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Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether confidential or personal information has been compromised through the loss of property from his Department and its predecessor since 1997. 
Kevin Brennan: Except in exceptional cases, when it is in the public interest, it has been the policy of successive governments not to comment on breaches of security. However, following the publication of the Data Handling Procedures in Government: Interim Progress Report on 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 98WS, all Departments will cover information assurance issues in their annual reports.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) Ministers in his Department staying overnight in (i) mainland Great Britain, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) the Republic of Ireland and (iv) other countries in the last 12 months. 
£970,208 mainland Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
£364 Republic of Ireland; and
£10,617 other countries.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what property was lost or stolen from his Department and its predecessor since 1997; and what the cost of replacement was. 
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Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of his Department's expenditure was allocated to Government growth areas in the last year for which figures are available. 
Kevin Brennan: The four growth areas identified by the Government are made up of district and borough councils. We do not allocate funding directly to this level. Funding is allocated to local authorities who have education and children service responsibilities.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on travel (a) within and (b) outside the UK for officials in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of his Department's overall expenditure was spent on such travel in each such year. 
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