David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have had more than two periods of sickness absence of less than five days in each of the last three years; 
David Cairns: All staff in the Scotland Office are on secondment from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice. The Office does not maintain a central record of sick absences; such records are held by the parent Departments.
Des Browne: As of 30 June 2008, in the previous two years my predecessor and I have visited the following Scottish parliamentary constituencies in a ministerial capacity as detailed in the following table:
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many working days have been lost due to industrial action by employees for which his Department is responsible in each year since 1997. 
David Cairns: The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999. All staff in the Office are on secondment from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice; the Office does not maintain a central record of absences due to industrial action; such records are held by the parent Departments.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the last 12 months on securing benefits to Scotland from the 2012 Olympic Games. 
David Cairns: I attend various meetings with ministerial colleagues where matters surrounding the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are discussed. I also recently discussed this matter in the House during Scottish Questions when I encouraged all businesses, Scottish-based or otherwise, to bid for contracts in relation to the games
Tessa Jowell: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Transport my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar & Canning Town (Jim Fitzpatrick) on 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 414W.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many people are employed by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG); what the staffing costs of LOCOG will be in 2008-09; and how many of LOCOG's staff work on (a) project management, (b) legacy planning and (c ) financial oversight. 
Tessa Jowell: The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is a company limited by guarantee that relies almost entirely on private funding. As such, LOCOG files its annual report and accounts at Companies House and publishes them on its website at:
LOCOG's last annual report for the 12 months up to 31 March 2007 shows that on average in that year the company employed 102 staff, including directors; and staff costs, including pensions and social security costs, totalled £9.48 million. Since that date, LOCOG has put in place more of its work force as it develops all its plans across the complex London 2012 project.
The next set of annual report and financial statements will be published shortly. During the London 2012 games themselves, it is envisaged that LOCOG will employ around 2,600 permanent staff, in addition to volunteers and contractors.
Tessa Jowell: Invitations to take part in the Olympic games are normally sent out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) around one year before the opening ceremony of the games.
Invitations to take part in the Paralympic games are normally sent out by the Organising Committee in co-operation with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) around one year before the respective Paralympic games.
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