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Helen Goodman: The Leader of the House of Commons Office forms part of the Cabinet Office. Although the Cabinet Office currently has a compulsory retirement age of 65 for all grades, staff have the right to request to continue working beyond this age.
Specific figures for the Leaders Office are not available. To protect the confidentiality of individuals, it is standard Government practice not to publish details relating to five or fewer individuals.
(3) how many (a) written and (b) e-mailed submissions she has received since 11 July on the draft legislative programme in addition to those comments posted on the Cabinet Office website; and how many have been received from (i) individuals and (ii) corporations and organisations. 
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the construction of the Womens Park in Lashkar Gar, Afghanistan; what the objectives of the project are; how much has been allocated to the project; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Malik: The recently completed Women and Children Park in Lashkar Gar was funded through the Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) fund, administered by the UK-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Helmand. QIPs in Helmand are funded through the joint DFID, MOD, and FCO Global Conflict Prevention Pool (GCPP). The GCPP QIPs fund has an overall budget of £9 million this financial year, including £3 million from DFID. The overall cost of the park was approximately £420,000.
The park is providing much needed recreational space and facilities for the people of Lashkar Gar and the surrounding area, in particular women and children. It was built in response to identified local needs, and agreed by the Governor of Helmand and relevant Government of Afghanistan line departments. Construction of the park was implemented by the Afghan NGO, Helping Afghan Farmers Organisation (HAFO). Much of the work was carried out using local labour. One of the first major events hosted at the park was a US-funded agricultural fair to promote legal livelihoods attended by 1,700 Afghans.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what percentage of employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department are above state retirement age. 
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development by what methodology the annual net cash-releasing savings of £492 million per year by 2010-11 mentioned on page 238 of the Comprehensive Spending Review have been calculated. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: DFID, like all other Departments, has agreed to make value for money savings of at least 3 per cent. annual net cash-releasing gains on our total departmental budget and 5 per cent. annual real reductions in our administration budgets by 2010-11. As in the 2004 Spending Review, the methodology for assessing gains achieved by more poverty-focused allocation is based on econometric studies by Paul Collier and David Dollar showing that the impact of aid varies with countries per capita income and policy environment. Gains are also generated by improved performance of DFIDs portfolio, as measured by the scores awarded to projects in annual monitoring reviews.
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the main element will be of his Departments value for money programme which will generate annual net cash-releasing savings of £492 million per year by 2010-11, as mentioned on page 238 of the Comprehensive Spending Review. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander:
DFID, like all other Departments, has agreed to make value for money savings of at least 3 per cent. annual net cash-releasing gains on our total departmental budget and
5 per cent. annual real reductions in our administration budgets from a near cash resource departmental expenditure limit plus capital DEL baseline of £5,310 million. The gains on our programme budget will include allocative efficiency gains from more poverty-focused allocation of multilateral and bilateral aid, and efficiency gains from improved performance of our bilateral portfolio.
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the increased capital expenditure for his Department announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review will be allocated. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: DFIDs increased capital budget will enable us to increase our contributions to effective multilateral organisations. Alongside a growing bilateral programme, spending through the multilateral helps us influence and improve the quality of the whole aid system, rather than just the money we spend directly. Our capital budget will also be used to finance debt relief and capital investments in partner countries.
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