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Records kept before 2004 do not separate these costs, and this could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. All official travel by special advisers is undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the ministerial code and the Civil Service management code.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what date the euro changeover plan of his Department was last updated; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent version. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Under-Secretary of State for Justice, my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Garston (Maria Eagle) on 17 June 2008, Official R eport, column 886W.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have access to the Government communication network. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The Wales Office has three members of staff who are classified as Government communicators, and all three have access to the Government communication network. The Wales Office does not have any agencies.
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will hold discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the implications for Wales of the Government's strategy for the disposal of radioactive waste. 
The Welsh position is set out in the White Paper and we are pleased that the Assembly Government continues to play a full part in the programme. This will ensure the implementation of a framework appropriate to the needs of Wales and that the interests of Wales are taken into account.
(2) how much timber and timber products were procured by his Department originating from independently verified legal and sustainable sources or from a licensed FLEGT partner in each of the last five years; and at what cost. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: Some timber was used as part of maintenance works undertaken in my Departments London office, which were carried out between 2004 and 2007. The cost of this element could not be separated from the wider maintenance contract.
Mr. Maude: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speakers Committee on the Electoral Commission what the cost was of the recent refurbishment of the Electoral Commissions offices in London. 
Sir Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that the recent refurbishment work on its offices in London was undertaken by the landlord of the building. The works were funded directly by the landlord and as such, the costs are unknown to the Electoral Commission. No costs were incurred by the Electoral Commission.
Mr. Maude: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speakers Committee on the Electoral Commission what relocation benefits the Electoral Commission has offered to staff or new staff taking up a post in its new regional offices. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speakers Committee on the Electoral Commission how many permanent staff of the Electoral Commission are classed as (a) staff without posts and (b) part of a people action team. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speakers Committee on the Electoral Commission how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff of the Electoral Commission in the last 24 months. 
David Cairns: The Scotland Office shares an information technology system (SCOTS) with the Scottish Executive, which is responsible for the development, administration and maintenance of the system; consequently, the Office does not directly enter into any IT contracts.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what independent inquiries have been commissioned by his Department in the last five years; what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of each; and what steps were taken following each such inquiry. 
David Cairns: Staff in the Scotland Office are on secondment from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice. As at 31 March 2008, the Office had a small number of staff awaiting reassignment to their parent Department; however, to protect the identity of individual staff, data relating to less than five people are not disclosed.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposed transfer of services from the regional Identity and Passport Service Office in Glasgow on (a) employment and (b) access to passport services in Scotland. 
The decision has not yet been made. The Identity and Passport Service is in consultation with the PCS (trade union) on the proposal at this time. A decision is not expected until after the period of consultation.
Access to passport services in Scotland will not be affected. There are no plans in the immediate future to remove counter services. First time applicants can attend interviews in Scotland and emergency passports will continue to be issued to customers in Glasgow.
Mr. Maude: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many individual domestic air flights were undertaken within Great Britain by representatives of the Church Commissioners in the most recent year for which figures are available; and at what cost. 
Sir Stuart Bell: This information is not available but I can assure the hon. Gentleman that the Commissioners and the other National Church Institutions are committed to the Churchs Shrinking the Footprint campaign. I am therefore confident that domestic flights are undertaken only rarely by the Commissioners staff or their representatives.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments (a) her Department and (b) London Resilience has made to Blue Rubicon; at what cost; and for what purpose. 
Since 7 February 2008, the Department has paid Blue Rubicon the sum of £222,244.75 for public relations services to continue the promotion of the measures contained in the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive, including promotion of Energy Performance Certificates and Display Energy Certificates.
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were in each council tax valuation band in each region of England on the latest date for which figures are available. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which councillors are engaged in the Thames Gateway project; what positions they hold; and how much each received in expenses from the Thames Gateway organisation in each of the last three years. 
Caroline Flint: There are 18 local authorities directly involved in the Thames Gateway including Essex and Kent county councils, plus the Greater London Authority and two Urban Development Corporations who have planning powers. I have provided information only on those organisations that attend the ministerially chaired Thames Gateway Strategic Partnership who are represented by local authority members. This list represents the current membership. When an individual cannot attend, a substitute from the organisation they are representing usually attends, who may be a councillor.
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Any more information about an individual councillor's involvement in the Thames Gateway is not held by the Department. The councillors listed do not receive any expenses from the Department for their involvement in the Thames Gateway and any expenses councillors might be entitled to are expected to be claimed from their local authority.
Communities and Local Government also sponsors the Thurrock and London Thames Gateway Development Corporations. There are four councillors on the board of the TTGDC and their remunerationas published in the annual reports is as follows:
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