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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) subject, (b) responsible Department and (c) date of each regulatory impact assessment on which his Department has been consulted since the publication of the "Modernising Government" White Paper. 
Mr. Leslie: The degree of consultation with my Department varies from telephone conversations (which may not be recorded), to detailed exchanges in writing, depending on the nature of the issue raised. However, no central record is maintained of the number of regulatory impact assessments on which my Department is consulted.
The consultation letter, copies of which will be placed in both Libraries, is aimed at anyone with an interest in transport and social exclusion issues and includes a wide-ranging questionnaire to help consultees frame their contributions. The SEU is keen to obtain the views of as wide a range of people as possible and the consultation period will include visits, interviews and focus groups.
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in the form of (i) sponsorship, (ii) departmental attendance, (iii) similar departmental activities and (iv) a message of support. 
David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many days on average were lost per employee in her Department because of sickness; and how many officials retired early from her Department in each of the past 10 years. [R] 
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The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999. No officials have retired early from the Department since that date. Information on sickness absence rates per employee is not available on a comparable basis.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Advocate-General if she will arrange to be made available to the family of Mr. Surjit Chhokar the documents presented to (a) the inquiry into the conduct of the Crown Office and (b) the inquiry under Dr. Jandoo into the treatment of the Chhokar family during the investigation into the murder of Mr. Chhokar; what representations have been received from the Chhokar family about (i) those two inquiries and (ii) the murder of Mr. Chhokar; what has been the response to them; and if she will make a statement. 
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Mr. Patrick Hall: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list (a) Government expenditure on ministerial overseas visits for the financial years 199596 to 200001 and (b) all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500 between 1 April 2000 and 31 March 2001, including the cost, destination and purpose of the visit. 
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(1) The figure for 199596 does not include some expenditure falling to the Ministry of Defence and the Welsh Office because the information was not recorded centrally or is incomplete. Full costs are available from 199696 onwards.
A list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during the period 1 April 2000 and 31 March 2001 has been placed in the Libraries of the House. The list provides details of the date, destination and purpose of all such visits and the cost of Ministers' travel and accommodation where appropriate.
The Prime Minister: I have today placed in the Libraries of the House copies of the new Code for Special Advisers, and the revised Model Contract for Special Advisers, together with details of the new pay arrangements for Special Advisers and a list of the Special Advisers currently in post.
The Prime Minister: I have today published a revised "Ministerial Code" and "Travel by Ministers". They provide guidance to Ministers on how they should conduct themselves in carrying out their official duties. The foreword to the Code makes it clear that I will expect all Ministers to operate within the letter and spirit of the Code. The revised Code takes account of recommendations made by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
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The Prime Minister: I made it clear when I set up the independent review headed by Sir Anthony that all relevant information that he required would be made available to him. I also said that it was for Sir Anthony to decide on how he carried out the review, what papers and files he needed to see and to whom he needed to speak.
The Prime Minister: It is public knowledge that I and members of the Government have met members of the Hinduja family. Subject to that it is not the normal practice of the Government to release details of meetings or discussions with private individuals or companies.
Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library copies of (a) the letter to him dated 25 February 1998 from the Hinduja brothers and (b) the minutes from Jonathan Powell to the right hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson) relating to the conversation between the Prime Minister and the Hindujas on 24 February 1998. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Prime Minister if his chief of staff wrote to the right hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson) in order to communicate an offer of sponsorship for the millennium dome from the Hinduja Foundation. 
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