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Mr. Philip Hammond:
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information technology projects initiated by his Department have been
cancelled prior to completion in the last five years; and what the cost of each such project was to the public purse. 
Mr. Watson: The Cabinet Office initiated one major IT project that was cancelled prior to completion in the last five years. For information regarding this project I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Bridgwater (Mr. Liddell-Grainger) on 14 December 2005, Official Report, columns 2057-58W, by the then Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Mr. Murphy).
In respect of the SCOPE Programme I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on 6 November 2006, Official Report, column 862W by the then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Hilary Armstrong). However, we have recently informed the Phase 2 contractor of SCOPE that a different approach to the delivery of those capabilities is needed.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost was of (a) internet and website design and hosting, (b) print media design and (c) broadcast media of each of his Departments public information campaigns since 1997. 
Mr. Watson: The Cabinet Offices records do not distinguish the cost of internet web design and hosting; and print media design from our overall budget. This information can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Watson: The Prime Minister's Office forms part of the Cabinet Office. The number of hours overtime worked by the Cabinet Office staff in each month from April 2007 to March 2008 broken down by grade is detailed in the following table:
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what externally accredited qualifications are included in the development programme available to Government Communication Network members. 
Mr. Baron: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much remuneration (a) Cabinet Ministers, (b) Ministers of State, (c) Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and (d) Parliamentary Private Secretaries received in respect of lectures given to the National School of Government and its predecessors in each of the last 10 years, broken down by department. 
Mr. Watson [holding answer 21 July 2008]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National School of Government. I have asked the National Schools Chief Executive and Principal to reply.
In the Written Ministerial Statement to the House on 9 January 2007 (Official Report Col 5WS), the then Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Pat McFadden MP) announced that the National School of Government was now a Non Ministerial Department. Consequently, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has asked me to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the National School of Government.
No serving Ministers (Secretaries of State, Ministers of State or Parliamentary Secretaries) have been paid to contribute to events run by the National School since its establishment in 2005. This is also true for predecessor organisations for the period 1998-2005.
No Parliamentary Private Secretaries have been paid to contribute to events run by the National School since its establishment in 2005. The then Civil Service College paid £120 to one Parliamentary Private Secretary to contribute to a course in 1999. This is the only instance of which we are aware in 1998-2005.
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the potential contribution that third sector organisations can make to the delivery of public services for those with learning difficulties. 
The extensive consultation we carried out for Valuing People Now included members of the public and third sector organisations. We are planning to publish the final Valuing People Now in the autumn after everybodys responses have been fully considered. This policy is in line with the Departments work to promote a greater plurality of provision (including service providers from the third sector) to increase capacity, encourage innovation, improve user responsiveness and ultimately improve health and wellbeing.
A great deal of work has been undertaken by the Department to remove barriers to third sector organisations
entering the market and ensuring that there is a fairer playing field through the work of the Third Sector Commissioning Taskforce.
The National Director for Learning Disabilities chairs the learning disability task force, which includes representatives of the nation forum for people with learning disabilities and key third sector groups, including MENCAP.
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