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Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average time is that the Child Support Agency has taken to produce a substantive reply to correspondence in the last 12 months for which figures are available; 
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Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in his Department in order to ensure compliance with the WEE directive. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much and what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit for 200203 will be accounted for by staff costs; what the figures were for 200102; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. MacShane: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Resource DEL (departmental expenditure limit) for 200203 is £1,318,597,000. Due to pay negotiations we are unable to say how much of that we expect to be attributed to staff costs. Comparative provisional outturn figures for 200102 show a Resource DEL of £1,268,738,000, of which £316,811,000 or 24.97 per cent. represents the provisional outturn for staff costs. The figure for staff costs includes the cost of locally engaged staff overseas.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on press and advertising campaigns in 200102; and what the planned expenditure is for 200203. 
We have no press and advertising campaigns planned for the United Kingdom in 200203. We intend to print two public information leaflets on Britain and the European Union at a total cost of approximately £4,000.
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and (b) saving from the pursuit of the Department's Public Service Agreement targets in each year since they were introduced; 
Mr. MacShane: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Public Service Agreement sets out the key outcomes it is committed to deliver with the resources provided, and its Service Delivery Agreement sets out the key steps towards delivery of those targets. Every year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes performance against its targets, including on value for money and the resources it has used in its departmental report.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the number of UK citizens involved in terrorist groups in Kashmir; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: This country should not be used as a base for supporting terrorism overseas. The Terrorism Act 2000 (which entered into force in February 2001) is designed to help the UK police and courts take effective action against those who seek to plan, carry out or support terrorism from or in the UK.
We have proscribed three Kashmiri terrorist groups. Membership of these groups and support for their activities are criminal offences in the United Kingdom and we will continue to take action to prevent these groups from fund-raising or recruiting here.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Thurrock (Andrew Mackinlay) of 21 May 2002, Official Report, column 261W, on the OPCW, if he will make a statement on the financial and administrative management differences referred to. 
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Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Thurrock (Andrew Mackinlay) of 21 May 2002, Official Report, columns 26162W, on the OPCW, if he will list the evident shortcomings referred to. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The shortcomings relate to the failure to comply with the OPCW financial regulations. These regulations require the Director-General to "prudently manage appropriations . . . to ensure that expenditures can be kept within funds available". Expenditure in 2000 exceeded income by £2.5 million. The OPCW external auditor's report on the 2000 financial statements confirmed that these provisions had not been complied with and recommended corrective action. The external auditor also drew attention to the failure to comply with regulations governing transfers of funds between appropriations, and recommended action to minimise excessive use of transfers.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 24 May 2002, Official Report, column 603W, if he will make a statement on (a) the views expressed by the members of the OPCW represented on the Executive Council, and (b) the views expressed by the UK at that time. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: A significant number of the members of the Executive Council expressed the view that they had lost confidence in the Director-General. As a result, the UK concluded that it would be in the best interests of the OPCW and the Chemical Weapons Convention if the Director-General were to step down voluntarily to make way for someone who could enjoy the full confidence of all the members of the organisation. The Director-General was informed of the UK's position prior to the vote of no confidence at the Executive Council meeting in March.
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