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Qualified Majority Voting

Sir Richard Body: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 3 March 1998, Official Report, column 511, on qualified majority voting, if he will define matters other than the approximation of laws; which body will determine if a measure falls into this category; and what measures are planned to be implemented under this provision. [33919]

Mr. Doug Henderson: Under Article 34(2)(c) of the Treaty on European Union as introduced by the Treaty of Amsterdam, the Council may adopt decisions for any purposes consistent with the objectives of Title VI (provisions on police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters) which do not involve approximation of the laws and regulations of the Member States. These might include decisions concerning measures of practical co-operation or expenditure programmes in the police and judicial field, but it is too soon to anticipate what measures might be adopted under this provision.

It will be for the Council to determine whether measures will fall into this category.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Butterfill: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those parliamentary questions he has taken eight weeks or more to answer since 1 May 1997. [32709]

Mr. Tony Lloyd: None.

Chile

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if representatives of the British Embassy in Santiago, Chile will attend the swearing in of General Pinochet as a senator for life; and if he will make a statement. [34093]

Mr. Tony Lloyd: No member of the British Embassy in Santiago attended this ceremony.

Visa Applications

Mr. Rooney: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a decision will be made on the visa application by Adul Rehman, Islamabad reference IMM/E2002. [34161]

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Mr. Fatchett: Our High Commission in Islamabad have referred the application to the Home Office and await their decision on the application. My noble friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs will write to my hon. Friend within one week of Islamabad receiving those instructions.

Partners in Europe

Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the distribution of the Partners in Europe information pack. [33013]

Dr. Howells: I have been asked to reply.

The DfEE has received widespread positive feedback from those receiving the pack: teachers in particular have indicated that they have found it helpful for their curriculum work. The pack has also prompted nearly 600 entries for the "Celebrating Europe" competition. We have received 8 complaints about the pack relating to its cost or relevance.

PRIME MINISTER

Overseas Visits

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Prime Minister how many overseas visits have been made by his political advisers at public expense since 1 May. [25140]

The Prime Minister [holding answer 23 January 1998]: My Chief of Staff and Chief Press Secretary have usually accompanied me on visits overseas. Apart from them, I have been accompanied by special advisers on five overseas visits.

Royal Prerogative

Mr. Baker: To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to increase democratic involvement and accountability in matters currently dealt with under the Royal Prerogative. [33645]

The Prime Minister [holding answer 10 March 1998]: The Government are committed to the renewal of democracy in the United Kingdom and have already begun a programme of constitutional reform to this end. There are no plans at present to legislate on matters dealt with under the Royal Prerogative.

Bloody Sunday

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Prime Minister to which parts of the Government's archives, relating to the events in Derry on Bloody Sunday, the 75 year rule will apply. [33980]

The Prime Minister [holding answer 11 March 1998]: Following the completion of the public inquiry into the events of 30 January 1972 in Londonderry (the Widgery Tribunal) the inquiry papers and evidence were transferred to the Public Record Office where they are open for public inspection. Only one piece, HO219/56, remains closed for 75 years, until 2048, for reasons of personal sensitivity.

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A number of Government Departments may still have papers relating to the events of Bloody Sunday, but these will not yet have been reviewed under normal 30 year rule procedures.

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Barristers

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Attorney-General, pursuant to his answer of 3 March 1998, Official Report, column 539, if he will make it his policy to collect information on the numbers of barristers from the ethnic minorities on the panels he uses for common law and chancery work. [33376]

The Attorney-General: I have set up a working party to review how appointments of counsel concerned with the Crown's civil work are made, to consider monitoring of the use of counsel once appointed and to make recommendations to me. The working party, which is being chaired by the Solicitor-General and includes two representatives of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales, will consider specifically whether a formal data collection mechanism should be established. After the working party has reported to me, I shall consider their recommendations and I shall announce any changes in policy which I propose to implement.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Butterfill: To ask the Attorney-General if he will list those parliamentary questions he has taken eight weeks or more to answer since 1 May 1997. [32703]

The Attorney-General: I have not had any parliamentary questions since 1 May 1997 that have taken eight or more weeks to answer.

EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Market Research

Mr. Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non- departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1 May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement. [26681]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 5 February 1998]: The Government are committed to consulting and involving the public in order to help inform both policy formulation and the delivery of quality public services, and to ensure that we receive the best value for money from our publicity spend.

Details of expenditure incurred by the Department, through the Central Office of Information, on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research are shown in the following table.

Information about market research commissioned by the Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies is not held centrally.

Description of research contractDateType Value (£)
(a) 1996-97
Free your potential campaign development researchJune 1996Qualitative10,667
Primary school performance tables development researchJuly 1996Qualitative5,441
Free your potential creative development researchJuly 1996Qualitative10,667
Jobcentres campaign development researchAugust 1996Qualitative18,812
Nursery voucher scheme campaign creative development researchSeptember 1996Qualitative14,359
Adult learners week awareness researchSeptember 1996Quantitative19,139
Career development loans campaign evaluation researchSeptember 1996Quantitative26,579
Disability Discrimination Act consultation researchSeptember 1996Qualitative19,799
National traineeships development researchSeptember 1996Qualitative22,173
Nursery voucher scheme pre-campaign evaluation researchOctober 1996Quantitative51,148
1996 Secondary schools performance tables pre- and post-campaign evaluation researchNovember 1996/ January 1997Quantitative52,617
Assisted places scheme creative development researchNovember 1996Qualitative4,818
Grant-maintained schools tracking researchNovember 1996Quantitative9,272
Nursery voucher scheme tracking research among parentsNovember 1996Quantitative15,064
Nursery voucher scheme providers' pack surveyNovember 1996Quantitative17,354
Analysis of response to action special broadcasting initiativeNovember 1996Quantitative9,248
Nursery voucher scheme information line researchDecember 1996Quantitative19,176
National traineeships development researchDecember 1996Qualitative19,905
Nursery vouchers scheme tracking research among parentsFebruary 1997Quantitative17,061
Nursery voucher scheme research among non registered providersFebruary 1997Quantitative11,186
Research into the information needs of parents with school age childrenFebruary 1997Qualitative5,510
Disability discrimination act tracking research among employersFebruary 1997Quantitative30,351
Primary school performance tables pre-campaign evaluation researchFebruary/March 1997Quantitative32,148
Evaluation of Schools Update NewsletterMarch 1997Qualitative5,946
Nursery vouchers scheme post-campaign evaluation researchMarch 1997Quantitative22,000
Career development loans creative development researchMarch 1997Qualitative21,720
Disability booklet development researchMarch 1997Qualitative18,037
Career development loans response campaignMarch 1997Quantitative14,247
(b) Since 1 May 1997
Evaluation of Schools Update NewsletterMay/June 1997Qualitative22,407
Research into design and content of the national record of achievementJune 1997Qualitative35,720
Analysis of the responses to the Excellence in schools white paper consultationJuly 1997Quantitative31,150
Secondary schools performance tables development researchSeptember/ November 1997Desk Research4,460
Research into jobcentre corporate identitySeptember 1997Desk Research4,200
Research into new jobcentre corporate identitySeptember 1997Qualitative43,908
Learning entitlement development researchOctober 1997Qualitative13,137
Research to explore the reactions of unemployed and jobcentre staff and managers to the new dealNovember 1997Qualitative43,152
Research to explore reactions to the new deal among partnersNovember 1997Qualitative21,004
Student support advertising campaign awarenessDecember 1997Quantitative15,969
Research among students and employers to the Government's proposals for 16-19 qualificationsDecember 1997Qualitative32,736
Employment service values staff surveyDecember 1997Data Processing13,484
Career development loans direct mail researchDecember 1997Qualitative16,650
New deal campaign development researchDecember 1997Qualitative26,003
Analysis of the responses to the consultation on the Government's proposals for 16-19 qualificationsJanuary 1998Quantitative27,262
Research among mature students to the Government's proposed changes to tuition feesJanuary 1998Quantitative9,336
Research into levels of awareness of the national training organisations among employers, partners, and TECsJanuary 1998Qualitative19,693
New deal leaflet creative development researchJanuary 1998Qualitative20,898
Careers service corporate identity researchJanuary 1998Qualitative17,590
DfEE Website evaluationFebruary/March 1998Qualitative37,530
Disability discrimination act small employers consultation analysisFebruary/March 1998Quantitative19,881
Disability discrimination act creative development researchFebruary 1998Qualitative14,335
Disability discrimination act research among general publicFebruary 1998Quantitative17,202
Research among potential target audience into perceived need for individual learning accountsFebruary 1998Qualitative17,496
National traineeships creative development researchFebruary 1998Qualitative14,300
Disability discrimination act information line researchMarch 1998Quantitative16,685
Careers service publications researchMarch 1998Qualitative34,463
Career development loans campaign response researchMarch 1998Quantitative12,500
Career development loans awareness researchMarch 1998Quantitative12,500

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