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Human Rights Act

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases have been brought against his Department under the Human Rights Act 1998; and what has been the cost in (a) legal fees to defend cases and (b) compensation payments. [45071]

Mr. Leslie: My Department does not collect central records of cases in which the Human Rights Act 1998 is relied on. Human rights are now integrated in the general law and are rarely the sole basis for a challenge.

PFI/PPPs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the difference was between the price offered in reaching preferred bidder stage and the final contract price for PPP contracts let by his Department in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement. [45609]

Mr. Leslie: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him earlier today.

Stolen Equipment

Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 253–54W, on stolen equipment, whether the computer equipment stolen from his Department was (a) new and unused and (b) used; and what was the nature of the data stored on such items in each case. [42647]

The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: Of the PCs and laptops stolen, 12 were new and unused. With regard to the used equipment, the data stored on the PCs would be limited to software, as files were stored on network servers. Laptops held software data and files; however, none of the files were of a sensitive nature.

Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, columns 253–54W, on stolen equipment, what criminal proceedings have been undertaken for cases of theft against his Department, stating in each case (a) whether the proceedings (i) led to a criminal conviction and (ii) were unsuccessful, (b) the cost incurred by his Department in pursuing a conviction and (c) the value of items recovered; and if he will make a statement. [41499]

The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: Internal investigations of each reported case are carried out; however, to date no criminal proceedings have been undertaken in relation to any of the thefts recorded. None of the items has been recovered.

Celebrations

Tim Loughton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what arrangements his Department has made to celebrate (a) St. Patrick's Day, (b) St. George's Day, (c) St. Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how his Department celebrated St. David's Day. [42297]

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Mr. Leslie: The Cabinet Office has no specific plans to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, St. George's Day or St. Andrew's Day. The Union flag will, however, be flown from the Department's buildings on the latter two days. Together with St. David's Day, these are named days on which the flag must be flown from all Government buildings.

On arrangements for Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Tessa Jowell) to the hon. Member for South Suffolk (Mr. Yeo) on 11 February 2002, Official Report, columns 58–59W. Consideration is being given to flying the Union flag for the Jubilee, but in any event it will be flown on Coronation Day, 2 June, since this is a named day.

Other than by flying the Union flag, the Department has made no special arrangements for celebrating St. David's Day.

Public Bodies (Appointments)

Mr. Cox: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if there is an age limit for (a) men and (b) women, for appointments to a public body in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. [43940]

Mr. Leslie: The Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments states that all public appointments should be governed by the overriding principle of selection based on merit, and that care must be taken, at every stage, not to discriminate on a number of grounds including age and gender.

Mr. Forth: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1 May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present. [33880]

The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: The following table includes information on appointments made to public bodies sponsored by Cabinet Office and appointments made by Ministers in Cabinet Office. The table does not include appointments to the Advisory Committees on Justices of the Peace in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, made by my noble Friend, Lord Macdonald of Tradeston and his predecessors as Minister for the Cabinet Office in the capacity of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

There were no such appointments to commissions, inquiries or agencies.

Term of office
AppointeeBody to which appointedMinister who made the appointment Date appointed(8) Period Salary
Lord HaskinsBetter Regulation Task ForceMinister for the Cabinet OfficeSeptember 1997 and September 2000(8)3 years and 1 year (subsequently extended to March 2002) Nil
Mr. David ArculusBetter Regulation Task ForceMinister for the Cabinet OfficeMarch 20023 yearsNil
Miss Patricia DownsCivil Service Appeal BoardParliamentary SecretaryJanuary 1998(8)12 months£260 per day
Mr. John DaviesCivil Service Appeal BoardParliamentary SecretaryMay 19993 years£310 per day, plus an extra half-day's fee for every full day in attendance for hearings
Mr. Derek DearAdvisory Committee on AdvertisingParliamentary SecretaryMarch 19983–6 yearsNil
Ms Julie MellorEqual Opportunities CommissionSecretary of State for Trade and IndustryFebruary 1999 and February 2002(8)3 years and 3 years£62,500 per annum on appointment; £64,313 per annum wef 1 April 2000; £66,242 per annum wef 1 April 2001
Baroness Christine CrawleyWomen's National CommissionMinister for WomenSeptember 19993 years£10,000 per annum plus expenses
The Lord Gillmore of Thamesfield GCMGAdvisory Committee on Business AppointmentsPrime MinisterFebruary 19993 yearsUnpaid
The right honourable the Lord Mayhew of Twysden QCAdvisory Committee on Business AppointmentsPrime MinisterJune 19993 yearsUnpaid
Lord Neill of Bladen QCCommittee on Standards in Public LifePrime MinisterNovember 19973 years£500 per day
Sir Nigel Wicks GCB CVO CBECommittee on Standards in Public LifePrime MinisterMarch 20013 years£380 per day
Lord Stevenson of Coddenham CBEHouse of Lords Appointments CommissionPrime MinisterMay 20003 years£5,000 per annum (waived)
Lord Thomson of Monifieth KtHonours Scrutiny CommitteePrime MinisterApril 1999 No fixed termUnpaid
Dame Elizabeth Butler-SlossSecurity CommissionPrime MinisterDecember 19993 yearsUnpaid
Dame Janet SmithSecurity Vetting Appeals PanelPrime MinisterOctober 20003 yearsUnpaid
Sir Michael PerrySenior Salaries Review BodyPrime MinisterNovember 19982 yearsUnpaid
Mr. John BakerSenior Salaries Review BodyPrime MinisterFebruary 20023 yearsUnpaid

(8) Reappointed


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For completeness, the following table details appointments made by the Prime Minister to public bodies sponsored by other Departments.

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Term of office
AppointeeBody to which appointedSponsor DepartmentDate appointedPeriodSalary
Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-FlydeArmed Forces Pay Review BodyMinistry of DefenceApril 19993 yearsUnpaid
Mr. Rupert HambroMuseum of LondonDepartment of Culture, Media and SportApril 20015 yearsUnpaid
Mr. Peter ScottNational GalleryDepartment of Culture, Media and SportAugust 19995 yearsUnpaid
Admiral Sir Jock Slater GCBImperial War MuseumDepartment of Culture, Media and SportSeptember 20013 yearsUnpaid
Ms Liz Forgan OBENational Heritage Memorial FundDepartment of Culture, Media and SportApril 20013 years£32,130 per annum
Sir David HardyNational Maritime MuseumDepartment of Culture, Media and SportOctober 20005 yearsUnpaid
Sir Peter WilliamsNational Museum of Science and IndustryDepartment of Culture, Media and SportJanuary 200118 monthsUnpaid
Ms Paula Ridley OBEVictoria and Albert MuseumDepartment of Culture, Media and SportNovember 19985 years£227 per day
Mr. John LewisWallace CollectionDepartment of Culture, Media and SportMay 19985 yearsUnpaid
Michael Blair QCDoctors' and Dentists' Pay Review BodyDepartment of HealthMarch 20013 yearsUnpaid
Professor Clive BoothNurses, Midwives and NHS Professions' Review BodyDepartment for HealthMarch 20013 yearsUnpaid
Professor Jon ClarkPolice Negotiating BoardHome OfficeFebruary 20004 yearsUnpaid
Mr. Anthony VineallSchoolteachers' Review BodyDepartment for Education and SkillsFebruary 20004 yearsUnpaid


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Information on political affiliation is not collected.

Information on the number, remit and membership of task forces, ad hoc advisory groups and reviews has been published by the Cabinet Office on a regular basis. The first report was published on 11 January 2000 and gives information for the period between 1 May 1997 and 31 October 1999. A second report was published on 27 July 2000, and covered the period 1 November 1999 to 30 April 2000. A third report was published on 13 December 2000 covering the period 1 May 2000 to 31 October 2000. The most recent report, "Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews", was issued in October 2001, and covers the period of the financial year 2000–01. Copies of these reports have been placed in the Libraries of the House.


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