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SCOTLAND

Audible Fire Alarms

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of the premises occupied by his Department is fitted with audible fire alarms. [42873]


 
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David Cairns: 100 per cent.

Christmas Cards

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the cost to his Department of sending Christmas cards in 2005. [45923]

David Cairns: The total cost of official Christmas cards issued by the Scotland Office and by the Office of the Advocate-General for Scotland in 2005 was £1,034. This cost comprised that of purchasing the cards (£808) and the cost of postage (£226).

Departmental Equipment

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) personal computers, (b) laptops, (c) servers, (d) printers, (e) scanners, (f) photocopiers and (g) fax machine his Department owned in (i) Scotland and (ii) each English region in (A) 2003–04 and (B) 2004–05. [40113]

David Cairns: The Scotland Office does not maintain a central record of all electrical devices owned. The information requested could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Estate

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the former (a) buildings and (b) land of his Department which has been sold since 7 May 1997; what the sale price for each (i) was at the time of sale and (ii) is at current prices; and whether the money accrued was (A) retained by his Department and (B) claimed by the Treasury. [40130]

David Cairns: The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999; since that date, no property or land has been sold.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the annual expenditure on (a) fixture and fittings, (b) general office expenses and (c) office equipment was of his Department in (i) Scotland and (ii) each English region in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06 in each case. [40114]

David Cairns: The Scotland Office and Office of the Advocate General have premises in London and Scotland but do not record expenditure in a way which would allow the accurate allocation of expenditure between the buildings. The total costs were:
£000
2002–032003–042004–05
Furniture and Fittings26425
General Office Expenses1,7591,7881,621
Office Equipment58622

The Offices spent £16,945 on furniture and fittings, £846,008 on general office expenses, and £36,295 on office equipment between 1 April and 31 December 2005.
 
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Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the expenditure on (a) buildings and (b) insurance of buildings and staff was of his Department in (i) Scotland and (ii) each English region in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06 in each case. [40115]

David Cairns: The Scotland Office spent the following on repairs and maintenance:
2002–032003–042004–05
Scotland38,71267,28941,643
London60,598112,564332,485

The Office has spent £11,314 in Scotland and £97,045 in London on repairs and maintenance of buildings between 1 April and 31 December 2005. The Office has not purchased any buildings or staff insurance.

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the annual expenditure on training and development by his Department was in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06. [40128]

David Cairns: The total direct expenditure by the Scotland Office on training was:
£
2002–0325,202
2003–0423,483
2004–0511,123

The Office spent £8,460 on training between 1 April and 31 December 2005.

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on bottled water in 2004–05. [40327]

David Cairns: The Scotland Office spent £2,418 on bottled water in 2004–05.

Departmental Functions

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which functions of his core Department are carried out in (a) England and (b) London; and what administrative costs were associated with these functions for each area in the last year. [39825]

David Cairns: The most readily available information about the functions and costs of the Scotland Office are set out in the Annual Report 2005 (Cm 6544), copies of which are available in the Library.

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what functions in his Department are carried out in Scotland; and what the administration costs of these functions were in the last year for which figures are available. [40016]

David Cairns: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave today to PQ 39825 from the hon. Member for Moray.
 
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Departmental Jobs

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what percentage of jobs in his Department are located in (a) Scotland and (b) Greater London. [39862]

David Cairns: Figures for the Scotland Office, including the Office of the Advocate-General for Scotland, are published in table D of the Civil Service Statistics 2004 which is available on the Cabinet Office Statistics website: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management_of_the_civil _service/statistics/civil_service_statistics/index.asp.

Departmental Staff

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many civil servants in his Department worked from home for at least one day a week in the last year for which figures are available. [40285]

David Cairns: All the staff in the Scotland Office are on loan from the Scottish Executive or the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA).

Although no staff in the Scotland Office have formally worked from home in the last year, both the Scottish Executive and the DCA are committed to achieving a work life balance for all staff. Both Departments fully recognise the broad context of diversity and promotion of homeworking as one of several ways in which staff can work flexibly.

Domestic Valuation

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the valuation of domestic property in Scotland for taxation purposes is an (a) devolved and (b) reserved matter. [39502]

David Cairns: This matter is devolved.

Older People (Care)

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has held with the Scottish Executive on policy on care for older people. [40610]

David Cairns: My right hon. Friend and I meet regularly with Scottish Executive Ministers to discuss a range of issues but care for older people is largely a devolved matter.

Pension Contributions

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost of pension contributions incurred by his Department was in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06. [40129]

David Cairns: The pension contributions incurred by the Scotland Office were:
£
2002–03273,694
2003–04271,431
2004–05233,906







 
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For 2005–06, employers' contributions are payable to the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) at one of four rates in the ranges 16.2 to 24.6 per cent. of pensionable pay, based on salary bands. The Scheme Actuary reviews employer contributions every four years following a full scheme valuation; last carried out as at 31 March 2003. The contribution rates reflect the cost of benefits as they accrue (net of employee contributions), not the costs as they are actually incurred, and reflect past experience of the scheme. The planned costs for 2005–06 are not available.


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