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Local Government

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what responsibility he has for amendments to electoral law in relation to local government in Wales. [62852]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Policy on electoral law in relation to local government elections in Wales and England is a matter for my noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor.

Performance Targets

Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the performance targets that his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if he will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it. [60464]

Mr. Paul Murphy: My Department's targets are set out in its service delivery agreement (published in November 2000 and available at 2000/news2000.html) and in its departmental report (Cm 5121). They are monitored internally and reported on in the departmental report.

Regulations (Cost-effectiveness)

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Children's Homes Amendment (Wales) Regulations; [60996]

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Mr. Paul Murphy: These are matters for the National Assembly for Wales. Section 65 of the Government of Wales Act 1998 provides for an appraisal of the costs and benefits of complying with Assembly general subordinate legislation to be carried out before a draft of the statutory instrument is laid before the Assembly.


Members of Parliament (Personal Data)

Mr. Forth: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what information is held by his Department on each hon. Member in relation to (a) personal relationships, both current and past, (b) financial status and dealings, (c) connections with companies and interest groups, (d) connections with Governments and (e) published works; and what was held in January 2002. [61836]

Mr. Alexander: Ministers and officials in this Department have access to published reference sources, as well as to the information about hon. Members made publicly available by the House authorities, for the purpose of parliamentary business.

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