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Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Vietnamese government on the treatment of Protestants in the northern mountainous region; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. McCartney: The UK, with our EU partners, regularly raises human rights issues with the Vietnamese government. We remain concerned about the situation of non-recognised Protestant groups in Vietnam. Officials from our Embassy in Hanoi are in contact with Protestant Church leaders to keep abreast of developments. The EU will take the opportunity to again raise the issue of religious freedom with the Vietnamese government at the next EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue in Hanoi scheduled to take place on 20 December.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which projects have operated in the UK under the EU funding stream judicial co-operation between national judges since 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
Bridget Prentice: Various EU funding programmes exist which facilitate training and co-operation among national judges. Among activities promoted are training of national judges in EC competition law and judicial cooperation between national judges. This scheme began in 2002 and since then there have been nine British projects, as follows:
Association of European Competition Law Judges (AECLJ)
Irish Centre of European Law
British Institute of International and Comparative Law
University of Oxford
University of Oxford
Linda Gilroy: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to implement the Law Commissions recommendation to update the Limitation Act 1980 with respect to child abuse cases. 
Ms Harman: I refer my hon. Friend to the answers given to my right hon. Friend the Member for North Tyneside (Mr. Byers) on 5 December 2006, Official Report, column 348W, and to my hon. Friend the Member for Stafford (Mr. Kidney) on 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 490W.
Helen Goodman: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what programmes her Department operates to provide particular provision in rural areas; and what the cost of such programmes is expected to be in 2007-08. 
Bridget Prentice: The Government are committed to building a strong economy and fair society where there is opportunity and security for all. This commitment applies equally in rural and urban areas. The majority of this Departments programmes benefit both rural and urban areas. However, to provide information on the cost of these programmes in rural areas alone is possible only at disproportionate cost.
The Deputy Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1614W, to the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Chris Huhne). In addition, since 1 April 2006, all flights taken by central Government Ministers and civil servants on official business are being carbon off-set.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which gifts have been given by his Department to third parties since its establishment; on what date each was given; what the reason was for giving each gift; and what the name was of the recipient. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues from the Department for Education and others on coordination of Government policy on schools. 
The Deputy Prime Minister: I am deputy chair of the Cabinet Committee on Schools Policy. In addition, I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues on a wide range of issues. As has been the practice under previous administrations, information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees and to internal meetings is generally not disclosed, as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of discussion.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil service and government agency jobs were (a) created in and (b) relocated to York (i) in total and (ii) in the Central Science Laboratory at Sand Hutton in each year since 1992. 
The Government are committed to relocating 20,000 civil servants out of London and the South East by 2010. Pre-Budget report 2006 reported that over 10,500 posts have already been relocated. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs has moved 75 posts to York and the Department for Constitutional Affairs has relocated one post to York.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the annual percentage change in (a) cash and (b) real terms was in Government expenditure on the central civil service, excluding agencies, in each year since 1997-98. 
A back series of Public Expenditure aggregates, in both cash and real terms, is published at Table 3.1 of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) 2006 (Cm 6811) that has been placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) nature and (b) extent is of liaison by civil servants with the European Commission prior to drafting domestic legislation; whether civil service guidelines exist on such liaison; and if she will make a statement. 
Hilary Armstrong: The Government's approach to the preparation of primary legislation is set out in The Guide to Legislative Procedure, last published by the Cabinet Office in October 2004 and available at:
The formulation of purely domestic legislation would not involve any obligation to consult the European Commission. In the case of legislation implementing EU obligations, the EU instrument may require member states to provide copies of implementing rules to the Commission.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost was of (a) notional rent and capital charges and (b) routine maintenance for (i) the ministerial flat above 10 Downing street and (ii) the three ministerial flats in Admiralty house in 2005-06. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much council tax is being paid on the empty ministerial residence in Admiralty house; and which Government Department is meeting the cost. 
Hilary Armstrong: The Cabinet Office is responsible for payment of council tax on the official residence in Admiralty house which is currently unoccupied. The residence which is in Westminster city council is in council tax band D.
Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was paid to outside consultants and other bodies undertaking work on behalf of his Department in each year since 2000. 
|Total spend on consultants|
This includes both consultancy to deliver parts of our development programme (as covered in Statistics for International Development), where services are
often provided to third parties such as recipient Governments, and consultancy to DFID as an organisation. It does not include all low value contracts issued by DFID departments and overseas offices, of which there are no consolidated records.
Mr. Fallon: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the effective date is for annual pay awards to his Departments staff; and what the actual implementation date has been in each of the last five years. 
Hilary Benn: Pay arrangements for the senior civil service (SCS) are managed centrally, with the effective date of pay awards being set at 1 April each year. Within DFID, salary increases are implemented on the recommendations of the SCS Pay Committee, following the completion of annual performance assessments for each member of the SCS.
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