Barbara Follett: I refer the hon. Member to my written answer of 18 October 2007, Official Report, column 1236W, which stated that the Governments vision of an equal society is one where there is opportunity for all and responsibility from all.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the oral answers of 21 November 2007, Official Report, columns 1172-77, on the comprehensive spending review and legislative competence, if he will place in the Library copies of the correspondence and paperwork exchanged with National Assembly for Wales Ministers which set out the specific instances and road schemes in Wales affected by clause 109 of the Local Transport Bill. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department and its agencies spent on staff working on (a) marketing and (b) branding in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. 
Mr. David Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how frequently he meets the Deputy First Minister of Wales; and on how many occasions he has done so since the conclusion of the All Wales Accord. 
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff (a) have applied to work flexible hours and (b) work flexible hours (i) in his Department and (ii) the executive agencies for which the Department is responsible. 
Paul Goggins: Within the Northern Ireland Office staff are expected to work conditioned hours, however there is a considerable amount of flexibility in the way staff are permitted to work. Flexible working time (that is, a flexible start and finish each day) is available to the majority of staff where operational/business needs permit.
In line with the Employment (NT) Order 2002 the Northern Ireland Office has processes in place to allow staff to request flexible working hours to enable them to balance their family and employment responsibilities. As decisions are made by the business area concerned the information on the number of staff who have applied to work flexible hours under this order is not collated centrally.
Sopra Newell and Budge
Real Asset Management plc.
Fluent Technology Ltd.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people aged (a) 30 to 39, (b) 40 to 49, (c) 50 to 59 and (d) 60 to 69 years have (i) applied for jobs, (ii) received interviews and (iii) gained (A) temporary and (B) permanent jobs in his Department in 2007. 
Paul Goggins: In the main, staff are appointed to the Northern Ireland Office following successful application to Northern Ireland Civil Service competitions. Therefore figures relating to the number of staff who (i) applied for jobs or (ii) received interviews are not available. Table 1 shows the number of staff, in the age ranges specified, appointed to the Northern Ireland Office in 2007.
The Northern Ireland Office did run a recent competition to recruit information technology specialists. While to date no posts have been filled, details of applicants and the number of interviews can be seen in table 2.
|Table 1: Number of staff, in the age ranges specified, appointed to the Northern Ireland Office for the year 2007|
|Age||Temporary staff||Permanent staff||Total|
|Table 2: Number of applicants, in the age ranges specified , for Information Technology posts in the Northern Ireland Office for the year 2007|
|Age||Number of applicants||Number of applicants interviewed|
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what entertainment or hospitality members of his Departments management board have received in each of the last three financial years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: Paragraph 4.3.5 of the Civil Service Management Code sets out the rules on the registration of hospitality. The Government are committed to publishing an annual list of hospitality received by members of departmental boards. The list for 2007 is the first such list and will be published as soon as it is ready after the end of the current calendar year.
|Number of staff receiving £100,000 +|
Mr. Woodward: The Northern Ireland Office does not have any full-time equivalent staff responsible for brand management and marketing. However, from time to time, staff in various parts of the office are engaged in related activities, including maintaining and ensuring the application of corporate branding. Therefore a percentage of their time will be periodically devoted to brand management and marketing activities.
Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the full-time equivalent headcount in his Department is; what the forecast full-time equivalent headcount for his Department is for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: The National Statistics Public Sector employment figures for the second quarter of 2007 show that the NIO had 140 FTE Home Civil Servants in post. In addition to these staff the Department had 1,367 Northern Ireland Civil Servants in post for the same quarter (excluding its agencies and NDPBs).
The NIOs CSR07 settlement reduced the Departments administration cost budget by 5 per cent. year on year, from 2008-09 through to 2010-11. These administration cost reductions will be re-allocated to front line service delivery areas, and so may not have a direct effect on overall headcount numbers. The Department is currently finalising work to allocate its CSR07 settlement across all spending areas and it will then be in a position to establish headcount figures for the three CSR07 years. This information will be available in advance of the start of the 2008-09 financial year.
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