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Theft: Pets

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of theft of domestic animals in England and Wales there were in each of the last five years. [213471]

Mr. Coaker: From the information collected on recorded crime, it is not possible to separately identify those offences where a domestic animal is stolen. Such offences are not specifically defined by statute and they would be included within the ‘Other theft’ offence classification.


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Unfair Practices: Sales Methods

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what value of assets stolen as a result of boiler room fraud was (a) traced, (b) frozen, (c) seized and (d) returned to victims in each of the last three years. [206947]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 21 May 2008]: The information requested is not available.

Duchy of Lancaster

Cancer: Bone Diseases

Mr. Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people aged (a) under 18 years old, (b) 18 to 30 years old and (c) over 30 years old were diagnosed with bone cancer in (i) Lancashire and (ii) nationally in each of the last five years. [213669]

Mr. Watson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 24 June 2008:

Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of bone cancer( 1) , by age group, Lancashire county and England, 2001-05
Persons

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

Lancashire

Under 30(2)

3

7

3

6

7

30 and over

8

3

7

8

8

England

Under 18

94

101

83

65

75

18-29

62

55

63

45

62

30 and over

312

277

273

264

277

1 Bone cancer is coded to C40-C41 in the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision (ICD-10).
(2) Figures for age groups ‘under 18’ and ‘18-29’ have been added together to avoid inadvertent disclosure due to small numbers.
Source:
Office for National Statistics

Cultural Diversity Framework: Procurement

Keith Vaz: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) which stakeholders are consulted in the process of deciding a supplier to the Cultural Diversity Framework and Approved Supplier List; [205545]

(2) what the stages are in becoming an approved supplier on the Cultural Diversity Framework and Approved Supplier List. [205546]

Edward Miliband: The process for becoming an approved supplier on the Cultural Diversity Framework and the Approved Supplier List are set out as follows:


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The Cultural Diversity Framework was set up in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. The framework was advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) using the restricted procedure, in trade journals and on Central Office of Information’s (COI) buyer profile.

Suppliers wishing to be on the framework were directed to the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ). Suppliers were required to complete the PQQ, which was available for 30 days after publishing. The PQQs were then scored and evaluated against the published award criteria.

Successful suppliers were invited to the next stage where they were provided with a fictitious brief. Suppliers were given 40 days in which to complete the brief and were asked to pitch at their own premises as part of a site visit. This was also scored and evaluated against published award criteria.

Those successful at this stage were assessed as to whether they had shown capability to deliver services under each of the published lots and labels, and were given the opportunity to sit on the framework.

The Approved Supplier List was advertised on the Supply2Gov website, in trade journals and COI’s buyer profile. Potential suppliers were required to complete a PQQ, which was available for 30 days after publishing. The PQQs were then scored and evaluated against the published award criteria.

Successful suppliers were asked to present case study examples at their premises, which were scored and evaluated against the published award criteria. The framework renewal team’s recommendations were agreed and signed off by the COI director of news and PR.

Although no stakeholders were directly involved with the process of selecting suppliers for the Cultural Diversity Framework and Approved Supplier List, the COI undertakes regular formal and informal discussions with a wide variety of those stakeholders during its normal business activities, including the issue of how the framework should be structured and the types of supplier that are needed.

Departmental Aviation

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 521W, on departmental aviation, how many separate air flights were carbon offset by the Cabinet Office in 2006-07 via the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund. [210949]

Phil Hope: Since April 2005 all air travel is being offset as part of Cabinet Office membership of the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund.

Departmental Buildings

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much his Department spent on (a) new capital investment and (b) refurbishment of property in each of the last 10 years, broken down by project. [212864]

Phil Hope: Information on capital expenditure is contained in the annual resource accounts for the Cabinet Office. Information on expenditure on refurbishment works over the last 10 years, broken down by project, could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the value of the property held by (a) his Department and (b) associated public bodies was at the most recent date for which figures are available. [212881]

Phil Hope: The information requested is as follows:

These bodies publish their own annual accounts.

Departmental Home Working

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff in (a) the Cabinet Office, (b) the Prime Minister’s Office and (c) the Office of the Minister for the Olympics are authorised to work from home. [212531]

Mr. Watson: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Upper Bann (David Simpson) on 28 February 2008, Official Report, column 1913W.

Departmental Official Residences

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the occupiers of the official ministerial residences in (a) Admiralty House, (b) Downing Street, (c) 1 Carlton Gardens, (d) Dorneywood and (e) Chequers receive subsistence. [210870]

Phil Hope: The allowances payable to Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords are a matter for Parliament.

Ministers do not receive departmental subsistence payments.

Departmental Pay

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the average pay per hour worked by (a) permanent and (b) temporary staff in (i) the Cabinet Office, (ii) the Prime Minister’s Office and (iii) the Offices of the Minister for the Olympics in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by pay band. [212491]

Mr. Watson: The Prime Minister’s Office and the Offices of the Minister for the Olympics form part of the Cabinet Office. The pay scales for permanent Cabinet Office staff by pay band are as follows:


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Grade Hourly rate (£)

London and Basingstoke

A

21.37

B2

13.97

B-Fst

12.65

B1

11.02

C

8.93

TIS3

17.01

TIS2

14.64

TIS1

10.53

National

A

19.24

B2

13.54

B1

9.85

C

8.15


Information on the average pay per hour worked by temporary staff is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Television

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what subscriptions (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) its agency holds for (i) premium satellite, (ii) digital terrestrial and (iii) cable television channels; and what the cost of each was in the most recent year for which figures are available. [210900]

Phil Hope: My Department holds three subscriptions for premium satellite services and the total cost for the 2007-08 financial year was £5,589. The Department does not subscribe to digital terrestrial or cable television services.

Departmental Trade Unions

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which trades unions represent members of staff in (a) the Cabinet Office, (b) its agency and (c) the Prime Minister’s Office. [212485]

Mr. Watson: The Prime Minister’s Office forms part of the Cabinet Office. The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), Prospect and the First Division Association (FDA) have a partnership agreement with the Cabinet Office and represent different sections of Cabinet Office staff.

Manpower: Prime Minister

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what staff have been appointed to work in the Prime Minister’s Office since 31 December 2007; and what the (a) name and (b) job title is of each such newly-appointed staff member. [211676]

Mr. Watson: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 1 May 2008, Official Report, column 624W. This information is available annually.


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Publications: Prime Minister

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what reports have been produced but not published by the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in each of the last five years. [211679]

Edward Miliband: The Strategy Unit works closely, and often jointly, with other Government Departments and external stakeholders on a broad range of domestic policy issues. The majority of Strategy Unit reports lead to published outputs. These can include a White Paper, Green Paper, a statement of Government policy, or a report published in the Unit’s own name.

Further information on Strategy Unit outputs can be found at:


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