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Departmental Research

Bob Spink: To ask the Solicitor-General what research projects commissioned by his Department are being undertaken; and what the publication arrangements are in each case. [33002]

The Solicitor-General: Currently none of the Law Officers' Departments 1 is undertaking any research project.

Departmental Tendering Policy

Martin Horwood: To ask the Solicitor-General what the Law Officer's Departments' policy is on including (a) ethical and (b) environmental factors in tenders for services. [33325]

The Solicitor-General: The Law Officers' Departments expect to let their contracts in accordance with moral principles and consider the suitability of any contractor to perform services on their behalf, including any instance where evidence to the contrary was presented, before awarding the contract.

Letting of the Departments' contracts complies with the Government's procurement principles and Community law. Where relevant, the approach taken by contractors to minimising impact on the environment when performing services on behalf of the Departments forms part of the evaluation criteria used to award contracts.

Equitable Life

Dr. Cable: To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report,
 
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column502W, on Equitable Life, what account he takes of the completion of relevant civil actions on 2 December; and when the Serious Fraud Office will report on its examination of Equitable Life, commissioned by his Department in January 2004. [38745]

The Solicitor-General: On 19 December 2005 the Serious Fraud Office reported that it will not open an investigation into the Equitable Life Assurance Society.

After careful consideration of the available evidence, including the penrose report and material held by the Society and following the result of the Society's civil action against its previous auditors and some of its former directors. The Serious Fraud Office confirmed that nothing has emerged which would justify a full criminal investigation into the affairs of the Equitable Life Assurance Society.

Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act

Pete Wishart: To ask the Solicitor-General (1) what discussions the Attorney General has had with the
 
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Scottish Executive on the commencement of sections 25 to 29 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990; [38633]

(2) what assessment the Attorney General has made of the implications for the legal services sector in Scotland of the non-commencement of sections 25 to 29 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990. [38634]

The Solicitor-General: The Attorney General has not any discussions or carried out any assessment of the implications for the legal services sector in Scotland of the non-commencement of sections 25 to 29 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990.

Media Monitoring

Philip Davies: To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Law Officers' Department has spent on media monitoring activities in each of the last eight financial years. [35626]

The Solicitor-General: The Law Officers Departments have spent the following amounts on media monitoring services, for those years where departmental records have not been destroyed or identification would not incur disproportionate cost.
£

Department1998–891999–20002000–012001–02
Legal Secretariat to Law Officers4,69412,69913,802
Crown Prosecution Service
HMCPS Inspectorate0000
Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office(4)
Serious Fraud Office9,2858,5816,9844,677
Treasury Solicitor's Office0000

Department2002–032003–042004–052005–06(3)
Legal Secretariat to Law Officers15,90516,02023,15929,378
Crown Prosecution Service25,09778,82315,87231,626
HMCPS Inspectorate0000
Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office(4)0
Serious Fraud Office11,45713,36911,2897,691
Treasury Solicitor's Office0000


(3)2005–06 to date.
(4)RCPO was established on 18 April 2005





SCOTLAND

Cold Weather Payments

Mr. David Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was paid in cold weather payments in winter 2004–05 to households in (a) Midlothian and (b) Scotland. [35308]

Mr. Timms: I have been asked to reply.

The available information is in the table.

Area
Amount of cold weather payments made last winter (£)
Midlothian0
Scotland(5)47,000


(5)Approximately
Notes:
1.If the average temperature has been recorded as, or is forecast to be, 0 C or below over seven consecutive days at a weather station, then a cold weather payment is triggered" for all eligible customers whose postcode is linked to that weather station.
2.The weather station associated with postcodes in Midlothian did not trigger last winter.
3.The amount for Scotland is based on the number of people who were estimated to qualify because the weather station linked to their postcode triggered last winter. The number of estimated qualifiers was obtained from the benefit systems at the end of October before last winter. It excludes people on income support and income-based jobseeker's allowance who qualified because they had a disabled child aged five or over and who received support for that child via child tax credit.



Departmental Staff

Mr. Pelling: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps are taken by his Department to support staff with mental ill-health. [36272]


 
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David Cairns: I refer the hon. Member to the answerI gave on 19 December 2005 Official Report, column 2370W.

Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what discussions the Advocate-General has had with the Scottish Executive on the commencement of sections 25 to 29 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990; [38631]

(2) what assessment the Advocate-General has made of the implications for the legal services sector in Scotland of the non-commencement of sections 25 to 29 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990. [38632]

David Cairns: The commencement of these sections is a matter for Scottish Executive Ministers. It is for Scottish Executive Ministers to assess the implications of non-commencement.

HEALTH

Alzheimer's Disease

2. Michael Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she has issued to general practitioners on drugs which are suitable for the treatment of the early onset of Alzheimer's disease. [38391]

Jane Kennedy: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence issued guidance in 2001 on the clinical and cost effectiveness of drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. That guidance is currently under review.

22. Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's policy is on treatment for Alzheimer's disease. [38413]

Mr. Byrne: The Department's policy on the treatment of Alzheimer's disease is clearly stipulated in the mental health standard of the Older People's National Service Framework (NSF).

This policy statement has been recently reinforced with the publication of our service development guide, Everybody's Business", which outlines the key components of a comprehensive older people's mental health service including dementia care.


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