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Mr. Watson: Information on the cost of renovations and refurbishment of the Downing street complex in 2008-09 will only be available when the Department's resource accounts for that year are fully audited and laid before Parliament.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which works of art from the Government Art Collection are located in each of the official ministerial residences in Admiralty House; and what the title and artist of each is. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) whether occupants of ministerial residences in Admiralty House are liable for damage to the material condition of the property they occupy arising from their use of it; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Watson: Official residences are assigned to Ministers by the Prime Minister either on grounds of security or in order to allow them to perform better their official duties. Rules on the use of official residences are set out in the Ministerial Code. There are no formal tenancy agreements in respect of the use of official residences. The liability for any damage to any of the residences would depend on the circumstances.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 246W, on Admiralty House, how many bathrooms each of the three official ministerial residences in Admiralty House has. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will consider the merits of identifying users of British Sign Language (BSL) as part of the next Census. (200177)
Consultation with users on their requirements for information from the 2011 Census has identified a demand for a language question to provide information to improve resource allocation
at the national and local level and to inform service provision of, for example, the need for translation and interpreter services. There was also some demand expressed for information on the use of specific languages, including BSL. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has subsequently tested a number of variants of a language question, with a view to developing a concise question which is easily understood by respondents and gives reliable results. ONS are currently testing a question on main language used, including BSL through a write-in facility.
A White Paper setting out the proposals for the 2011 Census is scheduled to be published at the end of 2008. However it will not be possible to confirm what questions and response categories are to be included in the 2011 Census until the consultation and question testing programme is complete and formal approval is given by Parliament in 2010.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the expenditure of the Central Office of Information on Government marketing, advertising and public relations was in each year since 1996-97. 
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Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what estimate he has made of the average (a) hourly and (b) annual pay of (i) male and (ii) female (A) childcarers in daycare settings and (B) childminders in each year since 1997; 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions asking what the average (a) hourly and (b) annual pay of (i) male and (ii) female (A) childcarers in daycare settings and (B) childminders was in each year since 1997; what the average (a) hourly and (b) annual pay of (i) male and (ii) female childcare assistants was in each year since 1997; and what the average annual salary of (a) childcarers in daycare settings and (b) childminders qualified to level 6 was in each year since 1997. (199893, 199894, 199899).
The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is carried out in April each year and is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. Under the Standard Occupation Classification 2000 (SOC), childcarers in day care settings, childminders and childcare assistants are all classified to the same category, which is Childminders and Related Occupations, occupation code 6122. Subdivision beyond this is not possible in ASHE.
Estimates of weekly earnings for employees by gender and SOC are available from ASHE for employees on adult rates of pay, whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence, from 1997. Annual earnings estimates are available for employees on adult rates of pay, who have been in the same job for more than a year, from 1999. ASHE results are published on the National Statistics website at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/ashe
ASHE does not collect information on employee qualifications. This information is available from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). However, the LFS sample size for childminders qualified to level 6 is too small to provide estimates.
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