Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list his Department's (a) executive agencies, (b) executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs), (c) advisory NDPBs, (d) tribunal NDPBs, (e) trading funds and (f) public corporations for each financial year since 2005-06 
Compensation Agency for Northern Ireland;
Forensic Science Northern Ireland;
Northern Ireland Prison Service; and
Youth Justice Agency.
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether a recent assessment of the security threat to Downpatrick police station has been made; and how the requirement for security measures at this station compares to other police stations in Down district. 
Paul Goggins: I have been informed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland that a security assessment of Downpatrick police station was carried out in April 2007 and a further assessment has been scheduled for January 2008. For security reasons it would not be appropriate to comment on the exact nature of security measures taken at any police station.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has any plans to bring forward legislation to devolve policy relating to abortion to the Scottish Parliament; what recent representations he has received on the issue; and if he will make a statement. 
David Cairns: The Scotland Office does not separately record expenditure on first class and business class flights. All travel is undertaken in accordance with the Civil Service Management Code and the Ministerial Code, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House. Information relating to overseas travel by Ministers is published on an annual basis; the 2006-07 edition was published on 25 July 2007 and is also available in the Library of the House.
David Cairns: The Scotland Office does not separately record expenditure on first class train tickets. All travel is undertaken in accordance with the Civil Service Management Code and the Ministerial Code, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House. Information relating to overseas travel by Ministers is published on an annual basis; the 2006-07 edition was published on 25 July 2007 and is also available in the Library of the House.
David Cairns: The Scotland Office does not hold information in the form requested. The staff in the Office are on loan from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice, both of whom provide free access to training and development opportunities.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures are in place to ensure that Scottish returning officers receive appropriate guidance on who can register for elections anonymously; and if he will make a statement. 
David Cairns: Statutory responsibility for the provision of guidance to electoral administrators, including returning officers, lies with the Electoral Commission. The Commission provided guidance on anonymous registration in Circular EC24/2007 which issued to all electoral registration officers and returning officers in Scotland on 22 May this year.
Norman Baker: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will list the steps taken to improve accountability of the Commission following the report produced by Sir Kevin Tebbit; and if he will make a statement. 
Nick Harvey: The Commission has yet to consider this aspect of the Tebbit review but is interested to hear the views of hon. Members, not least when the review is debated in Westminster Hall on 18 October.
Norman Baker: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will replace the envelopes used to deliver the Vote to hon. Members with reusable mail pouches. 
Norman Baker: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what square footage of (a) office space and (b) other space is available to the Leader of the Opposition on the Parliamentary Estate. 
Nick Harvey: The Leader of the Opposition and his staff occupy a suite of six rooms in Norman Shaw South totalling 266.1 m(2) (approximately 2,864 ft(2)). In addition he has access to, but not sole use of, two meeting rooms; one in Norman Shaw South and a second in the Shadow Cabinet Block totalling 67.9m(2) (approximately 731 ft(2)).
John Mann: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on how many occasions illegal drugs have been found in the Palace of Westminster in the last 30 years. 
Nick Harvey: Police records date from 2001. Since then there have been three seizures of drugs, all cannabis, all in quantities consistent with personal use. Two of these were recorded in 2005, one in 2006.
Mr. Todd: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what response the Speaker's Committee has made to the Eleventh Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, on the Electoral Commission. 
As I told the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Kilfoyle) on 19 January 2007, Official Report, column 1398W, the Speaker's Committee supported the Committee on Standards in Public Life in undertaking this review of the role and governance of the Electoral Commission, and was grateful to Sir Alistair Graham and his colleagues for their thorough inquiry. The Speaker's Committee published its observations on the CSPL report in its
First Report 2007, which was laid before the House on 26 July as House of Commons Paper No. 996, copies of which are available in the Vote Office. The CSPL report ranged widely over the mandate, governance and accountability of the Electoral Commission and also commented on aspects of the integrity of the electoral system, making 47 recommendations in all. Not all of these are directly relevant to the functions of the Speaker's Committee, and the Committee has restricted its detailed comments to recommendations directly addressed to itself, or in relation to which it has a specific policy interest.
The Committee looks forward to seeing the Government's response to the report as a whole. It shares the view of CSPL that any primary legislation arising from recommendations it has made should be enacted in the next parliamentary Session.
Angela Browning: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Speaker's Committee has received the Comptroller and Auditor General's statutory value for money report on the Electoral Commission 2005-06. 
Peter Viggers: Yes. The Speaker's Committee considered this report, entitled Electoral Registration: The lynchpin of democracy, at its meeting on 27 June. The report focuses on the important issue of electoral registration and makes eight recommendations to the Electoral Commission, on: the use of its new powers to request information from Electoral Registration Officers, improving the completeness and the accuracy of the electoral register, and performance measurement.
The Committee is grateful to the Comptroller and Auditor General for this thorough report on a key element in the electoral process. It has been published as an Appendix to the Committee's Second Report 2007, and the Committee is now seeking the Electoral Commission's response to its recommendations. The report was laid before the House on 26 July 2007 as House of Commons Paper No 997, and copies are available in the Vote Office.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) laptops, (b) mobile telephones and (c) personal digital assistant devices bought for the use of departmental Ministers have been returned to the Department following each Cabinet reshuffle since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Since that date there has been two Cabinet reshuffles where one mobile phone and one laptop were returned
by the outgoing Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and re-allocated to the incoming one.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many fixed penalty tickets were incurred by vehicles within the purview of his Department in the last year for which figures are available; and what the total cost was. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff are seconded to his Department from outside Government; from which outside body each has been seconded; and what the length is of each secondment. 
Maria Eagle: The information requested is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost through the manual searching of individual court files. Her Majesty's Courts Service is giving consideration to the routine collection of data relating to interpreting and translation services used in court.
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