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Canada

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her Canadian counterpart on (a) the threats posed by home grown terrorists and (b) how such threats can best be countered. [75876]

Mr. McCartney [holding answer 8 June 2006]: My right. hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not yet had the opportunity to discuss counter terrorism issues with her Canadian counterpart. My right. hon. Friend the then Home Secretary discussed counter terrorism issues with Stockwell Day, Canadian Minister for Public Safety, on 27 March 2006.

This is also an area on which we have frequent contacts at official level.

Departmental Property

Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many properties the Department owns in the UK; and where they are located. [77626]


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Mr. Hoon: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office owns three freehold properties in the UK. These are:

Departmental Staff

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of her staff are (a) under and (b) over 55 years of age. [77101]

Mr. Hoon: On 1 June 2006 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) had 6,166 staff. Of these, 5,396 were aged between 17 and 54 years and 770 are aged 55 years or over. These figures are for UK civil servants only and exclude staff engaged locally at FCO Posts overseas for which details are not held centrally.

Departmental Training

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials from her Department were sent on courses run by the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre in each year since 1997; for what purpose; and at what cost. [76688]

Dr. Howells: The information requested is not held centrally. To obtain this information officials would need to contact all members of staff, or their departments past and present and this would incur disproportionate cost.

Entry Clearance

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the risk of terrorist activity by Methodist preachers who are United States citizens before adjudication following requests for entry clearance to the United Kingdom for the purpose of vocational religious education; and if she will make a statement. [77611]

Dr. Howells: All entry clearance applications worldwide are checked against a warnings index which contains the details of individuals identified as posing a threat to the security of the United Kingdom. For security reasons, I am unable to give details of which individuals or groups may be on this index.

We are, however, concerned to ensure that legitimate entry clearance applications for legitimate vocational religious education should not be unreasonably impeded and there will be further consideration of the issues with the Home Office.

UK Mission (Bugging)

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has
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been made by the Belgian authorities in identifying who bugged the UK mission in the Justus Lipsius Council of Ministers building in 2003; and if she will make a statement. [77520]

Mr. Hoon: The Belgian authorities are continuing their investigations. No results are yet available. We, and the other member states concerned, have co-operated fully with the Belgian authorities.

Duchy of Lancaster

Northern Way

Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what role her Department plays in the delivery of the Northern Way initiative, with particular reference to tackling social exclusion in Northern England. [74043]

Hilary Armstrong: The delivery of the Northern Way initiative is the responsibility of the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Cabinet Office will support the Department for Communities and Local Government in delivering their agenda around social exclusion. In addition, my role is to build on the achievements of the Government to date and spearhead a renewed drive to address the most socially excluded in our society. This will include chairing the new Cabinet Committee on Social Exclusion and publishing an Action Plan in the autumn setting out how we will reach the most excluded. The immediate priority will be to focus on the following:

improving the early identification of the most at-risk households, individuals and children; children in care; teenage pregnancy; mental illness; and supporting ongoing work by the Respect Unit.

We are also producing a 10 year review of the long-term trends and drivers of social exclusion and the systemic reform needed to address them.

Public Sector Information

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment she has made of the (a) effectiveness, (b) audience share and (c) number of viewers of public information programmes produced by the Central Office of Information being screened in the early hours of the morning. [76740]

Mr. McFadden: The Central Office of Information (COI) captures data on transmission numbers and estimated airtime value by film and by sponsoring department. Public information films are also assessed as part of wider research on multi media campaigns. COI records an estimated viewing level figure for each transmission of a film, based on the average number of viewers of the station in question across a particular section of the schedule (daypart). Dayparts are broken down as shown in the table.


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Time Daypart

06:00-09:29

Breakfast

09:30-11:59

Morning

12:00-17.14

Afternoon

17:15-23:59

Evening

24:00-05:59

Night-time


Sir Alistair Graham

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what public appointments have been held by Sir Alistair Graham since May 1997; and what his total remuneration was for each position in that period. [73479]

Hilary Armstrong: Information regarding the public appointments held Sir Alistair Graham since May 1997 and remuneration details are in the following table. The information relates to those bodies referred to in the annual Cabinet Office publication ‘Public Bodies’.


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Body Position Dates in post Remuneration

Appeals Panel for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, Learning and Skills Council

Northern Chairman

10 March 2002 to date

£600 per appeal hearing Chaired

British Transport Police Authority

Chairman

1 July 2004 to date

1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 - £25,000 pa

1 July 2005 to date - £25,800 pa

British Transport Police Committee (as Chairman Designate of BTPA)

Member

2 February 2004 to 30 June 2004

£5,000 pa

Committee on Standards in Public Life

Chairman

26 April 2004 to date

26 April 2005 to 5 May 2005 - £380 per day

6 May 2005 to date - £440 per day

Committee on Standards in Public Life

Member

1 October 2003 to 25 April 2004

£180 per day

Employment Appeals Tribunal

Member

1 April 2003 to date

2003-04 - £261 per day

2004-05 - £268 per day

2005-06 - £276 per day

2006-07 - £279 per day

NHS Appointments Commission

Regional Commissioner

1 November 2003 to 30 April 2004

£22,711 pa

Parades Commission for Northern Ireland

Chairman

27 March 1997 to 28 February 2000

27 March 1997 to 18 February 1999 - £30,000 pa

19 February 1999 to 28 February 2000 - £31,500 pa(1)

Police Complaints Authority

Chairman

1 April 2000 to 31 March 2004

2000-01 - £81, 303 pa

2001-02 - £83,742 pa

2002-03(2) - £50,245 pa

2003-04 - £50,245 pa

West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority

Chairman

1 April 2002 to 31 October 2003

2002-03 - £20,420 pa

2003-04 - £20,930 pa

(1 )Sir Alistair continued to receive his salary from Leeds Training and Enterprise Council and did not receive any additional remuneration for his Parades Commission Role. All remuneration in respect of this appointment was paid to Sir Alistair’s employer—Leeds Training and Enterprise Council).
(2) From full-time in 2001-02 to 3 days a week in 2002-03 and 2003-04.

Scotland

Air Miles

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2006, Official Report, column 1335W, on air miles, what factors he took into account when deciding not to keep a record of free air miles accrued by senior civil service servants in his Department on official business; and if he will keep such a record. [77437]

David Cairns: The retention of a record of air miles is not considered necessary for the effective management of the travel and subsistence regime in the Scotland Office or for the proper financial monitoring and control of budgets for this expenditure.

Black/Asian Employees

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) black and Asian and (b) other people are employed in his Department's press office. [74361]

David Cairns: The overall number of staff in the Scotland Office’s press office was published in our Annual Report for 2006. Information on ethnicity is collected on a voluntary basis but, in view of the small number of staff involved, this information is not published.

Bonuses

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of his staff in each of the last three years; and at what total cost. [73060]


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David Cairns: The following table shows the number, cost and percentage of paybill of the non-pensionable bonuses awarded by the Scotland Office:

Payment year Total number of bonuses Total cost of bonuses (£) Percentage of total paybill

2003-04

6

2,800

0.11

2004-05

3

1,400

0.06

2005-06

8

3,750

0.20


Departmental Expenditure

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the 10 non-public sector entities that have received the largest total sum of payments from his Department in each of the last five years. [71782]

David Cairns: The top 10 non-public sector entities that have received the largest total sum of payments from the Scotland Office and the Advocate General for Scotland are as follows:

2001-02


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