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Ministerial Travel

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions since 7 July he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties. [35021]

Hilary Benn: This information is not recorded.

World Water Forum

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who from his Department will attend the World Water Forum in Mexico City in March 2006; and what his Department's role will be at the forum. [37496]

Hilary Benn: The Fourth World Water Forum that is due to be held in Mexico City from 16 to 22 March 2006 will be attended by senior officials from the Department for International Development. DFID will use the forum to re-confirm the main outcomes of the 14th session of the Commission for Sustainable Development and to push for more effective implementation of the work of the UN agencies involved with water and sanitation. The Minister of State for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), will represent the UK at the high level segment of the forum.
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Martin Horwood: To ask the Solicitor-General if he will list departmental projects conducted by consultants in each year since 2000; what the cost was in each case; and what the total cost of employing consultants was in each year. [29084]

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The Solicitor-General: Detailed information on the use and total cost of consultants for the Law Officers' Departments in the years in question could be ascertained only at disproportionate cost. The following data identifies projects where the Law Officers' Departments have brought in special skills and expertise to provide an independent assessment on significant business areas.

Crown Prosecution Service
Equality and diversity review of CPS9,143116,755
Research assessment of how CPS manages diversity issues in the prosecution process257,491346,553139,553
Review of governance and communications47,68516,866
Value for money assessment of the COMPASS contract64,085
Review of internal and external communications26,781
Review of the CPS Equality and Diversity Complaints Procedure19,153
HM CPS Inspectorate
Review of, and provide advice on, HMCPSI's Risk Register7,500
Provision of advice on development of service level agreements for support services within HMCPSI5,422
Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Service(1)(1)(1)(1)(1)
Consultancy in support of the Department's pay system8,500
Serious Fraud Office
Operational effectiveness—electronic presentation of evidence9,00038,00040,00016,000
Advice on strategic effectiveness26,00016,000
Finance Systems40,00080,00012,00077,00045,000
Finance functional review45,0006,000
Human resources24,0003,00045,00045,000
Information technology security42,000111,00012,0003,000
Information technology infrastructure63,00082,000155,000155,000293,000
Treasury Solicitor's Office
Pay and grading, competency framework and job evaluation45,30047,38316,6834,250
Quinquennial Review60,000
360 degree feedback22,70913,848
Staff survey10,00035,10028,552
Equal pay review19,0002,00012,161
Diversity issues3,2246,866
Review of business process targets and PRACAMs development93,860
Review of costs5,500
Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers
Financial Management and Human Resources9,867
Human Resources and Website development8,418

(1)RCPS was established on 18 April 2005.

Departmental Building

Mr. Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in (i) the current and (ii) the next financial year; and what the estimated costs are of each project. [34538]

The Solicitor-General: None of the Law Officers' Departments has any building projects planned in either 2005–06 or 2006–07.

The Crown Prosecution Service and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate have no refurbishment projects planned in either 2005–06 or 2006–07.

The Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office was established on 18 April 2005 and has a project underway to refurbish its office accommodation in accordance with the Gower Hammond, Butterfield and HMCPSI reports. The work is due for completion by March 2006 at an estimated cost of £850,000. They have no refurbishment plans for 2006–07.

The Serious Fraud Office will upgrade its office accommodation at Elm House at an estimated cost of £500,000 in 2005–06 and £1,500,000 in 2006–07.

The Treasury Solicitor's Office relocated its office in 2005–06 to accommodation rented from the Civil Aviation Authority, refurbishment of which was undertaken by the CAA. TSol has no other plans for refurbishment in either 2005–06 or 2006–07.
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The Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers expects to re-locate its offices in 2006–07 or 2007–08 and refurbishment of the new location may be necessary but no decision has yet been made nor any project costs estimated.

Departmental Expenditure

Martin Horwood: To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Law Officers Department and its agencies have spent on (a) the design and production of new logos and (b) employing external (i) public relations and (ii) graphic design agencies in each year since 2000, broken down by project. [33199]

The Solicitor-General: The Attorney-General's Office does not sponsor any agencies but the Law Officers
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superintend the Crown Prosecution Service, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, Serious Fraud Office and the Treasury Solicitor's Office.

None of the Departments have employed external public relations agencies.

The CPS has not incurred expenditure on the design and production of new logos. Expenditure has been incurred nationally on graphic design agencies to assist in the production of internal and external communication material about the role and work of the CPS is shown in the following table. Records are not kept centrally on expenditure on external graphic design by CPS areas but it would be minimal.
'Inform'/'CPS News'10,10814,06015,49039,87046,75042,360
Area Annual Reports20,20411,9998,47315,54621,0807,108
CPS Annual Report4,381(2)6,120(2)6,4336,5529,65310,123
Intranet design work80,34520,562
CPS Business Plan6,3925,6997,508
'Charging' project13,6255,8881,287
Network Newsletter14,353
'COMPASS' Annual Report10,918
Prosecution College1,800
Law Scholarship Scheme10,340
HR design work48,6944,818
'No Witness, No Justice' project1766,033
Invest project8,200


HMCPSI has not incurred expenditure on the design and production of new logos. On graphic design services it has spent:
Design of Report covers2,251
Design of HMCPSI Annual
Report 2002–04 and 2004–05

RCPO came into being on 18 April 2005 and employed the Central Office of Information to develop its first logo and design corporate material to establish its identity. Final invoices have not yet been received but the budget for all the design and logo work is under £40,000.

In 2004, SFO spent £3,290 on the design of new logos. Its graphic design expenditure is integral to a small publications programme and the cost cannot be separately identified.

In 2004–05, the Treasury Solicitor's Office employed a design consultancy to create and develop a new corporate identity and supply final artwork and implementation guidelines for a cost of £18,900.

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