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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. 
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.
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. 
Mr. Hoon: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office owns three freehold properties in the UK. These are:
Old Public Offices, King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AH
Old Admiralty Building, London, SW1A 2PA
Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes, MK19 7HR
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
Mr. Jeremy Browne:
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
|Body||Position||Dates in post||Remuneration|
Appeals Panel for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, Learning and Skills Council
British Transport Police Committee (as Chairman Designate of BTPA)
|(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 Alistairs employerLeeds Training and Enterprise Council).|
(2) From full-time in 2001-02 to 3 days a week in 2002-03 and 2003-04.
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. 
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.
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. 
David Cairns: The overall number of staff in the Scotland Offices 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.
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. 
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|
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. 
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:
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