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Departmental Co-ordination

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library copies of any guidance issued to Departments on working with the Strategy Unit in the last 12 months. [159801]


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Edward Miliband: The Cabinet Office does not issue formal guidance to Departments on working with individual units. The Strategy Unit has long established close and joint working relationships with other Government Departments. Detailed working arrangements are decided on a case-by-case basis. Further information about the role and working methods of the Strategy Unit are available on the Cabinet Office website (www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/strategy/).

Departments: Accountancy

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what departmental budget items have been reclassified, under Consolidated Budgeting Guidance, following comprehensive spending review 2007 decisions; and what the (a) former and (b) new (i) classification and (ii) sum budgeted is in each case. [160418]

Gillian Merron: There have been no budget items within the Cabinet Office that have been reclassified, under Consolidated Budgeting Guidance, following comprehensive spending review 2007 decisions.

Departments: Consultants

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which private consultancy firms (a) his Department and (b) agencies which report to his Department engaged in each of the last three years; which programmes or projects each firm worked on; and what the approximate cost to the Department or agency concerned was of each engagement. [155878]

Edward Miliband: The information requested for the Cabinet Office is not readily available and may not be obtained without incurring disproportionate costs.

Departments: Cost Effectiveness

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what efficiency savings his Department was required to make as part of its spending review 2004 (SR04) targets; what efficiency projects have been undertaken in the Department in pursuit of those targets; on what date each was initiated; and how much each was predicted to contribute to the SR04 target. [160557]

Gillian Merron: Details of the Cabinet Office's efficiency programme in relation to SR 2004 were reported in full in Cabinet Office Departmental Report 2007 (ref Cm 7108) which is available in the Libraries of the House.

The report is available from the Cabinet Office website at:

Departments: Internet

Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) unique visits there have been to the Have Your Say on the Government’s Draft Legislative Programme section of the Cabinet Office website and (b) unique visitors there have been to the Draft Legislative Programme section of the hmg.gov.uk website since 11 July 2007. [160291]


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Gillian Merron: The Cabinet Office “Have your say” governance topic (http://haveyoursay.cabinet office.gov.uk/co/topic.aspx?topic=governance) received 1,348 unique visitors from its launch on 11 July 2007 to 21 October 2007.

The Draft Legislative Programme section of the HMG website (http://www.hmg.gov.uk/draftlegislativeprogramme /index.asp) received 2,476 unique visitors from its launch on 4 September 2007 to 21 October 2007.

Departments: Manpower

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average fully loaded cost was of a full-time equivalent member of staff of his Department in each of the last three years. [160609]

Gillian Merron: Details of the average fully loaded cost of a full-time equivalent member of staff in the Cabinet Office are not held centrally and are therefore available only at disproportionate cost.

Departments: Press

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 9 October 2007, Official Report, column 530W, on Departments: Press, how orders for newspapers and periodicals subscribed to by the (a) Cabinet Office and (b) Prime Minister's offices are (i) authorised and (ii) placed. [160290]

Gillian Merron: The Prime Minister's office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office and therefore the answer provided is for the whole of the Cabinet Office including the Prime Minister's office.

Orders for newspapers and periodicals subscribed to by the Cabinet Office are authorised only by those members of senior management who have received the appropriate level of financial delegated authority. This is in accordance with Cabinet Office rules on procurement.

Orders for newspapers and periodicals can be placed; either through the HM Treasury and Cabinet Office library, via direct subscription to the publisher, or purchased on an ad hoc basis from a suitable supplier.

Departments: Retirement

Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful. [161299]

Gillian Merron: The Cabinet Office does not keep central records on the number of staff that have applied to work beyond the statutory retirement age of 65.

The Cabinet Office currently has six employees who are above the statutory retirement age of 65.

The Cabinet Office does not have responsibility for or fund any executive agencies or non-departmental public bodies.


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Departments: Secondment

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which Departments have Strategy Unit staff seconded to them; and to which teams within each Department such staff are seconded. [159784]

Edward Miliband: The Strategy Unit currently has staff seconded to the Department for Children Schools and Families (Strategy Unit and Youth Taskforce), Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Office of Climate Change), Department of Health (Social Care), HM Treasury (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs team) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Strategy team).

Departments: Training

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Prime Minister’s Office has spent on speech-coaching and related consultancy since 27 June 2007. [160289]

Gillian Merron: The information requested is not held centrally and therefore is available only at disproportionate cost.

Higher Civil Servants: Donations

Frank Dobson: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether there are rules governing donations by senior civil servants to political parties in foreign countries. [160377]

Edward Miliband [holding answer 23 October 2007]: Civil servants are required to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Code and the Civil Service Management Code, including requirements relating to their involvement in political activities. Copies of the codes are in the Libraries of the House.

Ministerial Policy Advisers

Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether Mr. Jonathan Powell has been on the Government payroll since 27 June. [160252]

Edward Miliband: Jonathan Powell’s contract of employment as a special adviser ended on 27 June.

Official Residences: Admiralty House

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the floor area is of each of the three official ministerial residences in Admiralty House. [158681]

Edward Miliband: The floor area of the ministerial residences in Admiralty House is 859 sq m.

Social Security Benefits: Voluntary Organisations

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the role of voluntary sector organisations in the delivery of benefit entitlements. [160644]


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Phil Hope: Ministers regularly attend meetings as part of the process of policy development and advice. It is not the normal practice of Government to disclose details of such meetings.

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

British Standard BS7666

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on what date British Standard BS7666, on unique identifiers for each land and property unit, was first established. [158122]

Ian Pearson: I have been asked to reply.

The standard was first published in 1994. Its latest revision was published on 28 July 2006.

Departments: Internet

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many websites his Department operates; how many it operated at 1 January 2005; and what the estimated annual cost was of running his Department’s websites in each of the last five years. [157837]

Mr. Thomas: The principal websites for which BERR has been responsible are:

A full list of all websites currently operated by BERR and its related public bodies is not held centrally, nor does such information exist centrally for the position at 1 January 2005. BERR is currently undertaking a review of sites as part of the Cabinet Office’s process of website rationalisation. The cost of maintaining the core BERR site is included in a single annual charge—currently £979,000, to include all support activities.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many hits the (a) most popular and (b) least popular website run by his Department has received since 1 January 2007. [157838]

Mr. Thomas: BERR collates centrally the statistical information on visits to its core website, www.berr.gov.uk. A full list of statistical information for other websites operated by BERR and related public bodies is not held centrally.

For the period 1 January 2007 to 31 August 2007, www.berr.gov.uk had:


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Number

Visits

6,607,142

Visitors

6,083,250

Page views

23,570,525


Departments: Official Hospitality

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent by the Department, and its predecessor on official hospitality in the last 12 months. [158928]

Mr. Thomas: Spending by the Department (prior to 28 June the DTI) on entertainment and hospitality for the 12 months to 30 September totalled £1,232,000, of which £196,000 related to spending by UK Trade and Investment.

Departments: Reorganisation

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the estimated cost of re-branding is expected to be following the formation of his Department. [157839]

Mr. Thomas: Costs to date associated with the use of the name of the new Department are approximately £77,000. These include the costs of design, items such as new signage and changes to the website and other electronic media. As promised in my answer to a question from the hon. Member for Richmond Park, (Susan Kramer) on 17 July 2007, Official Report, column 278W, we plan to provide a full account of extra expenditure relating to the establishment of the new Department to the Library of both Houses at the time of the winter supplementary estimates in November.

Departments: Road Traffic Offences

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 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. [157835]

Mr. Thomas: The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform operate a policy that road traffic violations such as parking tickets and speeding fines are the responsibility of staff, and are not reimbursed from public resources. No records are kept on any penalties incurred by their drivers on official business, and no financial cost has been incurred by the Department.

The Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) provide official vehicles for use by Ministers and senior officials within departments. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar and Canning Town (Jim Fitzpatrick), on 18 October 2007, Official Report, column 1186W.


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Departments: Secondment

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 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. [157836]

Mr. Thomas: The Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) welcome opportunities to promote and exchange best practice with organisations outside Government by way of secondment.

There are currently 25 secondees working with BERR. The attached table lists the names of organisations and length of secondment as requested.

BERR: Inward secondees from non-Government organisations
Length of contract
Employer Months 1 year 2 years 3 years 4 years

Corus Rail

2

Black and Veatch

1

Cassella CEL Ltd

1

PWC

1

Assoc Independent Music

1

AMEC

2

Thomas Miller

2

Royal Bank Scotland

2

AMEC

2

PWC

2

AEA Technology Plc

4

Thales Avionics

2

Credit Suisse

2

PWC

1.5

Deloitte

1.5

Deloitte

6

Lazard

Ernst and Young

1.5

E.ON

1

Ernst and Young

1

Scottish Power

1

Scottish and Southern Energy

1

National Grid

2

UK Petroleum Industry Association

2

National Grid

3.5


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