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The Prime Minister: Following the establishment of the Department for Transport as a department focussed solely on transport issues, I have decided that the Health and Safety Commission and the Health and Safety Executive will transfer to the Department for Work and Pensions. The Health and Safety Sponsorship Division, currently located within the Department for Transport, will also transfer to the Department for Work and Pensions. These changes will take effect from today 24 July 2002.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Prime Minister on what dates he has held meetings with ministers in the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; where each meeting took place; which Irish Government departments were involved in each meeting; and which ministers and officials from the Irish Government attended each meeting. 
|7 June 2000||Dinner at No. 10|
|19 June||Meeting in Oporto|
|31 July||Working lunch at No. 10|
|6 September||UN Summit, New York|
|10 October||Talks at No. 10|
|12 October||Bilateral talks during Informal European Council, Biarritz|
|20 October||Asia/Europe Business Forum in Seoul|
|23 November||Bilateral talks on flight to EU/Balkans Summit in Zagreb|
|7 December||Nice European Council|
|31 January 2001||Dinner at No. 10|
|28 February||Dinner at No. 10|
|8 March||Meeting at Hillsborough|
|24 March||Stockholm European Council|
|14 June||Bilateral at EU/US Summit in Gothenburg|
|18 June||Meetings at No. 10|
|28 June||Working lunch at Hillsborough|
|4 July||Dinner at No. 10|
|911 July||Meetings at Chequers and then Weston Park|
|1314 July||Meetings and Press Conference at Weston Park|
|27 July||Meeting in Sedgfield|
|19 September||Meeting at No. 10|
|30 November||Bilateral at British Irish Council, Dublin Castle|
|18 February 2002||Working lunch at No. 10|
|14 June||Bilateral at British Irish Council, Jersey|
|4 July||Meeting and press conference at Hillsborough|
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Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 20 June 2002, Official Report, column 463W, when he will publish the detailed list of cabinet ministers' visits overseas and information on expenditure by all Ministers for the period 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002. 
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Prime Minister what assistance was received for (a) non-Governmental organisations, (b) overseas Governments and (c) other agencies in meeting the cost of departmental special advisers' official travel between 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002. 
The Prime Minister: All official travel by special advisers is undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers and the Civil Service Management Code. The cost of official travel will normally be met by individual departments.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Prime Minister what the total cost was to the Government of employing departmental and non-departmental special advisers between 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002; and what percentage of this total was (a) salary and related expenses and (b) other costs. 
Mr. Miller: To ask the Prime Minister what the cost is of the paybill for special advisers in 200102; what the paybands are for 200203; and how many special advisers there are in each payband, broken down by department. 
|Pay Band 4||76,876 to 92,250|
|Pay Band 3 and Premium||57,401 to 89,175|
|Pay Band 2||45,101 to 58,240|
|Pay Band 1||34,851 to 45,760|
|Pay Band 0||Up to 34,850|
At 22 July 2002, the number of special advisers in each payband by department is as follows:
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|Office of the Deputy Prime Minister(69)||||||2||1|||
|Chief Whip's Office||||1||2|||||
|Culture, Media and Sport||||||||1|||
|Education and Skills||||||1||1|||
|Environment, Food and Rural Affairs||||1||1|||||
|Foreign and Commonwealth Office||||||||2|||
|Leader of the House of Lords(72)||||1||1|||||
|Lord Chancellor's Department||||||||||1|
|Northern Ireland Office||||||2|||||
|President of the Council||||||2|||||
|Trade and Industry(73)||||1||1||1|||
|Work and Pensions(77)|||||||||||
The cost of special advisers in 200102 is £5.1 million.
(68)Plus two special advisers who are paid beyond Pay Band 4 but still within the scheme.
(69)Provision for three full-time posts but currently only 2.5 special advisers employed.
(70)Includes one special adviser who is part-time.
(71)One special adviser has been appointed but the job has not yet been evaluated.
(72)Includes one part-time special adviser who provides advice to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.
(73)Plus one adviser who is part-time and unpaid.
(74)Includes the Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury.
(75)Plus the five members of the Council of Economic Advisers who are employed on special adviser terms (one in Band 4, three in Band 3 and one in Band 1one is part-time).
(76)Plus one special adviser who has been appointed but the job has not yet been evaluated.
(77)One special adviser has been appointed but the job has not yet been evaluated.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) dates, (b) locations and (c) sources of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books or other journals and (ii) speeches or presentations made in the public domain, by his Chief of Staff, Director of Communications or other members of his office since March 2001; who in the Department authorised the activity; and on what date this activity was recorded with the Departmental Head of Information. 
The Prime Minister: All special advisers' contacts with the media, and speeches and presentations made by them are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers. All civil servants, including special advisers, are expected to keep departmental heads of information informed of contacts with the media. Details of such contacts are for internal purposes only.
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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what dates and in what locations Ministers in his Department held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; which Ministers were involved in each meeting; which Irish Government Departments were involved in each meeting; and which Ministers and officials from the Irish Government attended each meeting. 
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