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Communities and Local Government

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Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work and (ii) using work telephones to access premium rate telephone numbers in the last 12 months. [149181]

Angela Eagle: The number of people who have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work and (ii) using work telephones to access premium rate telephone numbers in the last 12 months is nil.

Departments: Freedom of Information

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the requests made to his Department under the (a) Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000 and (b) Environmental Information Regulations in the last six months; and what the (i) FOI case reference number, (ii) request summary, (iii) request outcome and (iv) where appropriate, reason for exemption was in each case. [148869]

Angela Eagle: Information relating to Freedom of Information and Environmental Information requests is published on a quarterly basis by the Ministry of Justice. Information for January to March 2007 was published on 25 June 2007, Official Report, column
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10WS. Copies of the document are in the Libraries of the House. Information for April to June 2007 is due to be published in the autumn. The Treasury website has a section dedicated to FOI releases.

Departments: Legislation

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criminal offences have been introduced by his Department in primary legislation since October 2006. [149694]

Angela Eagle: No criminal offences have been included in primary legislation receiving Royal Assent between October 2006 and 11 July 2007.

Departments: Public Transport

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport. [148804]

Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave him on 4 July 2007, Official Report, column 1067W.

Departments: Racial Harassment

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which his Department is responsible have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in the last 12 months. [149241]

Angela Eagle: The procedures for investigating complaints of racial abuse have been initiated fewer than five times in the last 12 months. Numbers are therefore not available on the grounds of confidentiality.

European Union Solidarity Fund

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what applications the UK made to the European Union Solidarity Fund in each of the last five years. [150107]

Kitty Ussher: The UK has made a single application to the European Union Solidarity Fund in the past five years. The application was submitted in 2006 following the Buncefield fuel depot explosion. However, the total damage did not meet the strict criteria for mobilising the fund.

Finance: Iraq

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what mechanisms were put in place in his Department prior to March 2003 to estimate the likely cost of military operations in Iraq; [148895]

(2) what assessment his Department has made of the value-for-money of expenditure on (a) military operations and (b) reconstruction in Iraq; [148896]


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(3) how much was allocated in the 2004 Spending Review to be spent on reconstruction in Iraq, broken down by (a) the Department to which it was allocated and (b) (i) capital and (ii) resource spending; [148897]

(4) what procedures his Department has in place for assessing the amount to place in the Special Reserve each year to cover the cost of operations in Iraq; [148898]

(5) what estimate his Department made before the 2003 Budget of the cost of the (a) war and (b) reconstruction in Iraq in each of the subsequent five financial years. [148899]

Andy Burnham: By their nature the total cost of military operations are difficult to estimate from the outset. Pre-Budget report 2002 set aside £1 billion for the cost of operations in Iraq. On the basis of MOD forecasts this was increased to £3 billion at Budget 2003 as a prudent contingency.

The nature of operations, whether in Iraq or elsewhere, means that they cannot be time-limited from the outset. As a result, HM Treasury maintains a rolling annual estimate of the cost of operations and reviews the costs of and provision for military operations at the time of the pre-Budget report and the Budget. Military operations are routinely evaluated in order to measure progress and capture lessons learnt.

By Budget 2003 a total of £240 million had been committed for humanitarian assistance in Iraq, and in addition, Budget 2003 announced a further $100 million to back up the UN and the work of reconstruction and international development. At the Madrid Conference in October 2003, the UK pledged $900 million (£544 million) for reconstruction in Iraq over the period 2003-04 to 2005-06. The 2004 Spending Review allocated funds to enable this commitment to be fulfilled. At the launch of the International Compact for Iraq in Sharm El Sheikh on 3 May 2007, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will spend at least £200 million over and above the Madrid pledge, to be disbursed over the next three years.

The Iraq reconstruction programme is subject to the standard internal DFID guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of all programmes and projects. DFID has reporting arrangements in place for each of the projects it runs in Iraq, which means that funding is tracked and monitored throughout the process.

Effective performance management and lesson learning is key to how DFID assesses its progress against its value for money target.

Identity Cards: Freedom of Information

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) legal and (b) other costs have been of dealing with Freedom of Information requests for the publication of the Gateway review on the identity cards scheme. [149771]

Angela Eagle: OGC has received 14 Freedom of Information requests specifically for OGC Gateway‚"Ę information on the Home Office's national identity scheme programme. Two of these are being appealed at the High court, and one is being appealed at the Information Tribunal.


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The total legal costs incurred in handling these requests so far has been approximately £60,000.

Staff time or other overheads in relation to FOI requests are not recorded by OGC.

Life Expectancy

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the life expectancy was of (a) men and (b) women in each primary care trust area of England for the most recent year for which figures are available. [149513]

Angela Eagle: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 16 July 2007:


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