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Use Classes Order

Mr. Grogan: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to implement reform of the Use Classes Order. [199063]

Keith Hill: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister expects to lay the amending statutory instruments before the end of the year to come into force early next year.



Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many consultancy firms or companies have been retained by the Department since June 2001; what the projects are for which each has been retained; and what the total is of the fees paid or incurred in each case. [193423]

Mrs. McGuire: The number of consultancy firms retained by the Scotland Office since June 2001, the project description and the total cost in each case was as follows:
Number of FirmsCost (£000)Description
2001–02117,864Professional services in relation to the Scottish Northern Ferry Service.
2002–0314,620Professional services in relation to the Scottish Northern Ferry Service.
2002–031(8)6,100Report on Devolution in Europe
2003–04110,044Senior Civil Service Assessment Centre

(8) This work was undertaken by an individual, not a consultancy firm

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Departmental Advertising Costs

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997–98, broken down by contractor. [197296]

Mrs. McGuire: The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999.

Expenditure on advertising, which includes the cost of creative work and media spend, was as follows:

Most of the expenditure between 1999–2000 and 2001–02 relates to electoral registration matters. Since 2001, this has been the responsibility of the Electoral Commission.

Expenditure on advertising by contractor in 2002–03 was as follows:
Feather Brooksbank8,800
TMP Worldwide2,130

Details of the expenditure for previous years are not readily available and separate records of administration costs for advertising activities are not maintained.

Departmental Events (Funding)

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) publications, (c) initiatives, (d) projects and (e) receptions organised by his Department which have received funding from outside commercial bodies since May 1997, broken down by (i) funding body and (ii) amount paid. [196612]

Mrs. McGuire: The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999. Details of individual amounts of sponsorship valued at more than £5,000 are published in the Scotland Office's Annual Reports. The only occasion where the Office received funding from commercial bodies related to the launch of the Friends of Scotland initiative in November 2001. Details are in the Scotland Office Departmental Report 2002, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.
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Departmental Offices

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost of (a) decoration and (b) refurbishment of the London offices of the Department was in each of the last four years. [196139]

Mrs. McGuire: The Scotland Office is required by the terms of the building lease for its London office to maintain an acceptable standard of decoration and repair. The Office does not however record decoration and refurbishment costs separately. The total costs in each of the last four years were:

Departmental Publications (Accessibility)

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what proportion of publications issued by his Department are available in (a) braille, (b) autoprint, (c) large print and (d) easy read format. [194300]

Mrs. McGuire: The Scotland Office produces very few publications and hard copies are not routinely available in alternative formats. However, printed publications would be made available in alternative formats on request.

Publications are also available via the Scotland Office website which adheres to the guidelines for UK Government websites. This requires resizing and printing documents in large text; is compatible with text-to-speech software; and contains links to pages providing advice for those who need to adapt on-line documents for ease of reading.


Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on energy needs of Scotland over the next 15 years. [193757]

Mrs. McGuire: My right hon. Friend's discussions with the First Minister from time to time cover energy issues. Projections of energy demand are routinely made on a UK basis by the Department of Trade and Industry.

Freedom of Information Act

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the likely costs to his Department in the first quarter of 2005 of compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement. [199081]

Mrs. McGuire: The Scotland Office has made an overall assessment of the requirements arising from implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This has included internal training and awareness
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raising events for officials, together with the setting of procedures and systems for handling prospective requests under the Act.

The costs of compliance will be met from within the existing budgetary provision for the Office.

Legislative Scrutiny

Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many hours of scrutiny were given to each Bill relating exclusively to Scotland between 1997 and 1999, broken down by (a) Scottish Grand Committee, (b) House and (c) House of Lords. [187379]

Mrs. McGuire: The following Scottish Acts were passed between 1997 and 1999:
1997Royal Assent
Contract (Scotland)21 March 1997
Crime and Punishment (Scotland)21 March 1997
Flood Prevention and Land Drainage (Scotland)21 March 1997
Local Government (Gaelic Names) (Scotland)27 February 1997
Planning (Consequential Provisions) (Scotland)27 February 1997
Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland)27 February 1997
Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas (Scotland)27 February 1997
Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman and Commissioner
For Local Administration in Scotland21 March 1997
Town and Country Planning (Scotland)27 February 1997
Transfer of Crofting Estates (Scotland)19 March 1997
Criminal Procedure (Intermediate Diets) (Scotland)8 April 1998
Registered Establishments (Scotland)9 July 1998
Scotland19 November 1998
Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland)11 November 1999

The hours of scrutiny given to each Act, broken down as requested, is available from the Public Bill Office.

Mobile Telephones

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was. [191438]

Mrs. McGuire: The Scotland Office was established in July 1999. Since that date the total number of mobile phones in use within the Office has been:
Ministers and special advisersOfficials
2004–05 (to date)337

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To date only one mobile phone has been reported as lost, and this occurred in the financial year 2002–03. No phones have been reported stolen.

The separate costs of mobile phones supplied to ministers, special advisers and officials on a year-by-year basis are not available. However the total cost of mobile phones services, which include the cost of equipment, the call charges and the access charges (line rental), are detailed in the following table. The costs in the early years reflect the initial purchase of equipment.
2004–05 ( to date )3,408

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