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Written Answers to Questions

Monday 21 July 2008

Scotland

Departmental Sick Leave

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; [218709]

(2) how many staff in his Department have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last five years. [218976]

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.

Domestic Visits

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many visits he has made to each Scottish parliamentary constituency over the last two years. [212893]

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:


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Constituency Visits

Aberdeen, South

1

Argyll and Bute

1

Central Ayrshire

1

Dundee, East

1

Dunfermline and West Fife

2

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow

1

East Lothian

1

Edinburgh, East

8

Edinburgh, North and Leith

7

Edinburgh, South-West

4

Edinburgh, West

4

Falkirk

2

Glasgow, Central

19

Glasgow, East

2

Glasgow, North

6

Glasgow, South-West

3

Gordon

2

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

2

Kilmarnock and Loudoun

2

Livingston

1

Midlothian

1

Moray

1

Ochil and South Perthshire

2

Paisley and Renfrewshire, North

2

Paisley and Renfrewshire, South

2

Stirling

1


Visits to constituencies in a political capacity are not included as records of these are not held by the Scotland Office.

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many visits have been made by the Minister of State for Scotland to each parliamentary constituency over the last two years. [212894]

David Cairns: As of 30 June 2008, in the previous two years I have visited the following parliamentary constituencies in a Scotland Office ministerial capacity as detailed in the following table:

Constituency Visits

Aberdeen, North

2

Aberdeen, South

1

Argyll and Bute

4

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

3

Banff and Buchan

1

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

2

Central Ayrshire

1

Dundee, East

2

Dundee, West

3

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow

1

East Lothian

1

Edinburgh, East

3

Edinburgh, North and Leith

6

Edinburgh, South

2

Edinburgh, South-West

6

Edinburgh, West

2

Falkirk

1

Glasgow, Central

14

Glasgow, North

2

Glasgow, North-East

2

Glasgow, South-West

3

Glenrothes

1

Gordon

1

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

1

Kilmarnock and Loudoun

1

Lanark and Hamilton, East

1

Linlithgow and East Falkirk

1

Livingston

2

Midlothian

3

Na h-Eileanan an Iar

1

Ochil and South Perthshire

2

Paisley and Renfrewshire, North

2

Perth and North Perthshire

2

Rutherglen and Hamilton, West

1

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

1

Cities of London and Westminster

4

Kensington and Chelsea

1

Salford

1


Visits to constituencies in a political capacity are not included as records of these are not held by the Scotland Office.


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Government Communications

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. [215113]

David Cairns: Two.

Lost Working Days

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. [218051]

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.

Olympic Games 2012

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. [220550]

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

Olympics

Departmental Official Cars

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Minister for the Olympics which make and model of car she has chosen as her ministerial car to be provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency. [217755]

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.

London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games: Manpower

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. [219272]


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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.

Olympic Games 2012

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Minister for the Olympics on what date invitations will be sent to prospective competing nations for the London 2012 (a) Olympic and (b) Paralympic Games. [219990]

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.

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what recent estimate she has made of the number of nations that will compete in the London 2012 (a) Olympic and (b) Paralympic Games. [219991]

Tessa Jowell: Based on participation in recent Olympic games and Paralympic games, we expect over 200 National Olympic Committees and about 150 National Paralympic Committees to take part in 2012.


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