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Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which five management consultancies received the highest value of contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last three years; and what the total value was of the contracts awarded to each. 
Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the statement by the parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, of 12 July 2005, Official Report, column 252WH, on NHS (Wales), if he will list the 70 hospitals closed in Wales between 1979 and 1997. 
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on holding Olympic events in Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
Peter Law: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, opportunities to place contracts with companies based in (a) Blaenau Gwent and (b) Wales to make sustainably sourced building materials for the Olympic village in East London. 
Mr. Hain: The 2012 London Olympics presents a wonderful opportunity to progress UK's sustainable development objectives. I have already raised this issue with my right hon. Friend, urging the use of solar energy panels for the Olympic village and the proposed housing development on the site once the games are over.
Wales has a number of progressive companies which are involved in developing products and services in line with sustainability principles and I will continue to press the case for such companies from Wales to be involved in the substantial building programme for the Olympic games.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) senior and (b) junior full-time staff are seconded (i) from the National Assembly for Wales Government to the Welsh Office and (ii) from the Welsh Office to the National Assembly for Wales Government. 
As of 1 July 2005 the number of full-time staff seconded from the National Assembly for Wales to the Wales Office was 30. There are no secondments from the Wales Office to the National Assembly. All these secondments are of staff below the senior civil service.
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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with National Assembly for Wales secretaries on the effects of tax credits on the take up of childcare in Wales. 
The childcare element of working tax credit has been a success, with over 15,500 Welsh families benefiting from it. This is almost 85 per cent. higher than the peak of over 8,000 under the working families tax credit.
By April 2005, families benefiting from the childcare element of working tax credit were receiving an average of £46.22 per week, compared to £38 per week in November 2002 through Working families tax credit.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what record is kept of work done by civil servants in the Assembly for Wales Government that has been requested by the Wales Office. 
Mr. Hain: Under section 41 of the Government of Wales Act 1998, civil servants working for the Assembly Government may act as agents of a relevant authority and vice versa; the definition of relevant authority" includes the Wales Office.
A number of such agreements have been made under which Assembly Government civil servants have acted and are acting as agents of the Wales Office, including in relation to work on Bills. No central record is kept of these agreements.
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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which agriculture shows (a) she and (b) each Minister in her Department (i) visited and (ii) plans to visit in 2005. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to enact a single statute to protect the welfare of livestock and horses as proposed by the Farm Animal Welfare Council. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Government welcome the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) report on the welfare of farmed animals at gatherings, published on 30 June. We are currently considering the report's recommendations before we consult interested parties.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) of 29 June 2005, Official Report, columns 153334W, on animal welfare, on what basis he has concluded that the evidence relating to welfare at circuses is anecdotal; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The basis for our conclusion are the number of prosecutions that have been brought against owners and trainers of circus animals, and the evidence that has also been submitted to the recent consultations on the Animal Welfare Bill by those who are either opposed to or want animal performances in circuses to continue.
Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what environmentally acceptable disposal routes for asbestos her Department has identified; and in what order of desirability. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Landfill is the normal option for the disposal of asbestos. The Landfill (England and Wales) Regulations 2002 as amended allow asbestos to be disposed of in a separate cell of either a non-hazardous or a hazardous waste landfill. Specific handling requirements on the bagging and cover of deposited asbestos are set out in the regulations, together with provisions to prevent future disturbance of the waste and potential release of fibres.
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