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Mr. Gareth Thomas:
It is estimated that less than 24 per cent. of the population in Afghanistan has access to safe drinking water; however, currently there is no further detailed information available with respect to coverage and conditions. However, there are reports of many water drinking projects carried out by International aid organisations in Afghanistan, which are also compiling information on water supply. The Afghan Government have also started a priority project focusing on water and sanitation. This project, with a budget of US$295 million over five years, includes provision of 130,000 water points/hand pumps to 3.25 million families, and 310 different water schemes throughout the country.
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Mr. Gareth Thomas: DFID's London headquarters at 1 Palace street does not have cycle parking facilities specifically for visitors, as the building has no external space available for parking of any type. However, there are 64 secure internal cycle spaces for staff, which can be used by visitors upon request.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department and its agencies were seconded from the (a) private and (b) academic sectors in each of the last three years. 
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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Solicitor-General on what dates officials of the Law Officers have visited British nationals detained at Guantanamo Bay; on what dates the Attorney-General received reports on the welfare of detainees; what representations he has made on behalf of the prisoners; and what action he took to make his concerns known to relatives or legal representatives of those detained. 
The Solicitor-General: No officials from the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers have visited the British nationals detained in Guantanamo Bay. I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 8 June 2004, my hon. Friend the Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Mullin), Official Report, column 303W, in reply to his question no. 177590.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 12 March 2004, Official Report, column 1795W, on asbestos, what
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proportion of the asbestos identified in buildings occupied by his Department's staff was the (a) chrysotile and (b) amphibole form of asbestos. 
Jane Kennedy: Although information is available in respect of all the Departments buildings in which asbestos has been identified, a global breakdown of the types of asbestos is not yet maintained centrally. It is anticipated that this information can be provided once the current piece of work to populate a database is fully complete, in late summer. Nonetheless, the Department and its predecessors have done everything possible to prevent any exposure to asbestos and have been proactive in identifying buildings containing the substance and either sealing or removing the asbestos, as necessary.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what surveys of public perceptions of (a) his Department and (b) its areas of responsibility have taken place over the last 12 months; what the (i) title and (ii) nature of these surveys was; what the findings of each survey were; where these findings have been published; what the cost of all such surveys was; and if he will make a statement and place copies of the surveys in the Library. 
Findings from this survey were published in February 2004 (DWP Research Report number 205). A copy of the report has been placed in the Library and is also available on the Department's website at www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports20032004/rrep205.asp
This was quantitative survey of Jobcentre Plus customers who experienced the 'front end' process in integrated offices, collecting views of First Contact, the Financial Assessor meeting, the initial mandatory Work Focused Interview and the office environment.
Findings were published in September 2003 (DWP Research Report number W168). A copy of the report has been placed in the House Library and is also available on the Department's website at www.dwp.gov.uk/jad/2003/168rep.pdf
This was a telephone survey carried out by the Appeals Service to test performance against a number of the service first standards which cannot be measured internally. Findings will be included in the Appeals Service Annual Report which is due to be published on 14 July. A copy of the report will be placed in the House library on that day.
A postal correspondence survey was issued during February and March 2004 to approximately 13,000 DCS customers who have claimed or are in receipt of one of the benefits the DCS administersdisability living allowance, attendance allowance and carer's allowance. 6,390 completed questionnaires were returned.
The Department for Work and Pensions conducts annual omnibus surveys to monitor public awareness of the Department and its responsibilities, and also public attitudes to the Government's welfare reform. The Omnibus Survey was conducted in January 2004 and Awareness Research took place in October 2003. The emerging long-term trend shows a significant improvement in how the Department is regarded among people who experience the system as customers. Consideration is now being given to how we use this information to best effect in Departmental communications. The reports are not currently published.
These are monthly surveys. Over the 12-month period from April 2003 to March 2004, overall satisfaction scores ranged from 93 per cent. to 97per cent. Detailed survey findings are reported each month to the DWP's Medical Provision Contract Management Team, together with a Highlight Report. These are not published outside DWP.
These are on-going surveys undertaken on a monthly basis. Interviews are conducted with employers that have notified and closed a vacancy with Jobcentre Plus in the previous three months in order to gather views on the service provided for the placing of that particular vacancy. Reports, for internal use, are produced on a quarterly basis.
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