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Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Advocate-General, pursuant to her answer of 19 March 2002, Official Report, column 181W, on value for money, what specific measures she has put in place to provide for efficient operation and a contribution towards securing better value for money. 
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The Advocate-General: My office, like the rest of the Scotland Office, has been in existence for less than three years and, in developing suitable working systems, officials have sought to ensure that the work is done in a way which makes the most efficient use of staff and other resources.
Andrew George: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 876W, what assessment he has made of (a) the total number of Government agencies and quangos operating in each of the regions and (b) their annual budgets. 
In respect of (b), information on the total gross expenditure of individual non-departmental public bodies, and information on the funding of this, is set out in the annual publication "Public Bodies", copies of which can be found in the Libraries of the House. Information on annual budgets of executive agencies is set out in each Agency's Annual Report and Accounts.
|Period||Number of Staff|
|1 April 199931 March 2000||41|
|1 April 200031 March 2001||37|
|1 April 2001 to date||35|
Note: This data only includes Governnment Offices for the Regions for 200102 as they joined the Cabinet Office in June 2001.
Job No: CW0126 Folios: 000-000Operator: Operator Number 3. Date: 11/04/02
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people employed by his Department under the New Deal for Young People in each of the last four years have subsequently (a) found unsubsidised employment for more than 13 weeks and (b) returned to jobseekers' allowance or other benefits. 
Three people employed by the Cabinet Office, initially under the New Deal for Young People (one in 1998 and two in 2000), have subsequently been employed by the Cabinet Office on permanent contracts following fair and open competition. We do not hold information on people employed under the scheme who have not left the Department.
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No staff employed by the GCDA under the New Deal arrangements have subsequently been employed by the GCDA on permanent contracts. GCDA do not hold information on people employed under the scheme who have now left the Department.
COI have not employed anyone under the New Deal for Young People, However, the Department has employed one person under the New Deal for Lone Parents who was subsequently employed by the Department on a permanent contract.
No staff employed by the GO under the New Deal arrangements have subsequently been employed by the Government Offices on permanent contracts. GO do not hold information on people employed under the scheme who have now left the Department.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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. 
The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: Cabinet Office Since April 1999 11 people have been employed by the Cabinet Office under the New Deal arrangements and are categorised as follows:
|Young People||Lone Parents||Over 50's|
The average cost per placement was £17,833 (which is made up of basic salary, Employers National Insurance and Pensions Contributions).
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|Young People||Lone Parents||Over 50's|
1 The average cost per placement was £17,045 (which is made up of basic salary and employers NI).
1 There has been no lasting damage done to the fabric of any of the department's buildings.
Job No: CW0126 Folios: 000-000
Operator: Operator Number 3. Date: 11/04/02
Mr. Burns: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times Ministers in his Department have travelled abroad at taxpayers' expense since March 200l; what countries they visited; and what the total cost of each visit was. 
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Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. The Government has also published on an annual basis the cost of all Ministers' visits overseas. Copies of the lists are available in the Libraries of the House. The 1999 list contained information on all such visits undertaken from 2 May 1997 to 31 March 1999. Details for travel undertaken in the period 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002 will be published as soon as possible after the end of the current financial year.
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