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Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the estimated (a) market value and (b) annual rental value is of each property owned by his Department; who the occupier of each property is; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hain: The only property owned by the Wales Office is Gwydyr House in Whitehall, which has an estimated market value of £2.95 million. The building is occupied by the Wales Office apart from two rooms, which are occupied by the National Assembly for Wales. As the property is not rented out, the annual rental value is not known.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the companies from which his Department has purchased goods and services of a total value above £1 million in each of the last three years; and how much was spent in respect of each company. 
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many full-time equivalents have worked for the Department for each of the last five financial years for which figures are available. 
Data on staffing levels in the civil service is collected by the Cabinet Office and published in the Civil Service Statistics. A copy of the Civil Service Statistics, 2004 is available in the Library, and at:
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Mr. Hain: Between 1975 and 1998 approximately 31 hospitals in Wales were opened. However, a record of the formal openings is not held centrally, and due to disproportionate costs, we are unable to provide a comprehensive list of opening dates.
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what support the Government are offering to support the manufacturing industry in Wales, with particular reference to possible job losses at (a) Sony and (b) Christie Tyler. 
We are working in partnership with industry, trade unions, regional development agencies, and other stakeholders to deliver the Government's Manufacturing Strategy launched in May 2002, and reviewed in 2004.
It sets out the actions, such as the Manufacturing Advisory Service, up-skilling the workforce, and R and D tax credits, needed to create a high value, high skill manufacturing sector capable of introducing new products and processes into our economy and creating new markets to deliver a boost to our prosperity.
This is complemented by a range of measures administered by the Assembly Government to assist the manufacturing sector. These include financial assistance, business advice, promoting innovation e.g. the Technium programme through to initiatives to improve skills and promote entrepreneurship.
In respect of Sony, the job losses announced recently are regrettable. The Assembly Government with its Team Wales partners, including the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) Elwa and Jobcentre Plus are already working with the company to find alternative employment for those affected. I have also discussed with the Sony Group chairman and chief
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executive, Sir Howard Stringer, the possibility of further investment at the Pencoed plant and Sir Howard has assured me that he will look into this.
As regards Christie Tyler, specific assistance has already been offered to the receivers through the WDA, to identify prospective purchasers for the businesses through the Agency's extensive network, both in the UK and overseas. Any leads that are identified are being immediately passed to the receivers.
Part of Christie Tyler group, Cambria Mobel in Pontypridd, has now been sold on a solvent basis to Sofa Brands International, safeguarding the jobs under threat. In addition to this, I understand Management Buyouts (MBO) are being looked at for other parts of the group.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) legislative debates and (b) committees on Bills pertaining to England and Wales (i) he and (ii) his Parliamentary Under-Secretary have spoken in since his Office was established. 
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what research costs were incurred (a) in the preparation of and (b) before presentation to Parliament of the (i) Better Governance for Wales White Paper, (ii) the Transport (Wales) Bill, (iii) the Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill and (iv) the draft Tourism Accommodation (Wales) Bill. 
Mr. Hain: The Wales Office published the Better Governance for Wales" White Paper in response to a request from the Assembly Government, which arose from the report to them of the Richard Commission. The cost of the Richard Commission is a matter for the Assembly.
The Wales Office published the Transport (Wales) Bill and the Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill in draft for pre legislative scrutiny, and is planning to do the same for the Tourism Accommodation (Wales) Bill later in this session. These publications are a normal part of legislative scrutiny, and where appropriate costs are met from the Wales Office administration costs budget. Any costs incurred from research in the preparation of these Bills are matters for the Assembly.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what criteria he will use to measure the consensus required to trigger a referendum on primary legislative powers for the National Assembly for Wales. 
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much external research was commissioned by his Department (a) before introduction to Parliament, (b) during passage in Parliament and (c) after Royal Assent for (i) the Government of Wales Act 1998, (ii)thePublic Services Ombudsman Wales Act 2005, (iii)the Children's Commissioner for Wales Act 2001, (iv) the Health (Wales) Act 2003 and (v) the Public Audit Wales Act 2004. 
The idea of a Children's Commissioner was a cross-party consensus dating back to the creation of the National Assembly in 1999 and was one of the recommendations of the Waterhouse Report. The Assembly's Health and Social Services Committee was given the task of drawing up proposals for the role, remit and functions of the Commissioner and carried out a public consultation, which included taking oral evidence from witnesses. The Commissioner is subject to audit from the National Audit Office and has to produce an annual report.
In December 2002 the Wales Office jointly published with the Welsh Assembly Government Ombudsmen's Services in Wales: Time for change?", a consultation document on the principle of bringing together the offices of Commissioner for Local Administration in Wales (which includes the Local Commissioner), Welsh Administration Ombudsmen and Health Service Commission for Wales into a unified service. In October 2003 a consultation document on the detailed powers and jurisdiction of that new office, entitled, A Public Services Ombudsman for Wales: Powers and Jurisdiction" was published.
In respect of the Government of Wales Act 1998, the former Welsh Office established the National Assembly Advisory Group (NAAG) in December 1997, following the successful outcome of the referendum on devolution in Wales, to undertake wide-ranging consultation and consideration of the shape of the new Assembly.
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