The Prime Minister: For these purposes my office forms part of the Cabinet Office. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my hon. Friend the parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Mr. Murphy) on Monday 13 February 2006, Official Report, column 1543W.
Peter Law: To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the memorandum prepared by Sir David Manning on matters discussed and decisions taken at his meeting with President Bush at the White House on 31 January 2003. 
The Prime Minister: For these purposes my Office forms part of the Cabinet Office and I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the then Minister for the Cabinet Office (Douglas Alexander) to the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) on 11 December 2003, Official Report, column 574W.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to seek parliamentary approval for major changes to the structure and responsibilities of Government departments; and if he will make a statement. 
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Prime Minister how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named. 
In the period from January 2005 to January 2006, 181 named day parliamentary questions were tabled to my office. Of these, 135 received a substantive answer on the day named, five received a substantive answer after the day named, and 41 were transferred to another Government Department for reply.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Prime Minister how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to make an announcement on whether the ban on intercepting hon. and right hon. Members' telephone communications is to be lifted. 
The Prime Minister: I have nothing further to add to my written ministerial statement, 15 December 2005, Official Report, column 173WS and my answers at Prime Minister's Questions on 18 and 25 January.
David Howarth: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 852W, on torture, whether he understood the US Secretary of State's statement to represent a change in US policy. 
David Howarth: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 852W, on torture, what assessment he has made of whether the US's interpretations of its obligations under the convention against torture differ from internationally accepted interpretations of those obligations. 
The Prime Minister: Secretary of State Rice confirmed in her statement on 5 December 2005 that it is US policy to comply with the UN convention against torture. On ratifying the convention, the US entered a reservation stating that it
considers itself bound by the obligation under Article 16 to prevent" cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" only insofar as the term cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" means the cruel, unusual and inhumane treatment or punishment prohibited by the Fifth, Eighth, and/or Fourteenth Amendments to the constitution of the United States".
The US also entered a number of formal understandings of its convention obligations. Other states have also made reservations and interpretative declarations in respect of their obligations under the convention.
Mr. Hain: In addition to meeting a wide range of stakeholders from across Wales, I have received seven letters from correspondents in Gwentincluding from my hon. Friend. They are not easy to catalogue in the way requested. I can, however, inform the hon. Member that on 6 February the chief constable of Gwent said
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