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Dr. Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will initiate discussions with the Chinese ambassador on the prospects for the establishment of a Chinese consulate in Cardiff; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hain: I am happy to raise this with the Chinese ambassador. I visited China in April 2004 and will continue to work in partnership with the National Assembly for Wales to promote Wales on the international stage.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) marketing officers, (b) communications officers and (c) press officers are employed in his Department; and what the total expenditure on communications for his Department was on (i) Government Information and Communication Service staff and (ii) other (A) press officers, (B) special advisers and (C) staff in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hain: The Wales Office press and communications office has three staff covering all aspects of communications for the Wales Office.These staff are members of the Government Communications Network which replaced Government Information and Communication Service (GICS) in 2005. The total salary cost for these is £181,332.
We have two special advisers who advise and support Ministers in accordance with the code of conduct for special advisers and both they and other staff spend some of their time on communications matters,but identifying that expenditure would entail disproportionate cost.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many temporary employees were contracted to work for his Department in 2005-06; and what the total cost of such employees was in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 1997-98. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on which dates in the last month he (a) attended his Departments offices (i) in London and (ii) in Cardiff, (b) dealt with departmental business (i) in the House and (ii) elsewhere and (c) undertook other engagements in his official capacity. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many parliamentary written questions his Office received in each parliamentary Session since 2001; and how many of these questions (a) were not answered because of disproportionate cost, (b) were not answered, (c) received answers referring back to a previous answer (i) asked by the hon. Member and (ii) asked by another hon. Member and (d) were grouped together for answer; 
(2) what target his Office has for the maximum acceptable amount of time to answer parliamentary written questions; and what percentage of parliamentary answers met that target in each parliamentary Session since 2001. 
My Department targets answering ordinary written questions within five parliamentary sitting days of receipt of the question. Named-day questions are answered on the date specified by the Member of Parliament tabling the question.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the 20 largest procurement projects initiated by
his Department since May 1997 were; what the (a) original budget, (b) cost to date and (c) consultancy fees were; and what the final cost was of each project which has been completed. 
|(1) Just over, so far, in the current financial year.|
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many of his Departments civil servants work full-time to support departmental special advisers; and what the salary is of each such civil servant. 
Des Browne: There is a small core of the Taliban movement, including most of the senior leadership, who have made it clear they have no intention of reconciling themselves to the Government of President Karzai. We assess that many of those we have faced are locally recruited and they could be persuaded to abandon violence if offered the prospect of better political, social and economic prospects.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the deployments of armed forces units based in Germany over the last four years; what the name was of each unit deployed; and what the (a) size, (b) location and (c) length was of each deployment; 
Mr. Ingram: The information is not held centrallyin the format required. Officials are collating this information, and once this has been done, I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 28 November 2006]: We keep the threat to both our military and civilian personnel under continuous review and take all practical measures to ensure their safety and security wherever they are deployed throughout Iraq. Additional protection isand will continue to beprovided as the operational situation requires.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance with applications to the Export Credits Guarantee Department is given to companies by the Defence Export Services Organisation; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: The Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) does not routinely assist companies with applications to the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) and is not a party to agreements reached between companies and the ECGD.
In some cases, however, DESO may advise companies to consider seeking ECGD support. In addition, where requested by ECGD, DESO provides advice on sales prospects to help inform ECGD's risk assessments and any subsequent discussions with applicants.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any of the Eurofighters being sold to Saudi Arabia under the agreement announced in August 2006 are already in production. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average flying hours of pilots for the Royal Air Force (a) Hercules C-130, (b) VC-10, (c) C-17 Globemaster, (d) Tristar aircraft and (i) Chinook, (ii) Puma, (iii) Merlin and (iv) Sea King helicopters have been for each month in 2006. 
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