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We promote voluntary pay reviews to progress equal pay for equal work. 45 per cent. of organisations have undertaken or are to undertake reviews, including all Government Departments; the largest employerthe NHS; and companies like Lloyds-TSB.
Ms Hewitt: In 2002 we introduced the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act allowing positive measures towards women's increased participation. I am proud to say that the Labour Party is taking every opportunity to increase the number of women standing for election for our party.
The Government's 10 year strategy for child care set out our intention to extend maternity allowance as well as statutory maternity pay and statutory adoption pay to 39 weeks from April 2007 and our goal of 12 months' paid maternity leave by the end of the next Parliament. We will be publishing a further paper on these and other proposals set out in the child care strategy shortly.
Ms Hewitt: Two thirds of those benefiting from pension credit are women. For future pensioners, the state second pension extends second-tier pension rights for the first time to people with caring responsibilities and those on low earningsthe majority of whom are women.
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Foreign Secretary about the protection of Iraqi heritage in (a) Babylon and (b) Baghdad. 
Tessa Jowell [holding answer 24 January 2005]: I have had a number of discussions with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, concerning the protection of Babylon and of Iraq's archaeological heritage in general.
Tessa Jowell: I have studied the report written by John Curtis of the British Museum and have been in regular contact with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office concerning the protection of Iraq's archaeological heritage.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the National Lottery board about their reasons for refusing grants to organisations engaged in (a) public safety and (b) search and rescue; and if she will make a statement. 
Estelle Morris: I have had no such discussions. The distributing bodies for Lottery grants make their funding decisions independently of Government and consider each application on its own merits and against their published criteria. Rescue organisations are not precluded from receiving Lottery funding. 37 such organisations have received grants of nearly £1.8 million.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external representatives at which Ministers were not present. 
Mr. Miliband: As my predecessors' answer of Wednesday 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1148W, made clear, special advisers hold meetings with a wide range of external representatives in their official capacity. All such meetings are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers. The detailed information required is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the speeches his special advisers made in an official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004, broken down by date. 
I refer the hon. Member to the answer provided by my predecessor on Wednesday 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1148W. Special advisers are aware of the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers". For the period 31 March 2003 to 31 March 2004, no special advisers working in the Cabinet Office made speeches in their official capacity.
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