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Duchy of Lancaster

Departmental Press

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 2 July 2008, Official Report, column 1003W, (1) how many copies of PR Week the Cabinet Office subscribes to; [222998]

(2) how many copies of PR Week are purchased by the Cabinet Office each week. [223011]

Kevin Brennan: The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Dorneywood

James Duddridge: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on Dorneywood: official hospitality, what use his Department has made of Dorneywood for official engagements in the last 12 months. [221973]

Mr. Watson: My right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has the use of Dorneywood as an official residence. The Chancellor and the Trustees have made Dorneywood available to other Ministers to use for
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official engagements. Since September 2007, the Commons Chief Whip, the Leader of the House of Lords and Treasury Ministers have made use of Dorneywood for official engagements.

Fertility

John Battle: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average fertility rate in (a) Leeds West, (b) Leeds Metropolitan District and (c) the UK was in each five year period since 1978. [228230]

Kevin Brennan: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Daren Dunnell, dated October 2008:

Average total fertility rate for UK, Leeds Metropolitan District and Leeds West parliamentary constituency: five-year periods, 1978-2007
Average Total Fertility Rate( 1)

UK Leeds Metropolitan District Leeds West( 2 ) (parliamentary constituency)

1978-82

1.82

1.6(3)

1983-87

1.78

1.72

1988-92

1.81

1.75

1993-97

1.73

1.60

1998-2002

1.66

1.48

1.37(4)

2003-07(5)

1.80

1.54

1.41

(1) The average Total Fertility Rate for each five-year period has been calculated by averaging the Total Fertility Rate for each individual year within the period.
(2) The Total Fertility Rates for Leeds West have been calculated using population estimates by parliamentary constituency which have been published as 'Experimental Statistics'.
(3) Total Fertility Rate for Leeds Metropolitan District for 1982 only.
(4) Average Total Fertility Rate for Leeds West for 2001-2002 only.
(5) The 2007 Total Fertility Rates for the UK, Leeds Metropolitan District and Leeds West parliamentary constituency are provisional.

Non-departmental Public Bodies

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total cost was to the Exchequer of all quangos in 2007-08. [227885]

Kevin Brennan: Information on the cost and expenditure of non-departmental public bodies is published annually by the Cabinet Office. Information for 2006-07 was published in March and copies are available in the Libraries of the House. Information for 2007-08 is currently being collated and will be published as soon as it is ready.


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Unemployment: Fife

Willie Rennie: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people living in (a) Dunfermline and West Fife constituency and (b) Fife were unemployed in each of the last 12 months. [228017]

Kevin Brennan: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated October 2008:

Table 1: Number of persons unemployed( 1) resident in (a) Dunfermline and West Fife constituency and (b) Fife
Thousand
12 months ending: Dunfermline and West Fife Fife

September 2007

3

11

December 2007(2)

****2

***11

(1) Levels of unemployment are provided for persons aged 16 and over. The figures presented are weighted to population estimates published in 2007.
(2) Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See Guide to Quality below.
Guide to Quality:
The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent. we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220.
Key Coefficient of Variation (CV)(percentage) Statistical robustness
* 0 < CV<5 Estimates are considered precise.
** 5 < CV<10 Estimates are considered reasonably precise.
*** 10 < CV<20 Estimates are considered acceptable.
**** CV ‚Č• 20 Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes.
Source:
Annual Population Survey/Model based estimates.


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Table 2: Number of persons claiming jobseeker's allowance resident in (a) Dunfermline and West Fife constituency and (b) Fife

Dunfermline and West Fife Fife

October 2007

1,282

5,620

November 2007

1,301

5,613

December 2007

1,318

5,729

January 2008

1,422

6,159

February 2008

1,487

6,386

March 2008

1,459

6,246

April 2008

1,454

6,128

May 2008

1,443

6,104

June 2008

1,488

6,203

July 2008

1,566

6,642

August 2008

1,678

7,044

September 2008

1,587

6,635

Source:
Job Centre Plus Administrative System

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Arctic

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what international meetings to discuss claims over the Arctic he plans to attend in the next 12 months. [226551]

Gillian Merron: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has no current plans in this regard. None the less, the UN takes an active interest in many Arctic issues and engages with Arctic states, both bilaterally and in international forums. For example, Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials attend meetings of the Artic Council at which the UK is a state observer, and will take part in the next meeting in Norway in November.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of claims that Rwandan troops are continuing to operate within the Democratic Republic of Congo. [226930]

Gillian Merron: At present we are not aware of any evidence that the Rwandan military has entered the territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

We continue to monitor events in eastern DRC closely. We encourage the Governments of the DRC and Rwanda to co-operate to resolve threats to regional security.

Departmental Official Hospitality

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department and its agencies spent on entertainment in each of the last five years. [219258]

Gillian Merron: This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is committed to ensuring that all expenditure, including that on entertainment, is incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

Departmental Sick Leave

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility
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who gave (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders as the reason for their absence was in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. [216112]

Gillian Merron: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is committed to protecting the health, welfare and productivity of its staff. Our occupational stress policy provides guidance for staff and managers on recognising and dealing with stress and on reducing the causes of stress in the workplace. We provide further support through a team of welfare officers, referral to our occupational health service and access to a 24/7 confidential Employee Assistance programme.

The average duration for single periods of sickness absence for UK civil servants employed by the FCO and by Wilton Park, an Executive Agency of the FCO, where stress or mental health illness has been given as the reason for the absence is set out in the following table.

Number of days
Financial year FCO Wilton Park

2005-06

18.2

12.3

2006-07

18.6

29.6

2007-08

26.4

62.5


The FCO does not hold records of staff sickness absence before 2005. Nor does it have access to the sickness absence records of non-departmental public bodies. Sickness absence figures for FCO Services, which became a Trading Fund on 1 April 2008, are included in the FCO total.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [216113]

Gillian Merron: The average duration for single periods of sickness absence taken by UK civil servants employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Wilton Park, an Executive Agency of the FCO, is set out in the following table.

Number of days
Financial year FCO Wilton Park

2005-06

4.2

15.5

2006-07

3.3

15.6

2007-08

3.8

15.0


The FCO does not hold records of staff sickness absences before 2005. Nor does it have access to the sickness absence records of non-departmental public bodies. Sickness absence figures for FCO Services, which became a Trading Fund on 1 April 2008, are included in the FCO total.


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