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(3) what discussions took place with the Prime Minister's Office regarding the choice of companies invited to tender for the contract to run the UK online website. 
Negotiations between the Office of the e-Envoy and BT Syntegra on renewal of the UK online contract broke down in autumn 2001. OeE received legal advice thatgiven the need to maintain continuity of servicethe only option was to contract directly for hosting services with BT's proposed sub-contractor, Loudcloud UK, a UK company. Doing so was fully compliant with EC procurement rules.
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Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her Department's monitoring of dot.com chemists and their supply of prescription medicines. 
The Medicines Control Agency do not routinely monitor 'dot com' pharmacies. However, their Enforcement Group investigate any illegal activity of which they are made aware, including the supply of prescription medicines via the internet.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish the (a) number and (b) value of contracts awarded by his Department to (i) Arthur Andersen, (ii) Deloitte Touche, (ii) Ernst and Young, (iv) KPMG and (v) PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the contracts agreed by his Department with the five largest accountancy firms since May 1997; and what was the total value of contracts with each. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the total real terms expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non- departmental public bodies on publicity in each of the years (a) 199798, (b) 199899, (c) 19992000, (d) 200001 and (e) 200102 (i) to date and (ii) as estimated for the whole of the present year; and if he will break these figures down to indicate expenditure on (A) advertising and (B) press and public relations. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: This information is not readily available. However, my Department does not have the sort of executive responsibilities which would generally require advertising or public relations expenditure. It has no agencies or non-departmental public bodies.
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Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff left the service of his Department and its agencies in the year ended 31 March 2001; how many left before attaining the formal retirement age of 60 years; and in respect of how many his Department and its agencies assumed responsibilities for making payments until retirement age. 
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average response time was for responding to departmental correspondence; what percentage of letters took longer than one month for a response; and what percentage took longer than three months for a response in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the target time will be in 200203 for (a) Ministers to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) officials in his Department to reply to letters received directly from members of the public. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 6 February 2002, Official Report, column 960W, what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was in each year since May 1997. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: Following its creation in July 1999, the Wales Office has redecorated and refurbished its London offices. It is not possible to accurately separate the cost of the work carried out on Ministers' offices from that carried out on other parts of the building.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the publicity and advertising campaigns run by his Department in each of the last four years, specifying the (a) purpose, (b) cost to public funds, (c) number of staff involved and (d) method of evaluation in each case. 
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the cost is to public funds in each case. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the annual budget for communications activities, including press, public relations, marketing and internal communications, was for his Department for each financial year from 199798 to 200102. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: Since its creation in July 1999 the Wales Office has not budgeted separately for these functions. That approach reflects the small size of the Department and the fact that expenditure on all these items will be modest or, in some cases, zero.
Mr. Paul Murphy: The Wales Office is committed to ensuring that staff use the most efficient and economic means of travel commensurate with meeting their operational needs. Hence, official rail journeys undertaken by Wales Office staff are in line with the guidance and principles set out in Section 8 of the Civil Service Management Code and the departmental staff handbook.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the running costs were of (a) his Ministers' private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff, and (b) his Department in each year from May 1997 to the nearest date for which the information is available. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: My Department was created in July 1999 and information on running costs have been given in annual Department reports (Cm 4620 and Cm 5121 available in the Library). Private office costs are not separately identified.
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