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David Cairns: My right hon. Friend and I have frequent discussions with Scottish Executive Ministers on a range of issues. The introduction of zero carbon homes in Scotland, taken as part of Building Standards, is a devolved matter.
David Cairns: My right hon. Friend and I have frequent discussions with Scottish Executive Ministers on a range of issues. The carbon output from Scottish Executive departments is a devolved area of responsibility.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
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David Cairns: My right hon. Friend and I have regular discussions with Scottish Executive Ministers on a range of issues. My hon. Friend will be aware that the promotion of renewable energy in Scotland is a matter for the Scottish Executive.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many journeys (a) Scotland Office Ministers and (b) Scotland Office civil servants have made between London and Scotland on official business in each month since January 2005; and how many of these journeys were made by (i) aeroplane, (ii) train and (iii) car. 
David Cairns: The information requested is set out in the table. In relation to travel by Ministers the information relates to travel paid by the Scotland Office. It excludes regular travel between London and Scotland paid by the House of Commons. We do not hold information on such travel.
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|Month||Ministers||Civil servants||Ministers||Civil servants||Ministers||Civil servants|
|(1 )A return journey is classed as one journey; if, for example, the outward leg of a journey is undertaken by air and the return by train, this is shown as half a journey under each column.|
Mr. Hain: A total of 933 letters were sent from the Wales Office between 1 January and 31 December 2006. In the same period the Wales Office received 4,360 letters, 450 were external letters, the rest were from other Government Departments. The wide difference between letters received and replied to is because, having considered them, they were either keeping me informed of issues and developments and did not require a response or did not require a letter in response.
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