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Voluntary Sector (Funding)

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South-West Bedfordshire of 25 January, Official Report, columns 1185–6W, on Government funding of the voluntary sector, if he will list the grant schemes and other mechanisms by which the Cabinet Office distributes funding to voluntary sector organisations. [51414]

Mr. Leslie: The Cabinet Office does not have any specific grant schemes dealing with funding to the voluntary sector.

Digital Equipment

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many digital radios are owned by his Department for use in departmental buildings from which Ministers work; and what the (a) cost and (b) date of purchase of each radio was. [52854]

Mr. Leslie: The information requested is not held centrally and can only be supplied at disproportionate cost.

My department follows the government's requirement to consider the whole life cost when making any purchasing decision. Whole life costs take account of possible future obsolescence.

Press Subscriptions

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will list the newspapers subscribed to (a) Monday to

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Saturday and (b) on Sunday by his Department, stating for each subscription (i) the number of copies taken, and (ii) the annual cost; [52843]

Mr. Leslie: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Buckingham on 12 February 2001 (Official Report, column 188W).

Better Quality Services Initiative

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which of the services of his Department have not been reviewed under the Better Quality Services Initiative; and when they will be reviewed. [50314]

Mr. Leslie: Since the implementation in October 1999 of the BQS initiative (a five-year rolling programme) the Cabinet Office has reviewed approximately 50 per cent by value of its pre-2001 Election units/functions.

Following the Election the Cabinet Office has undergone a significant restructuring. The timing and nature of future BQS reviews of Cabinet Office functions/services will be considered in the light of these changes and the outcome of the current Spending Review.

Digital Television

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the number of subscriptions to (a) digital terrestrial, (b) digital satellite and (c) digital cable television held by his Department for services in any departmental building from which Ministers work, stating for each subscription its (i) cost and (ii) purpose. [48365]

Mr. Leslie: The Cabinet Office pays one subscription for digital satellite television services in departmental buildings from which Ministers work. £82 per month is paid to Sky Digital to allow access to the full breadth of news TV channels.