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Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action he will take to help sufferers from mesothelioma who, as a result of the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal in the Fairchild case, are unable to obtain compensation from their former employers through the courts. 
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to qualifying sufferers from mesothelioma who are affected by the judgment of the Court of Appeal in the Fairchild case.
This is a terrible disease and it would be wrong for employees, former employees and their families to be left without help as a result of this court judgment. As an interim measure, I am extending the compensation scheme my Department operates for sufferers of respiratory industrial diseases to cover qualifying employees. I am discussing with colleagues in government what further action might be taken in the longer term in response to the Fairchild judgment.
Ms Atherton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions further to his announcement on 5 February 2002, Official Report, column 829W, on local authorities who have been approved to run electoral modernisation pilot schemes in the May 2002 local elections, what other authorities have been approved to run schemes; and if he will make a statement. 
I announced the other successful pilots for the May 2002 local elections on 5 February, when I gave the go-ahead for 30 councils to pilot new ways of voting and counting. These included testing early voting, all postal ballots and mobile ballot kiosks. Over half will explore innovative ways in which people can vote electronically including via the internet.
The pilot programme aims to build on the successes of earlier pilotsin the 2000 local electionsand explore other techniques to make the voting process simpler, accessible and more efficient for the electorate. We are particularly keen to engage younger voters and feel the new innovations will help.
The report looked at the use of taxpayers' money by the Ministry of Defence in relation to the project. It referred to confidential arrangements between the governments of the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. The report was not published because publication would have breached that pledge of confidentiality.
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Mr. Yeo: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what events (a) he is and (b) other Ministers in his Department are planning to attend as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations; and what events his Department is planning to arrange to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. 
The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on 11 February 2002, Official Report, column 58W.
The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: Subject to parliamentary approval of the spring supplementary estimate the Cabinet Office DEL (resources and capital) will be increased by £54,599,000 from £348,264,000 to £402,863,000 and the administration costs limit will be increased from £246,753,000 to £267,704,000.
The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from transfers from other Departments for Machinery of Government changes and other arrangements, additional provision for key priorities and improving public services and for improving security and communications systems following the events of 11 September.The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from transfers from other Departments for Machinery of Government changes and other arrangements and a reallocation from resource to capital.
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Foreign currency: £50.
Mrs. Roche: his is not a matter for the Government. The Charity Law Reform Advisory Group, was set up by NCVONational Council for Voluntary Organisations. The conclusions for the group were published as a consultation document "For the public benefit?" in January 2001. Their consultation period ended on 31 July 2001.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment has been made of the effect of the working time directive on his Department's employees; how many employees are working in excess of 48 hours per week; what steps he is taking to reduce this number; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Leslie: The standard terms and conditions of service for staff employed by the Cabinet Office and its agencies are within the limits set by the working time regulations. Those employees whose duties require them to work in excess of 48 hours on a regular basis are asked to sign an opt-out agreement. 170 members of staff have signed such an agreement.
Persistent working in excess of 48 hours per week is discouraged. My Department is committed to reducing the number of employees who are required to work long hours (by adjusting working hours or re-designing jobs) to an absolute minimum commensurate with meeting their operational needs. Work/life balance policies are in place to give managers greater flexibility in reducing the number of excess hours worked.
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previously been employed (a) in the private sector, (b) in local government administration and (c) in Government Offices for the Regions. 
Mr. Leslie: Comprehensive information is not held centrally on what proportion of senior civil servants have previously been employed in (a) the private sector, (b) local government administration and (c) Government Offices for the Regions.
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