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Sperrin Lakeland Trust

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the costs were to the Sperrin Lakeland Trust associated with the appointment of (a) an interim chief executive and (b) an interim director of nursing in 2004–05. [51182]

Mr. Woodward: Sperrin Lakeland Trust appointed an interim Chief Executive and an interim Director of Nursing for the period June to September 2005.

The gross costs associated with the appointment of the Chief Executive post were £47,000 and with the Director of Nursing post were £20,000.

PRIME MINISTER

Departmental Information

Mr. Gale: To ask the Prime Minister how much was spent on his Office's public relations and information services in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [48953]

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) today.

Mittal Steel

Adam Price: To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has made on behalf of Mittal Steel or its predecessor companies since 2001. [52510]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr. Duncan Smith) on 13 February 2002, Official Report, columns 198–99.

SCOTLAND

Departmental Staff

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid advisor to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement. [52901]

David Cairns: None are members of the House of Lords.

Departmental Websites

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 were available. [40794]

David Cairns: For the period 1 January-31 December 2005, there were two websites for which the Scotland Office was responsible.
 
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WebsiteOverall
costs (£)
Number
of unique visitors
www.scotlandoffice.gov.uk4,64040,359
www.arbuthnottcommission.gov.uk1763,567

The overall costs are based on the fees for hosting the site, and if appropriate include any additional fees eg updates, design revisions.

Early Retirement

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available. [46775]

David Cairns: None.

Identity Cards

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive regarding identity cards. [48568]

David Cairns: My right hon. Friend and I meet regularly with Scottish Executive Ministers to discuss a range of issues.

Jewish Festivals

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his office did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005. [46764]

David Cairns: The Scotland Office did not host or organise any specific events to mark Hanukkah or Yom Kippur. However, management in the office gives sympathetic consideration to requests for time off to mark religious festivals.

Pension Liabilities

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department and its predecessor. [52110]

David Cairns: The principal civil service pension scheme is an unfunded multi-employer defined benefit scheme and individual departments' pension liabilities are not available. The Cabinet Office: civil superannuation resource accounts for 2004–05 showed that the total pension liability at 31 March 2005 was £84.1 billion. The value of pension liabilities was assessed as follows:

As a result of a change in the discount rate used for calculating pension liabilities with effect from 1 April 2005, the total pension liability at 1 April 2005 increased by £10.6 billion to £94.7 billion.
 
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Statutory Instruments

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6 May 2005. [46200]

David Cairns: The Scotland Office has introduced 12 statutory instruments since 6 May 2005. They are:

The last instrument was laid on 6 February and is awaiting approval by each House.

Vandalism

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the acts of vandalism which have been perpetrated (a) inside and (b) on the outside of his Department's buildings in the last 12 months. [49499]

David Cairns: There has been no reported acts of vandalism, either inside or outside, to any Scotland Office building in the last 12 months.

SOLICITOR-GENERAL

Complaints

Mr. Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to his reply of 2 February 2006, Official Report, column 699W, on complaints, how many copies of the complaints leaflet were sent to members of the public in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many copies of the complaints leaflet were requested (a) by telephone, (b) by post and (c) using his Department's website in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [52493]


 
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The Solicitor-General: The figures requested are not available as they are not recorded centrally and can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

If a member of the public wants a complaints leaflet, it can be obtained by telephoning or emailing the CPS communications branch or by contacting any of the CPS areas. The leaflet can also be downloaded from the CPS internet and is available in both Welsh and in large print format.


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