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Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the Central Office of Information's (COI) buildings attended by civil servants in the COI there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. 
As Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information (COI), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question  on conferences that took place outside COI and attended by COI civil servants.
The Central Office of Information (COI) does not hold a central record of away days held outside of COI buildings and attended by civil servants from COI.
COI does hold records of conferences centrally but does not differentiate between attendance by civil servants from COI or those in the wider civil service.
Robert Neill: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 3 November 2009, Official Report, columns 886-87W, on public relations (1) what the topic was of each contract awarded to the five firms; and at which diverse audience each was aimed; 
As Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information (COI), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question (308512/26) on the Public Relations Framework detailed below.
Framework Agreement 2007/S 156-194886 relates to the Marketing Aimed at Culturally Diverse Audiences Framework outlined below which commenced in 2007.
The framework comprises eight specialist agencies. It is multi-disciplined with advertising, PR, outreach/grassroots activity, sponsorship and partnership marketing. It covers a wide range of ethnic minorities, faith groups, gypsies and travellers, refugees and asylum seekers, and new arrivals to the UK. The framework is split into 5 Lots:
1. Ethnic Minorities
2. Faith Groups
3. Gypsies & Travellers
4. Refugees & Asylum Seekers
5. Recent Arrivals
Gypsies and Travellers are considered a culturally diverse audience, a minority audience in the UK that have a shared culture.
A list of each contract awarded together with the topic and target audience is listed in the table below.
Angela E. Smith: The Cabinet Office does not hold information on support for charities working specifically with destitute asylum seekers. A number of programmes from the Office of the Third Sector are benefiting organisations working with asylum seekers which may include destitute asylum seekers. Examples of this are Grassroots Grants which provides small grants for organisations working with individuals and communities and the Community Assets Programme which funds the transfer and renovation of unused public sector property to the third sector.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 19 October 2009, Official Report, column 1290W, on the Charity Commission, for what reason the declaration of membership of (a) the Labour Party and (b) the Christian Socialist Movement made by the Chair of the Charity Commission on the Commission's website is not reflected in the declaration of political activity required by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments which she made in July 2009; and if she will make a statement. 
Angela E. Smith: The re-appointment of the Chair of the Charity Commission was undertaken in compliance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments' "Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies (August 2005)". The political activity questionnaire, which should be completed as part of the re-appointment process, asks for information about political activities and does not ask for personal information about voting preferences or membership of political parties.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the mortality rate from cancer was in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available. (308661)
The table attached provides the age-standardised mortality rate, where cancer was the underlying cause of death, for England and Wales, in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008 (the latest year available).
|Table 1. Age-standardised mortality rate per 100,000 population,( 1, 2) where cancer was the underlying cause of death,( 3) England and Wales,( 4) 1997 and 2008( 5) -rate per 100,000 population|
|Rate||95 per cent. confidence interval|
|(1) Age-standardised mortality rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the European Standard Population. Age-standardised rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages.|
(2 )Confidence intervals are a measure of the statistical precision of an estimate and show the range of uncertainty around the estimated figure. Calculations based on small numbers of events are often subject to random fluctuations. As a general rule, if the confidence interval around one figure overlaps with the interval around another, we cannot say with certainty that there is more than a chance difference between the two figures.
(3 )Cause of death for cancer was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 140-208 for 1997 and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes C00-C97 for 2008.
(4) Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents.
(5) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was spent by her Department and its agency on conferences they organised which were subsequently cancelled in each of the last three years; and what the title was of each such conference. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many days sickness absence were taken by staff in her Department and its agency in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the cost to her Department was of such absence. 
John Mason: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many questions tabled for answer on a named day her Department received in each of the last 12 months; and to how many such questions her Department provided a substantive answer on the day named. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what percentage of Parliamentary Questions tabled for written Answer by her Department on a named day in session 2008-09 received a substantive Answer on that day. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when she expects the Emergency Response and Recovery Guidance to be revised to reflect the new arrangements for recovery and Local Resilience Force, in accordance with recommendation 80 of the Pitt Report. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when she expects the National Hazards Team to conclude its review of critical infrastructure at risk from future floods; whether (a) public and (b) private (i) reservoir and (ii) dam safety will be included in that audit; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Butler: The Natural Hazards Team in the Cabinet Office is developing a programme to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure and essential services to severe disruption from natural hazards.
The Natural Hazards Team is co-ordinating the development of Sector Resilience Plans by the lead Government Department for each sector of national infrastructure. These plans are expected to set out the risks from flooding to the most critical sites (i.e. critical national infrastructure) in each infrastructure sector, and a programme of measures that is necessary to improve resilience. These initial sector resilience plans will include public and private reservoirs where the sites are deemed to be critical national infrastructure.
The Natural Hazards Team will conclude its review of critical infrastructure and risks from natural hazards with the publication of a National Resilience Plan in late 2010. This plan will set out the Government's policy and standards for the resilience of critical infrastructure. It will be based upon the evidence submitted in Sector Resilience Plans and the responses to the current consultation on the draft Strategic Framework and Policy Statement on Improving the Resilience of Critical Infrastructure to Disruption from Natural Hazards.
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