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Government Departments: Disclosure of Information

Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many unauthorised disclosures of information for each Government Department have been reported to the Cabinet Office in each of the last 10 years; in each case, (a) what the nature of the information disclosed was, (b) to whom the information was disclosed and (c) what the post was of the person who disclosed the information; and if he will make a statement. [249762]

Mr. Watson: The total number of leaks recorded by Cabinet Office each year since 2005, when a central record was begun, is as follows:

Total number of leaks

2005

78

2006

98

2007

50


Information for 2008 is currently being assessed. These numbers do not necessarily capture all instances of unauthorised disclosure across Government.

It is for departmental permanent secretaries to take decisions on whether leak investigations into the unauthorised disclosure of information originating in their Departments should be carried out. It has been the policy of successive Administrations not to comment on security matters other than in exceptional circumstances when it is in the public interest to do so.

Government Information Services: Public Consultation

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the set-up costs of the website www.showusabetterway.co.uk were; what the (a) operating and (b) maintenance costs of the website were in the last 12 months; and how many hits the site received during the last 12 months. [257000]

Mr. Watson: The Show Us A Better Way competition sought ideas from the public on how to reuse public information to better deliver public services—the best ones would get developed 'to the next level'. It was hosted online through:

The platform supported both:

and

received 224,421 page views and

received 25,405 over their lifetime.


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The overall cost for developing the backend and designing the two sites was £9,223.75 (including COI fees of £650 and VAT at 17.5 per cent.). Operation and maintenance is done by existing civil servants within existing budgets: it takes very little time due to the blog structure. A years hosting cost $149.50.

Senior Civil Servants: Retirement

Gregory Barker: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of members of the Senior Civil Service will reach standard retirement age in the next five years. [255041]

Mr. Watson: Of all SCS members in post as at 31 March 2008, 285 (6.8 per cent.) will reach the age of 65 (statutory retirement age) on or before 6 February 2014.

Job Vacancies

Mr. Harper: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his latest estimate is of the number of job vacancies in the economy; and what forecast he has made of the number of vacancies in the economy in October 2009. [258247]

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 February 2009:

New Businesses

Mr. Newmark: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many new businesses were registered in (a) Braintree and (b) England in the last five years. [256845]

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 February 2009:

Business Births

Braintree England

2003

720

236,220

2004

810

248,450

2005

750

241,410

2006

700

225,120

2007

830

266,165


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Non-departmental Public Bodies

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many non-departmental public bodies there have been in each year since 1980. [255681]

Mr. Watson: This information is published in the annual Cabinet Office Public Bodies report. Copies are available from the Libraries of the House.

Non-profit Making Associations

Margaret Moran: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will update the “Think Smart: think voluntary sector” good practice guidance on procurement to include social enterprise. [257063]

Kevin Brennan: I have no plans to update the “Think Smart: Think Voluntary Sector” guidance. Although the title refers to the voluntary sector, the key messages embedded in the document of improving the participation of third sector organisations in public service contracting are relevant for all third sector organisations including social enterprises.

Public Sector: Manpower

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 468W, on central government: manpower, which public sector bodies which were classified as central government for the purpose of employee headcounts were not included within the Civil Service as of (a) April 1997 and (b) the most recent date for which data are available. [257012]

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 February 2009:

Annex A

Public Sector Bodies classified as Central Government (for the purpose of employee headcount) but not included within Civil Service.

September 2008


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Other Central Government:


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