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Lords Lieutenants

Chris Ruane: To ask the Prime Minister what the name is of each person who has been appointed to a post of Lord Lieutenant of the County in each of the last 30 years; and in respect of which county each was appointed. [39287]

The Prime Minister: This information requested is not held centrally and to obtain it would incur disproportionate costs.

Office Equipment

Mr. Weir: To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) personal computers, (b) laptops, (c) servers, (d) printers, (e) scanners, (f) photocopiers and (g) fax machines his Office owned in (i) 2003–04 and (ii) 2004–05. [40077]

The Prime Minister: For these purposes my office forms part of the Cabinet Office. I have therefore asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the Member for East Renfrewshire (Jim Murphy) to reply. A copy of the reply will be placed in the Library of the House.

Rendition Flights

Lynne Jones: To ask the Prime Minister whether (a) he and (b) his officials have requested details from the US Administration of (i) the specific purpose of each rendition flight given landing rights at any airport in the United Kingdom and (ii) the destination of each such flight. [39790]

The Prime Minister: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to the right hon. and learned Member for North-East Fife (Sir Menzies Campbell) by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 12 December 2005, Official Report, columns 1652–53W.

I also refer my hon. Friend to the written statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 10 January 2006, Official Report, column 5WS.
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UK Overseas Territories

Mr. Weir: To ask the Prime Minister what powers of intervention his Government have over the domesticmonetary and fiscal policies of (a) Guernsey, (b) Jersey, (c) the Isle of Man, (d) the Falkland Islands, (e) Gibraltar, (f) Saint Helena, (g) Anguilla, (h) Montserrat, (i) Bermuda, (j) the British Virgin Islands, (k) Turks and Caicos Islands and (l) the Cayman Islands. [39117]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary on 10 January 2006 [39216].



Kate Hoey: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners whether compensation has been offered by the Commissioners to tenants of the Commissioners' properties at (a) Mitre street, (b) Ufford street and (c) Webber street in relation to the outcomes of renovation; and if the Commissioners will disclose all relevant documents relating to these properties to the tenants. [40767]

Sir Stuart Bell: The Commissioners have given tenants on an ex-gratia basis one week's rent rebate. In view of the threat of litigation by some tenants it is not appropriate for the Commissioners to comment further.

Kate Hoey: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what safeguards are employed by the Commissioners to ensure that personal information on Church Commissioners' tenants is not passed to third parties; what measures are in place to provide redress when such information is passed on; and what disciplinary measures are in place relating to staff misuse of tenants' personal information. [40766]

Sir Stuart Bell: The Commissioners seek to follow best practice regarding the maintenance and use of tenants' personal information, including the sharing of information with third parties where properly necessary. Some such information may be properly shared with professional advisers and managing agents.

Any alleged instances of the improper sharing of tenants' personal information may be reported to the Commissioners' Chief Surveyor. The matter will then be investigated.

All staff of the National Church Institutions are expected to observe standards of conduct and are subject to a formal disciplinary procedure where they fail to do so.


Departmental Expenditure

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the total administrative costs of his core Department were in the last period for which figures are
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available; and whether these are regarded as (a) identifiable and (b) non-identifiable for the purposes of public expenditure statistical analyses. [39838]

Mr. Hain: I refer my hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) on 15 December 2005, Official Report, column 2277W.

Departmental Websites

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what websites come under his Department's responsibility; and what the (a) cost and (b) number of visitors to those sites was in the last year for which figures are available. [40796]

Mr. Hain: The Wales Office has responsibility for and its parallel Welsh language site

The cost of running both sites was £5,875 in 2005, with an additional £58.75 charged to renew the domain names.

The English language site received 568,201 page requests last year, while the Welsh language site received 92,432.

Gwydyr House (Disabled Access)

Mrs. Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will take steps to ensure that the access for disabled people to Gwydyr House is always in working order; and for what reasons it was not working on the evening of 14 December. [39155]

Mr. Hain: Unfortunately due to problems with misuse the gate to the Disabled Access ramp for Gwydyr House is kept locked.

Due to a problem with the process for obtaining the key on the evening of 14 December the gate could not be opened. This was later rectified and the ramp was available later that evening for people leaving the building.

There have been new instructions issued to all relevant personnel to prevent this from happening again.

National Assembly

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what dates and for how long he has (a) attended sessions of the National Assembly, (b) spoken at sessions of the National Assembly and (c) met the National Assembly to discuss the Government's legislative programme. [40739]

Mr. Hain: As soon as is reasonably practicable after the beginning of each session of Parliament, I participate in a session of the National Assembly to discuss the Government's legislative programme.
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Thus, I attended sessions of the Assembly on the following dates:

RAF St. Athan

David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what funding has been (a) allocated and (b) spent by the Welsh Development Agency to support RAF St Athan. [39132]

Nick Ainger: RAF St. Athan was acquired by the WDA in 2003 for redevelopment. To date £15.9 million has been spent on land acquisition and other development costs. There is no future allocation for the project as budget allocation for capital projects undertaken by the WDA is agreed on an annual basis as part of the normal business planning process.


Claims Handlers

John Mann: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of Government Departments accepting industrial injury and disease compensation claims directly from claims handlers. [40694]

Bridget Prentice: None. It is primarily for the relevant Government Departments, in consultation as necessary with Treasury Solicitors and other Government Departments, to decide what arrangements they make to handle compensation claims whether brought on behalf of the injured party by a claims handling company, a solicitor or any other intermediary. The Government are introducing legislation in the Compensation Bill (HL) introduced on 2 November 2005 that will enable the statutory regulation of claims handling companies.

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