Mr. Maude: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2007, Official Report, columns 848-9W, on the Downing Street Political Office, when the post of Administrator of the Downing Street Political Office was established. 
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Prime Minister how many Government-sponsored, official histories are in preparation; when each was commissioned; who the authors are; what the estimated date of completion is in each case; what the estimated cost in each case is; and which official histories commissioned have not been published. 
Churchills Man of Mystery: Desmond Morton and the World of Intelligence by Gill Bennett (published, 2006);
The Channel Tunnel by Dr. Terry Gourvish (published, 2006);
The Falklands Campaign (Volumes 1 and 2) by Professor Lawrence Feedman (first published, 2005).
Cabinet Secretaries by Ian Beesley in 2007;
Joint Intelligence Committee by Dr. Michael Goodman in 2007;
UK Accession to the EEC, Volume 2 by Sir Stephen Wall in 2007;
SOE in Italy, Volume 2 by, Professor David Stafford in 2005
In the financial year 2006-07, the latest year for which accounts have been published, the net cost was £176,000. This includes fees and expenses of historian and research assistants and costs associated with publication, but excludes staff costs of Cabinet Office administrative support and accommodation-related overheads. This cost is borne on the Cabinet Office vote.
8. Sir Robert Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on policy to encourage new gas production in the West of Shetland area. 
David Cairns: The Government are committed to providing regulatory and fiscal regimes that will deliver the best future for the UKCS including the area west of Shetland. This includes a joint Government/industry task force to determine whether there is a collective solution to the development of the resource base west of Shetland.
David Cairns: I have had no such discussions with the First Minister. The Government firmly believe that nuclear energy will be an essential component in a low carbon energy future and should have an important role in Scotland's future electricity mix.
Des Browne: The most recent Scottish GDP figures, covering the year to 2007 Quarter 4, show annual economic growth of 2.2 per cent. This is above the long-run trend rate of growth, which is 1.9 per cent.
11. James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the First Minister on the co-ordination of international development work by the Scottish Executive and the Department for International Development. 
Des Browne: No such discussion have taken place. Department for International Development officials maintain contact with their Scottish Executive counterparts, to ensure international development policies remain complementary to the UK Government's overall objectives.
David Cairns: In 2007, 42,000 people were employed in the subsea sector across the UK, generating revenues in excess of $8.5 billionup nearly 30 per cent. from 2006. Estimates for the value of the subsea sector to the Scottish Economy are not available, but Scottish subsea companies are already world leaders in technology supply and operations and are well placed to capitalise on the massive global growth in this sector expected over the next three years.
13. Jim Sheridan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the likely change to the grant to the Scottish Executive in the next Comprehensive Spending Review period. 
Des Browne: In each successive year of the current spending review period the Scottish Executive will receive a record amount of money, and by 2011 will be in receipt of double the amount available to Donald Dewar in the first years of devolution. This level of public spending across the UK has been made possible by a decade of economic growth and stability delivered by this Government.
87,000 people in Scotland will benefit from the annual increase to the national minimum wage that will come into force in October. We are very proud of the national minimum wage, and that it is a vital employment right that continues to make a tangible difference to the lives of many working Scots.
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 737W, on departmental publications, if he will place in the Library a copy of section 1(c) on allowances and section 1(g) on working overseas of his Departments web-based human resources information system. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: I have arranged to place in the Library copies of section 1(c) on allowances and section 1(g) on working overseas of the Department for International Developments web-based human resources information system, Peoplesight.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken in the last year to assist developing countries to (a) manage economic growth and (b) deal with changes as a result of growth. 
(a) The UK Government have committed £37 million over the next three years to establish an International Growth Centre. The centre will bring world-class experts to developing countries to help them put in place policies that support growth and undertake research on new challenges to growthfor example, on low carbon growth. We also work directly with partner countries to develop prioritised growth strategies that fit their own circumstances. The Department for International Development is also working to promote trade policies that help developing countries trade and will spend £409 million ($750 million) a year on aid for trade up to 2010 to build infrastructure and trade capacity in developing countries.
(b) DFID supports developing countries, as appropriate to each country, to identify and manage the consequences of growth to ensure that growth can be sustained in the long-run, the vulnerable are protected and that economic growth lifts as many people out of poverty as possible.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, columns 734-35W, in what capacity each of the temporary staff referred to in the table was employed, broken down by hourly rate of pay. 
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Mr. Woodward: The 10-Point Plan for a Diverse Civil Service, published in November 2005, by the Cabinet Office set a target that 3.2 per cent. of senior civil service (SCS) posts are to be filled by people with disabilities by April 2008. Progress against these targets is available on the civil service website at:
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