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Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total value is of (a) catering and (b) entertainment contracts let by her Department; and what value of such contracts has been let in each nation and region of the United Kingdom, including London. 
The Department for Education and Skills total value of (a) catering: equals an annual subsidy of £51,740 (b) entertainment contracts: equals
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an expenditure of £478,029 on hospitality covering internal working meetings and lunches where external visitors or staff from other sites attend.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) salary bill was and (b) administrative costs were for her Department in (i)each region and (ii) London in 200405. 
Bill Rammell: The administration budgets regime overseen by the Treasury relates to Whitehall Departments only. How administration costs are controlled in the devolved Administrations is a matter for them. We do not monitor regional or central London administration costs separately.
I refer you to the most recent Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper (Cm 6639) for provisional 200405 departmental administration costs outturn (£250 million) and the DfES Departmental Report (Cm6522) which contains estimated 200405 pay bill outturn (£164 million).
Maria Eagle: Details of how much was paid by the Department for Education and Skills in 200405 in rent for properties in (a) total, (b) each (i) region and (ii) nation of the UK and (c) London is in the following table.
|Region||Property||Annual rent||Annual VAT||Annual total|
|200 Great Dover Street||476,400||83,377||559,777|
|12 Grosvenor Crescent||440,000||77,000||517,000|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||Maltravers Road Sheffield||21,000||3,675||24,675|
|Moorgate House Rotherham||124,675||Nil||124,675|
|Acorn Business Park Grimsby||15,500||2,712||18,212|
|Albion Wharf York||280,724||49,127||329,851|
|Fountain Hall Bradford||75,201||13,160||88,361|
|North West||Bayley House Bolton||62,300||10,902||73,202|
|Atlas House Bolton||29,000||5,075||34,075|
|South East||Medway Annexe Sittingbourne||121,000||21,175||142,175|
|Kingston upon Thames|
|East of England||Wesley House Luton||94,500||Nil||94,500|
|Old Market Hall Wolverton||37,500||6,562||44,062|
|West Midlands||Brandon Court Coventry||128,600||22,505||151,105|
|The Oaks Redditch||62,250||10,894||73,144|
|Enterprise House Wolverhampton||89,750||15,933||105,683|
|Total for England||23,620,478||1,884,123||25,504,601|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by her Department in (i) 200506 and (ii) 200607; and what the expected costs are of each project. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research projects commissioned by her Department are being undertaken; and what the publication arrangements are in each case. 
Bill Rammell: 125 DfES commissioned research projects are currently being undertaken, including projects conducted by other Government Departments and organisations to which the DfES contributes. DfES publishes findings from the research it commissions in line with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act, the aim being to do so within 12 weeks of the final project completion date as stated on our website. I have outlined the currently planned arrangements for all these projects.
Maria Eagle: The figures requested are published in Civil Service Statistics. Table D covers permanent staff numbers (FTE basis) in each department and agency. Civil Service Statistics are available in the Library and at the following address on the Cabinet Office Statistics website:
Mr. Stephen O'Brien:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 542W, on departmental staff, how many temporary staff have
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been employed for each statutory time limit in each year since 2001; and how many of the posts they filled were subsequently filled by (a) temporary staff and (b) temporary staff who had been employed for the statutory time period allowed. 
The number of posts subsequently filled by temporary staff within the Department and temporary staff who had been employed for the statutory time period allowed, is not collected centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 542W, what the (a) lowest cost per person, (b) highest cost per person, (c) median cost per person and (d) average cost per person was of employing (i) part-time, (ii) jobshare and (iii) full-time staff; and how many people were employed in each category in each of the last three years. 
Maria Eagle: The cost information for (a) the lowest cost per person, (b) the highest cost per person, (c) the median cost per person and (d) the average cost per person was of employing (i) part-time, (ii) jobshare and (iii) full-time staff could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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Mr. Austin Mitchell:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many agency staff were employed by her Department in each of the last three financial years; in which part of the Department they
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were employed; on which projects they worked; what the cost was to the Department of employing them; and from which budget the funding came. 
|Calendar year||Days worked|
|Financial year||Agency spend (£)|
|April 2002/March 2003||2,688,149.33|
|April 2003/March 2004||1,621,232.81|
|April 2004/March 2005||1,498,419.95|
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