special advisers. They are paid in accordance with the Government-wide special advisers' salary scales promulgated by the Cabinet Office.