9. Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the House of Commons authorities on the production of the Outreach Service's publication entitled People and Parliament: connecting with communities. 
Ann McKechin: I am aware of the project that the hon. Member refers to and welcome its aim to spread awareness of the work and relevance of Parliament. I am very happy to support this project and to encourage greater engagement between the public and this Parliament.
11. Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the (a) cost to the public purse of and (b) implementation of the national identity card scheme in Scotland. 
Most recently, in September, I attended the Scottish engineering executive committee dinner in Glasgow and the Scotland Office, jointly with the David Hume institute, hosted a seminar bringing together key leaders in Government, industry and the university sector to discuss the opportunities and challenges for the high-tech engineering sector in Scotland.
15. Jim Sheridan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Scottish Executive Ministers on the decision not to proceed with the Glasgow airport rail link. 
Ann McKechin: The Scotland Office spend using Royal Mail was £7,199 in 2007-08 and £13,476 in 2008-09. The Office was not required to top-up its franking machine in London during 2007-08, which significantly reduced the overall costs.
The Scotland Office also incurred Royal Mail costs of £6,718,002 in relation to the posting of candidates' free mailing and the delivery of poll cards for the Scottish Parliament election in 2007-08. In 2008-09 the Scotland office incurred Royal Mail postage costs for two Westminster by-elections totalling £147,475.
John Mason: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many external training courses were attended by staff of his Department in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each course. 
Ann McKechin: The Scotland Office encourages all staff to undertake learning and development activities. The majority of opportunities are provided through the Scottish Government and the Ministry of Justice; but where the training need is still not available within central Government, external training courses may be considered.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on (a) car hire, (b) train travel, (c) air travel, (d) hotels and (e) restaurant meals for (i) Ministers and (ii) staff in his Department in each of the last five years. 
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|(1) This does not include the Government Car Service London costs for which I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement issued on 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 79WS.|
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with Treasury Ministers on the effect of the abolition of furnished holiday lettings tax relief on tourism, rural areas and regional economies in Scotland. 
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department plans to make a submission to the Scottish Executive's National Conversation consultation on Scotland's constitutional future. 
The Commission on Scottish Devolution was established by majority vote in the Scottish Parliament and with the full support of the UK Government. UK Departments submitted evidence to the Commission during its first phase of evidence gathering.
A steering group has been established under the chairmanship of the Secretary of State for Scotland to help the UK Government and the Scottish Parliament plan how to take forward the Calman recommendations and deliver stronger devolution within a stronger United Kingdom.
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what information the Cabinet Office holds on the average turnover rate amongst civil servants in each (a) Government department and (b) executive agency. 
Information on the number of leavers in the year to 31 March 2008 and the number of permanent staff as at 31 March 2008 by (a) Government Departments and (b) Executive Agency is collected by ONS as part of the Annual Civil Service Employment Survey. A copy has been placed in the Library and is available at the following ONS webpage:
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to paragraph C. 76, page 242 of Budget 2009, if she will place in the Library a copy of the actuarial advice she received on the civil service pension scheme; and if she will make a statement. 
Tessa Jowell: The projections underlying forecast expenditure for the civil service scheme reflect the actuarial assumptions set at the time of the last scheme valuation. A copy of the actuary's report of December 2007 is in the Library.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the budget for (a) the Government Communication Network and (b) the Government Communication Group is for (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10, (iii) 2010-11 and (iv) 2011-12; 
Tessa Jowell: The budget for Government Communication Group for 2008-09 was £2.1 million, and is £2.1 million for 2009-10. The Cabinet Office has not yet finalised unit budgets for future financial years beyond this spending review period.
The group's remit includes improving professional capability of government communication, cross-departmental co-ordination and the customer service standard. The Government Communications Network is the mainly online community to share best practice and learning to communication staff across government. Its administrative support is provided through the Government Communication Group and its costs are not separately identified but included in the total figure.
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